Monday, June 20, 2011

Budget deal by week’s end?

Pennsylvania budget negotiators could reach spending deal by week's end
Published: Saturday, June 18, 2011
State budget negotiators expect to end this week by reaching or nearing an agreement on a 2011-12 spending plan that will not exceed $27.3 billion.
Legislative and Gov. Tom Corbett administration staffers worked Saturday on details that will help lawmakers reach that goal. 

Stanford report finds good and bad in Pennsylvania charter schools
Posted on Mon, Jun. 20, 2011 By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania has a larger percentage of high-performing charter schools than the national average, but it also has more underperforming ones.

Click here to download the full CREDO report on PA Charter Schools


Chester Upland board considering major cuts

Facing dramatic state funding losses, the district has proposed slashing teachers by 40 percent, support staff by 50 percent, operational staff by 53 percent and administrative staff by 13 percent, among other measures.


Two GOP House members to introduce voucher legislation
By Brad Bumsted, TRIBUNE-REVIEW Monday, June 20, 2011
HARRISBURG -- Two Republican House members from opposite ends of the state this week will announce separate tuition voucher bills that would allow parents to choose schools for their children.
Rep. Curt Schroder of Chester County today plans to debut his bills -- one that is broad-based legislation for all students, and an alternative bill geared to kids in failing schools. Beaver County Rep. Jim Christiana's plan focuses on low-income kids in failing schools.

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Midstate teachers say anger over salaries is misdirected

Published: Sunday, June 19, 2011, 12:05 AM

Three months after Gov. Tom Corbett asked teachers to take a pay freeze, the long-simmering debate over teacher salaries is boiling over. 
And Camp Hill became ground zero after the district teachers' decision to keep their contracted 4.4 percent raises for next year sparked outrage.


Finding a job becoming more difficult for teachers due to budget cuts, layoffs

When the economy heads south and hibernates, a handful of industries typically go cold and start shedding jobs. Until recently, education was not one of them.  "I was in charge of personnel for 10 years prior to becoming superintendent for the last two years and the job market right now is at its worst," said Upper Darby School District Superintendent Lou DeVlieger. "I understand that last year, across the country, 143,000 teachers lost their jobs and with the current budget in Pennsylvania — the proposed budget by Gov. (Tom) Corbett — the cuts are deeper than they've ever been."

Fight Ensues Over Facebook Money for N.J. Schools June 20, 2011
Nine months ago, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced a $100 million gift to improve public schools in Newark, N.J. The plan to spend the money is now taking shape, and a new superintendent is coming on board to lead the effort.
But in New Jersey, initial jubilation over the gift has turned into protests, suspicion and a belief that students will never benefit from the money.

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