Wolf Administration Takes Next Step in Updating Charter School Regulations

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Wolf Administration Takes Next Step in Updating Charter School Regulations Education Harrisburg, PA – The reform to Pennsylvania’s flawed and outdated charter school law is moving forward with the process of developing regulations by opening a public comment period to gather information on the need for charter school reform, Governor Tom Wolf announced today. The governor outlined a three-part approach earlier this month that includes executive action, regulations, and legislation to provide comprehensive charter school reform. Gov. Wolf encourages education stakeholders to submit comments to inform the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s proposed regulations.“Pennsylvania’s charter school law is one of the worst in the country and is failing students, teachers, school districts and taxpayers,” said Governor Wolf. “We cannot wait any longer to take action. Improving transparency and holding underperforming charter and cyber charter schools accountable will level the playing field with school districts and help to control costs for taxpayers.”Brick-and-mortar charter and cyber charter schools, and for-profit companies that manage many of them, are not held to the same ethical and transparency standards of traditional public schools. Charter schools cost taxpayers $1.8 billion last year, but school districts and the state have limited authority to hold charter schools accountable.At the direction of the governor, the Department of Education is developing new regulations for charter schools. The regulations will include:• Allowing school districts to limit student enrollment at charters that do not provide a high-quality, equitable education to students.• Requiring more transparency with charter school admission and enrollment policies to prevent discrimination.• Holding charter schools and the for-profit management companies to the same transparency standards as public schools.• Establishing the same ethical standards for charter school Board of Trustees and management companies that apply to public schools.• Requiring regular financial audits and public contract bidding.• Establishing requirements for charters to document costs to prevent school districts and taxpayers from being overcharged.In addition to developing regulations, the Department of Education is creating a fee-for-service model to recover the department’s costs for implementing the charter school law.The governor’s vision of charter school reform also includes legislation. The governor will work with the General Assembly on a proposal to hold low performing charter schools accountable and cap their student enrollment, require charter school management companies to be subject to the Right to Know Act and create a moratorium on new cyber charter schools. Rising charter school costs, which elected school boards cannot control, are a key reason for school property tax increases.“There are good charter schools in Pennsylvania, but we must do more to hold underperforming charter schools – especially cyber charter schools – accountable to students, parents and taxpayers,” said Governor Wolf.A recent report from Stanford University found overwhelmingly negative results from Pennsylvania’s cyber schools and urged the commonwealth to enact reforms.The governor’s push for charter school reform has received support from many education community leaders including the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials, Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, Education Voters of Pennsylvania, Research for Action, American Federation of Teachers Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania State Education Association.Comments about the proposed charter school reforms can be submitted to: Office of the Secretary, 333 Market Street, 10th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17126.center_img August 26, 2019last_img read more

Interest in ’rare’ Clayfield house

first_img22 London Rd, ClayfieldBRISBANE’S auction market is slowly starting to wake up following the traditionally sleepy summer holiday period.Ray White Ascot selling agent Damon Warat is predicting a big sale result this weekend at 22 London Road, Clayfield.“I am definitely expecting it to sell under the hammer on Saturday,” Mr Warat said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours ago“At this stage I have at least three bidders, possibly four and there has been heaps of enquiry.“I have had lots of locals look at it plus there’s been interest from Sydney. “I have had local families who want to renovate and lift it.” 22 London Rd, ClayfieldThe home goes under the hammer at 3pm on Saturday with chief auctioneer Philip Parker calling the action live on-site.“It is quite rare and it is in an original form. It is the last of a rare kind of property in Clayfield which sits on a large 810sq m.”last_img read more

Mitsui starts compulsory acquisition of remaining AWE shares. ASX delisting expected by end of May

first_imgMitsui’s A$580 million takeover bid for all of the shares of Australia’s oil and gas company AWE closed at 7 pm Sydney time on Thursday. At the time of closing Mitsui had a relevant interest in 96.47% of AWE’s issued share capital.“As announced on 24 April 2018, Mitsui has commenced the compulsory acquisition process for the remaining AWE shares in accordance with the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth),” AWE said on Thursday.To remind, Mitsui in January filed a takeover offer A$0.95 per share, beating a previous offer made by Australia’s Mineral Resources.In a statement on Thursday, Mitsui said it would delist AWE from the Australian Securities Exchange. This is expected to be completed by the end of May 2018.AWE is an independent oil and gas company with offshore and onshore oil and gas operations in the Asia Pacific region.It’s been reported that the interested parties have been particularly in awe of AWE’s large Waitsia gas field near Perth, Australia.This was confirmed in December by one of the bidders, China’s CERCG who said: “…CERCG Australia acknowledges that the Waitsia Gas Field, and its increasing 2P Reserves and future development, has the potential to return value to AWE Shareholders in the longer term…”CERCG had offered $0.73 AWE share, but it later withdrew from the bidding race. In its recent annual report, AWE said it optimized its assets to focus on gas in the near to medium term “and is aligned with strengthening Australian domestic gas markets.”The company’s priorities focus on on the development of Stage 2 of the Waitsia gas project in Western Australia and securing new gas sales contracts for Casino and BassGas on the east coast at substantially higher prices.AWE discovered the Waitsia field in September 2014. Further drilling and testing through to late 2017 culminated in AWE increasing its estimates of 2P Reserves for the field to 820 PJ (100% basis, 410 PJ AWE share) in December 2017, and the Waitsia field now ranks in the top five largest onshore gas discoveries in Australia.Waitsia is located in an established gas producing region of Western Australia, close to existing gas transportation and storage infrastructure and the Perth metropolitan demand center.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

BW Offshore gets termination notice for New Zealand FPSO

first_imgA contract for the BW Offshore-owned FPSO Umuroa, operating offshore New Zealand, has been terminated. BW Offshore said on Monday it had been notified by the client Tamarind Resources that the contract for the FPSO Umuroa, currently operating on the Tui field offshore New Zealand, would not be extended.The effective termination date will be December 31, 2019. The FPSO’s previous contract extension, which is set to expire at the end of the year, was agreed in July 2018.BW Offshore will now start preparing for the demobilization of the unit from the Tui field. The FPSO has been operating on the field since 2007.The Tui Area Oil Project constitutes three fields, Tui, Amokura, and Pateke, which started production on July 30, 2007, and produce from four horizontal wells flowing to the FPSO Umuroa. The oil is processed on the Umuroa before being exported via export tankers destined for refineries on Australia’s eastern seaboard. The FPSO has a storage capacity of 700,000 barrels of stabilized crude oil.The Tui area was previously operated by AWE until Tamarind took over operatorship in March 2017.In related news, Tamarind in September 2019 reportedly put its New Zealand offshore drilling plans to a halt after being unable to reach an agreement with offshore drilling contractor COSL.last_img read more

Geoscientists Explore Use of OWF Cables as Seismic Sensors

first_imgA team of geoscientists led by Caltech has used fiber optic communications cables stationed at the bottom of the North Sea as a giant seismic network, tracking earthquakes and ocean waves.The project was, in part, a proof of concept. Oceans cover two-thirds of the earth’s surface, but placing permanent seismometers under the sea is prohibitively expensive. The fact that the fiber network was able to detect and record a magnitude-8.2 earthquake near Fiji in August 2018 proves the ability of the technology to fill in some of the massive blind spots in the global seismic network, explained Caltech graduate student Ethan Williams.“Fiber optic communications cables are growing more and more common on the sea floor. Rather than place a whole new device, we can tap into some of this fiber and start observing seismicity immediately,” Williams said.The project relies on a technology called distributing acoustic sensing, or DAS. DAS was developed for energy exploration but has been repurposed for seismology.DAS sensors shoot a beam of light down a fiber optic cable. Tiny imperfections in the cable reflect back miniscule amounts of the light, allowing the imperfections to act as “waypoints.” As a seismic wave jostles the fiber cable, the waypoints shift minutely in location, changing the travel time of the reflected light waves and thus allowing scientists to track the progression of the wave.The DAS instrument used in this study was built and operated by a team from Spain’s University of Alcalá, led by study co-author Miguel Gonzalez-Herraez.Recently, Caltech’s Zhongwen Zhan began deploying DAS for seismology. For example, he and his colleagues tracked aftershocks from California’s Ridgecrest earthquake sequence using fiber that stretches along the state’s 395 freeway and also have tapped into the City of Pasadena’s fiber network to create a citywide earthquake-detecting network.“Seafloor DAS is a new frontier of geophysics that may bring orders-of-magnitude more submarine seismic data and a new understanding of the deep Earth’s interior and major faults,” said Zhan, assistant professor of geophysics and coauthor of study.For the North Sea project, Williams, Zhan, and their colleagues employed a 40,000-meter section of fiber optic cable that connects a North Sea wind farm to the shore. There are millions of tiny imperfections in the cable, so they averaged out the imperfections in each 10-meter segment, creating an array of more than 4,000 virtual sensors.“With the flip of a switch, we have an array of 4,000 sensors that would’ve cost millions to place,” Williams said.Because of the network’s fine degree of sensitivity, the North Sea array was able to track tiny, non-earthquake-related seismic noise (or “microseisms”) and found evidence that supports a longstanding theory that the microseisms result from ocean waves.In 1950, mathematician and oceanographer Michael Selwyn Longuet-Higgins theorized that the complex interaction of ocean waves could exert enough of a rolling pressure on the sea floor to generate so-called Scholte waves—a type of seismic wave that occurs at the interface of a liquid and a solid. By tracking both ocean waves and corresponding microseisms, the North Sea array revealed that the microseisms could be the result of ocean-wave interactions.Funding for this research came from Caltech; JPL, which Caltech manages for NASA; the National Science Foundation; the Spanish Ministerio de Ciencia; Innovacíon y Universidades; and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.last_img read more

Multiple Arrests Reported On Whitewater River

first_imgFile PhotoAs people enjoy the warm weather, a popular summer stop is the Whitewater River near Brookville. Indiana Conservation Officers were busy there this weekend as they arrested and issued multiple citations for suspected illegal activity.Conservation Officers made multiple arrests on Saturday in a targeted enforcement effort on potential problems caused by recreational canoeists along the waterway.They issued 32 citations and arrested 16 people. Charges had a wide range of including fishing without a license, littering, minor consuming alcoholic beverages, possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance.Conservation Officers were assisted in transporting the subjects to jail by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department and the Brookville Police Department.last_img

Velocita extends IMCA sponsorship through 2020

first_imgCLEMMONS, N.C. – Velocita will recognize the accomplishments of IMCA national and regional champions, as well as the top driver in point standings for two special series, through the 2020 season.The Clemmons, N.C., custom fire suit manufacturer has signed a three-year agreement that runs through its ninth year as an IMCA sponsor.Velocita gives custom fire suits to national IMCA Modified, IMCA Late Model, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod, Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod and Mach-1 Sport Compact national champions, and to champions of the Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models and the Ar­nold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour for Modifieds.Product certificates valued at $200 go to other drivers winning Modified, Stock Car and Hobby Stock regional titles.Those awards will be presented at the national awards banquet in November.Event title sponsor Fast Shafts again gives Velocita-manufactured fire suits to each of the 30 Modified drivers elected to start the Friday, Sept. 7 All-Star Invitational dur­ing the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s at Boone Speed­way.Velocita also manufac­tures gloves, shoes and underwear, crew shirts and jackets. More infor­mation is available at the company’s www.velocita-usa.com website or by calling 336 816-7223.“We have been able to grow the Velocita program each year we’ve partnered with them and the next step was to cement the relationship we have by entering into a multi-year agreement,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Their commitment to IMCA is extraordinary and we look forward to working with them for many years to come.”last_img read more

Lady Wildcats Fall To Lady Knights

first_imgFC Girls Golf fell to South Dearborn 161-191.Medalist for the match was Zach Jewell with a 38. Other scores for FC were Austin Hill 48, Chase Tolhurst 51, Cole Erfman 54, Brandon Cowen 56, Brad Spurlock 59, Austin Bohman 61, Trent Meyer 61, and Tyler Norris 61.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Dustin Riley.last_img

Concerts Committee plans virtual semester

first_imgWhile Instagram Lives are low-budget and more manageable to set up, such interactive events can amass huge crowds and provide ample opportunity for music promotion and merchandise sales. Travis Scott held a similar event on Fortnite, with almost 12 million viewers from around the world in attendance.  “If the artist wants to post about it, I wouldn’t be mad because then all of their fans can come too,” Gibbs said. “At the end of the day, I just want as many people to enjoy our events as possible.”  While the future of live shows may currently be uncertain, Gibbs, Kronenberg and the Committee are actively working to provide entertainment and events for USC students.  “We’re definitely going to try and have some sort of virtual programming, whether that be panels or special smaller events with either student artists or non-student artists,” Gibbs said. Concerts Committee co-executive director Samantha Gibbs, along with her team, is now dealing with a colossal dilemma: How can the organization do its job when concerts and big crowds are prohibited for the time being? Stepping into its mid-Spring semester role, Concerts Committee’s new executive board is entering uncharted territory this coming school year. Alongside co-director Faiz Haque, Gibbs and the rest of the team have been challenged to drastically alter the traditional Welcome Back Concert held every August.  While traditional large, in-person events like the Welcome Back Concert and Conquest! are out of the question, Concerts Committee is quickly pivoting toward providing entertainment for students at a socially acceptable distance — virtually. Having previously featured artists such as Saweetie, Migos, Gunna, Playboi Carti, Trippie Redd and Still Woozy, Concerts Committee works with agents to book performers for its events, which are free to USC students.  The transition to a digital interface will force the Committee to think outside the box, experiment with new methods of viewer engagement, promote smaller online events and partner with more student artists. However, Concerts Committee views the many challenges of the current virtual-only landscape as an opportunity.  While the exact format and headliner of the event are yet to be announced, Concerts Committee is working to make sure it’s a virtual music experience like no other.  Because events will be online, Concerts Committee is in an unprecedented position to publicize them to a much wider audience than usual, perhaps opening it to not only the USC community but each artist’s fans as well.  Ben Kronenberg, the assistant director of marketing for Concerts Committee, acknowledged that his responsibilities this semester will be a far cry from the average school year. He said that the now-typical Instagram Live concert content is overdone, often unengaging and as a result, “disheartening.” He will work closely with his creative teams to find new ways to reach out to and engage students and get people excited about a digital event. Jared Khan, a junior majoring in quantitative biology and an avid concertgoer, recently attended a 100 gecs music festival on the Minecraft platform. He said he enjoyed the novelty of the experiential event, noting that it was “more of an emulation of a real concert versus a passive viewing party.” Khan was also quick to point out that it was not identical to a typical concert experience. While Concerts Committee hasn’t yet officially confirmed any events, opening up virtual events would be an opportunity to publicize both the Committee and some of USC’s own artists, Gibbs said. USC Concerts Committee is responsible for orchestrating some of the biggest and most exciting events of the school year. From the Welcome Back Concert to Conquest! and Springfest, members of the committee create and coordinate unforgettable live music experiences for USC students.  The organization recently teased the opening acts for its Welcome Back event. Partnering with the Black Student Assembly, Concerts Committee announced via Instagram Aug. 10 that its event will feature Kyle Lux and Jordyn Simone, two up-and-coming artists and USC students.  In typical years, Concerts Committee employs a variety of methods to reach students and promote their events, using a mixture of digital and terrestrial marketing strategies, such as social media platforms, email blasts, on-campus promotion and tabling on Trousdale Parkway. However, with campus life disrupted by a virtual semester, the Committee is forced to get creative in its outreach methods. Unlike Instagram Live concerts that have become commonplace during the lockdown, Gibbs said that Concerts Committee is brainstorming ways to make the virtual concert experience as interactive and creative as possible for attendees.  “We’re trying to pull something together that’s really interesting and unique from what we’ve seen previously with livestreams and stuff like that,” said Gibbs, a senior majoring in communication. “We’re just trying to make it so that whatever we do is something enjoyable and something maybe different than what we’ve seen over the past few months.” Tentatively planning to livestream its music events, the committee is working to create engaging and inimitable experiences for students logging on from around the globe.  Crowds that once filled music venues at McCarthy Quad turn to virtual means of the concert experience due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Ling Luo | Daily Trojan) Springfest 2020 was supposed to be held in late March in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum but was canceled due to concerns over the coronavirus. With a nearly empty campus in August and restrictions imposed on large gatherings, sporting events and live shows in L.A. County, Springfest won’t be the last concert cancellation.  “Everyone in any role anywhere now has to really learn what resilience is and how to … make the best out of the situation,” Kronenberg said.last_img read more

Shafer: Young players to get opportunities as season dies down

first_img Published on November 18, 2014 at 1:20 pm Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_ With the season winding down and bowl eligibility gone, Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer is looking to the team’s youth.The Orange (3-7, 1-5 Atlantic Coast) has two games remaining, starting with Pittsburgh (4-6, 2-4) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Heinz Field. In those contests, Shafer is looking to see the younger players on his team further tested in a game environment as they try to send SU’s seniors off with some wins, he said on his weekly Tuesday teleconference.Shafer said he is particularly looking to his quarterbacks and offensive line as places where less experienced players are likely to feature.“I think any time you get a chance to find a lot out about young quarterbacks, it’s a good thing,” Shafer said.Freshman quarterback AJ Long was limited in the bye week after missing SU’s 27-10 loss to Duke on Nov. 8 with a nerve issue in his arm but he, along with sophomores Austin Wilson and Mitch Kimble were set to practice Tuesday, Shafer said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShafer also said some previously injured offensive linemen have a chance of returning in some capacity this week, but that they would be limited in practice.Right guard Nick Robinson and offensive tackle Michael Lasker joined already-sidelined right tackle Ivan Foy in missing the Duke game. Jason Emerich took the majority of snaps at center with regular starter John Miller injured. Sophomore guard Alex Hayes debuted at right guard due to Robinson and Lasker’s injuries.Left tackle Sean Hickey and left guard Rob Trudo have also been fighting through injuries this season.Said Shafer: “So you’ll still see an opportunity to watch the kids practice that haven’t played a ton of football up front, which is always big.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more