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In response, Pennsylvania’s education secretary said Gov. Wolf has plans to address the funding disparity between rich and poor school districts.
“We’re one of 14 state institutions owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and Cheyney from the very beginning has been treated like a stepchild,” says Michael Coard, a 1982 Cheyney alumnus who is one of several attorneys representing plaintiffs in the civil rights lawsuit.
The US Department of Education says inclusion on the list “in no way indicates” an institution has violated Title IX, prohibiting sex discrimination, but it’s releasing the list of places it is investigating to “foster better public awareness.”
Because rates of discipline have been disproportionally high for some racial groups, guidance from the US Dept. of Education and Justice is suggesting changes in ‘zero-tolerance’.
This was not your normal pep rally, not by a long shot.
The Pennsylvania public school advocate group “Action United” filed the complaint after, the group said, its analysis of the plan showed that schools slated for closing disproportionately serve African-American, low income, and disabled students.
Three local schools have been named “Green Ribbon” schools by the US Department of Education, in a program that honors the best in environmental education and conservation.
Central to the Obama administration’s $4 billion turnaround program to radically transform schools is the appointment of new principals, but that may be easier said than done.
Recruiting new teachers was the focus of a town hall discussion on Monday that brought the US education secretary to Temple University.