Wednesday, April 20, 2011

State education boss says money not key to student success

State education boss says money not key to student success

Acting Secretary Ronald Tomalis tells area education and business leaders Corbett's education budget not as stark as it seems.

10:54 p.m. EDT, April 19, 2011
Ronald Tomalis may be the state's acting education secretary. But he's also a parent.
As a parent, Tomalis told a room of Lehigh Valley business and education leaders Tuesday that he considers school test scores as he looks for a new house. But Tomalis said test scores alone do not provide enough information to determine if his children, ages 11 and 9, will have a good public school education.,0,4821947.story

Towanda School District proposes cutting 8 teachers, extracurricular activities

Published: April 17, 2011
TOWANDA - In response to Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed funding cuts for education, the administration of the Towanda Area School District is proposing numerous cuts to the school district's proposed budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year, including the elimination of eight teaching positions, the elimination of the school district's K-4 program, and cuts to extracurricular activities, the Towanda superintendent of schools said.

Curren comments on Troy pay freeze

Published: April 17, 2011
Troy Area School Board President Todd Curren has something to say to the school district's staff for accepting a pay freeze for next school year: thank you.
Last week, the freezes were OK'd by the board in the wake of the governor's proposed cuts in education. The governor's budget does away with $1.5 billion in total education funding, according to a Times-Tribune report. The district is facing a starting deficit of $2.3 million, the board noted.

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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