Wednesday, October 5, 2011

PNC CEO: "We settled on early childhood education and based our decision on studies that showed that for every dollar you spend on early childhood education, society saves $16 in rehabilitation, incarceration and welfare.”

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PA PASS (Parent Advocates for Public Education to Achieve Student Success)
Public Education Advocacy in Delaware County:
Public School Parents Legislative Forum in Delaware County
Thursday October 13th 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Ave. Drexel Hill
Moderated by the League of Women Voters
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What Works: Early Childhood Education
PNC extends support for preschool education programs
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
By Sadie Gurman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PNC Financial Services Group today will announce a $250 million extension of "PNC Grow Up Great," a program supporting early childhood education that more than 1 million children have been a part of since it was launched in 2004.
"We settled on early childhood education and based our decision on studies that showed that for every dollar you spend on early childhood education, society saves $16 in rehabilitation, incarceration and welfare. There was a need."
Mr. Rohr said evaluations of children at the early childhood centers where PNC's money has been invested show that they have improved dramatically in math.

Pre-K Coalition calls for more federal support, greater integration, for early education
The National School Boards Association (NSBA)  and six other leading national education organizations are urging the federal government to take a more active leadership role in assuring that all children have access to quality preschool education.

Drill tax called 'right for the state'
Some in GOP argue it would raise more than Corbett plan
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
By Laura Olson, Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG -- A day after Gov. Tom Corbett came out with his plan for Marcellus Shale oversight, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle were praising him for publicly calling for an assessment on gas drillers.  But his call for a fee instead of a broader tax didn't reduce the enthusiasm of two House Republicans, who rallied Tuesday morning for support on their severance tax proposal. They represent one of the dozens of views on how to craft a shale gas levy that will need to be corralled behind a consensus plan by December.
Reps. Gene DiGirolamo and Tom Murt, both of southeastern Pennsylvania, were joined by a variety of environmental and social-service advocacy groups at the event as they called for a 4.9 percent levy on natural gas

Posted on Tue, Oct. 4, 2011
'Executive advisers' to oversee city schools
Pledging additional support and oversight for city schools, Mayor Nutter and Pennsylvania's education secretary said Tuesday that change has come to the way the Philadelphia School District operates.

Students tackle real-world problems at new Navy Yard school

WHYY newsworks October 3, 2011, By Carolyn Beeler
Twenty-nine seniors from three Philadelphia high schools will spend much of the next year on real-world problems surrounding energy efficiency and climate change, such as reducing energy use in their own school or increasing the efficiency of school bus routes.  The workshop is privately funded for the next two years. By 2013, Hauger said he hopes it will become a charter school or part of the Philadelphia School District.

Do Civil Rights Laws Apply To Parochial Schools? October 5, 2011 by Nina Tetenberg
The United States Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a major case testing the rights of teachers in religious schools. At rock bottom, the issue is who is a minister and when, if ever, that individual is exempt from the nation's civil rights laws.

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