School group asks for state funding
By Mary Niederberger /
Post-Gazette Pittsburgh March 15, 2012
School boards locally and across the state are soon expected to consider a proposed resolution drafted by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association that calls for the state Legislature to reinstate some funding for K-12 education in the wake of last year's $860 million cut and the proposed reduction this year of $100 million in Accountability Block Grant funding.
The draft resolution calls for school boards to ask the General Assembly to take action to provide, at a minimum, additional funding for basic education and special education subsidies and to restore reimbursements for charter school tuition and Accountability Block Grants.
Here’s a vintage press release from “the second half of the decade” with a different view on that……
Sept. 14, 2010
Office of the Governor
Pennsylvania Students Post Record
Gains in ,
Math Scores; Reading
Eight of 10 Schools Meet ‘No Child Left Behind’ Targets for 2010
PA Student Achievement Rises for 8th Consecutive Year
Harrisburg – Eighty-two percent of
schools met the required Pennsylvania
academic goals for the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law for 2010, Governor
Edward G. Rendell announced today, with record numbers of students performing
at grade level in reading and math on the state’s PSSA tests.
Overall, three quarters of
students are now achieving at
grade level, Pennsylvania
and the smallest percentage of students ever, scored at the lowest level since the
inception of the PSSAs.
“The Center for Education Policy told us last year
was the only Pennsylvania
state in the nation to make academic gains across the board from 2002 through
2008,” said Governor Rendell. “These terrific numbers show that we are continuing
that trend and more. Student achievement has increased in every subject, at all
tested grade levels and for all ethnic, racial and economic subgroups of students
since 2002 -- the eighth straight year of student performance gains. I congratulate
our teachers, the entire education community, the General Assembly, and,
especially, our students for these outstanding achievements.”
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.
Charters serving at-risk students plead for another chance
The notebook by Dale Mezzacappa on
Mar 15 2012
Posted in Latest news
Recent recommendations from District staff to close two charters pose a difficult dilemma for the School Reform Commission.
Should charters whose mission is to take in the students who are most at-risk – those in foster care, children who have suffered trauma, youth returning from juvenile placement – be shut down if their test scores don't match up to the standard applied at other schools?
Philadelphia’s Renaissance Schools Initiative: 18 Month Interim Report
U.S. Department of Education's Sciences (IES) Institute of Education
What Works Clearinghouse Quick Review
The study examined the effectiveness of
Renaissance Schools Initiative after one year of implementation. The
Renaissance Schools Initiative, which began in the 2010–11 school year, aimed
at improving low-performing schools by providing new management, additional
resources, and new educational strategies. Philadelphia
Philadelphia Schools Study Doesn't Meet Clearinghouse Standards
Statement on the
Clearinghouse Rating of Renaissance Schools Initiative: 18 Month Interim Report Institute of Education
Research for Action Posted by Alison Murawski on
Mar 16, 2012 in
March 16, 2012 – The What
Works Clearinghouse (WWC) yesterday released a rating of Research for Action’s
most recent evaluation of ’s
Renaissance Schools Initiative. The rating – does not meet WWC’s evidence
standards – was assigned with the explanation that “the Renaissance schools and
comparison schools did not have similar achievement levels in the year before
the Renaissance Schools Initiative began. Therefore, any changes in student
achievement or attendance cannot be attributed solely to the implementation of
the Renaissance Schools Initiative.” However,
further explanation is required to clarify the WWC’s rating. Philadelphia
March 7, 2012, 12:09 p.m. EST
Opens to Students Cyber Charter School
Innovative new K-12 school offers free traditional online courses with unique "On-Location" learning - first of its kind in the region.
March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --
Starting today, the Allegheny IU's new STREAM Academy, is accepting students
interested in attending a dynamic K- 12 cyber charter school where courses
focus on Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.
Students can enroll immediately at StreamAcademy.org.
Unlike most charter schools,
will be governed by a board of directors comprised of superintendents and
educators from school districts,
and overseen by a board of credentialed, public educators Allegheny
Little Relief in Sight
Listen! Youth Produced Radio about Public Education
The Auditor General will speak to the public followed by Q & A Session.
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