Monthly Archives: August 2011

Northeastern students plan second Honor Bus trip

Twelve seniors at Northeastern High School are planning a second Honor Bus trip for World War II veterans. The students planned the trip as their senior project. The first was held May 7, when 57 veterans, students and family members … Continue reading

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Packing eco-friendly lunches

The New York Times has an interesting story about schools trying to encourage students and parents to be eco-friendly when it comes to packing lunches. In other words: reusable sandwich bags or Tupperware instead of Ziploc. Read the story here. … Continue reading

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A California superintendent gives up $800k in pay

From GOOD: A California superintendent will take an $800,000 pay cut over the next three years to help offset budget cuts. Essentially, the GOOD article says, Fresno County’s Larry Powell is going to “retire” for a day, giving up his … Continue reading

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What’s new at York College

Freshmen began moving into their residence halls at York College today. I was out this morning talking to some upperclassmen (members of the move-in team) to see if they had any words of advice for the newbies. Story will be … Continue reading

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Hearing on charter school reform today

Update: You can find written copies of testimony from today’s Senate education committee hearing here. Reported earlier: The state Senate Education Committee is holding a hearing today on Senate Bill 904, a charter school reform proposal from Sen. Jeffrey Piccola. … Continue reading

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Area teacher looks at connecting history, technology

Scott Gyenes, who teaches at York Country Day School and at York College, recently attended a workshop at Harvard University on using technology in the history classroom. I spoke with Gyenes recently about the program. Run by EdTechTeacher, the program … Continue reading

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Back-to-school

It’s back-to-school time! The new York Academy Regional Charter School held its first official day yesterday, as did York Catholic High School and Crispus Attucks YouthBuild Charter School. A few charter schools went back last week, and one starts today. … Continue reading

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Who’s getting School Improvement Grant money, who’s not

On Friday, we received a press release from New Hope Academy Charter School, which announced that it will be receiving $1.6 million over three years in School Improvement Grant funding. School Improvement Grants are federal money passed through at the … Continue reading

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Poll on education released

The 2011 Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup poll on education was released this week. It’s always interesting to take a look at how people feel about education or how their thoughts have changed over the years. Here are a few tidbits from … Continue reading

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Back-to-school bus safety tips

Safe Kids Pennsylvania held a school bus safety demonstration Wednesday in Duncannon. I couldn’t make it, but the organization passed along some safety tips, which I will include here. In 2007, 26 kids were killed as pedestrians getting on or … Continue reading

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