America's Public Libraries Go Proactive on Funding Pre-Recession - Model of Toledo Lucas County Library's Smart Public Relations

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" In print (how cool), the 69-page brochure lists, by branches, all the activities for that time frame. When The Recession finally hits, public libraries throughout America will find their funding in play. Founding father Ben Franklin had been the primary mover in establishing a way ordinary people had access to books. That was the public library. Since that time - the 1730s - the public library has become a lot more than books.

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Famous Speech Friday: Ida Tarbell's 1916 "Industrial idealism"

The Eloquent Woman

Your name is a household word in America. Around 1916, she was on the speaker circuit, represented by the Affiliated Lyceum Bureaus of America, speaking on issues surrounding World War I, with a focus on the home front and her specialty, scrutiny of industrial practices. The back page of this brochure calls the speech "Industrial Idealism," and says Tarbel summed up the situation in America in that day as "A peaceful nation unprepared for peace!"

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 11, 2013: Teaching? Piece of cake. Everybody knows you can pick that up in just five weeks….

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WASHINGTON — The gulf between the richest 1 percent and the rest of America is the widest it''s been since the Roaring ''20s. Teach for America is a deeply divisive program. Washington Post By Dylan Matthews , Published: September 10 at 12:38 pm Teach for America , the nonprofit organization that places high-achieving college graduates in school districts in underserved areas of the country, hasn’t lacked for evaluations over the years.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 12, 2013: State Board of Education set to vote on revised set of Common Core standards

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Don’t miss this rare – and free – opportunity to hear widely acclaimed education historian and best-selling author Dr. Ravitch speak on her new book, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools. Amid all this chaos, Teach for America’s Greater Philadelphia chapter is advertising, on its website, that “Today in Philadelphia, only 61% of kids graduate from high school within four years, and only 10% will go on to graduate from college.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 17, 2013: “Anyone want to see the “crisis in American education”? Come see how the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is denying a thorough and efficient education to the children of Pittsburgh.”

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Her speech came on the eve of the release of her latest book, "Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America ''s Public Schools." Her new book, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America''s Public Schools is released today (Tuesday, September 17th). America spends over 500 billion dollars a year educating children between the ages of 5 and 18.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 5, 2013: School Funding shouldn't depend upon how powerful your legislator is – Join us in Harrisburg Sept. 23rd

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But so long as the very FACTS that guide the discussions are drawn from the Gates Foundation, and Gates grant recipients are the chief experts featured, we do not have a true dialogue, a real debate about the future of education in America. Representatives and Senators to support federal legislation on Capitol Hill that is critical to providing high quality education to America ’s schoolchildren [link] PSBA is accepting applications to fill vacancies in NSBA''s grassroots advocacy program.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 23, 2013: With lawmakers returning, it's time to stand up for public education

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The deep dysfunction of our public schools is said to threaten not only America ’s economy but also its national security. Read more: [link] Here’s what does really stink: “With the exception of Romania , no developed country has a higher percentage of kids in poverty than America. Similarly, America also has a remarkably high percentage of people living in what is called “deep poverty,” at less than half the official poverty rate.”

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 20, 2013: If you are involved with policy regarding charter schools you need to read SRC member Joseph Dworetsky’s lucid analysis of their financial impact on school districts (and taxpayers).

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link] The Two Faces of American Education The New York Review of Books by Andrew Delbanco OCTOBER 10, 2013 Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools by Diane Ravitch Knopf, 396 pp., Click Here To View and Print the Conference Registration Brochure.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 4, 2013: PA One of Only Three States Without an Education Funding Formula – Join us in Harrisburg Sept. 23rd

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Diane Ravitch | Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America ''s Public Schools When: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 7:30PM Where: Central Library Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students Ticket and Subscription Packages Tickets on sale here: [link] Yinzers - Diane Ravitch will be speaking in Pittsburgh on S eptember 16 th at 6:00 pm at Temple Sinai in Squirrel Hill. Click Here To View and Print the Conference Registration Brochure.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 19, 2013: Ravitch and Rhee: Two Near-Opposite Views for Fixing Philadelphia Schools

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Ravitch spoke at Philadelphia ''s Free Library Tuesday night about her new book, "Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America ''s Public Schools." The book attempts to bust the "myth" that America ''s public school system is in decline. Here, she describes her change of heart on testing and charter schools and takes on reform queen Michelle Rhee, Teach for America and the upcoming Common Core standards.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 10, 2013: Supt. Hite: “We cannot allow the city, the state, the School District, or anybody else to think that this is normal”

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TFA Plans to Staff 52 New Charters as 50 Public Schools Die Diane Ravitch’s Blog By dianerav September 9, 2013 Edushyster obtained internal planning documents from Teach for America in Chicago. link] How big can Teach For America get? Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss , September 10 at 4:00 am Even in school districts where teachers have been laid off because of budget cuts, Teach For America manages to keep expanding.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 6, 2013: Pennsylvania is a national poster child for why charter schools need better oversight

