Tuesday, June 21, 2011

VOUCHERS: NEXT 48 HOURS ARE CRITICAL

Rep. Christiana on vouchers:"The next 48 hours are critical as to whether we are able to do something before June 30, or it moves to an issue considered in the fall"


IF YOU HAVE 3, 5 OR 10 MINUTES TO SPARE TODAY PLEASE CALL HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP AND HOUSE ED COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND URGE THEM TO VOTE NO ON VOUCHERS.  IF YOU ARE REGISTERED R, PLEASE CONSIDER LETTING THEM KNOW THAT.  PLEASE FORWARD THIS AS YOU SEE FIT.

Here’s their contact info – start at the top of the list and call/email as many as you have time for: http://keystonestateeducationcoalition.blogspot.com/2011/06/pa-house-r-leadership-and-house-ed.html


Corbett open to voucher compromise to get legislation passed

By Brad Bumsted and Sari Heidenreich, TRIBUNE-REVIEW Tuesday, June 21, 2011
HARRISBURG -- Gov. Tom Corbett wants to see a school voucher program enacted by June 30 and would support a compromise to scale the program back to two years from the four years he wanted, his spokesman said Monday.
Corbett, who in January identified vouchers as one of his priorities, still supports the four-year program proposed under Senate Bill 1 -- stalled in the Senate -- "but wants to see some type of vouchers pass," Kevin Harley, the governor's press secretary, said.
Meanwhile, House Republicans today are expected to hold a closed-door caucus session on vouchers and other education issues, lawmakers and staff said.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/s_743120.html

 

Elmer Smith: Why keep spending on these school cyberfailures?
Posted on Tue, Jun. 21, 2011,  By Elmer Smith, Philadelphia Daily News, Daily News Opinion Columnist
IT'S YEAR NINE of the great Philadelphia public-school reform.
Do you know where your children are?
They may not be where you think. If they are among the 40,000 students enrolled in one of the city's 71 charter schools, chances are they are in no better place today than they were when you transferred them.
If they are one of the 3,460 Philadelphia kids who are enrolled in cybercharters, they are at best in limbo and probably lost in cyberspace.

http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/elmer_smith/20110621_Elmer_Smith__Cybercharters_a_virtual_failure.html

 

Public Education Stakeholders can use Education Voters PA website to email and call your local legislators regarding the budget and keeping vouchers out of the budget bill.

Please forward this link to any public education stakeholders

http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/6041/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=4313

 

Lawrence A. Feinberg
Keystone State Education Coalition
Follow us on Twitter at @lfeinberg

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