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9/27/2013 House Takes on Property Tax Debate – This week the House Finance Committee voted to send four school property tax reform bills to the House for consideration. The bills take different approaches to allow school districts to replace property taxes with a combination of earned income tax, mercantile tax, or business tax, if a local school board believes those taxes are a better fit for funding its district.
The Finance Committee has not moved House Bill 76, which calls for a statewide change to how we fund public education by replacing property taxes. The proposal relies on increased personal income tax, increased sales and use tax, and the expansion of sales tax on almost all goods and services consumed in Pennsylvania. While conceptually this is a more equitable way to fund our schools, according to a report issued on this concept by the Independent Fiscal Office, the revenue projections simply do not add up what is needed to fund our schools at present levels.
Debating the four other bills will begin next week on the House floor. House Bill 76 has been filed as an amendment to each of those bills, so the debate will certainly be interesting! You might want to tune into PCN to follow the proceedings, or watch a live stream at PaHousegop.com.
So I got to thinkin', we pay a lot in property taxes to run Ridley High; I wonder how their academic ranking compares...
School Scores Released
The new system for scoring our state’s public schools, the Pennsylvania School Performance Profile (SPP), designed to be a comprehensive and straight forward system providing students, parents, taxpayers, and educators information about the performance of all Pennsylvania public schools is now online. The scoring system was created as part of the new educator effectiveness laws passed in 2012. More than 3,000 schools are scored considering multiple measures of student achievement. PSSA and Keystone exams are just part of the formula, along with overall student academic progress from year to year, and many other factors. The scoring system is based on a 100-point system, and in a phone news conference, acting state Education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq said she considers a score of 70 as starting “to be the mark of moving toward success,” but even schools in the 90s “may have an area that needs improvement.”
Be aware, not all the scores are in. More than 600 schools are having their scores withheld because of inaccuracies in how their scores were submitted. The Department of Education is working with those schools, and hopes to have all the missing scores posted by December.
Click here to look up scores for your school, (see below) and to see how they compare with other schools in the state.
Welcome to the Pennsylvania School Performance Profile website.
The Pennsylvania School Performance Profile offers a web-based resource for districts/schools to communicate performance results to various constituencies and assist districts and schools in aligning and focusing resources for continuous improvement.
This PA School Performance Profile also serves several other purposes:
Ridley High School (2012 - 2013)
Academic Performance Data
(This data is used to determine the building level academic score.)
Academic Performance Data is not currently available due to corrections the school will make in its end-of-course designations for students taking the Keystone Exams. This school’s School Performance Profile (SPP) academic performance data will be available by January 2014. Current data, not corrected for the end-of-course designations, may be available sooner upon request from the Local Education Agency (LEA).
DO YOU THINK THE RIDLEY SCHOOL BOARD WILL EXCUSE US FROM PAYING OUR RIDLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT PROPERTY TAXES UNTIL THIS INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE???