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All K-12 schools in Pennsylvania shut down for 2 weeks amid coronavirus outbreak

Source: 6abc

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- Governor Tom Wolf announced that all K-12 Pennsylvania schools will be closed for 10 business days effective Monday, March 16. The governor made the following announcement on Friday afternoon:

The administration has been working with school districts as well as state and local officials to gather input on this decision. The Wolf Administration will continue to monitor Covid-19 in the commonwealth, and at the end of 10 days will reevaluate and decide whether continued closure is needed. We understand that these are trying times and recognize the impact of the coronavirus on our students and communities.

First and foremost, my top priority as governor - and that of our education leaders - must be to ensure the health and safety of our students and school communities. As such, I am ordering that all schools in the commonwealth close for the next two weeks. Be aware that no school district will be penalized if it fails to meet the 180 day or school hours requirements. The Department of Education will work with intermediate units and other stakeholders to support school districts with any continuity of learning plans they may be pursuing.

Also, the Pennsylvania Department of Education announced today that it received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow eligible schools to serve meals to low income students in a non-congregate setting, such as a drive-through or grab and go, during this closure. We will also work with schools to assist them with those plans.

Read more: https://6abc.com/health/all-k-12-schools-in-pennsylvania-shut-down-for-2-weeks/6009948/

Heard this as a breaking on the local news radio station after they covered the NJ governor's presser.

EDIT - Updates to the situation in PA have been added to this thread

Philadelphia Charter Change Question - School Reform Commission

I hate to say, the best kept secret seems to be this one of the four ballot questions for the upcoming May 19th primary -

(Bill No. 140514-A)

"Shall The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended
to call upon the Pennsylvania General Assembly and the
Governor to abolish the School Reform Commission
and return local control of Philadelphia's schools?"

I rarely get over to this forum but anyone who does hang out here and lives in Philly - take note! The state law that went into effect in 2001 that created the SRC and imposed it on Philadelphia, DID have a provision (that I looked up and found last year) that allows the city to revoke this idiocy and present its own plan for running the schools once more, as has always been done for over a century pre-2001. The SRC does nothing for the education piece of the school system, but essentially only looks at the "costs" (using the bullshit "business model" mode of operating), and to hell with obtaining the resources that are really needed (in a state with no funding-formula, and obscene differences between school districts in the state on how much per child is allocated while taking into account the cost of living in these areas). And the critical piece is that the city school infrastructure - much of it built in the late '20s/early '30s, is crumbling daily.
Posted by BumRushDaShow | Sun May 17, 2015, 08:53 AM (5 replies)
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