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West Chester is one of the 14 schools where tuition is going up. (Patch file photo)
fran ginsy July 10, 2014 at 09:07 am
This continued increase is insane, college is already unaffordable to the average family, especiallyRead More with multiple kids going at once. It is unacceptable that 4 years of school equates to 10 or 15 years of debt, especially when many grads are unable to find employment with a decent wage/salary. This country gives,gives,gives to all the foreigners, illegals, criminals and lets decent, hardworking families with good kids struggle to pay for college.
harry finster July 6, 2014 at 07:21 pm
always defend a loser in true pennsylvainia style because you dont have any winners
Joe Sommers July 7, 2014 at 12:19 pm
Don't think for a minute that sex offenses happen less frequently in other Universities. TheRead More Sandusky nightmare opened the door for any and all to report issues either big or small. There is tremendous pressure on someone reporting sex offenses therefore it is swept under the rug.IN PSU's case , The Sandusky nightmare paved the way for others to come out. Make no mistake ...sexual offenses are not reported in other Universitiesdue to the peer pressure. I loved to hear about the good that the PSU faculty and students have accomplished with their fund raising initiatives. KUDO"S TO ALL OF YOU AT PENN STATE .
E.T. Henderson July 8, 2014 at 09:37 pm
Thank you so much Allison for another useless and inaccurate information. I am not going to quoteRead More statistics cause I do not have any only experience working with sexually abused victims and abusers I know that on both sides it is not reported the most unreported is incest. The victims blame themselves for the abuse, and most times anyone they talked to start out with well what were you doing to cause this....... The abuser uses fear and intimidation to keep their victim quiet, and they truly have no guilt, remorse, or even identify what they do is an issue. There is a movement in this country that adult male pedophiles believe it is a right of passage and should be lawful openly practiced to have sex with children. I wish this crap only happened in a small area then we could surround these abusers keep track of and every one could avoid the area. You want a statistic one out of three females have been assaulted in their lives and young males it was one out of 7 I am sure it's higher . And none of theses people heard of penn state
Lee Jacobsen July 10, 2014 at 12:59 am
Teachers and teacher pay are indeed based on taxation, but year round school does not raiseRead More teacher's pay. They get an annual salary, they are not paid 'by the month'. The operation of school buildings is a fixed cost, and will be there whether the building is utilized or not. With many adult programs in session, they are already being used anyway. Talk about a weak argument for against year round school, "these are kids, who do deserve the time to be kids" You are kidding, right? The rest of the world is moving ahead, we need to play 'catch up'. The variable that compares American students to the rest of the world has remained constant, so the old ploy of other's country kids being hand picked is also a constant. Against that constant, in math for example, American kids have slipped in math from 8th to 32nd in the world. What has worked in education? Competition.Parent involvement. Parents, who control the state mandated school monies, are comparing schools, and sending their kids to the best ones. If the public schools can't do the job, aka Detroit, then charter schools are formed to fill the void. 34% of charter schools don't meet state standards. That's pretty good considering that 71% of public schools don't meet the same standards, and the Charter schools are usually in the most needed areas, where the public schools have failed. Finally, get rid of tenure. All it does is protect 'drone' teachers, most who have lost the desire to teach, and are just biding their time until retirement. A tenured teacher is almost impossible to fire for inept performancde. New , fresh idea teachers are always the first to be fired or laid off. Teachers should be the same as athletes , paid by merit, and should be able to negotiate their own contracts. Without good teachers, our kids won't learn. If you have a 'drone' teaching 3rd grade, and your kid is in the class, you will not be a happy camper. Again, time for year round school, and catch up to the rest of the world.
Mr Colombo July 18, 2014 at 02:45 pm
The issue is not that there is not enough school days - the issue is a mediocre educationalRead More curriculum that has no stability and consistency and the mediocre instruction. Singapore consistently ranks at the top of any world wide assessment of education - and the average Singapore student only attends 180 days of school - nearly the same as the average US school (with MI having 170 days as required by legislation) http://www.parentinginthedigitalage.com/2010/12/do-more-school-days-mean-better-test-scores/ Fix the curriculum and provide some consistency and stability and especially address the mediocre instruction - and educational standards will improve.
Rhan Barnett July 18, 2014 at 08:47 pm
I concur.
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Pat DiPersia June 20, 2014 at 03:53 pm
I'm with John - the reserve account should be for EMERGENCIES. Not for balancing a budget. ItRead More sounds like the board is doing wonderful things and I'm glad to hear we're moving in a forward direction overall. But where did the extra $2.5mm come from to balance this year's budget? Did we add that many residents to the townships? That's the only item mentioned in the above letter explaining The letter mentions no need to tax the communities to "add" to the savings account. I don't disagree, since it sounds like the savings account is healthy. But I'm not looking to ADD to the account, I'm looking to maintain the account. . .
