Monday, July 18, 2011

Got Advocacy? In Fayette County, opponents of governor's school cuts vent at rally

Got Advocacy?

In Fayette County, opponents of governor's school cuts vent at rally

By Cindy Ekas, FOR THE TRIBUNE-REVIEW, Friday, July 15, 2011
About 150 teachers, parents and legislators in Fayette County rallied on Thursday night to voice their opposition to Gov. Tom Corbett's budget that slashed about $1 billion in education funding and eliminated an estimated 12,000 teaching positions across the state.

Impact of state budget cuts on your district?

PA School Talk Discussion Posted by Susan Gobreski on July 15, 2011
Visit PA School Talk and let us know what the actual impact of state budget cuts has been on your district.

PA PSSA possible cheating scandal overview

The Notebook by April Lin on Jul 15 2011
The Notebook has compiled a summary of recent coverage of the unfolding investigations of possible cheating in Pennsylvania.


Two school districts face probe on PSSA test scores
Delco Times Published: Saturday, July 16, 2011
Staff and wire reports
PHILADELPHIA — Wallingford-Swarthmore and William Penn school districts are among more than three dozen districts that the Pennsylvania Department of Education has asked to investigate alleged cheating on state standardized tests taken in 2009.
Chester Community Charter School was also asked to investigate for alleged cheating.

Atlanta - Cracking a System in Which Test Scores Were for Changing

New York Times By MICHAEL WINERIP, Published: July 17, 2011
It is now clear that for years Dr. Hall headed a school system rife with cheating and either didn't notice, as she maintains, or covered it up, as investigators suspect. During that time, she was named superintendent of the year by two national organizations, and praised by the secretary of education himself — for her rigorous use of test data as an evaluation tool.
Apparently Dr. Hall applied that same rigor to fabricated test data, enabling her to collect $600,000 in performance bonuses over 10 years to supplement her $400,000 annual salary.

New Details Emerge on Duncan's NCLB Waiver Plan

 Alyson Klein  
It's been about a month since U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that, since Congress wasn't making significant progress on reauthorizing the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education, he would step in and offer waivers to states from parts of the law.

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