Established in 2006, the Keystone State Education Coalition is a growing grass roots, non-partisan public education advocacy group of several hundred locally elected, volunteer school board members and administrators from school districts throughout Pennsylvania. Our mission is to evaluate, discuss and inform our boards, district constituents and legislators on legislative issues of common interest and to facilitate active engagement in public education advocacy.
The following commentary from forbes.com cites the same Friedman Foundation report that I posted about yesterday(“no credible evidence”) as justification for vouchers. For the record, Charlotte Hummel's actual full quote was, "to prevent the privatization of education, I will be standing in the schoolhouse door. Our kids are not for sale."
FORBES.COM Feb. 8, 2011
Commentary: It's Time For School Choice In Pennsylvania
School choice puts education back in the hands of parents, where it belongs.
By Dick Armey and Ana Puig
Palisades school director Steve Kunkel passed along this information yesterday. I am working on getting confirmation and further details and will keep you posted.
This morning the Bucks County Intermediate Unit shared with us that a representative from PDE announced a change to the graduation requirements that will affect the class of 2017 (current 6th grade class) and beyond. Our current 7th and 8th grade students will still need to demonstrate proficiency in Algebra I, Biology, English Literature and English Composition. No change. Our current 6th grade students will demonstrate proficiency in the following Keystone Exams: Algebra I, Biology, English Literature, English Composition and Civics and Government. There will be only 5 Keystone Exams, not 10, due to budget considerations. Algebra II, Geometry, Chemistry, US History and World History Keystones will not be developed or administered.
NSBA focuses on ESEA reauthorization, federal funding at FRN conference
I was able to join more than 800 school board members and state school board association leaders who came to Washington this week to learn about the most current issues in Congress and spend a day meeting with their representatives on Capitol Hill. Speakers included author and historian Diane Ravitch and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.