Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Stand Up for Public Education! It's time for parents to get more involved in Pa. education policy

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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/
Pennsylvania has passed a state budget that cut over $900 MILLION from public education, and as the new school year begins we're starting to see the effects of these cuts on our kids and our communities.  Especially now, we need our legislators to make public education a priority to help strengthen our troubled economy and ensure a brighter future for all Pennsylvanians!
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.
Talking about our priorities with our elected officials and hearing their views on issues that are important to the community is a vital part of democracy!   Don't miss this important conversation!

It's time for parents to get more involved in Pa. education policy

Published: Tuesday, October 18, 2011, 5:00 AM
Patriot-News Op-Ed  By Erica Burg and Susan Spicka
The Mechanicsburg School District recently announced that it is likely to face a $1.2 million shortfall for the 2012-13 school year. For those of us who care about public education, this is the canary in the coal mine of terrible things to come for districts statewide. 

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.

U.S. Ed Secretary Paige: Public Schools Are Just One Way To Education Kids.

Morning Call Capitol Ideas Blog by John Micek, October 18, 2011
Public Schools are just one way of delivering education and parents "are demanding choice," when it comes to their kids' schooling, former U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige said this afternoon.

What to Watch at Wednesday's ESEA Markup

 Alyson Klein  
Attention Washington education lobbyists: Don't make dinner plans for Wednesday night.
There are 144 amendments filed in advance of Wednesday's markup of the ESEA reauthorization bill introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and Sen. Michael B. Enzi, R-Wyo.

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 10/19/2011

Will new NCLB law be less test-obsessed?

Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss
This was written by Monty Neill,  executive director of FairTest, the National Center for Fair & Open Testing, a Boston-based non-profit dedicated to ending the misuse of tests.
By Monty Neill
It looks like pressure from multiple directions has achieved one victory in the larger battle to prevent a new version of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) from being as test-obsessed as the current law. This victory increases the odd of a new law being a realistic and useful tool for school improvement.

Civil Rights Groups Press for Truly Qualified Teachers

 Anthony Cody   | 
As Congress wrestles with the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), they have a chance to address the issue of teacher quality once again. The Coalition for Teaching Quality -- 82 organizations representing civil rights, parent, community, disability, and education advocates -- have come together to demand that Congress re-commit to the objective that all children should have a well-prepared teacher.

Oct 19, 3:10 AM EDT
Education makes a political comeback in Washington
 KIMBERLY HEFLING ,
A Senate committee was to meet Wednesday to debate and amend the education law known as No Child Left Behind, one of the most significant efforts in the Senate to update the law since it was passed in 2002. Signaling some rare bipartisanship on Capitol Hill, Sens. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., the top senators from their respective parties on education, announced agreement on the bill Monday.


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