Friday, October 14, 2011

Three Hundred Delco School Parents Meet to Discuss Education Issues with Legislators

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I counted 301 public school parents in attendance last night at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.
"….I believe there's no evidence of any concern on the part of the current administration regarding how to make public schools better," Senator Leach said.
"…..Elections matter," said Representative Vitali.  Constituents need to make it known to legislators that "if they vote for these cuts in June, you're not voting for them in November."

Legislators, school parents meet to discuss education issues

By LOIS PUGLIONESI, Delco Times Correspondent
UPPER DARBY — Organized by Parent Advocates for Public Education to Achieve Student Success, or PA PASS, Thursday's legislative forum drew more than 100 parents and public education advocates to the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.

Advocacy in Bucks County: County-wide PTO meeting in the William Tennent High School auditorium to discuss education and its funding with members of the House Education Committee at 7 p.m. Oct. 27

Educators worry the guv's education reform bill could drain cash from local schools

Posted: Thursday, October 13, 2011 12:00 am
Bucks County Courier Times By James McGinnis Staff writer
Local reaction to Gov. Tom Corbett's state education reform plan can best be summarized in a single question: Will it drain cash from local districts?
Centennial School District board member Mark Miller is unhappy with Corbett's plan. It would divert another billion dollars of education funding away from students and give it to a privileged few, Miller said.  "The answer is not 'rescuing' a small percentage of students from failing schools, rather to fix those failing schools to serve the best interests of each and every student," Miller wrote in an email. The governor must also recognize his responsibility to fix the state's Charter School Law, he wrote.
The district will host a county-wide PTO meeting in the William Tennent High School auditorium to discuss education and its funding with members of the House Education Committee at 7 p.m. Oct. 27. Miller urges parents from all Bucks County school districts to attend.

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"… was nice to hear governors of two very different states share a common message — it is time to see kids as more than a test score and schools as more than just test preparation mills."
Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 10/14/2011

Are we seeing glimmers of hope?

Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss
This was written by George Wood, principal of Federal Hocking High School in Stewart, Ohio, who this year is also taking on the role of superintendent of his small school district. He is executive director of the non-profit Forum for Education and Democracy, a collaboration of educators from around the country.


Should the state have to pay more for construction than anybody else? Debating prevailing wage reform

Updated: 10/12/2011 07:30:29 PM EDT
Advocates of prevailing wage reform in the state Legislature, including some York County lawmakers, would argue that there's no need for a state law requiring you to offer a certain amount of money. They claim that the decades-old prevailing-wage system, which sets a minimum payment threshold for public construction projects, ultimately costs taxpayers more money.

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