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.
No Accountability in Existing State Program Funneling Tax Credits to Private Schools
Stephen Herzenberg, PhD, Executive Director of the Keystone Research Center
HARRISBURG, PA (April 7, 2011) — Despite receiving roughly a third of a billion dollars in taxpayer funds over the past decade, a state program that funds scholarships for students attending private and religious schools lacks fundamental accountability measures.
The Keystone Research Center made this finding in a new report assessing the state's decade-old Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program.
School Voucher Q & A: Senate Bill 1 Impact on Students Left Behind
Join the PA School Talk live discussion today from 1-2 p.m. Today (Wednesday, May 4), we will hold another PA School Talk live discussion, this time on "School Voucher Q & A: Senate Bill 1 Impact on Students Left Behind."
Join us from 1 - 2 p.m. EST, as our co-hosts Win Cleland, former longtime superintendent of the West Perry School District, and Beth Olanoff, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania League of Urban Schools (PLUS), field your questions about how the proposed voucher bill would affect the students who do not utilize vouchers.
You can jump in the conversation here -- http://paschooltalk.org/forum/topics/school-voucher-q-a-senate-3 -- and submit a question by replying to the thread, either in advance or when the chat is live.
A quick heads-up: we will hold a few more live discussions in the coming weeks. Topics and exact dates to be announced this Friday.
If you have any questions, contact Brett Schaeffer at the Education Law Center -- firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> or 215-238-6970 ext. 334
Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 05/03/2011
Ravitch: 'Way past time to get mad'
By Valerie Strauss
This was written by education historian Diane Ravitch for her Bridging Differences blog, which she co-authors with Deborah Meier on the Education Week website. Ravitch and Meier exchange letters about what matters most in education. Ravitch, a research professor at New York University, is the author of the bestselling "The Death and Life of the Great American School System," an important critique of the flaws in the modern school reform movement.
It is way past time to get mad. Each week, it is hard to know which of the latest outrages against American public education is the worst.