PA Auditor General's Newsletter May 16, 2014
Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Bradford Woods, said on Thursday that he opposes using revenue from a proposed natural gas extraction tax to balance the state budget.
The rankings were made by the Philadelphia Business Journal, which released a list of the top 50 high schools in the state for SAT scores last month. The Journal based the rankings on the recently updated Pennsylvania Department of Education database showing average SAT test scores for public high schools statewide for 2013. The state provides each public high school’s verbal, math and writing scores. PBJ added up the scores and ranked schools, according to the journal’s website. The highest ranking high school locally was
“We don’t want to interfere; we just want the board to see us,” UDESPA President Matt Toner said outside the cafeteria, where students were being recognized for various achievements at the start of the board meeting. “We just want to educate people,” he said, handing out post cards explaining the union’s position to people as they entered.
The approximately 200 members of UDESPA — bus drivers, custodians, educational assistants, nurses, secretaries and other support staff — are facing an uncertain future with their contract set to expire June 30. While continuing to bargain with the union, the district has solicited proposals from third-party vendors for custodial, education support personnel and transportation services “in the hopes of reducing significant operation costs associated with these services,” according to a statement issued by the school board at its May 12 meeting.
Session I: "Funding Schools: What Pennsylvania Can Learn from Other States"
Key Pennsylvania legislators and public officials will respond to a presentation by Professor Robert C. Knoeppel of Clemson University, an expert on emerging trends and ideas in public school finance.
Moderator: Rob Wonderling, President and CEO, Greater
Charles Zogby, Secretary of the Budget, Commonwealth of PA, Senator Patrick Browne, Senator Anthony Williams, Representative Bernie O'Neill, Representative James Roebuck
Session II: "Why Smart Investments in Public Schools Are Critical to
Introduction: Rob Loughery, Chair, Bucks County Commissioners
Panel (confirmed to date):
Michael Pearson, President and CEO, Union Packaging, Philip Rinaldi, CEO, Philadelphia Energy Solutions, Bryan Hancock, Principal, McKinsey & Company, and author: "The Economic Impact of the Achievement Gap in America's Schools"
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- Effective Advocacy – How to be Heard in Harrisburg - And - What We Need to be Saying