July 18, 2016
Tom Wolf is governor of Pennsylvania During the 2016-17 budget season, we accomplished three important priorities that I believe are critical to moving Pennsylvania forward. Working with the legislature, I secured increased funding for our schools and resources to battle the commonwealth's opioid epidemic, and greatly reduced our deficit. Funding our schools has always been a top priority for me. In this budget, I was able to secure an additional $200 million in basic education funding, as well as a $30 million increase for early-childhood education; a $20 million increase for special education and a $10 million increase for early intervention; and a nearly $40 million increase for higher education.
July 16, 2016 |
Paul B. Winkler, 79, of Lawrenceville, N.J., the groundbreaking executive director of the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education from 1975 to May of this year, died of cancer on Tuesday, July 12, at his home. In March 1994, the New Jersey Senate adopted "an act regarding genocide education in the public schools. " It stated that "every board of education shall include instruction on the Holocaust and genocide in an appropriate place in the curriculum of all elementary and secondary school pupils.
July 2, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - With hours to spare before the start of the new fiscal year, the Republican-controlled legislature gave its final sign-off to a $31.5 billion spending plan that Gov. Wolf said he could support. That was the good news for those aiming for an on-time budget. The bad news for all sides is that there is no agreement on how to pay for the plan, which calls for increasing funding for public schools, early childhood and special education, and state colleges and universities.
June 19, 2016 |
Ryan Morehart thought he had found a field that was both valuable and enjoyable: child care. But as he advanced, he realized there wasn't much advancing to do. He considered going back to school, but that didn't promise enough financial benefit. "I love working with kids," said Morehart, 29, of Philadelphia. But after nine years in early childhood education, he switched to office management. "My benefits are a lot better, the pay is a lot better, I have money left over to the point where we could do stuff," he said.
May 30, 2016 |
William G. Goldschmidt Jr., 68, of Drexel Hill, a leader and teacher in special education, died Thursday, May 19, of cancer at home. Mr. Goldschmidt created and implemented programs for special-education students at schools in the Philadelphia suburbs. Wherever he worked, he hired a team of teachers and infused in them his fervor and zest for education, his family said in a tribute. "He kept in close contact as friends with many of them throughout the years," his family said. "He was not just a supervisor, he was a true leader.
April 1, 2016 |
When John Casavecchia and Dr. Russell Harris bought the historic Oaks Cloister in Germantown in 2002, Dr. Harris said, "it had been abandoned for over 10 years. " The house, off Wissahickon Avenue near Lincoln Drive, was designed and built by Joseph M. Huston (1866-1940), the architect of the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg, Harris said. As Mr. Casavecchia and Harris, his life partner, restored the property, it earned several awards, including one from what is now the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia in 2007.
February 11, 2016 |
$33.3B Total spending proposed for the 2016-17 fiscal year. $2.7B Amount that would be generated by new or increased taxes. $217M Revenue that would be generated from a tax on natural gas drilling. $200M New funding for public schools. $60M New spending sought for early childhood education. $50M Funding increase proposed for special education. $10.15 Proposal for Pennsylvania minimum wage. Note: Figures based on passage of current budget proposal.
August 24, 2015 |
When it comes to the way charter schools are paid for teaching children in special-education classes, critics say Pennsylvania has been flunking basic math for years - and unfairly subtracting hundreds of millions of dollars from taxpayers' wallets. Last week, the Wolf administration took the first step in a case observers say could bring the issue to a head - a bid to block $24.7 million in charter payouts in the cash-strapped Chester Upland School District. Public school advocates say large charter school payouts are the result of faulty calculations that lawmakers and state officials have had a hard time erasing.
July 7, 2015 |
LAVERNE CASE didn't want to hear that children with special needs couldn't make it in society. As a special-education teacher in Philadelphia for more than 35 years, LaVerne saw it as her role in life to help those children go on to normal, productive lives. "She didn't believe that those children couldn't lead regular lives," said her nephew, Jeff Hill. "She had a special way with those children. " LaVerne Pauline Case, a woman noted for doing things her way; funny, compassionate, a devoted churchwoman who lent her voice to the choirs and composed songs for her beloved sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha; and a devoted aunt, died of heart failure on June 25. She was 77 and lived at Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley in Germantown.
June 18, 2015 |
IT WAS all about the kids. Bruce Burgess was dedicated to educating students with special needs. He spent much of his career with the Philadelphia School District as an administrator in charge of the special-education programs in dozens of schools, from kindergarten to high school. But his first love was teaching. "He was an outstanding teacher," said former colleague Anne Barnosky, a retired teacher and administrator. "He always wanted to make sure the kids got what they needed.