Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Gov. Tom Corbett links state budget to school tax decisions
Published: Tuesday, June 28, 2011, 2:49 PM
Patriot News By The Associated Press 

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said today that passage of a bill to limit the ability of school boards to raise property taxes was "crucial" to the state budget under consideration in the Legislature.

He also said his staff has been working behind the scenes on a proposal to make it easier for parents to take their children out of the public schools they currently attend and send them to private or other public schools. "We'd like to see this bill passed before we adjourn for the summer," he told reporters, shortly after signing a bill that changed how liability is apportioned in civil negligence lawsuits.

Posted on Wed, Jun. 29, 2011

Despite state aid, ax falls hard on Chester Upland

$9.6 million helps, yet the district still laid off 40 percent of its staff, including 150 teachers.

By Dan Hardy Inquirer Staff Writer
A last-minute infusion of state education funds for the financially drowning Chester Upland School District might have averted the worst-case situation for students, but for now, at least, the district has laid off more than 40 percent of its total staff.

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 06/29/2011

How Walton Foundation spent $157 million on ed reform (in D.C. and other places)

Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss

Teacher Grades: Pass or Be Fired

New York Times By SAM DILLON, Published: June 27, 2011
165 Washington teachers were fired last year based on a pioneering evaluation system that places significant emphasis on classroom observations; next month, 200 to 600 of the city's 4,200 educators are expected to get similar bad news, in the nation's highest rate of dismissal for poor performance.
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