Pennsylvania Education Page
by: Frank Huchrowski
3/9/99 House Bill 2 Pennsylvania
"Workforce Investment Act"
- 3/16/99 Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review Schools plan fight against state's new standard - At
least 13 districts, including Gateway, in Monroeville, North Allegheny
and Keystone Oaks, have put the state Department of Education on notice
they oppose the standards for reading, writing, speaking, listening and
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Gov. Ridge's legislative proposal to give
the state authority to take over "academically bankrupt"
school districts as a last resort would not necessarily provide those districts
with more money, the state secretary of education said here yesterday.
Philadelphia Daily News Guv wants 'watch list' for schools. Gov. Ridge
wants to create an "academic recovery" program that would grade
school districts and provide for a state takeover as a last resort.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Ridge Proposal gives state broad authority
to seize 'academically bankrupt' districts. The proposal establishes a
two-tier process, which would begin with the state identifying failing
districts and culminate in a state takeover if the districts fail to improve,
legislative sources said.
Philadelphia Inquirer - Passage of Ridge's 'academically bankrupt'
proposal in Senate may be tough going.
academic standards approved by state Attorney General - Pittsburgh
Post Gazette Thursday, Dec 31, 1998
Board adopts new school standards - Philadelphia Inquirer October 22,
1998 (They quote me.)
still alive, foes say - Pittsburgh Post Gazette October 23,
-- Beloved bogeyman - Pittsburgh Post Gazette October 27, 1998
Outcome Based Education
Up until 1/16/99, Pennsylvania
State Board of Education regulations mandated
that the Outcomes Based Education (OBE) approach
be used at all 500 Pennsylvania school districts.
In order to graduate, a student must "demonstrate" each of 53
"student learning outcomes". It is important to realize that
this mandate is NOT LAW but regulation. Laws are made by our
elected legislators in the General Assembly, while regulations are created
by unelected bureaucrats on the State Board. The battle against OBE in
Pennsylvania is far from over, in fact it has been a stalemate since 1993.
Bills to make OBE law have failed to pass
into law, bills to repeal OBE regulations or
to make them optional have failed to pass into law.
Standards Based Education
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, through executive
order, created an unelected commission to draft a set of Academic Standards
in Math, Reading and Writing. These standards have been presented to the
unelected State Board who have responded by proposing a "new"
Chapter_4 (Academic Standards) to the regulations.
Chapter 4 is not new, it combines the words from current Chapters_3
(student testing), Chapter_5 (Curriculum) and
Chapter_6 (Vocational-Technical Education).
It simply replaces most occurrences of the phrase "student
learning outcomes" with the phrase "academic
standards" and renumbers from 5 to 4. See example
§ 5.201. Goals of Quality Education. (a) This section
and §§ 5.202 and 5.203 (relating to student learning outcomes;
and strategic plans) describe the Goals of Quality Education, the student
learning outcomes, their relationship with one another and each school
district's or AVTS' strategic plan. The student learning outcomes
describe the skills and abilities which students will be expected to demonstrate
before graduating from a public school.
§ 4.11. Purpose of Public Education. This section
and §§ 4.12 and 4.13 (relating to academic standards;
and strategic plans) describe the purpose of public education, the academic
standards, their relationship with one another and each school district's
or AVTS' strategic plan .... (d) The academic standards describe
the knowledge and skills which students will be expected to demonstrate
before graduating from a public school.
KNOW THE 3 Rs' OF RIDGE's EDUCATION PLAN:
Read: OBE Has Been Renamed, Not Eliminated in
How to obtain: Side by Side Comparison of Chapter
4 vs. 3, 5 & 6
Final version of Title 22, PA Code -- EDUCATION Chapter
4: Academic Standards and Assessment Effective Date: January 16, 1999
Report of the Advisory Governor's Commission on Academic Standards.
Standards were discussed at The Governors' Education
Summit in March 1996.
school board's new test standards fail to raise the bar
One more thing, I was in Harrisburg for the 3/18/98 meetings of the
State Board and was appalled that not one recorded vote was made. All votes
were taken by "consensus" or by verbal ayes and nays. One close
vote was taken by a show of hands and it was not recorded who voted which
way!! These hypocrites talked throughout the meeting about ways of holding
schools, teachers and students ACCOUNTABLE, yet they make secret votes!!!
