Friday, May 27, 2011

Schools of Hard Knocks/ HB 1326/ NCLB Rewrite/ Vicki Phillips on Gates:NYT

Pennsylvania school organizations say districts face tougher choices if voters gain more power to reject property tax hikes
Published: Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 11:44 PM
Two statewide school organizations warn that school districts could face tougher choices in future years if lawmakers give voters more power to reject property tax increases.  Pending bills in the House and Senate would require voter approval of all school property tax increases exceeding a level set by the state. The cap, which changes annually, is 1.4 percent for the next school year.

Thanks again for you advocacy efforts opposing HB 1326; consideration of the bill has been delayed until after the Memorial Day holiday.

Education Law Center Analysis of House Bill 1326 and Opposition to Repeal of Certain Act 1 Exceptions

The Education Law Center emailed this analysis of HB 1326 to all members of the PA House yesterday.

Delco Times Education Issues Series: Schools of Hard Knocks (updated 5/27)
The Delaware County Daily Times has been running a series this week covering current education issues (Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi's Senatorial District incorporates six Delco school districts; all three of House Appropriations Chairman Bill Adolph's school districts are also in Delaware County)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 05/26/2011

A sensible way to rewrite No Child Left Behind

By Valerie Strauss, Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog
Here are recommendations made by a coalition of organizations called the Forum for Educational Accountability to help guide Congress — should it be willing to listen — in any rewrite of of the flawed law known as No Child Left Behind. The forum is chaired by the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, or FairTest, a nonprofit organization dedicated to stopping misuse of standardized tests.

Vicki Phillips was a former PA Secretary of Education prior to moving to the Gates Foundation


Students Lose When the Debate Is Polarized

Gates Foundation Blog, Posted by Vicki Phillips on May 23, 2011
In a story published on May 22, 2011, the New York Times examined the foundation's education advocacy grantmaking. This blog post helps provide context for that article. The reporting behind the story relied heavily on documents and information that the foundation itself has made public, either in our Form 990, published every year, or on the grants database on our website. Transparency is critical to good philanthropy and makes reporting such as this possible.


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