Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Commentary: Why weren’t any charter schools included on the Senate Bill 1 list of “persistently failing schools”?

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PA Senate Education Committee August 25th Public Hearing on Charter School Legislation SB 904
On Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 10:00 AM Hearing Room 1, North Office Bldg. the Senate Ed Committee will hold a public hearing on Senate Bill No. 904/Charter School legislation
According to the Education Law Center, new charter school bills before the General Assembly (S.B. 904 and H.B. 1348) would repeal Pennsylvania's current charter school/cyber charter school law in its entirety and replace it with language that permits the unfettered expansion of charter schools throughout the state, reduces accountability, and effectively removes all local control of charters, while continuing to redirect millions of dollars of public funding away from traditional public schools – when charters have been shown, on the whole, not to improve student performance any more than traditional public schools and in many charters, students have fared worse.
See the Education Law Center's summary and analysis here: http://www.elc-pa.org/charterreformanalysis.html

 

Commentary: In a rush for more charter schools?

Questionable Academic Performance and Results for Kids; Great "Gold Standard" Results for Owners, CEOs, Politicians

http://keystonestateeducationcoalition.blogspot.com/2011/06/commentary-in-rush-for-more-charter.html

 

Commentary: Why weren't any charter schools included on the Senate Bill 1 list of "persistently failing schools"?


'Citizen' becomes political player

Sen. Mike Folmer finds that talking about change is easier than making it happen
Lebanon Daily News By JOHN LATIMER, Staff Writer, Updated: 08/13/2011
"I'm a school-choice guy," he told the editorial board. "It is my child. Let me choose where my son or daughter goes to school. I will be the best barometer."
As vice chairman of the Senate Education Committee, Folmer supports Senate Bill 1, which is sponsored by Piccola, the committee's chairman. The bill, still under consideration by the committee, would phase in school vouchers for low-income students in the next three years.
"I think Senate Bill 1 is just a baby step," he said. "We don't have the money for a full (voucher) program. This just affects those schools in trouble and have been consistently in trouble."

FYI – here are the school districts in Senator Folmer's Senatorial District:

School District
County
ANNVILLE-CLEONA SD
LEBANON      
CONRAD WEISER AREA SD
BERKS        
CORNWALL-LEBANON SD
LEBANON      
DONEGAL SD
LANCASTER    
EASTERN LEBANON COUNTY
LEBANON      
ELIZABETHTOWN AREA SD
LANCASTER    
LEBANON SD
LEBANON      
LOWER DAUPHIN SD
DAUPHIN       
NORTHERN LEBANON SD
LEBANON      
PALMYRA AREA SD
LEBANON      
TULPEHOCKEN AREA SD
BERKS        
TWIN VALLEY SD
BERKS        
UPPER DAUPHIN AREA SD
DAUPHIN      
WILSON  SD
BERKS        
WYOMISSING AREA SD
BERKS        

BCTV.ORG OPINION

Dear parents: Your children do not matter

Posted: Monday, August 15, 2011 3:03 pm |Updated: 3:13 pm, Mon Aug 15, 2011.
By Bryan Sanguinito, Reading Education Association (teachers union) president
Dear Parents: your children do not matter.
This is the apparent sentiment of Gov. Tom Corbett and the politicians who just implemented a budget slashing nearly $18 million from the funding the Reading School District will receive this year from the state.

Posted: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 6:00 am 

NH-S superintendent gets new contract

Bucks County Courier Times By Amanda Cregan , Staff  Writer
After hours of tense debate among parents and school officials, the New Hope-Solebury School District opted to retain its superintendent.
Some have called the move premature and questioned why the board did not wait until after newly elected candidates took their seats in January.


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