Thorough analysis of the Governor’s proposed 2012-2013 budget….
Budget Analysis: Cuts for most
school districts Education Law
Governor Corbett has
proposed state funding for public schools in 2012-13 that includes cuts for
most school districts. These cuts reflect the loss of $100 million in state
funding for Accountability Block Grants, which support kindergarten programs
and tutoring for struggling students, as well as 5 percent reductions in Pre-K
Counts and Head Start.
"Despite smaller cuts than last year, the
Governor’s proposal for education funding is still deeply flawed because it
ignores the fiscal and educational inequities between poor and wealthy school
districts," said Law Center Policy Director Baruch Kintisch. "The
Governor’s budget does not provide every student with an equal opportunity to
learn and succeed in school."
Full report: http://www.elc-pa.org/ELCBudgetAnalysis2.16.12.pdf
“Among industrialized countries, the United States invests the least in early childhood care and education services — 0.5 percent of GDP compared to anywhere between 2 percent and 6 percent in European countries. … At the national and state levels, we need more political will and determination to increase and enhance pre-school education and care.”
"At Northeast, we lost shop teachers, art teachers," said Danza, who spent a year teaching at Northeast for a reality show. "That sends a message to the kids that they really don't matter."
At news conference, speakers say
budget cuts hitting
schools too hard Philadelphia
By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer Posted: Fri,
Feb. 24, 2012,
The speakers came from different backgrounds - an actor-turned-teacher,
two union officials, and a state senator - but their message was the same:
budget cuts have hit the
and must stop. Philadelphia
“Value-added ratings are one important piece of a complete personnel system. But student test scores alone aren’t a sensitive enough measure to gauge effective teaching, nor are they diagnostic enough to identify areas of improvement. Teaching is multifaceted, complex work. A reliable evaluation system must incorporate other measures of effectiveness, like students’ feedback about their teachers and classroom observations by highly trained peer evaluators and principals.”
Bill Gates: Shame Is Not the Solution
New York Times Opinion By BILL GATES, Published:
February 22, 2012
LAST week, the New York State Court of Appeals ruled
that teachers’ individual performance assessments could be made public. I have
no opinion on the ruling as a matter of law, but as a harbinger of education
policy in the
it is a big mistake. United States
I am a strong proponent of measuring teachers’ effectiveness, and my foundation works with many schools to help make sure that such evaluations improve the overall quality of teaching. But publicly ranking teachers by name will not help them get better at their jobs or improve student learning. On the contrary, it will make it a lot harder to implement teacher evaluation systems that work.
A test for politicians on education (with cheat sheet)
Here’s our prior blog posting on K12 from December 2011:
It's all about the kids......K12 Inc. chief executive Ron Packard paid $5 million compensation package in 2011
"I'm a big believer in transparency and accountability. I do think the more visible you are, the easier it is to try and attack you," Mr. Packard said in an interview last week. "For reasons I don't fully understand, there are a lot of people who don't like for-profit companies in education."
K12 Inc.'s Public Status and Growth Attract Scrutiny
Virtual ed. company faces critical press and a recent lawsuit
21, 2012 By Jason Tomassini
In a scant few months, K12 Inc. and its fluctuating performance on Wall Street are proving that the combination of being a publicly traded company and operating in the school marketplace can lead to heightened levels of scrutiny in a growing but controversial sector of education.
February 29th: Partners for Public Education at 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, State Representative Nick Kotik, Education Policy & Leadership Center Director Ron Cowell, 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.
The Auditor General will speak to the public followed by Q & A Session.