100+ School Districts Call for Gov. Wolf’s Charter Reforms

first_imgBelle Vernon Area School DistrictBellwood-Antis School District California Area School DistrictCanon-Mcmillan School District Penncrest School DistrictPeters Township School District Middletown Area School DistrictMidd-West School District Altoona Area School DistrictAthens Area School District Sharon City School DistrictSomerset Area School District Bensalem Township School DistrictBethlehem Area School District Conneaut School DistrictConnellsville Area School District Coudersport Area School DistrictCranberry Area School District Gateway School DistrictGreater Latrobe School District Jersey Shore Area School DistrictKeystone Central School District Duquesne City School DistrictElk Lake School District Charleroi Area School DistrictConemaugh Valley School District Stroudsburg Area School DistrictSusquehanna Community School District Albert Gallatin Area School DistrictAllegheny-Clarion Valley School District March 05, 2020 Forest Area School DistrictForest City Regional School District Erie City School DistrictFannett-Metal School District Bradford Area School DistrictBrownsville Area School District Muhlenberg School DistrictNeshannock Township School District Education,  Press Release Leaders of more than 100 school districts across Pennsylvania have called on the legislature to enact Governor Tom Wolf’s proposed Charter School Law reforms. These changes would allow school districts to reinvest an additional $280 million into their classrooms while ensuring charter schools are held accountable for the quality of education they provide.“Every child in Pennsylvania deserves the opportunity to receive a high-quality education, but our current law allows some charter schools to perform poorly at the expense of students enrolled in traditional district schools,” said Gov. Wolf. “My charter school law proposal will benefit all students while helping to ensure all schools are held to the same quality and ethics standards.”Gov. Wolf’s package of policy and budget initiatives include applying the special education funding formula to all charter schools, establishing a statewide cyber charter tuition rate, and improving the tuition redirection process. The changes will better align payments made to charter schools with the actual cost of educating students. Clarification of the redirection process will increase fairness, accountability, and transparency.Taxpayers spent $1.8 billion on charter schools last year, including more than $500 million on cyber charter schools. The rising cost of charter schools is draining funding from traditional public schools, which has forced cuts to classroom programs and property tax increases.A recent 2020 State of Education survey conducted by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) determined that more than 70 percent of Pennsylvania’s public school districts identified mandatory charter school tuition costs as one of their biggest sources of budget pressure.“The charter funding issue is not a new budget challenge, but it is a significant and rising one and its imbalance is causing grave issues for the school districts,” said PSBA Chief Executive Officer Nathan G. Mains. “We appreciate and support Governor Wolf’s attention paid to this in his budget proposal. We are proud of our more than 100 school districts that have adopted the resolution calling for charter school funding reform. Our work will continue until the situation is righted and we are appreciative to have the support of the governor.”The 108 school districts voicing their need for Charter School Law reform are: The School District of Haverford TownshipThe School District of Lancaster West Middlesex Area School DistrictWest Shore School District Indiana Area School DistrictInterboro School District Upper Dublin School DistrictUpper St. Clair Township School District Montoursville Area School DistrictMount Pleasant Area School District Southern Columbia Area School DistrictSouthern York County School District 100+ School Districts Call for Gov. Wolf’s Charter Reforms Highlands School DistrictHopewell Area School District Pittsburgh School DistrictQuakertown Community School District Northern Cambria School DistrictNorthern Tioga School District Oil City Area School DistrictOswayo Valley School District Wallingford-Swarthmore School DistrictWashington School District West York Area School DistrictWilliam Penn School District Ridgway Area School DistrictRinggold School District Northgate School DistrictNorwin School District West Chester Area School DistrictWest Jefferson Hills School District Lackawanna Trail School DistrictLakeland School District Cornell School DistrictCorry Area School District York Suburban School DistrictYough School District Otto-Eldred School DistrictPanther Valley School District Rochester Area School DistrictSayre Area School District Parkland School DistrictPenn Cambria School District Mifflin County School DistrictMillcreek Township School District Laurel Highlands School DistrictLeechburg Area School District South Fayette Township School DistrictSoutheastern Greene School District Central Greene School DistrictCentral Valley School District Delaware Valley School DistrictDerry Area School District Hazleton Area School DistrictHempfield Area School District Jamestown Area School DistrictJefferson-Morgan School District Wilmington Area School DistrictWoodland Hills School District North Hills School DistrictNorthampton Area School District Fort Leboeuf School DistrictFrazier School District Schuylkill Valley School DistrictShamokin Area School District Uniontown Area School DistrictUpper Darby School District Carbondale Area School DistrictCentral Columbia School District SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Allardyce wary of Morrison limelight

