Monday, December 19, 2011

Broke Chester Upland School District asks state for $18.7M advance/ Vahan Gureghian Drops $28.9 Million In Palm Beach


Voucher lobbyists were not able to garner enough support for vouchers among House Republicans to bring a bill to the floor.  If you have not already done so, please thank your legislators for actually putting ALL of our students first.

WITF.org by Mary Wilson Thursday, 15 December 2011 20:01

The push stops here:

Turzai says vouchers and Shale “never our issue”

Governor Corbett said he wanted to pass school vouchers and a Marcellus Shale impact fee this year. Neither one of those is going to happen. 
There were rallies.  There were platform roll-outs.  There was the governor, who hesitated to rank his legislative priorities.  But he ceded that at the top of his to-do list was passing a bill creating vouchers for the poorest students in the lowest-performing schools, as well as passing a Marcellus Shale impact fee.
House Republicans said this week there weren’t enough votes for a vouchers bill, or even the less-divisive expansion of education tax credits

http://www.witf.org/state-house-sound-bites/the-push-stops-here-turzai-says-vouchers-and-shale-never-our-issue

 

Roebuck unveils alternative to vouchers:
'All Students Can Succeed'
Proposal would help 100 percent of kids in lowest-performing schools instead of just 3 percent, for about same cost as voucher plan
Press release HARRISBURG, Dec. 14 – State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, today announced his alternative to private-school voucher plans that have been floated in Harrisburg.
 "I call my plan 'All Students Can Succeed' because it is designed to help 100 percent of students in Pennsylvania's lowest-performing schools through targeted improvements rather than handing tax-funded private-school vouchers to 3 to 9 percent of the children in those schools and hoping they find private schools that will accept them," Roebuck said.
"All Students Can Succeed would help 100 percent of the kids in these schools for about the same cost of the voucher plans that only cover 3 to 9 percent of the kids, and without violating the state constitution. This would be a win-win for these children and for taxpayers. I believe it can and should receive bipartisan support."

http://www.pahouse.com/PR/188121411.asp

 

“Some will argue that poverty is not an excuse for poor academic performance. They are correct; poverty is not the excuse, it is the cause”
Don't blame the teachers for the racial achievement gap
Poverty is the main culprit, argues Pitt professor LARRY E. DAVIS
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Opinion Sunday, December 18, 2011
For more than a decade now, blame for the racial achievement gap has been laid almost solely on the failure of teachers and schools. I believe this focus to be both incorrect and unfair.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11352/1197401-109-0.stm?cmpid=newspanel#ixzz1gtCnxWYO

 

Scranton School District: $2.2 million hacked from Scranton schools budget, more cuts remain

BY SARAH HOFIUS HALL (STAFF WRITER)
Published: December 16, 2011

More than $2.2 million has been trimmed from the Scranton School District's 2012 budget without eliminating programs or personnel, officials announced Thursday night during a hearing that featured little discussion - from the board or public.
Read more: http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/district-2-2-million-hacked-from-scranton-schools-budget-more-cuts-remain-1.1245749#ixzz1gi7UveT9

 

“The district of 17,855 students, most of whom live in poverty, is operating with a leaner staff than in years past. The 2011-12 budget, which runs through June, eliminated 204 positions through vacancies, attrition, transfers and 112 layoffs.”

Allentown school taxes could rise

School board passes preliminary budget, accepts principals' retirement notices.

By Steve Esack, Of The Morning Call, 12:19 a.m. EST, December 17, 2011
On the same night the Allentown School Board approved a proposed preliminary budget with a tax hike for 2012-13, it accepted the retirements of four principals and a central administrator.

http://www.mcall.com/news/local/allentown/mc-allentown-schools1216-20111216,0,7805706.story

 

Broke Chester Upland School District asks state for $18.7M advance (With Video)

Delco Times By JOHN KOPP, jkopp@delcotimes.com
CHESTERChester Upland School District officials made a public appeal Thursday asking Gov. Tom Corbett for $18.7 million to ensure the district meets its payroll beyond December.

http://www.delcotimes.com/articles/2011/12/16/news/doc4eeabeeccbd0d265187345.txt?viewmode=fullstory

 

Phillymag.com by Victor Fiorillo December 7, 2011

Vahan Gureghian Drops $28.9 Million In Palm Beach

 Good ol’ Vahan Gureghian, the controversial, ridiculously wealthy, and famously mysterious attorney-entrepreneur who owns that 30,000-square foot-thing in Gladwyne, founded a charter school in the impoverished city of Chester, and donates a heck of a lot of money to Republicans in this state, recently paid $28.9 million for an oceanfront property in Palm Beach. 

http://blogs.phillymag.com/the_philly_post/2011/12/07/ahan-danielle-gureghian/

 

It is not clear what year the following article was published.  However, to my knowledge, to date no details requested in the Inquirer’s Right to Know request have been made available and there are no provisions in any pending charter school reform legislation that would require public disclosure of such financial information and transparency by private management companies contracted to run charter schools funded by Pennsylvania taxpayer dollars.

Inquirer wins appeal; Chester charter school must produce records

Published on AllBusiness.com
Because Charter School Management is a private company that hires all school employees and manages the school's finances, it has been able to keep many details of its financial operations secret.  That contrasts with most charter schools, which don't contract out all operations and typically disclose extensive information about their finances through their federal nonprofit earnings statements, which all nonprofits must make public.

Source: http://www.allbusiness.com/government/government-bodies-offices-regional/12477019-1.html#ixzz1gykv9aSD

 

Say 'no' to publicly funded tuition vouchers

Doylestown Intelligencer Opinion by George Bonekemper

Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 12:15 am

The Pennsylvania General Assembly should not support publicly funded tuition vouchers because they are unconstitutional, unwanted, unaccountable, unproven and untimely. Article III, Section 15, of the Pennsylvania Constitution clearly states that "no public funds shall be appropriated for sectarian schools." A recent decision in Colorado struck down vouchers in a similar situation.

http://www.phillyburbs.com/my_town/quakertown/say-no-to-publicly-funded-tuition-vouchers/article_b9f78bf5-6cc5-5ff0-b1f4-b0290689fd3e.html

 

Education Policy and Leadership Center

EPLC Education Notebook  for Friday, December 16, 2011

http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs043/1103584053062/archive/1108971599758.html

 

Federal issues: RTTT, NCLB, Waivers: NO GRANTS FOR "OUR BABIES" FROM PA AND NJ

 


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