EPLC Education Notebook

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

    Content in this edition:
    Governor-elect Corbett
    Election Results
    Pennsylvania Policymakers

    - State House of Representatives
    - State Senate
    EPLC News
    Research and Reports

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



    Congratulations to Governor-elect Tom Corbett.  The process of transition from the outgoing Administration to the new is a complicated and important process that occurs largely out of the public view.  We’ll report on some of the major appointments and other news items as they are announced.  The Inauguration is Tuesday, January 18.

    In the meantime, you can take another look at what candidate Corbett said are his plans for education and arts and culture.  Here are links to the plans.

    • To read Tom Corbett’s plan on Education click here.
    • To read Tom Corbett’s plan on Arts and Culture click here.


    To access all the November 2 Pennsylvania election results, please click here to go to the Department of State’s website.

    Gov. Ed Rendell last week proposed a temporary state income tax increase of one-half percent that would set the rate at 3.57 percent and return it to the current 3.07 percent after three years.  Rendell said despite already making $2 billion in cuts, the increase is necessary to balance the state’s $3.2 billion budget deficit and protect critical services for children and families.  The proposed increase would cost the average Pennsylvania family less than $5 per week and raise approximately $1.5 billion per year in new revenue.  In addition to hundreds of program cuts and eliminations, Rendell previously proposed also taxing smokeless tobacco and cigars, increasing the cigarette tax, placing a levy on natural gas extraction, and tapping the state’s Rainy Day Fund.  Click here for a video of Governor Rendell discussing the need for new revenue and making strategic investments in education.  Click here to read a statement from the Governor.


    Governor’s Office

    A special “Thank You” to Secretary of Policy and Planning Donna Cooper who last week departed the Rendell Administration to become a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, a think-tank in Washington, D.C..  Donna Cooper played a large policy role throughout the eight years of the Rendell Administration and was an especially effective influence in favor of more adequate state funding for public education.

    House of Representatives

    • The state House of Representatives has several non-voting session days scheduled for this week and next, but majority House Democratic leaders announced there would be no votes taken.  Meanwhile, many House Democratic members met in caucus on Monday without their leaders and continue to urge that the House return to voting session to consider some key legislation that requires only House approval to be sent to the Governor.  Perhaps the most significant among these bills is legislation dealing with pension reform for state and school employees.


    • The state Senate has a session day scheduled for November 17, but majority Republican leaders there say they will not vote on legislation during this lame-duck session.

    The 2009-2010 Session for the Legislature ends officially on November 30.


  • EPLC will host its annual Pennsylvania Education Finance Symposium Thursday, November 18 at the Wildwood Conference Center at Harrisburg Area Community College.
    Early-bird registration is $39 until November 12.  After November 12, registration is $49.  Please click here for more information or to register.
  • EPLC will conduct a series of regional workshops during January to March for School Board Candidates and others interested in public education issues.  About one-half of the elected 4,491 school board positions will be on the ballot for the May.17 Primary Election.  Look for information about the EPLC workshops beginning in December.


    The College Board has released the third edition of Education Pays: The Benefits of Higher Education for Individual and Society, which focuses on the nonmonetary benefits in addition to the financial returns of higher education.  Additionally, the report details differences across demographic groups and changes over time in participation and success rates in postsecondary education.  Among the report’s findings:

    • Individuals with higher levels of education earn more and are more likely than others to be employed.
    • Adults with higher levels of education are more active citizens than others.
    • College education leads to healthier lifestyles, reducing health care cost for individuals and for society.
    • College- educated parents engage in more educational activities with their children, who are better prepared for school than other children.

    To read the full report, Please click here.


    This week…

    • The American Association of School Administrators is holding its Women in School Leadership conference November 11 – 13 in Arlington, VA.

     Next week…

    • The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities will host its annual meeting November 14 – 16 in Dallas, TX.

    • The Philadelphia Education Fund is celebrating its 25th Anniversary with the EDDY Awards, which will honor the 2010 Stars of Public Education on November 16 in Philadelphia.

    • The Education Policy and Leadership Center is hosting its annual Pennsylvania Education Finance Symposium on November 18 in Harrisburg.

    • The Pennsylvania State Board of Education is having its bi-monthly meeting November 17 – 18 in Harrisburg.

    • The Council of Chief State School Officers is having its annual policy forum November 18 – 21 in Louisville, KY.

      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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