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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
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.
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.
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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 .
Everyday Mathematics is just one of the programs that makes a heck of a lot of money off of textbooks sold to schools that teach to the "Core." The method isn't just restricting for teachers and students, it's lining people's pockets.
Jeff Fread May 2, 2014 at 08:22 am
It's important to separate out the Common Core State Standards from curriculum, standardizedRead More testing, and the effectiveness of our teachers and schools. The Common Core is the list by subject area and grade level of what should learn. They are guidelines. Curriculum is the books and material that districts select to meet standards. The quality of these varies widely, perhaps more so as they adapt to the new standards. Standardized testing has gone horribly wrong IMHO since it's used to grade teachers and schools rather than helping identify each student's strengths and weaknesses, what material they've mastered and what they're struggling with. If someone complains about Common Core they should cite specific examples of what's included but shouldn't be, or what's not included but should be. I haven't heard that here or in any other complaints. Conflating it with other topics is more like shooting the messenger. Schools have a real opportunity to measure student mastery as they go so that EACH student can move forward as fast as possible. Many of us have become frustrated with public schools because our children are not challenged or they're pushed too hard to simply keep up in class without proper support. Tools exist to measure and communicate to teachers, students and parents exactly what the child gets and what they don't. Most schools are resisting this simply because they don't understand how to use the information. Yet knowing this will eliminate high stake testing focused on schools and shift it to student focused learning. So let's see what we can do to move schools forward rather than demonizing Common Core.
Leif Fearn May 2, 2014 at 05:03 pm
I don't demonize Common Core. The point is not what is included in Common Core. The point isRead More constitutional, and I explained that earlier in this thread. When controversies are rendered constitutional, the rendering is annoying to many folks, but annoyance doesn't change the seat of the controversy under review. However, for purposes of conversation, set the constitutional controversy aside. Curriculum is both content and procedure, What we teach, and How. To distinguish between standards and curriculum is a distinction without a difference. Every publisher whose bottom line depends even partly on book sales to schools has written, or rewritten, its writers' guidelines to accommodate the Common Core standards. There is no attention to what ought or ought not be included among the standards. For example, there are no standards for personal finance (not economics; personal finance), no standards for media literacy, no standards for native peoples in contemporary perspective, and no standards for the structure and philosophical foundations of the United States Constitution. Those absences are not accidental. If those kinds of standards do not appear among the Common Core, they do not appear in the books from which teachers teach and students learn. Readers of this thread should think about the extent, if any, to which those absences matter. I offer one reason why they do matter, that is, constitutional references in controversies of the day are routinely passed off as annoying, not instructive; rather, in the way -- irrelevant to what the collective "I" is trying to accomplish. That is not good. Leif Fearn
Jenna Reese May 9, 2014 at 09:18 pm
Dreaming in Cuban...Common Core pornRead More http://eagnews.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Fire-between-them.jpg
Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School, Philadelphia (Photo courtesy of Masterman)
the REAL VOICE April 27, 2014 at 07:11 am
What happened to Highest PAID Teachers COUNCIL ROCK ?
Jane April 28, 2014 at 06:05 pm
Indoctrination centers.
Tristan Fabrini May 23, 2014 at 11:51 pm
They're not the highest paid teachers. Get you're facts straight before talking smack. It only makesRead More you look stupid.
Joan April 25, 2014 at 09:01 am
As you pointed out CYS was willing to move forward with the case but were blocked by the CentreRead More County DA....so who let the abuse go on!!!!! That was in 1999 I believe...how many victims since then. How much public outcry about this lack of concern by law enforcement. Not as much as about Joe Pa. The law protects all of us. You cannot make an allegation without proof......eye witness, victim testimony. Before you make that allegation make sure your ducks are in a row other wise you will be paying the perp for slander, especially one who founded a "wonderful" charitable organization and was revered in the community he lived in. Believe me I am not saying that Joe Pa. might have done more but I am trying to make you look at the circumstances. We have taken a man who has given so many other things and accomplished so many other things and want to totally eradicate him for some vague charges against him. No legal entity has found him guilty of anything as they did the administration of PSU but his name was big therefore we just need to make him the fall guy.
George Swales April 26, 2014 at 08:26 am
Joe was more concerned about the rep. of the athletic dept. than the kids being abused by Jerry.
Steven Thompson April 28, 2014 at 07:24 am
no statue is needed to set his legacy in stone. John 8:7
Kathleen Hoynes April 24, 2014 at 06:48 am
Exactly Don! The title does not fit the truth of the story. NPHS is waay to large. We need a secondRead More high school...
Michael C. Brody April 25, 2014 at 08:43 pm
Headline is completely misleading.
More garbage from Patch. June 9, 2014 at 03:21 pm
Don, I think labeling this story as having Liberal bias is giving the writer to much credit. ItRead More seems to scream, "Please, O, please find this headline shocking so you will read further. After you realize it was deception, I mean, smoke and mirrors, hopefully you will find the headline humerous rather than offensive for wasting your valuable time and attention. Then if I happen to attract an inteligent reader the confusion will get sorted out quickly. Its then that, hopefully, you wont notice my lazyness in hacking up a perfectly good story and repeating facts in a way that it gives a completely different impression of the purpose or accuracy of the event. Maybe somewhere allong the way I will get the benifit of the doubt and receive a relevant label, like Liberal or Asshat. Either way as long as it causes enough drama and people commenting, it will meet our page visitor quota and we wont lose our income, funding and or my job that I obviously am grossly unqualified for. Sorry about my spelling and grammer bit, the spell/grammer check button's ink has rubbed off and I forget where on the keyboard it is located. Maybe soon Ill get to the chapter in my Be an Online Editor 101 cliffnotes book where it teaches the definition of the word Integrity. ENJOY!" That sure is a lot of screaming, but if this is not just lack of skill, it is gross negligence to have such a helpfull and powerfull tool such as The Patch in the hands of someone who is full of greed and selfishness. Hopefully its the former and just uneducated oblivious writers being used as puppets for those proffiting.
Louie April 21, 2014 at 07:27 am
Let me guess... Mr. Harvard (Obviously didn't graduate from there) couldn't get a date on Death RowRead More in a women's prison with a fistfull of pardons in one hand and a carton of cigarettes in the other!
Country1st April 21, 2014 at 06:30 pm
Knock if off with the 'feminazis' crap -- having said that -- as a feminist, I think that we shouldRead More take a fresh look at Title IX
Students1st April 21, 2014 at 08:08 pm
Country1st = K.McDonald the feminazi pedophile enabler :)
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