Thursday, April 14, 2011

Vouchers, Prisons, Budgets

Voucher Quote of the Day:  We'll take the money but……….
 "Piccola said the law (SB 1 as amended) did not include the PSSA tests specifically because that would require regulating the curriculum of the non-public schools."

We certainly wouldn't want to force voucher schools taking tax dollars to do anything that might inconvenience or embarrass them, like this article showing that Wisconsin voucher students perform worse than their public school counterparts on statewide tests

From Education Voters PA:
Keep up the contacts with State Senators
Because of your efforts, your Senators heard your concerns about SB 1 and halted its vote in the Senate this 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


Posted on Thu, Apr. 14, 2011
NAACP blasts U.S. trend for spending more on incarceration than education
By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
In his 1984 presidential run, the Rev. Jesse Jackson took issue with the nation's priorities - spending ever more money on imprisoning people than on educating them.

But with little progress over the decades, the national office of the NAACP raised the issue again last week with a report, "Misplaced Priorities: Under Educate, Over Incarcerate."

To view the full NAACP report, go to  

Read more:


It's 'ugly and getting uglier' for public schools

By Lois Puglionesi, CORRESPONDENT
HAVERFORD TWP. — It was a grim picture of public education in Pennsylvania, according to a legislative report presented last week by Haverford School Board Director Larry Feinberg.
Feinberg, who is also chairman of the Delaware County School Boards Legislative Council and co-chairman of the Keystone State Education Coalition called the situation "ugly and getting uglier."


Easton board lists teacher cuts, opts for more talks

Directors say which 160 jobs that would be dropped unless a deal is reached with union.

By Samantha Marcus, OF THE MORNING CALL, 11:13 p.m. EDT, April 13, 2011

A generally congenial atmosphere punctuated by cheers of "Take our money!" turned decidedly tense Wednesday evening as the Easton Area School Board outlined $15 million worth of program cuts and identified 160 full-time teaching positions that would be dropped if the board and union don't reach a settlement.,0,6054405.story


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