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harryfinster April 6, 2014 at 02:35 pm
notice here is our local high school verses mediocre phoenixville side by side .still i sent myRead More daughter to private high school because phoenixville was such a bad experience ,notice anybody with any real quality doesnt send their kids to phoenixville
harryfinster April 6, 2014 at 02:39 pm
harryfinster April 6, 2014 at 02:42 pm
here is a local school in your area that far outranks phoenixville you will see yourRead More superintendent has twisted the numbers to make phoenixville look better the only true thing he said was phoenixville has no place to go but up,because it certainly couldnt go lower
Deb Nyman March 28, 2014 at 11:09 am
Agree with Art!
Limeport Resident March 28, 2014 at 11:25 am
Seems futile to punish others if students will get health care and protection of their futures. I amRead More pretty sure that existing IRS laws would require minimal or no tax and in some cases, where eit comes into play, a refund by the IRS. The question is how will colleges react.. Drop sports so that more can be spent on FB? The present schools affected probably will not make big changes because education is important there and money is not a great issue. It is the schools that are nothing more than minor league teams for the pros that will adjust most if ruling becomes universal. NFL is non profit, baseball is a protected monopoly, because Americans want to be able to watch the sport and occasionally go to a game. Most of profit for NFL is capital gain so tax is not really an issue except when using loopholes to sell the team.
When will there be a ruling that requires the Varsity football & basketball student athletes toRead More attend classes and pass tests on their own. Only a % of these big school athletes are smart enough to earn a legitimate college degree...
Kaos8 March 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm
OK, so I have read a bunch of these articles to get a better idea of this Common Core curriculum, IRead More did not understand it, since I do not have kids in school yet. I agree with getting kids to think better and smarter. Many of these ideals, of participating, ask questions, use common sense (think before you talk or act), etc- where instilled in me in school. I was in honors/excellerated classes my whole life- I was good at math, science, and arts/music and sports without having to work real hard at it- hence me being put in Honor/excellerated classes to "push " me more. My sister- is really smart as well, however- she REALLY had to work at it- she is currently an Art Teacher and really excells at the arts (as runs in my family- some members are very well established artists, where my father's side is more into science/math and have really excelled in their fields). I feel that if you lump all these kids into the same curriculum - someone is going to suffer. You cannot treat or even teach students the same way. Not everyone is capable of learning in the same manner. Some kids are art/music oriented and some are Math/Science oriented (it completely is a left brain/right brain thing)- therefore you must be able to allow them to get to their best potential in the best way that they learn. This standardized testing sounds to me that any way you cut it, some of these kids are going to get left behind. THe one article I read was about teaching kids to think differently, ask questions, respect, etc..that is great- but when I was growing up that is stuff that teachers were already teaching and also instilled at home in the family environment. If I am still not understanding this correctly maybe someone can explain it to me a little better.
Country1st March 25, 2014 at 12:28 pm
As of 11/13, MA hadn't adopted it -- but you're right -- I just checked it and they've adopted it.Read More And thanks for the website -- I"ll check it out. The point is -- this is a new curriculum -- it's not financed -- and if they want to be fair, they should start requiring the kids who are in kindergarten to be able to pass it by the time they graduate, not the class of 2017.
Country1st March 25, 2014 at 12:30 pm
Here's a good sign: http://time.com/36779/indiana-drops-common-core-education-standards/ This is aRead More very big deal -- hopefully, PA will follow suit
sklogw March 25, 2014 at 05:12 pm
No.
sarah connor March 31, 2014 at 04:47 pm
Its a yes or no question...again with the opinions and sarcasm YES...!
Karen Toth March 31, 2014 at 09:14 pm
America was founded on debate of opinions, and the right to do so in a public forum. ..
Rita Diani March 15, 2014 at 03:14 pm
speaking of colleges and their shady ways, does anyone know the date the Middle States, WCCC'sRead More accrediting agency, is visiting them this week?
harryfinster March 15, 2014 at 04:31 pm
http://www.scribd.com/doc/55863184/phoenixville2p
M March 16, 2014 at 09:46 pm
There were many egregious miscalculations. All who made them need to pay the price personally:Read More Penn state officials, Sandusky, anyone who knew and did not report. The Catholic Church now requires all mandated reporters, i.e. anyone who has knowledge or strong suspicions of abuse against children/young adults MUST contact police first, then Bishop. Let this case be a lesson to all who might be tempted not to report. Make THEM pay the price both financially and morally. "Look at the collateral damage to the Paterno family, and all the rest of the staff on the periphery. Look at the lost trust. Most of all, look at the lives of the victims who'll be scarred the rest of their lives." But the victims can become survivors and go on to live good lives, overcoming through therapy and the compassion of those around them.
harryfinster March 9, 2014 at 11:04 pm
http://www.scribd.com/doc/55863184/phoenixville2p
Leigh March 10, 2014 at 07:29 am
Yeah nabob - we don't need to hear the truth! Shame on you!
ROBERT J? HADLEY March 11, 2014 at 11:00 am
Joe let Jerry go in 1998, then let him loose on Camus till he was convicted. Joe knew, but he wasRead More JOE and no one could touch him. PSU claims to not be state school, but employees are under state retirement system, Jerry getting 56k a year, joes wife is getting 110k per year.
tamarya March 3, 2014 at 08:32 pm
They need to catch or treat mental illness serious with any age group, not just youth. Imagine whatRead More a mentally ill adult can do when we seen what children do.
Helen Gricks February 12, 2014 at 06:43 am
It's a big state. I think NH is one of the best schools around. My kids were well prepared forRead More college. Patch, do you have a % for local schools.
