Thursday, April 21, 2011

Live, Online Q & A Series on School Vouchers Begins April 21


Education Law Center
News Alert

Live, Online Q & A Series on School Vouchers Begins April 21
Education policy experts will respond to questions from the public about Senate Bill 1


What would vouchers mean at my public school? Is my son eligible for a voucher? What's going to happen to my property taxes?  How much is this going cost?
Senate Bill 1, a billion-dollar school voucher proposal, has parents, policymakers, educators, and students asking a lot of questions.
In order to clearly address some of those questions, education policy experts are hosting a series of live, one-hour, public online discussions beginning Thursday, April 21.
Experts will appear on PA School Talk (http://paschooltalk.org) to answer questions from the public about the bill — including its impact on property taxes, school district budgets, neighborhood public school programs, and on students, including students with disabilities.  
Everyone is encouraged to join the conversation.
Schedule of Live, Online Discussions on School Vouchers:
Thursday, April 21      1 – 2 p.m.      IMPACT ON RURAL SCHOOLS
Host: Joseph Bard, Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools
Friday, April 22       1 – 2 p.m.     IMPACT ON URBAN AND SUBURBAN SCHOOLS
Hosts:  Beth Olanoff, Pennsylvania League of Urban Schools, and Lawrence Feinberg, Keystone State Education Coalition
Monday, April 25      1 – 2 p.m.      TAXPAYER IMPACT
Hosts: Susan Gobreski, Education Voters of Pennsylvania, and Christine Stone, National Council of Jewish Women, Inc.
Tuesday, April 26      1 – 2 p.m.      IMPACT ON STRUGGLING SCHOOLS
Host: TaiMarie Adams, Public Citizens for Children and Youth
Wednesday, April 27   1 – 2 p.m.     IMPACT ON STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Host: Kelly Darr, Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania
After April 27, the chats will continue weekly though May, featuring educators, the NAACP and the Education Law Center.
The online discussions can be viewed at: http://paschooltalk.org.
Anyone interested in submitting a question to one of the hosts, must first sign up at:  http://paschooltalk.org/main/authorization/signUp?
For additional information on Senate Bill 1, visit: http://www.elc-pa.org/vouchers.html
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