An End to Lunch Shaming in East Penn

There has been a national conversation about “lunch shaming” in schools over the last several years.   In East Penn, the policy has long been that students without money for lunch were given a cold cheese sandwich.  In many of our cafeterias, kids without lunch money were actually first given a full lunch, then later in […]

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Unfunded Mandate Exhibit A

While local taxpayers bear most of the burden for funding our local schools, many of the costs are imposed by lawmakers in Harrisburg and Washington (see Yes! I’m a Patsy for more on this). Last night’s school board meeting provided a small, but important, example: One of the items on the agenda was a contract […]

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Full Day K Passed

​I am pleased to report that the full day kindergarten proposal was passed by the East Penn school board Monday, by a vote to 6-3.  It will be implemented next year.  The approval caps almost two full years of planning, discussion, and debate on the issue.   Ken Bacher, Alisa Bowman, Alan Earnshaw, and Paul Champagne […]

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A New Vote on Full Day Kinergarten

The East Penn School Board will again consider two proposals on full day kindergarten at their meeting on Monday.  The first calls for implementation of the full day kindergarten plan, which was developed over the last two years by a special committee made up of educators, parents, and administrators.  The second calls for a public […]

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A Full Day K Referendum?

​As social media and newspapers have reported, full day kindergarten was on the agenda again at last night’s East Penn School Board meeting.  But the question before the board this time was not whether to adopt a fully day K program.  Instead, the proposal was to initiate a referendum that would require the public to […]

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A Second Term

Thanks to everyone who voted yesterday, and to all of you who helped me with my campaign over the last six months. I’m pleased to have won a second term on the East Penn School District board! Congratulations to Alan Earnshaw, Alisa Bowman, and Adam Smith, who also won seats on the board. Let’s do […]

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Full Day K Defeated in East Penn

I’m saddened to report that last night the East Penn School Board defeated the plan to offer the community full day kindergarten, by a vote of 4-5.  I voted in favor of the plan, along with Ken Bacher, Paul Champagne, and Alan Earnshaw.  Voting against the plan were Carol Allen, Chuck Ballard, Chris Donatelli, Rebecca Heid, […]

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The Difference a Good Plan Makes

The East Penn School Board will vote soon on whether to offer full day kindergarten to all families in the district.  I’m strongly in favor of doing so.  I’ve already written about some of the benefits of full day kindergarten, our community’s need for it, and paying for the program.  The methodical, inclusive, and transparent […]

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