Friday, April 1, 2011

Budget/Vouchers/NAACP Rally Date Changed to April 26th

Editorial: Corbett bullying poor school districts
Delco Times, Published: Thursday, March 31, 2011
Ron Tomalis, meet Charlotte Hummel.
Tomalis is Gov. Tom Corbett's nominee to be secretary of education. Hummel is president of the William Penn School Board.
Tuesday, speaking before the state Senate Appropriations Committee, Tomalis admitted that the cuts proposed by his boss would likely have a more adverse effect on the state's poorest districts.
He should try telling Hummel something she doesn't know already.

Pennsylvania Legislature finishes hearings on Corbett's budget proposal
Patriot News, Published: Thursday, March 31, 2011, 4:34 PM 
The Pennsylvania Legislature is winding up three weeks of hearings on Gov. Tom Corbett's $27.3 billion budget plan.
Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee fired pointed questions Thursday at Charles Zogby, the governor's top budget adviser, about proposed deep cuts in education and other issues during a hearing that lasted more than three hours.

If you have not already done so, don't wait to take action on the budget
Send this link to any public education stakeholders today to easily contact these legislative leaders:
Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati
House Appropriations Chairman William Adolph
House Speaker Samuel Smith
House Majority Leader Michael Turzai
Senate Appropriations Chairman Jake Corman
Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi
and Governor Tom Corbett, all with one mouse click.
 One of my PTO contacts sent it to his list yesterday and it triggered over 150 hits on the website.  If just 10 or 20 of you could do the same…….

BUDGET CUTS: TAKE ACTION TODAY

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


School voucher proposal doesn't add up

Patriot News Opinion, Published: Thursday, March 31, 2011, 5:53 AM
By Chuck Mundy
There are questions you should be asking your state representatives/ senators regarding Senate Bill 1, the "Opportunity Scholarship and Educational Improvement Tax Credit Act," aka the educational voucher program. 

Has your board passed a resolution opposing SB1 yet?

Click here for a PSBA sample board resolution opposing SB1: Sample Resolution

Camp Hill school board opposes vouchers

Patriot News, Published: Thursday, March 31, 2011, 12:33 PM
Senate Bill 1, Pennsylvania's school-voucher bill, doesn't have the support of the Camp Hill Board of School Directors.
Voting 7-1, with one member absent, the board on March 21 adopted a resolution prepared by the Pennsylvania School Board Association opposing the voucher bill.

NAACP Rally Date Changed to April 26th
Please note that the NAACP Harrisburg Rally on Education has been rescheduled from Friday, April 22 to Tuesday, April 26th.

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