Steve Kimbrough is a professor at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a computational decision scientist. His recent book (with HC Lau),Business Analytics for Decision Making, explores solution pluralism for applied decision making. firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Miller received his Ph.D. in political science at the University of California at Irvine. He specializes in redistricting. After a post-doctoral position at Penn, he has competed a Fulbright Fellowship and is now a researcher at UC Irvine.email@example.com
Fred Murphy has been involved in public policy development and analysis for over 40 years. He is an Emeritus Professor at Temple University, and has long had an interest in redistricting. firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will hear oral argument in our redistricting lawsuit on Wednesday, January 17 at 9:30 a.m. in Harrisburg. The argument will take place in the Supreme Court Room on the 4th Floor, East Side, of the Main Capitol Building located at 501 N 3rd Street. We need your help to fill the courtroom and stand with our petitioners to show the Court that this is an important case that has support from all Pennsylvanians.
An open letter to the people of Philadelphia about their schools
Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss January 4 at 4:50 PM
Come July 1, Philadelphia will regain control of its public school system for the first time since it was taken over by the state in 2001. The district has been controlled by the state-appointed School Reform Commission, which was nothing if not controversial. It implemented unpopular “reform” plans that included closing schools, opening and supporting charter schools with little or no accountability, evaluating teachers by student standardized test scores, and a “doomsday” budget that zeroed out funding for things such as paper, counselors, and art and music programs. The reform commission recently voted to dissolve — at the request of Mayor James Kenney (D) and to the delight of parents and activists who been working toward a return to local control for years. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) and state Education Secretary Pedro Rivera agreed to the plan late in December, and local control will return this summer. Now Kenney is forming a nine-member appointed school board, a structure that city voters had previously approved. As Philadelphia residents prepare to take back their school district, they may want to consider some advice from one of the country’s most distinguished education researchers. Below is a letter from David Berliner, Regents’ Professor Emeritus at Arizona State University, with some thoughts about what they probably will be able to accomplish and what they can’t do — lessons that transcend the specifics of Philadelphia. It was written to education scholar and public school advocate Diane Ravitch and posted on her blog. (She and Berliner gave me permission to publish it.)
Trib Live by WES VENTEICHER | Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, 10:45 p.m.
Reminding us that it's never too early to plan ahead, along come veteran Pa. political prognosticators G. Terry Madonna and Michael Young, who remind us that a special election in western Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District is only weeks away. Voters in the sprawling district formerly held by GOP U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy head to the polls on March 13 to pick someone to fill out the balance of Murphy's term. And in a new op-Ed, Madonna and Young take a look at some of the ground-level factors that will influence the race. Murphy, more astute readers will recall, was forced to resign last fallafter it was revealed that he'd pressured a former mistress to have an abortion, even as he led the crusade on Capitol Hill for some of the most restrictive anti-choice legislation to come down the pike in years.
Trauma Informed Education Part 2: At this school, it's personal
The notebook by Paul Jablow, video by Melania Bavaria January 4, 2018 — 8:05am
Pep talks, "brain breaks," and morning exercise are among the ways that Lakeside differs from traditional schools.
Charter schools have been hailed as the antidote to public-school dysfunction by everyone from tech entrepreneurs to Wall Street philanthropists. But a critical autopsy by the advocacy group Network for Public Education (NPE) reveals just how disruptive the charter industry has become—for both students and their communities. Charter schools are technically considered public schools but are run by private companies or organizations, and can receive private financing—as such, they are generally able to circumvent standard public-school regulations, including unions. This funding system enables maximum deregulation, operating like private businesses and free of the constraints of public oversight, while also ensuring maximum public funding. According to Carol Burris of NPE, charter schools “want the funding and the privilege of public schools but they don’t want the rules that go along with them.” She cites charter initiatives’ having developed their own certification policies, as well as disciplinary codes and academic standards—a tendency toward “wanting the best of both worlds” among both non- and for-profit charter organizations.
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Register now for PSBA Board Presidents Panel
PSBA Website January 2018
School board leaders, this one's for you! Join your colleagues at an evening of networking and learning in 10 convenient locations around the state at the end of January. Share your experience and leadership through a panel discussion moderated by PSBA Member Services team. Participate in roundtable conversations focused on the most pressing challenges and current issues affecting PA school districts. Bring your specific challenges and scenarios for small group discussion. Register online.
Registration is now open for the 2018 PASA Education Congress! State College, PA, March 19-20, 2018
Don't miss this marquee event for Pennsylvania school leaders at the Nittany Lion Inn, State College, PA, March 19-20, 2018.
Learn more by visiting http://www.pasa-net.org/2018edcongress