It's time to eliminate the State Board of
- Governor Ridge says he is "REPLACING" OBE with
- A reading of the proposal shows he is simply RENAMING OBE to
- OBE should be REPEALED with local control and Carnegie units
Local School Boards Rejects
On 3/16/98, A Resolution of the Board of School
Directors of the Keystone Oaks School District was passed which "officially
advises the State Board of Education that it does not believe that the
proposed Chapter 4 regulations should be adopted, and thus urges the State
Board of Education to reject the proposed regulations, as well as any further
efforts to promulgate regulations which so pervasively intrude upon the
legitimate exercise of authority by local school boards."
Eugene Hickok promotes Chapter 4.
English Expert, Sandra
Stotsky, Says PA Standards are Incomplete
Besides all my objections to the wording of Chapter 4 regulations, an
actual analysis of the standards
themselves shows them to be sub-standard. Sandra Stotsky, Ph.D., was
paid by the State Board of Education to evaluate the "Academic Standards
for Reading and Writing" produced by the Governors' Advisory Commission.
On 1/14/98 she gave a 60 minute presentation [complete
transcript] in Harrisburg and presented a 7-page
report titled "Critique of Proposed Academic Standards for Reading
For two weeks, the State Board refused to release her 7-page report
to the public. James Gallagher, Chairman of the State Board of Education,
said: "Our protocol is that we have the documents and do not share
them with you. So it wasn't meant to overlook you, it's just the manner
in which the Board behaves." After many phone calls from Anita
Hoge and others, the State Board changed their behavior and decided
to obey the PA Open Records Law and make the Stotsky report public. At
the (2/14/98) PSBA conference,
State Board member Karl Girton was asked about the Stotsky document by
a School Board member and replied: "Dr. Stotsky's information is
not privileged, it's a mater of public record... you need to know what
people are saying about it. We're trying to do this in the light of day".
Sandra Stotsky is a Research associate at both the Harvard Graduate
School of Education and the Boston University School of Education. She
has been editor of Research in the Teaching of English, the research journal
of the National Council of Teachers of English. She cochaired the committee
appointed by the Massachusetts Commissioner of Education to rewrite that
State's English language-arts and reading standards. Stotsky's
web page on the internet has a paper titled "State English Standards:
An Appraisal of English Language-Arts/Reading Standards in 28 States".
One of Stotsky's criticisms of the standards was its lack of phonics.
She said: "You want to be able to have a standard that enables you
to assess whether students have phonics knowledge. "
The State Board has also had a nonprofit group called the "Council
for Basic Education" looking at the Math and English standards.
Their report was received by the State Board on 3/4/98 and the first half
of the report can be viewed here soon. Or
you can call the State Board at (717) 787-3787 and request a copy of the
report for yourself. The complete report has 19 typed pages followed by
20 marked up pages of the standards.
Pittsburgh Post Gazette February 16, 1998 School
models not yet ready Statewide standards need development, consultant
Selected quotes from Sandra Stotsky's 60
minute presentation to the State Board on 1/14/98
Sandra Stotsky's 7 page report: Critique
of Proposed Academic Standards for Reading and Writing.
Complete transcript of Sandra Stotsky's
60 minute presentation to the State Board on 1/14/98
I have obtained a copy of a one page handwritten letter from Stotsky
written by her after reviewing the second draft of appendix A. I will transcribe
Western Pennsylvania Testimonies
BLAST Draft Regulations
On 2/24/98, the State Board of Education saw 310 citizens, led by Anita
Hoge, pack an auditorium on the Boyce Campus of the CCAC in Monroeville.
17 Speakers gave 15-minute testimonies. Of the 17, about 12 opposed the
draft proposal of chapter 4. Many citizens in the audience held signs that
read "No State Diploma". Many of the testimonies can be read
by CLICKING HERE. Many of the speakers criticized
the proposal for:
- Removing the right of parents to opt their children out of the state
assessment (PSSA - Pennsylvania System of School Assessment).
- Removing the right of parents to view the assessment.
- Removing the protection that stated the assessment would not test values
attitudes and beliefs.
