Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Op-ed: State should call time-out on cyber charters
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Patriot News Op-Ed by Adam Schott
Adam Schott is Senior Policy Analyst at Research for Action, and a former executive director of the State Board of Education.
The Department of Education has the opportunity to make a meaningful New Year’s resolution in raising standards for performance and accountability
school districts face unprecedented financial and structural challenges,
leading many—including Harrisburg, Lancaster, ,
and other mid-state communities—to drain reserves, furlough staff, and end
proven, research-based programs. Yet one sector of public education is
burgeoning, due in part to a lack of sufficient regulation by the state and a
funding system that creates incentives for rapid growth. York
More than 30,000 students attend
16 cyber charter schools, up from 12 earlier this year. With eight more
cyber charter applications currently before the Department of Education, the
sector’s footprint is set to double in the span of just six months. In a
state where education policy change normally assumes a cautious pace, this
rapid growth should be reason enough for leaders to tap the brakes. But
given the questions concerning the academic and operational performance of
cyber charter schools, the imperative for a time-out on further approvals is
It's New Years Day morning, and your faithful
and state lawmakers are back in action as a new legislative session is about to
get underway. Harrisburg
(If you're wondering why the rush to kick off the 2013-14 session when the noisemakers and empty glasses from last night's parties are still visible, well, the state constitution says they must convene on the first Tuesday of January.)
January 1, 2013, 3:26 a.m. ET
The long-sought compromise, which will raise taxes on income over $450,000 for couples, was approved by the Senate in the early morning hours Tuesday. The House was expected to consider it later in the day.
Congress lost a mad, New Year’s Eve dash to beat the fiscal cliff deadline, cinching a deal with President Barack Obama to raise taxes on the wealthy and temporarily freeze deep spending cuts but failing to get it through both chambers before midnight.
So over the cliff the country went — though perhaps for only a day or two and, assuming no snags, without incurring the double whammy of another recession and higher unemployment.
The measure, which would raise tax rates for families making more than $450,000 and delay deep across-the-board spending cuts for two months, cleared the Senate by an overwhelming shortly after 2 a.m. The Republican-controlled House could take up the pact in a rare New Year’s Day session, though the timing of that chamber’s vote was not clear.
New York Times By JONATHAN WEISMAN Published:
WASHINGTON — The Senate, in a pre-dawn vote two hours after the deadline passed to avert automatic tax increases, overwhelmingly approved legislation on Tuesday that would allow tax rates to rise only on affluent Americans while temporarily suspending sweeping, across-the-board spending cuts. The deal, worked out in furious negotiations between Vice PresidentJoseph R. Biden Jr. and the Republican Senate leader, Mitch McConnell, passed 89 to 8, with just three Democrats and five Republicans voting no. Although it lost the support of some of the Senate’s most conservative members, the broad coalition that pushed the accord across the finish line could portend swift House passage as early as New Year’s Day.
Toomey, Casey vote for fiscal cliff deal
By Colby Itkowitz Morning Call
Bureau 9:28 a.m. EST, January 1,
In the wee hours of the new year, Pennsylvania's two U.S. senators joined 87 of their colleagues to overwhelmingly approve a deal to avoid most of the fiscal cliff that haunted Congress and the nation's fragile economy and cast a shadow over the holiday season.
FISCAL CLIFF News, Analysis and Opinion from POLITICO
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Fiscal Cliff Status
January 1, 2013
2012 was a year in which supporters of public education–parents, educators and concerned citizens–won some huge victories against the privatization movement.
Here’s a baker’s dozen of posts, in no particular order, that generated great interest among readers and help tell the story of public education in 2012. Many of the subjects are certain to take center stage in the education debate in 2013.