Pat DiPersia June 20, 2014 at 03:55 pm
Also, I don't want anyone to believe we're making the assumption that standards are being loweredRead More just because we're not spending more money. I don't believe anyone had that thought - money and education don't necessarily correlate. I just don't want to see us in the red in a few years because we weren't willing to take a SMALL increase today. .88% today is fine - 5% all at once later on isn't going to be a lot harder to pass through (And I believe above what's allowed for one year unless certain situations present.)
Dana Kauffman June 20, 2014 at 07:20 pm
@pat - the reserve/savings account is legislated to not exceed 8% of the total budget - so you don'tRead More increase taxes to add to that account. That being said, we have always maintained the "best practice" to preserve the 8% amount - as do most of our neighboring communities and as has always been the recommendation of our Business Manager. John paints a very accurate picture that reinforces the parent viewpoint that we need to focus on a bigger picture - one that realistically includes future employee contracts, increasing health care costs and PSERS. These are the unknowns. What is known is that we will need to live within the Act1 index - which has been under 3% these last few years. You are correct - the 5% and up tax increases are a thing of the past. This board has already removed money from reserve and this action will take us closer to 7%. I think it is irresponsible and I hope they do the right thing!
Joe Rufo June 20, 2014 at 12:15 am
Looking at this budget, it looks to me like there are no cuts to any programs, and in fact there areRead More add backs. The pension liability remains though, and is a serious problem.
FixIsIn June 20, 2014 at 10:57 am
Earth to Parents. Are you there? The school board no longers runs the district. Strong personalitiesRead More and the fighters were replaced with lap dogs. Minds well be called LNSD.
Dana Kauffman June 22, 2014 at 03:07 pm
@joe - the point is that it is irresponsible to rob the reserve fund to achieve a 0% increase.Read More That's a political move, not what's best for our district (or the taxpayers, by the way). Also, why would we be satisfied because there are no cuts? The add-backs that the board is listing could also be referred to as "smoke and mirrors". The computer lease program put into place many years ago is the reason why we are getting more computers for less money. The added personnel is replacing other head count. The textbooks are replaced on a rotating schedule...
Mary Jeanne Robinson June 8, 2014 at 09:13 am
The worst part is they have taught this child not to be upfront and honest when he knows somethingRead More is wrong...and over something so absolutely rediculous!
Nancy Biskey June 8, 2014 at 12:38 pm
Next time a little child makes a mistake and knows it wrong, I would say just shut up because youRead More will get in trouble for being honest. Maybe he should be put in a Juvenile Detention Center for being honest also. What a crazy world we are living in, I am glad that my kids didn't have to lie to get through school.
socialist June 9, 2014 at 04:52 pm
We all don't even know the circumstances. For all we know he bragged about it to a classmate whoRead More threatened to tell. Maybe that's why he owned up before he was told on. Honestly, it's a policy for a reason. I don't think it's out of line to suspend him. In my job, there are things we absolutely can't have on premises. If I have it, even if it's totally accidental, I could lose my job. Same thing applies here. The administrators may feel badly about it for all we know, but you absolutely can't let anybody slide for something like this.
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Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 10:01 pm
We have to make people aware that our State is run by public employee Unions and we need court casesRead More like today which ruled that the California Teacher Tenure rules are unconstitutional so that we can change laws and vote people out of office who do not represent the interests of the public who pay the taxes.
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 04:19 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | <a href='http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/' > http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/home.html</a>
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 04:20 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com
Bob Lentz July 18, 2014 at 01:42 pm
The person that wrote this really believes everyone that retires needs 3 million dollars saved toRead More keep up his standard of living ? A PASR study indicates , for career employees with 30+ years of service , their pension and Social Security retirement incomes combined produce between 120-140 % of their pre retirement income . According to that study , these individuals , who were in effect able to raise their incomes by retiring , should not reqire a cost of living adjustment for ten years . At that point , inflation will have eroded their pension income to the point where adjustments will be needed to help them maintain their pre-retirement level of income / purchasing power . " Your union dues and psea bribes to Harrisburg have done a good job so far of keeping this kind of crap going to retired state workers that the pension crisis is a never ending source of taxes coming from the homeowner paying your way through heavens waiting room and on to your final reward "
Bob Lentz July 18, 2014 at 05:20 pm
Start with looking up Pa state lawmakers pensions and medical benefits . They're the ones who wroteRead More their own tickets . Then folow it up with all the cities , borough , county and municipal pensions and health benefits that fall on the homeowner/taxpayer that has to make up all these pensions that get bigger every year . In a few short years if not yesterday you should be able to figure out the state legislature has all the bases covered by law and there is no fire in the belly of the beast to change any part of the gravy train that all state employees enjoy on our dime . Your taxes are in the mail and they are going up .
