Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Will our Main Line School Choice sugar daddies get their pound of flesh before the end of the legislative year or will they have to spend again? Stay Tuned.


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If the concern is school safety why aren’t we talking about a safe schools bill?  Any voucher plan will simply take funds away from our most impoverished schools, leaving them with fewer dollars for things like counselors, school nurses, social workers and safety officers.  So I guess it’s “let’s save a handful” and the hell with the over 90% left behind in a school with fewer resources.  BTW, there have been no hearings held or legislation introduced this year that would focus on safe schools.

 

Voucher Pilot program?  Save our money.

They’ve had one in Milwaukee for over 20 years and it has not shown that voucher students’ performance on state assessments is any better than their public school peers.

 

 

Voucher Junkies – Click here for your fix: PA Voucher Machinations December 6th, 2011

Coverage of yesterday in Harrisburg by John Micek at the Morning Call Capitol Ideas Blog, Eric Boehm at PA Independent, Brad Bumsted at Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Laura Olsen at Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Will our Main Line School Choice sugar daddies get their pound of flesh before the end of the legislative year or will they have to spend again?  Stay Tuned.

Follow the Money: Contributions by Vahan Gureghian 1/1/07 - 5/31/11

January 3, 2011 - Follow The Students First PAC Voucher Money

April 22, 2011: Students First PAC Ramps up ...

October 22, 2011: Students First PAC Contributions to Senate Ed Committee Members

 

School boards facing tough budget choice -- 1.7% Act 1index cap and 42% increase in PSERS…...

East Penn facing tough budget choices

By Jennifer L. Rodgers, Special to The Morning Call
12:11 p.m. EST, December 6, 2011
There wasn't much of a honeymoon for five East Penn School District board members who were sworn in Monday and then presented with a budget outlook that will undoubtedly require some tough decisions.

http://www.mcall.com/news/local/eastpenn/mc-east-penn-school-board-1205-20111206,0,7257035.story

 

Education Secretary Tomalis hears concerns on budget, teacher evaluations
WITF.org by Mary Wilson Friday, 02 December 2011 20:04
During routine visit to a central Pennsylvania school district, funding concerns lie just below the surface of pleasant talks between the state’s education secretary and school teachers.  

 

OP-ED CONTRIBUTORS

How to Rescue Education Reform

New York Times By FREDERICK M. HESS and LINDA DARLING-HAMMOND
Published: December 5, 2011
THE debate over renewing No Child Left Behind, the education reform act that will be 10 years old in January, has fallen along partisan lines even though school improvement is one of the few examples of bipartisan cooperation over the last decade.

At Top NY Public Schools, the Arts Replace Recess

New York Times, By KYLE SPENCER, Published: December 6, 2011
the practice of packing enrichment classes into recess has become increasingly common at some of the city’s top-performing elementary schools, where parents see them as a way to fill gaps left by years of budget cuts and an increasing emphasis on standardized tests.

If you are in the Camp Hill, Cumberland Valley, East Pennsboro, Mechanicsburg or West Shore School Districts please consider attending this legislative forum.
Reps. Grell, Delozier to Co-Host Town Hall Meeting on Education Reform
Wednesday, December 7th 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Press Release 11/30/2011
HARRISBURG – Rep. Glen Grell (R-Hampden Twp.) and Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Lower Allen Twp.) announced today that they are co-hosting a special town hall meeting on educational reform legislation currently under consideration in the General Assembly. The event will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 7 -9 p.m. at Good Hope Middle School, 451 Skyport Road in Hampden Township. Residents of the 87th and 88th Legislative Districts are invited and encouraged to attend. 
Among the speakers expected to attend are Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis, and representatives from the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, the Education Law Center of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools, the Pennsylvania State Education Association, the Pennsylvania-American Civil Liberties Union, and the Commonwealth Foundation

The Southeastern Pennsylvania First Suburbs Project’s
Second Annual Fundraiser and Inaugural Awards Ceremony
Thursday, December 8, 2011 – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne, PA 19050
Join the Southeastern Pennsylvania First Suburbs Project to celebrate our organization’s progress in realizing our collective vision to make southeastern Pennsylvania a fair, stable, and prosperous place to live.
Keynote Speaker — Estelle Richman, U.S. HUD Acting Deputy Secretary
HONOREES:
U.S. Congressman Jim Gerlach
State Senator Ted Erickson
Rev. Ed Crenshaw, Victory Christian Fellowship
Kirby Hudson, City of Coatesville Assistant Manager
For tickets and info: http://firstsuburbsproject.org/

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