on October 08, 2016 at 7:00 AM, updated October 08, 2016 at 7:09 AM
PA Constitution Article III, Section 15: Public School Money Not Available to Sectarian Schools:
“No money raised for the support of the public schools of the Commonwealth shall be appropriated to or used for the support of any sectarian school.”
Keystone State Education Coalition Commentary October 9, 2016
Pennsylvania’s EITC and OSTC programs were carefully crafted to circumvent Article III Section 15 of the PA constitution and divert public tax dollars to private and religious schools with no fiscal or performance accountability.
Every tax dollar diverted to private and religious school under the EITC program is a dollar that is not available to the general fund. For FY 14-15 there were 1096 recipients of EITC funds totaling over $108.3 million.
Furthermore, the scholarship organizations that distribute the funds get to keep 20% of the money. Comparable programs in Florida only direct 3% of the funds to those intermediary organizations.”
Here are the top 100 dollar recipients (receiving $67.6 million). In addition to numerous large amounts funding religious schools you will also see several of the Philadelphia Main Line’s most prestigious private schools on this list.
At first, the Philadelphia Parking Authority board was working to save Vincent Fenerty Jr.'s job until it was disclosed that Fenerty had been accused of sexually harassing a female employee before - and the board was aware of that case. It's a no-brainer: Local governments should be in control of local institutions, with exceptions to that rule carefully considered and frequently reviewed. That's the thinking behind home rule, which stipulates that the state stay out of the business of local governments as much as possible. In Philadelphia, we have two glaring exceptions to that rule. The Philadelphia School District is run by the state via a five-member board, the School Reform Commission. Three of the board members are appointed by the governor, two by the mayor. The SRC was created by the Legislature in 2001 when the district was undergoing financial and leadership crises.
With literally just days to go in this year's legislative session, a Berks County lawmaker has decided now is the best time to take a run at a problem that's defied solution for three decades.
WHYY Newsworks BY AVI WOLFMAN-ARENT OCTOBER 7, 2016
Post Gazette By Mary Niederberger / Public Source October 9, 2016 12:27 AM
Diane Ravitch’s Blog By dianeravitch October 9, 2016 //
FairTest has been fighting the overuse and misuse of standardized testing for more than 40 years. Recognizing that you can’t defeat a failed system by complaining, FairTest has designed a state system for assessment that does not rely on standardized testing. The new system relies on student work and teacher judgment. It takes advantage of a provision in ESSA that allows seven states to create innovative approaches to sssessment. This is a plan that is research-based, reasonable, and feasible.
Diane Ravitch’s Blog By dianeravitch October 7, 2016 //
Mercedes Schneider reports that Bill Gates is throwing millions into Common Core, making up for the fact that the new federal law bans federal support for Common Core. Gates recently awarded $18 million to support Common Core implementation. It’s his baby, and he is not letting go in the face of mass opposition.
Coffee and Networking - 9:30 a.m. Program - 10:00 a.m. to Noon
An Overview of the EPLC Report on High School CTE will be presented by:
Dr. Lee Burket, Director, Bureau of Career & Technical Education, PA Department of Education
Jackie Cullen, Executive Director, PA Association of Career & Technical Administrators
Dan Fogarty, Director of Workforce Development & COO, Berks County Workforce Development Board
Kirk Williard, Ed.D., Director of Career, Technical & Customized Education, Chester County Intermediate Unit
The 2016 Arts and Education Symposium will be held on October 27 at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg Convention Center. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Arts Education network and EPLC, the Symposium is a Unique Networking and Learning Opportunity for:
Program and registration information are available here.
PA Principals Association website Tuesday, August 2, 2016 10:43 AM
To receive the Early Bird Discount, you must be registered by August 31, 2016:
Members: $300 Non-Members: $400
Featuring Three National Keynote Speakers: Eric Sheninger, Jill Jackson & Salome Thomas-EL