Teaching students is a lot like painting a room. "If you only have so much paint, the larger the area you have to cover, you do the best you can, but it's not getting that strong base," said Dr. Christine Royce, professor of teacher education at Shippensburg University. And a strong base is what young learners need, she said. It's been long argued that students, especially at the elementary school level, will be better learners and will more likely have longer-term success when they are educated in classrooms with a smaller student-to-teacher ratio. "Larger class sizes require teachers to spread themselves out across more students," Royce said. "It reduces individualized attention and reduces a teacher's ability to engage each student every day." The problem is that more teachers costs money. The Harrisburg School District is facing an $8 million budget shortfall, and as it struggles to make ends meet, officials are looking at cutting 31 staff … [Read more...] about Spread too thin?: Harrisburg School District faces larger classroom sizes as staff cuts loom
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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?
A man who died early Friday morning after a single-vehicle car crash in Red Lion was a longtime firefighter in nearby New Bridgeville.Walter "Butch" Fike Jr., 50, died after his pickup crashed into a fence off of Country Club Road and later caught fire, the York County Coroner's Office reported. A news release said the reason for the truck leaving the road is unknown.The coroner's office said that Fike did not die as a result of the crash and that there was no trauma to his body. An autopsy performed Saturday determined that his cause of death was related to a cardiac event, Coroner Pam Gay said. His death has been ruled natural.Pennsylvania State Police continue to investigate. A spokesperson said troopers determined Fike had been traveling north on Country Club Road when his truck left the roadway, went through a yard and struck a fence.Fike was a volunteer firefighter with the New Bridgeville Memorial Fire Company for 33 years, according to his obituary. He held … [Read more...] about ‘Ideal’ New Bridgeville firefighter died in Red Lion crash
This story was originally published June 22, 2015.Stone Hill was the rock of a football player everyone wanted to be like. Nick Mankin had an eye for art and had just settled in after transferring to Red Lion.Two years ago, the boys were drawn together. They played football and grew up in the same part of the Red Lion Area School District."They naturally gravitated to each other because they were at the southern end, and they rode together to practices," Red Lion football coach Jesse Shay said. "For that southern end, it's especially hard."Friends and teammates, Hill and Mankin died Tuesday in a vehicle crash in the southern part of Lower Chanceford Township.It still hadn't completely registered for three friends who stood over the side of the road staring at the utility pole decorated with items — a white jersey with No. 43 in green, worn by one of Hill's teammates on a junior high rec football team, stretched above black and yellow balloons along with other memorabilia."I feel … [Read more...] about Stone Hill, Nick Mankin ‘naturally gravitated to each other’ at Red Lion
As the nation becomes more racially diverse, so do its schools. Next year, in fact, the Census Bureau projects that children of color will outnumber white children in the U.S.An analysis by the Washington Post shows how that diversity is being reflected in at’s being reflected in individual school districts across the county, including those in central Pennsylvania. The Post’s goal was to measure diversity and integration of schools across the country and how that changed between 1995 and 2017. Private and charter schools were not included in the analysis.According to The Post, “a district is considered diverse when no one race constitutes more than 75 percent of the school system’s student body overall.” It defined integration as “how well that diversity is reflected across the individual schools.”Here’s what the Post’s analysis, says about changes in the diversity of school districts in Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry, Lebanon, … [Read more...] about Central Pa. schools reflect increasing diversity of US
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.’