Friday, July 29, 2011

Elmer Smith: Freedom from public education?

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Posted on Fri, Jul. 29, 2011
Elmer Smith: Freedom from public education?
By Elmer Smith, Philadelphia Daily News
Daily News Opinion Columnist
Took 20 years for Wisconsin to even require testing for children in voucher schools. When results confirmed that the schools weren't working, it prompted immediate action: Wisconsin introduced legislation to outlaw the tests and expand voucher schools.

http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/elmer_smith/20110729_Elmer_Smith__Freedom_from_public_education_.html

 

August 2nd Senate Democratic Policy Committee Public Hearing to Focus on School Choice

Panel Discussion in Philadelphia Tuesday, August 2nd 10:00 am to Noon is open to the public.

 

Pa. House panel hears from both sides on school vouchers

July 27, 2011, WHYY Newsworks By Mara Zepeda
Supporters and opponents of school vouchers faced off in Philadelphia Wednesday as the Pennsylvania House Education Committee took testimony. Proposed legislation would offer low-income students vouchers worth thousands of dollars to attend private or religious schools.

http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/23827

 

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 07/28/2011

Report: How voucher landscape is widening

Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss
A new review of voucher research over the past decade reveals that vouchers over all "do not have a strong effect on students' academic achievement" and that proponents have shifted their rhetoric away from academic impact and instead highlight parent choice and other issues.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/report-how-voucher-landscape-is-widening/2011/07/27/gIQA7uyxeI_blog.html

 

West Perry School District teacher Michele Dubaich among the finalists for 2012 Teacher of the Year

Published: Thursday, July 28, 2011, 3:29 PM     Updated: Friday, July 29, 2011, 12:49 AM

Law could restrict school construction projects
Thursday, July 28, 2011
By Kaitlynn Riely, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
School districts in Pennsylvania may find it more difficult to embark on construction or renovation projects after legislation signed by Gov. Tom Corbett last month limited their ability to raise property taxes.

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