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Nifer July 19, 2014 at 10:41 pm
If you choose not to support the Save Richboro Middle petition it is your prerogative. I no longerRead More care to comment.
Nifer July 21, 2014 at 06:51 am
Kara Seymour July 21, 2014 at 08:59 am
thanks for the update, i'll post something about it
West Chester is one of the 14 schools where tuition is going up. (Patch file photo)
fran ginsy July 10, 2014 at 09:07 am
This continued increase is insane, college is already unaffordable to the average family, especiallyRead More with multiple kids going at once. It is unacceptable that 4 years of school equates to 10 or 15 years of debt, especially when many grads are unable to find employment with a decent wage/salary. This country gives,gives,gives to all the foreigners, illegals, criminals and lets decent, hardworking families with good kids struggle to pay for college.
harry finster July 6, 2014 at 07:21 pm
always defend a loser in true pennsylvainia style because you dont have any winners
Joe Sommers July 7, 2014 at 12:19 pm
Don't think for a minute that sex offenses happen less frequently in other Universities. TheRead More Sandusky nightmare opened the door for any and all to report issues either big or small. There is tremendous pressure on someone reporting sex offenses therefore it is swept under the rug.IN PSU's case , The Sandusky nightmare paved the way for others to come out. Make no mistake ...sexual offenses are not reported in other Universitiesdue to the peer pressure. I loved to hear about the good that the PSU faculty and students have accomplished with their fund raising initiatives. KUDO"S TO ALL OF YOU AT PENN STATE .
E.T. Henderson July 8, 2014 at 09:37 pm
Thank you so much Allison for another useless and inaccurate information. I am not going to quoteRead More statistics cause I do not have any only experience working with sexually abused victims and abusers I know that on both sides it is not reported the most unreported is incest. The victims blame themselves for the abuse, and most times anyone they talked to start out with well what were you doing to cause this....... The abuser uses fear and intimidation to keep their victim quiet, and they truly have no guilt, remorse, or even identify what they do is an issue. There is a movement in this country that adult male pedophiles believe it is a right of passage and should be lawful openly practiced to have sex with children. I wish this crap only happened in a small area then we could surround these abusers keep track of and every one could avoid the area. You want a statistic one out of three females have been assaulted in their lives and young males it was one out of 7 I am sure it's higher . And none of theses people heard of penn state
NorthFaceBmwNewtown July 3, 2014 at 07:11 am
Here’s the fun part….. you don’t have money for a SCHOOL. A short drive away inRead More Philly, their schools are literally OUT of money. Americans in Detroit can’t pay their water bills (literally, google it). All over your country, schools are cutting back on extra-curricular activities and now this will really get the average american’s goat: They are even cutting back on *gasp* SPORTS!. Yet while you enjoy all these CUTS - you allow millions of people to ILLEGALLY come to your country and now they are sending 50,000+ kids to your country because they know, you will be happy to cut your OWN services and schools. Pretty cool huh? BTW I am an immigrant - although one who is LEGAL, speaks English, and thus far has not needed welfare, prison, or multilingual education in school. “Oh but they work hard”. Yes some do. But look at who makes up your prison and welfare population. Who is the #2 group. At a time of strife and austerity, what’s wrong with taking care of our OWN kids and our OWN people - while we kindly escort 10,000,000 illegals back to their wonderful home?
