Tuesday, February 7, 2012

“How many programs do you have to cut before it doesn’t look like public education anymore?”

Daily postings from the Keystone State Education Coalition now reach more than 1000 Pennsylvania education policymakers – school directors, administrators, legislators and members of the press via emails, website, Facebook and Twitter.

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Chester Upland: State special ed formula drains millions from district
By Dan Hardy Inquirer Staff Writer, Posted: Mon, Feb. 6, 2012, 6:57 AM
As Delaware County's financially troubled Chester Upland School District struggles to stay afloat, officials there say they are paying millions more than they should on special-education students who attend charter schools.

Members of Congress address FRN audience

In preparation for their big day on Capitol Hill, board members attending the final general session of the 39th Annual Federal Relations Network heard from three members of Congress who reflect the diversity of political persuasions across the country.
The annual FRN Conference, which runs through Tuesday, drew more than 700 school board members — selected by their state associations — and state association staff to Washington to learn about the most current federal policies and issues that will impact their schools. On Tuesday, participants will spend a day meeting with their representatives on Capitol Hill to further discuss federal issues and pending legislation and advocate for the needs of their school districts.

Midstate school districts fear budget cuts will worsen

Published: Monday, February 06, 2012, 8:00
Language. Art. Music. Sports. Librarians. Tutors.
Cuts to all these programs are under consideration by midstate school districts as they grapple with the most difficult budgets in memory. And many educators fear it will get worse.
“How many programs do you have to cut before it doesn’t look like public education anymore?” asked David Broderic, spokesman for the Pennsylvania State Education Association. 

Schools await Corbett’s proposal
Centre Daily Times By Ed Mahon emahon@centredaily.com
Posted: 12:01am on Feb 5, 2012
 The eyes of educators, school board members and university leaders from across the state will be turned to television screens late Tuesday morning.
That’s when Republican Gov. Tom Corbett will make his second budget address and shed some light on how much money the state will spend on education in the 2012-13 school year.

PA Budget and Policy Center – Coverage of the Governor’s Budget
TUESDAY: Governor Corbett will deliver his budget address to a joint session of the state Legislature at 11:30 a.m. Watch it on PCN and follow PBPC on Twitter as we live-tweet the speech. We will have budget spreadsheets at our web site by midday, followed by a preliminary analysis of most departments that evening.
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.

We'll provide real time updates on the Governor’s budget address on Facebook and Twitter! 
Hashtag: #educationpa 
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Education Policy and Leadership Center

County Legislative Guides by Education Voters PA
New guides now available
These legislative guides list contact information, committee assignments and school districts for PA State Representatives and State Senators.  They also include tips on being an effective advocate for public education: contacting your elected officials and writing letters to the editor


Help Save Funding for Public Education!  Yinzers care about public education.

Saturday, February 11, 2012, 11AM – 12PM Schenley Plaza
(tented area between the Oakland Carnegie Library and Hillman Library)


February 9th: Rally in support of public education 7:00 pm Downingtown East HS
Senator Andy Dinniman, February 1, 2012
Public education has come under increasing attack in Harrisburg and it is time for the citizens of Chester and Montgomery (and Bucks, Berks, Lehigh and Delaware) counties to stand up and protect our schools both here and throughout Pennsylvania.
We are asking all those who value public education to come together for a meeting on Thursday, February 9, 2012, at 7 pm at Downingtown East High School, 50 Devon Drive (just off Route 113) in Exton. 



February 14th Valentine’s Day Harrisburg 12:00 pm rally in support of public education

Dear Gov. Corbett, Fall Back In Love With Education.

Uploaded by PhillyStudentUnion on Jan 31, 2012

February 14th Valentine's Day Rally at the Harrisburg Capitol

Rally at 12pm in the Harrisburg Capitol Rotunda

1:36 YouTube Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gybrEHCMxQk&feature=youtu.be

More info, registration, sponsor bus seats for students at: http://showloveforeducation.eventbrite.com/?ref=ecount

More info: www.phillystudentunion.org

February 16: EPLC Philadelphia Budget Panel Breakfast 8:00 am
(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

RSVP Required: http://www.eplc.org/events-calendar/southeastern-pennsylvania-breakfast-series/


February 29th: at 6PM Statewide Kickoff Meeting – Partners for Public Education in the South Fayette High School Theater

Statewide kickoff meeting of PSEA's Partners for Public Education (PPE) Program

PPE is all about connecting parents, community leaders, elected officials, and teachers together for one goal - the support of public education.  State Senator Wayne Fontana, State Representative Jesse White, PSEA President Mike Crossey, along with members of the SFEA Representative Council, SF School Board, SF Administration, and SF Student Government will stand together to recruit parents and other interested parties add their voices to the chorus of those who care about public education.




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
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:



Latest Updates on Chester UplandFebruary 5, 2011

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