Maskless Parents Cause Panicked Board To Call Police — A passel of protesting parents entered the Garnet Valley School Board meeting sans masks, Aug. 24, resulting in a call to police and the board members panically prancing from the room.
The Pennsylvania school district in suburban Philly passed a policy, Aug. 16, requiring all entering district buildings to wear masks.
The parents were pointing out that the policy wasn’t science-based. They were prepared to present evidence showing such, but, as noted, the board members panicked and pattered away.
Leah Hoopes, who was one of the parents and is one of our favs, says the policy is not just stupid but is counter-productive to health and education.
She notes that The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) describes significant contamination issues concerning masks and indicates they are ineffective if used improperly as they would invariably be.
“If this is about safety is Garnet Valley replacing the masks every time they are touched?” Leah said. “No because it’s the illusion of safety.”
Leah also points outs that hearing impaired children can’t read the lips of teachers wearing masks, a problem the district is pointedly ignoring.
“Garnet Valley spent $40,000 on resurfacing tennis courts ,tennis courts that were locked up in 2020, while they simultaneously told a mother of a hearing impaired child they wouldn’t pay for clear masks for the teachers so she could read lips,” she said.
A Daily Times story describes the number of protestors as between 30 and 40. Leah says it was 50.
One of the few bright sides about the pandemic is that our public schools are revealing themselves to be nowhere near as effective, or caring, as those who run them pretend they are. The possibility of reform progresses. Money should follow students not systems whose primary purpose seems to be providing six-figure pensions for the privileged. Vouchers would automatically shift the power balance to the parents from the bureaucracy.
Maskless Parents Cause Panicked Board To Call Police
AASA Promotes Stupidity And Laziness — We have been sent this poster produced by the AASA The School Superintendents Association LOL as further evidence of the laziness and delusion that has become the norm in public education.
The AASA is the professional association for school administrators.
Leave the childish illustrations aside and note that there is nothing on it about universal literacy or numeracy. There is nothing on it about how our laws are created and why we should respect them. There is nothing about why we think racial inequality is bad such as this and this and this and this.
Poster like this are promoted by silly people more interested in shining their halos before going off to a two-hour catered workday “symposium”.
Stop funding systems. Start funding students. Get your kids out of public schools.
AASA Is Racist; School Choice Now — The professional association for school administrators is promoting racism under the guise of “anti-racism”.
The American Association of School Administrators — or as it now strangely and stupidly calls itself AASA, The School Superintendents Association — is encouraging dividing children by race and putting artificial hobbles on those it places in the divisions.
An example is its promotion of single tracking in math. The AASA claims that children of light pigmentation or of Asian descent do better in math, hence letting the kids advance according to their ability, and parents’ wishes, is somehow unfair.
Elana Fishbein Will Speak At Delco Conservatives — The Delco Conservatives will host Dr. Elana Fishbein, founder of No Left Turn in Education, as this month’s speaker, 5:30 p.m., July 1 at Gatsby’s Bar & Grill, 4936, Pennell Road, Aston, Pa. 19014.
She will describe how education is becoming tainted with historical revisionism based on distortions and lies, political correctness, and the outright rejection of values which have long been at the core of the American experience.
Also, Mike Ciach, who is the Republican State Committeeman in Delaware County, will explain what it means to be a State Committeeman (or Committeewoman) and why voting in the Primary is important.
Also, Ruth Moton will explain how to become a poll watcher and provide information on a class she will be teaching, and Leah Hoopes will be explaining “Right to Know” and “Freedom of Information Act”.
Links about voting, the election, “No Left Turn”, “1776 Patriot Pac”, “Audit The Vote PA”, and more, as well as information about current, local candidates can be found www.delcoconservatives.com. Click on “resources” at the top of the home page or just click here.
Interested citizens can also use the contact at the bottom of the resources page request research into specific area or additional links.
Delco Conservatives meet the first Thursday of every month at Gatsby’s. Come grab a drink and a bite to eat while you are there, support local!
RTM Plans New School, Residents Should Plan For New Pain — This gentle warning has been passed to us that you are about to be again robbed by the Rose Tree Media School District.
Pennsylvanians would save a lot, and we mean a lot, more money if education funding followed students and not systems. If we learned anything from the pandemic it’s that Pennsylvania schools are way fat.
