Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Pennsylvania’s “Successful” EITC program benefits Elite Main Line Private Schools that enroll our Millionaires’ Kids

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Franklin and Cumberland County Legislative Forum on Public Education

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.

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School reform rallies draw Gov. Tom Corbett, former Gov. Ed Rendell

Published: Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 10:55

Former Gov. Ed Rendell returned to the Capitol on Tuesday in what some saw as a breach of political etiquette, but Rendell called it a matter of "setting the record straight" in the school reform debate.


Video of Making the Grade Statewide Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Effective Teaching -  Runtime 1:44
Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children
For those who missed the "Making the Grade" virtual town hall on teacher effectiveness, click here to watch a video of the event

Here's a link to prior coverage of this virtual town hall meeting:

More than 1,400 people gathered at 30 sites throughout the state Tuesday night to discuss how to grade Pennsylvania's teachers.


California Taxpayers Billed for Millionaires' Kids at Charter School By John Hechinger - Nov 15, 2011 12:01 AM ET
In Silicon Valley, Bullis elementary school accepts one in six kindergarten applicants, offers Chinese and asks families to donate $5,000 per child each year. Parents include Ken Moore, son of Intel Corp.'s co-founder, and Steven Kirsch, inventor of the optical mouse.
Bullis isn't a high-end private school. It's a taxpayer- funded, privately run public school, part of the charter-school movement that educates 1.8 million U.S. children. While charters are heralded for offering underprivileged kids an alternative to failing U.S. districts, Bullis gives an admissions edge to residents of parts of Los Altos Hills, where the median home is worth $1 million and household income is $219,000, four times the state average.


Pennsylvania's "Successful" EITC program benefits Elite Main Line Private Schools that enroll our Millionaires' Kids

According to DCED, tax dollars that would have otherwise contributed to the state's general fund were diverted to the following institutions during FY2011.  Apologies for not acknowledging prestigious private schools in the rest of the state that are also on the list – I'm only familiar with these from the southeast.


The Haverford School
 $   642,855.00
Agnes Irwin School
 $   416,126.00
William Penn Charter School
 $   299,859.00
Germantown Academy
 $   271,888.00
The Episcopal Academy
 $   256,795.00
The Baldwin School
 $   209,734.00
The Shipley School
 $   146,314.00
Malvern Preparatory School
 $   140,418.00



For more details on the over $70 million that went to EITC recipients for FY 2011, including millions of dollars to religious schools see the following links:


Top 100 EITC Contributions Received by DCED for FY 2011

For the full list alphabetically by recipient organization name see these 3 links:

EITC Contributions Received by DCED for FY 2011 Part 1 of 3

EITC Contributions Received by DCED for FY 2011 Part 2 of 3

EITC Contributions Received by DCED for FY 2011 Part 3 of 3


11 States Seek Relief From 'No Child' Provisions, in Return for Raising Standards

New York Times By SAM DILLON Published: November 15, 2011
Eleven states applied for waivers exempting them from key provisions of the No Child Left Behind law by the federal government's first deadline, promising in return to adopt higher standards and carry out other elements of the Obama administration's school improvement agenda, the Department of Education said on Tuesday.


Congress Blocks New Rules on School Lunches

New York Times By RON NIXON Published: November 15, 2011
WASHINGTON — A slice of pizza still counts as a vegetable.  In a victory for the makers of frozen pizzas, tomato paste and French fries, Congress on Monday blocked rules proposed by the Agriculture Department that would have overhauled the nation's school lunch program.



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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