Lee Jacobsen July 10, 2014 at 12:59 am
Teachers and teacher pay are indeed based on taxation, but year round school does not raiseRead More teacher's pay. They get an annual salary, they are not paid 'by the month'. The operation of school buildings is a fixed cost, and will be there whether the building is utilized or not. With many adult programs in session, they are already being used anyway. Talk about a weak argument for against year round school, "these are kids, who do deserve the time to be kids" You are kidding, right? The rest of the world is moving ahead, we need to play 'catch up'. The variable that compares American students to the rest of the world has remained constant, so the old ploy of other's country kids being hand picked is also a constant. Against that constant, in math for example, American kids have slipped in math from 8th to 32nd in the world. What has worked in education? Competition.Parent involvement. Parents, who control the state mandated school monies, are comparing schools, and sending their kids to the best ones. If the public schools can't do the job, aka Detroit, then charter schools are formed to fill the void. 34% of charter schools don't meet state standards. That's pretty good considering that 71% of public schools don't meet the same standards, and the Charter schools are usually in the most needed areas, where the public schools have failed. Finally, get rid of tenure. All it does is protect 'drone' teachers, most who have lost the desire to teach, and are just biding their time until retirement. A tenured teacher is almost impossible to fire for inept performancde. New , fresh idea teachers are always the first to be fired or laid off. Teachers should be the same as athletes , paid by merit, and should be able to negotiate their own contracts. Without good teachers, our kids won't learn. If you have a 'drone' teaching 3rd grade, and your kid is in the class, you will not be a happy camper. Again, time for year round school, and catch up to the rest of the world.
Mr Colombo July 18, 2014 at 02:45 pm
The issue is not that there is not enough school days - the issue is a mediocre educationalRead More curriculum that has no stability and consistency and the mediocre instruction. Singapore consistently ranks at the top of any world wide assessment of education - and the average Singapore student only attends 180 days of school - nearly the same as the average US school (with MI having 170 days as required by legislation) http://www.parentinginthedigitalage.com/2010/12/do-more-school-days-mean-better-test-scores/ Fix the curriculum and provide some consistency and stability and especially address the mediocre instruction - and educational standards will improve.
Rhan Barnett July 18, 2014 at 08:47 pm
I concur.
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NorthFaceBmwNewtown June 12, 2014 at 06:25 am
How nice. Starting June 20th the “lets dress like hookers” club will be populating theRead More restaurants and movie theaters, all the while their face buried in their smartphones so that they can text and instagram their heart away .
Mary Jeanne Robinson June 8, 2014 at 09:13 am
The worst part is they have taught this child not to be upfront and honest when he knows somethingRead More is wrong...and over something so absolutely rediculous!
Nancy Biskey June 8, 2014 at 12:38 pm
Next time a little child makes a mistake and knows it wrong, I would say just shut up because youRead More will get in trouble for being honest. Maybe he should be put in a Juvenile Detention Center for being honest also. What a crazy world we are living in, I am glad that my kids didn't have to lie to get through school.
socialist June 9, 2014 at 04:52 pm
We all don't even know the circumstances. For all we know he bragged about it to a classmate whoRead More threatened to tell. Maybe that's why he owned up before he was told on. Honestly, it's a policy for a reason. I don't think it's out of line to suspend him. In my job, there are things we absolutely can't have on premises. If I have it, even if it's totally accidental, I could lose my job. Same thing applies here. The administrators may feel badly about it for all we know, but you absolutely can't let anybody slide for something like this.
Woosh June 5, 2014 at 08:04 am
Does the public even read these budgets? The benefit packages for the district is out of control.Read More Healthcare costs are up 8.42% YOY. Are the employees picking up any of this increase? Then take a look at the pension numbers. The contribution increase is +28.49% YOY from 18.161mm to 23.334mm. These increases do not stop either. Forecast for 2015-16 is 25.84% to 28.219mm and 2016-17 is +29.27% to 31.965mm. You realize these were just 8.759mm is 2010-11. Mind you this is with a stock market at all time highs. So remember next time you get a tax increase it is not to better the education of your child. The special education budget was knocked down 9% for next year to 3.693mm.
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Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 10:01 pm
We have to make people aware that our State is run by public employee Unions and we need court casesRead More like today which ruled that the California Teacher Tenure rules are unconstitutional so that we can change laws and vote people out of office who do not represent the interests of the public who pay the taxes.
