Friday, June 24, 2011

Voucher and Charter School Bill Update Friday 6/24 6:00 pm

PSBA Legislative Action Alert
Put the Brakes on Charter School Expansion!!
Please Contact Your Senate and House Members before Sunday (June 26)
PSBA has learned that Gov. Corbett and General Assembly are now pushing hard to enact legislation to expand the number of charter schools.  The General Assembly will be in voting session this weekend, so it is imperative that calls and emails be made quickly to members of both the Senate and House of Representatives.

Education Voters PA Legislative Action link for email regarding vouchers and charter school legislation:

Senate Education Committee will consider HB 1330 at a meeting on Monday June 27

HB 1330 is the EITC bill that the House passed in response to SB1.  Keep an eye on this one folks - It is my understanding that it could be a vehicle for any public school code amendment including vouchers.


Put the brakes on vouchers -- for now

Published: Friday, June 24, 2011, 6:01 AM     Updated: Friday, June 24, 2011, 11:58 AM
 By Patriot-News Editorial Board 
Put the school voucher debate on hold until the fall.
The constitutionally mandated June 30 deadline to pass a state budget is less than a week away. The move afoot to try to enact one of the most sweeping changes in Pennsylvania education by that deadline is one of noble intentions, but bad timing.
Enacting vouchers in an 11th-hour deal would exacerbate an already tough education budget year, and it might not give families or schools (public or private) time to adequately plan.

School voucher bill elicits protest at senator's office

Philadelphia Tribune June 24, 2011


Students and activists from the Philadelphia Student Union and Action United gathered at the office of state Senator Anthony Williams to protest Senate bill 1 (commonly called the voucher bill), which was authored by Williams.


Catholic schools urge support for school choice

Beaver County Times, Posted: Friday, June 24, 2011 12:00 am 
HOPEWELL TWP. — Catholic schools representatives are backing a state iniative by a local legislator that would provide vouchers for students in poor-performing public schools.
Ronald Bowes, assistant superintendent of public policy and development for the Diocese of Pittsburgh, said education should always be a matter of choice, not chance, and he encouraged supporters to press their local legislators for passage of the bill.

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