Thursday, February 2, 2012
Some dates to remember so that this year’s Pennsylvania budget is not a Ground Hog Day repeat of last year’s budget
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Some dates to remember so that this year’s
budget is not a Ground Hog Day repeat of last year’s budget: Pennsylvania
February 7th: Governor Corbett will present his budget
“A year that has been hard on
public school budgets, particularly in the state's poorest districts, could be
followed by an even tougher year.” Pennsylvania
The administration of Gov. Tom Corbett is preparing a budget proposal Tuesday that will address a projected deficit, the state government's fourth in a row. And many lawmakers believe the Republican will press for more cuts to public school funding just a year after he and the GOP-controlled Legislature leveled the biggest school aid reduction in at least several decades to help close a multibillion-dollar shortfall.
Read more here: http://www.centredaily.com/2012/02/01/3074438/pa-public-schools-fear-tougher.html#storylink=cpy
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.
February 14th Valentine’s Day
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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.
WHAT WORKS: John Alston turns kids in hoodies into a choral band of brothers
An after-school program in
gives at-risk teenagers a music education – and much more Chester, Pa.
The Christian Science Monitor By Mary Beth McCauley, / Correspondent /
March 14, 2011
Even if they don't sing a single note of music as adults, the performers in the Chester Children's Chorus will make a difference in the world. After all, his own participation in the Newark (N.J.) Boys Chorus opened a new world to the young John Alston when his home life was bleak and his father an alcoholic. Why not do the same for others?
So in 1994, Dr. Alston, associate professor of music at
College, just outside , invited seven children to come
sing with him on the bucolic campus. They were from nearby Philadelphia ,
an impoverished city struggling against economic decline, its schools burdened
with high dropout rates and abysmal academic achievement. Chester, Pa.
The seven children were the forerunners of what now includes the coed, 120-voice Chester Children's Chorus (CCC); a full-day summer program at Swarthmore; a new public-private Chester Upland School of the Arts; and formal musical instruction for public school students throughout Chester.
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:
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