Teachers, students protest proposed school cuts at
Amy Worden INQUIRER
While legislative leaders met behind closed doors Wednesday to hash out the
final elements of the state education budget, hundreds of parents, children,
and laid-off teachers staged protests over proposed school cuts at several
locations in the capital city. HARRISBURG
sidewalk chalk in hand, several dozen schoolchildren from
and their parents took their message to the governor's front door, several
blocks from the Capitol. On their hands and knees, they drew stick-figure
pupils in threatened classrooms, art studios and computer labs, and scrawled
"Help Our Schools" in fluorescent colors on the pavement outside the
executive mansion as police officers looked on. Pittsburgh
Posted: Wed, May. 9, 2012,
Corbett too dislikes cuts, but doesn't see clear way out
By Angela Couloumbis INQUIRER
HARRISBURG — Gov. Corbett on Wednesday said that no one — not even state government — is recession proof, and that despite a smaller budget shortfall this year, his administration is going to think hard before it begins restoring cuts to education, social services and other programs taking hits in next year’s proposed state budget.
The governor made his remarks after a morning speech before the Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce.
PA House Sets Budget Priorities, Laying Groundwork for Final Budget Negotiations
New York Times EDITORIAL
June 12, 2012 65 Comments
“If we can’t provide kindergarten for the children in our own state capitol and other communities across the commonwealth, how can we justify diverting more tax dollars to private education?”
Letter to PA General Assembly regarding proposed EISC program
Editorial: Businesses must rally for kindergarten
Eliminating kindergarten in the
Editorial: School vouchers: Lawmakers need to find compromise
While many school districts this year face cutting programs, boosting taxes and laying off teachers, none is being hit as severely as the districts that educate our poorest students.
Above Average Jane Blog Tuesday,
June 12, 2012
On June 4th the Pennsylvania Senate passed a special education reform bill (SB 1115); it will now move to the Pennsylvania House. There are several resources about this bill online as part ofwww.reformspecialedfunding.org.
SB1115: PA HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE MEETING Monday June 18th
Voting meeting on SB 1115, and any other business that may come before the Committee.
Monday June 18th, , Room 60, East Wing
HB1776: PA House tables bill to fund schools with income, sales taxes
public schools go on offensive to lure students back from cyber schools Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh Public Schools mulls online education
In praise of the benefits of cyber-schooling
Letter to the Editor by Robert Maranto Philadelphia Daily News
Robert Maranto is the 21st Century Chair in Leadership at the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas, and serves on the AHCCS board. His two children attend traditional public schools.
It's nice to celebrate success.
then located above the Bryn Mawr Mattress Giant and in the middle of the
Villanova pub crawl, was by any standard a failing school. Academically
mediocre, AHCCS lost well over 60 percent of its students every year and
struggled to maintain enrollment above 200. Achievement
the AHCCS board and a new leadership team turned things around with a new cyber
platform, emphasis on measurement and a new focus on orienting and reaching out
to students and parents. Today, AHCCS has a home office in Exton with branch
campuses in New Florence and
serving more than 800 middle- and high-school students all over the state, who
take online courses on school-issued laptops in the comfort of their own homes. Pittsburgh
End taxpayer funding of for-profit cyber charter schools
Pottstown Mercury Letter to the Editor by GEORGE BONEKEMPER, Pennsburg Posted: 06/01/12
General Assembly should stop cyber charter schools from maximizing profits for
investors and minimizing education outcomes for students. On the 2011-12 PSSA
tests, 467 or 93.7 percent of
public schools made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). On the same assessments, 2
or 16.6 percent of Pennsylvania ’s
cyber charter schools made AYP. Pennsylvania
In a legislative district composed of six school districts (Lewisburg, Midd-West, Mifflinburg, Milton, Selinsgrove and Warrior Run), it costs $2.9 million to educate 363 cyber charter school students, who basically participate in the PA Cyber, Commonwealth Connections, SusQ and Agora charter schools. PA Cyber was one of the two schools to make AYP, the other (21st Century) was administered by public school and IU staff. SusQ had 6.7 percent attain AYP in math and 33.3 percent in reading. Agora, operated by k12inc whose CEO made $5 million in compensation in 2011, had the following AYP status: Warning, 2006, School Improvement 1 and 2, 2007-8, Corrective Action 1 -2009, Corrective Action , 2010- 11. A National Education Policy Center Report issued in January showed that 27.4 percent of virtual schools run by for-profit Educational Management Organizations achieved AYP.
More info on HB 2364 from PSBA:
Federal Special Education Budget Gets Initial Boost
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