Education News

State News Roundup for February 11, 2012

Florida – New “Frontline” video now available

The Florida Education Association is now releasing a weekly video focused on legislative and political happenings across the state. You can watch the latest video below, or click here to visit FEAweb.org and find out more about the project as well as watch previous weeks’ reports.

Click here to visit FEAweb.org and check out “Frontline” videos from previous weeks.

Idaho – Bill targets Education Support Professional rights

The Idaho Education Association is preparing to fight a bill brought by the Idaho School Boards Association that would truncate the appeals process for classified employees who file grievances.

Karen Echeverria of the ISBA brought the legislation, S1297, to the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday and the panel agreed to print it. Essentially, under current law, a classified employee can appeal a grievance up to the district court level if he or she believes justice has not been done. S1297 would give final authority to the school board.

The bill’s statement of purpose reads, in part, “In these times, districts need to have flexibility to make appropriate personnel decisions without court intervention based upon the subjective and ambiguous term ‘unfair treatment.’ Further, the right to appeal a decision on a grievance defeat the principle of ‘at-will’ employment and essentially provides greater rights to a classified at-will employee of a public school district than is provided to an annual contract certificated teacher or administrator with regard to personnel decisions that should be independently made by the local school board. Local control of these decisions should be in the hands of the local school boards.”

Visit IdahoEA.org to find out more about this attack on ESP rights.

Ohio – Ohio Education Association responds to Gov Kasich’s “State of the State” address

The following can be attributed to Ohio Education Association President, Patricia Frost-Brooks:

We appreciate the Governor’s call for wider access to preschool, job opportunities and educational opportunities, but he ignored the school funding crisis affecting school districts throughout Ohio, which lost $2.9 billion in the Governor’s last state budget.

All of us are accountable for our student’s success, including teachers, students and parents. But only the Governor and state legislators can provide the funding and programs for our students to succeed, and they must be held accountable for school cutbacks in so many Ohio communities.

The Governor’s speech today continued to support higher funding for private school vouchers and charter schools at the expense of public schools, where 90% of our students attend. There is no research to back up these programs, which divert money and short-change Ohio students.

Click here to find out more about how you can fight for worker rights at OHEA.org.

Pennsylvania – Public school students need state support, not accounting tricks

Using a complicated fiscal shell game to “redesign school and district” basic education funding, Gov. Tom Corbett’s state budget proposal represents an unwise experiment that will cause chaos in the public schools and eliminate research-tested, classroom-proven programs.

PSEA President Mike Crossey said that the governor’s budget proposal would do nothing to avert the growing financial crisis in Pennsylvania’s school districts.

“This proposal is an unwise experiment with the education of 1.8 million public school students,” Crossey said. “It leaves school officials and property taxpayers to figure out how to close a two-year, nearly $1 billion funding gap.”

The governor’s budget proposal uses an accounting gimmick, combining line items for employee Social Security contributions and transportation costs in an attempt to create the appearance of an increase in the state’s main basic education subsidy to public schools. As a result, school districts could receive $94 million less in state funding that will actually go to support students in the classroom.

Visit PSEA.org to read the complete article and view charts detailing yearly education funding in Pennsylvania.

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