Friday, February 3, 2012
Punxsutawney Tom readies another budget
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February 3, 2012
Delco Times Heron’s Nest Blog by Phil Heron, Editor
Gov. Tom Corbett was out at
yesterday for the Groundhog Day festivities. Punxsutawney
As we now know, ol’ Phil saw his shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter.
There’s a lot of people in education in this state who believe Corbett also saw his shadow, and that portends another brutal education budget.
Corbett will deliver his budget address on Tuesday. You can almost hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth among school board members across the county.
We will have a special report on Sunday as educators brace themselves for what could be another brutal budget season.
By Steve Esack and John L. Micek, Of The Morning Call
10:27 p.m. EST, February 2, 2012
When Gov. Tom Corbett delivers his second budget to state lawmakers Tuesday,
school officials will be looking beyond his speech to the fine print of his
spending plan. Lehigh Valley
That's because they're still smarting over his first budget, which seemed like good news at first and then got progressively worse as educators learned more about it. Public schools took a $1.1 billion hit.
Trib Live By Chris Buckley, VALLEY INDEPENDENT, Thursday,
February 2, 2012
With class sizes growing and costs mounting,
school officials are nervous that
will slash spending for public education again this year. Harrisburg
Just a year after districts scrambled to make ends meet in the face of major cuts in general subsidies, school officials anxiously are awaiting Gov. Tom Corbett's planned budget unveiling Tuesday.
Read more: State's schools nervous - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/valleyindependent/s_779584.html#ixzz1lJjbSzRR
Pa. education secretary to hear concerns of Chester Upland officials, parents, students
By Dan Hardy, Inquirer Staff Writer Posted: Fri,
Feb. 3, 2012,
At the urging of a federal judge, Pennsylvania Education Secretary Ron Tomalis will meet with
stakeholders to determine how to keep the schools open until June. Chester Upland School District
Rebuilding after the education storm
Anthony Hardy Williams is a state senator representing
Philadelphia and . Delaware County
When it comes to K-12 education in
I've long felt like an ignored weatherman. I have warned about the storm about
to slam into us and the need for action to blunt its force. Now that storm is
here. The twin twisters of the
astounding deficit facing the Philadelphia
and the upheaval under way at archdiocesan schools are proof that we are indeed
in the midst of climatic change when it comes to how we educate children in
this city. Yet this disruptive change need not scar us, or scare us. School
District of Philadelphia
Instead, it could prove to be the catalyst we need to start building the educational systems necessary if our children are to survive and thrive. That is, if we are brave enough, and honest enough, to embrace innovative solutions
Charter Schools: Follow the Money
American School Board Journal, February 2012, Stories by Del Stover
Two decades ago, not a single penny of taxpayer money was spent on charter schools. This year, public funding for charters will run into the billions of dollars. That’s a lot of money to invest in an education policy with still-unclear consequences for
public school system. America
So, 20 years after the first charter school --
City Academy -- opened in ,
it’s really quite astonishing to look at the momentum of the charter movement.
In recent years, the number of charters nationwide has climbed by 400 to 500
annually; today, approximately 5,300 of these schools of choice serve more than
2 million students. An obvious question presents itself: What accounts for this
growth? St. Paul, Minn.
Part of the answer is money. Private money.
Ellen DeGeneres just hosted on her television show a teacher from a Pennsylvania public school district that ran out of money — prompting unionized teachers to vote to work without pay — and handed her a $100,000 check for her school.
Twenty-two percent of American children live in poverty, and the emphasis of modern school reform ignores this fact. As long as this is the case, there aren’t enough $100,000 checks from famous people to go around.
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.
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: