Established in 2006, the Keystone State Education Coalition is a growing grass roots, non-partisan public education advocacy group of several hundred locally elected, volunteer school board members and administrators from school districts throughout Pennsylvania. Our mission is to evaluate, discuss and inform our boards, district constituents and legislators on legislative issues of common interest and to facilitate active engagement in public education advocacy.
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encouraged by restoration of some funds but warns of future impact
PSBA NEWS RELEASE- Steve Robinson, director of Publications and
The Pennsylvania School Boards
Association is pleased to see some of the funding cuts originally proposed by
Gov. Tom Corbett in February restored by the General Assembly in the final
approved 2012-13 state budget, including reinstatement of the Accountability
Block Grant (ABG) at $100 million, and an additional $49 million to help
However, these increases come on
the heels of last year's huge cuts to public education. The association
cautions that public education cannot continue to sustain the funding cuts it
has seen in the last several budgets and be expected to continue the positive
gains schools have been making in regards to student achievement.
Budget enacted: A mixed bag of spending meets the deadline
It could have been
worse. That's the best that can be said with certainty about Pennsylvania's 2012-13 budget. Worse was on the table for months, with Gov.
Tom Corbett's February proposal that would have taken big cuts out of public
school districts and state universities for the second consecutive year. But
the spending plan enacted by the Legislature and signed by the governor just
before on June 30
was $500 million larger, at $27.66 billion, due to higher-than-expected revenue
collections this spring.
evaluations won't apply to charter school teachers
WHYY Newsworks By Mary Wilson
July 2, 2012
Teachers in most of Pennsylvania's public
schools will see some changes next year to how they're evaluated. The new
requirements, however, will not apply to charter schools.
The new scoring rubric is intended
to weed out teachers who aren't pulling their weight. The revised evaluations
use a wider range of scores. At least half of a teacher's rating will be based
in part on student performance under the new system.
But they will apply only to
traditional public schools, not charter schools.
plans to shut down online charter school Frontier
By Martha Woodall Inquirer
secretary of education says the state plans to pull the plug on the embattled FrontierVirtualCharterHigh School for failing
to deliver the education it promised students.
In documents filed Monday,
Secretary Ronald Tomalis said he intended to yank the Philadelphia-based
school's charter for failing to follow its operating agreement, violating the
state charter-school law, and failing to maintain the finances necessary to
provide services to students.
ChesterUplandSchool District settles two lawsuits against state Department of
By Dan Hardy Inquirer Staff
DelawareCounty's cash-strapped ChesterUplandSchool District has
tentatively agreed to settle two lawsuits against the state Department of
Education by having the department pay off millions in debts the district owes,
a lawyer involved in the dispute said.
Michael Churchill, with the Public
Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, which represents parents and students in
the district, said Tuesday that the deal also included $9.7 million in extra
state aid for Chester Upland that the just-approved state budget allocated.
The Upper DarbySchool District
has spoken. There is a new and improved "plan."
They are bringing back another 25 teachers.
They are not bringing back the “special” classes in arts and music for
elementary students, and tech and language for middle schoolers.
This guest blog post comes from
Michael Churchill of the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia.
Philadelphia is being told that District
budget deficits can only be avoided through deep program cuts, massive school
closures, and contract concessions. City Councilwas
asked to increase funding to avoid even further damage. But little
attention is being focused on the true cause of the District’s deficits – the
state’s insistence that Philadelphia
students ought to be educated for 20 percent less than what is being spent on
students in the rest of our region.
MIDLAND, Pa., July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/
-- As The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School officially said farewell yesterday
to its only CEO since opening its doors in 2000, Dr. Nick Trombetta took the
opportunity to reaffirm his commitment to the school he founded and reflect
upon important milestones that not only help to define the school, but the now
burgeoning cyber charter school movement in Pennsylvania and across the
College professors are mobilizing
against high-stakes K-12 testing.
Alarmed by the number of public
school grads who are woefully ill-prepared to do college-level work, more than
1,100 college professors across the state are mobilizing against K-12
standardized testing. The academics have
all signed a letter opposing the proliferation of the high-stakes tests and
arguing that the exams have failed to improve schools over the last 10 years.