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New bill supports voucher system
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Feb 7, 5:51 PM:

Chance for parents to move students to school that better meets needs. Reporting forgets to mention if there are other choices for stuck students though.

EDITORIAL: School voucher idea deserves to be thrown to wolves (2/5/11)
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Feb 7, 5:27 PM:

Scathing attack of Penn. voucher bill.  Thinks it's fine to leave kids in failing schools because schools will be hurt if more kids leave.  Uhh.  Seems it's other way around -- kids hurt by staying in lousy schools. >

New bill supports voucher system
3/6
Feb 7, 2:49 PM:

Vouchers for low-income students to leave worst schools -- later any school. Criteria set out for low income but not school performance, and you might want to know about advantages of school aid without an income test.

Legislature looks at school choice
2/6
Feb 7, 2:22 PM:

A bill that could allow public funds to follow students to private schools is being scrutinized.  Totally misses the opportunity to substantiate the claim that vuchers take away funds from publuic schools and hurt them.

Harrisburg School District proposes turning over preschool program to Capital Area Head Start to save money
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3/6
Feb 4, 1:17 PM:

A successful Pa. pre-k. program loses funds, expects to be picked up by Head Start. Transition will be rocky, but it must be done to preserve the program. How are such transitions done elsewhere? Peel the onion back some more. >

Pennsylvania schools could lose $1 billion
4/6
Feb 4, 12:27 PM:

Creative cutting and pasting aims to fill in Pa. education budget gaps, yet more money is still needed for the 2011-2012 school year. Early plans on how officials plan to do it included here.

Retirement of 27 Shaler Area teachers to help balance budget
4/6
Feb 4, 11:05 AM:

The Shaler Area School district is doing what it can to save money. Shaler's people are banking on more stimulus funds, afraid of what's going to happen if the money doesn't show. But what the the effect be, in the case that they >

Voucher idea is half-baked (2/3/11)
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1/6
Feb 3, 11:18 AM:

A series of questions and assumptions do not make for an effective letter! No one says parents are not important. Of course they are! But so are teachers and good schools. And vouchers help students choose the better ones.

Preliminary schools budget includes tax hike
2/6
Feb 2, 11:55 AM:

Trying to fix schools by increasing taxes will not work in today’s economy. There are alternatives. Charter schools have proven to over time use money more efficiently and effectively. Opportunity lost. Problem unsolved. >

Evaluations Needed With Shakeup
2/6
Jan 31, 12:10 PM:

A large number of schools are failing students, explaining the need for such a large shakeup of school principals and staff. But doesn't discuss the accountability measures needed, especially after a large overhaul.

Meet some key Corbett cabinet picks: Ron Tomalis, Secretary of Education
2/6
Jan 31, 10:33 AM:

A long article that says virtually nothing. What are Secretary of Education's stands on education? Why was he chosen? How about charter schools? No interview of Tomalis, just a pat bio with the depth of Wikipedia.

Nat'l Test: Less Than Half Proficient In Science
2/6
Jan 26, 11:30 AM:

The article notes the education crisis in the United States, adding to the urgency families, teachers and lawmakers need to act with. But it doesn't raise solutions offered by reformers, which should be discussed.

Hundreds voice support of 'school choice' in capital
6/6
Jan 26, 10:55 AM:

Article calls attention to parents and students who desire more choices, and mentions why this student-centered approach might not become a reality-- because of school governance institutions. Thank you, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette! >

Governor Corbett Proclaims 'Pennsylvania School Choice Week'
5/6
Jan 25, 10:22 AM:

The article on Gov. Corbett's support for school choice could have given more attention to what the choices actually are and how PA is using those choices in state schools.

Governor Corbett Proclaims 'Pennsylvania School Choice Week'
2/6
Jan 25, 10:18 AM:

"PA school choice week" is a great initiative to get parents acquainted with school options. But is one week enough for any substantive reform? What impact does it have in PA in the long run?... the article forgets to address. >

Gov. Corbett faces budget challenges in first year
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3/6
Jan 20, 12:28 PM:

Incoming Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett confronts need for reduced spending while promoting school choice. Will reduced budgets lead to a  rethinking on how education is delivered by using technology and alternative teacher >

Questions of the week: Should fines be used to handle truancy? Would you support Corbett's school-choice effort?
1/6
Jan 20, 10:21 AM:

Lawmakers should spend their time on improving schools and providing incentive for students to excel. Fining students and parents has the possibility of brewing a storm of discontent among families, especially among students >

Daniel Boone School Board to take vote on kindergarten
3/6
Jan 18, 11:26 AM:

The Daniel Boone School District changes its full day kindergarden program to a half-day one for undisclosed reasons. Another vote by the board is expected in the future to finalize the decision. Parents require more >

Parents of West Shore School District student fight truancy charges and fines
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5/6
Jan 18, 10:26 AM:

Parents wrongly charged for care of sick child. As we try and adapt to new ways of learning, old rules need to be reviewed.  Though the fines for the charges are relatively minor it reveals a major hole in a changing education >

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