Tip of the iceberg: Pensions, mandates are shackling schools
Yet the cuts and pain have hit suburbia, too.
PA Auditor General criticizes education spending priorities
Daily Local By JIM CALLAHAN, Staff Writer Chester County 3/20/12
WESTTOWN — Auditor General Jack Wagner said some charter and cyber-charter schools replacing public schools are being run for profit and the state legislature should end this practice.
Wagner spoke Monday at
during a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters about public education
funding. Stetson Middle School
Daily Local News to host education discussion Chester County
Staff Report Posted:
03/19/12 07:44 am
The Daily Local News will host a State of
7 p.m. Thursday in its Community Media Lab. Education
The roundtable discussion will include local
education leaders and officials answering questions from a live audience and
from those watching remotely via a live stream on the Daily Local News website.
The event is free to the public. The Community Media Lab is upstairs at the
Daily Local News offices at
Bradford Ave. in West Chester.
While topics will come from those in attendance or watching at home, the focus
will likely be about where education stands in Pennsylvania and nation, how
education is or should be funded, and what options exist for students who may
be entering school or looking for an alternative. The discussion will be
moderated by Daily Local News staff writer Eric S. Smith.
The panel will include home-school parent Lynne Burkholder; Coatesville Area School Board President J. Neil Campbell; state Sen. Andy Dinniman, minority leader of the state Senate Education Committee; Downingtown Area Education Association President Craig Krusen; West Chester Area School District Superintendent James Scanlon; Director of Career, Technical and Customized Education for the Chester County Intermediate Unit Alan Slobojan; state Rep. Dan Truitt, a member of the state House Education Committee; and Collegium Charter School CEO Bill Winters.
to Gary Miron, a professor at
Western Michigan University's
, the report is selective in
its use of data to bolster charter schools. "The selection of researchers
they cite is misleading," he said. "They only select papers that show
choice is working, when most reports say it's not." College of Education
Schools Report: Failing To Prepare Students Hurts National Security, Prosperity
Thirty years ago, a Reagan
administration report warned of "a rising tide of mediocrity that
threatens our very future as a nation and a people." The report, "A
Nation at Risk," tied that mediocrity to the alleged failure of
Fast forward to 2012, and the story hasn't
changed, former New York City schools chief Joel Klein and former Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice wrote in a report provided to The Huffington Post slated
to be released Tuesday. "The sad fact is that the rising tide of
mediocrity is not something that belongs in history books," said the
report produced by a Council on Foreign Relations task force they co-chaired.
The report, called the U.S. Education Reform and
National Security report, argues for treating education as a national-security
issue, noting that deficiencies in areas like foreign languages hold back
capacity to produce soldiers, diplomats and spies. It calls for increased
standards, accountability and school choice -- charter schools and vouchers --
to increase America 's
international educational standing. America
Best part of ‘schools-threaten-national-security’ report: The dissents
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
Please RSVP by March 12 to firstname.lastname@example.org