The PA House and Senate are scheduled to reconvene at 1:00 pm today, Monday December 5th.
There are two education bills slated for second consideration in the House:
HB 1454, which would provide for value added assessment
SB 612, which provides for suspension of professional employees for economic reasons as part of a plan to reduce or control school district costs.
Take Five Minutes for the Statewide “Call” to Action for Public Education on Monday, December 5th
Gov. Corbett hopes to sign bill for voucher program by end of month
Published: Saturday, December 03, 2011, 10:24
School-voucher debate is underscored by opinions, circumstances of parents in failing school districts
Published: Sunday, December 04, 2011, 12:00 AM
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School chiefs blast charters
Should Schools Be Run for Profit?
The next big idea in "education reform" is online instruction and cyber charters. I know that teachers are doing wonderful, creative activities with technology, and there is no doubt that technology can bring history, science, and other studies to life in vivid ways. But there is a cloud on the horizon, and that is the growth of the for-profit cyber charters. I confess that it troubles me to think of children sitting at home, day after day, with no opportunity for discussion and debate, no interaction with their peers, no face-to-face encounters with a real teacher.
I recently read several shocking articles that have reinforced my concern about for-profit companies that provide virtual schooling. One must-read is Lee Fang's remarkable investigative article, titled "How Online Learning Companies Bought America's Schools." It is a chilling account of a well-developed campaign to persuade state legislatures to endorse for-profit virtual schools.