Thursday, January 2, 2014
PA Ed Policy Roundup for January 2, 2014: Five New Years Resolutions for Public Education Supporters
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Five New Years Resolutions for Public Education Supporters
Peter L. DeCoursey, longtime Pennsylvania political correspondent, dies after battle with cancers
By Charles Thompson | firstname.lastname@example.org on
January 01, 2014 at , updated January 01, 2014 at
Peter L. DeCoursey, an inveterate political junkie who turned a lifelong obsession into a colorful news career, died Wednesday at his parents' home in Philadelphia after long battles against pancreatic and lung cancers. DeCoursey, who worked in or covered Pennsylvania politics for most of three decades, served most recently as bureau chief for the online news service Capitolwire.com, where he published his last column this week.
The divorced father of two was 52.
Top Ten Education Justice Wins of 2013
It’s that time of year for top-ten lists. Compiling this one made me tired just remembering everything our education justice movement did this year. We’ve had an incredible twelve months. Here’s what you accomplished in 2103:
PPG LTE: Get off the Teach for
January 1, 2014
Please, enough with the Post-Gazette’s expounding the virtues of bringing Teach for
into the region’s schools.
The latest editorial (“Wilkinsburg’s Woes: A Troubled District Could Use Teach
for America America,” Dec. 28)
points to the many ineptitudes of the
including filling vacancies in high school classrooms. So clearly the solution
is — ta-da! — Teach for Wilkinsburg School District . America
No, it is not.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/letters/2014/01/01/Get-off-the-Teach-for-America-bandwagon-1/stories/201401010022#ixzz2p9gFSdxC
City reps in state legislatures have only themselves to blame
WHYY Newsworks BY HOLLY OTTERBEIN
JANUARY 1, 2014
Philadelphians often lament that the legislature in
doesn't listen to the city's needs. Harrisburg
A study published this November confirms that bills designed specifically for cities fail at much higher rates than bills for small cities and towns. But the reason why might surprise you.
Gerald Gamm, a political science professor at the
University of Rochester, wrote the report with Thad Kousser, a
political science professor at the University
of California, . Gamm said any tension between
rural and urban areas is not to blame. Rather, squabbles within large urban
delegations undercut their political juice. San Diego
review School District
The School District of Philadelphia (SDP) opened with 23 shuttered schools and nearly 4,000 layoffs.
and the School Reform Commission (SRC) continued to have no answers and a magical
45 million dollars in addition to expected concessions from
the Philadelphia Teacher’s Union.
Superintendent Hite advised the city that a mere 50 million dollars would be
enough to open the schools on time. Parent and educator advocacy groups hit the
streets with rallies and warnings that simply opening the schools with a
skeleton staff would not be safe or prudent. No one listened and the opened on time. Read a
parent's plea here. School District of Philadelphia
On March 7, 2013, the SRC voted to close 23 schools in the face of a looming deficit. During this same month the PFT was asked to take a 13% pay cut and Hite suggested that seniority be overlooked in regard to layoffs and hires. Schools opened with one nurse for every 1500 students, fewer assistant principals, no librarians, and no full time counselors. 8th graders and high school seniors would have no support for high school or college applications.
Five New Years Resolutions for Public Education Supporters
2013 was a pivotal year for parents, teachers and students who support a free public education for American children. In
Jerry Brown refused to over-test the state’s students to satisfy
bureaucratic demands for data, even in the face of federal threats to withhold
Title 1 education funding. In California ,
Jesse Hagopian and fellow teachers at Garfield High refused to give the MAP standardized test; after facing
down threats to their employment, the teachers saw the school district waive
the MAP test as a graduation requirement. On the other side of the continent,
students with the Providence Student Union in Rhode Island had adults take a NECAP test and released the results,
zombie-protested, and generally gave the corporate reform
movement fits. In Texas, an organization lovingly known as “Mothers Against
Drunk Testing” formed and teamed up with a plethora of other public schools
supporters to help pass HB 5, a law that reduced the number of
standardized tests required for graduation from 15 to 5. Seattle
Thousands of black and Latino kids lost their schools in 2013
MSNBC By Trymaine Lee
12/28/13 —UPDATED 12/28/13 03:57
In Philadelphia, hundreds of children left home a little earlier as they headed back to school this year. A slew of school closures over the summer meant a longer, and often less safe, journey to other elementary and middle schools further away.
In the St. Louis suburbs, thousands of students transferred this Fall from failing school districts when a court order opened up new opportunities. But the exodus put an even greater financial strain on the districts they left behind. Now the students who chose to stay closer to home could soon find themselves displaced as the state mulls shutting down or taking over their schools. And in
, the closure of nearly 50 schools has
created “school deserts” in some neighborhoods, while the district starves
other schools to the point of closure. Chicago
All across the country, from the old industrial Northeast to the West Coast, through the Midwest and to major cities in the South, mass school closings—the product of deep budget cuts and flawed policy planning—have forced tens of thousands of children further from home. But not all children. Interviews in major cities and a review of census and other data make clear that the vast majority of those affected are African-American and poor.
2014 PA Gubernatorial Candidate Plans for Education and Arts/Culture in PA
Education Policy and
Below is an alphabetical list of the 2014 Gubernatorial Candidates and links to information about their plans, if elected, for education and arts/culture in
. This list will be updated, as more information becomes available. Pennsylvania
January 24th – 26th, 2014 at The
EduCon is both a conversation and a conference.
It is an innovation conference where we can come together, both in person and virtually, to discuss the future of schools. Every session will be an opportunity to discuss and debate ideas — from the very practical to the big dreams.
FEBRUARY 1ST, 2014
The DCIU Google Symposium is an opportunity for teachers, administrators, technology directors, and other school stakeholders to come together and explore the power of Google Apps for Education. The Symposium will be held at the Delaware County Intermediate Unit. The Delaware County Intermediate Unit is one of
’s 29 regional educational
agencies. The day will consist of an opening keynote conducted by Rich Kiker followed
by 4 concurrent sessions. Pennsylvania
The Network for Public Education is pleased to announce our first National Conference. The event will take place on March 1 & 2, 2014 (the weekend prior to the world-famous South by Southwest Festival) at The
University of Texas
at . At the NPE National Conference 2014, there
will be panel discussions, workshops, and a keynote address by Diane Ravitch.
NPE Board members – including Anthony Cody, Leonie Haimson, and Julian Vasquez
Heilig – will lead discussions along with some of the important voices of our
In the coming weeks, we will release more details. In the meantime, make your travel plans and
The National School Boards Association 74th Annual Conference & Exposition April 5-7, 2014
The National School Boards Association 74th Annual Conference & Exposition will be held at the
Convention Center in Our
first time back in New Orleans, LA.
since the spring of 2002! New Orleans
General Session speakers include education advocates Thomas L. Friedman, Sir Ken Robinson, as well as education innovators Nikhil Goyal and Angela Maiers.
We have more than 200 sessions planned! Colleagues from across the country will present workshops on key topics with strategies and ideas to help your district. View our Conference Brochure for highlights on sessions and focus presentations.
· Register now! – Register for both the conference and housing using our online system.
· Conference Information– Visit the NSBA conference website for up-to-date information
· Hotel List and Map - Official NSBA Housing Block
Questions? Contact NSBA at 800-950-6722 (NSBA) between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST.
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