Thursday, April 21, 2011

Report: Full-day kindergarten improves reading

Report: Full-day kindergarten improves reading
Report by state group comes as funding is threatened
Thursday, April 21, 2011
By Eleanor Chute, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
At a time proposed state funding cuts have put some full-day kindergarten programs in jeopardy, a new report says that the program improves reading skills.
The report by Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children -- a child advocacy group -- compares children who were in full-day kindergarten with those in part-time kindergarten statewide. Of the state's 500 school districts, 349 have full-day kindergarten, according to the partnership.

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"Simply put, give a child a full day of kindergarten and he will likely do better on reading and math achievement tests."


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.


Shaler is Governor Corbett's School District

Shaler school board votes to oppose voucher program
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Thursday, April 21, 2011
By Rita Michel
Shaler Area school board Wednesday night voted unanimously to formally oppose the Pennsylvania Senate Bill No. 1 -- the tuition voucher program -- and encourage residents to do the same.

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New Kensington-Arnold schools to furlough 17 teachers
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Thursday, April 21, 2011
By Debra Duncan
The New Kensington-Arnold school board on Wednesday approved furloughing 17 teachers to help close a $4.7 million budget deficit for next school year's $33 million budget.
That's not quite 10 percent of approximately 200 teachers in the district.

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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/21/2011

School district field-tests 52 (yes, 52) new tests on kids

Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog, By Valerie Strauss
To see where public education is being driven, let's look at a school district in North Carolina where students in every grade were used as guinea pigs this spring to help field-test a total of 52 -- yes, 52 -- new standardized tests this spring, kindergarteners included.


NAACP March for Education

Time: April 26, 2011 from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Location: Capitol Building Steps
City/Town: Harrisburg, PA
Phone: 215-715-5681

SB1: Ask your PTOs, athletics, music and arts boosters to help –
Keep up the contacts with State Senators before they come back to vote on SB1 next week
Because of your efforts, your Senators heard your concerns about SB 1 and halted its vote in the Senate last week.  This has been real progress but we cannot stop here....we need to make sure they know we support their decision to NOT vote for SB 1.  

After you call your Senator, please call the following key Senators and urge them to vote NO on SB 1!
Rich Alloway (R-Franklin, Adams):  717-787-4651
Mike Brubaker (R-Lancaster):  717-787-4420
Jane Earll (R-Erie):  717-787-8927
Bob Mensch (R-Montgomery):  717-787-3110
Mike Stack (D-Philadelphia):  717-787-9608
LeAnna Washington (D-Montgomery):  717-787-1427
Mary Jo White (R-Venango):  717-787-9684
Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming):  717-787-3280


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