September 18, 2011 |
It took one game for the new school-choice program to make an impact on Colonial Conference football. One game. What happens in a month? A season? A couple of years of "recruiting" - oops, I meant to say "attracting" - student-athletes to schools outside their home district? The summer buzz in the Colonial Conference was about Sterling, since the Silver Knights had "attracted" several student-athletes from other districts through its school-choice option, which is linked to its Junior Naval ROTC program.
March 17, 2000 |
This column could be hazardous to the health of Ellen Brennan, and she should stop reading right now. She wrote after Tuesday's column to say she was sick and tired of my columns promoting school choice, and that if I wrote one more she was "going to have a heart attack. " Ms. Brennan, I fear, may speak for many, and so let me try to explain my compulsion on this issue. It is simply this: Here we have this strategy that shows more promise than any other for improving the education of low-income urban students, yet it's caught in a peculiar political logjam.
December 9, 1991 |
The answer to any question about the doings in Harrisburg is almost always the same - raw politics. And that is why "school choice" faces a state House vote, possibly as soon as tomorrow. A plan for the state to give $900 vouchers to parents wishing to send their kids to a different school is on a fast track. It's not a new plan. Even if enacted it likely won't give anyone money for years because it's certain to be tied up in the courts. But it exploded onto the political scene.
June 14, 1995 |
The $16.2 billion general-fund budget negotiated privately by Gov. Ridge and legislative leaders and released for the first time yesterday contains money for school choice, but there are still no guarantees that the controversial plan will pass the General Assembly. House Republican leaders said lawmakers would vote on the budget today and would possibly take up the separate empowering legislation to enable low- income families to send children to private, public or parochial schools of their choice.
November 15, 1996
Legislation to set up charter schools in Pennsylvania is struggling in the state Senate, caught in a political and philosophical debate over, essentially, how much freedom these alternative public schools should have. Some senators are so anxious to pass something that they seem willing to gloss over the hard questions. That's a mistake. While it's important to get the state moving on charter schools, it's better to do it right. Charter schools are a modest form of school choice.
July 31, 1998 |
Sam Katz, the brainy finance expert and onetime political maverick who is endorsed for mayor by Republican leaders, intends to make school choice a major campaign issue. "Giving parents the right to choose which school their children will go to is something I've advocated since 1991," said Katz, a member of the Board of Education from 1981-85. Despite a history of friction with the party's hierarchy, Katz received the nod of the leaders two days ago because he was viewed as the candidate most likely to defeat the Democrats, said state House Majority Leader John M. Perzel.
November 28, 1991 |
A county judge spoke out in favor of the idea of school-choice last week, but a Downingtown grandmother told him his reasoning missed the mark. Eleanor A. Lee countered Common Pleas Judge Thomas Gavin at a town meeting held by State Sen. Earl Baker (R., Chester) at Downingtown Senior High School last Thursday. Baker is co-sponsor of Senate Bill 992, one of the pieces of pending legislation designed to give parents the opportunity to choose their children's schools. Parents of private-school students would receive vouchers for up to $900 per child.
August 25, 2012 |
By Dan Hardy The Chester Upland school board voted unanimously Thursday night to work with state appointed Chief Recovery Officer Joe Watkins in crafting a recovery plan for the financially distressed Delaware County district. Watkins was selected as Chief Recovery Officer earlier this month by state education secretary Ron Tomalis, under new legislation that gives Watkins broad power to recommend closing schools, renegotiate the teachers' contract, make budget cuts, privatize school management and turn schools into charters.
May 21, 2010 |
Few organizations are as consistently liberal as the Anti-Defamation League, especially when it comes to matters of church and state. The ADL devotes an entire page on its website (www.adl.org) to church-state separation, and it wants the "wall" between the two to remain as high and impenetrable as possible, believing that to lower it would have a negative effect on both. Which makes it remarkable that the executive committee of the ADL's Philadelphia chapter has voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution endorsing vouchers that would allow children in underperforming schools in poor neighborhoods to escape to schools that would give them a safer environment to learn in and, thus, a better education.
January 26, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - Borrowing the language and imagery of the civil rights movement, speaker after speaker told a crowd that filled the Capitol Rotunda Tuesday that the failing public schools of today are no different than the segregated schools of a half-century ago. Hundreds of supporters of a proposal to help low-income children transfer to schools of their choice rallied boisterously under the Capitol dome, portraying the issue as the new educational battleground....