Tuesday, October 25, 2011

SB1 Scheduled for Senate Education Committee Vote on Tuesday, Oct. 25th; could be put to full Senate vote by Wednesday.

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Voucher Heads Up – SB1 Scheduled for Senate Education Committee Vote on Tuesday, Oct. 25th; could be put to full Senate vote by Wednesday.
The Senate Education Committee will be considering the voucher bill, SB1 at their meeting scheduled for 10 am on Tuesday morning.  On Monday Oct. 24th Senators Piccola and Williams offered a 66 page amendment.  The meeting will be held in Hearing Room 1, North Office Building.

Call these eight members of the Senate Ed Committee this morning asking them to oppose SB1:

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

Use Education Voters PA website to contact your PA state legislators today asking them to oppose taxpayer funded vouchers:
If SB 1 reaches the House, Education Voters PA will be hosting two phone banks on Thursday, Oct 27th that you will be able to participate in from the comfort of your own home.  All you need is a computer and a phone.  Everything else, including a script and talking points, will be provided for you.  Please SIGN UP for a phone bank on Thursday, Oct 27 at either 8:30am-9:30am or 5:30pm-6:30pm.
 

Modified Corbett education reform plan readied for Tuesday vote in Senate committee

Lack of charter school authorization process could be stumbling block
By Eric | PA Independent October 24, 2011
HARRISBURG — A controversial bill that would offer public school vouchers to low-income families whose children are in failing schools could pass the state Senate as early as Wednesday, but it lacks certain elements that could jeopardize long-term support.

In Bucks County, Tennent HS to Host Countywide PTO Meeting on 10/27

Upper Southampton Patch By Jennifer Mohan
Concerned with how the recent state budget cuts will affect your wallet and/or your child's education? Talk to the legislators involved in the decision making process at a countywide forum at William Tennent High School Thursday evening.
Here is a list of Legislators and State Officials confirmed to participate:
Chairman Paul Clymer, House Education Committee
Representative Bernie O'Neill, House Education Committee
Chairman Stewart Greenleaf, Senate Judiciary Committee
Representative Scott Petri, House Appropriations Committee (arriving late)
State Auditor General, Jack Wagner
Deputy State Auditor General, Ronald Deibert
Representative Frank Farry, (by proxy)

Senator Casey: Education Bill a Significant Step Forward

HELP Approves Bipartisan Bill to Fix No Child Left Behind with Casey Amendment Supporting Well-Rounded Education
Friday, October 21, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) last night joined a bipartisan group of Senators in voting for the first comprehensive bill in a decade to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), commonly known as No Child Left Behind.
"There is no question more work needs to be done but this is a significant step towards fixing some of the major problems with No Child Left Behind," said Senator Casey. "I am pleased that members of the committee worked together to put our differences aside and do what is best for children and the future of our country."

Building One Pennsylvania Public Meeting: Advancing an Agenda for Regional Change, Thursday Oct. 27th in Lancaster

Thursday, October 27 – 11:30 am

More than 500 local elected, faith and civic leaders from the older, financially distressed boroughs, towns and cities in Pennsylvania who have already registered to attend Building One PA's October 27 meeting to call for state and federal policy changes that will stabilize our Main Street communities. 
The Building One Pennsylvania Public Meeting will take place on Thursday, October 27, 2011 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Bright Side Baptist Church, 515 Hershey Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17603. Doors open at 10:30 for registration.
Leaders from throughout the state will convene to present an agenda for change to state and federal policymakers that will stabilize and revitalize our communities.
This event is free but you must register in advance to reserve your seat.  Register at www.BuildingOnePa.org or by emailing name, title and organizational affiliation (if applicable), address, phone and email to info@buildingonepa.org. To defray the costs of the event, we are accepting donations. Suggested donation: $15. 

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 here: http://www.papartnerships.org/publication_files/mtg-nov-1-agenda.pdf

House Education Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Clymer and State Auditor General Jack Wagner are among those who have indicated that they plan to participate in this event.

RSVP for Bucks County PTO Legislative Forum on 10/27

Thursday, October 27, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM Warminster, PA

William Tennant High School, 333 Centennial Road, Warminster, PA 18974
Please RSVP at: http://buckslegislativeforum.eventbrite.com/
All public education stakeholders are invited to this special event.  Join us on Thursday, October 27th at William Tennent High School in Warminster from 7PM to 10PM for an evening with key state legislators from Bucks County.  Every legislator representing the Bucks County school districts is invited to attend and discuss their positions on public education and take questions from audience members.

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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