- Making the PSSA a "high stakes test" by making it a graduation
- Standards that are not clear and can not be objectively measured.
- The State Board does not have statutory authority over individual students.
Parents fear this secretiveness can only mean that the PA Department
of Education plans to bring back the old EQA
(Educational Quality Assessment) which was the state test stopped in 1990
because Anita Hoge filed a federal complaint. Her complaint alleged that
the EQA was a psychological test.
Standards draw some protest February 25, 1998 By Eleanor Chute, Post-Gazette
Due to popular demand in western PA, the State Board scheduled
a second hearing for March 5. The list of speakers for that day was not
announced in advance, the second hearing included more State Board yes-men.
East Stroudsburg, 6th
Grade Girls, Forced Genital Exams
PA, physical exams
accounts of Stroudsburg incident
Says, "Get Undressed!"
2000 FORCED GENITAL EXAMS
Physical Exam Enrages Parents in PA, Scares Girls
in response to Stroudsburg incident
Does it take a village? Some villagers don't think so, Article
by Mark E. Howerter
It's happened again!
Jan 14, 1999 Genital
exams for preschoolers? Lawsuit filed against Tulsa Head Start program
Carolina Kindergartners Undergo Genital Exams
Outraged by 'Inappropriate' Strip Search, McMINNVILLE, Ore., Updated
January 30, 1998
OBE is Psychology
out of place by Government out of control
"The world will either be saved by the Psychologists or it won't
be saved at all" - Abraham Maslow, 1956
Under the Pennsylvania State Board of Education 1993 revisions to the
regulations based on outcomes, every student is required to demonstrate
mastery of 53 student learning outcomes in order to graduate. Many of these
outcomes are non academic. With every non academic outcome, three questions
must be asked:
1) How do you test or assess the outcome?
2) How do you set the standard for successful completion of that outcome.
3) If the student fails to meet that standard, what form of remediation
The only way to test non academic outcomes is to use psychological
testing, and the only way to remediate is through psychological counseling.
Teachers are trained to teach not counsel. OBE will result in teachers
practicing psychology without a license. A recent example of this has occurred
at the Gateway School District in Monreoville Pennsylvania. The program
was called PSWIM. The ACLJ has agreed
to represent the Gateway parents.
By Rep. Rohrer and SB261
by Senator Hart are two versions of the same bill titled "Student
and Family Privacy and Protection Act". This same bill, HB1010.,
failed last year when it was defeated 12-14 in the House Education Committee
on 12/17/97. Senator Melissa Hart also sponsored SB1217
an identical bill in the Senate. Rumor had it that the Chairman
of the Senate Education Committee, Jim Rhoades, would not let this
bill out of his committee unless an amendment was attached that mandates
the State Assessment for ALL students. Not allowing a parent to opt
their children out of the State Assessment is contrary to the purpose of
the bill. Call the members of the House and Senate Education Committees
and tell them you would like them to support a Parent's Rights bill similar
to the Rohrer bill and that you oppose any amendments that would mandate
the state assessment.
SCANS - The
Secretary's Commission On Achieving Necessary Skills (1992)
SCANS reports were issued by the U.S. Secretary of LABOR not Education!
(Republican Bush was President!) Viewing and printing these files requires
Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click
here to download the application.
SCANS hard-to-find reports
available in HTML or for downloading - [This link may have died, so use
my backups below]
SCANS LEARNING A LIVING: A Blueprint For High
Performance A SCANS Report For AMERICA 2000
SCANS - Blueprint for Action: Building Community
The Secretary's Commission On Achieving Necessary
Skills Identifying Necessary Job Skills: Review of Previous Approaches
Government As A High Performance Employer
A SCANS Report For AMERICA 2000
HR1804 of 1994 know as "Goals
2000: Educate America Act" provided the funding for states to
move toward OBE. Helen Wise, former Deputy Chief of staff for Governor
Casey wrote a paper in which she said: ?"?because of these [OBE] regulations,
Pennsylvania is more likely to receive funding from Goals 2000.?"?
