Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Governor Corbett's Budget


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Corbett’s budget mostly holds line on school spending
By Dan Hardy INQUIRER STAFF WRITER, Posted: Wed, Feb. 8, 2012, 1:40 AM
In contrast to dramatic cuts a year ago, Gov. Corbett's proposed $9.5 billion public school budget largely holds the line on spending - with one key exception.
Corbett once again wants to eliminate the $100 million Accountability Block Grant Program, used largely to pay for full-day kindergarten and some prekindergarten programs.

EPLC Education Notebook Tuesday, February 7, 2012
SPECIAL EDITION - Summary of Governor Corbett's Proposed 2012-2013 Education Budget

PA Budget and Policy Center – Coverage of the Governor’s Budget
WEDNESDAY: Start your day off by reading Sharon Ward's op-ed on the Governor's budget plan in the Allentown Morning Call.
Then at 10 a.m. tune in to WHYY's Radio Times to hear Sharon put the budget in context and take questions from callers.
And at 1 p.m. dial in to PBPC's conference call to get the inside scoop on the budget (call-in number: (760) 569-7676; participant code: 453547).
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU. Go to our Facebook page this week and tell us what you think about the budget.

Follow what @PAHouseGOP members are saying about the #PABudget on YouTube:

Congress members say changes to ESEA are coming

Two former school board members and current U.S. Representatives promised Federal Relations Network (FRN) Conference participants that changes are on the way for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  Reps. Judy Biggert, R-Ill., and Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., vowed to support local control and local school boards in speeches at a luncheon session on Monday.  “I see a consensus,” said Thompson. “I have yet to find anyone on Capitol Hill who doesn’t believe [the No Child Left Behind Act] is broken and doesn’t need major changes.”

Budget: $30 million in cuts to early childhood education programs; $95 million in cuts to public schools thru elimination of ABG; Keystone Exams scaled back

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