Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sen. Jeffrey Piccola says if voucher bill isn't passed in 2 weeks, it might get ignored in an election year

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Philadelphia Inquirer Commonwealth Confidential Blog Posted by Amy Worden

Pittsburgh Diocese: Blurring the lines between church and state?

Lobby for school vouchers or lose your financial aid.


Sen. Jeffrey Piccola says if voucher bill isn't passed in 2 weeks, it might get ignored in an election year

Published: Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 1:58

Sen. Jeffrey Piccola, R-Dauphin County, didn't say it's now or never for school vouchers, but he clearly expressed a view that the time to enact a school choice plan in Pennsylvania is now or not until after next year's election at the earliest.


PO EDITORIAL: Vouchers may delay other education reforms

Public Opinion Online By Matthew Major
If anyone still harbored doubts about the bedrock intent of Gov. Tom Corbett's education reform package, recent developments should clarify things.
Lawmakers last week began talking about how it didn't appear that the General Assembly would pass a tax-funded education entitlement in the form of school vouchers this year.


Have We Gotten It Wrong on School Reform?
Jack Jennings' November 23, 2011
Huffington Post blog highlights a recent study of the education systems in Shanghai (China), Finland, Japan, Singapore, and Ontario (Canada), and discusses what lessons can be learned from these countries to help improve public education in the United States.


Line Grows Long for Free Meals at U.S. Schools

New York Times By SAM DILLON, Published: November 29, 2011

Millions of American schoolchildren are receiving free or low-cost meals for the first time as their parents, many once solidly middle class, have lost jobs or homes during the economic crisis, qualifying their families for the decades-old safety-net program.


Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/30/2011

'Broader, bolder' strategy to ending poverty's influence on education

Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss
This was written by Pedro Noguera, Peter L. Agnew professor of education at New York University.
By Pedro Noguera
While it might seem encouraging for education and civil rights leaders to assert that poverty isn't an obstacle to higher student achievement, the evidence does not support such claims. Over 50 years, numerous studies have documented how poverty and related social conditions — such as lack of access to health care, early childhood education and stable housing — affect child development and student achievement.


Franklin and Cumberland County Legislative Forum on Public Education

Thursday, December 1, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (ET), Shippensburg, PA

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