Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Guv links failing schools to teacher unions/ EITC Bill DOA in Senate
Posted on Wed, May. 11, 2011
Phila. parents mobilize against school cuts
By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
They are boarding buses for Harrisburg and bending legislators' ears. They're planning rallies, writing letters, volunteering at phone banks, and speaking out at meetings.
With $629 million in proposed cuts on the table for the Philadelphia School District, city parents are increasingly becoming activists.
"People have kind of come out of the woodwork," said Cheryl Dore, president of the Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School Home and School Association. "More parents are making themselves aware of issues, and doing something about them."
Posted on Tue, May. 10, 2011
Pennsylvania's public schools have focused too much on teacher contracts and not enough on curriculum, Gov. Corbett said yesterday, telling supporters of public-school alternatives that competition with private, religious or charter schools will improve the quality of education and help society erase class divisions.
Corbett linked teachers' unions to poorly performing schools and said that giving students the ability to take taxpayer-provided tuition money to the school of their choice would open up a "mansion of opportunities" for kids who want to learn.
Morning Call Capitol Ideas Blog, John Micek, May 10, 2011
Pennsylvania's chief executive was in Our Nation's Capital on Monday where he gave the keynote address to a summit of school choice types, telling them that there's nothing wrong with the public schools that a little competition can't solve.
Oh, and also, teachers unions are pretty much wrecking everything.
Scholarship tax credit bill clears House, lacks Senate support
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
By Tracie Mauriello, Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG -- Although it easily cleared the House Monday, a bill to provide more tax credits for businesses' scholarship contributions is "dead on arrival" in the Senate according to one lawmaker.
No sooner had the House passed a bill expanding the state's popular Educational Improvement Tax Credit,a senior Senate Republican said it had no future on his side of the Capitol.
"I can only speak for the Education Committee and it's not coming out of there," the panel's chairman, Sen. Jeffrey Piccola, R-Dauphin, said this afternoon.