July 29, 2014 |
What started out as a shared goal of improving academic standards to prepare students for college and the workforce has collided with ideological differences over states' rights and rigid opposition to President Obama. Caught in the middle is Gov. Christie, a possible presidential contender in 2016 who has made education reform a pillar of his tenure but who must be careful not to alienate potential conservative supporters now denouncing the standards as federal encroachment on the classroom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 25, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama said Saturday that children and the economy would benefit from the changes he is making in education policy and from his plan to spend billions to upgrade schools and keep teachers on the job. Obama used his weekly radio and Internet address to push his $447 billion jobs bill through the prism of education. He recapped steps he has authorized to let states opt out of unpopular proficiency standards because Congress has been slow to update the law. "If we're serious about building an economy that lasts, an economy in which hard work pays off with the opportunity for solid middle-class jobs, we had better be serious about education," Obama said.
August 4, 2011 |
For most students, high school is a place where adults run the show. But for 16-year-old Erin Agnew, it has been an opportunity to join the men and women who craft policy for Pennsylvania's educational system. Agnew, who will be a junior this year at Springfield Township High School in Montgomery County, was chosen in the spring from a pool of high school students to serve as an advisory member on the Pennsylvania State Board of Education's Council of Basic Education, which sets policy for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.
May 6, 2011
PERHAPS if Dom Giordano had listened to his mother's advice ("Keep your mouth shut and your ears open to learn"), your readers might have been saved from his misguided op-ed earlier this week. He admits he was doing his usual talk-show format during last week's Children's March to Save Public Education, which was led by the Pennsylvania State Conference of NAACP Branches and other education-advocacy groups. History has shown time and again that the moral authority of children has often been successfully utilized by advocacy organizations to achieve social and political progress.
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.
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.