Part 1: A discussion on Afterschool Programs in Pennsylvania. Guests will be:
- Laura Saccente, Director, Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network, Center for School and Communities
- Wendy Etheridge Smith, Ph.D., Executive Director, Higher Achievement Pittsburgh
- John Prince III, Director/Project Manager, Out-of-School Time Resource Center, Foundations, Inc.
- Conrad A. Falvello, District Director, Congressman Lou Barletta
Part 2: Guest will be:
Beth Olanoff, Special Assistant to Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Education
All EPLC "Focus on Education" TV shows are hosted by EPLC President Ron Cowell.
Visit the EPLC and the Pennsylvania School Funding Project web sites for various resources related to education and school funding issues.
Times Leader By Bill O'Boyle - Click for more information on Bill firstname.lastname@example.org @TLBillOBoyle - 570-991-6118 November 11, 2016
WILKES-BARRE — President-elect Donald J. Trump today announced his Presidential Transition Team Friday and two local members of Congress — U.S. Reps. Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton, and Tom Marino, R-Lycoming Township — will serve on the 23-member panel.
Journalists and advocates raise two general complaints & flag one controversial storyline
The Grade By Alexander Russo November 2016
Earlier this week, after a long and heated debate over charter school expansion, Massachusetts voters soundly defeated the state ballot measure known as Question 2 that would have allowed 12 more charters each year. With roughly $41 million spent, the Boston Globe described it as “the most expensive ballot-question air war in the country.” Now that the debate has been settled, it seems like a good time to try and figure out if the media did a good job covering Question 2 — and what if any lessons there might be for journalists in other places who are tasked with covering fast-paced, highly controversial issues being decided in a political setting. Like the outcome of the Presidential campaign, the lopsided vote against expanding Question 2 was unexpected. At 62 percent to 38 percent, the measure failed even in cities where popular charters exist and nonwhite charter support was thought to be high. Other similarities: Economic concerns seemed to eclipse ideology. Editorial page endorsements were generally ignored. The better-funded side lost. There was even a mysterious, late-breaking story that might have played a meaningful role in the outcome. A review of the coverage, as well as interview with journalists and sources involved, reveals no major errors of fact or deeply problematic coverage (one minor controversy notwithstanding). A lot of solid work was done by a number of smart. hard-working reporters and editors.
One of a few silver linings in an otherwise doom-and-gloom Election Day was in Massachusetts—where, despite being outspent by corporate education reformers, a teacher-led coalition beat back charter school expansion. “We took on the corporate giants and won,” said Concord teacher Merrie Najimy, president of her local union. “We did it the old-fashioned way, by organizing and building relationships.” An existing cap limits Massachusetts to 120 total charter schools, and limits their number and funding per district. More charter spending is allowed in “underperforming” districts. Although the state isn’t close to its overall cap, many large and urban districts have hit their limits, including Boston, Springfield, Worchester, Lawrence, Holyoke, and Lowell. Already the state has projected that its public schools will lose $450 million to charters in 2017. Question 2 would have lifted the cap and allowed up to 12 new charter schools each year—opening the floodgates to privatize public education. But voters said no, 62 to 38 percent.
On Tuesday, voters in Pennsylvania approved a state constitutional amendment that raises the retirement age for judges to 75. The question was intentionally misleading: A question that explained voters would be raising the retirement age was invalidated but still voted on last year, and was rejected. The one that pretended it was establishing a retirement age passed. But how the question passed is of less interest than what it means. As I wrote last week, the passage of this constitutional change makes it very likely that the state will have a majority-Democratic Pennsylvania Supreme Court until 2022 now that Democratic justice Max Baer is allowed to serve five more years. Baer will have a retention election next year, but only Russell Nigro has ever lost a judicial retention election in the state (in the wake of Bonusgate).
Police Commissioner Richard Ross met with Mastery Shoemaker high schoolers last week. But students need more than just talk
Philadelphia Citizen BY ROXANNE PATEL SHEPELAVY NOV. 08, 2016
A couple weeks ago in The Citizen, we ran a story by Mastery Shoemaker principal Sharif El-Mekki, about a series of troubling interactions between the police and his students and staff after school. His Open Letter From a Principal to the Police sparked some debate, and also drew the attention of Commissioner Richard Ross, who then did something wholly unexpected: He picked up the phone, called El-Mekki and invited himself over to talk to Mastery students. Let’s note at the outset that the very fact of this event is pretty remarkable. For about an hour, Ross sat at a long table with seven Shoemaker juniors and seniors, inviting them to ask him—the police commissioner of the fifth largest city in America—anything they wanted to know. They were an impressive group, all tilting towards college, with ambitions that ranged from nursing to chemistry to politics. They had made it to school, despite the SEPTA strike, by whatever means they could. And they were conscious of the moment, with bright sticky notes in front of them to write down their thoughts, in case they were nervous.
Pittsburgh Promise gets $8.8 million boost
By Molly Born / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette November 12, 2016 12:00 AM
By David Templeton / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette November 11, 2016 12:39 AM
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Join us for a public forum featuring state, city and civic leaders sponsored by Philadelphia Media Network, the Philadelphia Public School Notebook and Drexel University's School of Education.
Creese Student Center 3210 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19104
It's been 15 years since the state took control of Philadelphia's schools and created the School Reform Commission. Since then, the SRC has been a polarizing presence in the city.
With the recent resignation of two members of the commission and the term of a third expiring soon, the future of the SRC and the issue of school governance is once again at the forefront of the civic dialogue. Is the SRC the only model to consider? Should Philadelphia create an elected school board, or should the governing body be controlled by the Mayor? Are there models in other cities that could help us rethink our own school governance? The Philadelphia Public School Notebook, Philadelphia Media Network -- owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and philly.com, and Drexel University's School of Education are hosting a public forum on this critical issue.
RSVP - Admission is free, but you must register in advance. Register now, and find out more about the panelists and other details at our registration page. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/who-should-run-philadelphias-schools-tickets-28926705555
Join school directors around the country at the conference designed to give you the tools to advocate successfully on behalf of public education.
- NSBA will help you develop a winning advocacy strategy to help you in Washington, D.C. and at home.
- Attend timely and topical breakout sessions lead by NSBA’s knowledgeable staff and outside experts.
- Expand your advocacy network by swapping best practices, challenges, and successes with other school board members from across the country.
Plan to join public education leaders for networking and learning at the 2017 NSBA Annual Conference, March 25-27 in Denver, CO. General registration is now open at https://www.nsba.org/conference/registration. A conference schedule, including pre-conference workshops, is available on the NSBA website.