Established in 2006, the Keystone State Education Coalition is a growing grass roots, non-partisan public education advocacy group of several hundred locally elected, volunteer school board members and administrators from school districts throughout Pennsylvania. Our mission is to evaluate, discuss and inform our boards, district constituents and legislators on legislative issues of common interest and to facilitate active engagement in public education advocacy.
PTOs from 12 Chester County Districts ask legislators the tough questions
Chester County Daily Local, Published: Friday, May 06, 2011
By SARA MOSQUEDA-FERNANDEZ Staff Writer
WEST GOSHEN - Eight legislative officials discussed and answered questions posed by the community of the 12 Chester County school districts. Held in the auditorium of West Chester East High School, the event began with a representative from each PTO group making a brief statement regarding how the state budget has already affected districts, students, and taxpayers as school boards must approve their own budgets before the state budget's deadline.
"Parents from each district express the concern that these proposed budget cuts will force their districts to possibly remove key elements in the educational system of their respective districts. And for me it became very clear, sitting and listening, that in effect what these proposed budget cuts may do is begin the process of dismantling the entire public education system in the state of Pennsylvania."
PSBA Call to Action: Act 1 Exception Bill Expected to Move Next Tuesday The House Finance Committee is scheduled to meet next Tuesday, May 10, to consider HB 1326. Pleasecallor emailyour House members now, particularly if they are on theHouse Finance Committee,and urge them to oppose HB 1326 and retain the Act 1 exceptions.
The Foundation for Educational Choice is the leading national pro-voucher advocacy group; their Executive Director was invited to speak at the Senate Education Committee's October 2010 hearing on school choice in PA. BTW, our own Senator Piccola is listed on their speakers bureau:
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels Signs Historic Voucher Bill into Law
Thursday, May 05, 2011 The Foundation for Educational Choice
Milton and Rose Friedman's vision of school choice for all takes one step closer to reality
INDIANAPOLIS, IN— The Foundation for Educational Choice today praised Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels for signing the nation's largest voucher program into law. The School Scholarship Act (House Bill 1003) creates a school voucher program that has the broadest eligibility of any voucher program in the nation.
The changes to SB1 negotiated with the governor's office make more children eligible in the 2015-16 school year by increasing income limits to 350 percent of the federal poverty level ($78,225 for a family of four). The bill previously had an income limit of 300 percent of the poverty level ($67,050 for a family of four). Vouchers would be available to any student already attending private or parochial school whose family fits the income limit, regardless of whether they have ever attended a public school and even if they live in the best performing school districts in the state.