With the apparent exception of presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, just about everybody acknowledges the importance and value of high quality early childhood education programs, both in terms of the long term payback and the critical aspect of having kids on grade level by third grade.
“If you exclude state funding for a federally mandated early intervention initiative, Corbett has cut early childhood education by $90 million overall in his first two budgets — a nearly 20 percent reduction”
WHAT WORKS: Early Childhood Education
's children deserve better from
Corbett budget plan Pennsylvania
Morning Call Opinion by Joan Benso Allentown February 25, 2012
Joan L. Benso is president and CEO of PA Partnerships for Children
In the coming weeks,
hear plenty of debate about how Gov. Tom Corbett's budget plan affects the
commonwealth's long-term competitiveness.
Before we look ahead to that discussion, let's rewind to 2010, when
candidate Corbett attended a public forum on education and was asked if,
despite the challenging economy, he would "continue to increase state
investments in early childhood development programs?" Lehigh
Corbett responded with an unconditional yes. "We are going to find the money," he declared.
Two years and two budgets later, Pennsylvanians are still waiting for the governor to act on this campaign pledge.
Corbett's latest budget proposal cuts early childhood education by $30 million. If you exclude state funding for a federally mandated early intervention initiative, Corbett has cut early childhood education by $90 million overall in his first two budgets — a nearly 20 percent reduction.
WHAT WORKS: Community Involvement
Greater involvement by community and staff fills gaps at Phila. school
By Kristen A. Graham Inquirer Staff Writer Posted: Mon,
Feb. 27, 2012,
lost teachers to budget cuts this year. It lost a secretary, noontime
aides, and money to pay staffers for before- and after-school programs. Tilden Middle School
But the school at 66th and Elmwood in
Philadelphia picked up a grief-counseling program. It maintained
extracurriculars, mentoring and truancy-prevention programs, tutors, and a host
of other "extras" that help teachers focus on instruction and keep
students coming to school.
Here it comes again: Chaput, Pileggi, Williams: disregard PA Constitution; taxpayers should bailout financially struggling parochial schools with vouchers
During Friday’s press conference, joined by Senator Piccola and Senator Williams, Archbishop Chaput repeatedly called for vouchers that would have taxpayers bailout financially struggling parochial schools, ignoring the PA Constitution’s explicit provisions stating otherwise.
"Enrollments have to increase and we need school vouchers approved by the commonwealth in order to ensure success over the long term," Chaput said during the press conference.
Weekly PhillyNow Blog by Randy LoBasso, Philadelphia Feb 24, 2012
School Savings to
Vouchers Push School
Four Philadelphia-area Catholic schools previously targeted for closure—Bonner-Prendie, Saint Huberts, West Catholic and Conwell-Egan—were saved today, due to large anonymous donations and the creation of an independent foundation to help raise money. The announcement came early this afternoon and a press conference was held at 3 p.m. to discuss what was widely heralded as good news for the Archdiocese.
Archbishop Charles Chaput, who made the announcement, acknowledged early that the decision to keep the schools open was a risky one, and that there is essentially no long-term plan. Chaput said without a voucher system, the school system will end up exactly where it was a month ago. “We need expanded EITC (education-incentive tax credits) funds and opportunity scholarships to help our schools survive,” he said.
“As the PA
Auditor General has stated on numerous occasions, millions of dollars could be
saved if the flawed funding formula for charter schools was corrected. For
example, online schools in
Colorado are funded
at a flat rate of $ 6,228 annually, significantly less than ’s rate. “ Pennsylvania
Corbett turns his back on education
Pottstown Mercury Opinion by George
Bonekemper Posted: 02/25/12
The proposed Commonwealth 2012-13 budget continues Gov. Tom Corbett’s radical approach toward the funding of public and higher education as the administration turns its back on families who depend upon good schools and affordable college tuition. Every school district has started a slow, steady dismantling of its education system and a student’s opportunity for a college education becomes more challenging.
Sen. Hughes to School Parents: 'Make Some Noise'
State senator talks education at Cook-Wissahickon School
Roxborough-Manayunk Patch By Sam Fran Scavuzzo
Feb 24, 2012
In front of a mural that read "It takes a village to a raise a child," state Sen. Vincent Hughes posed for a photo with the Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School Village.
That village supplied its student with paper.
That village paid for two lunchroom aides out of its own pocket.
That village has had enough.
Could government leaders be as accountable as public schools?
February 26, 2012,
Patriot-News Op-Ed BY DON BELL
DON BELL is superintendent of
. Northern Lebanon School District
We constantly hear “public schools must be more accountable.”
I agree, but just for fun, what if
government leaders had to follow their own words and apply what they mandate
upon public schools to their own house? Pennsylvania
- PBS Newshour AIR DATE: PENNSYLVANIA Feb. 23, 2012
PBS Newshour: Online Public Schools Gain Popularity, but Quality Questions Persist
Full-time public cyber schools are now an option in 30 states, allowing
some 250,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade to press buttons to
raise their hands and message their teachers. John Tulenko of Learning Matters
Television reports from
where the demand for online charter schools is high. Video runtime 13:21 Pennsylvania
, Troubling questions about online
Of 12 PA cyber charters only 2 made AYP for 2011, while 8 were in corrective action status.
Video of Senator Dinniman’s
February 9, 2012
Chester Co. Coalition for Public Education Meeting
Video from this public meeting which was held at
Part 1 - Video Runtime 51:16: http://www.senatordinniman.com/contusvideo?vid=42
Part 2 - Video Runtime 52:21: http://www.senatordinniman.com/contusvideo?vid=41
Advocates Have Long Wish List for House Panel on ESEA Bills
NYC Teacher Quality Widely Diffused, Ratings Indicate
New York Times By FERNANDA
and ROBERT GEBELOFF SANTOS
The controversial ratings of roughly 18,000 New York City teachers released on Friday showed that teachers who were most and least successful in improving their students’ test scores could be found all around — in the poorest corners of the Bronx, like Tremont and Soundview, and in middle-class neighborhoods of Queens, like Bayside and Forest Hills. …….“The purpose of these reports is not to look at any individual score in isolation, ever,” Shael Polakow-Suransky, the No. 2 official in the city’s Education Department, said Friday. “No principal would ever make a decision on this score alone, and we would never invite anyone — parents, reporters, principals, teachers — to draw a conclusion based on this score alone.”
NYC releases teachers’ value-added scores — unfortunately
In Teacher Ratings, Good Test Scores Are Sometimes Not Good Enough
New York Times By SHARON OTTERMAN and ROBERT GEBELOFF
February 25, 2012
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.