More importantly, though, education would be greatly enhanced and parents would be greatly empowered.
Your little boy is being taught he should be a little girl? Fire the fools and find a new school.
If vouchers are too radical for you, rescinding the prevailing wage law would save 20 percent of the cost of this looming boondoggle. Just sayin.
Anyway here is how the heist is starting:
I want to provide you with an update on the progress towards our new elementary school. We understand how critical selecting the location for our new elementary school is — a decision we do not take lightly. Over the last several months, our Project Oversight Committee (POC) and Core Design Group (CDG) for the new elementary school has been working extremely hard to reach this point. We are very excited and proud to announce the location of our new elementary school in Edgmont Township!
Prior to this decision, the POC and District administration completed several decision worksheets, narratives, and a full site comparison analysis including anticipated costs, facilitation sessions, and several conversations with the School Board and local city and municipal regulatory agencies. Understanding the locations of new developments and our existing students within each elementary’s school’s boundaries, the team sought to minimize impact and costs when selecting the new site. In addition, key priority drivers for this decision included:
Location, size, and cost of the property
Site attributes including accessibility, entry points, utilities, drainage, soils, environmental integration, etc.
Transportation impacts: time spent on the bus for students, the number of buses needed, staff impacts, etc.
Timeline to develop property
Other unique attributes such as a redistricting plan, community goals, housing developments, and logical locations
Over 23 sites were vetted as potential options during the last two years. Sites in Middletown Township and Edgmont Township were shortlisted, but ultimately the property in Edgmont Township was selected and the sale finalized for the new facility. Local, community schools have been a keystone of our District for many years, and the selection of the current site reflects our ongoing commitment for neighborhood schools.
Currently, we are working on finishing the Schematic Design Phase of the project. We invite you to join us next Tuesday, June 29 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. for a Public Presentation that will outline the work and progress completed so far. This will include a 30-minute presentation and a 30-minute Q&A section. You can attend either in-person at the Penncrest High School Auditorium or virtually via Microsoft Teams. The link to join the meeting virtually will be posted at 6:00 p.m., 30 minutes prior to the start of the meeting, on our Room to Learn Room to Grow website, our District’s website, and social media.
RTM Expensive New Slot Designed For Ruining Lives? — Norman Ralph Harrison of the Rose Tree Media School District in Delaware County, Pa. — for those outside Pennsylvania, RTM is the school district in which Wawa has its headquarters — is leaving his $161,392 job as Penncrest High principal to become the district’s “Administrator for Safe and Inclusive Schools,” a new position that takes effect July 1.
It’s a safe assumption he’s getting a raise.
So what exactly does this new job entail?
Groups pushing “Safe and Inclusive Schools” usually begin describing it as the prominent ADL does: Name-calling, bullying, harassment and bias often get in the way and leave students feeling marginalized in school.
Great. Who is for bullying? Well, okay, there are some, but most of us think bullying is very bad.
The big concern, though, is that “Safe and Inclusive Schools” appears now to have become part of a movement to refrain from discouraging — if not out-and-out encouraging — young, often prepubescent, people to make life-changing, often destructive, decisions regarding their sexuality; and to give a nod of approval to objectivelydestructive sexual behavior.
One is not a bully if one tells someone out of love: “Don’t do that. It will hurt you. Fight the urge.”
And we are not just considering student behavior here, or restricting it to homosexuality.
There is great evil in the world even, maybe especially, in RTM. The goal must be to teach the young to stand up to it, even if it means standing up to it in themselves.
If we learned anything in the past year it’s that we should never assume the consensus of the credentialed have our interests at heart.
And we really don’t believe that stopping bullying is the real goal of this new job. We are pretty sure it’s a money and power grab by the district.
Parents, please understand that it is education that is important. Schools are merely the means to get it. If there are better means to this end, demand it, especially if it you find yourself with happier children and more disposable income.
Public funds should follow students, not systems.
We do not need a dozen (plus?) people making six-figures in any public school district.
RTM Expensive New Slot Designed For Ruining Lives?
Communism Reality Is Forgotten By Youth — The youth of today have some sort of bizarre sunshine and rainbows notion about communism, the fault of which can mostly be laid at this county’s educational system.