Why Alabama Rejected Goals 2000
Social Engineers Target Schools - School-Based Social Programs Undermine
Parents by: Kimberly Parker
of Public Education
Republican President George Bush proposed America 2000. Democrat President
Bill Clinton and the Democratic controlled Congress renamed Bush's proposal
and passed it as Goals 2000. In Pennsylvania, after Democrat Governor Bob
Casey's appointees on the State Board of Education passed OBE regulations,
he issued a press release stating that
"the next phase" would be "statewide
standards and assessment". Republican Governor Tom Ridge has
followed Casey's plan and has made the institution of "Standards"
a top priority with or without the consent of the legislature.
School to Work (STW)
In 1994 the Democrat controlled Congress passed HR2884,
known as the "School-to-Work Opportunities Act of 1994" which
made millions of dollars available in grants to states. In order to receive
grant money, a state must submit a to the U.S. Departments of Education
and Labor a "proposal for a contract" which becomes a legally
binding contract between the State and the Federal Government. The Federal
Law is written so that the executive branch of State government submits
the grant application without approval by the State Legislature.
On 6/16/95, Pennsylvania, Secretary of Education Eugene Hickok signed
a 200 plus page "PROPOSAL FOR A CONTRACT TO IMPLEMENT A STATEWIDE
SCHOOL-TO-WORK OPPORTUNITY SYSTEM IN PENNSYLVANIA (A FIVE YEAR PLAN)"
which spells out the STW agenda for PA. Pennsylvania liaison for STW, Mike
Snyder, refuses to provide copies of the STW contract to the public. Read:
How to obtain the STW contract.
The PA STW contract lists as Goal #1:
"To strengthen the Pennsylvania economy
by providing organizations with a predicable supply of highly skilled workers."
This is a fundamental change in the purpose of public education away
from academics to a Total Quality Management
(TQM) view. Industry is now the "customer", students are the
product or "human resource material" while parents and schools
are the "vendors". Remember the saying: the customer is always
right. Instead of parents and students deciding what career Johnny will
pursue, government listening to industry will decide what career Johnny
Wrong with School-to-Work? by Robert Holland
School to Work: A
Formula for Failure, Karen L. Holgate, to Orange County School Board
TQM & STW
Combine as the Twin Thieves of Individualism, By: Robert Holland
Times Reporter - School-to-Work,
a stupid idea
Workers for The
21st Century by: John Loeffler
School-to-Work/Texas State Application
for an Implementation Grant Submitted to the U. S. Department of Education
Model Of School-to-Work
The Coming Collision - Government Micromanaging Our Children? Presented
at Heritage Foundation Feb 3, 1998
Why Parents Oppose School-to-Work
apprenticeship in Austin to improve the school-to-work transition
School-to-Work government web
National Governors' Association State Line: State
School-to-Work System Development-1996
H.R. 2884 full text
of the final bill.
2884 Roll Call Vote find out how your congressman voted 20-APR-1994.
2884 Detailed legislative status
If you're REALLY in the mood to do research, read all six
versions of the H.R. 2884
For the other side: Read what is said by government propaganda: What
is School to Work
According to the PA Department of Labor and Industry's Workforce Development
Task Force Q&A
web page: "School-to-Work (STW) is an initiative designed to connect
school-based learning with the world of work. Under the STW approach, local
partnerships of educators, employers, organized labor and other participants
drive education reform. A successful STW system combines high academic
achievement with hands-on experiences in the workplace."
Do you see PARENTS
in this equation?
Marc Tucker and NCEE propose
"Radical changes in attitudes, values and beliefs"
Marc Tucker is the president of the National Center on Education and
the Economy (NCEE).
President Clinton has been following the plan set forth by NCEE members
David Rockefeller and Marc Tucker as spelled out in an 18
page letter from Marc Tucker to Hillary Clinton. This 18 page
letter was first made public by Rep. Henry Hyde when he distributed it
to members of Congress. Read Henry
Hyde's 2 page cover letter to the 18 page Hillary letter. On Sept 25,
1998 Congressman SCHAFFER of Colorado inserted the 18
page letter into the Congressional Record. Read NCEE's 1996 A
Human Resources Development Plan for the United States.
Tucker is pushing to require all citizens to earn a "certificate
of initial mastery". Tucker says "Standards-based education will
not work without incentives and consequences." Read Tuckers' Commentary
In Education Week: in which he spells out his plan to "shift the
benchmark at the end of schooling from a high school diploma based on time
in the seat to a 'certificate of initial mastery.'"
