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.
PHILLY: We don't need no stinking vouchers; we've got privatization!
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.
In the 188th
legislative district where Betsy DeVos’ American Federation for Children (AFC)
and Students First PA PAC had used several other PACs to contribute$62K
of the $76Kraised by Democratic primary challenger Fatimah
Muhammad, incumbent House Education Committee Minority Chairman James Roebuck
prevailed 56% - 44%.
Incumbents Lose: State House & Senate Primary Recap
PoliticsPA Written by Sy Snyder,
Editor-In-Chief posted Wed. April 25th,
The biggest headline of the night
was the almost unseating of Speaker of the House Sam Smith in his Punxsutawney based
legislative district. He was running against Chris Dush, completely unknown to
establishment until this evening. In the end, Speaker Smith won by 458 votes
out of the 6,381 votes cast in the race.
Philly, Radical District reorganization, 64 school closings planned
The notebook by Dale Mezzacappa on
Apr 24 2012
District staff and consultants are
recommending a sweeping overhaul of how public schools in Philadelphia operate,
planning to close 64 schools over the next five years and divvy up those that
remain among “achievement networks” led by teams of educators or nonprofit
Philadelphia public schools are on
the operating table, reeling from a knockout blow of heavy state budget cuts.
It was too much to bear after decades of underfunding and mismanagement at the
hands of shortsighted Philadelphians and mean-spirited politicians in Harrisburg.
So the District is today
announcing that it's going to call it quits. Its organs will be harvested, in
search of a relatively vital host.
public schools is not the School District,”Chief Recovery Officer Thomas Knudsentold a handful of reporters at
yesterday's press conference laying out the five-year plan proposed to the
School Reform Commission. “There's a redefinition, and we'll get to that
The District's transformation plan
announced today includes a five-year budget plan. The District also published
its annual 43-page budget-in-brief document today. Here are 10 details that
stand out about this far-reaching plan to bring the budget, which now has a
$218 million gap, back into balance:
You're not speaking to me, Mr. Knudsen
The notebook submitted by Helen
Gym on Tue, 04/24/2012
Dear Mr. Knudsen:
I am the mother of three children
in District and charter schools in this city. I have been actively involved in
stopping good schools from decline and helping low-performing, violent schools
turn around. I believe in the essential role that a high-quality public school
system plays and have fought for that vision. My 7th grader will soon have
outlasted four superintendencies, including yours. And I’m here to tell you
that you’re not speaking to me.
SRC 'restructuring' plan isn't about students or
achievement It's a business
model to privatize schools. Philadelphia
Federation of Teachers website by Jerry Jordan, President 4/24/2012 I released the following statement to the news media after
the School Reform Commission news conference today:
restructuring plan has nothing to do with raising student achievement. The
district provided a business model, not a research-based plan for turning
around or supporting schools.
This is the latest in a series of recent
the country by academics, educators, parents and others to protest the use of
student standardized test scores for high-stakes decisions, including teacher
and principal evaluation, student grade promotion and high school graduation.
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