Monday, March 21, 2011

Vouchers:Resolutions/ PPG: Tomalis re Budget/PPG: Proposed state cuts are forcing schools to adjust/ WAPO: How test scores are used as a political prop

York Daily Record - LTE
Vouchers won't improve schools
Updated: 03/18/2011 02:43:47 PM EDT

Troy and Canton Area School Boards Oppose SB1 BY ERIC HRIN (STAFF WRITER)
Published: March 17, 2011
TROY - In addition to expressing concern over the governor's proposed budget this week, the Troy Area School Board passed a resolution opposing Senate Bill 1, which calls for tuition vouchers.
The Canton Area School Board also passed the resolution at its last meeting.

Haverford School Board Passes Resolution Against Voucher Bill
The resolution is supposed to educate the public of the potential impact of Senate Bill 1, says the school board.
At Thursday night’s school board meeting, the Haverford School District passed a resolution that the board said would inform the public of the potential impact that the voucher bill would have on the township.

Has your board considered a resolution opposing SB1?

State's education chief insists students come first
Saturday, March 19, 2011
By Eleanor Chute, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Gov. Tom Corbett's budget proposal -- to cut more than $1 billion from public school districts and base teacher job security on performance -- makes it obvious that education in Pennsylvania is likely to change dramatically.

Planning for less: Proposed state cuts are forcing schools to adjust
Thursday, March 17, 2011
By Mary Niederberger, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
If there's one certainty in the education budget proposed last week by Gov. Tom Corbett, it's that school districts on all ends of the spectrum are feeling the pain.
If the budget passes with cuts in place, some poor districts will no longer be able to operate after-school tutoring programs, and some will be forced to give up full-day kindergarten as funding for those programs is set to be eliminated. In addition, the districts stand to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in charter school tuition reimbursements, which also would be cut.

Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog
Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 03/21/2011

How test scores are used as a political prop

By Valerie Strauss
The news out of Washington D.C. offers evidence that calls for test-based teacher evaluations persist, ironically against the weight of evidence: “Sen. Joseph Lieberman is drafting a school reform bill that would tie a portion of federal education dollars to a requirement that states implement robust teacher evaluations, with student test scores being a major factor in rating teacher performance.”

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