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Vales para educación en otros lugares: Sin evidencia de solución rápida

By por Connie Langland on Nov 23, 2011 04:12 PM

La Cámara de Representantes de Pensilvania está enfrentando un asunto sumamente caliente y potencialmente costoso: Si aceptarán la propuesta del Gobernador Corbett y el Senado y aprobarán un programa de vales para matrícula financiado con los impuestos de los contribuyentes.

La aprobación es incierta.

Se aprueba el plan de vales Senado de Pensilvania

By por Connie Langland on Nov 23, 2011 04:12 PM

El plan de vales de matrícula que posiblemente se tenga en Pensilvania está ahora en el Comité de Educación de la Cámara de Representantes, ya que fue aprobado por el Senado (voto 27-20) el 26 de octubre. La Cámara no ha aprobado planes de vales en el pasado, pero no se sabe cuál será el resultado para la versión presentada este año.

Incomplete Renaissance data

By Anonymous on Nov 23, 2011 04:12 PM

In your October issue, a table presented figures to suggest that charter-managed Renaissance Schools recorded impressive gains in reading and math during the first year of the Renaissance initiative. In the weeks since, this table has been widely cited – from Education Week to the Huffington Post. We don't intend to contest the claim that the charter-managed Renaissance Schools are producing gains in student achievement; rather, our goal is to highlight that the way these data were presented raises more questions than it answers.

Voucher plans elsewhere: No evidence of a quick fix

By by Connie Langland on Nov 23, 2011 04:12 PM

The Pennsylvania House is facing a hot-button and potentially costly issue: whether to go along with Gov. Corbett and the state Senate and approve a taxpayer-funded tuition voucher program.

Passage is uncertain for the program, which would be phased in over three years.

In its first year, the program likely would draw thousands of low-income parents in struggling public schools to try private or parochial schooling for their children. In the second year, the legislation would prove a boon for low-income parents who have been paying for private school all along.

Voucher bill passes state Senate

By Dale Mezzacappa on Oct 26, 2011 07:07 PM

After a four-hour debate, the Pennsylvania Senate passed legislation Wednesday approving vouchers and revising the charter school law.

The vote was 27-22. Three Democrats joined 24 Republicans in supporting the bill.

The Patriot-News of Harrisburg is reporting, however, that House Speaker Sam Smith said it was unlikely that the House will consider the legislation – a priority of Gov. Corbett’s – any time soon.

Vouchers advance in Harrisburg

By Benjamin Herold on Oct 25, 2011 04:17 PM

UPDATE: According to state Sen. Dominic Pileggi, Senate Bill 1 is on Wednesday's Senate agenda.

School vouchers have taken another step forward in Pennsylvania.

And they're taking charter school reform with them.

On Tuesday, an amended version of Senate Bill 1, as the measure is known, was approved by the Senate Education Committee. The new plan calls for a limited school voucher program, as well as a package of changes to state charter school law that had been advancing separately, reports Mary Wilson of WHYY/NewsWorks.

Corbett voucher plan would start small

By Dale Mezzacappa on Oct 13, 2011 03:35 PM

More details are trickling out about Gov. Tom Corbett’s voucher proposal that was announced Tuesday.

While negotiations with the legislature are still going on, it seems likely that Philadelphia will have as many as 90 schools on the final list of 140 where students from low-income families would qualify for a voucher because of chronically low school performance.

Corbett details education plan

By Anonymous on Oct 11, 2011 03:15 PM

This morning, Gov. Corbett described his plans for education reform during a speech at Lincoln Charter High School in York. "We have to think and act smarter," Corbett said.

Angela Couloumbis of the Inquirer live tweeted the speech. WHYY's Mary Wilson reported on Newsworks

Keeping it in the neighborhood

By by Benjamin Herold on Sep 24, 2011 10:17 PM

For the Notebook’s October print edition on school turnarounds, we took a comprehensive look at the city's initial group of seven Renaissance charter schools.This article looks at the extent to which the schools remained neighorhood schools . You can also read more about test score gains at the schools.

On her daughter's first day of 5th grade last year, Katrina Dear was nervous.

Since her chatty little girl was in kindergarten, Dear had sent her to a charter school with strong academics, a structured environment, and motivated families.

But after learning that the charter planned to hold her daughter back for the 2010-11 school year, Dear transferred her into the public school in her West Philadelphia neighborhood, Guion S. Bluford Elementary.

Legislative fight over vouchers may come to a head quickly

By by Paul Jablow on Sep 21, 2011 10:17 PM

Supporters and opponents of a state-supported voucher system in Pennsylvania agree on one thing: the fight over the issue in the new legislative session is likely to be quicker and more focused than it was in the last session, when no bill reached Gov. Tom Corbett's desk.

Rep. Paul Clymer (R., Bucks), chairman of the House Education Committee, said that by the start of October, he expected his committee to have a bill different from Senate Bill 1, which failed to gain sufficient support last session.

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