Friday, November 18, 2011
“According to disclosures reported in Business Week, Pennsylvania’s Agora Cyber Charter School—K12 Inc.’s online school generated $31.6 million for K12 Inc. in the past academic year."
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PA Capitol Digest November 17, 2011
Speaker Sam Smith announced the House is canceling voting session for next week. The House will return to session December 5
"For White Hat Management, the politically connected Ohio for-profit operating both traditional and virtual charter schools, the success rate under NCLB was a mere 2 percent, while for schools run by K12 Inc., it was 25 percent. A major review by the Education Department found that policy reforms embracing online courses "lack scientific evidence" of their effectiveness."
In the latest critical look at the world of virtual schooling, left-leaning magazine The Nation today has published an investigative report painting recent reforms to broaden access to virtual schooling as measures drafted with ulterior motives—mainly the desire to line the pockets of big business. The piece, which will appear in the magazine's Dec. 5 print edition, ultimately questions whether school reform groups that rely on donations from philanthropies and businesses are driven by the desire to reform or the desire to maximize profits for corporate donors in the technology sector.
Co-sponsored by The Shippensburg University Teacher Education Department and Education Matters in the Cumberland Valley.
West Chester Daily Local By JEREMY GERRARD firstname.lastname@example.org
WEST CHESTER – Unofficial results for the West Chester Area School Board race reveal that the write-in candidates are in a position to take at least one seat from the Republican slate when all the counting is done.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011, Hilton Harrisburg Hotel
Washington Post Class Struggle Blog By Jay Mathews
People who live in affluent neighborhoods such as Northwest Washington may wonder: Will it hurt my kid's chances of getting into Harvard if I let her stay in the public schools after elementary school?
NSBA Legal Clips Blog
According to Courthouse News Service, the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a religious group's petition for certiorari seeking review of a three-judge panel decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. The panel ruled that a Missouri school district's restrictions on the group's opportunity to distribute promotional flyers in school did not violate its constitutionally-protected free speech rights.
Use Education Voters PA website to contact your PA State Representatives today asking them to oppose taxpayer funded vouchers:
For more info/background - PSBA's Tuition Voucher Issue Page