Thursday, November 17, 2011

"our failing public schools"......... 14 Pennsylvania schools awarded Blue Ribbon status

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Franklin and Cumberland County Legislative Forum on Public Education December 1st

Thursday, December 1, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (ET), Shippensburg, PA

Co-sponsored by The Shippensburg University Teacher Education Department and Education Matters in the Cumberland Valley.

RSVP here: http://franklinandcumberlandcountylegislativeforum.eventbrite.com/

 

HB 1980 approved 15-8 by the House Education Committee

Teacher evaluation proposal includes charter and cyber schools

November 16, 2011 By Stacy Brown | PA Independent
HARRISBURG — Attempting to ensure Gov. Tom Corbett's request that students receive the most efficient education, the House Education Committee voted to include cyber and charter schools in a new teacher rating system.  But cyber and charter school advocates said they have their own effective evaluation system for their teachers.
"To fix a problem that doesn't exist is wrongheaded," said Dennis Giorno, director of legislation and policy for the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools, or PCPCS, a group that advocate for charter school laws and regulation. "To have a one-size-fits-all mentality is not right."
State Rep. Mike Fleck, R-Huntingdon, Mifflin and Blair, introduced an amendment to the teacher evaluation bill that uses student test scores and more rankings for assessment purposes. The amendment also includes intermediate units and vocational technical schools.
"I can't imagine why we wouldn't include cyber and charter schools," said Fleck, who added that the goal is to have uniform rules throughout the state's $26-billion, taxpayer-funded education system, which also include cyber and charter schools

 

Governors, squared repeat their education policy approaches
November 15, 2011 WITF.org Written by  Mary Wilson
Governors past and present called for different approaches to education funding in Pennsylvania, their Capitol Rotunda rallies separated by less than an hour.

http://www.witf.org/state-house-sound-bites/governors-squared-repeat-their-education-policy-approaches

 

How the school voucher program would play out in some NW Philly schools

November 15, 2011 By Vanessa Martinez for WHYY NewsWorks
A few weeks ago, the Pennsylvania Senate passed legislation approving the voucher bill, SB 1, which, if approved by the House of Representatives next, would give taxpayer-funded tuition vouchers to students from under-performing schools to afford private and parochial schools.
NewsWorks recently spoke with two Northwest schools on the logistics of applying, school capacity and obstacles the voucher students would face at higher performing schools.

http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/flexicontent/item/29925-school-vouchers-/

 

Voucher legislation ill conceived, won't help Pa. schools

An epic battle is shaping up that will determine the course of education in this country for years to come, and Pennsylvania is one of the fronts on which this battle is being waged.

http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=346076

 

"our failing public schools".........

Fourteen Pennsylvania schools awarded Blue Ribbon status; Principal Karen Daugherty of Rose Tree Elementary School in Media one of seven  honored for outstanding leadership

Education Secretary Celebrates Top Schools and Their Leaders at 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony

Seven principals honored with Terrel H. Bell Awards for outstanding leadership in challenging situations
US Department of education NOVEMBER 15, 2011
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today honored 315 schools as the 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools at an awards luncheon at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. The Blue Ribbon School award honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools that have helped close the achievement gap and whose students attain and maintain high academic goals. The schools—266 public and 49 private—are among more than 6,000 that have received the coveted award over the past 29 years.

http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/education-secretary-celebrates-top-schools-and-their-leaders-2011-national-blue-

 

Click here for the list of Pennsylvania schools awarded Blue Ribbon status

 

 


 

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


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