EPLC Education Notebook
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Pennsylvania School Funding Campaign
- Joint the Campaign
- Legislative Candidates Survey
Research and Reports
The EPLC Education Notebook (current and past editions) also is available by visiting the EPLC website at www.eplc.org/ednotebook.html.
Information about the Pennsylvania General Assembly, including details on contacting your local state representatives and locating bills cited in this Notebook, is available at www.legis.state.pa.us/index.cfm.
PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL FUNDING CAMPAIGNJoin the Campaign
The Pennsylvania School Funding Campaign is a growing coalition of individuals and organizations representing parents, advocates, school board members, administrators, teachers and the faith community and committed to advocating for legislative action to fix Pennsylvania’s broken and unfair school funding system.
The goals of the Pennsylvania School Funding Campaign are:
The Campaign is building a network of individuals who will visit their own legislators in communities across the Commonwealth. Visit www.paschoolfunding.org to learn more about the Pennsylvania School Funding Campaign, and to become a partner in these efforts.
RESEARCH AND REPORTSPennsylvania ranks ninth in the nation in the use of technology in classrooms, according to the latest edition of Education Week’s annual report Technology Counts 2008. Pennsylvania earned an overall grade of B-, compared to the national average of C+, on the report which grades states’ policies and practices related to technology in schools. The state scored well on the three criteria measured by Technology Counts – access to technology, use of technology, and capacity to use technology.
Pennsylvania earned a B (above the national average of C) in technology access, which measures the percentage of students with access to computers and the ratio of students to computers and PCs with high-speed Internet connections. The Commonwealth scored at the national average of B- for use of technology, which measures how states integrate technology into their academic standards, if students are tested on technology, whether states support a virtual school, and whether states offer computer-based assessments. Finally, Pennsylvania scored a B- (above the national average of C) in capacity to use technology, which measures whether states build the technology literacy of their educators through teacher and administrator standards, initial licensure requirements, and recertification requirements. Click here to read Technology Counts Pennsylvania State Report.
ANNOUNCEMENTSThe Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) in partnership with the Center for Schools and Communities is sponsoring three regional trainings for 21st CCLC afterschool providers, supporters and grantees. These one-day regional trainings will be held in:
Pittsburgh - Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Harrisburg - Friday, April 18, 2008 - 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
King of Prussia - Monday, April 21, 2008 - 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
These trainings will provide participants the opportunity to learn the fundamental components of a quality afterschool program, the skills needed to embrace individual investor-based fundraising as an integral part of their sustainability efforts and how to actively engage in understanding and addressing issues of diversity.
There is no registration fee to attend and Act 48 and CBK Keystone Stars credits will be available. Online registration for these trainings is available on the 21st Century Community Learning Center website at www.21stcclc.org.