Thursday, December 27, 2012

Keystone State Education Coalition 10 Popular Posts 2012


Keystone State Education Coalition 10 Popular Posts 2012

Follow the Money: Contributions by Vahan Gureghian 1/1/07 - 5/31/11

Owner of for-profit management firm that runs state’s largest brick and mortar charter school.
Governor Corbett’s largest individual campaign donor.
Fighting a right-to-know request regarding financial details in the courts for 6 years; building a mansion on beach front lot in Palm Beach Florida purchased for $28.9 million.

PA Charter Schools: $4 billion taxpayer dollars with no real oversight

Charter schools - public funding without public scrutiny.
Proposed statewide authorization and direct payment would further diminish accountability and oversight for public tax dollars

PA Cyber Charter PSSA AYP 2005 - 2012 from PDE

Of 12 PA cyber charters only 1 made AYP for 2012, only 2 made AYP for 2011
while 8 were in corrective action status.

Lancaster Online: 10 piece series on PA Cyber Charters


FOLLOW THE VOUCHER MONEY: Students First PA PAC

Betsy DeVos’s astroturf group, American Federation for Children has contributed more than $2.5 million to the Students First PA PAC over the past three years to fund the privatization of Pennsylvania’s public schools.  Students First PA PAC  has received the bulk of it’s funding from main line options traders Joel Greenberg, Arthur Dantchik and Jeffrey Yass.  These four mega-millionaires are setting education policy in Pennsylvania and their agenda does not include democratically run public schools that are open to all children and fully accountable to all taxpayers.

While you are waiting for Hurricane Sandy, take a look at what “Tropical Storm Betsy” has dumped into Pennsylvania political campaigns recently:
Betsy DeVos’ American Federation for Children dropped $400K onto PA’s Student first PAC.

PA budget locks in $1 billion cut to public education; gives $75 million bailout to struggling parochial schools

EITC recipients have virtually no accountability for the diverted tax dollars they receive: no public details on the money; no public academic performance measures.


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