The Bait…and Switch

Two parents addressed the school board Monday night with important concerns about parental rights. The point they made was that all parents should have the ability to review instructional materials being used in the public schools. Seems pretty reasonable, right? And I agree with them on this point 100%. Indeed, it’s hard to argue with […]

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Kristen Campbell, Our New Superintendent

Kristen Campbell was unanimously chosen as our next superintendent by the East Penn school board Monday night. Mrs. Campbell is a fantastic choice to lead our district in the coming years, and our community is enormously fortunate to have someone with her experience, judgment, temperament, commitment to public education, and willingness to take on this […]

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Superintendent Finalists

The two finalists to be our district’s next superintendent will be with us this week.  And the board has arranged for YOU to have an opportunity to ask each of them questions about what matters most to you.  There will be a public question and answer period with candidate #1 this Wednesday night and candidate […]

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School Calendar Update: Good News!

Good news!  Next year’s district calendar will include three built-in snow days (rather than the traditional two) and will guarantee a four-day spring break (rather than three).  Both changes will help families in the district better plan family vacations, childcare, and other important activities. I have long criticized the school calendar’s two snow days as […]

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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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