Referring to the Pennsylvania State Board of Education proposed Chapter
4 regulations, PA Secretary of Education Eugene Hickok openly speaks
of "certificate of achievement being affixed to students diplomas
if they score at a high level on these assessments". Republican Governor
Tom Ridge is following the Tucker plan through chapter 4 regulations and
HB1800 (read about HB1800 below).
Human Development Plan by: Virginia Miller (She is from Pennsylvania),
Letter Lays Out School-Workforce Plan by Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D., Education
Reporter, Sept 1995
Mastery Certificates to Replace Diplomas Reported by Anne Huff. Eagle
Forum, Oct 1995
of Mastery vs. Diplomas by: Oregon's Representative Ron Sunseri, June
STW Documented Fact vs. Opinion on Marc Tucker
by: Marlene Tobin, Peters Twp.PA School Board member, 1998
School-to-Work Plan Unfolding in Texas Education Reporter, March 1998
Why do the super rich support workforce development:
by Frank Huchrowski
Pres. Clinton Signs
Investment Act of 1998” on 8/7/98
Bill 2 Pennsylvania "Workforce Investment Act"
"Workforce Development Act" of last session (1998) is
back this year with a new number, HB2, and a slightly new name..
On Nov 2, 1998 HB1800 was given a new number: HB2915.
This looks to be the same as HB2.
HB2 was written to authorize the creation of all the appointed boards
called for in federal law HR1385 (detailed
HB2 will surrender too much power to the federal government.
Read HB1800 testimonies of Jim
Powers at Pittsburgh and John Shaffer at
Governor Ridge is moving ahead without legislation, read: Unified
Plan for Workforce Investment
On October 1, 1997, The "House Committee on Workforce Development
Report" Final Draft was released. (I will put
it here some day)
PSEA Board member George Treisner, a vo-tech teacher, testified before
the House Intergovernmental Committee on HB1800. You can read his
testimony in which he concludes: "We ... believe that House Bill
1800 need not be enacted".
Read government propaganda from the PA Workforce Development Home
was introduced 3/9/99, By the following 31 Representatives:
- 9 Democrats: Battisto, Ramos, Readshaw,
Sturla, Tigue, Van Horne, Wojnaroski, Youngblood.
- 22 Republicans: Barrar, Dempsey, E. Z. Taylor, Fairchild,
Fargo, Fleagle, Flick, Hennessey, Hershey, Lita Indzel Cohen, Maitland,
Marsico, Geist, Nailor, Phillips, Robinson, Ross, Rubley, Seyfert, Snyder,
- - Last year's "Workforce Development Bill", HB1800, had 18
sponsors, ALL Republicans, NO Democrats. Of those, only four have
signed on to HB2: Fleagle, Flick, Hennessey, Ross.
- - Thank the following 14 sponsors of HB1800 for not signing on to HB2: Allen,
Browne, Cornell, Dally, Dent, Druce, Habay, Harhart, Herman, McGill, Perzel,
Saylor Schuler, Wilt.
- * Rep Tim Solobay is NOT a co-sponsor. He sent email to Jim
Powers: "I also found that an error was made that put me on it ...
I had some of the same concerns that you did. I have requseted to be removed
from the bill as a co-sponsor. This will occur on its next printing"
Gov. Ridge Quietly
Signs PA-HRIC Executive Order
Merry Christmas - On December 19, 1997, Governor Tom Ridge bypassed
the legislature and implemented about one third of the Workforce Development
Bill by signing the executive order: 1997-7
Pennsylvania Human Resources Investment Council (HRIC). Note the secrecy
Governor Ridge used with this important action; He did not issue a Press
release announcing the order. If you read his press
releases for Dec 1997, you will find no mention of his executive order
creating the HRIC. Note also that most people are not watching the news
six days before Christmas.
Included in the order is the line that was lifted from HB1800:
"(5) The establishment and maintenance of a universally
accessible information access system which enables the workforce development
system to function and to serve its customers effectively;".
In other words, Ridge is creating a computer database
on individual citizens and this data will be shared with industry without
regard to privacy.
