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

Abraham Sheriff, Author at Age 19

first_img19-year-old Author Abraham Soko Sheriff poses with his book at the launch program.Liberian high school student makes historyBy Samuel G. Dweh/freelance journalist (0886618906/0776583266/samuelosophy@yahoo.com)At the launch of his book, “THE HEART OF A STRANGER IN THE MARKET PLACE”, Abraham Soko Sheriff, born on July 20, 1998, started with his refugee background in Ghana. ”I lived in a ghetto with my parents on the Buduburam refugee camp,” he announced to an audience made up of his siblings, former classmates, former teachers, friends, and other invited guests. The number of guests was less than 70, and majority of the seats empty.The venue was the Multi-Purpose Hall of the Noah’s Ark High School, Town Hall Community, Barnesville, outside of Monrovia on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.Most of the Author’s comments were motivational, directed at the young people in the hall.“If Abraham Sheriff, who had lived in the ghetto, can achieve with publishing a book, you, too, can achieve your respective dreams,” the former Speaker and Vice President of the Student Union Government of the Noah’s Ark High School’s Press Club said.The former student of the Europa Johnson Foundation Nursery School, in Barnesville, derided Liberians for leaving writing of the ‘Liberian story’ in the hands of foreigners. “How long will we allow foreigners to write our books?”He said young Liberians have the desire to write, but “the platform has not been created,” he observed.Speaking earlier, the Guest Speaker, Rev. Robert W. Duo, II, said transmission of one’s imagination into written form is the most difficult task. “By doing this, Abraham Soko Sheriff has crossed the bridge of intellectual barriers,” he said.He likened human mind to a satellite that collects signals from various places. “Abraham Sheriff’s mind collected signals from the imaginary world, which he documented in his book,” he said.He compared Liberia with Ghana in terms of regularity of production of books by citizens. “In Ghana on visit, I saw books by Ghanaian writers surplus on the market. The opposite is in Liberia.”He advised aspiring writers to arrest flying ideas by writing them down on a sheet.The review of the book was done by Samuel Harmon, in his mid-twenties.He said the ‘market place’, in the title of the book, means ‘strange place’, and that the plot of the book alludes to colonialism of Africa by foreign imperialists who stormed the ‘foreign place’ to plunder the natural resources of the people. “The story’s characters killed represented African leaders who opposed colonialism, like Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana,” he said.The author’s teacher at the nursery level at the Europa Johnson Foundation Nursery School said the nineteen-year-old has brought pride to his Alma Mata.“The definition of Visionary fits Abraham Soko Sheriff,” said Mr. Augustus B. Abayomi-Cole, the author’s Nursery education teacher, who is also the Founder/Principal of the School, said.  “Visionary means somebody with strong ideas about how things can be improved.”He spoke on the topic, “The Visionary and the Vision”The president of the Liberia Association of Writers (LAW), Samuel G. Dweh, also a one-time refugee in Ghana, encouraged the author to keep writing and challenged other young people in the audience to emulate what the 19-year-old had done with his talent.“I produced and launched my first novel, The Dyed Star, about our country’s civil war, when I was in high school in Nigeria,” Dweh told the audience. “Now, I have five books to my name.”Mr. Mark Keshen, senatorial candidate for Montserrado County’s Senatorial By-Election, represented by Journalist Cholo Brooks, former BBC correspondent, pledged printing of 10,000 copies of THE HEART OF A STRANGER IN THE MARKET PLACE.The major protagonist of the book is Bileyamah, who stands in the way of the ‘stranger’ (Ferton Togba) in collaboration with a foreigners (Misters Johnson and Tennison) who want to control Willedon, the native people’s home (Kingdom)Little, Tennison succeeds in brainwashing King that that he can develop the Kingdom to be economically and political superior above other Kingdoms. But his plan is to overthrow the King and rule Willidon.To succeed in their wicked plan, he has to first remove       from their path Darnell, who knows have knowledge about his scheme of ruling the land.Read the rest of author Abraham Soko Sheriff’s details in THE HEART OF A STRANGER IN THE MARKET PLACE.The book is not stainless in terms of grammatical errors. The author noted that during his speech.Majority of those who officiated in the launch of THE HEART OF A STRANGER IN THE MARKET PLACE were young people between the ages of 17 and 26.One of them was Ma Tenneh Sheriff, the author’s biological junior sister, who gave a brief history of the author.The author is a native of Grand Cape Mount County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Is under-pressure Brendan Rodgers set for Liverpool exit?

first_imgSimon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman talks to Alan Brazil and Danny Murphy about The weekend’s Premier League action and the likely managerial merry-go round.The heat seems to be off for Jose Mourinho, who was 5-2 third favourite for the sack last week before Saturday’s 2-0 win over Arsenal moved him to 33-1. But it’s not so rosy for Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers, as a 1-1 draw with Norwich takes him to 6-4 to be the next manager out, while Dick Advocaat – with Sunderland rock-bottom of the table – currently 2-1 to be the first managerial casualty of the campaign.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more