Friday, June 1, 2012

HB 2364, Charter/Cyber School reform bill which addresses funding, transparency and accountability to be introduced on Monday June 4

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School Directors, I strongly urge you to read the details of this bill, which directly addresses funding, transparency and accountability -  and come show your support at the Capitol on Monday…..LAF
Stand in Support of Charter School Reform on Monday June 4
PSBA Website May 31, 2012
Join Rep. Fleck at 11:00 am on Monday, June 4 in the Capitol Rotunda to Introduce Charter School Reform Bill HB2364
School officials are welcomed and encouraged to join Rep. Mike Fleck (R-Huntingdon/Blair/Mifflin) on Monday, June 4, by gathering on the Capitol steps as he conducts a news conference to announce the introduction of HB 2364, legislation supported by PSBA that ensures greater taxpayer protection and accountability of charter and cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania.
Speaking at the news conference in addition to Fleck will be other legislators who are co-sponsors of the bill as well as PSBA Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel, and representatives from the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) and Pennsylvania Association for Rural and Small Schools (PARSS), and the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA).  The news conference will be held at 11 a.m. in the Main Rotunda of the Capitol.  School officials who attend will be invited to stand behind the speakers to show support of HB 2364.  Those who cannot attend can view the event through live webstreaming at

Pa. House and Senate Nearing Budget Agreement

Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Chester) and House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Bradford Woods) said they are engaged with other Republican leaders in ongoing negotiations to finalize the state budget proposal for fiscal year 2013.  They aim to present the budget to Gov. Corbett as early as next week, well in advance of the June 30 deadline.

State Budget Negotiations Heating Up
Yinzercation Blog — MAY 31, 2012
Boy, it’s getting intense as the state budget negotiations heat up. Senate majority leader Dominic Pileggi and House majority leader Mike Turzai are trying to get the two Republican caucuses into alignment. Senator Pileggi said they “are working through the details” on public education funding, among other issues, and Rep. Turzai praised his colleague’s budget plan, calling it “fiscally responsible while still balancing the needs of Pennsylvania citizens.” [Post-Gazette, 5-31-12]   What Turzai is calling “fiscally responsible” is actually another $50 million in proposed cuts to public education. That’s on top of the staggering cuts Governor Corbett made last year. Far from being “fiscally responsible,” these cuts have put tremendous negative pressure on local communities across the state.

Corbett outlines state’s finances
Published: Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Delco Times By EVAN BRANDT Journal Register News Service
NORRISTOWN — Gov. Tom Corbett likes to describe Pennsylvania’s $27.1 billion budget as a shrinking pizza.  “In prior years,” he said, “we had an 8-inch pizza and now we’re down to a 6-inch pie, but we have the same demands. In fact, we have an increase in demands.”
This observation was among many made during an hourlong meeting Wednesday afternoon with editors and reporters from Journal Register News Company, the company that owns the Delaware County Daily Times and other local newspapers in the region.
Hosted at The Times Herald in Norristown, questions targeted the state budget, property taxes, education funding and transportation needs.

Posted: Fri, Jun. 1, 2012, 3:01 AM
Amid protests, Philly SRC adopts $2.5 billion school budget at wild meeting
By Kristen A. Graham Inquirer Staff Writer
Over the objections of hundreds, the School Reform Commission adopted a $2.5 billion 2012-13 budget at a wild Thursday meeting interrupted frequently by chanting angry audience members.
No one - activists or officials - likes the spending plan, which leaves many schools without full-time nurses or police officers and which banks on extra city money that may not come through.

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