HRICs are being created in every state either by law or by the Governors
Legislators Gain Stake in School-to-Work "The
Illinois General Assembly gained oversight authority of HRIC when it overrode
Governor Jim Edgar's veto of SB 561. Sponsored by Illinois State Senator
Patrick O'Malley (R), SB 561 added language to the HRIC Act to prohibit
the Council's goals and strategies from being adopted until ratified by
the General Assembly. The HRIC was created in 1996 to coordinate Illinois'
"Education to Careers" program, also known as School-to-Work."
Careers Bill Defeated
HR1617 "`Workforce Development Act"
sometimes called "Careers bill" was defeated due in large part
to the efforts of Congressman Henry Hyde.
A Step Towards
Educational Tyranny HR1617 = Certificates of Mastery for ALL Adults,
OBE Certificates Required for Employment.
Missouri Legislators Sign Letter
Opposing 'CAREERS' Act.
Special Report: Brannon Howse CAREERS
The Medicaid Connection
- Mental Health Clinics in Schools
Ushers in the Nanny State by: PA Representative Samuel E. Rohrer
On Feb 14, 1995 the PA House passed Rep. Rohrer's
"A Resolution providing for an investigation of the impact of recent
changes in law, regulation and policy at the Federal and State level relating
to education standards and goals and to student social, emotional and behavioral
development upon the system of public education at the local level."
..."WHEREAS, The Department of Education and school districts appear
to be embarking upon a significant expansion in the use of the public school
system for the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of mental health,
behavioral and emotional problems;" ..
"WHEREAS, The Department of Education has informed
school districts, by the way of guidelines for the school-based mental
health services grant program, that school staff must view mental health
services as an integral part of their overall program for students and
families and that student social, emotional and behavioral development
must be seen as a primary goal of the school;" (I have that PDE memo
and will put it here someday)
Legislation - 1999-2000 Session
No longer do we have to write our PA
Senator or Representative in Harrisburg to request copies of bills.
Just click on the Pennsylvania
Electronic Bill Room
Pennsylvania House and Senate Calendars
& Committee Meeting Schedules
House Resolution was referred to committee on rules, February 3, 1999
(If Sturla & Mundy's names are on it, it's bad)
Pennsylvania "Workforce Investment Act" Described in above
section. Creates massive bureaucracy with power to regulate individual
"Student and Family Privacy and Protection Act". Introduced by
"Student and Family Privacy and Protection Act". Introduced
by Senator Hart.
Peer helpers program provides state funding so
students can waste more time socializing, instead of learning. (same as
last years HB318)
Teachers fined one days pay for each day of a
strike. (presently strike days are made up without loss of pay)
Requires school districts to permit home schooled children to participate
in extracurricular activities.
Changes the "compulsory school age"
from age 8 to age 6. (makes home schoolers report to state sooner)
Tom Ridge Budget Presentation Feb. 1999 Ridge wants legislation for
the state to take over schools who do not do well on the new state test
called the PSSA. He said: "...we need the authority to declare
academic bankruptcy ... powerful new tools to enable communities, parents
and teachers to make dramatic change. I ask you to pass Academic Bankruptcy
Legislation". Ridge will not put his proposal in writing! Go ahead,
ask him for a copy of the bill; call his information hotline at 1-800-932-0784,
you won't get it. Write you newspapers, ask them why they are writing about
the Governors "proposal" that has not been put in writing. Tell
them to ignore him until he puts it writing.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Gov. Ridge's legislative proposal to give
the state authority to take over "academically bankrupt"
school districts as a last resort would not necessarily provide those districts
with more money, the state secretary of education said here yesterday.
- "House Resolution No. 23 ... A RESOLUTION Instructing the
Education Committee to conduct a comprehensive review of the
- Public School Code of 1949 in order to bring it up to date by deleting
obsolete provisions and irrelevant language. ...
- WHEREAS, The Public School Code of 1949 long ago reached the point
where many parts of
- it are inconsistent with regulations that have been promulgated by
the State Board of Education; ...
- RESOLVED, That the Education Committee conduct a thorough, comprehensive
review of the
- Public School Code of 1949 solely for the purpose of updating it and
making it relevant to the eve of the 21st century; ..."
