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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A Strategy for Low School Taxes: Smart Growth

photo credit: loop_oh via photopin cc How can we best keep taxes as low as possible while maintaining excellent schools in our district?  A key part of any balanced, responsible answer to this question is the need for better regional planning and smart growth policies in our boroughs and townships.  Uncontrolled growth creates more costs […]

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Raising the Bar

I’ve written several times now about the need for innovative approaches to education that recognize and embrace the information revolution.  There are certainly teachers that are meeting this challenge.  There is a growing movement of educators adopting “flipped classrooms” in which traditional classroom lessons and traditional homework assignments are inverted: homework consists of watching lectures […]

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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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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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Schools Are Not Businesses

Have you heard something like this before?  “Schools are so inefficient.  They are so poorly run,” the complaint goes.   And then, “if only schools were run like private businesses, things would improve.” No!  Public schools are not businesses.   Nor should they be.  And the model of private business is not appropriate for improving […]

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