Governor Wolf Vetoes House Bill 805

first_imgGovernor Wolf Vetoes House Bill 805 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf May 18, 2016 Veto of HB 805center_img Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today vetoed House Bill 805. The text of Governor Wolf’s letter to the House of Representatives can be viewed below.TO THE HONORABLE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA:Pursuant to Article IV, Section 15 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, I am returning herewith, without my approval, House Bill 805, Printer’s Number 1843.For months, the Department of Education and I have sought input on how to improve accountability in education. We have engaged with stakeholders including educators, parents, lawmakers, administrators, higher education faculty, and industry and workforce leaders to determine how best to measure success in the classroom and how to increase accountability. We believe that our common goal should be working together to invest in education, strengthen accountability, and place more educators in overcrowded classrooms to provide our children with the attention they deserve as well as the tools they need.This bill relies heavily on a single score from the teacher evaluation system, as opposed to using the entire method of evaluation. At a time when there is bipartisan agreement that we need to reduce our reliance on high-stakes testing, we should not use high-stake test scores as the benchmark for teacher quality. The teacher evaluation system was created in 2012 to evaluate teachers on multiple measures of student success. As designed, teachers who did not achieve satisfactory scores across the multiple measures would lose any acquired protection from seniority. This evaluation process was designed to identify a teacher’s weakness and then provide the teacher with the opportunity to improve their teaching through coaching and mentorship. Teachers who do not improve after being given the opportunity and tools to do so are the ones who should no longer be in the classroom. This is the system we should be using to remove ineffective teachers.I am committed to greater accountability in our schools, but we should be working together to create a wide-ranging system that focuses on real, proven strategies to prepare our students and measure teacher effectiveness. I believe this bill does not address the broader issues at play with our evaluation and testing systems.For the reasons set forth above, I must withhold my signature from House Bill 805, Printer’s Number 1843.Sincerely,Tom WolfGovernor SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

TRANSFER NEWS… Lampard Calls for Chelsea to Make Fresh Signings

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram But the Blues should have been further ahead by that point after squandering several chances and Kamil Grosicki’s late deflected free-kick for Hull set up a tense finale.Chelsea survived but the inconsistent performance underlined Lampard’s belief that new recruits are needed after his club were unable to sign players to replace Eden Hazard, who joined Real Madrid during the summer window when the Blues were serving a transfer ban.“It’s a big test coming up for us. It’s clear we’ve got a punishment where we couldn’t bring in players and we lost one of the biggest players in our history (Hazard),” Lampard told BT Sport.“We lost ground last summer so now we need to (sign players), to challenge for top four.“For me it’s clear. The recruitment when you’ve missed a window in the short term is very important and we need to get it right.“There is no movement to speak of now. The money of it is not my job but I have to be honest and truthful.”The transfer window closes on January 31, leaving Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich with little time to satisfy Lampard’s demands amid talk of a potential move for Paris Saint Germain forward Edinson Cavani.In the meantime, Lampard knows it is his job to get the best out of his current players, but he showed his frustration as he discussed their latest misfiring display.“We work hard in front of goal and it is not coming off for us. It is going to define you. I feel like a broken record. We have the larger share of possession and shots on goal but not making those count,” he said.“My job is to work every day on the training ground with the players. Can we get better?” Frank Lampard has called on Chelsea to back him in the transfer market after his side edged into the FA Cup fifth round with a 2-1 win at Hull on Saturday.Lampard has bemoaned Chelsea’s failure to kill off defensive opponents throughout his first season in charge and he believes signings in key attacking areas are the solution.The Chelsea manager watched his team take control at second tier Hull thanks to Michy Batshuayi’s early strike before Fikayo Tomori’s header doubled the lead after halftime.last_img read more