- The Public School Code of 1949 is the LAW created by the our
- REGULATIONS are created by non elected bureaucrats on the State
- If the REGULATIONS contradict the LAW, then the regulations
are ILLEGAL and should be repealed!!!
- They want to repeal the LAW! God help our republic if this passes.
Expired Pennsylvania Bills from last session
Teachers fined one
days pay for each day of a strike. (presently strike days are made up without
loss of pay)
recertifcation, (we want local districts to remove bad teachers, not the
Peer helpers program
provides state funding so students can waste more time socializing, instead
Rep. Rohrer, prohibits adoption of policies by executive agencies
as a condition of receiving foundation money.
defined as "Professional Employees" making them eligible to join
the teacher union PSEA & PFT.
Allows school districts to require school uniforms.
See my comments above.
office. (we don't need this bill)
Changes the "compulsory
school age" from age 8 to age 6. (makes home schoolers report to state
New version of HB1800 (HB2914 PN4043 is word for
word the same as HB1800 PN2410)
"Student and Family Privacy Protection Act"
sponsored by Rep. Sam Rohrer.
is a 100 page tax
bill, creates more bureaucracies and more ways to tax us.
Act to open up Collective Bargaining procedures to the public.
Amendment to PA Constitution. (The constitution should limit the government
Requires secret ballot voting for collective bargaining. (the way
it should be, will stop intimidation by radicals)
Home School students
required to get medical exams annually. (harassment of homeschoolers)
as the official language of the Commonwealth.
Senate bill identical to HB1010 "Student
and Family Privacy Protection Act" sponsored by Sen. Hart.
Expired Pennsylvania Bills from 1995-96 session
"The Local Control Restoration Act." by Rep. Sam Rohrer. "Providing
for local education control, for parental rights, for teachers' rights
and for academic freedom."
"State Education Standards Act." Section eight of the bill would
have made OBE law by requiring "Strategic planning".
"Academic Accountability Act" by Rep
Rohrer & Gamble "Under no circumstances shall individually identifiable
student numbers, answers, scores or other data be divulged or be accessible
to any person, institution or government agency without the prior written
consent of the student's parent or legal guardian" You thought this
was already law!
"(f) A strategic plan establishes the overall
direction and objectives for a school district or area vocational-technical
school. The Department of Education shall not have the authority to compel
the board of directors of a school district or area vocational-technical
school to implement any or all aspects of its strategic plan. The board
of directors of a school district or area vocational-technical school shall
not be under obligation to implement any or all aspects of its strategic
Expired Pennsylvania Bill from 1993-94 session
Mandatory "Training of School Directors." ... "Any
school director who fails to fulfill the training requirement as established
by the State Board of Education in the time period allowed shall be removed
from office immediately" This horrible bill was sponsored by By Sturla,
Cowell, Fajt, Petrone, Melio, Raymond, Staback, Pistella, Mihalich, Trello,
Laub, Herman, Freeman, Cappabinca, Semmel, Micozzie, Scheetz, Gigliotti,
Kasunic, Steelman, Colafella, Willimas and Tomlinson
A Minority Report Of the 1998 Early Childhood
Education Task Force Cumberland Valley School District, February 13,
Gloria J. Hoffman Task Force Volunteer Member Representing the Parents
of Green Ridge Elementary School
for Educational Reform
Norwin's GROUP No to OBE
Yahoo School Reports: Pennsylvania
National School Reporting Service
- School Information and School Reports on Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania School Web Sites
List of all 500 Pennsylvania school districts
sorted by county.
If you know of other Pennsylvania School district Parent/Citizen
Organizations web pages, let me know.
The Commonwealth Education
Organization (CEO) is a non-profit, nonpartisan educational
organization concerned with promoting academic values and sound fiscal
management in Pennsylvania's schools. C.E.O. recognizes the inalienable
right of parents to direct the education of their children at the local
level. C.E.O. will pursue its mission through informational and educational
Papers by Frank Huchrowski
State Board of Education Acts as Shadow Legislature
What is Outcome Based Education?
Why Strategic plans look alike
OBE is Regulation not Law
State Board of Education Attempts to Censor
Critic of Governors' Academic Standards - Stotsky
Harrisburg not Washington, how to find out who
your State Senator and Representative is.
