periods of revenue growth adds to the challenge of addressing unexpected
revenue shortfalls," she concluded. S&P will cut Pennsylvania's credit rating if the deficit, borrowing, or the already-large pension deficit increases significantly over the next two years.”
Intelligencer By Gary Weckselblatt, staff writer Posted: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 5:15 pm
Perhaps the billions of dollars managed by school districts in various fund balances is not excessive after all. A new report by the Center on Regional Politics at Temple University differentiates between "committed" and "unassigned" fund balances, and cites a host of reasons districts need money in reserve. "Fund balances have allowed some districts to maintain services or minimize service cuts or tax increases during the economic downturn when real estate and earned income tax revenues declined," writes David W. Davare, a researcher with the Pennsylvania Economy League. In the study, "Explaining School Fund Balances: Are PA Schools, with $4.7 Billion in Reserve Fund, Really Flush?," Davare said "just as an individual or family should maintain a savings account for unforeseen expenses or emergencies, school districts should have funds in reserve to pay for emergency repairs or cover unexpected interruptions in revenues — such as a layoff at a major factory which suddenly affects tax collections."
Over the weekend, Turkish president Recep Tayip Erdogan gave a televised speech about the country's failed military coup. "I have a message for Pennsylvania," he said. "You have engaged in enough treason against this nation. If you dare, come back to your country." Don't worry. Erdogan isn't interested in having all 13 million Pennsylvanians show up in Turkey. He was speaking directly to one specific resident: Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish exile living in Saylorsburg, Pa. Erdogan blamed Gulen, and his eponymous movement, for the coup, while Gulen denies those charges. Erdogan has asked the Obama administration to extradite Gulen, who has resided in the United States since 1999. The U.S. has not made a decision on that matter.
There is no such thing as a typical community school.
Diane Ravtich’s Blog By dianeravitch July 19, 2016 //
The Thomas B. Fordham Institute, one of the nation’s leading advocates for school choice, commissioned a study of Ohio’s voucher program. To what must have been their surprise and disappointment, the study concluded that students in voucher schools perform worse than students in public schools. I was a founding member of the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation–now the Fordham Institute–and I will affirm that TBF told unpleasant truths, even to its own disadvantage and the disadvantage of its causes. I left the board in 2009, after I fell away from choice, competition, and accountability as answers to the needs of America’s students. This is a study that does TBF proud, even though it disproves its foundational belief in school choice.
We are excited to offer a few young students the opportunity to work closely within City Council of Philadelphia throughout the 2016-17 school year. This internship will expose interns to Council office operations, policy, communications, and research. As an office, we are passionate about equity, education, child welfare, juvenile justice reform and many other issues involving children and youth in Philadelphia. Applications should display a strong interest in equity and justice and a strong familiarity with Councilwoman Gym's story and platform. Applicants should be eager to work and receptive to constructive criticism as you learn the workings of the office. As this is a paid internship, it is expected that interns be punctual and dependable.
Education Policy and Leadership Center
Applications are available now for the 2016-2017 Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP). The Education Policy Fellowship Program is sponsored in Pennsylvania by The Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC). Click here for the program calendar of sessions. With nearly 500 graduates in its first seventeen years, this Program is a premier professional development opportunity for educators, state and local policymakers, advocates, and community leaders. State Board of Accountancy (SBA) credits are available to certified public accountants. Past participants include state policymakers, district superintendents and principals, school business officers, school board members, education deans/chairs, statewide association leaders, parent leaders, education advocates, and other education and community leaders. Fellows are typically sponsored by their employer or another organization.
The Fellowship Program begins with a two-day retreat on September 15-16, 2016 and continues to graduation in June 2017. Click here to read more about the Education Policy Fellowship Program, or here to see the 2016-2017 program calendar.
Applications are being accepted now.