Between districts and within districts, from administration to curriculum, poorer schools struggle to get by while wealthier schools coast.
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Bucks County Courier Times By Freda R. Savana, staff writer Posted: Thursday, June 9, 2016 6:30 pm | Updated: 6:47 pm, Thu Jun 9, 2016.
U.S. News & World Report ranked Bucks and Montgomery county high schools among the best in the state in its annual review. Nineteen public high schools in the two counties were ranked among the best 63 in Pennsylvania, with New Hope-Solebury and Lower Merion, ranking at number two and number five, respectively. Both earned a gold medal for their performances on state assessments and college preparation. According to the magazine's report, 24 percent of the top 50 schools in the state are located in Bucks and Montgomery counties and all of them earned silver medals. In total, the survey reviewed 676 public high schools across the state.
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Titusville Herald By Stella Ruggiero firstname.lastname@example.org |0 comments Posted: Friday, June 10, 2016 12:23 am | Updated: 12:24 am, Fri Jun 10, 2016.
>> District still figuring out where cuts will be made
>> A budget meeting is set for June 30, the day a spending plan must be finished
SAEGERTOWN — An overflowing room of community members at PENNCREST’s school board meeting on Thursday night learned that the school system’s librarians would not be cut in the 2016-17 budget. This was the only announcement made at the meeting regarding what content areas would experience reductions in the proposed spending plan. After the meeting, Superintendent Michael Healey told the newspaper that the number of proposed cuts remains the same at this time, with 28 1/2 professional staff positions and 7 support staff positions still hanging in the balance. The school system includes Maplewood, Cambridge Springs, and Saegertown schools.
This article originally appeared at Capital & Main.
The original concept of charter schools emerged nationally more than two decades ago and was intended to support community efforts to open up education. Albert Shanker, then president of the American Federation of Teachers union, lauded the charter idea in 1988 as way to propel social mobility for working class kids and to give teachers more decision-making power. “There was a sense from the start that they would develop models for the broader system,” John Rogers tells Capital & Main. Rogers, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles’ Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, is director of UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access. He adds that charter schools were to be laboratories where parents and educators would work together to craft the best possible learning environment and to serve as engines of innovation and social equity. But critics of today’s market-based charter movement say monied interests have turned those learning labs into models for capital capture in the Golden State and beyond–“the charter school gravy train,” as Forbes describes it. Charters are publicly funded but privately managed and, like most privately run businesses, the schools prefer to avoid transparency in their operations.
PENNSYLVANIA EDUCATION POLICY FORUM Thursday, June 23, 2016
Dr. Lee Burket, Director, Bureau of Career & Technical Education, PA Department of Education
Jackie Cullen, Executive Director, PA Association of Career & Technical Administrators
Dr. William Kerr, Superintendent, Norwin School District
Laura Fisher, Senior Vice President - Workforce & Special Projects, Allegheny Conference on Community Development
James Denova, Vice President, Benedum Foundation