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Radio Talk Show Host Fails to Study School Consolidation for Fayette County Study
Not Enough Said project of: Net the Truth Online
Rep. Mahoney Reading Not Enough Said? Poses Study Could Show No Savings by Admin. Consolidation?
Fayette Special: Model for Other Power Grabbing PA State Legislators to Follow
PA Rep. Tim Mahoney Proposal to House Education Cmte Shows Goal To Wrest Local Control
County-wide School District Legislation Allows Board of Commissioners Authority to Equalize District
Not Enough Said on This Issue Site per Proposal for Fayette Vo-Tech/STEM Center
Confirmation Why Herald-Standard Didn't Question Rep. About His Advisory Committee
Plan for Countywide School District Consolidation = Fayette Forward Strategic Plan
Report PA School Consolidation Cost Effectiveness
Rep. Mahoney Claims After Consolidation Savings 15% to 20% Where We Ask?
Is Rep. Tim Mahoney About to Change Structure of School Administration All on His Own?
Herald-Standard & Rep. Tim Mahoney in League to Bait & Switch Public
Candidates for School Directors On the Fence or Supportive Urged to View Wealth of Critical Studies
Herald-Standard Disappointed School Board Candidates Not All Rosey County Consolidation
Study: consolidation of school districts into larger units leads to higher dropout rate!
We Can Hear It Now Some of my Opponents Don't Want The People To Decide
We Can Hear it Now: Are You Against the People Deciding Consolidation Choice
Report PA School Boards Association Study on Consolidation 2009
Cost Savings Claimed 2 Years Before Local Study Begins Now Claim Lowered!
Bid Process? Study Weighted to Cost-Savings Due to Results for Center & Monaca Consolidations?
Does Consolidation into Large District Save Costs?
Did Merged Districts Hold True to Standard & Poor Study: Taxes May Rise in 1 District
Merged Monaca & Center School Districts Less than 2,999 Students!
First Eliminate School Property Taxes, Candidate Says, Then We'll See @ Consolidation?
Central Valley School District: Archetype for (Fayette) County-wide Consolidation?
What is the Impact of Consolidation (into larger district) on Students?
What is the Impact of Consolidation (into larger district) on Rural Community?
No Public Referendum Required for Two or More School Districts to Merge
PA Economy League Report Municipal and School District Functional Mergers & Structural Consolidation
Experts Slam Consolidation Small/Medium Size Districts into Larger One
Not Enough Said Requests Talk Show Host Read Standard & Poor Study
Legislation Designed to Enable Boards of County Commissioners Power to Place Measure on Ballot
Article: PA Legislators Push Plans for School Consolidation
Fayette School Director Candidates Take Opposing View of Countywide Consolidation Plan
Get It Spot On and Don't Cover Up When You Don't
Unified Countywide School District for "Taxation Purposes"
Uniformity in the Course of Study in the Schools of the Several Grades
Rep. Mahoney Meets With Herald Standard Editorial Board
PA Dept. of Ed. Retirees Now Education Management Group Consultants to Conduct Study
Promise Local Sub-districts in Countywide School Retain Local Identity
Book of Quotes by Not Enough Said
Links per county-wide school consolidation issue
Contact Me
Stop Uniform Curriculum County-Wide School Consolidation Power Grab
Fayette County Commissioner Candidates Responses to School Regionalization Question
Tribune-Review article per PA school consolidation legislation
Article: Region to Benefit from 2 New STEM Education Centers
Herald-Standard Article: Unity between Business and Education Needed in Fayette County
Marcellus Shale Gas Program of Interest Not an Endorsement
Radio Talk Show Host: Gas Impact Concerns Citizens Demand DEP Resolve
Votefix will be providing an update soon

Not Enough Said on This contains information and links to documentation on the proposal by Fay-Penn Economic Development Council to replace the current arrangement with four area public school districts for the joint Fayette Area Vocational-Technical School with a new building to house a planned new STEM Educational Center.

Pittsburgh region to benefit from two new STEM educational centers Wednesday, October 8, 2008

http://www.popcitymedia.com/innovationnews/stem1006.aspx

The FA Vo-Tech School also recently adopted a name change it is now the  Fayette County Area Career and Technical Institute.

