EPLC Education Notebook
Friday, December 11, 2009
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On December 8, the Senate Education Committee held a public hearing on the state’s education costing-out study which was completed in November, 2007. The study provides an analysis of the resources necessary to provide every student with an education that will permit them to meet the state’s academic standards. The information provided by the study was then used in 2008 by the Governor and General Assembly to develop a new school funding formula to provide more adequate and equitable state support for public education. This formula was also used to distribute K-12 Basic Subsidy funding for the current 2009-2010 fiscal year.
The Committee met with representatives of Augenblick, Palaich and Associates (APA) – the consulting firm that conducted the 2007 study – to discuss the process and methodology used in their analysis. Three methods were required in the request for proposals to conduct the study put forth by the State Board of Education in consultation with leaders of all four legislative caucuses. Click here for opening remarks from State Board of Education member Larry Wittig that address the basis of the study. Click here for a presentation on the study by APA. The Committee also heard presentations on the impact of the study from representatives of the Commonwealth Foundation and Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children (PPC). Click here for remarks by Nate Benefield of the Commonwealth Foundation. Click here for remarks by Joan Benso of PPC.
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
On December 8, the U.S. House Labor and Education Committee held a hearing focused on states’ efforts to improve the nation’s competitiveness by adopting a common core of college and career readiness standards. Currently, 48 states, two territories and the District of Columbia participate in the Common Core State Standards Initiative of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association (NGA). For more information on the hearing, click here.
RESEARCH AND REPORTS
The Alliance for Excellent Education has released a new report on “The Economic Benefits of Reducing High School Dropout Rates in America's Fifty Largest Cities”. The analysis answers the questions: 1) How much in additional wages would each metro area benefit from if it reduced the number of high school students who fail to graduate with their class by 50 percent; 2) What percentage of these new graduates would continue their education after high school and what percentage would earn bachelor’s degrees; and, 3) How much will annual state and local property, income, and sales tax revenue grow as a result of these new graduates’ higher incomes?
According to the report, there were 16,419 dropouts in the Philadelphia metro area in the class of 2008. Reducing the numbers of dropouts in this class by half would garner nearly $125 million in additional wages over the course of an average year and increase state and local tax revenue by nearly $18 million annually. Click here for the report’s profile on Philadelphia.
Nationally, there were 599,755 dropouts in the nation’s 50 largest metro areas in 2008. Cutting this number in half would garner more than $4.1 billion in additional wages over the course of an average year and increase state and local tax revenues by nearly $536 million. Click here for the combined economic analysis for all 50 cities.
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is scheduled to return to session on Monday, December 14.
The Pennsylvania Senate is scheduled to return to session on Tuesday, December 15.
The Pennsylvania House has released its session schedule for the beginning of 2010:
The Pennsylvania Senate has released its session schedule for the beginning of 2010:
For information on these and other upcoming events, see www.eplc.org/calendar.html.