Monday, March 28, 2011

ELC: Cuts per Student XL/ PPG: Poor Schools Take Biggest Hit/ Take Acton on Cuts/ Inky: K-Cuts/ Inky: Corbett's Vision for Schools/ BCC OP: Corbett's Cuts/ DR:Towanda Resolutions

Chester-Upland would lose $2542 per student, or $63,555 per classroom of 25 students under the Governor’s proposed budget.
In general, the cuts fall hardest on school districts with the greatest student poverty, according to the Law Center's analysis.  “The disparity of the cuts is most plainly seen when measured by the dollars cut per student," said Baruch Kintisch, Director of Policy Advocacy for the Law Center.  "Some districts are cut more than $1,400 per student, while others are cut less than $100 per student. "
Download this spreadsheet from the Education Law Center to see how your district would be impacted; make sure your legislators have the data:

Poor schools take biggest budget hit
By Mary Niederberger, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sunday, March 27, 2011
Under other circumstances, officials of the Clairton City School District would be joyful over being ranked fourth out of 500 school districts in the state.
But the recent list that gave the district that designation is one that ranks districts based on the amount of state aid per student they stand to lose in Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed education budget. Clairton will see a reduction of $1,480 per student


Click here for links to quickly and easily contact key legislative leaders on the budget


State Budget Phone Banking with Education Voters

If you have some time to make phone calls to voters regarding the budget cuts, either from home or in Philadelphia please contact Ian Moran, Program Manager, Education Voters of Pennsylvania at (215) 564-2299.


Philadelphia Inquirer, Posted on Mon, Mar. 28, 2011
Corbett plan riles advocates of full-day kindergarten
By Adrienne Lu, Inquirer Staff Writer
On a recent morning, kindergartners in Hollie Citerone's class at the Southeast Delco School District Kindergarten Center settled in for "kid writing," a daily activity in which the children draw a picture, create a story about it, and write the sentences that make up the story.
Last year, 53,000 children in the state attended full-day kindergarten funded in part with the grants, which began under Gov. Ed Rendell in 2004-05.

Philadelphia Inquirer, Posted on Sun, Mar. 27, 2011

Corbett's vision for Pa. schools

His plan includes voter approval of budgets.

When it comes to changing public education in Pennsylvania, Gov. Corbett's proposed billion-dollar funding cut to school districts this year could be just the beginning.

Bucks County Courier, March 27, 2011
Corbett’s Cuts – Schools Underwrite Campaign Promises
Guest Opinion by Mark Miller

Towanda School Board passes resolutions against Corbett's budget, school voucher proposal
The Daily Review, BY JAMES LOEWENSTEIN (Staff Writer), Published: March 26, 2011
TOWANDA - The Towanda School Board expressed opposition to Gov. Tom Corbett's budget proposal and Senate Bill 1 at its most recent meeting.

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