Who’s been bankrolling the attacks on Pennsylvania Public Education and the kinds of attack ads we have seen against Republican State Senator Pat Vance, House Education Committee Chairman James Roebuck and State Senator Daylin Leach?
Read what Wikipedia has to say about Betsy DeVos:
Elisabeth "Betsy" DeVos (née Prince) is an American politician and school choice activist from the state of Michigan. She is a former chairperson of the Michigan Republican Party.
Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betsy_DeVos
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Those few of us who are not yet billionaires still apparently cling to the quaint and outdated notion that public education is indeed the foundation of our democracy and that Article 3, Section 14 of the Pennsylvania Constitution clearly indicates that public education is, in fact, a core mission of our Commonwealth.
PA Constitution, Article 3, Section 14. Public school system.
The General Assembly shall provide for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of public education to serve the needs of the Commonwealth.
It would appear that Mrs. DeVos’ does not share those sentiments or beliefs; on the contrary, her very well-funded hobby appears to be the elimination of public education.
A total of $1 million
in new out-of-state “Big Voucher Money” was poured into Pennsylvania by Betsy Devos’ American
Federation for Children (AFC) in two
payments of $500K each on 2/21/12 and 3/2/12 according to Campaign Finance
Reports filed by Students First PAC. In
April 2011 AFC contributed $120,000, and in October 2010 AFC posted 3 payment totalling
$1.2 million to the Students First PAC. Joel Greenberg, one of three
Line mega-millionaires who have bankrolled the Students First PAC locally,
also serves on the Board of Directors of DeVos’ AFC.
Last year Governor Corbett and Senator Anthony Williams were both featured speakers at AFC’s national school choice summit in Washington D.C.
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School Vouchers Have No Strong Effect on Student Achievement
According to Review of 10 Years of Voucher Research and Action
This week, the released a that
reviews ten years of research on voucher programs in
and The main conclusion is that students
using vouchers to attend private schools do not generally attain higher test
scores than public school students. The report also points out that much of the
research over the last ten years has been conducted by pro-voucher
organizations, and yet these organizations have not conclusively shown higher academic
achievement resulting from vouchers. Washington, D.C.
: William Penn SD asking
state for increase in funding Delaware County
The resolution cites recent achievements by William Penn students — such as AYP status at five of the district’s schools, students’ above-state-average graduation rates and student participation in Advanced Placement, honors and college-level courses — to forecast the district’s potential should funding be increased. The school board voted unanimously a recent business meeting to pass the resolution, which will be sent to state senators and representatives of the