first_img “But I think if he continues to be a regular player with our first team then I can’t see any reason why he wouldn’t get noticed and maybe be pushing that way. “But, at the moment, he’s just started with the Under-21s and, of course, he’s played well in those games but they were little or no competition there so I’d have expected that. “Like I said, he’s in our team, he’s really enjoying his football with the rest of the lads here.” As well as Morrison, Allardyce feels there are a number of other players amongst the ranks at Upton Park who could yet force their way on the plane to Brazil next summer. Stewart Downing and Joe Cole will retain hopes of a strong campaign to give Hodgson something to think about whilst Allardyce believes the chance to earn a spot in England’s 23-man squad will give Andy Carroll an extra boost as he looks to recover from his troublesome heel injury. “I think that we have several international players in our squad,” Allardyce added. “The Andy Carrolls of this world will want to get fit and play for West Ham as quickly as he possibly can with the back of his mind saying that the World Cup is coming and that he would like to be a part of that squad. “Whether anybody else will show to be good enough to do that will have to be up to them and how they perform between now and the end of the season. “I think that, for us, it’s about those players and all the players delivering on a regular basis, to have a very, very good season. “And, when that happens, you have to be noticed by Roy Hodgson and his staff. So, we’ll wait and see, and hopefully we’ll continue to grow as a team and continue to hopefully get some of those players to catch the eye.” Carroll will again be sidelined for Saturday’s visit of Manchester City but Morrison, who scored the pick of the goals in West Ham’s memorable 3-0 win over Tottenham, will be looking to star again. But a loan spell at Birmingham last year after Morrison moved to West Ham from United seems to have straightened out those issues, although Allardyce is still willing to remain patient as he looks to nurture the talent further. “I have to be careful with the amount of publicity that Rav gets,” he said. “To make sure that we just continue his growth slowly and continue him playing in the team to the level he’s playing and try to get him better and then there is no distraction that might put a young man off at this stage of his career, which can happen. “They can have their ups and downs, they burst on to the scene, they can get lavished with praise and then lose their focus and, when they lose their focus, they can dip away again, and I don’t really want that.” Morrison’s current form earned him his first caps for the England Under-21 side and there were fears his hot-headed side had reared once again following an on-pitch altercation with team-mate Wilfried Zaha. The midfielder struck two goals in the 5-0 win over Lithuania but was also seen arguing and raising a hand towards Zaha after a disagreement over who should take a late penalty. Allardyce dismissed the coming together as “handbags” before suggesting a place in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad is not beyond reach for Morrison, if he can keep hold of his place in the Hammers’ midfield. “It’s a little early to tell,” he said. Press Association Morrison, 20, has impressed during the early stages of the season and has already scored three Barclays Premier League goals. The former Manchester United youngster has long been touted as a future England star but has flourished later than expected due to his off-field behaviour. Sam Allardyce will limit the limelight for Ravel Morrison as the West Ham manager looks to keep the midfielder’s feet on the ground and give him a chance to make it to the World Cup.last_img read more

