Montgomery County State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, member of a select committee on school safety, says several hearings were held across the state to address the issue of various strategies in keeping schools safe from violence, but the possibility of arming teachers failed to connect with those who attended the hearings.
“In conversations that I’ve had with friends, there are school board directors or teachers or workers in schools, nobody seems to be advocating arming teachers.”
Daley, a guest on the security advisors on radio Monday says, a report on the hearings will be presented to the house in September. The select committee was set-up as a result of state house resolution 53, which established the committee to investigate and make recommendations concerning safety and security in public schools
With the start of school less than a month away, the North Penn School Board has filled two key building leadership positions. Pete Nicholson will earn almost $104,000 annually as the assistant principal at North Penn High School. He is currrently a middle school principal in the Allentown School District. The school board also hired an elementary school principal from the Parkland School District in Lehigh County to be the new princiapl at Gwynedd Square Elementary School. Bill Bowen is a North Penn High School graduate and he grew up in North Wales. His salary will be $116,000.
Gaming revenues to the rescue for homeowners again, in the Souderton and North Penn School Districts. Next school year, residents in the North Penn School District will get a rebate of 178 dollars, while Souderton homeowners will see 182 dollars. The moves comes by way of The Taxpayers Relief act of 2006, which was upgraded in 2011. The legislation continues to benefit homeowners. this marks the 6th year that residents are receiving a tax break as a result of gaming proceeds.
A local State lawmaker says the Federal Government is not trying to implement new education standards through something called Common Core. State Rep. Paul Clymer chairs the House Education Committee says local residents are adopting Pennsylvania Core Standards.
“These standards are only applicable to public schools, not private, religious or the home school community. They will be exempt.”
Clymer says there’s been a lot of rumors about Common Core, which precipitated an informational hearing of the Education Committee in Harrisburg on Monday. Clymer says setting the curriculum is still the function of the local school district.