Governor Wolf’s First Term Boosts Schools That Teach, Made Children the Top Priority

first_img Education,  PAsmart,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Since taking office, Governor Tom Wolf has fought for more education funding and has made investments in our schools and our children his top priority. As he prepares to begin his second term, the governor pledged that he would continue to fight for students to have quality schools, regardless of their zip code.“Over the past four years we have made schools that teach our top priority by reinvesting in our children and their classrooms,” said Governor Wolf. “Together, we restored funding after devastating cuts and are building a brighter future for students with sustained investments in their education. During my first term we tackled longstanding problems such as implementing a fair funding formula and expanding pre-k for thousands of kids.“We’re taking steps to make sure everyone can thrive in our economy. Not every child in Pennsylvania will go to a four-year college, but every child needs the skills to compete for a good job. We are now creating new science and technology programs and expanding job training for in-demand careers, so everyone has the skills they need for a good-paying job in Pennsylvania.”The governor visited Winding Creek Elementary School in Cumberland County today, the 79th stop on his Schools That Teach tour since taking office. Following his remarks, the governor visited students who were applying their STEM skills to build small rollercoasters.Governor Wolf has worked with students, parents, educators, stakeholders and bipartisan members of the General Assembly to move Pennsylvania forward and expand educational opportunities.Supporting a quality education:Restored funding that was cut by the previous administration that led to teacher layoffs, larger class sizes and program cuts.Enacted a fair funding formula that provides equitable, fair funding for all school districts.Expanded enrollment in AP courses by 10 percent.Launched the Future Ready PA Index, a new one-stop location for information on student and school success.Early education, health and safety:Increased the number of children able to attend pre-kindergarten by 60 percent.Established a Ready to Start Task Force to develop strategies to address health, human services, and education needs for children age zero to three.Created a School Breakfast Initiative to help more children start their day with a healthy meal.Created a task force to bring together officials, educators, parents, and students to talk about ways to improve school safety and security.Enacted the Timothy J. Piazza Antihazing Law to strengthen penalties for hazing and protect students.Created It’s On Us PA, the nation’s first statewide initiative to combat sexual assault on campuses.Reduced standardized testing and improved graduation requirements:Reduced the length of PSSA tests by 20 percent, condensed the exam timeframe from three weeks to two weeks and shifted it to later in the school year for students in grades three through eight.Improved high school graduation requirements to give students options to demonstrate graduation readiness as alternatives to standardized testing.Increased the high school graduation rate to 86.1 percent, placing Pennsylvania above the national average.Workforce development and career readiness:Established PAsmart, a first-of-its-kind $30 million workforce development initiative that invests $20 million in computer science and STEM education programs for K-12 students and $10 million to expand apprenticeships and industry partnerships.Advanced Pennsylvania to second in the nation for K-12 STEM and Computer Science education investments.Increased the number of career and technical education (CTE) students earning industry-recognized credentials by 34.2 percent and increased the number of credentials earned by students enrolled in CTE programs by 27.2 percent. January 11, 2019 Governor Wolf’s First Term Boosts Schools That Teach, Made Children the Top Prioritycenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

International bans hurting Hawala operators

first_imgRemittance is a lifeline to more than 40% of the Somali populationHowever a new research by aid agencies reveals that remittance by expatriates back to Somalia has been on a decline throughout the first half of 2015.“The annual remittance through the Hawala is estimated to be US$1.2 to $2 billion per year a sum larger than foreign aid and mainly used to meet food and other basic necessities”.In the past, banks in the US and the UK have closed accounts used by Somali remittance firms, fearing that funds could end up in the hands of militant groups.After the collapse of Somalia’s central government the informal money transfer system known as Hawala has provided a vital link in maintaining international cash flows.last_img read more

