Monday, May 2, 2011

Debate set today on bills to remove Act 1 exemptions

Legislators seek to cap school realty tax increases
Debate set today on bills to remove exemptions to getting voter approval
Monday, May 02, 2011
By Tracie Mauriello, Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG -- Momentum is growing in the General Assembly for legislation that would prevent your local school district from significantly increasing your property taxes without your say.

School vouchers are too expensive

Published: Sunday, May 01, 2011, 11:00 AM
Patriot-News Op-Ed BY BUD SHAFFNER
Gov. Tom Corbett is proposing cuts in spending in the 2011-12 state budget that would amount to more than a $1 billion loss to public education. This equates to a potential loss of more than $2.3 million to the Cumberland Valley School District and more than $12 million to all Cumberland County schools. 

Legislators grapple with proposed education cuts, philosophy change

Would still have long-lasting impact on higher, public school education
By Darwyyn Deyo | PA Independent
HARRISBURG — The end of the federal stimulus funds and an apparent philosophical shift within the state Department of Education has combined to make this year a difficult one for school districts across Pennsylvania.

Posted on Mon, May. 2, 2011
KIPP charter schools open up to invite credibility
By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Against a backdrop of scandals at other Philadelphia charter schools, one charter organization has devised its own system to provide more accountability.
KIPP Philadelphia Charter Schools recently launched Open Book. With this project, KIPP is putting financial records, budgets, salary information, audits, test scores, minutes of charter board meetings, and biographies of board members on its website for the public to view

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 05/02/2011

When will the testing bubble burst?

By Valerie Strauss, Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog
This was written by educator Anthony Cody, who taught science for 18 years in inner-city Oakland and now works with a team of science teacher-coaches that supports novice teachers. He is a National Board-certified teacher and an active member of the Teacher Leaders Network. This post appeared on his Education Week Teacher blog,Living in Dialogue.


Concerned about the Education Budget? Let Governor Corbett Know
Governor Tom Corbett Phone: 717-787-2500, Fax: 717-772-8284, Email: governor@state.pa.us




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