Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup For February 5, 2013: Governor's Budget Address 11:30 am Today

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup
For February 5, 2013

Follow the Money: Walton Family Foundation Grants 2009-2012: 250 avenues to privatize democratically governed American public education
Combined Foundation reports from 2009 through 2012 sorted by grantee name.  The gang’s all here……

The full text of Gov. Tom Corbett's budget proposal
Published: Tuesday, February 05, 2013, 11:51 AM     Updated: Tuesday, February 05, 2013, 12:05 PM

Bones Under Parking Lot Belonged to Richard III
The skeleton found last fall near the buried ruins of the Greyfriars Priory in Leicester was confirmed on Monday by a team of experts to be that of King Richard III.
New York Times By JOHN F. BURNS Published: February 4, 2013
LEICESTER, England — Until it was discovered beneath a city parking lot last fall, the skeleton had lain unmarked, and unmourned, for more than 500 years. Friars fearful of the men who slew him in battle buried the man in haste, naked and anonymous, without a winding sheet, rings or personal adornments of any kind, in a space so cramped his cloven skull was jammed upright and askew against the head of his shallow grave.  On Monday, confirming what many historians and archaeologists had suspected, a team of experts at the University of Leicester concluded on the basis of DNA and other evidence that the skeletal remains were those of King Richard III, for centuries the most reviled of English monarchs

BUDGET: PCN (LIVE) Governor's Budget Address 11:30 am
Calendar: PCN Public Affairs Start Time: 11:30 am End Time: 12:15 pm
Gov. Tom Corbett's 2013-2014 Budget Address
Location: State Capitol in Harrisburg.  Closed Captioning: Yes

BUDGET: New direction for Pa. budget
Inquirer Opinion By Sharon Ward Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 3:01 AM
Sharon Ward is director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center in Harrisburg. Learn more at http://pennbpc.org.
Gov. Corbett and his staff have crisscrossed the state over the past few weeks, previewing the state budget to be unveiled Tuesday. The change in style is welcome for a governor who has seemed reluctant to explain his priorities or defend his positions.  Pennsylvanians also appear to be clamoring for a change in substance. A recent Quinnipiac poll shows that only 36 percent of Pennsylvanians approve of Gov. Corbett's job performance - while 46 percent disapprove.
It's not a mystery that the governor's popularity tumbled after last year's budget debate: An on-time spending plan is not enough to compensate for a budget out of step with Pennsylvanians' priorities. Even Republican Senate President Pro Tem Joseph Scarnati said recently that in the last two years, "we cut through the muscle, and we are in bone."
So this next budget will be very important for Corbett and all Pennsylvanians. Will we see the same limited-government-at-any-cost approach, or has the governor read the tea leaves?

BUDGET: What we know about Gov. Tom Corbett's 2013-14 budget proposal
Pennlive By Jan Murphy | jmurphy@pennlive.com 
on February 04, 2013 at 1:36 PM, updated February 04, 2013 at 3:55 PM
Gov. Tom Corbett will begin delivering his 2013-14 budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in the House chambers.
Pennsylvania Cable Network plans to televise the speech. Pennlive will also stream live video from the speech courtesy of PCN.

BUDGET: Editorial: Corbett's budget test
By Patriot-News Editorial Board on February 04, 2013 at 10:55 AM
When Gov. Tom Corbett strides into the state House chamber on Tuesday morning to deliver the third budget of his administration, as much attention will be paid to what’s in the spending plan as to what is not.

“The current fiscal 2012-13 state budget provides $100 million for the Accountabilty Block Grant, but this is down 60 percent since fiscal 2010-11, according to the committee.  It's not known yet how the ABG will fare in the governor's fiscal 2013-14 budget proposal.”
BUDGET: New education block grant is Corbett goal
Published: February 4, 2013
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania schools would have a new block grant program to work with if Gov. Tom Corbett wins legislative approval for his proposal to privatize the state-run liquor system.  Mr. Corbett wants to create a $1 billion, four-year "Passport for Learning Block Grant" with anticipated proceeds from privatization.
The idea behind block grants is to earmark money for broad priority areas within some parameters and give school districts flexibility in how they spend it. The four priorities in Mr. Corbett's proposal are school safety, early education, individual learning and science, technology, engineering and math courses and programs.

Education Voters PA Blog MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2013
BUDGET: What will Gov. Corbett propose for schools in 2013?
Tomorrow, the debate over the priorities of our state budget will begin in earnest with the release of Governor Corbett’s budget proposal. Public education is going to be a very hot topic this year.  Each year, the Governor’s budget proposal sets up the conversation that will continue as negotiations move forward through the spring.  We will be following up after the Governor’s address with more information about the implications for schools and potential impacts on students – so we can all band together to speak up for the Pennsylvania we want to live in! 

Education Law Center Press Release February 4, 2013
BUDGET: Governor Needs A Plan for Funding Schools
Liquor Store Scheme Fails to Address Student Needs
Governor Corbett's recent announcement of a plan to privatize the state's liquor stores and funnel the proceeds to education programs is another example of the Administration's failure to address education funding in a consistent, accurate, fair, or transparent manner, according to the Education Law Center, a statewide, non-profit legal advocacy organization.
"This latest scheme from the Governor is another example of his Administration's reluctance to commit to an education funding plan, one that takes into account accurate student data, recognizes student and district differences, and provides funding to address student needs in a transparent formula that everyone — from state legislators to local taxpayers — can see," said Education Law Center Executive Director Rhonda Brownstein.

