EPLC Education Notebook

Friday, May 21, 2010

    Content in this edition:

    Pennsylvania School Funding Campaign
    PA Department of Education
    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.



    The General Assembly will return to Harrisburg next week and will begin working to finish the state budget, which should be completed by June 30.  To keep the six-year plan for school funding reform in Pennsylvania moving forward, the legislature needs to adopt a 2010-11 state budget that continues to distribute funds through the school funding formula adopted in 2008 and that appropriates $354 million more in state money to restore the state funding commitment to the 2008-09 funding level.

    That is what the House of Representatives already has voted to do through its budget bill (House Bill 2279).   It is now up to the Senate to act on the budget. 

    Take action today.  Contact your local legislators to let them know you want the state to meet its commitment to our schools in the budget for 2010-11.



    PDE announced this week that 11 colleges and universities have signed program-to-program articulation agreements for students studying early childhood education.  The agreements will allow students to seamlessly transfer a full associate’s degree (60 credits) from a community college to a university to meet the requirements for a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education.  Students can transfer a minimum of 24 and maximum of 30 credits in coursework related to early childhood education; the balance of up to 60 transferrable credits would come from courses focused on core competencies.  Participating schools will receive a $25,000 one-year implementation grant.  Click here for more information about the program and participating schools.



  • Results of the 2010 Economic Impact Report released recently by the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) show that Pennsylvania’s 94 private colleges and universities added 16,338 new jobs to reach a total employment of 79,213 people in 2009.  The report says private colleges and universities have a $16.1 billion impact on the Commonwealth’s economy, based on goods and services purchased by the schools, in-state spending by students, salary and wages, tax revenues, and construction and renovation projects.  However, AICUP leaders note their greatest impact is the human capital they develop for Pennsylvania’s workforce.

    Independent institutions represent the largest sector of higher education in Pennsylvania – accounting for more than 284,000 students, 41 percent of all higher education enrollments, and 50 percent of all degrees awarded in the Commonwealth.  The purpose of the economic impact study is to measure and highlight the economic, educational, and community benefits of the state's independent colleges and universities.  The survey is intended to inform legislators and the general public about the economic and social benefits to communities resulting from the presence of an independent college or university.  The full report will be available on the AICUP website on May 26, 2010: www.aicup.org.

  • The Georgia Chamber of Commerce and Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education recently released The Economics of Education which links a successful public education system with a prospering economy.  The report defines why high school graduation and work readiness matter and examines the following key education issues: (1) early life experiences, (2) academic achievement in every grade and (3) transition to work or postsecondary education.  In addition to an overview of these key issues, the report offers specific action steps that business leaders and community members can take to get involved and make a difference in the education and future of the state.



    The Pennsylvania House and Senate return to session on Monday, May 24.

    Next week…

  • EPLC hosts Pennsylvania Education Policy Forums in Harrisburg on Wednesday and in Pittsburgh on Thursday.

  • The House Education Committee holds a public hearing on House Bill 2205 on Wednesday in Harrisburg.

  • The Pennsylvania State Board of Education holds a public roundtable discussion on proposed common core academic standards in State College on Thursday.

  • For information on these and other upcoming events, see www.eplc.org/calendar.html.

    The EPLC Education Notebook (current and past editions) also is available by visiting the EPLC website at www.eplc.org/ednotebook.html.

    EPLC Education Notebook is published by The Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC). Permission to reprint or electronically redistribute the Notebook in whole or in part is granted provided attribution to EPLC is provided.

    The Education Policy and Leadership Center is an independent, non-partisan and not-for-profit organization. The Mission of EPLC is to encourage and support the enactment and implementation of effective state-level education policies in order to improve student learning in grades P-12, increase the effective operation of schools, and enhance educational opportunities for citizens of all ages.

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