Thursday, March 10, 2011

Impact of Cuts?/ Philly Rally on Friday to Protect Public Education/ SSR to Wealthier Districts also Cut/ DELCO Response to Budget/SB1 Reception/SB1 Tea Party Tour

Impact of Cuts?
Please help us out with this request: Could you ask the Keystone State Education Coalition list to provide brief examples/anecdotes of how some of the money that is being cut has been used in the past (what has it paid for, in a clear and easy to understand manner; no BS please), as opposed to just dollar amounts, and/or what the shape of some of the cuts will take (like: "our options will be This or That")?  If you are responding from the blog please send to lawrenceafeinberg at gmail dot com

Philly Rally on Friday to Protect Public Education
In response to the budget introduced by Governor Corbett, there will be a rally to protect public education in Philadelphia on Friday, March 11th, at 4:00 PM, on the School District’s front steps at 440 N. Broad Street.

Social Security Reimbursement to Wealthier Districts Cut
In the Subsidy Reductions by District spreadsheet cited yesterday from Harrisburg’s WABC website, column I has the heading “2011-12 Estimated SSR Reduction for MV/PI AR < 0.5000”.  In my district, this would shift $719,524 in costs from the state to the local taxpayers.

Many thanks to those of you who responded to yesterday’s NSBA Call to Action and contacted Senators Casey and Toomey to urge their opposition to the House-passed appropriations bill, H.R. 1, which would have cut Title I funding by $700 million.

Senate Defeats Pair of Spending Measures

 Alyson Klein  
The U.S. Senate has just defeated a pair of federal budget bills that would have taken education spending in two very different directions, sending Congress back to the drawing board to figure out a spending plan for the rest of the current fiscal year.

Delco educators: Corbett budget cuts will be tough

…..William Penn School Board President Charlotte Hummel called the plan a disaster.  ““It looks like it’s going to take $5.3 million out of our already-stretched budget,” she said. “I know a lot of districts are crying poor, but we were poor before poor was popular. If they want to create failing public schools in order to close them, this is exactly how you do it.”
Lawrence Feinberg, a member of the Haverford School Board, strongly disagreed with Mundy on Senate Bill 1, saying it would create a new $1 billion entitlement program and do nothing for the struggling schools except drain their resources.  “(T)ax dollars would essentially be used to bail out our financially struggling parochial schools,” said Feinberg, who also serves as chairman of the Delaware County School Boards Legislative Council. “Constitutional issues aside, parochial schools would reap all the benefits of public funding with virtually none of the burden of public accountability; a billion dollars without any fiscal reporting or transparency requirements, and without any student performance or testing requirements.”

Voucher bill gets a chilly reception in Havertown

By Lois Puglionesi, CORRESPONDENT
HAVERFORD TWP. — Senate Bill 1 got a chilly reception in Haverford, where teachers, school board members and administrative staff last week declared their opposition to the proposal. Officials resolved to draft a formal resolution that would make their feelings known in Harrisburg.

SB1 Proponents’ Tea Party Tour

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