EPLC Education Notebook
Friday, July 25, 2008
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The Independent Regulatory Review Commission has issued comments on proposed Department of Education auditing standards for approved private schools. Click here to read IRRC’s comments published in the July 19 edition of the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONPDE has announced 2008-09 grant recipients for Science It’s Elementary funding and Dual Enrollment funding. The grants will support innovations in science teaching in 143 elementary schools, and will provide high school students in 370 school districts and 16 career and technical schools with opportunities to pursue credit-bearing college courses.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
RESEARCH AND REPORTS
Orders are now being accepted for “Education in the 50 States: A Deskbook of the History of State Constitutions and Laws About Education”. Click here for details on how to purchase this new book from the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia and the Institute for Educational Equity and Opportunity.
State Board of Education Chairman Karl Girton has resigned from the Board, effective August 1. Girton chose to leave the Board following a request by Gov. Ed Rendell to step down from his leadership post. Rendell said he feels the time is right for him to appoint a new Chairman, given recent turnover in Board membership.
Girton, who joined the Board in 1992, was appointed Chair by Gov. Mark Schweiker in 2002. He previously served on the school board in the Millville Area School District and also as president of the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit. In addition to his expertise in the education field, Girton is a business leader in Columbia County.
During his tenure, Girton led State Board initiatives to update the state’s academic standards, adopt new standards for early childhood education, and oversee the recent education costing-out study commissioned by the General Assembly. In 2006, EPLC honored Girton with the Edward Donley Education Policy Leadership Award, which recognizes exemplary models of dedicated service to children, commitment to stronger educational opportunities for all, and hard work to improve the effectiveness of local, state, and national education policy.
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