Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Bucks County lawmaker wants constitutional amendment on campaign finance
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Book Review: Schools We Can Envy
Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in
by Pasi Sahlberg, with a foreword by Andy Hargreaves
Teachers College Press, 167 pp., $34.95 (paper)
) City students ask governor to
make education a priority Pittsburgh
Budget reductions to school districts called worrisome
February 14, 2012 By Kaitlynn Riely, Post-Gazette Pittsburgh
students are in
for Valentine's Day, but it's not so they can deliver chocolate and flowers to
Gov. Tom Corbett. Instead, it's so they
can send him a message: that the governor's proposed education budget is
breaking students' hearts. Harrisburg
"We're trying to get the love back for education," said Tia Torres, 17, a University Prep senior who lives in the Hill District. Tia, a member of student leadership organization Teen Bloc, and about 50 other Pittsburgh Public Schools students, parents and community advocates will discuss education funding today with legislators including state Rep. Paul Clymer, R-Bucks, chairman of the House Education Committee.
Butkovitz report warns of
's funding problems Philadelphia School District
By Martha Woodall Inquirer Staff Writer Posted: Wed,
As expected, City Controller Alan Butkovitz included a warning Tuesday about the
finances in a report that could result in higher borrowing costs for the
The comprehensive annual report, sent to bond-rating agencies and bondholders, includes a paragraph expressing reservations about the district's financial viability.
School construction could be on hold in NEPA
Scranton Times tribune BY SARAH HOFIUS HALL (STAFF WRITER)
Area school districts are owed millions in construction reimbursements from the state, superintendents say. The delay in promised payments comes at the same time Gov. Tom Corbett is proposing a moratorium on reimbursements for any new construction projects, as well as a review of the program.
Read more: http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/school-construction-could-be-on-hold-in-nepa-1.1271303#ixzz1mMh3MXQq
Patriot News Published: Tuesday,
Booster groups for extracurricular activities in the Mechanicsburg Area School District are going have to pay more for the activities starting in the next school year.
The school board Tuesday night approved a plan under which booster groups for sports, music and other activities that receive more than $1,000 of their operating funds from the district will have to contribute 10 percent of the costs of their operations.
The plan is part of a belt-tightening based on flat or reduced levels of state funding and higher costs for energy, personnel and many products and services used by the district.
Education Voters PA – Take action on the Governor’s Budget
The Governor’s proposal starts the process, but it isn’t all decided: our legislators can play an important role in standing up for our priorities. Last year, public outcry helped prevent nearly $300 million in additional cuts. We heard from the Governor, and we know where he stands. Now, we need to ask our legislators: what is your position on supporting our schools?
PA HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE MEETING – CYBER CHARTERS
February 15, 2012 Room 39
Informational meeting - presentations from cyber charter school administrators regarding cyber charter school funding and other operating issues.
WHYY Newsworks.org By Dave Davies
February 13, 2012
He said it will take a constitutional amendment permitting Congress to limit contributions and spending to change the system, and he notes that action by two-thirds of the states can convene a convention for amending the constitution. He wants the
Pennsylvania legislature to get the movement started, and
he's introduced a resolution in
formally petitioning Congress to act and calling on other states to follow. Harrisburg
President Ronald Reagan’s former Budget Director David Stockman speaks with Bill Moyers on money and politics and the need for a constitutional amendment like that being proposed by Rep. Santarsiero above.
Moyers and Company
January 20, 2012
Stockman speaks candidly with Bill Moyers about how money dominates politics, distorting free markets and endangering democracy. “As a result,” Stockman says, “we have neither capitalism nor democracy. We have crony capitalism.”
Stockman shares details on how the courtship of politics and high finance have turned our economy into a private club that rewards the super-rich and corporations, leaving average Americans wondering how it could happen and who’s really in charge.
“teachers are penalized for choosing to work with the students who are most in need”
NCLB waivers: Where's the beef?
By Paul Frysh, CNN
February 14, 2012
(CNN) The Obama administration's announcement that 10 states are being granted waivers from some demands of the federal government’s controversial No Child Left Behind policy has some experts asking: Where's the beef? "It's not that different from the previous policy," said Tina Trujillo, an education policy expert at
. University of California
School and teacher assessment for the waiver-versions of NCLB "still centers on standardized test scores because it mandates that teacher evaluations be based largely on test scores." This can be destructive because by focusing on test scores, teachers are penalized for choosing to work with the students who are most in need - encouraging teachers, even those who want to work with more at-risk kids, to move to higher scoring districts, said Trujillo.
Obama Budget Touts Selective Boosts in Ed. Funding
Education Week By Alyson Klein Published Online:
February 14, 2012
Education takes a marquee spot in President Barack Obama’s last, otherwise austere, election-year budget request, with his spending plan calling for new investments in community colleges, money to prevent teacher layoffs, investment in school facilities, and funds to spur state action on teacher quality.
$5 Billion in Grants Offered to Revisit Teacher Policies
New York Times By WINNIE HU Published:
February 15, 2012
The Obama administration will propose a $5 billion competitive grant program to encourage states to overhaul the teaching profession, federal education officials said Tuesday, using its Race to the Top school improvement competition as a model.
“When they go to public school, they’re in a whole new world, a whole world of different people and different values, which is what the world is like,” said Lyn Bollen, who grew up in Birmingham, England, and attended — and taught at — state-run schools. “Shielding them from that is doing them a disservice.”
New York Times By KIRK SEMPLE Published:
February 14, 2012
Miriam and Christian Rengier, a German couple moving to
New York, visited some
private elementary schools in
last spring in search of a place for their son. They immediately noticed the
absence of ethnic diversity, and the chauffeurs ferrying children to the door. Manhattan
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February 16: EPLC
Budget Panel Breakfast
(note: there will be additional EPLC budget events throughout the state; details as they become available)
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel -
201 North 17th Street
Subject: Governor Corbett's Proposed Education Budget for 2012-2013
March 26th: Last day to register to vote in the April 24th PA Primary Election
You do have the power to change the direction of education policy in Pennsylvania
The last day to REGISTER before the primary is March 26 , 2012. Make sure that you, your family and friends are all registered to vote in the April 24th Pennsylvania Primary. Forward this reminder to any and all public education stakeholders.
PA House Democratic Caucus Website
UPDATED DAILY – STATEWIDE PRESS COVERAGE OF
As districts consider their preliminary budgets and we await the Governor’s February 7th budget announcement, the PA House Democratic Caucus has begun daily tracking of press coverage on school district budgets statewide: