Unfunded liability puts retirees and taxpayers at risk
Post Gazette Opinion By state Rep. Mike Turzai August 5, 2016 12:00 AM
Rep. Mike Turzai, R-Marshall, is speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
Facing a tough re-election campaign in a district that was redrawn to favor Republicans, long-serving Sen. John Wozniak is dropping his re-election bid. The Cambria County Democrat, 60, tells The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat that he was "cognizant of my lifespan." "I've got 10 good years left to do things before I kick back and smell the roses," he told the newspaper. Wozniak, one of the state's longest-serving legislators, planned to spend one more term representing his Johnstown-based 35th District before packing it in, the newspaper reported.
By Molly Born / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette August 5, 2016 12:00 AM
Inquirer by Kathy Boccella, Staff Writer Updated: AUGUST 5, 2016 — 1:08 AM EDT
Post Gazette By Sonja Reis August 5, 2016 12:00 AM
Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa, Vice Chancellor T. Andrew Brown and Regent Judith Johnson also attended Tuesday's event in a strong show of support from the Board of Regents, which sets education policy for the state. Rosa, who led a community school in the Bronx in the 1990s, told the crowd in opening remarks that community schools are an important tool in the fight for educational equity and social justice. The gathering was the first-ever statewide convening of New York community school leaders and supporters. The disparate groups and organizations decided to come together Tuesday to form one cohesive network, vision and advocacy agenda — one that will likely inform New York's continued transformation of struggling schools into community schools. Such schools are based on the premise that preparing a child for success requires as much emphasis on medical, social and emotional support as it does on academics and instruction. As a result, they often partner with local agencies and organizations to open health clinics and counseling centers on site, or offer extended-day learning opportunities.
EMILY DUGGAN, 16, spends most afternoons at a dance studio tucked behind a shopping plaza near her home in Exeter, New Hampshire. Blond and doe-eyed, Duggan has been dancing since she was two, everything from tap to ballet. She puts in about 12 hours a week at the studio, including classes and rehearsals with the dance team for weekend competitions. Duggan also prides herself on getting good grades in school. But two years ago, the stress of managing both dance and academics overwhelmed her. She was exhausted and losing weight. Some nights, Duggan faced four hours of homework after a day of school and dancing that stretched into the evening, “I would just break down crying and saying, ‘I can’t do this anymore!’ ” she recalled. Her parents agreed. In January 2015, Duggan enrolled in New Hampshire’s self-paced Virtual Learning Academy Charter School, joining about 200 full-time middle and high school students and about 10,000 part-timers from brick-and-mortar schools statewide who take online VLACS courses a la carte. There is no entrance exam, screening or application required to attend VLACS, which is free for any New Hampshire student.
WNYC Aug 5, 2016 · by Beth Fertig
By Thomas J. Gentzel, the executive director of the National School Boards Association