12:05p Charter School Act and School Choice (Wednesday), PA House Education Committee Hearing of August 3rd
10:25p School Choice Panel Discussion of August 2nd, PA Senate Democratic Policy Committee
When state cut school aid, poorer districts lost
All told, the poorest 150 school districts, or 30 percent of the state's total, lost $537.5 million in five key program lines. That works out to $581 per student, the AP's analysis found. The wealthiest 150 school districts, as measured by the number of children who qualify for subsidized school lunches, lost $123 million, or $214 per student.
Overriding a Key Education Law
New York Times By SAM DILLON, Published: August 8, 2011
Tim Eller, spokesman for the state Department of Education, said the state is engaging schools in a three-part pilot program of a teacher evaluation system that relies heavily on value-added measures -- a controversial yardstick that uses student test scores to determine the "value" teachers add to student knowledge over the course of a year.
Current legislation forbids schools from using student test performance to evaluate teacher effectiveness, but Mr. Eller said state lawmakers will consider a bill to overturn that restraint during the coming legislative session.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11220/1165984-298.stm#ixzz1UQlunFYo
Tests part of accountability