Monday, September 19, 2011

Revenue Secretary: Corbett does not want to be known as the education governor/ Survey: State lost more than 14,000 school jobs

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Revenue Secretary: Corbett does not want to be known as the education governor

Carlisle Sentinel By Lauren McLane, Sentinel Reporter, September 14, 2011 Pennsylvania is not only open for business, the commonwealth is seeking to be a predator of new business, according to Secretary of Revenue Dan Meuser… Part of Corbett's long-term goals are to create funding in which the "funding follows the student," said Meuser, who added that while Corbett does not want to be known as "the education governor," Meuser believes the governor's actions will speak for themselves.

Fall brings a piled-high plate for Pa. lawmakers

By MARC LEVY, September 17, 2011 (AP)
Plans to privatize state-controlled liquor and wine sales , send more kids to privately operated schools, slap a levy on Pennsylvania's booming natural gas industry and improve transportation funding _ can it all fit into the state Legislature's three-month fall session?

Republicans return to Harrisburg this week with a full plate
By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau Posted September 18, 2011
HARRISBURG - School vouchers, a fee on natural gas drillers, privatizing liquor sales, and, now, a move to divvy up Pennsylvania's electoral votes: The Republicans who control the legislature have lined up an aggressive agenda as they begin returning to the Capitol this week for their fall session.


Survey: State lost more than 14,000 school jobs

More than half of cuts were from layoffs while others were vacancies left open in 2011-12 school year.

By Steve Esack, Of The Morning Call
10:47 p.m. EDT, September 15, 2011
Pennsylvania shed at least 14,178 public school jobs over the summer due to state budget cuts and the loss of federal stimulus dollars, according to a new survey.

State budget had big impact in classrooms
Survey asked how schools coped
Friday, September 16, 2011
By Mary Niederberger, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Seventy percent of Pennsylvania school districts that responded to a recent survey on the effects of state education budget cuts reported they increased class size, 44 percent reduced electives and 35 percent decreased tutoring programs.
In addition, the survey, conducted in August by the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials and Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, found that the average school district used more than a half-million dollars from its reserve fund to balance the 2011-12 budget and that many districts now have no reserve fund.
Of the state's 500 school districts, 59 percent, or 294 districts, responded to the survey given to determine the effects of the state reduction of $930 million in education funds and the loss of federal stimulus money.
Posted on Sun, Sep. 18, 2011


Delco parents to discuss education with area legislators at forum next month

Parents from DelAware County's 15 school districts are planning a multi-district public education forum.  The forum will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center at 601 N. Lansdowne Ave. in Drexel Hill. Legislators from Delco have been invited to the event.  Back in May, parents from neighboring Chester County school districts held a similar forum with legislators.
Anyone interested in attending, should RSVP at Anyone interested in helping with the planning should contact Marian Rucci, Delco PA Pass County Coordinator at

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