first_img May 08, 2015 Governor Wolf Discusses the Impact of Funding Increases in Northampton County during “Schools that Teach” Roundtable and Tour SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Press Release,  Schools That Teach Bethlehem, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today continued his “Schools That Teach” tour in Northampton County, where he heard from teachers and administrators at Governor Wolf Elementary School – named after former Governor George Wolf – in the Bethlehem Area School District about their plans to ensure that education funding from his 2015-16 budget goes directly into the classroom.“Pennsylvania ranks near the bottom in the country in state funding for K through 12 education and my proposed budget makes historic investments at all levels – early childhood education through higher education,” said Governor Wolf. “After years of funding cuts that resulted in the loss of educators, increased class sizes, and cuts to valuable programs, I want to ensure that the new funding in my budget reaches the classroom and directly impacts student achievement. Focusing on education will allow us to lay the foundation for long-term economic growth.”In a roundtable discussion, Governor heard from school leaders and stakeholders about their plans to implement and sustain full-day kindergarten as a direct result of the nearly $3.8 million basic education funding increase to their district.“This is an important opportunity for districts to have comprehensive conversations about how to invest this funding on proven resources and programs that will improve student learning,” Governor Wolf said. “What is being proposed here in the Bethlehem Area School District is a prime example of a plan that will ensure this historic education investment reaches the classroom while providing clear benchmarks to measure the results of student achievement.”“The governor’s budget aligns with the needs of our district, particularly when it comes to early childhood education,” Bethlehem Area School District Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy said. “We are expanding to universal, full-day kindergarten, knowing that our funding increase under the governor’s budget provides the resources to make this possible.”In March, Department of Education Acting Secretary Pedro Rivera sent a letter to superintendents in all 500 districts detailing accountability measures to ensure the education funding proposed in Governor Wolf’s 2015-2016 budget is spent directly on students in the classroom to allow them to compete in a modern economy. In the letter, Acting Secretary Rivera called on districts to submit plans to ensure this new investment reaches the classroom and to measure results for Pennsylvania’s students.MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Sheridan – 717.783.1116# # #last_img read more

first_imgOctober real estate listings dropped in five Australian capital cities.BRISBANE has mirrored a national fall in property listings, with latest monthly figures showing a 1.4 per cent drop in homes listed for sale in October.Latest SQM Research residential property listings data found stock levels were tightening across most capital cities, though there was “no evidence of any major correction in any city”, according to the firm’s research head Louis Christopher.He said the initial September spring listings surge had run its course but there was more to come before summer.“It is not unusual to record a slight decline in listings in October,” he said. “A second surge in November usually occurs prior to the market closing for the year, and so, we expect listings to rise again next month.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day agoThe biggest drop in residential listings came out of Melbourne in October. Picture: AAP Image/James Ross.The biggest October listings drop came out of Melbourne (-3 per cent) followed by Darwin (-2.6 per cent), Hobart (-1.8 per cent), Brisbane (-1.4 per cent) and Perth (-1 per cent).“Overall, the numbers are slightly positive. There is no evidence of any major correction in any city, however the large year-on-year rises in Sydney are demonstrating a downturn.”While the monthly figures showed that three capitals bucked the national trend “as some homeowners took profits on their homes” – Canberra (5.3 per cent), Sydney (2.8 per cent) and Adelaide (2.6 per cent) – the yearly change was much more astounding.Nationally listings were down by 4.6 per cent, with double digit drops in Hobart (-25.3 per cent) and Melbourne (-11.9 per cent), even as Sydney saw a double digit rise of 17.1 per cent.Perth was down by 4 per cent but every other capital saw rises in annual figures including Brisbane (1.7 per cent), Canberra (8.2 per cent) and Adelaide (1.1 per cent).The data also showed asking prices up 1 per cent across the capital cities for houses but flat for units in October.last_img read more

first_imgMargibi County Superintendent John Zubah Buway has called on every Liberian to be serious about their own security by taking it in their own hands in the face of UNMIL’s expected drawdown on June 30.Superintendent Buway said it was now time for every Liberian citizen, in their various communities across the country, to be their own security so as to enable a continuous state of peace after the full drawdown of UNMIL troops from Liberia. According to the Liberia News Agency, Superintendent Buway made the statement in Kakata over the weekend at a program for the official establishment and training of the County Security Council (CSC) of Margibi County, a two day County Security Council establishment and training program intended to train locals on how to handle security matters in the absence of state security in their area.He said Liberia was at a very crucial point in its peace process and that the security of the state cannot be left alone with national government to shoulder, but should be a collective effort that involves every Liberian, irrespective of their status in society.Also speaking, the Project Coordinator of the National Security Council (NSC), Roland Duo, said the establishment of a County Security Council (CSC) is very necessary for the security of the state and its people.Mr. Duo said the Liberian government is now taking on the full responsibility of securing the country, adding that it is taking every possible measure that will ensure the proper and full security of every Liberian and foreign resident.He said in the wake of the UNMIL drawdown, it is expedient for Liberians to live a peaceful life void of violence to avoid a relapse into the ugly past.Mr. Duo stated that although the government of Liberia did not have a security presence all over the country during the prewar years, it was still very capable of responding to any security threat to the lives of its citizens.He cautioned every Liberian to be serious about the security of their community and avoid any unwholesome acts that could result to a serious security threat to the state.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more