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 04:19 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | <a href='http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/' > http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/home.html</a>
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 04:20 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com
Bob Lentz July 18, 2014 at 01:42 pm
The person that wrote this really believes everyone that retires needs 3 million dollars saved toRead More keep up his standard of living ? A PASR study indicates , for career employees with 30+ years of service , their pension and Social Security retirement incomes combined produce between 120-140 % of their pre retirement income . According to that study , these individuals , who were in effect able to raise their incomes by retiring , should not reqire a cost of living adjustment for ten years . At that point , inflation will have eroded their pension income to the point where adjustments will be needed to help them maintain their pre-retirement level of income / purchasing power . " Your union dues and psea bribes to Harrisburg have done a good job so far of keeping this kind of crap going to retired state workers that the pension crisis is a never ending source of taxes coming from the homeowner paying your way through heavens waiting room and on to your final reward "
Bob Lentz July 18, 2014 at 05:20 pm
Start with looking up Pa state lawmakers pensions and medical benefits . They're the ones who wroteRead More their own tickets . Then folow it up with all the cities , borough , county and municipal pensions and health benefits that fall on the homeowner/taxpayer that has to make up all these pensions that get bigger every year . In a few short years if not yesterday you should be able to figure out the state legislature has all the bases covered by law and there is no fire in the belly of the beast to change any part of the gravy train that all state employees enjoy on our dime . Your taxes are in the mail and they are going up .
Bob Lentz July 19, 2014 at 08:52 pm
It wasn't my idea to put the information in a news letter from PASR . Pennsylvania Association ofRead More School Retirees for whatever reason decided to fill up the page with teachers pensions and Social Security combined . As far as lobbyists go , it is probably up to each individual to think whatever they want about the purpose of lobbying . I put my thoughts in quotes what I think of illegal activities connected to lobbying .
JD May 23, 2014 at 04:17 pm
To Concerned Citizen- I don't know Ms. Matteo but she left herself open to criticism by her remarksRead More which were cruel. I truthfully believe most people don't care what was on the invitation. It was a innocent boo but her remarks were not.
Nifer May 24, 2014 at 11:31 am
ConcernedCitizen commented on the article "St. Andrew Principal Under Fire for Using Photo ofRead More Ellen on Invitation" you commented on in Schools: I agree that she left herself open to criticism and is justifiably being criticized for her remarks. My comment was related to calling her "horrible on so many levels". I am a parent of St. Andrew students and 1) don't care about what was on the invitation, 2) don't agree with changing it and 3) thing the e-mail was completely out of line in attacking someone Mrs. Matteo has never met for things which have nothing to do with the matter at hand. Yet, I see a number of people on here attacking her character vs. addressing the remarks she made. If you have a problem with the "hate" don't be hate-filled in your response. ___________________________________________________ My response to Concerned Citizen is I don't hate anyone. If you are also a parent there you know for a fact that there are people who "hate" gay/ lesbian, etc. My comments were not directed at you. They were directed at the ignorant parents that went to the Archdiocese and reported Nancy for NOTHING. This seems so petty with all that is going on in the world and the other things that are true HATE. This whole thing is ruining Nancy's life because all she did was repeat what she was told to do by the Archdiocese. I don't see any follow up story about what the Archdiocese has to say. But I am sure they will throw Nancy under a bus the first chance they get. Nancy is a lovely human being and for these people who do not know her to SLANDER her is appalling. Principals in general get a bad wrap but I know for a fact she was being directed by the Archdiocese on how to handle this situation because of parental complaints.
Rosann May 25, 2014 at 04:40 am
This principal handled the outcome of the invitation poorly. Although Ellen DeGeneres' lifestyleRead More may not fall within the teachings of the Catholic Church, she is probably more Christian than a lot of Christians are. If you watch her show, she is always helping people in particular those that are less fortunate. If Pope Francis is accepting gay people into the church, then what's the issue?
Susan May 19, 2014 at 03:04 pm
Aren't we taxed enough?
R U guessing ? May 20, 2014 at 07:04 am
Why. is that to try to calm down the taxpayers after Raising the school tax 12 times in the last 13Read More years.
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