Thursday, May 19, 2011
California Testing Sanity/ Vouchers for All
The Pennsylvania House and Senate will reconvene on Monday May 23rd at 1:00 p.m.
Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Anthony Cody
California Gov. Jerry Brown has taken a big step towards reducing the testing mania in the nation's most populous state. For years we have been on an accelerated path towards the comprehensive data-driven system that test publishers and corporate reformers have convinced leaders is needed to improve schools. But the May budget outline from Brown's office makes clear that the governor is putting on the brakes.
Washington Independent By Mikhail Zinshteyn | 05.12.11 | 12:15 pm
Legislatures in two states that school choice advocates were hoping would pass statewide voucher programs are struggling to corral enough lawmaker support.
Wisconsin and Pennsylvania each have governors that support using taxpayer money to subsidize student enrollment in private schools. And while key players in the school choice movement — a coalition of wealthy investors, prominent Democrats, frustrated minority groups and many Republicans — agree on the core principle of providing an outlet to needy children in struggling school districts, Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) and Tom Corbett (R-Pa) would like to expand their respective states' voucher programs to all students; Walker would like to lift income eligibility requirements for his state's voucher program.