Police: Teen Killed, 20 Injured in Washington, D.C. Night Shooting

first_imgSeveral social media posts had advertised the annual “34th-n-EAT” block party to be held in the area on Saturday night.According to Newsham, a dispute broke out at the gathering and several people took out weapons and exchanged gunfire.More than 20 units from D.C. Fire and EMS, responded to the scene.The street was also littered with bullet casings, in addition to car keys and other belongings left behind by people who were fleeing the gunfire.No arrests have been made, as police remained at the scene and continued to investigate Sunday morning.The mayor said the gathering was illegal on a number of levels.“It is illegal to drink on the street in the District of Columbia; it is illegal to smoke marijuana on the street in the District of Columbia. It is illegal to be in a gathering of more than 50 – all of those things are not good,” she said.“And, sadly, when you put illegal guns in the hands of people willing to use them, it means some person could lose her life or some people could lose their lives. As a community, it’s really important that we have zero tolerance for this type of activity; that we support the Metropolitan Police Department … and that may mean that people will have to go to jail,” Bowser added. A Washington, D.C. police officer is said to be “fighting for her life” after being wounded early Sunday during a shootout that killed a teenager and injured at least 20 others, Police Chief Peter Newsham said at a press conference.Police responded to reports of shots fired just before 1 a.m. at a large gathering in a residential neighborhood in southeast Washington.Newsham says 20 people were wounded at the scene. At least 11 of the victims are female.Additionally, 17-year-old Christopher “Poppy” Brown was shot and pronounced dead at a hospital.An off-duty DC Metro police officer was also shot and is “struggling for her life right now,” Newsham told reporters, while standing next to Mayor Muriel Bowser.The rest of the victims have non-life-threatening injuries. Some of them walked to a nearby fire station and hospital after being grazed by bullets.last_img read more

Clarke claims U17 trophy in Ireland

first_img Lancashire’s Oliver Clarke led for England to win the U17 trophy at the Irish boys’ championship at Tuam Golf Club. The 16-year-old from Hillside was also third overall, finishing on six-over par with rounds of 75 71 74 75. The runaway winner was Adrien Pendaries of France, who had a course record 65 in his two-under total (75 72 65 74). The three other members of the England Golf squad all finished in a six-way tie for fourth place. They were Rhys Nevin-Wharton, 17, (Sandiway) 77 76 72 72; Gian-Marco Petrozzi, 18, (Trentham) 73 71 75 78; and Max Martin, 17, (Ladbrook Park) 70 75 77 75. Pendaries won by eight shots and is aiming to follow in the footsteps of his father, Marc, a former European Tour regular Click here for the full scores 27 Jun 2015 Clarke claims U17 trophy in Ireland last_img read more

Watch: Sourav Ganguly finds his dancing avatar, all thanks to Harbhajan Singh

first_imgImage Courtesy: Zee BanglaAdvertisement 1it8NBA Finals | Brooklyn VssWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eyh( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7cmwWould you ever consider trying this?😱86dCan your students do this? 🌚bq4r1mRoller skating! Powered by Firework Indian cricketing icon Sourav Ganguly was well known for maintaining a serious attitude on the pitch. Except the historic shirt spinning incident at Lord’s Cricket Ground back in 2002, ‘Dada’ was always known for his calm and composed manner, even after ending his player career, while still being omnipresent in the Indian cricket scene. The BCCI president also hosts a television quiz show called ‘Dadagiri Unlimited’. In the latest episode, the dancer avatar of Sourav was taken out with the help of the guest and former teammate Harbhajan Singh!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Zee BanglaIn yesterday’s episode of Dadagiri, Team India’s present and former squad members- Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Mohammad Kaif, Zaheer Khan, Ravichandran Ashwin and of course Bhajji himself were invited as participants.As famous Indian playback singer Usha Uthup started singing her renowned ‘Senorita’ track from the Bollywood film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Harbhajan brought his former skipper in front and started doing his moves. While a little hesitant at first, Sourav started dancing with the iconic spinner. It was a hilarious yet amazing moment for the viewers.Advertisement Enjoy Sourav and Harbhajan’s dancing steps in the clip below, courtesy of Twitter user @SRKsTrooper.While not announcing an official retirement from international cricket, Harbhajan Singh has fallen down in the preference of Team India’s selectors in the presence of younger spinner options. The 39 year old, who made his test debut against the Aussies in 1998, flourished under the leadership Sourav Ganguly into one of the best cricketers the country has ever produced.Even the Prince of Calcutta himself shed praise on the Chennai Super Kings star. In a recent interview, Sourav recalled as he was impressed by a young Harbhajan back in his playing days.“They say it’s love at first sight. And when I saw Harbhajan bowl at Eden, picking up 14 wickets it was love at first sight for a cricketer who I believed would go on to change things for Indian cricket,” Sourav spoke to India Today back in December.“And 800 wickets after that, I am not surprised. He and Anil were the two best spinners India has ever had together in terms of the no of wickets and the impact that they have had on Test matches.” he added.Also read-Watch: Virat Kohli goes full Bhajji, perfectly mimicks his bowling styleSachin Tendulkar teases Sourav Ganguly over ‘how much he enjoyed training’ Advertisementlast_img read more