The Numbers are In

photo credit: nateOne via photopin cc A huge and heartfelt thanks to everyone who has advised me, helped me, and voted for me in this school board campaign.  I’ve been fortunate to have the support of so many people willing to stay informed about the issues and support public education.  Thank you. The results from […]

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Vote Tuesday!

photo credit: Vox Efx via photopin cc Tuesday is the election for the East Penn school board.   Please vote!  If you are unsure of your polling location, you can find it here. This is an important election that will impact our schools and our community.  Yet very few eligible voters will  actually participate because […]

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Defining Decency

photo credit: miuenski via photopin cc School board candidates Garrett Rhoads, Wanda Mercado-Arroyo and Chris Donatelli recently distributed  campaign literature that accused me and other candidates of not having “the decency to make themselves available for a public debate.” (You can see their flyer in its entirety here.) My record of engagement with the community […]

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Corbett’s $250 Million Education Sinkhole

photo credit: horslips5 via photopin cc When is a sinkhole a firm plot of land?   When Governor Corbett shares his view of the education-funding landscape. Corbett tells us his current state budget proposal delivers, “a record amount of state funding into basic education” (a healthy landscape).  The reality, however, is that Corbett’s budget creates a $250 […]

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Excellent Schools Require a Quality School Board

photo credit: dcJohn via photopin cc Most people agree that motivated, high quality teachers are the most important determining factor in excellent public education. But who makes up the school board is important too.  A study by the Iowa Association of School Boards compared the characteristics of school board members in high performing districts with […]

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Public Education as an Engine of Economic Development

Many economists have conducted studies on the role of public schools in driving a community’s economic prosperity.  The data show that the quality of our schools help make us more economically competitive: excellent schools spur local entrepreneurship and attract state, regional, and national businesses; they lead to higher wages in the community, which in turn […]

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Some Principles of Fiscal Responsibility

photo credit: EricGjerde via photopin cc The East Penn School District, like any large bureaucracy, generates its share of waste and inefficiencies.   As I’ve met community members in this campaign, teachers, custodians, maintenance staff, and others who work in the district have all shared with me specific examples of waste in the East Penn […]

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Meeting the Challenge of the Information Revolution

I’ve written a number of times about the need for schools to change in fundamental ways to meet the needs of today’s society and economy.   The information revolution poses significant challenges to some of the most basic ideas we all hold about public schools; ideas originally developed in the wake of the industrial revolution, […]

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