Thursday, February 16, 2012
Corbett to state: Pick your poison
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Corbett to state: Pick your poison
Shanee Garner is codirector of education policy for Public Citizens for Children and Youth in
. She can be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org Philadelphia
Gov. Corbett's new budget proposal makes drastic cuts to state funding for education and other services while attempting to shroud them in false claims of more flexibility for local communities.
The governor's spending plan does nothing to address
ranking among the 10 states that spend the least on public education. But by
collapsing public education line items into one final (and misleading) number,
the governor claims to be giving school districts choices. Pennsylvania
Students to governor: 'Budget is breaking our hearts'
The notebook by Dale Mezzacappa on
Feb 14 2012
About 400 students, parents, and teachers from mostly low-income school districts around
on Valentine's Day to tell Gov. Corbett how his budget cuts are hurting their
opportunities for a quality education. Harrisburg
Proposed charter plays role in parish-school appeals
By Martha Woodall Inquirer Staff Writer Posted: Wed,
As area Catholic schools await word of their fates, a charter school proposed by the head of the Philadelphia Parking Authority and two state legislators has emerged as a factor in the appeals process for at least two parish elementary schools in the city that are fighting to stay open.
Statistics on PA public schools very interesting
Wayne Independent Posted
Feb 14, 2012 @
On Tuesday morning, we received a very interesting piece of information in the mail. It was from the Pennsylvania School Boards Association and is titled, “Facts & Figures 2011.”
We all know that “facts and figures” can be as dry as the desert sand, but they can also reveal some interesting statistics. The letter which came with the pamphlet said the publication provides “some of the most commonly requested statistics related to our public schools.”
The information is a general snapshot of educational averages throughout the
Why it should be front-page news that income plays a more important role than race in the academic achievement gap is beyond me ("Education Gap Grows Between Rich and Poor, Studies Say," The New York Times, Feb. 10). Studies have consistently shown that poverty is the single most important out-of-school factor in predicting student performance. In 2010, for example, The Century Foundation found that socioeconomic obstacles are seven times as large as those associated with race in performance on the SAT (Rewarding Strivers, Century Foundation Press).
Open rebellion against standardized school tests in Texas
Dallas Morning News By Rodger Jones/Editorial Writer email@example.com
on Tue., Feb. 14, 2012
Saying high-stakes standardized testing is "strangling our public schools," superintendents of several high-performing
North Texas school
districts have jointly signed a letter to top state officials and lawmakers
warning about the deterioration of the education system.
WHAT WORKS: Beyond SATs, Finding Success in Numbers
New York Times By TINA ROSENBERG
February 15, 2012,
In 1988, Deborah Bial was working in a
after-school program when she ran into a former student, Lamont. He was a smart
kid, a successful student who had won a scholarship to an elite college. But it
hadn’t worked out, and now he was back home in the New York City Bronx.
“I never would have dropped out of college if I had my posse with me,” he told
“Overall, voucher students did not score higher than MPS (
in either reading or math.” Milwaukee
Voucher enrollment jumps after rules are relaxed
By Erica Breunlin of the
Journal Sentinel Milwaukee Feb. 12, 2012
Voucher student enrollment grew significantly as a result of legislation signed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker that relaxed income limitations and eliminated enrollment caps in the school choice program, according to a new report. Voucher participation grew by 2,200 students in the last year to a total of about 23,200, increasing the program's total cost to $150.9 million.
The Public Policy Forum's report also compared student performance among voucher schools based on last year's release of statewide testing data. By law voucher school students were for the first time required to take
annual standardized achievement test that all public school students take. The
report focused on the performance levels of schools with high rates of student
poverty against schools with considerably lower rates. Overall, voucher
students did not score higher than MPS students in either reading or math. Wisconsin
Another pro-public education candidate announces….
Saccone challenged in 39th District
businesswoman announced Tuesday she will be seeking the Republican nomination
for the 39th Legislative District. Allegheny County
Shauna D'Alessandro of Jefferson Hills filed her nominating petitions last week to face off against incumbent state Rep. Rick Saccone for the district seat that includes parts of Allegheny and Washington counties. The 53-year-old Saccone is seeking his second term in office.
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?
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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: