Partners Post: February 2018

Gov. Wolf's budget plan invests in schools

Gov. Tom Wolf

Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 2018-19 budget recommends critical funding increases for basic education, special education, higher education, and career and technical education.

New investments in career and technical education will help public schools to serve Pennsylvania’s student and workforce needs as demand for these programs continues to grow. PSEA President Dolores McCracken and Associated Builders and Contractors CEO G. David Sload published an op-ed on the importance of investing in career and technical education.

Since taking office, Gov. Wolf has worked with Democrats and Republicans to reverse school funding cuts, invest in our public schools, enact a new school funding formula, and reduce the amount of time our students spend on standardized tests.

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Keep our schools and students safe

Our hearts are broken over the tragic events at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Parents, watch for signs your children are feeling anxious and know you are surrounded by school professionals who care about them, too.

Here are some resources that help caring adults who want to talk to their children in difficult and scary times like these:

  • When your child is feeling anxious – Reassure your child but don’t deny the feeling. Caring adults should listen and explain that they will help the child work through their anxiety. It’s also important to set a routine and stick to it as much as possible. See Partners' anxiety resource for more.
  • Crisis Text Line – Crisis Text Line offers free 24/7 support to people in crisis, helping people with issues ranging from eating disorders to family crises to suicide and depression. Just text 741741 from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained crisis counselor.
  • Never again – Did you know that an analysis of 30 school shootings found the attackers had told others about their plans in advance four out of five times? Imagine if more people spoke up about threats of violence before they happened.

The Sandy Hook Promise is urging parents and caring adults to teach the children in their lives to be ”better bystanders“ and to ”say something“ when they get wind of such threats.

The group’s ”Say Something“ campaign offers resources to help adults have conversations with the teens and preteens in their lives about this often difficult subject. These potentially lifesaving conversations can teach young people to:

  • Recognize the signs and signals of potential threats;
  • Take action with that information; and
  • Know that when they ”Say Something,“ they save lives.

Meet the 'My teacher is an Olympian' contest winners

Sherri Hughes and Lillianna Fells

Lillianna Fells, a third-grade student in the North Pocono School District, is the winner of the “My teacher is an Olympian” contest, sponsored by the Pennsylvania State Education Association, Partners for Public Education, and the Pennsylvania PTA.  For the contest, K-3rd grade students were asked to write and illustrate three original reasons explaining how an educator or support professional they know demonstrates one or all of the following qualities of an Olympian: friendship, solidarity, and fair play.

The contest aimed to recognize the great work of the educators, support professionals, and administrators in Pennsylvania’s schools, while showing students that being an Olympian means so much more than being an athlete.

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Member Benefits Spotlight: Save on dinner and dessert

Hungry? Whether you’re looking for fine dining, a casual meal, or fast food, you can save money with your benefits as a subscriber to Partners for Public Education.

To save on your next meal out, simply go to the Access Program website and log in (or create an account using your Partners' membership number). Then look under the "Dining & Food" category (on the left side of your screen) for savings at nearby restaurants, pubs, and markets.


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