March 17, 1991 |
The state Senate Education Committee will take its show on the road to Bucks County on April 19. The committee, chaired by Republican James Rhoads of Schuylkill County, will have a hearing on education policies from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown. The hearing will focus on four areas of education policy: instruction and curriculum; improving student performance; management and school administration, and labor relations. The hearing is one of six throughout the state.
December 16, 2001 |
Before Christmas, President Bush is expected to sign legislation that could fundamentally alter the way most school districts do business - primarily by forcing them to pay more attention to the academic performance of poor and minority students. A bill ordering some of the most sweeping changes in federal education policy in 35 years passed the House overwhelmingly on Thursday and is expected to win Senate approval on Tuesday. It would increase education spending by $4 billion over the present $18 billion a year.
February 23, 1999
This year is not the best time for a major education policy watchdog in Philadelphia to fade out existence. But that is exactly what's happening to the Citizens Committee for Public Education, headed by Gail Tomlinson. Ms. Tomlinson, who has been a one-woman band at the undersupported Citizens Committee in recent years, said, "Amen" when asked if she welcomes the chance to do something else with her life. In fact, the Citizens Committee board, which once supplied the volunteer researchers and enough funding to keep the operation vibrant, doesn't now have enough money to carry on. Perhaps the 119-year-old group could regroup down the road if only it could find a civic funding godfather or two. The fact that the committee will be sorely missed by school administrators and union officials is an illustration of its independence.
October 29, 1991 |
The Philadelphia Board of Education believes in marriage. Members at a West Philadelphia meeting last night voted 6-1 to amend a sex- education policy to encourage students to abstain from sex until "marriage or some other mutually monogamous relationship. " Until yesterday, the five-month-old policy, which expands sex education in schools and allows condoms to be distributed to high school students, did not explicitly refer to marriage. Instead, it encouraged students to abstain from sex until they entered a "mutually monogamous relationship," which board members took to include traditional marriage, as well as other relationships.
April 28, 2011
Whether he's defending Michelle Obama for her stance on healthy eating or agreeing with President Obama's education policy, Gov. Christie is somehow able to serve up occasional praise for the darlings of the left while simultaneously being a darling of the right. On Tuesday night, at a New York City gala honoring Time magazine's Top 100 most influential people (Christie made the list), the guv toasted, of all people, JFK. Politico quoted Christie's toast to the 35th president, "who has influenced my public life from the first time my grandmother took me to the museum of broadcasting in New York and showed me the inaugural address: John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
July 13, 2001 |
One of the state's foremost higher education advocates resigned Wednesday, announcing that he will take a new post as a visiting professor in Rowan University's College of Education. For the last 15 years, Darryl Greer, 60, has served as president of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges, an organization created by former Gov. Tom Kean in 1985 to represent the state's nine state colleges in Trenton. His resignation is effective Dec. 31. Greer will teach master's- and doctoral-level courses in Rowan's department of educational leadership.
April 19, 2012 |
THE BATTLE in Harrisburg over school vouchers has placed state Rep. James Roebuck Jr. in political peril to a newcomer with well-heeled campaign contributors. Roebuck, 67, who has represented West Philly's 188th District since 1985, says he is using his post as the ranking Democrat on the state House Education Committee to stymie legislation that would allow tax dollars to be used to pay for private-school tuition. He is being challenged in Tuesday's primary election by Fatimah Muhammad, 27, who favors the voucher plan and tells a compelling story about being homeless as a child and about how education improved her life.
August 11, 2005 |
A top aide to U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Phila.) will be Mayor Street's next education secretary. And when she takes office, Jacqueline Barnett will have an extra job beyond steering education policy for City Hall: wresting back control over Philadelphia schools, taken over by the state in 2001. "I don't think anybody intended for it to be forever," Street said, arguing that it was time to "start creating the groundwork to be able to modify that arrangement so that the mayor and our appointees pursuant to the Home Rule Charter start taking back control over education in the city of Philadelphia.
July 20, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration has approved seven more requests for waivers from the No Child Left Behind law, recognizing the continued inability of states to live up to lofty standards that have caused thousands of schools to be marked as failing. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced that Arizona, Oregon, South Carolina, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, and the District of Columbia would join 26 states already exempt from key provisions in the law. The law was supposed to force schools to be accountable by raising education expectations and setting a goal for all students to be proficient in reading and mathematics by 2014.
October 20, 2015
IF YOU ever wondered what the Pennsylvania Board of Education does, the answer is . . . not much. Not much at all, according to a critical report by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. The 21-member board is tasked with creating and updating the Commonwealth Master Plan for education. It's independent of the state Department of Education, which has the job of implementing and overseeing the policies set by the board. The Board of Education has regulatory power over an array of educational issues: school performance, staff certification, school finance and transportation, to name a few. As DePasquale's report put it last week, the board is supposed to provide a "road map" for education policy in Pennsylvania.