WHYY Newsworks BY KATIE MEYER, WITF NOVEMBER 22, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump is in the midst of putting his Cabinet together and his transition team — led by Vice President-elect Mike Pence — is full of high-profile Trump supporters, some of whom are likely to score Cabinet jobs. For Pennsylvanians, two of the names on the list may look familiar. GOP Congressmen Lou Barletta and Tom Marino, who represent districts in central and northeast Pennsylvania, were two of Trump's earliest supporters in Congress. They were rewarded with high-profile positions on the campaign trail. Team Trump nicknamed the pair "Thunder and Lightning," and they served, more or less, as the opening act at many rallies. "Lou and I — we're sort of interchangeable — and we're newer members, and we're tired of the establishment in D.C. Are you?" Marino said to a cheering crowd at one Pennsylvania event. Barletta is considered a hard-liner on immigration. As mayor of Hazleton in the early 2000s, he led a controversial movement to revoke business licenses from immigrants in the country illegally. Marino, who served as Lycoming County's district attorney, professes similar values. Details are scarce on what exactly is next for the two congressmen; Marino and Barletta declined to be interviewed.
WHYY Newsworks BY AVI WOLFMAN-ARENT NOVEMBER 22, 2016
The 74 by DAVID CANTOR email@example.com cantorrac November 22, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump’s search for a secretary of education has narrowed to two candidates, the school reformer Michelle Rhee and Republican megadonor Betsy DeVos, according to two people familiar with the search process. DeVos is in most ways a conventional choice for the position: a longtime advocate of alternatives to the public school system, with close ties to many on Capitol Hill, she is closely aligned to Republican education officials like Sen. Lamar Alexander and serves on the board of Jeb Bush’s education foundation. She’s also a staunch opponent of the Common Core education initiative, which Trump often denounced at his rallies with promises of a “repeal.” “Rationally, she’s the one that makes sense for Republicans,” said one school choice advocate who has worked closely with both DeVos and Rhee. “She’s much more aligned policy-wise. And she’s a get-things-done type person — she’s got a team of people and she can work very quickly to get a bill through.” But Rhee may hold a strong allure for Trump, who sometimes deviates from the Republican orthodoxy in education and has embraced controversial picks in many of his early cabinet positions. The former chancellor of Washington, DC, public schools, Rhee is an unconventional pick. She’s a former Democrat and a polarizing firebrand who made a name for herself by fighting teachers unions and advocating fiercely for the expansion of charter schools.
Taking Note Blog by JOHN MERROW on 31. JUL, 2013
Politico Morning Education By MICHAEL STRATFORD 11/21/16 10:00 AM EST With help from Caitlin Emma
I have been exchanging emails with Diane Ravitch, the clearest voice in the movement to reverse American emphasis on raising school achievement no matter what. She is a brilliant historian and essayist, even if she does not share my fondness for this century’s biggest education reform: charter schools. We agree that disadvantaged children have to be rescued from poverty before most of them can learn as much as middle-class kids. But while the country struggles to make that happen, why can’t we, in the meantime, support those public charter schools that are preparing significant numbers of low-income children for college? Charter schools are still growing. There are about 7,000 in 42 states and the District. They have 3 million students, six times more than 15 years ago. I have visited more than 50 great charters, but I know that many others are bad. In 2015, 400 charters opened while 270 were closed for lack of students, money or academic success. The NAACP wants a moratorium on charter expansion. Voters in Georgia and Massachusetts just turned down measures to increase charters. Education Week found that low-performing cybercharters are still getting state money because of heavy lobbying by their corporate sponsors.
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016 @ 6:00 pm: Chester County IU 24
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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.