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Notes from the news, July 18

By the Notebook on Jul 18, 2014 08:56 AM

The path forward: A Q&A with Susan Gobreski. Notebook

Partnerships director Stacy Holland leaving District. Notebook

A conversation with PFT president Jerry Jordan. WHYY/Radio Times

At Independence Mall, students draw from history. Notebook

State Capitol gridlock? PA's state House GOP has been leading from the front. Patriot-News

CapitolWire: Basic ed funding commission could tackle charter school issues that special ed commission could not. PA Charters

School districts say state pension crisis boosting local tax rates. Tribune-Review

Pension reform must pass to prevent financial chaos. Intelligencer

Pennsylvania’s budget process: cramped, crowded and hot. PA Independent

The state of public schools in Camden. WHYY/Radio Times

News summary from Keystone State Education Coalition

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Comments (5)

Submitted by Annony (not verified) on July 18, 2014 12:38 pm

Jerry Jordan needs to return to the classroom.  In the interview on Radio Times, he described having "babies" copy homework from the board.  The context was lack of paper.  If my children were told to copy extensively from the board for homework, I would question the teacher.  Jerry has not taught for more than 30 years.  It shows.  We need leaderhip that actually remembers teaching in the past 5 years.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on July 18, 2014 1:00 pm

Seriously?!   That is all you focused on in that interview that Jordan pointed out that "babies" have to copy copy homework assignments from the board, because we don't have paper?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on July 18, 2014 1:45 pm

Yes, that is what I got from Jerry's example of the "babies" having to copy homework from the board due to the fact that teachers don't have adequate paper being given to them. In the next breath, he said, "You want to see a happy teacher, give them a ream of paper." 

I was happy to hear him repeat that the PFT has been willing to make concessions, but the SD has walked away from the table. I am also glad that he said, again, that his membership is not willing to salary reductions. He said, we haven't had raises, step increases have been halted (although some people continue to say that they have received a step increase while others say they haven't received a step increase). The PFT did not cause the SD's financial problems and people should be made aware of this. 

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on July 18, 2014 2:19 pm

Good.  So your original commnt is just you showing your bias and hatred of Jerry Jordan, and nothing to do wih his job.  Sounds to me that he did a dang good job arguing our case

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on July 18, 2014 2:15 pm

I think your comment is in reference to the original poster, not my comment, correct?

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