Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Budget on PCN/Keystone Exams Delayed/SB1/Tomalis vote/Common Core

Where to watch today’s Corbett's budget address
The budget address can be viewed online at www.pcntv.com. PCN is a nonprofit, nonpartisan network.
The Pennsylvania Cable Network will carry Gov. Tom Corbett's budget address live at 11:30 a.m. today.
The address will be broadcast again at 6 p.m. and at 8:30 p.m.
Budget documents are expected to be posted online at www.pa.gov after the governor begins his remarks.

Keystone Exams to be delayed
Acting education secretary: Reason is budget, materials
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
By Laura Olson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG -- Acting Education Secretary Ron Tomalis told senators Monday that the state's public school students will have a little more time before they must face the Keystone Exams.  Mr. Tomalis cited the state budget deficit, as well as problems with some districts not covering material on those tests, as reasons implementation of the end-of-course exams will be slower than scheduled.

Dinniman's deal advances school voucher bill

By EVAN BRANDT, Special to the Chester County Daily Local News
A bill implementing a school voucher system in Pennsylvania is headed to the floor of the state Senate with support from a Democratic state senator from Chester County who said he may not vote for the final bill without changes.  State Sen. Andy Dinniman, D-19th, of West Whiteland, minority chairman of the Senate education committee, said he voted to move the bill out of committee in exchange for a promise from the chairman that five amendments he offered for the bill would get a full hearing.

School choice opposed at Scranton teachers forum

BY JAMES HAGGERTY (STAFF WRITER) Published: March 6, 2011
About 150 people turned out for a Scranton Federation of Teachers forum Saturday to oppose school-voucher legislation.
Read more: http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/school-choice-opposed-at-scranton-teachers-forum-1.1114612?localLinksEnabled=false#ixzz1G0XcbcYy

Allentown Morning Call Capitol Ideas Blog March 7, 2011 John Micek

Corbett's Schools' Chief Pick Headed For Confirmation Vote.

The Corbett Administration's Pick to run the Department of Education is headed for a vote in the state Senate.
Ronald J. Tomalis, who served in the Education Department in the Ridge administration and the U.S. Department of Education under
President George W. Bush won the unanimous endorsement of the Senate Education Committee this afternoon

Bipartisan Group Backs Common School Curriculum

New York Times By SAM DILLON Published: March 7, 201
A bipartisan group of educators and business and labor leaders announced on Monday their support for a common curriculum that states could adopt for public schools across the nation.

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