Monday, June 13, 2011

Competition? Level the Playing Field……

Competition?  Level the Playing Field……
The flyer at this link was faxed to all members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly on Sunday June 12th.  Ask your State Rep or State Senator if they received it.

Scranton Times-Tribune Jun 11, 11:16 AM EDT
Do poorest Pa. schools have to take bigger cuts?
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- When Gov. Tom Corbett chose to cut Pennsylvania's way out of a projected multibillion-dollar budget deficit, he started by taking a disproportionate chunk of state aid away from the state's poorest school districts.
Why not approach it by taking a disproportionate amount of state aid away from the districts that can best afford it - the wealthiest?
"That's a great question," said Jim Buckheit of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators.

Education Secretary May Agree to Waivers on 'No Child' Law Requirements

New York Times By SAM DILLON, Published: June 12, 2011
Unless Congress acts by this fall to overhaul No Child Left Behind, the main federal law on public education, Secretary of EducationArne Duncan signaled that he would use his executive authority to free states from the law's centerpiece requirement that all students be proficient in reading and math by 2014. 

Tea Party Gears Up For 2012 In Contentious School Voucher Fight

Huffington Popst, by John Ward, First Posted: 06/12/11 01:37 PM ET
HARRISBURG, Pa. -– The fight over school vouchers in Pennsylvania is a test of whether the Tea Party can transition from a protest movement into sustained political activism. They might yet make the grade, but they're hitting plenty of bumps along the way.
Despite the problems mobilizing support for the voucher bill, Commonwealth's Benefield said it's still a great opportunity for conservatives. The policy analyst predicted that a stripped down version of Senate Bill 1 would be passed as part of the budget by the end of the month.

Group puts on pressure for school vouchers in Pennsylvania

Published: Saturday, June 11, 2011, 12:00 AM
As they've spent the spring pushing for school choice legislation that includes a voucher program, advocates have tried a simple message: Legislators are either for the students or the teachers unions. 


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