Bob Lentz July 19, 2014 at 08:52 pm
It wasn't my idea to put the information in a news letter from PASR . Pennsylvania Association ofRead More School Retirees for whatever reason decided to fill up the page with teachers pensions and Social Security combined . As far as lobbyists go , it is probably up to each individual to think whatever they want about the purpose of lobbying . I put my thoughts in quotes what I think of illegal activities connected to lobbying .
Joe R May 7, 2014 at 12:40 pm
"Throwing money at the problem won't fix it." Sounds like pure Sean Hannity BS. Tell thatRead More to the elite private schools that throw tons of money at their schools and at their students. Some of these elite private schools have tuitions of $36,000 and above (where Christie's kids go). These schools have class sizes of 12 pupils or less, fabulous campuses and facilities and a plethora of programs and courses. They have massive amounts of money to work with and they can be picky about who is enrolled in their schools. Even with all the advantages and the restrictiveness of these elite private schools, they do no better than the public schools of our wealthy NJ suburbs.
Joe R May 7, 2014 at 01:26 pm
This lie that our schools are failing is repeated over and over to the point that it has becomeRead More unquestioned given wisdom. Of course many of our schools have serious problems, the schools in the very poor and very fragmented urban areas that are dealing with massive joblessness, homelessness, violence and high crime rates. Amongst the wealthy industrialized nations, the US has the highest child poverty rate of about 23%. The schools in the urban areas are dealing with tremendous societal problems, the schools aren't failing, they are doing an heroic job trying to help kids who live in devastated urban areas like Camden. The suburban schools pefrom just as well if not better than some of the high performing nations.
Steve May 8, 2014 at 12:16 am
by Linda Moore, TheGuardian.com Friday 15 February 2013 10.17 EST A new book has attracted muchRead More interest in the Washington DC, especially on Capitol Hill, Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn From Educational Change in Finland?. The book arrives after Finland scored first in science and second in reading and math on the standardized test administered by the Program for International Student Assessment. Conducted among industrialized nations every three years, American students finished 25th in math, 17th in science and 12th in reading on the latest PISA assessment. Obviously, in our global economy, this nation's international educational attainment is discouraging for our future prospects. Some of Finland's students' outcomes should be especially interesting to US policy makers. Fully 93% of Finns graduate from high school – 17.5 points higher than American students. And 66% of Finns are accepted to college, a higher rate than the US and every European nation. Strikingly, the achievement gap between the weakest and strongest students academically is the smallest in the world. What might really interest some politicians is that Finland spends about 30% less per student to achieve these far-superior educational outcomes. For those who argue that a much smaller, less diverse country like Finland can't easily be compared to the US, there is an inconvenient fact: Finland performs much better educationally when compared to similar Scandinavian nations with similar demographics. Plainly, something is right in the "Land of a thousand lakes". Fortunately, US education policy is evolving in the face of our relative global underperformance. Federal policy continues to move away from the rigid certainties of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind legislation. The NCLB law set a hopelessly unrealistic target for 100% student proficiency in every school by 2014. It's clear that won't be achieved. Additionally, President Obama's Race to the Top program provides federal incentives for states to reform their public education offerings. These education reforms include lifting caps on the number of public charter schools, innovative policies to turn around failing schools, and improving teacher and principal effectiveness. As an educator who opened one of the first public charter schools in Washington DC in 1998, — at the height of the crisis of our unreformed public education system — I've always had a different take on reform than the NCLB dogma. I could see that the predominantly disadvantaged students whom the status quo was failing would need more than standardized tests to ensure school success. Our educational program invests in children early, to prepare them for the next step in their academic careers and beyond, into the world of work. We want them to gain the following: an understanding of how to use technology to enhance learning; an appreciation for, and facility in, the arts; scientific curiosity; an appreciation and knowledge of their cultures and those of others; and the capacity to think critically. Our students — 69% of whom are economically disadvantaged — can perform at the highest-level academically. Traditional standardized tests fail to adequately assess our academically rich program. Yet our scholars outperform their traditional public school peers by 16% points, and charter peers by nine points. We're not in Finland yet, but we are making progress. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/why-are-finlands-schools-successful-49859555/?all
Everyday Mathematics is just one of the programs that makes a heck of a lot of money off of textbooks sold to schools that teach to the "Core." The method isn't just restricting for teachers and students, it's lining people's pockets.