Why do the super rich support workforce development
Other States pages
Parents for Traditional Education more good links.
- The Committee to Save Our Schools - has developed a 10-Point
Plan to properly retool the public schools.
News and Information - Cindy Duckett Project Educate, 12-Point
Plan for School Improvement in Kansas
Nebraska - Brian
Bruns' Edupage - Research on Outcome-Based Education, Whole Language
vs. Phonics, School-toWork ...
Texas Education Consumers
Association, index of good links
Parents' Coalition Of Texas
Web site for information on the rights of parents in Texas.
CPR for the family, West
Virginia parents fighting for children, Repeal Of Goals 2000, WV
Parental Rights Bill ...
Parents Raising Educational Standards in Schools
ORCHARD: Teachers' Site by TRIB.COM the internet division of Wyomings's
state wide newspaper.
Links to other good
education web pages
US Education Page, great index of great links.
Eagle Forum Education
Reporter, The Newspaper of Education Rights.
Anita Hoge, SOS network
of researchers dedicated to promote the truth about education and OBE.
articles (Author of book, "Brave New Schools")
Kossor Education Newsletter
for parents and others who are concerned about public education. (He is
Diana Fessler, elected member
of the Ohio State Board of Education, expert on School-to-work
Karen Holgate, Parents
National Network - Education Today: The Real Story, index of articles
Education Web Site - Many great articles. He is the author of book,
Not With My Child You Don't
The Eagle and
The Cross School to Work; Goals 2000; Outcome Based Education.
Education Week on the
Web, a popular magazine read by most educators.
NSRS Free (and $) statistics on
any school in the nation including SAT scores.
Alerts - National Testing
Jim Quinn, WRRK Radio, Pittsburgh
PA (he broadcasts live on the internet 5:30am-9am) hates OBE/Goals 2000
Bob & Barbara Tennison
Sam Blumenfeld's How To Tutor
Home Page - Basics for homeschool instruction and assistance to public
school students from K-7.
REACH ALLIANCE Pennsylvania's
Coalition for School Choice! The Road to Educational Achievement Through
Clearinghouse TM - "founded on the belief that education's consumers
need to access to information..."
Parent Information Network
OBE, radical educational "restructuring", dangerous UN treaties
(i.e. the UN convention on the Rights of the Child)
More links to
good and bad education pages.
Senator Robert C. 'Bob' Smith Candidate for President of the
United States - His
web page - project
vote smart page
Pennsylvania Cable Network
Links to Other Pennsylvania Web Sites
Pennsylvania Department of Education
Constitution of the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Alphabetical listing of all
105 online newspapers in Pennsylvania
PCNTV list of Pennsylvania
Committed to Strengthening the Family
- The Year 2000 Information Center - Year 2000 Press Clippings
Judicial Watch Larry Klayman
NewsMax.Com Americas News Page
Me Liberty or Give me Death - Patrick Henry, on March 23, 1775
- Historic Documents
Lincoln Douglas Debates
Washington's Farewell Address - Transcription of the Final Manuscript
Constitution Society - Founding
The Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 - James
Internet Law Library Federalist
Papers, Declaration of Independence, Tom Pain, Tom Jefferson, other early
writings of the Republic
Speech and Debate
Hall of Fame
About Benjamin Franklin
United States History
- Liberty Matters Dedicated to Current Issues, Strategies and Public Policy
of Constitutional Consequence
An Outline of
American History, published by the United States Information Office
The Founding Era - A
Seminar Exploring the Beginning of the Republic
The Founding Era - Impeachment
- What are high crimes and misdemeanors?
Bill 3086, was signed into law by Governor Wilson in 1997. The law
requires that all students graduating from California public high schools
must be taught certain essential documents of the American political tradition.
The following documents are named: 1) The Declaration of Independence,
2) The United States Constitution, 3) The Federalist Papers,
4) George Washington's Farewell Address, 5) The Emancipation
Proclamation, 6) The Gettysburg Address
Intel - Big Brother Processor
Picture of Frank
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531 Victor Street
East McKeesport, PA 15035-1124
No dedicated fax yet.
this page and come back periodically. . I have only just begun to write.
. Last revised 3/30/99.