Monday, June 25, 2012
In Palm Beach, Mr. and Mrs. G could use some new white shoes; let’s form a committee to study the PA charter funding formula for another year
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Rep. Killion's HB2352 contains such provisions and it also appears to be part of the budget negotiations.
Pennsylvania Couple Building 20,000 Square Foot Palm Beach Mansion
Homes of the Rich Posted by Kenny Forder on January 27th, 2012
Philadelphia attorney and entr
epreneur Vahan Gureghian and his attorney wife, Danielle, are planning to build a 20,000 square foot mansion at 1071 N. Ocean Boulevard in Palm Beach, FL. The plans were submitted late last year to the town for review. If built, the house will stand on two lots, with a total of nearly 240 feet of oceanfront, which they acquired last year for $28.9 million (the year’s second-largest Palm Beach residential purchase by a single buyer). The most amazing part? The Gureghian’s main house is even BIGGER than this! They live in a 30,000 square foot mega mansion in Gladwyne, PA. Pennsylvania-based architect Frederick L. Bissinger Jr. designed the Palm Beach house as well as their Pennsylvania house. Smith and Moore Architects of West Palm Beach are also involved in the project, and Lang Design Group of West Palm did the landscape plan.
Background info: http://
keystonestateeducationcoalitio n.blogspot.com/2011/06/follow- money-contributions-by-vahan. html
Delco Times Published: Sunday, June 24, 2012
…This week word started filtering down from Harrisburg that there was a deal for a spending plan in the neighborhood of $27.65 billion. There is renewed hope that funding for districts such as Upper Darby will be restored, hence taking the unpopular cuts and curriculum changes, such as elimination of “special” classes in art and music for elementary kids, off the table.
Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 06/25/2012
Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss
This was written by education historian Diane Ravitch on her blog. Ravitch is a research professor at New York University and author of the best-selling “The Death and Life of the Great American School System.” She is the leading opponent of the school reform movement based on test-based accountability and the privatization of public education.
By Diane Ravitch
A reader posted a comment that I think is profound. The more that people begin to see education as a consumer choice, the more they will be unwilling to pay for other people’s children. And if they have no children in school, then they have no reason to underwrite other people’s private choices.
Is your State Rep. on the cosponsor list for HB 2364? If not, why not?
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If they tell you that we should make it easier to authorize charters or that they are already accountable enough have them read this:
Education Voters PA @EdVotersPA
Please take 2 minutes to send an email to your state reps; ask them to restore public ed funding:
STATEWIDE PRESS COVERAGE OF SCHOOL DISTRICT BUDGETS
Here are more than 800 articles since January 23rd detailing budget cuts, program cuts, staffing cuts and tax increases being discussed by local school districts
The PA House Democratic Caucus has been tracking daily press coverage on school district budgets statewide:
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June 29 is deadline to submit proposals for PSBA’s 2013 Legislative Platform Your school board is invited to submit proposals for consideration for PSBA’s 2013 Legislative Platform. The association is accepting proposals now until Friday, June 29, 2012. Guidelines for platform submissions are posted on PSBA’s Web site. The PSBA Platform Committee will review proposals and rationale submitted for the platform on Aug. 11. The recommendations of the committee will be brought before the Legislative Policy Council for a final vote on Oct. 18.
Absentee ballot procedures for election of PSBA officers
PSBA website 6/1/2012
All school directors and school board secretaries who are eligible to vote and who do not plan to attend the association's annual business meeting during the 2012 PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference in Hershey, Oct. 16-19, may request an absentee ballot for election purposes.
The absentee ballot must be requested from the PSBA executive director in accordance with the PSBA Bylaws provisions (see PSBA Bylaws, Article IV, Section 4, J-Q.). Specify the name and mailing address of each individual for whom a ballot is requested.
Requests must be in writing, e-mailed or mailed first class and postmarked or marked received at PSBA Headquarters no later than Aug. 15. Mail to Executive Director, P.O. Box 2042, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or e-mailadministrativerequests@psba.