Radnor Township School District website February 1, 2017
At a special board meeting on January 31, the Radnor Township School District Board of School Directors unanimously voted to adopt a resolution opposing legislation that would eliminate school property taxes and urged Radnor residents to take action to support the cause. The proposal is currently being considered by state legislators and, if passed, has the potential to leave schools dramatically underfunded by eliminating school property taxes and replacing them with increases in personal income tax and sales tax, which are subject to shortfalls during economic downturns. Many organizations beyond those in public education are also opposed to the elimination of school property taxes.
Tredyffrin/Easttown School District website January 24, 2017
At the January 23, 2017 School Board meeting, the Tredyffrin/Easttown School Board adopted a resolution opposing legislation that would eliminate school property taxes. This proposal is currently being considered by state legislators and, if passed, has the potential to leave schools dramatically underfunded by eliminating school property taxes and replacing them with increases in personal income tax and sales tax, which are subject to shortfalls during economic downturns.
Post Gazette By Rita Michael February 3, 2017 12:00 AM
A month after it began Philadelphia's pre-K program still has 500 unfilled seats, but officials and advocates praise the city's progress and say open slots don't indicate soft demand. About 1,500 of the 2,000 slots made available through the city's sweetened beverage tax have been claimed, according to the Mayor's Office of Education. Another 600 children have applied to the PHLpreK program, but have yet to enroll at a specific early child care center. Many of those families are stuck on waiting lists or still shopping around. Right now the city is trying to readjust its distribution of new pre-K seats so that centers with backlogs can take on more students. "There are a lot of kids on waiting lists at different providers," said Mary Strasser, acting director for the city's pre-K initiative. "That's part of our rightsizing process. And we're making those adjustment today and early next week." The coexistence of both empty seats and overflow may be difficult to reconcile, but research suggests the tricky economics of pre-K make it tough to match supply and demand. Families tend to prefer sites that are close to home or work, and are unlikely to stray even a short distance for higher-quality centers.
Huffington Post by Steven Singer 02/03/2017 03:30 pm ET | Updated 19 hours ago
A day after billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad came out against Betsy DeVos's nomination as Secretary of Education, prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalist Arthur Rock expressed his concerns. Rock, who was an early investor in Apple, has long been a backer of charter schools. Rock told me in an email that "answers to many of the questions raised in [DeVos's] confirmation hearings [make me] wonder about her knowledge of the education problems facing our country.” On Friday morning, the Senate voted along party lines and advanced DeVos towards a final confirmation vote, which is expected to be next Monday. Rock supports not-for-profit charter schools, and said he is not a fan of for-profit charters. "Betsy DeVos has not to my knowledge expressed her views on this subject," Rock said in his email. "For profit charters have a very poor record of achievement in comparison to public not for profit charters. So, if she is for all kinds of charters I would urge my senators to vote against her. If she is in favor of just non-profit public charters, I am willing to give her a second chance to answer questions from the committee [where] she might not get stage fright.”
Parents, teachers, celebrities redouble efforts to sink nomination.
Politico By CAITLIN EMMA and AUSTIN WRIGHT 02/03/17 08:25 PM EST
It’s good to be a donor.
Paul Blumenthal Money in Politics Reporter, The Huffington Post 02/02/2017 07:22 pm ET
The New Jersey osprey comeback story added another happy chapter in 2016, a study released by the Conserve Wildlife Foundation (CWF) of New Jersey finds. Highlights of the 2016 Osprey Report, which provides the number of nesting pairs, active nests, and nest productivity for the raptors throughout New Jersey, include 515 active osprey nests. The survey examined nearly 80% of the osprey population. Researchers determined the outcome of 376 nests, which produced 670 young ospreys. Only 50 osprey pairs remained in the state during the early 1970s, nearly eradicated due to pesticide use and habitat loss. “At the beginning of nesting surveys each year, I attempt to speculate on how well ospreys are doing. I started this year by simply saying that I’m optimistic for the positive outcome of the nesting season. Well, ospreys made my speculation seem quite dismal," said CWF Habitat Program Manager Ben Wurst. "I’m astonished by their continued growth while living in very close proximity to humans. I’m thankful for all support that we receive to help carry out this project to monitor and manage ospreys.”
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Forum #2 – Harrisburg Area (Enola, PA) Tuesday, February 28, 2017 – Capital Area Intermediate Unit – 55 Miller Street (Susquehanna Room), Enola, PA 17025
Forum #3 – Philadelphia Thursday, March 2, 2017 – Penn Center for Educational Leadership, University of Pennsylvania, 3440 Market Street (5th Floor), Philadelphia, PA 19104
Forum #4 – Indiana University of Pennsylvania Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – 1011 South Drive (Stouffer Hall), Indiana, PA 15705
Forum #5 – Lehigh Valley Tuesday, March 28, 2017 – Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21, 4210 Independence Drive, Schnecksville, PA 18078
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.