Thursday April 12,
Legislative Forum Allegheny County
WHERE: North Hills Senior High School 53 Rochester
Road Pittsburgh, PA 15229
12, 2012 @
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education stakeholders are invited to this special event, which will be
moderated by the League of Women Voters.
Join us on Thursday, April 12th at
High School at
for an evening with several key state legislators from
and other education experts who will help explain local impacts. State
Representatives and Senators representing surrounding school districts have
been invited to attend and discuss their positions on public education as they
head into negotiations over next year’s budget. Allegheny County
When asked if the state would pull Frontier's charter, (PDE Spokesman) Eller said, "that's a possibility, but I don't want to say that's going to happen. But that is an option."
Frontier cyber-school students: All we want is to learn
BY DAVID GAMBACORTA Daily News Staff Writer Posted:
CAREY STONE is living Ferris Bueller's life - just the complete opposite of it, actually.
Every morning, the high-school senior calls her
school's administrators, trying to find out where they are, wondering when
they'll have classes for her to attend or let her hand in a report on "The
Great Gatsby." And every day, her
calls go unanswered. "I feel like they're just brushing me off," she
said. Carey, 18, and her sisters, Rachel, 15, and Harmony, 14, are enrolled at
The school laid off its teachers and principal on March 8 and hasn't held any classes since.
“In both the House and the Senate, various bills have tried to address charter oversight and funding issues. One such bill would establish an independent authority to oversee all charters in the state. And Auditor General Jack Wagner has called for fixing the broken funding formula for charters, especially that cybers get as much as "brick and mortar" schools.
have gone nowhere; some of them been have been held hostage by forces in
pushing vouchers.” Harrisburg
Daily News Editorial:
Cyber-charter blues Philadelphia
Mar. 23, 2012,
WITH OVER 150 charter schools - nearly half of them
Philadelphia - and an additional 13
"cyber schools," which operate online, has a strong profile among
states for embracing charters as a key part of education reform. Pennsylvania
Unfortunately, we're lagging when it comes to coherent and consistent regulations governing the oversight of these schools, which are funded with public money but are free of many of the mandates of public school systems. "Bricks and mortar" charters are overseen by the school districts from which their students are drawn; cyber charters are overseen by the state Department of Education.
And while many bills that would govern charter
oversight and funding have made their way through
in the last few years, virtually
none has been passed. It's high time. Harrisburg
Education, voter IDs top
issues at candidates forum in
March 22, 2012,
By M. Diane McCormick, The Patriot-News
Education, voter identification and government spending topped the issues aired at a forum featuring candidates for the state House 103rd and 104th and Senate 15th districts Thursday night sponsored by the Harrisburg Chapter of the NAACP.
All candidates who spoke deplored the depletion of public education budgets.
Educators, legislators debate merits of economic furloughs
State Rep. Scott Boyd, R-Lancaster, and 35 other lawmakers introduced legislation that would also allow districts to consider performance, not just seniority, in deciding whom to let go. A spokesman for Boyd said on Wednesday that House Bill 855 is still active and is in the education committee.
The Education Policy and
Funding Campaign Pennsylvania School
PSFC Urges PA Lawmakers to Oppose Governor’s 2012-2013 K-12 Education Budget
to read the full text of the letter sent to all members of the PA General Assembly from the Pennsylvania School Funding Campaign (March 20, 2012).
The Inky ran this opinion piece as a news story yesterday.
The authors, Robert Maranto and Patrick Wolf are professors in the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas, and John Witte is a professor at the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
The Walton Family Foundation provided $680,000 to the
in 2010 and an additional
$80,000 in 2011 to support research on their school choice agenda. Similarly, the University of Arkansas
received $435,000 in 2011 and $275,000 in 2010 from the Waltons. University of Wisconsin
Perhaps this “news story” should have correctly been entitled
Evidence that funding works; or at least labeled as opinion……….
Evidence that vouchers work
Inquirer By Robert Maranto, Patrick Wolf, and John
School vouchers have stalled in the
legislature, and President Obama's budget proposes to end the D.C. Opportunity
Scholarship Program, which allows children from low-income families to attend
private schools with government aid. Pennsylvania
WHAT WORKS: Formative Assessments, Differentiated Instruction, Targeted Interventions
“A total of 92% of the teachers surveyed reported that formative, ongoing assessments were absolutely essential or important in measuring student achievement. Furthermore, more than 90% of teachers actively use student performance data of this sort to differentiate instruction, target interventions for students in need of help, and otherwise improve their teaching.”
Gates/Scholastic Teacher Survey Challenges Assumptions About Test-Based Reform
It’s Spring – and the Scaife funded Commonwealth Foundation’s dreams turn once again to vouchers….stay tuned as this will certainly ramp up through the budget process.
MARCH 22, 2012 by NATHAN
Does School Choice Reduce Crime?
Has your board considered this draft resolution yet?
PSBA Sample Board Resolution regarding the budget
Please consider bringing this sample resolution to the members of your board.
Christopher McGinley, Superintendent,
Nofre Vaquer, Director, ARC of Philadelphia
Hiram Rivera, Executive Director, Philadelphia Student Union
Dale Mezzacappa, Contributing Editor, Philadelphia Public School Notebook
Dan Hardy, Contributing Editor, Philadelphia Inquirer
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