The Need for Full Day Kindergarten
4 Key Benefits of Full Day Kindergarten
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 outlined four key benefits of full day kindergarten. Let me say a few words here about why this is a real need in our community. […]
School Budgets 101
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. Here are four key benefits of full day kindergarten to our community: 1. Improves Readiness for Elementary School (and Beyond) Any good house requires a strong foundation. […]
Confronting the Ugly
Nothing in our school district raises more passions, or is shrouded in more confusion, than the annual budget. To help, I’ve put together a five-part series designed to give people a glimpse of the key issues in developing the school district budget each year. My goals are to (1) dispel some of the most common […]
Don’t Ban It!
courtesy of Sonia Tapiarz I learned this morning that someone drew two swastikas and the n-word on an East Penn school bus yesterday. A passing motorist took a photograph and alerted authorities. The school district issued a press release this afternoon, saying it “denounces and prohibits this type of racial harassment and is in the […]
7 Things You Might Not Know About Transgender Students
The most frequent target of censorship attempts in 2015 was John Green’s Looking for Alaska. The year before it was another young adult novel, Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Censoring books, whether in the form of keeping them off library shelves, off reading lists, or outright bans, does not help […]
Want to Ignite a Culture War? Use the Bathroom (or Locker Room)
My post on the trumped up transgender bathroom controversy at Emmaus High School got a bigger response than anything I’ve ever put on this blog. If you’re like me, you probably didn’t grow up around many people who were openly transgender and very well might not have friends or family who publicly identify as trans. […]
Settling an Old IOU: The Best Bad Deal?
The bathroom wars have sadly come to our schools here in the East Penn School District. A fight has been raging nationally for over a year now, as opponents of extending civil rights protections to transgender men and women have focused public attention on public bathroom use in places like Texas and North Carolina. […]
A Community Guide to School Resource Officers (SROs)
The East Penn School District will vote Monday on an important agreement with real estate developer David Jaindl over the future of land once known as the Romig farm in Lower Macungie Township. Overall I think it is the best among bad options for the district, and I tentatively plan to vote in favor of […]
An End to Half-Day Wednesdays?
The East Penn School district administration has asked to hire a school resource officer (SRO) for Emmaus High School, at a total cost of approximately $100,000 annually. An SRO is a police officer who has additional training in working with juveniles and schools. To me there are three main questions that should be answered in […]
photo credit: photosteve101 via photopin cc When we moved to East Penn a number of years ago, my wife and I were shocked to learn that all elementary students are dismissed early every Wednesday of the school year. Both of us work outside the home, so this quirk of the district calendar sent us scrambling […]