We live in a society of high-stakes competition. With the shrinking economy and recent recession, quality middle-class jobs have become scarce. Reformers tell us students must be prepared to compete in the global economy, and this can only be accomplished by school choice and high-stakes testing. With the 1997 authorization of charter schools,
PDE Press Release August 19, 2014
Glen Mills – Governor Tom Corbett today was joined by lawmakers, superintendents, teachers, higher education representatives and education partners at Garnet Valley School District, Delaware County, to launch Pennsylvania Learns on iTunes U – a collection of free, online, educational resources. Pennsylvania Learns on iTunes U brings state standards-aligned resources to the world’s largest online catalog of free educational content that helps educators create courses, including lectures, assignments, books, quizzes and syllabi, and offer them to millions of iOS users. “This initiative, which is the culmination of nearly a year of work among various education partners, is designed to provide middle and high school students, parents and teachers with access to no-cost, high-quality, state standards-aligned resources to increase student achievement,” Gov. Corbett said. “I want to thank all of the educators as well as the Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units, the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals and the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development for their contributions to this project, and their continued commitment to students.”
HARRISBURG — State records show Republican Gov. Tom Corbett had no scheduled meetings with his $139,000-a-year higher education adviser Ronald Tomalis, who has resigned effective next Tuesday. The Tribune-Review obtained copies of the governor's calendar showing no meetings from May 15, 2013 — the date Tomalis became his adviser after almost 2½ years as state education secretary — through mid-July of this year.
HARRISBURG — The chairman of the Senate Education Committee said Department of Education officials showed him documentation that indicates former Education Secretary Ron Tomalis was not a ghost employee, as political opponents of Republican Gov. Tom Corbett assert.
PSBA Website August 5, 2014