Friday, April 29, 2011

Philly Cuts/ Vouchers - National/ House Bill EITC

Phila. schools to see 16 percent layoffs
By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer, Posted on Thu, Apr. 28, 2011
Facing an "unprecedented" fiscal crisis, the Philadelphia School District could shed 3,820 employees - 16 percent of its workforce - and is planning for more painful cuts, including losing full-day kindergarten, officials said Wednesday.
At a hearing on the district's $2.7 billion budget, Chief Financial Officer Michael Masch told the School Reform Commission (SRC) that to close a $629 million gap, the district must also make painful trims in areas ranging from gifted and alternative education to transportation and counselors. Class sizes will go up; individual school budgets will go down.

Education Week, Published in Print: April 27, 2011

State GOP Lawmakers Push to Expand Vouchers

Some legislation would extend eligibility to middle-income families

Republican governors and lawmakers are pushing for a major expansion of voucher programs, efforts that in some cases seek to give taxpayer money for private school tuition to a much larger swath of the population, including middle-income families.

Pennsylvania School Choice Bills

Much attention and controversy have been focused in recent months on Pennsylvania Senate Bill 1, which would create a government-funded school voucher program.  Less attention, and far less controversy, accompanied the passage yesterday of an expansion of the state's existing education tax credit program out of the House education committee. The vote was 21 to 4.

School choice tax credit bill advances

Hazelton Standard Speaker, Published: April 27, 2011
HARRISBURG - The scope of a state business tax credit program that promotes school choice would expand greatly under legislation approved Tuesday by a House committee.
By a 21-4 tally, the Republican-controlled Education Committee voted to make more state tax credits available to businesses and expand student eligibility for the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program into the range of middle-class incomes.

Posted on Wed, Apr. 27, 2011
Teachers, students bring their fears against budget cuts to NAACP-sponsored rally in Harrisburg
By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Eliminating music and Spanish, increasing class sizes, scaling back full-day kindergarten to half days.  That is what may lie ahead for Cook-Wissahickon School in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia if it loses an estimated total of $600,000 in funding under Gov. Corbett's budget plan.  Fear of such cuts spurred assistant principal Karen Lash to lead 180 students and teachers to the steps of the Capitol on Tuesday for an NAACP-sponsored rally.
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