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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Just the Tip of the Standardized Testing Iceberg

photo courtesy of Jos Browning, freeimages.com ​The Morning Call ran a good article yesterday about state officials pulling back some from their obsession with standardized testing.   The Department of Education is cutting the equivalent of two days worth of state-mandated PSSA testing in grades three through eight.  The weight given to the test scores […]

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