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This was written by Jeff Bryant, an associate fellow at the Campaign for America’s Future and the owner of a marketing and communications consultancy that serves numerous organizations including Human Rights Watch, Doctors Without Borders, PBS, and International Planned Parenthood Foundation. link] A Map of Who''s Got the Best (and Worst) Internet Connections in America Gizmodo by REUBEN FISCHER-BAUM In the digital age, access to high speed internet is fundamentally important.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 21, 2013: School Funding Formula Press Event on Monday 9/23 at 11:30 am Capitol Rotunda

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Click Here To View and Print the Conference Registration Brochure. Representatives and Senators to support federal legislation on Capitol Hill that is critical to providing high quality education to America ’s schoolchildren [link] PSBA members will elect officers electronically for the first time in 2013 PSBA 7/8/2013 Beginning in 2013, PSBA members will follow a completely new election process which will be done electronically during the month of September.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 25, 2013: Ed Policy Roundup Hiatus

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News & World Report''s Best High Schools in America. In its 31-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on nearly 7,500 of America ''s schools. According to the organizers, “the Bammy Awards were created in response to the relentless national criticism of America ’s public schools. Click Here To View and Print the Conference Registration Brochure.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 3, 2013: “Philadelphia, Mississippi: 1963 Black children not allowed in libraries -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 2013 No school libraries”

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The bottom line: America ’s schools and colleges will welcome back record numbers of students. The new requirements for No Child Left Behind waivers from the Department of Education have some bad news for America ’s teachers. Representatives and Senators to support federal legislation on Capitol Hill that is critical to providing high quality education to America ’s schoolchildren [link] PSBA is accepting applications to fill vacancies in NSBA''s grassroots advocacy program.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 18, 2013: Pew Poll: With education cuts Philly is eating its own young. "Gov. Corbett's main focus is to ensure that students in the district have access to the best education possible," said Timothy Eller, a spokesman for the state Education Department.

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Diane Ravitch’s new education book — an excerpt Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss , Published: September 18 at 5:00 am Education historian and activist Diane Ravitch’s new book, “ Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools ,” just went on sale and it’s bound to be the biggest — and most controversial — education book of the year. Click Here To View and Print the Conference Registration Brochure.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 14, 2013: It’s not just the Basic Education Subsidy. There was almost $227 million in the PA budget’s Charter Reimbursement line before it was zeroed out. Zero, zip, zilch….

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Kevin Huffman, a former Teach For America official and the former husband of school reformer Michelle Rhee, has instituted a number of controversial reforms since he became education commissioner of Tennessee in April 2011. Click Here To View and Print the Conference Registration Brochure.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 9, 2013: Yinzercation: How to Read the PSSA Report

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link] Forever young: the new teaching career Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss , Published: September 9 at 5:00 am “Given that the focus of so much school reform is rightly on poor kids in underserved schools, and some charter organizations and Teach For America are particularly concerned about making a difference with such children …advocacy of brief teaching careers gets perilously close to moral quicksand.”

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 2, 2013: Trombetta & Assocs. $88K to make the world friendlier for cybercharters

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A quiz on America ’s core curriculum Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss , Published: August 31 at 1:30 pm How much do you really know about the core curriculum that American students are taught? Representatives and Senators to support federal legislation on Capitol Hill that is critical to providing high quality education to America ’s schoolchildren [link] PSBA is accepting applications to fill vacancies in NSBA''s grassroots advocacy program.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 13, 2013: Forbes: Charter School Gravy Train Runs Express To Fat City (using “other people’s money”)

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Senate to take action on its bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) , the Strengthening America’s Schools Act, S. link] New Mathematica TFA Study is Irrational Exuberance Cloaking Inequity Blog September 12, 2013 | Julian Vasquez Heilig Teach For America (TFA) has sought to direct attention to a new study recently released by Mathematica. Click Here To View and Print the Conference Registration Brochure.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 8, 2013: Where’s the accountability for state and local elected officials responsible for providing a constitutionally mandated “thorough and efficient” education for 134,000 Philly students?

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Diane Ravitch | Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America ''s Public Schools When: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 7:30PM Where: Central Library Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students Ticket and Subscription Packages Tickets on sale here: [link] Yinzers - Diane Ravitch will be speaking in Pittsburgh on S eptember 16 th at 6:00 pm at Temple Sinai in Squirrel Hill. Click Here To View and Print the Conference Registration Brochure.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 7, 2013: Feds want data protected in Trombetta cyber charter fraud case

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Diane Ravitch | Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America ''s Public Schools When: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 7:30PM Where: Central Library Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students Ticket and Subscription Packages Tickets on sale here: [link] Yinzers - Diane Ravitch will be speaking in Pittsburgh on S eptember 16 th at 6:00 pm at Temple Sinai in Squirrel Hill. Click Here To View and Print the Conference Registration Brochure.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 24, 2013: Education advocates demand equitable school funding formula

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Click Here To View and Print the Conference Registration Brochure. Representatives and Senators to support federal legislation on Capitol Hill that is critical to providing high quality education to America ’s schoolchildren [link] PSBA members will elect officers electronically for the first time in 2013 PSBA 7/8/2013 Beginning in 2013, PSBA members will follow a completely new election process which will be done electronically during the month of September.

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