George Leggett, The Cheka: Lenin’s Political Police (pp. 197–198):
“At Odessa the Cheka tied White officers to planks and slowly fed them into furnaces or tanks of boiling water; in Kharkiv, scalpings and hand-flayings were commonplace: the skin was peeled off victims’ hands to produce “gloves”; the Voronezh Cheka rolled naked people around in barrels studded internally with nails; victims were crucified or stoned to death at Dnipropetrovsk; the Cheka at Kremenchuk impaled members of the clergy and buried alive rebelling peasants; in Orel, water was poured on naked prisoners bound in the winter streets until they became living ice statues; in Kiev, Chinese Cheka detachments placed rats in iron tubes sealed at one end with wire netting and the other placed against the body of a prisoner, with the tubes being heated until the rats gnawed through the victim’s body in an effort to escape.”
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Public charter schools empower parents by giving them options for their children’s education. Because most charter school teachers decide against forming a union and provide competition for traditional public schools, teachers’ unions and their allies have made charter schools into a boogeyman. Since becoming Governor, Tom Wolf has been openly hostile to charter schools and attempted to reduce their funding at every turn.
On last week’s CAPitalist Cast, which you can find below, CAP CEO Leo Knepper had a chance to talk with Lenny McAllister about how charter schools are funded and how they’ve handled the challenges created by COVID 19. Mr. McAllister is the CEO of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools. It was a fantastic opportunity to explore the role these schools play in educating the next generation of Pennsylvanians.
Mr. McAllister has written several opinion columns recently. We found some of the information they included fascinating. Below are excerpts and links to the articles.
The first article from Mr. McAllister, co-authored by Amber Northern and published by the Daily Signal, details the funding myths pedaled by teachers’ unions and their political allies (emphasis added):
“Contrary to charter critics’ preferred narrative, total revenues per pupil increased in most states as the percentage of local students who enrolled in charter schools rose…Simply put, charter schools in Pennsylvania receive less money than district schools. For example, a recent study estimated that Pennsylvania charter schools received $12,175 per pupil, while traditional public schools would have received $17,989 for those same students…
“According to University of Arkansas researchers, “The state funding formula for charter schools begins with the same amount of funding as a charter school’s home district, but then subtracts up to 21 categories of prior-year district expenditures,” resulting in a funding disparity that favors districts.
“In other words, the host districts get to keep the subtracted funds…districts were actually being paid more to educate fewer students.”
On the subject of cyber-charters from GoErie (emphasis added):
“A report showed that roughly one-fourth of the third through eighth grade cohort, including a disproportionate number of socioeconomically challenged students, did not take specific annual academic assessments.
“In Pennsylvania, these issues have cropped up for months in school districts despite district officials telling lawmakers for years that they could provide online academic instruction better and cheaper than public cyber charter schools. The pandemic has proven otherwise — here at home and around America.
“In contrast, public cyber charter families didn’t miss a beat.
“Pennsylvania’s cyber charters have been teaching online for more than 20 years. These schools know how to use technology to educate large numbers of students at home. As a result, thousands of families exercised their right under Pennsylvania law to choose a public cyber charter school for their children...The “blame game” has ramped up from school district officials and education unions. They complain that their money is lost to public charter schools — especially cyber charter schools. However, it’s not their money. It’s state funding allocated for education in Pennsylvania, regardless of where a student attends a public school.
“Public charter schools are public schools – just like those in local school districts, but simply operating at roughly three-fourths of the cost.“
On the importance of school choice to ensuring racial equality, from USA Today:
“Families who have chosen to enroll their children in public charter schools deserve to know with certainty that the new [Biden] administration understands, values and supports their choice. These 7,500 unique public schools educate about 3.3 million children across the USA, mostly from Black and brown families.
“These children have the ability to thrive in innovative public schools that best suit their needs for life, with teachers who look more like them and curriculum that is malleable to fit diverse backgrounds and learning preferences. These schools are effective at teaching our nation’s nuanced history and developing students not only with strong academic foundations but also with self-esteem and civic awareness.”
The USA Today article also profiles three outstanding examples of Black educators working to improve educational opportunities in the communities.
The best way to counter Governor Wolf’s narrative about education funding is to be armed with the facts.
Government Is Greed, Public Works Are About The Benjamins
By Lowman S. Henry
It is a law of nature that bureaucracies and government agencies always crave a larger share of the public treasury. In Pennsylvania, the undisputed leader of the pack is the public education establishment which has a voracious and insatiable appetite for taxpayer dollars.