Jeff Fread May 2, 2014 at 08:22 am
It's important to separate out the Common Core State Standards from curriculum, standardizedRead More testing, and the effectiveness of our teachers and schools. The Common Core is the list by subject area and grade level of what should learn. They are guidelines. Curriculum is the books and material that districts select to meet standards. The quality of these varies widely, perhaps more so as they adapt to the new standards. Standardized testing has gone horribly wrong IMHO since it's used to grade teachers and schools rather than helping identify each student's strengths and weaknesses, what material they've mastered and what they're struggling with. If someone complains about Common Core they should cite specific examples of what's included but shouldn't be, or what's not included but should be. I haven't heard that here or in any other complaints. Conflating it with other topics is more like shooting the messenger. Schools have a real opportunity to measure student mastery as they go so that EACH student can move forward as fast as possible. Many of us have become frustrated with public schools because our children are not challenged or they're pushed too hard to simply keep up in class without proper support. Tools exist to measure and communicate to teachers, students and parents exactly what the child gets and what they don't. Most schools are resisting this simply because they don't understand how to use the information. Yet knowing this will eliminate high stake testing focused on schools and shift it to student focused learning. So let's see what we can do to move schools forward rather than demonizing Common Core.
Leif Fearn May 2, 2014 at 05:03 pm
I don't demonize Common Core. The point is not what is included in Common Core. The point isRead More constitutional, and I explained that earlier in this thread. When controversies are rendered constitutional, the rendering is annoying to many folks, but annoyance doesn't change the seat of the controversy under review. However, for purposes of conversation, set the constitutional controversy aside. Curriculum is both content and procedure, What we teach, and How. To distinguish between standards and curriculum is a distinction without a difference. Every publisher whose bottom line depends even partly on book sales to schools has written, or rewritten, its writers' guidelines to accommodate the Common Core standards. There is no attention to what ought or ought not be included among the standards. For example, there are no standards for personal finance (not economics; personal finance), no standards for media literacy, no standards for native peoples in contemporary perspective, and no standards for the structure and philosophical foundations of the United States Constitution. Those absences are not accidental. If those kinds of standards do not appear among the Common Core, they do not appear in the books from which teachers teach and students learn. Readers of this thread should think about the extent, if any, to which those absences matter. I offer one reason why they do matter, that is, constitutional references in controversies of the day are routinely passed off as annoying, not instructive; rather, in the way -- irrelevant to what the collective "I" is trying to accomplish. That is not good. Leif Fearn
Jenna Reese May 9, 2014 at 09:18 pm
Dreaming in Cuban...Common Core pornRead More http://eagnews.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Fire-between-them.jpg
Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School, Philadelphia (Photo courtesy of Masterman)
the REAL VOICE April 27, 2014 at 07:11 am
What happened to Highest PAID Teachers COUNCIL ROCK ?
Jane April 28, 2014 at 06:05 pm
Indoctrination centers.
Tristan Fabrini May 23, 2014 at 11:51 pm
They're not the highest paid teachers. Get you're facts straight before talking smack. It only makesRead More you look stupid.
Joan April 25, 2014 at 09:01 am
As you pointed out CYS was willing to move forward with the case but were blocked by the CentreRead More County DA....so who let the abuse go on!!!!! That was in 1999 I believe...how many victims since then. How much public outcry about this lack of concern by law enforcement. Not as much as about Joe Pa. The law protects all of us. You cannot make an allegation without proof......eye witness, victim testimony. Before you make that allegation make sure your ducks are in a row other wise you will be paying the perp for slander, especially one who founded a "wonderful" charitable organization and was revered in the community he lived in. Believe me I am not saying that Joe Pa. might have done more but I am trying to make you look at the circumstances. We have taken a man who has given so many other things and accomplished so many other things and want to totally eradicate him for some vague charges against him. No legal entity has found him guilty of anything as they did the administration of PSU but his name was big therefore we just need to make him the fall guy.
George Swales April 26, 2014 at 08:26 am
Joe was more concerned about the rep. of the athletic dept. than the kids being abused by Jerry.
Steven Thompson April 28, 2014 at 07:24 am
no statue is needed to set his legacy in stone. John 8:7
Louie April 21, 2014 at 07:27 am
Let me guess... Mr. Harvard (Obviously didn't graduate from there) couldn't get a date on Death RowRead More in a women's prison with a fistfull of pardons in one hand and a carton of cigarettes in the other!
Country1st April 21, 2014 at 06:30 pm
Knock if off with the 'feminazis' crap -- having said that -- as a feminist, I think that we shouldRead More take a fresh look at Title IX
Students1st April 21, 2014 at 08:08 pm
Country1st = K.McDonald the feminazi pedophile enabler :)
harryfinster April 6, 2014 at 02:42 pm
here is a local school in your area that far outranks phoenixville you will see yourRead More superintendent has twisted the numbers to make phoenixville look better the only true thing he said was phoenixville has no place to go but up,because it certainly couldnt go lower
Fafa April 6, 2014 at 05:12 pm
Fred, don't you mean your son, Fafa? Have you ever checked just to make sure? I'm sure you haveRead More just like you did in Phoenixville.
bitdls April 17, 2014 at 11:30 pm
hey harry and scammer i think you should cool things down this fight is getting a little rowdy
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