School Budgets 101

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 […]

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Confronting the Ugly

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 […]

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Don’t Ban It!

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 […]

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Want to Ignite a Culture War?  Use the Bathroom (or Locker Room)

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. […]

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