Richard February 12, 2014 at 06:59 pm
Agreed Helen, PR has 1 or 2 score perfect on their SAT's every year and they have excellent APRead More scores! The teachers and students do an excellent job preparing for Calculus, Statistics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics at Pine-Richland
Kevin Brutschea April 1, 2014 at 11:37 am
What all public schools need more than anything else the return of discipline. That is the onlyRead More difference regular schools and Charter Schools is discipline. CS's cherry-pick the students accepted for enrollment. Any discipline issues, and your kid won't get in.
Garrett Rhoads February 4, 2014 at 04:36 am
Makes perfect sense to me. Why wouldn't we want to give away $7 million dollars to an out of stateRead More developer who has paid for his privilege through political contributions? This development will happen with or without a TIF. Our School Board has a storied history of not asking any hard questions and simply voting in a way that makes their political handlers happy. No developer ever gets this far without a deliberate intent to build. Ballard, Bacher, Earnshaw, Rhodes, Heid, Munson, Vinoskis, and Fuller are all too happy to give away $7 million dollars in tax revenue that could help to educate our children in order to line the pockets of their campaign funds/backers. Any commercial developer KNOWS exactly what they are getting into at the beginning of any deal. The need for a TIF is a financial sham. Look at the campaign finance reports. See for yourself.
ted.dobracki February 4, 2014 at 08:30 am
1) The TIF can likely continue without LC approval. (for more details, see:Read More http://emmaus.patch.com/groups/teddobrackis-blog/p/will-east-penn-school-district-be-caught-holding-the-bag-alone-for-hc-tif_48c244d8 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 2) EPSD might not be able to withdraw from the TIF. If they did, the developers and their partners might be able to recover damages for all the extra work they have done relying on the fact that EPSD's contribution to the TIF was still available. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 3) And finally, an interesting parliamentary question is what would happen if one of the new school board members (who obviously wouldn't have voted for or against the TIF previously) asked to revisit the issue? Would Mr. Earnshaw allow that? In most legislative bodies, a re-organized body is a new body and rules about who can make motions to reconsider start all over again, so even Mrs. Donchez could properly make a motion. (although, under the circumstances I don't think it would be wise to reverse course, even though I was against TIF in the first place)
East Penn Superintendent of Schools Thomas L. Seidenberger (Patch File Photo)
ted.dobracki January 28, 2014 at 12:16 am
Sadly, East Penn has recently fallen from 3rd to 6th lowest millage rate of all 10 school districtsRead More in Lehigh County. And that is for 2013-14 school/fiscal year and doesn't include any changes for the 2014-15 budget presently under consideration.
Carl Stevenson January 28, 2014 at 11:07 am
These tyrants must be stopped. They cannot keep raising our taxes year after year. We need aRead More taxpayer revolt!
James Schaffer January 29, 2014 at 07:47 am
THEY GET THE GOLD MINE WE GET THE SHAFT! I say let them be the parrot if they can 't work withoutRead More reducing taxes lose your job .
Jayden January 24, 2014 at 10:25 am
Does he also have a bridge for sale in Brooklyn? Yesterday and today being a perfect example. ThereRead More were buses STUCK on 5th and 10th St in Emmaus and were unable to move because they were spinning out. Yesterday, a bus Slid into a parked car near Lincoln Elementary. Buses were literally going sideways down hills in Emmaus, Powder Valley and several other locations. Dr. Seidenberger, while I appreciate all your years of service, WHY were there no delays yesterday and today? Did the Emmaus High School testing have anything to do with this decision. The roads WERE NOT safe this morning at all. Buses were late getting to Alburtis, Macungie, Wescosville and several other elementary schools. When you speak to the bus company, you are speaking to a man who is not even licensed to drive a school bus in the state of PA. How does he go out and check the roads when he can't even drive a bus? School districts in the Poconos and Tamaqua already had 2 hour delays scheduled for yesterday and today and they had LESS snow than we did. While I appreciate you talking to other superintendents, what does that have to do with snow in OUR area? This band of snow that we got last night only affected a small portion of the area but was more dangerous than driving in the ice last week when East Penn decided not to have a delay. This story is supposed to be informative, but I figured I would add a few details that were left out.
EMMAUS FOREVER January 26, 2014 at 05:50 pm
I agree with jayden on his points. I also want to add that they could make a judgement call on someRead More of these days before 5 am. Parents need to plan the morning around these snow days and delays. Almost all districts had their closing and delays posted by 12 midnight. The only ones not were parkland and east penn. had to wait till 5 in the morning for those to go through.
tamarya January 23, 2014 at 10:47 am
Pretty soon they should switch and close in the winter and go in the summer. I can see adding theRead More days in june over taking winter holidays. Northern lehigh took 2 days off of christmas break and school closed 1 off them for snow, and they were too have off tuesday and took that day but guess what they were off anyway. Lets see if the presidents day that was taken is not a snow day also.
ted.dobracki January 23, 2014 at 09:41 pm
good point! most schools (at least those in EPSD) are air-conditioned today.
Ron Beitler January 25, 2014 at 08:38 am
Want to increase class time without adding days into the summer? Get rid of the half day wednesday.Read More I've heard the "company line" is that instructional time isn't lost but I've seen that challenged before.
Beth January 21, 2014 at 07:42 am
Does anyone know why school is cancelled before there is even a flake of snow? I have to say, it isRead More getting very frustrating. We have had one full week of school since before Thanksgiving!
careless fills January 21, 2014 at 11:17 am
Won't debate if closing today is wise or not - but, I wonder if they regret staying closed yesterday
Tina Newhart Landis January 21, 2014 at 01:05 pm
How does it effect the midterms?
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