Vo-Tech Board Votes to Change Facility's Name

http://www.heraldstandard.com/news/local_news/article_5df787f4-41a7-599b-a4e9-40560fe2d74b.html

Currently, the building serves the students from four area independent public school districts.

However, the reason we highlight this issue here along with the legislation to attempt to consolidate local school districts into a countywide system is PA state Rep. Tim Mahoney's  plan calls for one cyber school, one alternative school, one 'charter' school, and one vocational-technical school under one umbrella so-to-speak.

In Not Enough Said on This, we further question the potential for creation of an 'authority,' and it appears the plan is for a 'consortium' to handle the Center, one that may be removed from any ultimate oversight by the school districts who formed the 'authority.'

Of special interest is the report issued to the Fayette Area Vo-Tech School and its Innovation and Workforce Development Center.

We highlight and discuss this report, but if you want to view it directly from here, it is located at

 http://www.fayettevo-tech.org/IWDCNEW_files/frame.htm

See Fay-Penn Strategic Plan site Fayette Forward

An 'authority' can use the power of eminent domain, and have independent power of issuing bonds for whatever purposes it desires.

In addition, the main feature of the plan for a new building and complex is the ability to tap the local property tax base of the individual school districts entering into an arrangement with the authority/consortium.

We see danger of far less accountability with unelected officials gaining access to the public's funds to begin with, but this situation would be even more dangerous.

The individual school districts would not be able to undo creation of the arrangement because the complex would be under the jurisdiction of an 'autonomous' consortium, if not an outright 'authority.'

The Fay-Penn 20/20 Vision Strategic Plan has never been bashful in highlighting the ability of the Fay-Penn organization to seek federal and state grants for any number of its own projects or ones the agency supports.

Check out our pages as they mount up here and at Not Enough Said on This to stop this equally observable attempt grab taxation power for a larger governmental body and/or 'public/private partnership.'

Fay-Penn Economic Development Council Strategic Plan for Fayette County known as Fayette Forward
 
Not Enough Said: The following shows the Plan for a new Vocational Technical Center (now referred to as Career Technical Center) is not exclusively for high-school students, and it hints at a plan to begin 'career' choice 'skills' in Kindergarten!
 
CAREER TECHNICAL TRAINING

• Every student in the county must have the opportunity to be trained in a modem career technical school delivering cutting edge training matched to employer needs.

• Most jobs today will require skills that are attainable at public secondary career technical schools.

• Career Technical Schools are a needed investment to ensure a skilled workforce for Fayette County.

• Potential jobs in Fayette County have gone unfilled because employers could not find people with needed skill sets.

• A commitment to a new Career Technical School would send a clear message that Fayette County is investing in the future workforce. This commitment would ensure Fayette County keeps up with, if not surpasses, other counties in competition for potential and lucrative jobs.
If you do not now value Career Technical Education, think about your furnace failing on a freezing winter night. Also, think about driving down the mountain and you find that the brakes on your vehicle are not working properly.

According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor statistics:

40 – 45% of all job openings in the economy will be in occupations requiring Career Technical Education.

The shortage of skilled workers will increase as baby boomers retire.

Fayette County needs a competitive workforce to attract and retain business and industry.

Obtaining skills taught in Career Technical Programs will increase the probability of higher wages.

III STRENGTHEN THE PARTNERSHIP
THAT CURRENTLY EXISTS BETWEEN THE
PRE-K PROVIDER AND THE K-12 SCHOOLS

Longitudinal studies have concluded strong pre-school programs and partnerships have
● Reduced remediation costs to school district
● Reduced Drop-out rates
● Improve school readiness and help students achieve greater academic success

Research has clearly indicated great return on investment concerning early childhood education
birth to age five.
1) Students entering Kindergarten who are at risk are likely to have difficulty in school

● Why not pick one week for all the schools in the county to do kindergarten registration
(a) Would be easy for everyone to remember
(b) More cost effective for all to advertise the same week – sharing costs and giving
broader and more frequent media coverage.

