AP State Wire by MARC LEVY November 19, 2016
By Molly Born / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette November 21, 2016 12:00 AM
Philly’s 7th Ward Blog BY SHARIF EL-MEKKI NOVEMBER 20, 2016
Unlike Thanksgiving feasts, school lunches don’t have the best reputation. So Philadelphia is trying a new tactic: let the kids shape the menu. From nine high schools across the city, 160 students recently gathered for the first annual Student Taste Test Food Show. The show featured 22 new foods that could find their way into the regular rotation as early as next spring. Some offerings — such as buffalo chicken nuggets and ketchup infused with Sriracha — were twists on the classics. Others pushed into virgin territory, at least by lunchroom standards. Falafel, hummus, and Asian noodle soup all had their day before this most discerning court of consumers. As students cycled through the array, they rated the foods on taste, appearance and other criteria. The district will collect the responses and weigh the feedback (pun definitely intended) when deciding what it should add to its cafeteria menus.
How Did We Get Here and What Can Be Done?
Research for Action PACER Policy Brief November 2016 by Ginger Stull, Mark Duffy, Austin Slaughter and Joshua Lin
A postsecondary credential is quickly becoming the only reliable gateway to the middle class. A college certificate or degree is associated with higher household income and stability, better health, and a stronger, more competitive economy. By 2020, 63 percent of new jobs in Pennsylvania will require some college education. But only 40 percent of Pennsylvania residents hold an associate's degree or higher. Yet the cost of a college degree in Pennsylvania is among the highest in the country, and 70% of our college graduates are in debt. Why is this the case, and how can we fix it? This PACER brief uses a wide array of state and national data to detail how and why the cost of college is so high in Pennsylvania, and offers evidence-based policy recommendations for making college more affordable to all Pennsylvanians.
Teens don't need to pick their careers just yet, STEM professionals say at North Museum event
Lancaster Online by KARA NEWHOUSE | Staff Writer November 19, 2016
Mariane Harden, 16, is tired of adults telling her to pick a single career path.
“I’ve got so many options, so the fact that someone’s telling me ‘you can only take one path and that path is just a straight road with no branches’ makes me so anxious I don’t event want to go anywhere,” Harden said. On Saturday morning, a panel of human resources leaders from Lancaster County quelled her anxiety. Speaking to an audience of about 40 high school girls and their parents at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, the panelists advised young women to worry less about picking a future career and more about following their passions. “I encourage you to not fret too much about which degree you choose. You can change, and that job that you’re going to have in 15 years doesn’t even exist today,” said Crystal Shaw, of Armstrong Flooring.
Inside Philanthropy by Shane Hall November 20, 2016
Diane Ravitch’s Blog By dianeravitch November 18, 2016 //
The credit rating agency Moody’s informed cities in Massachusetts that the recent vote not to add more charter schools was good for their credit ratings and will help key their borrowing costs lower. Voters defeated Question 2 by 62-38%. It won approval only in a few urban districts. The vote against the proposal was highest in districts with charters, where funding for public schools had decreased. “The decision of Massachusetts voters to reject a ballot question expanding charter schools is “credit positive” for urban cities like Springfield and Boston, the rating agency Moody’s said Tuesday. “The result is credit positive for urban local governments because it will allow those cities and towns to maintain current financial operations without having to adjust to increased financial pressure from charter school funding,” Moody’s wrote in a report.
(368 Tioga Ave, Kingston, PA 18704)
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 @ 6:00 pm: Chester County IU 24
(455 Boot Road, Downingtown, PA 19335)
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.