BUDGET: Education Facts from The Pennsylvania Budget & Policy Center
The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center has compiled publicly available data on enrollment in public, private and charter education in the commonwealth as well as information about education funding and school poverty.  Click on the menu links to the left to access education one-pagers, charts and graphs, and links to more detailed data.

Failing Allentown, Bethlehem schools placed voucher list
Students will be eligible for scholarships to attend better performing private, public schools.
By Steve Esack, Of The Morning Call 11:59 p.m. EST, February 4, 2013
The state Department of Education has placed nearly all Allentown and five Bethlehem Area schools on a list of failing schools, making their students eligible in 2013-14 for vouchers to seek a better education at private or other public schools.  Under the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit program, students can receive $8,500 to $15,000 in scholarships if their schools' combined standardized math and reading scores fall in the bottom 15 percent among public schools across the state. The list was based on 2012 test scores.  The voucher program is funded through business tax credits and is run by the state departments of Education and Community and Economic Development.

Fighting on Many Fronts
Yinzercation Blog February 4, 2013
The battle for public education has many fronts. And we’ve been seeing incredible grassroots resistance across the country along many of those lines. Here’s a quick report from the trenches to remind you of just how powerful our movement is and how many colleagues we have:

Opposition to Common Core Grows Across the Political Spectrum
Education Week Living In Dialogue Blog By Anthony Cody on February 4, 2013 11:21 AM
The drive towards Common Core State Standards and standardized assessments to enforce them has been described as an unstoppable train, and teachers are warned that we had better get on board with the process, or risk being run over. But opposition to this juggernaut is emerging from some surprising places, which creates the possibility of some unusual alliances. Education Week reports today that many states are facing new resistance -- not surprising in light of my recent encounter with some very angry Arizonans.

Why growing concentrated poverty dooms school reform
Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog by Valerie Strauss on February 5, 2013 at 4:00 am
Until very recently, policymakers ignored the effect that concentrated poverty has on student achievement. Here’s a look at why more attention must be paid to the problem, written by Greg Kaufmann, who reports on poverty for the Nation, and Elaine Weiss, the national coordinator for the Broader Bolder Approach to Education. This appeared onThe Nation’s website.

School Time Is Money: Are More Hours Worth the Cost?
Huffington Post By Patte Barth Director, Center for Public Education 01/31/2013 6:25 pm
The nation's 15,000 school districts are as varied as the communities they serve, but in the post-recession era, there's one thing they all have in common. They're broke. And getting broker.
I have three criteria for identifying promising policies and practices to improve student learning. First of all, schools need something that will be effective. But once that's established, they also want something that's cheap and easy to implement.

Partisan paralysis returns to the Hill
In just 25 days, automatic federal spending cuts take hold.
Washington is entering a distinctly familiar situation: a paralyzing legislative stalemate with outsize importance for the nation’s economic and homeland security.  In just 25 days, automatic federal spending cuts — the ones Democrats and Republicans say they hate in equal measure — take hold. But once again, rather than working together on a deal, House Republicans and Senate Democrats are on divergent paths — neither of which seem as though they’ll lead to quick resolution.

Pittsburgh Feb. 10th Rally for Public Education!
Yinzercation Blog January 28, 2013
Come RALLY FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION on Sunday, February 10, 20133PM at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty (5941 Penn AvenuePittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206). This is about equity, social justice, and a great public education for all our children.

Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center
SAVE THE DATE: 2013 Pennsylvania Budget Summit Feb. 21st
Many Pennsylvanians have sent a clear message to Harrisburg in recent months: The state budget cuts of the past two years were too deep. It is time to once again invest in classrooms and communities.  Next month, Governor Tom Corbett will unveil his 2013-14 budget proposal. Join the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center for an in-depth look at the Governor's proposal and an update on the federal budget -- and what they mean for communities and families across Pennsylvania.
2013 Pennsylvania Budget Summit
Thursday, February 21, 2013, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hilton Harrisburg, 1 North Second Street, Harrisburg, PA
Registration is free and lunch is included.


The Education Policy and Leadership Center, with the Cooperation of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) and Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO), will conduct A Series of Regional Full-Day Workshops for 2013 Pennsylvania School Board Candidates.  Registration is $45 and includes coffee/donuts, lunch, and materials.  
Harrisburg Region Saturday, February 9, 2013– 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Pennsylvania School Boards Association Headquarters, 400 Bent Creek Boulevard, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
Pittsburgh Region Saturday, February 23, 2013 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Doubletree Hotel Pittsburgh/Monroeville, 101 Mall Blvd., Monroeville, PA 15146
To register, please click here.

2013 PSBA Leadership Symposium on Advocacy and Issues
April 6, 2013 The Penn Stater Convention Center Hotel; State College, PA
Strategic leadership, school budgeting and advocacy are key issues facing today's school district leaders. For your school district to truly thrive, leaders must maintain a solid understanding of these three functions. Attend the 2013 PSBA Leadership Symposium on Advocacy and Issues to ensure you have the skills you need to take your district to the next level.

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