Friday, September 9, 2011

Are you happy with 4 mainline millionaires setting education policy in Pennsylvania?

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Are you happy with 4 mainline millionaires setting education policy in Pennsylvania?

Save the date and spread the word to all southeastern PA public education stakeholders:

Parents from all 15 Delaware County school districts have invited their legislators to a public meeting.  This includes Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi and House Appropriations Chairman Bill Adolph.  Help us fill up the room!

SAVE THE DATE: Delaware County Multi District PTO "Meet the Legislators" forum, October 13, 7- 9:30pm at the Upper Darby School District Performing Arts Center. 601 N Lansdowne Avenue Drexel Hill.

We would greatly appreciate you passing this notice on to any and all interested parties.

Here's the event page on Facebook:

For questions or more info contact Marian Rucci, Upper Darby School District Parent and PA PASS, Delaware County parent Coordinator at


Is the Charter School Experiment Working?

By Emily Richmond, National Education Writers Association, Sept. 9, 2011

The New York Times' Sam Dillon had a nice piece this week on public schools trying to act more like charter schools. To which I say: Wasn't that the point?
Charter schools were always supposed to be incubators of the Next Great Idea in public education, allowing seeds of innovation to flourish without the perceived distractions caused by those pesky collective bargaining agreements and district regulations. The idea was that with charter schools shining the way, public schools could follow.


NSBA's School Board NewsToday, Del Stover on September 6th, 2011

In advocacy, every effort makes a difference

The power of local school board members speaking out is nothing to dismiss.
That's the central message of ASBJ's September cover story, which examines how school boards—working in collaboration with their state associations and NSBA—can advocate successfully on behalf of public education at both the state and federal level.


Posted at 09:53 PM ET, 09/08/2011

Is Obama's call to modernize schools really necessary?

Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss
"There are schools throughout this country that desperately need renovating. How can we expect our kids to do their best in places that are literally falling apart? This is America. Every child deserves a great school – and we can give it to them, if we act now.
"The American Jobs Act will repair and modernize at least 35,000 schools. It will put people to work right now fixing roofs and windows; installing science labs and high-speed internet in classrooms all across this country."
Is President Obama's plan to modernize at least 35,000 public schools across the country as part of his proposed American Jobs Act really necessary?


Museum Day  September 24, 2011  Museums & Cultural Venues in Pennsylvania
Enjoy free general admission for you and a guest to hundreds of museums and cultural venues nationwide. Saturday, September 24, 2011.
For example the Franklin Institute, Academy of Natural Sciences, The National Civil War Museum, Allentown Art Museum, Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History and more.
Here's the link to download your free pass from Smithsonian's website:

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