State prohibits Philly teachers from administering PSSA to their own students
The Notebook by Dale Mezzacappa on
Feb 28 2012
In the wake of concerns about cheating on state exams, the Pennsylvania
Department of Education (PDE) has prohibited
teachers – but apparently not
teachers in other districts across the state – from administering the
Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) test to their own students. Philadelphia
State Board of Education proposes changes to Chapter 4 regulations for Keystone Exams
The State Board of Education is proposing changes to the Chapter 4 regulations regarding graduation requirements and Keystone Exams. The proposal clarifies that the regulations regarding Keystone Exams and graduation requirements apply to charter and cyber charter schools, in addition to school districts and AVTSs.
PA House Education Hearing of
January 12, 2012
Showcasing Career and Technical Education
YouTube Video Runtime 7:41. The
House Education Committee held an informational meeting on Thursday,
January 12, 2012
at Middle Bucks Institute of Technology to showcase the quality education obtained
through the state's career and technical schools.
Here’s an opportunity to tell the President what you think about his education policy:
If you tried to read this editorial yesterday, my apologies - the link was changed after I posted it. This one works…
Editorial: Fundraisers, not politics, the focus of schools
February 27, 2012
Just when you think you’re watching a press
conference about the fate of Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of
Philadelphia, it becomes a photo op for state legislators touting vouchers. In
all fairness, they were obviously invited to last Friday afternoon’s media
event at archdiocesan headquarters in
by Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput. Center City
After announcing that all four high schools originally recommended for closure
by the archdiocesan’s Blue Ribbon Commission would now remain open, he segued
into the importance of education improvement tax credits and “opportunity
scholarships,” otherwise known as taxpayer-funded vouchers.
Here’s the oath of office taken by
elected officials: Pennsylvania
§ 3. Oath of office.
“Though K12’s lobbying prowess is
legendary, there are mounting signs that states are openly questioning whether
K12 and the idea of cyber charter schools are an effective use of declining
pools of education dollars -- from Des Moines, where cautioned against a
headlong rush into cyber schooling, to Pennsylvania, where Agora’s Board of
Trustees (see underlined portion)
that it wants to renegotiate its contract with K12 downwards in price when it
comes up next. Even
is getting into the act, with K12 losing an appeal three weeks ago to expand
its cyber charter school activity throughout the state.” Florida
Education Voters PA Blog Posting on the Feb. 27th, 2012 Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the Department of Education
Monday, March 12 -
Tuesday, March 13 - Valley Forge - 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Valley Forge Casino Resort,
US House Panel Gives Partisan Approval to ESEA Bills
Rep. George Miller, the top Democrat on the committee, said the legislation "turn[s] its back on the civil rights promises of this nation: that every child deserves a fair shot at success, no matter what their background."
Committee Approves K-12 Education
Bills reduce federal overreach, grant states and school
districts freedom to innovate, and support more effective teachers
US House of Representatives Committee on Education and the
Workforce – Republicans
Here’s the D spin on the ESEA action:
Despite Opposition Raised By Education & Business Communities, Committee Republicans Push Through Radical Bill to Rewrite Nation’s Education Law
US House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce – Democrats
Feb 28, 2012
Issues: Education, Elementary and Secondary Education, ESEA
– On a partisan vote, House Education
and the Workforce Committee Republicans today pushed through highly partisan
legislation, H.R. 3989 and H.R. 3990, that would turn the clock back decades on
equity and accountability in American public education. The bills approved today would dismantle the
federal role in education and the core principals of equal opportunity incorporated
into federal policy since 1965. WASHINGTON
especially during formative early years, can be an enormous hurdle for a
child's development. At
where less than 10 percent of the student body is impoverished, reading scores
rank first in the world. Yet
these same scores for U.S.
schools where 75 percent or more of the student body is impoverished rank 45th. “ U.S.
WHAT WORKS: Bill Frist - 3 ways to fix
's child poverty problem America
One in five American children suffers through extreme financial hardship. It doesn't have to be that way
WEEK by BILL FRIST POSTED ON
FEBRUARY 28, 2012, AT
Dr. William H. Frist is a nationally acclaimed heart transplant surgeon, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, the chairman of Hope Through Healing Hands and Tennessee SCORE, professor of surgery, and author of six books. Learn more about his work at .
Americans hear a lot about decline. Declines in manufacturing, fading productivity, plummeting home values, spiraling deficits, and sadly, dwindling faith in the American dream.
Let me tell you where I see the worst decline — but also our nation's best hope.
in five kids in
lives in poverty. That's 20 percent of America 's future left behind. Left
to drop out of high school, suffer through shorter lives, commit crimes, have a
child in their teens — and then perpetuate this cycle with their own children. America
Post by Gregory Mullenholz
Teaching Ambassador Fellow Washington
For Students to Excel, the
Must Respect Teachers U.S.
This month, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan formally launched a new initiative in the U.S. Department of Education to strengthen and elevate the teaching profession. It's called project RESPECT, an acronym that stands for Recognizing Educational Success, Professional Excellence and Collaborative Teaching. RESPECT is all about, well, respect -- about making sure that teaching is not only one of America's most important professions but one of America's most respected professions.
February 29th: Partners for Public Education at in the South Fayette High School Theater
Statewide kickoff meeting of PSEA's Partners for Public Education (PPE) Program
PPE is all about connecting parents, community leaders, elected officials, and teachers together for one goal - the support of public education. State Senator Wayne Fontana, State Representative Jesse White, State Representative Nick Kotik, Education Policy & Leadership Center Director Ron Cowell, PSEA President Mike Crossey, along with members of the SFEA Representative Council, SF School Board, SF Administration, and SF Student Government will stand together to recruit parents and other interested parties add their voices to the chorus of those who care about public education.
The Auditor General will speak to the public followed by Q & A Session.