“Expanding the EITC now will drain more state revenue away from public schools at a time when many are laying off teachers, cutting kindergarten or prekindergarten, and eliminating courses.”
Analysis of HB 2468
Pennsylvania Budget and
• Policy Center June 25, 2012
Individuals, Not Corporations, Pick Up the Tax Tab for EITC Scholarships
Corporations get triple dip deduction for contributions to private schools
Proponents argue that expanding the EITC doesn’t affect the budget because companies pay the bill; however, the opposite is true. Individual taxpayers will pay at least $9 of $10 in EITC funding.
The EITC program needs substantial program reform prior to any expansion. It is a costly program with little accountability that allows businesses to direct other taxpayers’ money to favored organizations.
Jun. 26, 2012,
Big money behind push for education tax credit program
Philadelphia Daily News by WILL BUNCH
A NEW, big-money political-action committee turned up on the Pennsylvania radar
screen this spring — at exactly the same time that the Philadelphia Archdiocese
launched a full-court press for legislation in Harrisburg that would pump
millions of dollars of scholarship money into its struggling schools.
The new Fighting Chance PA PAC shares a name with a
self-described grass-roots campaign launched in March by the Pennsylvania
Catholic Coalition, and it shares office space with wealthy
of Prussia developer Brian O'Neill, who spearheaded a drive to
raise $12 million from 10 anonymous donors earlier this year to keep open four
endangered Catholic high schools.
In just a couple of months, the Fighting Chance PA
PAC already has doled out $225,000 to pro-voucher state lawmakers and other
political committees in
Its biggest donation to an individual lawmaker, $25,000, was handed to obscure
GOP Rep. Jim Christiana of Beaver County on May 9 — one month before Christiana
introduced a bill that would support scholarships for Catholic and other
nonpublic schools but would cost the state as much as $75 million. Harrisburg
In Philly, Martinez faces public, explains his vision for improving the District
Jun 25 2012
by Dale Mezzacappa, Benjamin Herold and Katie McCabe
Pedro Martinez is on board with the need to “increase quality seats” in Philadelphia schools, endorsing the primary reform strategy of the School Reform Commission that is considering whether to hire him as the next superintendent.
But while Martinez described himself as a strong supporter of school choice, he emphasized that charter schools are “not a magic bullet” and said that the cornerstone of lasting reform are strong principals and well-supported teachers.
Corbett stands to win some school-reform victories
Rep. Jim Christiana told House Education Committee members that, unlike conventional vouchers, his plan would be financed by businesses that contribute toward scholarships that help youngsters in the schools with the lowest academic performance to transfer to private schools or better public schools.
Tax money allotted for the students' education would not travel with the students to their new schools. Rather, tax money allotted for the students' education would remain at their former schools, increasing per-pupil spending and helping to reduce class sizes there, Christiana said.
"This will not take a single dime out of the operating budgets of school districts" or the state education budget, the Beaver County Republican said.
State Rep. Mike Fleck has introduced a bill with broad bipartisan support that would correct this and other funding problems in the rules governing charter school funding and would make the system more fair and equitable for all students. The House and Senate should pass this bill without delay.
Bill exposes divide on reforming
charter schools Pa.
Pottstown Mercury By Frank Otto email@example.com
HARRISBURG — A bill gaining traction in
the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is serving as a polarizing force for
views on how ’s
charter schools should be funded. Pennsylvania
House Bill 2364, introduced by Mike Fleck, R-81st Dist., is set to reform the formula used for charter school funding since the inception of Act 22 in 1997, known as the Charter School Law. “It’s mainly (about) accountability and holding charter schools to the same standards public schools have had,” Fleck said. Currently, the formula for funding private schools takes into account the total expenditures of a school district and the budget to determine what a district must pay per student that lives within the district but chooses to go the charter route. HB 2364 focuses on three areas: funding, special education funding and transparency and accountability.
Corbett wants teacher evaluations to include student scores
Record By JARED SICHEL PA Independent
June 25, 2012
Gov. Tom Corbett and Republican lawmakers want to evaluate public school
teachers using student test scores, but teachers associations don't want
instructors held accountable for factors beyond their control. HARRISBURG
Under the state's current rating system, student performance is not considered. Teachers receive either satisfactory or unsatisfactory scores.
Judge denies Neshaminy teacher's union request for court-supervised talks
By Christian Menno Staff writer Posted on
June 26, 2012
DOYLESTOWN — Bucks County Judge Robert Baldi denied a motion Monday from the Neshaminy Federation of Teachers seeking court supervision of future negotiations with the school board. However, Baldi left open the possibility for either side to re-petition for court involvement in the nearly four-year-long contract dispute by Aug. 3.
More details on HB 2364 from PSBA:
Your school board is invited to submit proposals for consideration for PSBA’s 2013 Legislative Platform. The association is accepting proposals now until Friday,