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.
For the first time in three years, economic worries aren't the top concern among people in Pennsylvania, a poll finds.
A month after Gov. Tom Corbett proposed cutting state spending for public education by $1 billion, education rose to the top of voters' list of concerns, according to a Susquehanna Polling & Research survey. Twenty-three percent of people said education is their top concern, compared with 19 percent who cited the economy or jobs.
A package of bills designed to free school districts from certain state mandates moved one step closer to becoming law on Tuesday, when the Senate Education Committee recommended 17 of the 18 bills for a full Senate vote.
The batch of bills, sponsored by the committee's Republican and Democratic chairs and several other Republicans, includes legislation that would permit school districts to furlough teachers for economic reasons. Other bills concern requirements for certain employee certifications, reports by districts to the state, and continuing education for teachers.
Under the governor's plan to expand charter schools inPennsylvania, taxpayers could lose their ability to say no to new charters while still having to foot the bill.
Rather than having home districts approve new charter schools, Gov. Tom Corbett's proposal — fleshed out last week when Senate Bill 904 was introduced — would create an independent state agency to consider applications for new charter schools and charter renewals. Cyber schools would also move under its purview.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Charter and cyber school officials say a revised state formula to calculate graduation rates is unfair because it assumes students earn diplomas in four years, and students who struggle academically or socially might need more time to complete their education.