Sunday, February 5, 2012
“Persing said the state currently provides Chester Upland with about $3,600 per special education student, but only provides such subsidies for up to 16 percent of the district’s enrollment. However, the state forces Chester Upland to pay charters about $24,000 for each special education student that enrolls, Persing said. There is no cap. “
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More pain expected in Corbett's budget proposal
Tax collection $500 million short of projections
February 05, 2012
By Laura Olson and Karen Langley,
Gov. Tom Corbett toured the Kurt J. Lesker Co., a manufacturer of vacuum products in Jefferson Hills, in April, defending his 2011 budget decisions. More cuts are expected for the 2012 budget.
This year? Expect more of the same.
“Persing said the state currently provides
Chester with about $3,600 per special
education student, but only provides such subsidies for up to 16 percent of the
district’s enrollment. However, the
state forces Upland Chester to pay charters about $24,000 for each
special education student that enrolls, Persing said. There is no cap. “ Upland
Delaware County school districts facing familiar money woes, anxiously await Corbett budget
February 05, 2012
Delco Times By JOHN KOPP, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Otto lets people argue otherwise, but the
William Penn School District
chief operating officer insists school administrators across were “blindsided” by the
massive education cuts implemented by Gov. Tom Corbett last year. Pennsylvania
By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer, Posted: Sun,
Feb. 5, 2012,
Starting next week, the
will cancel all weekend
programs and shut school buildings an hour early during the week to save $2.8
million. Philadelphia School District
FEBRUARY 4, 2012
Philadelphia Inquirer BucksInq blog by Bill Reed
Ritchie Webb: Neshaminy's savior or ogre?
Neshaminy School Board President Ritchie Webb in his office in his
home. He runs a catering business, a food service for the , and a
tax and accounting business. (Ron Tarver/Inquirer photographer) Bristol Township
There's no middle ground when it comes to Ritchie Webb.
Take, for example, last month’s Neshaminy school board meeting. As Webb took his seat as president, half the packed crowd rose and cheered; the remainder jeered and chanted, “Negotiate.”
February 4, 2012
At Columbus Elementary, teachers like John Shelton struggle with fewer resources and wonder how long they will be paid.
To make matters worse, the local charter school, with which the district must divide its financing, is suing the district over unpaid bills.
“In a high-level turnaround, Robert Scott, the commissioner of the Texas Education Agency, said Tuesday that student testing in the state had become a “perversion of its original intent” and that he looked forward to “reeling it back” in the future.”
……There is anxiety among school leaders, educators and parents about meeting the increased standards with fewer resources. In the Panhandle, the
superintendent may withhold her district’s test scores from the state. An Hereford Independent
School District parent is
considering a lawsuit to stop the rollout of the tests. Some legislators are
mulling how to postpone some of the tests’ consequences for students. Austin
In a high-level turnaround, Robert Scott, the commissioner of the Texas Education Agency, said Tuesday that student testing in the state had become a “perversion of its original intent” and that he looked forward to “reeling it back” in the future. Earning a standing ovation from an annual gathering of 4,000 educators that has given him chillier receptions in the past, Mr. Scott called for an accountability process that measured “every other day of a school’s life besides testing day.”
A shareholder in Virginia-based K12 Inc. has filed a lawsuit against the virtual-schools operator in federal court, alleging that the firm violated securities law by making false statements to investors about students’ poor performance on standardized tests.
TFA - No magic solution for schools
pushes the hot button of
reform, but it isn't that simple. America
This February, Teach For America begins its third decade of operations and its fourth year in the Twin Cities. Roughly 10 percent of graduating seniors at Macalester and
have applied, as well as 3 percent of those at the . University of Minnesota
Depending on whom you side with, that's cause for either celebration or despair.
February 9th: Rally in support of public education Downingtown East HS
Senator Andy Dinniman,
February 1, 2012
Public education has come under increasing attack in
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 at Downingtown East High School,
50 Devon Drive
(just off Route 113) in Exton.
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February 14th Valentine's Day Rally at the
Rally at in the
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.
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
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: