Established in 2006, the Keystone State Education Coalition is a growing grass roots, non-partisan public education advocacy group of several hundred locally elected, volunteer school board members and administrators from school districts throughout Pennsylvania. Our mission is to evaluate, discuss and inform our boards, district constituents and legislators on legislative issues of common interest and to facilitate active engagement in public education advocacy.
In Texas, New York, Illinois and other states, education reform protests pick up steam
from the Keystone State Education Coalition now reach more than 1500
Pennsylvania education policymakers – school directors, administrators,
legislators, members of the press and a broad array of education advocacy
organizations via emails, website, Facebook and Twitter.
Our take: Stop playing the blame game on
Updated: 04/18/2012 08:04:08 AM EDT
York Daily Record editorial:
Gov. Tom Corbett is right, as far as it goes, that taxpayers fed up with
rising public school costs should blame school boards. ….But there's plenty of blame to go around,
and the governor and state lawmakers deserve their share.
“The Rev. Terrence Griffith, president of the Black Clergy,
said he ignored Roebuck's request for support this year, in part because of the
voucher issue. Griffith's
group got $6,000 last month from Students First.”
Posted: Thu, Apr. 19, 2012,
Vouchers at issue in race: Roebuck's
opponent is backed by Black Clergy
BY CHRIS BRENNAN Philadelphia Daily News Staff
THE BATTLE in Harrisburg over school
vouchers has placed state Rep. James Roebuck Jr. in political peril to a
newcomer with well-heeled campaign contributors. Roebuck, 67, who has
represented West Philly's 188th District since 1985, says he is using his post
as the ranking Democrat on the state House Education Committee to stymie
legislation that would allow tax dollars to be used to pay for private-school
He is being challenged in Tuesday's primary election
by Fatimah Muhammad, 27, who favors the voucher plan and tells a compelling
story about being homeless as a child and about how education improved her
life. A political-action committee for Students First PA, a pro-voucher group,
gave Muhammad $25,000 in February. It also gave $12,000 last month to a newly
formed PAC, Public Education Excellence, which has been hammering Roebuck with
mailers that attack his record on education.
For the first time in
four years, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission on Thursday night began
the process of closing city charter schools.
The commission voted
to put three schools on notice that their five-year operating charters would
not be renewed: TruebrightScienceAcademy,
AriseAcademy, and Hope.
The district's charter-school
office had recommended the actions for all three schools based on problems with
academics and administration and failing to meet state requirements, such as
having 75 percent certified teachers. Arise was also flagged for its financial
Allentown teachers oppose merging social studies, English for
'I struggle daily with
students who argue that Allentown is the capital
of Pennsylvania or the United States,' one tells board.
Esack, Of The Morning Call 11:17 p.m.
EDT, April 19, 2012
This year, Tara Beaky's daughter is getting less
social studies, science, art, music and physical education instruction in the
classrooms of Allentown's LehighParkwayElementary School. But
still her daughter is one of the lucky ones.
ByRachel Weaver, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW Friday, April 20, 2012
DuquesneCitySchool officials are seeking
approval from the state to alter the educational program in an attempt to keep
the district operating for at least one more year.
The three members of the state-appointed board
of control unanimously authorized Superintendent Paul Rach on Thursday to
request an OK from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to designate grades
7-8 as junior high grades for the 2012-13 school year. The district now
designates grades K-8 as elementary.
The change would allow the district to send
tuition students in grades 7-8 to other districts.
frustration, Sarah Armstrong was calm and poised when she made her remarks over
the Radnor Township School District board directors' agenda item up for vote –
a 3.28 percent tax increase. ….The
numerous speeches from RadnorTownship citizens against
the 3.28 percent tax increase didn't prevent the increase from happening. In a
6 to 3 vote, the school board approved the preliminary 2012-2013 school year
budget, which included the tax hike. The budget costs, more than $82 million,
is an almost $10 million jump from the 2011-2012 budgetary costs.
These increases aren't completely unfamiliar to
residents in neighboring Main Line towns. LowerMerionSchool District had
community concern because of its original 3.9 percent increase, which was reduced
to 1.99 percent last week, the smallest increase in the school's recent years.
The Haverford Township School Board's 2012-2013
budget originally proposed a 2.49 percent increase, but could increase as much
as 2.73 percent, the board said last month.
The problems leading to Haverford's probable
increase that simultaneously concerns Radnor Township School Board directors
are the state referendums imposed on school districts: The Act 1 index and the
Pennsylvania School Employees Retirement System (PSERS).
In Texas, New York, Illinois
and other states, protests by parents and educators are getting louder against
school reform that insists on using standardized test scoresas the basis for evaluating
students, educators and schools.
April 24is Primary Election Day
Polls open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m.Click hereto find your polling place. During the Primary, registered members of the
Republican and Democrat parties are eligible to vote to nominate the candidates
that will represent their party on the ballot in the November General Election.ALL
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the November 2012 Election.Click here for
more information on thenew Voter ID law.
Stand Up for Public Education!
East Penn Education Forum on April 25th
What’s at Stake? Discover how high-stakes testing and funding
cuts are impacting our kids and schools.
Hosted by: East Penn Invested Citizens (EPIC), Salisbury Parent Advisory,
Allentown Parent Groups and a coalition of Lehigh Valley Parents
Where: East Penn Administration Building School Board Meeting Room, 800 Pine Street,
PA Partnerships for
Children – Take action on the Governor’s Budget
The governor’s budget plan cuts funding for proven
programs like Child Care Works, Keystone STARS and the T.E.A.C.H. scholarship
program, Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts and the Head Start Supplemental Assistance
Program.These are among the most cost-effective
investments we can make in education. Gov. Corbett’s budget plan also runs counter
to a pledge he made when he ran for governor in 2010. He acknowledged the
benefits of early childhood education and promised to increase funding to
double the number of children who would benefit from early learning
Education Voters PA –
Take action on the Governor’s Budget
The Governor’s proposal starts the process,
but it isn’t all decided: our legislators can play an important role in standing
up for our priorities. Last year, public outcry helped prevent nearly
$300 million in additional cuts. We heard from the Governor, and we know
where he stands. Now, we
need to ask our legislators: what is your position on supporting our schools?