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Sometimes you don’t even have to try. Huge HT to Keystone Politics for this one. Earlier today, John Geeting published this photo under the title: “#PABudget: The Republican Budget in One Photo.” The Corbett Budget Bird has got to be in contention for the best political photo of this election season. Check out the original [...]

If there’s one word that can describe Tom Corbett’s 2013-2014 budget it would be “failure.”  The governor’s 2013-2014 relied on a 3 legged stool which consisted of lottery privatization, liquor privatization and pension reform.  This legislative package was designed to generate revenue to fund education and a transportation funding bill by the June 30th deadline, [...]

Earlier today, APSCUF announced the results of an independent audit of the PA State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) by the accounting firm Boyer and Ritter. The report focused on seven PASSHE universities that were targeted for retrenchment this year: Cheney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Kutztown, Mansfield, and Slippery Rock. Boyer and Ritter provided this [...]

I did my PhD work at Miami University. No, not in Florida – Miami University in Oxford, OH. There was a t-shirt in the bookstore that always provided a snarky retort to those who made the assumption that I was writing my dissertation in Florida: “Miami was a university, before Florida was a state.” Nope, [...]

Thanks to what appears to be poor planning by Kutztown University’s administration, Chancellor Frank Brogan’s visit to Kutztown University today came off more like a canned charm offensive than an honest and critical exchange between Brogan and the Kutztown University community. Kutztown’s administration had been plugging Brogan’s visit to campus since the beginning of the [...]

Editor’s note: For all of our coverage of PASSHE layoffs and cuts click here. Follow #slasshe on Twitter for the latest news and resistance.  From the moment that East Stroudsburg Normal School opened in 1893 it has continued to grow from a small privately owned school into a contemporary university offering both undergraduate and graduate [...]

Clarion University students and faculty gathered around 7 am this morning to protest Clarion University president, Karen Whitney’s, plan to gut faculty and programs. President Whitney released a revised “workforce plan” on Tuesday showing plans to eliminate several academic programs and cut 36 jobs, including 18 faculty members. Clarion University faculty and students almost immediately [...]

This past July, eight of the fourteen PA State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) universities sent letters to their faculty and staff warning of the possibility of deep cuts, layoffs, and program elimination (what they like to call “retrenchment”). University presidents at California, Cheney, Clarion, Edinboro, East Stroudsburg, Kutztown, Mansfield, and Slippery Rock all shouted [...]

In this edition of Counterpoint PA’s special homage to Keith Olbermann, the Worst Pennsylvanians of the Week, the runner-up is Bob Dick of the Commonwealth Foundation who wrote a blog suggesting that one Pennsylvania public school district with financial troubles paying for an expensive retreat proves the state needs to replace public schools with private [...]

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