Friday, April 15, 2011

Vouchers Vouchers Vouchers/ WITF Budget Forum on 4/21/ Dinniman Education Rally on 4/27

Budget Deal Fuels Revival of DC School Vouchers
New York Times, By TRIP GABRIEL, Published: April 14, 2011
In the 11th-hour compromise to avoid a government shutdown last week, one concession that President Obama made to Republicans drew scant attention: he agreed to finance vouchers for Washington students to attend private schools.

Voucher Debates Continue Nationwide

What is the best policy solution to give all students the quality education and opportunity that they deserve? Debates persist nationwide on whether vouchers can give students more opportunity to receive a high quality education. Here's a scan of voucher activity in school districts and states nationwide.

Starving The Schools: In The States, Voucher Boosters Play Reverse Robin Hood With Tax Dollars

Americans United for Separation of Church and State Blog

Across the country, public schools are feeling the pinch of the economic downturn. The school system my daughter and son attend has increased class sizes, and some popular programs are on the chopping block.

School vouchers bill hits snag in Senate

Education secretary surprises Senate Republicans by saying Corbett is on fence about Sen. Piccola's legislation.

By John L. Micek, MORNING CALL HARRISBURG BUREAU, 10:49 p.m. EDT, April 13, 2011
HARRISBURG — What a difference a few days can make.
When state lawmakers rolled into town Monday, it was widely expected the Senate would sign off on a school vouchers bill and send it to the House, putting the bill into position for final approval by late June.
Four days later — and after an unusual intercession from Gov.Tom Corbett  Republicans who control the state Senate say they're looking for a clear sign his administration supports the bill now before the chamber. GOP leaders also are looking to assuage concerns from rank-and-file senators skittish over the cost and scope of the legislation.

Voucher express in Harrisburg

WHYY newsworks, April 14, 2011, By Dave Davies
While Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed cuts to Pennsylvania pubic schools and higher education have generated controversy, less attention has been paid to the galloping charge towards school vouchers in the state legislature.

District announces givebacks, concessions and reductions

Bucks County Courier Times, Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2011 5:58 am
DANNY ADLER, staff writer 
Council Rock School District officials announced on Wednesday that teachers and administrators agreed to $1.1 million in givebacks and concessions, one of many moves to help the district close a multimillion-dollar deficit.

WITF TV is holding a State Budget Community Forum on Thursday night Apr 21

Join witf, in partnership with the United Ways of Central Pennsylvania, as we present a special Smart Talk State Budget Community Forum, hosted by Nell McCormack Abom on witf TV, Thursday April 21st from 8-9pm.
Pennsylvania's Secretary of the Budget, Charles Zogby, will be among select panelists to answer your questions about Governor Tom Corbett's proposed state budget.  Audience seating is free and open to the public.  Please plan to arrive at the witf TV studio by 7pm. We encourage questions and comments from the audience during the broadcast.
To reserve your audience seat, please call or email Zane Sebasovich at 717-910-2833 or
What: Smart Talk State Budget Community Forum with Charles Zogby
Where: Public Media Center, 4801 Lindle Road
When: April 21st, 2011 at 7pm; broadcast from 8-9pm.

Dinniman To Hold Rally for Education on April 27th
Public Rally Set for 7 p.m. on the Steps of the Chester County Courthouse
WEST CHESTER (April 11) – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that he will hold a rally for residents opposed to Governor Corbett's proposed budget cuts to education on Wednesday, April 27 at 7 p.m. on the steps of the Chester County Courthouse (corner of High and Market Streets) in West Chester.

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


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