Friday, November 2, 2012
The gang is all here: take a look at just some of the voucher, EITC & charter money influencing next Tuesday’s election: (and don’t forget to vote!)
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Yesterday, Education Voters Action PA announced their complete bipartisan list of endorsements for next Tuesday’s election.
If you want legislators who support public education then please support these candidates with your time, your money and your votes.
Education Voters Action of
Published on Pennsylvania
We are very pleased to announce our endorsements for the 2012 General Election.. Based on a review of available information, including written materials, public statements, voting records and candidate interviews, Education Voters has decided to endorse the following candidates with a goal of having more legislators who support public education in public office.
These candidates recognize that if our economy and our communities are going to improve and remain strong that it starts with our students. We need strong policymakers in
that are willing to stand up for
our values, so we ask that you support public education by supporting these
candidates on November 6 ! Harrisburg
The gang is all here: take a look at just some of the voucher, EITC & charter money influencing next Tuesday’s election:
(and don’t forget to vote!)
For a Better PA Fund PAC Campaign Finance Report from
9/18/12 through 10/22/12
This PAC collected money from
Fighting Chance PAC (See background here)
Students First PAC (See background here)
and Vahan Gureghian (See background here)
Fighting Chance PAC Campaign Finance Report from
Here’s background on the Fighting Chance PAC
Big money behind push for education tax credit program
A NEW, big-money political-action committee turned up on the Pennsylvania radar screen this spring — at exactly the same time that the Philadelphia Archdiocese launched a full-court press for legislation in Harrisburg that would pump millions of dollars of scholarship money into its struggling schools.
The new Fighting Chance PA PAC shares a name with a self-described grass-roots campaign launched in March by the Pennsylvania Catholic Coalition, and it shares office space with wealthy
King of Prussia developer Brian O'Neill, who spearheaded
a drive to raise $12 million from 10 anonymous donors earlier this year to keep
open four endangered Catholic high schools.
In case you were offline due to the storm, here’s KEYSEC coverage of carpetbaggers who dumped $400K more into
legislative races in the past month.
Noteworthy were $100K to EITC sponsor State Rep. Christiana (R-15 Beaver), $50K
to voucher proponent Senator Anthony Williams (D-8Philadelphia. Pennsylvania ) and $50K to Brian
Munroe, who is challenging State Rep. Bernie O’Neill (R-29 Bucks), a strong
supporter of public education. Delaware
PA Students First PAC Campaign Finance Report from
9:29 p.m. EDT, October 31, 2012
That's the 253-member General Assembly where, thanks to ironclad district lines and a high bar for third-party candidates to get onto the ballot, many incumbents are unopposed.
Nine of 25 state senators up for re-election to the 50-member chamber lack competition. And nearly half (96) of the 203 state House seats up for grabs are also without opposition.
Post-Gazette By Sandy Trozzo
November 1, 2012
Closing one of the small elementary schools in the
would save money and stabilize class
sizes throughout the district, school board members said. North
But, if they do close a school, "change will be felt throughout the system," said Brian Miller, assistant superintendent for K-12 education. "There is no easy decision; there are just a series of difficult ones.
"If you remove a small school from our system, the entire system will be affected."
Mr. Miller presented a demographics update Oct. 24 that showed there are spare classrooms in each of the seven elementary schools and other rooms that could be converted to classrooms.
A consultant recommended in August that the district close its first and oldest school -- Peebles Elementary in McCandless. Peebles was built in 1952 and renovated in 1999. Last year, another consultant recommended closing Bradford Woods Elementary, which needs major renovations.
The possibility of closing a school is a long process, board president Maureen Grosheider said. Mr. Miller's update was the first of several to come.
School Choice? Bad Choice
Online public schools are the latest proof that “choice” hurts kids
The New York Times had an extensive article yesterday on the crappy-ass performance of for-profit online public schools. The companies that run these schools provide curricula (of sorts) to parents; kids receive assignments online from teachers who oversee as many as 270 students at a time. The biggest player in this particular for-profit, to-hell-with-the-kids scheme is K12 Inc., whose Agora Cyber Charter School will report income of $72 million this year, according to the Times. And who pays for these schools? Why, you do, dear taxpayer. What do you get for your dollars? In a conference in March “sponsored by the investment firm Morgan Stanley,” K12 president Ronald J. Packard told investors that Agora students are “doing as well or better than the average child in a brick-and-mortar school.”
Uh-oh! Data released shortly after that conference showed that only 42 percent of Agora students were performing at grade level or better in math, and only 52 percent in reading. Statewide, 74 percent of the brick-and-mortar kids hit the mark in math, and 72 percent in reading.
Nearly 60 percent of its students are behind grade level in math. Nearly 50 percent trail in reading. A third do not graduate on time. And hundreds of children, from kindergartners to seniors, withdraw within months after they enroll.
By Wall Street standards, though, Agora is a remarkable success that has helped enrich K12 Inc., the publicly traded company that manages the school. And the entire enterprise is paid for by taxpayers.
Diane Ravitch’s Blog
November 1, 2012 //
Yong Zhao is an amazing educator who knows why our current obsession with testing is bad for American society. He spoke in
, where he explained why we should
focus on creativity and innovation, not test scores. He also explained why we
should not be awed by Michigan ’s
high test scores, because the Chinese educators are not. Shanghai
What’s Still Missing in American Education and How to Out-educate
Yong Zhao 10 MAY 2012
by Shane Vander Hart – Jane Robbins, a Senior Fellow for American Principles Project provided some facts that you should know about the No Child Left Behind waivers. States apply for these in order, they say, to free themselves from Federal guidelines and standards under NCLB. What they’re really doing is substituting federal control with more federal control.
American Association of School Administrators
In addition to AASA's sequestration toolkit and economic impact/sequestration reports, here is a compilation of other sequestration-related resources you may find helpful. AASA jas actually made all of these resources available at one time or another, but a special thanks to our friends at CEF for sharing them all in one list.
Education Policy and
Education Policy and
Register Now! 2012
Agenda here: http://www.eplc.org/events-calendar/eplc-conference/