● Develop and/or revise Kindergarten registration forms to be the same
(a) Pre-K providers could have the information completed prior to kindergarten, making it easier for parents
(b) After all the State requires the same information for each school district
(c) This would involve less paperwork and less time in line during actual Kindergarten registration

● Why not the same age and specifically the same date for kindergarten entry
(a) This would eliminate many disputes and less hard feelings
(b) Clear, precise message to all parents
(c) No need to compare one district’s cutoff date to another
(d) Easier to understand and accept if all have the same cutoff date

● Students need much more help in making career selections.
(a) This will improve communication between kindergarten teachers and the Pre-K community


(b) A better working understanding of Pre-K standards and implications at the Kindergarten level
(c) School district professional development activities should include Head Start/Pre-K teachers when appropriate

IV DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A FUNCTIONING COMPREHENSIVE COUNTY-WIDE
CAREER GUIDANCE SYSTEM

This plan should have defined career paths for the state’s
identified job clusters.

High priority occupations must also be presented using the
career ladder concept.

It would be helpful and more cost-effective if each school district would adopt the same best practices, i.e., software career exploration and assessment package (Employer validations of competence at each exit point in the occupation career ladder are essential)

The validation process would be more efficient if developed as
a county. Employers would only need to go through the process one time rather than six times.

The same validation process needs to occur for entry into
post-secondary programs, be they a one, two or four-year program.

Guidance Counselors need opportunities to meet countywide
to coordinate career pathways and meet with employers.

A County-Wide College Fair would attract more post secondary
schools than individual school districts trying to compete.

Special workshops can also be offered on loans, scholarships, work experience programs, etc.

We need a person to be working with the Comprehensive
Career Guidance Plan to ensure fulfillment and continuity
with all school districts/post secondary schools and employers.

Students with a clear focus and a career objective are:
● Less likely to be discipline problems
● Less likely to miss school
● Less likely to have problems with the law and end up incarcerated
● More likely to complete high school
● Less likely to have academic problems
● More likely to contribute to society and their community

Educators In The Workforce – This gives educators actual work experience alongside skilled, knowledgeable incumbent workers in many careers
● Teacher/counselors need opportunities to explore working in various work sites to have an up-to-date understanding of various job requirements and opportunities.

● This keeps the faculty and counselors in touch with the reality of the work place.

● Improves communication with businesses and opens up opportunities to work together.

Students need the opportunity to have internship opportunities to fully appreciate and prepare for their futures. Minimally, at least job shadowing opportunities.

Encourage all residents to help mentor our youth. One easy, safe and time-efficient way is through the internet with e-mentoring.

V POST SECONDARY EDUCATION

(a) We want all students to understand that their personal education and
learning does not stop after high school.

● For career advancement each student should at least consider a pathway to a post-secondary institution.
● This could be proprietary/private technical schools or one, two or four-year formal college programs.


● Life-long learning is necessary because of changing technology and career objectives that may change.
● Increase scholarship opportunities for students using the Pittsburgh Promise and/or Kalamazoo, Michigan as models

(b) Adults who lose their jobs must have access to retraining programs.

● These can be offered by the post-secondary schools
● The Career Technical School Centers can and should be utilized for adult training.

VI OUR CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE

We must ensure they are given the best educational opportunities

We must elect officials who are willing to support education even if it means increasing revenue to fully fund programs.

Do we all agree that dollars spent on education are
investments in our future?

Childhood obesity & diabetes are at very high levels in Fayette County.

Home and school are the centerpieces to alter our lifestyles.

Emphasis on Education

•Active physical activities in schools must continue.

Studies in Texas, California and Massachusetts have
revealed dramatic links between students physically fit
and positive test scores and academic achievement.

•Our schools must continue to provide healthy, nutritious
meals as well as changing the eating habits in a positive
manner.

•Establish community-based opportunities for Family walks and activities.

• Collaborative effort between schools, community agencies and parents to reduce childhood obesity which in turn will reduce childhood diabetes and other related health issues.

Does anyone here not feel that children are our most precious resource?

http://www.fayetteforward.org/?page_id=118

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