Sunday, August 14, 2011
Vouchers could be part of a busy fall agenda for lawmakers in the state capital.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
By Eric Boehm | PA Independent The Corbett administration wants potential voucher students to be held accountable for their academic performance by requiring standardized testing. Addressing the House Education Committee on Aug. 3, state Secretary of Education Ronald Tomalis said the administration supports phasing in a voucher program by focusing on the 144 schools in 23 school districts which the state Education Department has labeled as “failing.” Voucher students who leave those schools to attend a private school still should be tested, he said. “It is imperative that there is accountability for commonwealth funds being spent through a choice program,” Tomalis said. “We support accountability by requiring students participating in …
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Three municipalities are expected to be in new districts next year.
This fall, voters in Williams Township will have to decide whether to keep incumbent Mike Dowd on Northampton County Council or replace him with challenger Robert Werner. But no matter who wins, they won't be representing Williams Township, which is part of council's second district. Similar scenarios would play out in the communities of Freemansburg and Bath. All three municipalities would move into other council districts at the end of 2011 under an ordinance council will consider later this month. Under the county's home rule charter, all four council districts need to have roughly the same population. The 2010 Census showed Williams had grown by 31 percent, which means it's moving into District Three, which currently includes the …
Monday, March 21, 2011
Council president said the Easton area has grown too much for District Two to remain unchanged.
It's redistricting time for Northampton County Council. Council President John Cusick says the population growth of the Easton area shown in the 2010 U.S. Census means the lines of council's four districts will need to be redrawn. While Easton itself only grew by two percent in the last decade, census figures show the suburban townships around the city saw significant growth. One of those townships--Williams, which grew by 31 percent--would most likely move out of its current district two and into district three, Cusick said. District three encompasses the boroughs of Bath, Nazareth, Northampton, Freemansburg and North Catasauqua, and the townships of Allen, Bethlehem, East Allen, Lower Nazareth and Lower Saucon. Of those communities, …