Thursday, May 12, 2011
Parents: Wake Up and Start Making Noise/ Furlough Bill Moves/ Vouchers vs. EITC
Pa. Senate passes SB 612 that would allow school districts to layoff teachers for economic reasons; HB 855 Furlough Bill still awaiting action in the House
Proposed SB1 "Poverty Level" Cap would now be $78,000
Remember the sales pitch for SB1 "to help poor kids escape failing schools"? Fuggedaboutit! Where SB1 was originally targeted to families making under $29,000 in failing schools or school districts, and then amended to offer vouchers to families earning up to $67,000, the latest version will reportedly raise that income cap to $78,000. Here's a little perspective on the proposed change to SB1 that would enable families with incomes up to $78,000 to receive tuition vouchers. A November 22, 2010 article in the Harrisburg Patriot News detailed how the starting salary for state legislators would increase to $79,623 effective December 1, 2010. Meanwhile, according to PSBA, the average teacher salary in Pennsylvania for the 2008-2009 school year was $57,641.
Parents: Wake up and start making noise
By Lois Puglionesi, CORRESPONDENT
HAVERFORD TWP. — School directors unanimously approved a $90 million proposed final budget last week, which they hope to change before formal adoption in June, pending outcome of the state budget process and controversial cuts slated for public education by Gov. Tom Corbett