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.
Results show Wisconsin voucher students test poorly
Results show Wis. voucher students test poorly
Washington Examiner, By:SCOTT BAUER03/29/11 1:01 AM, Associated Press
Students who received vouchers to attend private or religious schools in Milwaukee performed worse on statewide reading and math tests than their counterparts in public schools, according to test scores released Tuesday that could play an integral role in whether the program expands statewide.
The results, released by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, show that while scores statewide are improving, voucher students are nowhere near their public school counterparts — even in the Milwaukee public schools they left.
Currently, only low-income students in Milwaukee can receive a voucher from the state. Gov. Scott Walker wants to expand the program to all of Milwaukee County and phase out the low-income qualifying ceiling. Some Republican lawmakers are talking about making the program statewide, arguing the option should be available for students unhappy in public schools.
Posted on Tue, Apr. 5, 2011 Elmer Smith: Victory Academies: A plan we can all be for By Elmer Smith, Philadelphia Daily News Daily News Opinion Columnist STATE SENS. Vincent Hughes and Anthony Hardy Williams can usually be found in the same foxhole when the shooting starts in Harrisburg. When they do disagree, they tend to seek middle ground. Even when they can't work it out, the tiff rarely spills out into the public arena. This time, it's different. They're on opposite sides of a wide philosophical gulf on the issue of school vouchers. There is no middle ground. http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/elmer_smith/20110405_Elmer_Smith_.html
In the article below, it is unfortunate that Mr. Trombetta and Mr. Barker felt the need to paint all public schools with the same brush - as failing. Here is the annual AYP status of Mr. Trombetta's PA Cyber School, the state's largest cyber charter, from PDE's website:
2003: Warning 2004: Made AYP 2005: Warning 2006: School Improvement I 2007: Making Progress 2008: School Improvement II 2009: Making Progress in School Improvement II 2010: Made AYP
PUBLISHED: MARCH 30, 2011 12:01 AM EST Digital technologies must change failed public education model
GOERIE.COM OPINION BY JAMES BARKER AND NICK TROMBETTA, CONTRIBUTING WRITERS
Only a break with the past and an embrace of the present will give us the public education system we all need and want -- and our children deserve.
As local, state and national headlines remind us daily, our current model of public education is in a steep decline. Developed in response to the needs of the Industrial Revolution, it served our nation well through most of the 20th century. In recent decades, however, it has grown increasingly outmoded. Despite extraordinary reform measures, which have proved extraordinarily expensive yet exasperatingly ineffective, we merely have been prolonging the inevitable: public education, as we have known it, cannot be sustained.