ARC upgrades greyhound capacity by acquiring Nottingham stadium

first_img Submit Related Articles Arena Racing Company (ARC) has moved to expand its UK racetrack portfolio by acquiring the Nottingham Greyhound Stadium.A member of the British Afternoon Greyhound Service (“BAGS”), Nottingham Greyhound Stadium hosts 154 fixtures per year. Nottingham joins the ARC’s growing portfolio of Greyhound Stadia, alongside The Belle Vue Newcastle and The Perry Barr Sunderland.  In total, 55% of all 1619 annual BAGS fixtures will now be run at ARC Stadia and broadcast live via The Racing Partnership (“TRP”).In addition to the acquisition, Director of Nottingham Greyhound Stadium Rachel Corden has been appointed ARC Greyhound Operations Director to oversee the business and commercial operations of the five greyhound stadia in the group.Corden will report directly into ARC Racing Division Managing Director Mark Spincer.Spincer said: “We are very pleased to bring Nottingham into the ARC group, further demonstrating our commitment to British Greyhound Racing.  As the home of the Greyhound Derby and a stalwart of the BAGS broadcast service, Nottingham is a popular venue that fits incredibly well into our group.“Given Rachel’s extensive experience in the greyhound racing industry, we couldn’t be happier to appoint her Greyhound Operations Director within our Racing Division.  I am sure that her years of experience of running Nottingham, and of British greyhound racing, in general, will be of huge benefit to ARC as our commitment to the sport continues to grow.”Corden added: “I am really looking forward to taking up my new role as Operations Director for ARC’s five greyhound stadia and to working with Mark Spincer and the established teams at all ARC’s greyhound stadia.“Nottingham stadium has been in my family for many decades and we have always been brilliantly served by a wonderful team of staff, trainers, owners and sponsors. I would like to give huge thanks to the whole team at Nottingham for their loyalty and excellent work over the many years and I look forward to continuing to work with them all moving forward.” Share ARC limits COVID-19 impacts with financial support for greyhound trainers March 27, 2020 Share ARC continues financial support for greyhound trainers during COVID-19 shutdown April 15, 2020 StumbleUpon ARC temporarily suspends ‘uneconomical’ Belle Vue meetings  June 10, 2020last_img read more

Big data timber exchange partners with FSC in Brazil

first_imgBVRio pulls together data on the pricing, supply chain and certification of timber and wood products through its Responsible Timber Exchange.Since opening in November 2016, the exchange has fielded more than 400 offers for 5 million cubic meters of timber.The partnership with the Forest Stewardship Council is aimed at bolstering the market for certified forest products. An exchange for legally harvested timber in Brazil now has a new backer in the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), perhaps the best-known international certification group for forest products.The BVRio Institute, a Brazil-based nonprofit organization that takes a market-based approach to issues involving environmental compliance and sustainability, launched the Responsible Timber Exchange in November 2016. BVRio and FSC announced the agreement on March 7.“We are delighted to be able to develop this agenda with FSC Brasil,” said Mauricio Costa Moura, director of the Responsible Timber Exchange, in a statement. “This partnership provides us the recognition that we are aligned with the same goals.”Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. Photo by Rhett A. ButlerThe Responsible Timber Exchange provides pricing, supply chain and certification information to companies that buy forest products from several countries, including Brazil. A representative of BVRio told Mongabay in November that their aim was to provide access to sustainably and legally harvested timber in a sector in which supply chains and sources are often shrouded in secrecy.The BVRio Institute investigated Brazilian timber production in 2016 and found that only about 30 percent of operators in the states of Pará and Mato Grosso, which account for 70 percent of Brazil’s timber production, showed “no indication of infringements, irregularities or non-compliance” between 2007 and 2015.Since launching three and a half months ago, BVRio said the Responsible Timber Exchange has fielded more than 400 offers for some 5 million cubic meters (177 million cubic feet) of timber, 30 percent of which was FSC-certified.Aline Tristão, the executive director of FSC Brazil, said that the agreement would also provide a boost to his organization’s goals.“[T]his agreement is very important and adds to other initiatives that we have been pursuing in order to fight against deforestation and illegality in the timber industry, fostering the widespread use of certified wood,” Tristão said in the statement.She added that teaming up with the Responsible Timber Exchange would lead to “the adoption of best practices and [creation of] more business opportunities, expanding people’s awareness about the importance of consuming forest products that originate from a good management plan.”In Brazil, FSC said that more than 6 million hectares (23,166 square miles) are certified.Previously, BVRio developed software that pulled together the massive amounts of information available on the sources and handling of timber and wood products. Since the launch of these tools in 2015, BVRio said that the system had been used for more than 1 billion data checks.Collaborating with FSC will help bolster the “supply and demand for certified products,” according to the statement.Under the exchange, buyers can check on a lot’s certification by FSC and the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification. Companies interested in buying wood from Indonesia that’s listed on the website can also verify that it meets the requirements of the country’s recently implemented voluntary partnership agreement with the EU’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade, or FLEGT, licensing system.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.Banner image of FSC-certified wood in Peru by Rhett A. Butler. Amazon Logging, Certification, Conservation, Deforestation, Environment, Forest Stewardship Council, Forestry, Forests, Illegal Logging, Logging, Rainforest Logging, Rainforests, Tropical Forests, Video Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Article published by John Cannonlast_img read more