Wednesday, July 6, 2011

PA Voucher post mortem/ PA Budget new reality

Corbett budget ushers in a new reality
The Notebook, July 2011 by Dale Mezzacappa and Benjamin Herold
Low-income children and students of color across the state were hard hit by the budget approved in Harrisburg on June 30, with Philadelphia in particular singled out for negative treatment as lawmakers haggled over a final spending plan, according to some education advocates and District officials.

School funding: When less is more (more or less)

Posted: Monday, July 4, 2011 By Gary Weckselblatt  Staff Writer
Pennsylvania lawmakers, a majority of them Republicans, evidently did not like what the new governor, a Republican, did to the funding — or lack thereof — of public schools when he unveiled his first budget proposal in March.

Wall Street Journal:  The Year of School Choice

No fewer than 13 states have passed major education reforms.

School may be out for the summer, but school choice is in, as states across the nation have moved to expand education opportunities for disadvantaged kids. This year is shaping up as the best for reformers in a very long time.


Why vouchers failed

By Brad Bumsted, TRIBUNE-REVIEW, July 3, 2011
When the session began in January, tuition vouchers appeared to the most likely measure to pass among the heavy-lift issues.

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