During the Reagan era, ultraconservative columnist James Kilpatrick, a notorious segregationist since the southern Massive Resistance campaign against the 1954 Brown decision, took up the right-wing attack on Social Security from a novel angle. He opposed the program as discriminatory against African Americans because black men were statistically less likely than whites to live long enough to receive the old-age benefits. That was likely the only time in his public life Kilpatrick expressed anything that might seem like sympathy for black Americans.A decade or so later, many advocates of the welfare “reform” that ended the federal government’s sixty-year commitment to provide income support for the indigent similarly couched their efforts in feigned concern to help poor black people break a supposedly distinctive “cycle of poverty.” Similar disingenuous tears have accompanied the federal government’s retreat since the 1990s from direct provision of … [Read more...] about The Charter School Industry’s Dishonest Attack on Bernie Sanders
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If you're looking to recharge your batteries and get the New Year off to a strong start, consider taking part in the Sixth Annual Bishop George Ahr Polar Plunge. The Polar Plunge takes place at the Municipal Beach in Sea Bright at 2 p.m. Jan. 27, and is part of the Ancient Order of Hibernians community involvement initiative. The Polar Plunge, however, is more than a icy dip in the ocean. It is an important event in the fundraising efforts of Bishop Ahr High School. The funds raised will go towards the STEM Learning Lab and the various athletic teams' needs. Supporting these programs, and others like them, will further enhance the educational experience at the school, according to a school news release. Bishop Ahr's mission statement says it will create an environment where each individual can grow in self-esteem, in social and moral responsibility and in those values needed to face the challenges of tomorrow’s world. Participation in the Polar Plunge event will … [Read more...] about Bishop Ahr community to take the Polar Plunge to support school STEM Learning Lab
Statewide, more students are passing state tests in English and math than in 2017, but results indicate that there's a lot of work ahead. Historically, students have struggled the most on the math PSSA, and that trend continued this year as data showed that on average just 42 percent of students scored proficient or advanced in this area. The Pennsylvania Department of Education recently released the 2018 PSSA and Keystone exam scores, which are part of the Future Ready PA Index, the state's new school accountability tool. Across York County, schools saw mixed results — some showing slight increases, some decreases — in the number of students reaching proficiency levels in English and math PSSAs. Most high schools in the county also saw an increase in students passing the Keystone exams. Use the search tool at the top of this page to see the percent of students who scored proficient or advanced in English and math on the PSSAs at every York … [Read more...] about How does your school district stack up? Compare York County scores on 2017-18 exams
There are two competing ways to see Eric Landis. There's the Eric Landis who had more than 175 weapons confiscated from him at one point and who violated a court order protecting his then-wife. “I am fearful for my life,” Melissa Landis wrote in 2003, later adding, “Mr. Landis is intelligent, articulate, manipulative and cunning. If allowed to test the boundaries it will only be a matter of time before he does something drastic.” And then there's the way Joshua Hutchins, a stepson of Eric Landis, saw him: Eric Landis wanted nothing more than to help people. He was a dedicated school psychologist who spent long hours helping children and teachers. He was a victim of depression who, like a sponge, would soak up the negative experiences of the people he listened to. In April 2018, Eric Landis feared that he wouldn't be able to do that work any more. "His whole entire world shattered," Hutchins said. More: Police … [Read more...] about Eric Landis was a school psychologist in York. Then ‘his whole entire world shattered.’
As summer begins to wind down, it's time to start thinking about the upcoming school year. And that may include re-evaluating the quality of education your school district has to offer students. Niche has released its 2019 list of the best school districts in Pennsylvania. There are 500 public school districts in the state, consisting of 3,287 schools and 120 charter schools, according to the Pa. Department of Education. And of those 500 school districts, Niche ranked each one. Rankings were based on data compiled from the U.S. Department of Education, state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings and more. Further details about Niche's methodology can be foundhere. More: Pa.'s highest-paid school superintendents take home more than $300K. Here are the top 10. More: Are your York County school taxes going up in 2018? Check the list More: How much do Pennsylvania educators get … [Read more...] about Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts ranked — where does your district fall?