Thursday, February 17, 2011
SB 1 Hearing Video and Testimony/ ELC Position on SB 1/ Inky: SB1 Hearing/ PN: SB1 Hearing/ St.Rep. Kampf Prevailing Wage Exemption Bill
Senate Education Committee Public Hearing on Senate Bill 1
Heated debate in
State Education Secretary-nominee Ronald Tomalis, the first speaker at a Senate Education Committee hearing that drew a standing-room-only crowd, said targeting school vouchers at low-income youngsters in the worst-performing public schools would intensify competition within the state's educational system to produce "exponential benefits" for all students.
"With competition comes diversity, and with diversity adoption of programs to meet the individual needs of the student," he said.
Tomalis did not endorse a bill sponsored by Sen. Jeffrey Piccola, the committee's chairman, that within three years would allow any low-income public-school student to use the per-pupil subsidy the state government sends to his or her school district to attend a different private, public or religious school. Tomalis said the bill "starts the conversation" about how to expand choices for students.
At the Senate Education Committee hearing yesterday committee members repeatedly mentioned coming legislation that would address mandate relief and charter school reform. Here’s a related posting on mandate relief:
State Rep. Warren Kampf’s news release 2/16/2011
Kampf Introduces Bill to Exempt School Districts From Prevailing Wage
Rep. Warren Kampf (R-Chester/Montgomery) today introduced a bill to reduce costs for school districts across
by exempting them from the state’s prevailing wage requirements for public works contracts, unless they choose to opt in to those requirements. Pennsylvania