Monday, March 14, 2011

Inky OPED: Support Schools/ PPG: Budget Crash/ PTRIB: PSSAs/ MCALL OPED: Vouchers

Philadelphia Inquirer Opinion
Posted on Sun, Mar. 13, 2011
Support schools to boost recovery
Carol S. Fixman is executive director of the Philadelphia Education Fund
If our economy is to recover, we must invest in education. President Obama has recognized this simple truth. Pennsylvania must also.
During the last eight years, school districts across the state have shown that investment pays off. They have made significant gains because they were given the resources they needed. Philadelphia is no exception.
On behalf of 13 organizations (see the full list at www.philaedfund.org), we urge state officials to continue this progress by maintaining strong funding to school districts. There is no better investment in our city, our region, and our state.

School budgets crashing without stimulus
Monday, March 14, 2011
By Eleanor Chute, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
When the federal economic stimulus money was allotted two years ago, there was both excitement about getting millions of dollars for Pennsylvania and fear of falling off the funding cliff when the money runs out in September.

More schools likely to fall short of state achievement standards
By Jodi Weigand
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, March 14, 2011
With students set to take Pennsylvania System of Student Assessment exams this week, educators warned that the number of schools failing to meet tougher math and reading standards likely will rise, and the burden to fix problems will lie largely with school districts

Political battle over vouchers

Corbett's cost-cutting plan favors school choice over increased funding.

10:55 p.m. EST, March 12, 2011
On cold days this winter, some did not have socks. Others wore shoes that did not fit. Too many to count did not have tissues to wipe their noses when they walked from apartments, rowhouses and homeless shelters in Allentown's poorest neighborhood to Central Elementary School.
"These are just basic needs and they're not even in the classroom yet," said Regina Nickson of the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley.

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