Amendment to ensure schools know what school students are attending - failed
Amendment to adjust teacher certification compliment at charter schools to 97%- failed
Amendment to ensure that all teachers use the same teacher evaluation tool in all public schools. - failed
Amendment to open charter management companies to audit - failed.
Written by Katie Meyer, Capitol Bureau Chief | Jun 28, 2017 4:02 AM
(Harrisburg) -- State lawmakers have made no secret of the fact that next fiscal year's state budget, which is due Friday, will be a hard one to enact. The commonwealth's contending with a roughly $3 billion structural deficit, and its reserves are tapped out. It's also facing skyrocketing pension and human services costs, and for the last year, it's been relying on a line of credit from the Pennsylvania Treasury to pay off immediate expenses. So how did we get here? Many of these fiscal issues can be traced back to the 2008 housing market crash. The governor at the time was Ed Rendell, a two-term Philadelphia Democrat. In his first budget address during the Great Recession, in February 2009, Rendell acknowledged the gravity of the situation. "The FY 2009-2010 budget," he told the General Assembly, "presents challenges the likes of which Pennsylvania and the nation have not seen since the Great Depression."
Those challenges lived up to expectations.
Donna Cooper is the executive director of Public Citizens for Children and Youth.
Thomas Murray, Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education
Kristen Swanson, Director of Learning at Slack and one of the founding members of the Edcamp movement
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