Inquirer Opinion By Abe Feuerstein Updated: MARCH 1, 2017 — 3:01 AM EST
We used our editorial page today to talk about what is going on in the Rose Tree Media School District when it comes to their budget. First, you need to know a few things about RTM. They have one of the most rabid, vocal group of budget hawks I have ever encountered. So I was most interested to see what the reaction would be when the school board this year asked the Penn Project for Civic Engagement to come in an hold a series of public hearings to engage the public on this year's budget process, which once again this year calls for a hefty tax increase. The result was somewhat surprising. Most of the residents came to the conclusion that taxes indeed would have to go up. Even more surprising was the number of those who attended who said they were willing to pay higher taxes to protect the education afforded to RTM students.
School District Leaders Weigh How—and If—to Engage DeVos
Education Week By Denisa R. Superville February 28, 2017
As Betsy DeVos embarks on her role as the nation's highest-profile education official, some K-12 leaders are trying to figure out how to engage with a new U.S. education secretary who's an ardent proponent of school choice and who many believe holds a dim view of traditional public schools. Should they invite DeVos to visit their districts, meet with educators, and see classrooms? Or take a more antagonistic stance to ward off potential policies that some see as a threat to traditional public schools? Since DeVos squeaked through a tumultuous confirmation process, her debut has hit some potholes. A small group of protesters blocked her from entering a middle school in the District of Columbia, temporarily disrupting her first official visit as secretary to a traditional public school. Days later, teachers at the same school lashed out at DeVos for remarks she made in an interview suggesting they were waiting to be told what to do.
The briefings are free and open to the public, but we ask that you please RSVP.
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.