More Math and Science Students and Teachers

By Jane Morse Staff Writer Even as President Obama welcomed a crowd of more than 100 students with their science exhibits to the White House February 7, he made it clear he wants to see a whole lot more. At the
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Williams’ Bill Would Prevent Schools from ‘Passing the Trash’

Current state law allows educators who are accused of sexual misconduct with students an opportunity to escape prosecution and even relocate to another district, an injustice that state Sen. Anthony H. Williams said he would stop through his recently introduced legislation. Williams is the author of Senate Bill 1381, (more...)

Let’s Improve Philadelphia Schools!

Gates Foundation invites City to compete for $40 million grant to increase high-performing schools and improve accountability Mayor Michael A. Nutter joined by Philadelphia education, business and philanthropic leaders, announced today that he and other education leaders have signed a historic agreement to increase the number of high-performing schools in the (more...)

Pennsylvania school vouchers

Passage of School Vouchers Legislation

State Sen. Mike Stack issued the following statement on the Opportunity Scholarship and Educational Improvement Tax Credit Act (Senate Bill 1), which passed the Senate by a (27-22) vote: “We all want what is best for our school children. There are a lot of good intentions with Senate Bill 1. However, (more...)

Sen. Anthony H. Williams Supports Governor’s School Reform Proposals

State Sen. Anthony H. Williams issued the following statement on the governor's recently unveiled school reform proposals: "As a public servant, focusing on the quality of life for my constituents is a key charge – which is why education has remained a top priority. Few public investments have as lasting effect (more...)

The PA 529 College Saving Program

Families who are looking to save for their child’s higher education have a unique opportunity to learn more about a state-run tuition savings plan by logging in to an upcoming free webinar, hosted by state Sen. Mike Stack and the Pennsylvania Department of Treasury. The webinar, “Saving for (more...)

New Member To School Reform Commission

Mayor Michael A. Nutter has appointed Dr. Wendell E. Pritchett, Chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden, a respected scholar in urban history and an experienced government policy-maker, to the School Reform Commission. “I am very pleased to appoint someone with the qualifications, the imagination and the commitment to public education of Wendell Pritchett,” (more...)

Challenging Year For Philadelphia Schools Starts

Tuesday was the first day of school. 151,000 students in Philadelphia went to schools. It was not easy start for School District. It has deep budget cuts, staff reductions, and the departure of Superintendent Arlene C. Ackerman, The district adjusts to a $2.8 billion budget, down from $3.2 billion. The city enabled the (more...)

Host Public Hearings on Higher Education

Senator Vincent Hughes (D - Philadelphia/Montgomery), chairman of the Senate Democratic Appropriations Committee, today announced that a series of public hearings with the state-related universities, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and community colleges are set to kick off Wednesday, Sept. 7 at (more...)

Penn State One of Most LGBT-Friendly Universities

Penn State is now acknowledged with a 5-star rating as one of the most LGBT-friendly universities in the country. Only 33 universities out of 300 participating received the top honors. The index of LGBT-friendliness was based on a 50-point self-assessment questionnaire covering 8 primary factors: policy inclusion, support and institutional commitment, (more...)

“The Best 376 Colleges”

The Princeton Review is out with its annual college and university rankings It includes some information about Pennsylvania   region. The results found in a new book, The Best 376 Colleges, were based on voting by students, 122,000 of them. Penn State University remains in the top 10, third for "Students (more...)

Russians Win Geo Championship

The “Brain Olympics” are not for the faint of heart. That is why this year when Canada, China, and Russia battled at the World Geography Bee, Russia sent its smartest 16-year-old minds: Egor Shustov, Masha Samoletova, and Alexander Bondarchuk. The guys had to answer the final question of “Which island (more...)

Step Backwards for Evolution Theorists

In 1859, Charles Darwin gave birth to the theory of evolution. Creationists’ heads spun. How would they find a way to incorporate these new findings into their school systems while subsequently still teaching children to believe in the stories of the Bible? They came up with the Intelligent Design theory, which (more...)

Tuition At Pennsylvania Colleges Rises

Tuition in the 12 state-owned universities, including  West Chester University, Cheyney  and the other, will increase by 7½ %, or $436 per student, for the coming academic year. There will also be a 50% ($116) increase in the technology fee. Each university will have to find their own (more...)

Be ready to tweak your speech

Managing Your Speech

Reuters recomends Management Tip of your speech: " When delivering a speech keep in mind that speaking is different from writing. Prepare a rough outline and a conclusion and arrive at the venue early enough to grasp the mood of the audience, says Harvard Business Review". The Management Tip offers (more...)

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