A close second is the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) which is always clamoring for more money – much more money. The public education and transportation behemoths have two traits in common: no matter how much their budgets are increased it is never enough, and neither shows any significant improvement in performance resulting from constant funding increases.
PennDOT kicked up the most recent funding controversy by floating a plan to place tolls on several major bridges in the commonwealth, supposedly to maintain and upgrade the structures. Predictably, the idea has been met with stiff opposition from commuters and the potentially affected industries.
Governor Tom Wolf has never met a tax he does not like – until now. He is empaneling a special commission to develop a plan to replace the state’s gasoline tax with a new funding scheme. The increased fuel efficiency of gas-powered vehicles coupled with the trendy push for electric cars threatens to drive gas tax revenue downward. The goal of the commission, of course, is to increase the flow of funding into PennDOT’s coffers.
At 58.1 cents per gallon, Pennsylvania’s gas tax is the second-highest in the nation behind only California. Just a few years ago, in 2013, higher taxes were levied on producers, the practical impact of which was to add about 30 cents per gallon to the price of gasoline for a cumulative hit of over $2 billion per year to motorists. Now, the agency is claiming it needs an additional $7 billion per year to maintain the state’s roads and bridges.
For decades successive governors and legislatures have slapped band-aides on Pennsylvania’s transportation funding formula. That approach has had a particularly negative effect on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, which is a separate state agency. In 2007 a law went into effect that has siphoned hundreds of millions of dollars from Turnpike coffers into PennDOT, some of which the commission has had to borrow. That in turn has triggered steep annual increases in turnpike tolls, more than doubling fares over that time frame.
The labyrinth that is state transportation funding is further complicated by the continued financial drain caused by public transportation. Both PennDOT and a portion of those turnpike dollars subsidize public transit systems. The biggest, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) in the Philadelphia region and Port Authority Transit (PAT) in Pittsburgh are bloated, inefficient, and inept bureaucracies that have been resistant to reform due to union-driven political pressures.
Against this backdrop, Governor Wolf has ordered the establishment of a special commission to develop recommendations for changes to the current system of transportation funding. In a departure from his usual go-it-alone approach to governing, Wolf seeks to include legislators and transportation industry representatives on the commission.
This, however, should be viewed with great suspicion. The commission’s charge is to find a way to eliminate the gas tax and find funding alternatives with the goal of adding billions of dollars to the transportation budget. It is indeed time for the development of a comprehensive restructuring of transportation funding. But just throwing more money into the pot will not solve the problem.
Also needed is a streamlining and restructuring of the entire array of transportation entities operating in the state beginning with the Department of Transportation and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and extending to the regional public transportation agencies. The system is beset with administrative bloat, funding inequities, and antiquated labor contracts.
There is universal agreement that roads and bridges, public transit, railroads, and airports are vitally important to the economic vibrancy of Penn’s Woods. Rather than take the politically difficult, but necessary step of developing the comprehensive plan needed to knit all the above together, state policymakers have taken the easy way out by just throwing money at whatever crisis happens to develop.
This is a unique opportunity to systematically address Pennsylvania’s transportation needs. Hopefully, the governor’s commission doesn’t turn into yet another way to simply suck more money out of taxpayers’ wallets but rather takes the first steps toward developing a sustainable transportation system.
Lowman Henry is Chairman & CEO of the Lincoln Institute and host of the weekly Lincoln Radio Journal and American Radio Journal. Leo Knepper and Lowman Henry had a chance to talk about the Governor’s proposal. That video can be found below.
Government Is Greed, Public Works Are About The Benjamins
Government Is Greed, Public Works Are About The Benjamins
Superintendent Steinhoff Must Explain Himself –Penn Delco Superintendent George Steinhoff needs to answer directly to the parents and taxpayers of the district as to why he is on a local affiliate of a national news channel essentially saying pushing this agenda is more important than speaking truthfully about what they want implemented.
He states he was naive for thinking people were “past that” regarding the words diversity, equity and inclusion. Past critical thinking or past definitions and precedent? He admits being advised to call it anything else whenever possible hence the CARES committee.
Words mean things. What exactly aren’t we supposed to know about diversity, equity and inclusion that they won’t even say the words out loud.
You may email the superintendent firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments. Please be respectful in your words and consider attending the next school board meeting