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Schools need to shift educational priorities
Published: Sunday, June 17, 2012, 1:05 AM
Anne McGraw Reeves’ June 10 commentary, “School budget cuts today will haunt us tomorrow,” is an attempt to convince readers that public education in Pennsylvania will come to a halt. Let’s face it, the media’s attacks on the governor’s budget are nothing more than a call for higher taxes. Facts seem to be ignored when the argument is made that more money is needed.
Fact: In the 2010-11 school year — state, federal and local taxes combined — Pennsylvanians invested more than $26.5 billion into pre-K-12 education — an increase of $6 billion since 2004-05.
Fact: Since 2004-05, the number of public school students dropped nearly 63,000, while the number of public school professionals increased by 9,500.
Press Secretary, PA Department of Education, Harrisburg
Public schools try to lure Pa. cyber students back
June 17, 2012 12:18 am
By Sara K. Satullo / The (Easton) Express-Times
EASTON, Pa. -- There's a battle being waged for Pennsylvania's schoolchildren.
Traditional public schools are on the offensive trying to lure back students from cyber and charter schools with their own cyber academics. Public school officials tout better standardized test scores and diplomas from known schools.
Superintendents argue they're grappling with tight budgets, cutting programs and laying off teachers. Yet, they're funneling tax dollars to growing home-based cyber schools that aren't meeting state standards but can afford to offer things districts cannot -- like foreign languages in elementary school.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/education/public-schools-try-to-lure-pa-cyber-students-back-640733/#ixzz1y8fOtfzU
Michelle Rhee: Vouchers can level playing field
Published: Saturday, June 16, 2012, 11:00 AM
BY MICHELLE RHEE
There are two things that I think could happen among the big business community in Pennsylvania that would potentially change the education game.
Common Sense Vs. Common Core: How to Minimize the Damages of the Common Core
Yong Zhao’s Blog 17 JUNE 2012
Yong Zhao is currently Presidential Chair and Associate Dean for Global Education, College of Education at the University of Oregon, where he is a full professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy and Leadership(EMPL). He is a fellow of the International Academy for Education.
The wonder drug has been invented, manufactured, packaged, and shipped. Doctors and nurses are being trained to administer the drug properly. Companies and consultants are offering products and services to help with the proper administering of this wonder drug. A national effort is underway to develop tools to monitor the improvement of the patients. The media are flooded with enthusiastic endorsement and euphoric predictions.
This cure-all wonder drug is the Common Core, short for the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Cooked up by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, this magic potion promises to cure America’s education ills, according to its Mission Statement:
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,
Last year, PSBA created a new award to honor the memory of its long-term chief lobbyist, who died unexpectedly. The Timothy M. Allwein Advocacy Award may be presented annually to the individual school director or entire school board to recognize outstanding leadership in legislative advocacy efforts on behalf of public education and students that are consistent with the positions in PSBA's Legislative Platform. The nomination process is now open and applications will be accepted until