Archive for the ‘education’ Category

School Choice – So You Can Decide What Your Child Eats for Lunch

February 15, 2012

Now the government wants to tell you what you should feed your children for lunch? Is this communist China?

A mother in Hoke County complains her daughter was forced to eat a school lunch because a government inspector determined her home-made lunch did not meet nutrition requirements. In fact, all of the students in the NC Pre-K program classroom at West Hoke Elementary School in Raeford had to accept a school lunch in addition to their lunches brought from home.

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School District Gets Invitation to Court after Denying Elementary School Student

February 1, 2012

Religious Liberty & Free Speech Over Christmas Party Invitation

Randy Wenger, Chief Counsel of the Independence Law Center and attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund were in court again this morning here in Pennsylvania fighting for your religious liberty and free speech.

The case involves an elementary school student at the Pocono Mountain School District in Pennsylvania who was told by school officials that she could not invite classmates to a Christmas party at her church. We’ve gone to bat for this little girl, and for the principles involved.  Our liberty is at stake.

Sometimes when the government is confronted with the unconstitutional and frankly preposterous nature of their restrictions they quickly back down and change their policies—and no court action is necessary.

Here, Federal Judge Richard Caputo had already ruled once in favor the elementary school student, but the school district pushed back, arguing that they need the power to place restrictions because such invitations can create a “disturbance in the community.”  Really?
This is a case where government doesn’t understand its appropriate limits. However, lawyers with the Independence Law Center and Alliance Defense Fund were available for this case—and plan to continue their involvement as long as necessary.

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School Choice Needed for PA Students

January 16, 2012

From Commonwealth Foundation President, Matt Brouillette:

Instead of a one-size-fits-all system of education, we need to fully embrace an education marketplace where choice and competition is the rule rather than the exception.

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What Would You Do to Make Pennsylvania a Better Place?

December 27, 2011

If you were running the state of Pennsylvania, what resolutions would you choose to make Pennsylvania a better place?

Leave your ideas in the comments below!

Former Philly Superintendent Applies for Unemployment After Large Payout

November 30, 2011

Former Philly schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman, who was paid a $905,000 buyout (in public money) to leave the city, applied for unemployment benefits this month.

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Large Crowd Rallies for School Choice at Capitol

November 16, 2011

Hundreds of students and teachers, many sporting red T-shirts in support of a recently passed state Senate measure to expand school choice options, crammed the Capitol rotunda on Tuesday to attend a rally supporting Senate Bill 1, andGov. Tom Corbett‘s education reform plan.

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New Teacher Evaluation Bill Up For Committee Vote

November 16, 2011

The House Education Committee will consider House Bill 1980, introduced by Rep. Ryan Aument.  Rep. Aument’s bill would increase rating categories from two (satisfactory and unsatisfactory) to four (distinguished, proficient, needs improvement and failing). Student achievement will count for half of an educator’s overall score (achievement will include growth data, not just test scores).  Other measures, such as classroom observation and teacher preparation, will make up the remainder.

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State Legislature Has Key Issues Left to Vote on This Year

November 14, 2011

Senate Bill 732, the abortion clinic regulations bill, and SB 1, the school choice bill are just two of important legislation that the state house and senate need to come together on to pass before November 30th.

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From Dr. Albert Mohler: The Tragic Lessons of Penn State

November 10, 2011

Dr. Albert Mohler writes an insightful piece on the Penn State scandal, and the broader changes that should result from it.

“The detonation of the Penn State scandal must shake the entire nation into a new moral awareness.”

School Choice Passes Senate, Now Onto House

October 27, 2011

Thank you to all who called and emailed your State Senator about Senate Bill 1!

By a 27-22 vote, the state Senate passed a school voucher plan that is targeted to low-income children attending poor-performing schools. The bill now heads to the House for consideration.

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