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.
August 9, 2013 |
For the third consecutive time, Pennsylvania's state university system has turned to Florida for a new leader. Former Lt. Gov. Frank T. Brogan, head of the State University System of Florida, on Wednesday was named chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, covering 14 universities. Brogan, 59, of Tallahassee, will start Oct. 1 in the $327,500-a-year job, overseeing the 115,000-student system - about one-third the size of Florida's system. He is taking a pay cut; he has been paid $357,000.
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.
January 14, 2011 |
Gov.-elect Tom Corbett reached back into the Ridge administration Thursday to select his nominee to lead the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Ronald J. Tomalis, 48, served from 1995 to 2001 as executive deputy secretary of education under Education Secretary Eugene Hickok, who championed vouchers and charter schools, among other initiatives. From 2001 to 2004, Tomalis worked in the U.S. Department of Education, where he managed implementation of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, popularly known as No Child Left Behind.
August 2, 2013 |
IT APPEARS the district and Philadelphia school parents are not meeting eye-to-eye. School officials planned several community meetings to collect feedback from parents about what they seek in a school report card - an evaluation of schools. Parents and community members, meanwhile, would rather ask the district why - as in why are officials seeking to implement new methods for evaluating schools when the schools are in a crisis born out of scarce funding and massive layoffs? A contentious meeting Monday was a clear indicator of the push and pull.
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.