Thursday, November 10, 2011

Non-Partisan pro-public education group garners 41,200+ votes for write-in campaigns in WCASD

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Interesting situation in Chester County school director election.  The non-partisan pro-public education group West Chester VOTE organized a write-in campaign in the summer in opposition to candidates nominated by voters in Democratic and Republican primaries in the spring.

Non-Partisan pro-public education group garners 41,200+ votes for write-in campaigns in WCASD

A massive write-in campaign against the status quo of the Democratic and Republican parties Tuesday for school board candidates in the West Chester Area School District has made the race for six school board seats too close to call.


Indiana voucher program leads to reverse transfers

Journal Gazette Nov 9, 2011 11:19am
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana's new private school voucher law has prompted some parents to pull their children out of private schools and put them in public schools for a year so that they can become eligible for the state-funded program.


Education Week Published Online: November 9, 2011

Effort to Review Online Schools in Colorado Fails

A proposal to review online schools in Colorado failed Tuesday before a divided legislative committee that argued about the politics behind the requested investigation.
The Legislative Audit Committee hit a partisan 4-4 divide on the request from Democratic Senate President Brandon Shaffer to take a new look at Colorado's booming online school industry, which Shaffer argues has little oversight even though it receives state funds.



Of 12 PA cyber charters -
only 2 made AYP for 2011
while 8 were in corrective action status

Chart summarizes data from PA Dept. of Educations PSSA/AYP reporting website.

NCLB AYP Status - School Improvement Options and Information

Schools that do not make AYP for two consecutive years are identified as a School In Need of Improvement.  In year one of School Improvement, the school must develop an improvement plan and offer school choice.  In year two, the school must offer Supplemental Educational Services (SES) in addition to school choice.

In year three, the school district must implement one or more of a list of corrective actions. A restructuring plan is developed when the school or district has not made AYP for a total of 5 consecutive years.


The Pennsylvania General Assembly will be back in session at 1:00 pm on Monday, November 14th


Use Education Voters PA website to contact your PA State Representatives asking them to oppose taxpayer funded vouchers:

For more info/background -  PSBA's Tuition Voucher Issue Page

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