Monday, November 7, 2011
School Vouchers: No Clear Advantage in Academic Achievement
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HARRISBURG — A new rating system for public school teachers is necessary to help students better achieve academically and financially, state Rep. Ryan Aument, R-Lancaster, says.
"We know there are many factors that influence academic success," Aument said during a Thursday hearing before the House Committee on Education, which is considering a bill that would overhaul the statewide evaluation system.
Scranton Times-Tribune BY SARAH HOFIUS HALL (STAFF WRITER)
Published: November 4, 2011
Children who attend preschool come to kindergarten ready to learn - and less likely to be involved in crimes as they grow older. But cuts in federal funding threaten that progress, area educators and advocates from Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Pennsylvania said Thursday at Scranton's John Adams Elementary School.
Officials from the crime-fighting group, a nonprofit organization composed of more than 220 law enforcement leaders who promote education as a public investment, are asking U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, a member of the supercommittee created by the federal Budget Control Act, to avoid cuts to cost-effective programs such as preschool.
What's the best early childhood combination communities can provide? Until now, research hasn't had an answer. Although there is a wealth of research on pre-k and on kindergarten, they have been examined mainly in isolation. The Center for Public Education's new report, "Starting Out Right," looks at the effect of various combinations of pre-k and kindergarten on third grade reading skills — a key predictor of future academic success. To read the report that's already making news, go here.
By of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Madison -- The Assembly approved a bill Friday to kick bad actors out of the Milwaukee voucher school program. The measure passed 65-27 and now goes to Gov. Scott Walker. The Senate passed the bill last week.
The proposal would require the state schools superintendent to bar for seven years the leaders or owners who have been involved with a school that was kicked out of the program.
The measure also would allow the private schools receiving taxpayer money through the Milwaukee voucher program to charge certain fees to their students regardless of their family's income.
Use Education Voters PA website to contact your PA State Representatives asking them to oppose taxpayer funded vouchers:
For more info/background - PSBA's Tuition Voucher Issue Page