Friday, October 28, 2011

Parents make their voices heard at Bucks County education meeting

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Parents make their voices heard at Bucks County education meeting

Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011 5:30 am | Updated: 6:46 am, Fri Oct 28, 2011.
Bucks County Courier Times By Manasee Wagh Staff writer 
A spirited exchange of ideas had people clapping, nodding and asking questions at a hearing Thursday evening about solving the challenges facing public education.
Issues ranging from charter schools to school vouchers and funding problems in the state education system raised emotions and spurred two hours of discussion in the William Tennent High School auditorium in Warminster.

Ongoing Coverage and Reaction to Passage of Voucher Bill SB1 in the PA Senate 10/28/11
Mary Levy for AP, Angela Coulombis and Dan Hardy at the Inquirer, Daniel Denvir at Citypaper, Philadelphia Daily News Editorial, Gil Spencer at Delco Times, Democracy Rising

Pennsylvania State Senators Comments Following Passage of Voucher Bill SB1

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 10/27/2011

A primer on corporate school reform

Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss
This is an edited version of a commentary given by Stan Karp , a teacher of English and journalism in Paterson, N.J., for 30 years. Karp spoke on Oct. 1 at the fourth annual Northwest Teachers for Justice conference in Seattle. He is now the director of the Secondary Reform Project for New Jersey's Education Law Center and an editor of the 25-year-oldRethinking Schools magazine. A video and fuller version of the commentary can be found here.

Use Education Voters PA website to contact your PA State Representatives asking them to oppose taxpayer funded vouchers:

For more info/background -  PSBA's Tuition Voucher Issue Page

Making the Grade – Virtual  Town Hall Meeting on November 1st to Discuss New Teacher Evaluation Process
PA Partnerships for Children and the PA Association of Intermediate Units are hosting a Virtual Town Hall Meeting on the new teacher evaluation process which was piloted by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) earlier this year.   As PDE prepares to commence phase two of the pilot, you might be interested in hearing from the superintendents, principals and teachers who participated in the first phase. The town hall meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 1 at 7:00 pm at one of the Intermediate Units in your area.  The event will be video linked to 28 other locations across the state.
If you are interesting in attending, you can pre-register at the following link:  http://makingthegrade.paiunet.org/PAIUnet_Reg_Form.asp
The agenda with panelists can be accessed herehttp://www.papartnerships.org/publication_files/mtg-nov-1-agenda.pdf

Education Voters Video Contest - DEADLINE 10/30

Education Voters Institute of Pennsylvania (EVI) is conducting a video project to highlight both the impact of cuts to critical programs that serve kids, and the importance of education to our communities and our economy.


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