Thursday, October 27, 2011

Statewide Press Coverage of Passage of SB1 in the PA Senate Yesterday

Voucher bill passes state Senate

The Notebook by Dale Mezzacappa on Oct 26 2011 Posted in Latest news
After a four-hour debate, the Pennsylvania Senate passed legislation Wednesday approving vouchers and revising the charter school law.
The Senate Appropriations Committee, in estimating the bill’s cost, calculated that most of the expense by the second year of the program, 2013-14, will be to provide vouchers to students already attending private and parochial schools – not those students seeking to leave poor-performing public schools.

State Senate passes school voucher bill, sending education reform package to House for consideration

Published: Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 6:06
By a 27-22 vote, the state Senate passed a school voucher plan that is targeted to low-income children attending poor-performing schools.
The vote on the plan, co-sponsored by Sens. Jeffrey Piccola, R-Dauphin County and Anthony Williams, D-Philadelphia, followed a more than four-hour debate. It  now goes to the House for consideration where support remains uncertain for a taxpayer-funded voucher to allow students to attend another public or a private school where they are accepted.

Pa. Senate OKs school voucher plan
House gets bill to fund private school tuition from public appropriations
Thursday, October 27, 2011, By Tracie Mauriello, Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG -- The Senate said yes to school choice. The governor endorsed it. Now it's up to the House to decide whether the state should help poor families take their children out of failing schools and send them to private ones instead.

School voucher program approved by Pennsylvania Senate
By Brad Bumsted, TRIBUNE-REVIEW, Thursday, October 27, 2011
HARRISBURG -- A taxpayer-paid tuition voucher program approved by the Senate on Wednesday faces an uncertain response in the House, a political graveyard for school choice bills in the 1990s.
Read more: School voucher program approved by Pennsylvania Senate - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

October 26, 2011 | By PA Independent | Posted in Legislature

Senate narrowly passes school choice bill, moving voucher battle to state House

Final vote: 27-22 in state Senate
By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
HARRISBURG — A bill creating and expanding school choice options for Pennsylvania students passed the state Senate with a vote of 27-22 on Wednesday afternoon.

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