Thursday, November 17, 2011
"our failing public schools"......... 14 Pennsylvania schools awarded Blue Ribbon status
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Co-sponsored by The Shippensburg University Teacher Education Department and Education Matters in the Cumberland Valley.
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 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.
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.
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