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If you thought that the passage of a few weeks meant that Pennsylvania black leaders had forgotten about a state lawmaker's controversial remarks about the academic performance of some minority students, think again. A week before a scheduled March 22 sit-down with Senate Education Committee Chairman John Eichelberger, the leader of the Pennsylvania State Conference of the NAACP wasn't mincing words about the effect an uneven playing field has on the lives of minority students across the state. And in a letter sent to Editorial Page editors across the state, NAACP President Joan Duvall Flynn said it's plain to her that the term "'inner-city youth' has become code for 'poor children of color," and that "Young people bearing this label frequently find it more difficult to achieve their aspirations." "Because they have suffered the economic violence of underfunded schools, they often have to pay for remedial college courses at the college level," she wrote. "College costs more and takes longer for them to complete than for students properly funded during their basic education."
The Indiana Area school board on Monday ordered a round of teaching staff cuts for the 2017-18 school year, a step that would trim expenses by about $550,000 and help close an estimated $1.7 million shortfall in the coming budget. The school directors accepted the administration’s recommendation to replace 11 of the 17 teachers who have announced their retirements or resignations from the district. The board approved elimination of five positions, most in the secondary schools, and replacement of one retiree with a part-time teacher. The directors passed the proposals on divided votes that mirrored the board’s split over the elementary school renovation and construction project. Board members Walter Schroth and Julia Trimarchi Cuccaro generally opposed most of the reductions. Before directors considered the staff reductions, District Superintendent Dale Kirsch reported on the class loads carried by secondary teachers in the science, English, math and social studies departments and explained how the remaining teachers could absorb the classes left by the departing faculty. In some instances, he said, teachers may have to teach classes in both the junior and senior high buildings. Saving money through attrition has been a longstanding practice at the district. Kirsch said the district has eliminated 30 teaching positions in the last five years by not filling vacancies. Kirsch also shared results of a statewide survey of school district business officers on budgeting and staffing.The full report is available online.
Pennsylvania public schools are currently at risk of losing millions of dollars in federal funding to help pay for mandated services for students with special needs.
A PSBA Closer Look March 2017
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.