Friday, October 7, 2011

Survey: In Pennsylvania, 65% against school vouchers

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Survey: In Pennsylvania, 65% against school vouchers

A new survey sponsored by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association slammed school vouchers, indicating most residents do not want to pay for them.
Conducted by Terry Madonna Opinion Research in September, the phone survey of 801 Pennsylvanians across the state showed 65 percent of those polled oppose giving tax payer dollars to parents so they could send their children to a private school. The survey was conducted through random-digit dialing. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.
The research also showed two-thirds of those polled said they were satisfied with the quality of their community schools. Only 9 percent said they were very dissatisfied.

Thursday Morning Coffee:
Corbett Says Vouchers Proposal Is Coming Soon.
Capitol Ideas Blog by John Micek, Allentown Morning Call 10/6/11
Good Thursday Morning, Fellow Seekers.
Gov. Tom Corbett says his long-awaited school reform package, which includes vouchers, charter school improvements and economic furloughs for teachers will be released soon.

Vouchers bad idea

The Altoona Mirror October 5, 2011
Opinion by Brad Siegfried, Philipsburg, President, Philipsburg-Osceola Education Association
President, Central Region Pennsylvania State Education Association
As an educator, I have always had faith that our elected officials would make the right decision for our children when voting on public education policies. But lately I have become disillusioned by what is happening in Harrisburg.

Posted at 03:00 AM ET, 10/07/2011

What should — and shouldn't — be in Senate No Child Left Behind bill

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 . A different version was published on the National Journal Education blog.
By Monty Neill
This Tuesday, leaders of the Senate Health Education, Labor and Pensions Committee are expected to introduce a "base bill" draft for the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. After several days of public comment, the committee will hold a "markup" session in which they consider amendments to the draft.  ….Here are the key points that FairTest believes should be part of a Senate bill. We rely in part on the recommendations of the Forum on Educational Accountability, a group of non-profit organizations committed to closing the achievement gap.

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
We've invited ALL state senators and representatives from Delco - Please call your legislators today and let them know that you hope to see them there.  Please ask attendees to RSVP in advance at   If you are interested in helping out please contact Marian Rucci, Delco PA PASS County Coordinator at

The What Works Clearinghouse is a project of the US Dept. of Education's Institute of Education Sciences

What Works Clearinghouse Gets a Facelift, Joins Facebook

 Sarah D. Sparks  
After months of structural and cosmetic changes, the What Works Clearinghouse is launching its new Web site starting this week, with new search tools, research topics—and a move to Facebook.  The clearinghouse has added a tool to allow visitors to find out if its researchers have reviewed specific studies by title, topic or author. It also now organizes its reports and research reviews based on 15 topic areas, including content subjects like literacy, math and science; school issues such as academic achievement, education technology, early childhood, career readiness and college access, school choice, school organization and governance, teacher incentives, teacher and leader effectiveness and student behavior; and special populations such as English-language learners and students with special needs.

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