Post Gazette By Kevin Freking / Associated Press October 18, 2016 12:10 AM
Federal report on charter schools elicits more calls to revise Pa. law
WHYY Newsworks BY KEVIN MCCORRY OCTOBER 17, 2016
Some charter schools operate like islands — day-to-day they run independently of any higher or centralized power. Others contract with a management organization — sometimes part of a big network, sometimes not. Sometimes for-profit, sometimes not. It's these charter management organizations, or CMOs, that have been criticized recently by the Office of the Inspector General inside the U.S. Department of Education. In a September report, the OIG warned that CMOs pose a "significant risk" to both taxpayer dollars and performance expectations. The report studied 33 CMOs in six states and found that two-thirds were cause for concern, with internal weaknesses that put federal tax dollars at risk. Pennsylvania was one of the states investigated, and the report echoed much of what Pa. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has already flagged about CMOs in the state.
By Molly Born / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette October 14, 2016 12:00 AM
Every October, millions of people across the country come together to shed light on an education issue that receives relatively little attention both here in Philadelphia and throughout the country. One October evening every year, students, families, teachers and youth development professionals host a series of events called Lights on Afterschool that highlight local after-school programs and their growing importance to students' academic and career outcomes. The growing academic achievement gap that separates rich and poor students is being exacerbated by unequal access to tutoring, coaching, and extracurricular activities. Income-based differences in extracurricular participation are on the rise and are contributing to differences in student success both in school and in later life. The need for schools to keep the lights on and doors open for after-school programs has never been more critical.
On the eve of the U.S. Senate debate, former upstart candidate John Fetterman says dialing for dollars is killing democracy
Philadelphia Citizen BY LARRY PLATT OCT. 17, 2016
During the Democratic National Convention, Braddock, PA Mayor John Fetterman took part in a far-ranging Citizen discussion about innovation in local government. But it was his comments on the perversity that passes for how we fund our political campaigns that has stayed with me ever since. Fetterman, you’ll recall from his surprising showing during the U.S. Senate Democratic primary, is an atypical politician. In fact, he abhors being referred to by the term. “I consider myself a social worker who holds a public office,” he says. Nor does he—6’10”, tattooed, shaved head, goateed—look like the prototypical chief executive. But he has a Master’s in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and he’s spent the last 11 years fighting to bring his distressed city back from the economic abyss. He is, in short, what the electorate says it wants in its leaders: authentic, smart, committed. To wit: Those tattoos? They mark the dates of every murder victim in his city.
Post Gazette By Anne Cloonan October 17, 2016 11:33 PM
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.
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