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The Yin and Yang of School Reform

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The Yin and Yang of School Reform

More than 1 in 5 U.S. children poor, Census says

WASHINGTON | Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:20pm EST
(Reuters) - The number of children in the United States considered poor rose by 1 million in 2010, the U.S. Census said on Thursday, with more than one in five of the youngest Americans now living in poverty.


Mr. Gureghian’s company runs Pennsylvania’s largest charter school, which Governor Corbett visited earlier this year.  Gureghian was Corbett’s largest individual campaign donor and served on his Education Transition Team.

Palm Beach Florida Daily News

Posted: 4:04 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011

Owners on the record — There’s finally word about who bought 1071 N. Ocean Blvd. and the lot next door for a combined $28.9 million — the year’s second-largest Palm Beach residential purchase by a single buyer.


Despite the large political contributions made by Mr. Gureghian and the pro-voucher Students First PAC, our elected officials may want to stand up and take notice that education voters will not be sitting idly by…..

Chesco school vote tally drags on

It is still not clear whether a coalition's write-in effort won in the West Chester Area School District.

By Anthony Campisi and Dan Hardy, Inquirer Staff Writers November 20, 2011

For as long as anyone can remember, the path to the West Chester Area School District school board led through the Republican Party.  A GOP endorsement was the ticket to primary and general-election victory. That may have changed Nov. 8.  An improbable coalition of moderate Republicans, Democrats, and independents, saying the school board had been taken over by right-wing, anti-public-education forces, decided to fight back.

Related websites:

West Chester

Chester County Americans for Christian Traditions in our Nation


"The lowest-performing schools are filled with the greatest number of children in poverty, and as a nation, we don't talk about that," he said. "Instead, we threaten the teachers of poor children for not winning a race that's clearly unfair to begin with."

Politics mix with education reforms

State seeking Race to the Top cash, undecided on No Child Left Behind waivers.

By Steve Esack, Of The Morning Call
11:45 p.m. EST, November 20, 2011
Pennsylvania's Department of Education will try to win a share of $200 million that President Barack Obama's administration is giving away in his controversial Race to the Top education grant initiative.
But state officials have yet to decide if they will apply for another of Obama's education plans — one that would waive much-maligned mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act if states agree to adopt many of the same reform measures the president is pushing in Race to the Top.,0,4615102.story


EPLC School Choices Forum on 11/29 in Harrisburg

Sponsored by The Education Policy and Leadership Center

Tuesday, November 29, 2011, Hilton Harrisburg Hotel


Franklin and Cumberland County Legislative Forum on Public Education

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

Co-sponsored by The Shippensburg University Teacher Education Department and Education Matters in the Cumberland Valley.

RSVP here:


Video: School Vouchers and a Financial Literacy Update on Terry Madonna’s Pennsylvania Newsmakers; Education segment runs from 4:27 to 13:00 of the video
This week's Pennsylvania Newsmakers with Terry Madonna features Scott Detrow of StateImpact PA, with a Marcellus Shale update, and Tom Gentzel, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, who discusses school reforms and school choice.


“our failing public schools”

Fast Facts: The success story of Pennsylvania public education

Written on October 6, 2011 by PSBA



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

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

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