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.
Schools seek OK permitting them to bypass tax caps ByAmy Crawford PittsburghTRIBUNE-REVIEW, Sunday, March 6, 2011
Skyrocketing expenses, falling revenues and uncertainty about state funding have led a third of area school districts to apply for exceptions to a state law that was intended to put the decision to raise taxes above a state-imposed cap in the hands of voters.
LOS ANGELES — Last year, when the school district here handed out thousands of layoff notices, SamuelGompersMiddle School in South Central stood to lose half of its roughly 150 teachers. Now, with the district planning to lay off as many as 4,500 teachers under what school leaders call a doomsday budget, the school could have been even worse off. But under a court ruling, not a single teacher at the school would be let go. Instead, Gompers and 44 other schools in the Los AngelesUnifiedSchool District would be exempt from any layoffs at all. The ruling, which ratified a settlement agreed to by plaintiffs and the school district, is being appealed by the teachers’ union. And even as it plays out in a state where schools are facing the prospect of devastating layoffs, it could have implications for districts across the country facing similar cuts.