Monday, February 28, 2011

SB1 Vote Tomorrow; Voucher coverage and opinion around PA

Senate Education Committee Expected to vote on SB1 at Meeting Tomorrow

North Office Building, Hearing Room 1, March 1, 2011, 10:30 AM

Senate Bill 1, Printer's Number 226 (Piccola/Williams) – Amends the Public School Code of 1949 by creating a new article entitled "Opportunity Scholarships and Educational Improvement Tax Credit".


Inquirer Editorial: Voucher bill doesn't pass

Posted on Sun, Feb. 27, 2011
It's hard to argue against the troubling fact that thousands of students are trapped in poorly performing public schools. But a proposed voucher bill in Harrisburg has serious flaws and 

Pennsylvania lawmakers suggest amendments to school voucher bill

Published: Sunday, February 27, 2011, 8:19 PM
On Tuesday, when the Senate Education Committee will vote on the voucher bill, a myriad of amendments is expected to be offered to address opponents’ concerns with the bill, known as Senate Bill 1.

School vouchers: What your lawmakers are saying

Published: Sunday, February 27, 2011, 1:44 PM 
With the voucher issue advancing in the Capitol, The Patriot-News surveyed 28 midstate lawmakers about the educational choices their parents made for them and the ones they made for their own children, without the availability of vouchers. The newspaper also asked them if they had a position on Senate Bill 1.

Multiple choice question: School voucher plan garnering praise and criticism in Pa. Senate

Public education in Pennsylvania is facing “a fundamental paradigm shift” toward school choice, according to Secretary of Education Designate Ron Tomalis.

Getting in through the back door

February 26, 2011|By John L. Micek, Allentown Morning Call Harrisburg Bureau

Expansion of tax credit program for business, known as 'back-door vouchers,' will play a key role in the debate over school choice in Pennsylvania.

Guest Column: School vouchers will ‘make things worse’

Cut me a break. Contrary to the rallying cry by proponents of a school voucher plan, this is not the “civil rights” campaign of the century.

Opinion: Oppose school vouchers

Centre Daily Times Robert Lumley- Sapanski

February 26, 2011 12:52am EST

Today’s public schools must provide much more than a basic education. We’re required to remedy a plethora of societal and emotional needs millions of children arrive with every morning. We provide two meals a day to kids who otherwise would not be fed
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Defending indefensible

Pittsburgh TribLive
Senator Jeff Piccola
Letter to the Editor, Thursday, February 24, 2011

I write to set the record straight regarding the news story "Public school districts brace for possibility of vouchers" (Feb. 15 and
Read more: Defending indefensible - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Guest Column: Voucher plan would punish public schools

In support of Pennsylvania’s Senate Bill 1, which would provide taxpayer-funded vouchers to private and religious schools, voucher evangelists have been repeatedly citing one report funded by the Friedman Foundation, the granddaddy of all voucher advocacy organizations: “A Win-Win Solution: The Empirical Evidence on How Vouchers affect Public-Schools”

1 comment:

  1. Either you believe the parents have the right to control the education of their child or you don't.
    If you believe the parents have that right, do you also believe the parents have the responsibility to pay TWICE for the education of their child: once when they pay their school taxes and a second time when they pay tuition at a non-public school.
    Can you name a dollar better spent by the US Government than the dollar spent on the GI Bill of Rights (which is a voucher)?


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