Friday, June 17, 2011

Majority Leader Turzai expected to endorse new voucher bill

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House leader expected to endorse compromise school choice bill next week

Combines elements of House and Senate proposals
By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
HARRISBURG — A renewed push for vouchers in Pennsylvania is about to get a big boost from the state House leadership.
House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, will be the second lead sponsor of a compromise school-choice bill authored by state Rep. Jim Christiana, R-Beaver, and is expected to endorse the legislation at a news conference tentatively scheduled for Monday in Harrisburg.
Christiana's legislation seeks to find common ground between competing school-choice proposals in the state House and state Senate by combining a voucher proposal with a measure to expand an existing scholarship tax-credit program.

Education Week Published Online: June 14, 2011

Frustrated Educators Aim to Build Grassroots Movement

Thousands of educators, parent activists, and others are expected to convene in the heat and humidity of Washington next month for a march protesting the current thrust of education policy in the United States, especially the strong emphasis on test-based accountability.

School lunches to be more healthful, but costlier

Federal government wants costs to match subsidy for free lunches for low-income students

By Devon Lash, OF THE MORNING CALL, 10:38 p.m. EDT, June 16, 2011
Families across the Lehigh Valley may have to shell out a few more nickels for school lunches in the fall as local districts raise prices to comply with a new federal mandate.
The federal government wants school lunch prices to eventually rise to $2.72 — the amount of money it reimburses school districts for free school lunches given to low-income children.

HB 1326, which would remove all Act 1 exceptions, remains at the top of the House calendar again today as they are scheduled to reconvene at 11:00 a.m.

The House Education Committee is now scheduled to meet on Monday June 20th at 12:00 p.m. to consider SB 612, which would allow furloughs for economic reasons (FYI, the House also has its own version of a furlough bill, HB 855).  It is our understanding that more than 30 amendments have been filed for bill.

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