4 School Board Principles

I am running again for school board because of my commitment to public education. Over 90% of all American children attend public schools, without which they would not have the knowledge and skills necessary to support and participate in the democratic process. Our public schools are also the foundation of the middle class, giving students […]

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Pay Now or Pay (More) Later?

Did you know that the East Penn School District will spend $13.7 million this year on debt payments– paying back money borrowed in the past?  What’s worse, costs are even higher for the next two school years ($13.9 and $13.8 million).  That’s the bad news. The good news is that those debt costs will drop […]

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Questions about Property Sale

photo credit: sensitive noise / obvious 2 via photopin (license) As you may or may not be aware, the East Penn School district is selling the former Lower Macungie Elementary School property that is at the corner of Krocks and Lower Macungie Road.  The vote was 8-0 in favor of the sale at the August […]

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Where the Money Goes

  As you have probably seen or heard in the news, it is the annual budget battle season in Harrisburg right now.  Every year I am amazed anew at how little facts seem to matter in comparison to partisan politics in state budget discussions.  Our politicians have broken two important– and expensive– funding systems in recent […]

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How One Charter School Spends Your Money

I received a very flashy advertisement in the mail today from Commonwealth Connections Academy, a cyber charter school that enrolls more students in our district than any other. It promises a lot: engaged learning, talented teachers, an award-winning curriculum, and more.  And it promises– 3 different times on the single flyer– to deliver all of […]

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2 Ways Standardized Testing Hurts Us Right Now

photo credit: Benjamin Chun via photopin cc Two recent issues in our school district– the tough budget and the many snow days– have reminded me of the many concrete ways in which the relentless obsession with standardized testing hurts our ability to provide the highest quality education to our children. Wasted Money In terms of […]

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