By Torsten Ove / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette September 2, 2016 4:34 PM
Lower Merion School District is appealing a judge's order to rescind the district's 2016-2017 tax increase. The Lower Merion School District filed an appeal Wednesday to a judge's ruling earlier this week that the district's tax increase is unlawful and must be rescinded as soon as possible. The appeal seemed a foregone conclusion after the Monday ruling by Common Pleas Judge Joseph Smyth when the schools superintendent and the school board president issued a joint statement declaring the district "will vigorously defend its right - and the right of elected school boards across Pennsylvania - to approve budgets specific to the unique educational needs of local communities." The tax increase rejected by Smyth was a 4.4 percent increase, which the judge ruled was larger than a state-mandated cap of 2.4 percent. The district, however, argued that the state Department of Education granted Lower Merion a waiver allowing for the higher increase.
Dr. Robin Vann Lynch is president, LMSD Board of School Directors
We are grateful for the rapid and resounding support of Lower Merion and Narberth citizens in our appeal of an unprecedented – and we respectfully believe legally incorrect - trial court order that overrules the decision-making authority of our elected school board in enacting budget increases that support LMSD’s high-quality educational programs. In developing the 2016-17 budget, the District acted as it always does: transparently, respectfully and lawfully to provide a budgetary framework that supports the highest-quality education to every student in our school district. Clearly, our belief in the power and necessity of high quality public education, and the manner by which we manage our school district, has countless supporters.
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Bloomberg Mrket News by Bradley Joseph Saacks SaacksAttack September 2, 2016 — 12:00 AM EDT
The botched July coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his government is putting renewed scrutiny on a global network of schools allegedly linked to an Islamic scholar living in rural Pennsylvania. As Erdogan’s government continues its domestic crackdown in the wake of the failed putsch -- detaining or firing thousands of soldiers, teachers, judges and business leaders -- it has ramped up pressure on the U.S. to extradite Fethullah Gulen, a 75-year-old preacher once allied with the Turkish leader and now blamed by his regime as the coup’s mastermind. Part of that campaign involves persuading the U.S. to investigate or close schools Turkey says are tied to the cleric. A Turkish delegation visited Washington in August to reiterate their call for Gulen’s extradition and stronger efforts to clamp down on his support network, calling him a terrorist. That pressure continued when Vice President Joe Biden traveled to Turkey to meet Erdogan last week. Gulen rejects the accusations and publicly opposed the coup.
Diane Ravitch’s Blog By dianeravitch September 3, 2016 //
The 2016 Arts and Education Symposium will be held on October 27 at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg Convention Center. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Arts Education network and EPLC, the Symposium is a Unique Networking and Learning Opportunity for:
Program and registration information are available here.
2016 National Anthem Sing-A-Long - September 9th
American Public Education Foundation Website
The Star-Spangled Banner will be sung by school children nationwide on Friday, September 9, 2016 at 10:00am PST and 1:00pm EST. Students will learn about the words and meaning of the flag and sing the first stanza. This will be the third annual simultaneous sing-a-long event created by the APEF-9/12 Generation Project. The project aims to bring students together – as the world came together – on September 12, 2001.
The Early Bird Discount Deadline has been Extended to Wednesday, August 31, 2016!
PA Principals Association website Tuesday, August 2, 2016 10:43 AM
To receive the Early Bird Discount, you must be registered by August 31, 2016:
Members: $300 Non-Members: $400
Featuring Three National Keynote Speakers: Eric Sheninger, Jill Jackson & Salome Thomas-EL