Monday, August 19, 2013

Dueling East Penn Events to Take Place on Tuesday 8-20-2013

Apparently, community education cannot even take place in the East Penn School District without rancorous partisan divide. Tomorrow night, the East Penn Invested Citizens (or EPIC) will be holding an event as will the Concerned East Penn Taxpayers Association (CEPTA). Here are the details on both:

Dear Community Members, 
EPIC is pleased to annouce the formation of the EPIC Education Council..  The EPIC Education Council will be presenting monthly forums on topics related to education in EPSD starting in October 2013.  These forums will be open to the public but the council itself will be comprised of an executive board and 2 parent/guardian representatives from each school in the district. The responsibilities of the school representatives will be to bring information from the forums back to their school community either via the parent organizations, email, or newsletters. Council members will also elect future executive boards and plan the calendar of forums in coming years.  

You are invited to attend an organizational meeting on Tuesday, August 20th, at 7pm in the EPSD board room (Conference Rooms A & B in the Administration Building).  At this meeting we will introduce the EPIC Education Council's founding executive board and bylaws.  We will also review our tentative schedule of forums for the 2013-14 school year. This will be an opportunity for you to find out more about the council and how you can participate. 

Please RSVP to EPICEducationCouncil@gmail.com so we know to expect you.  Feel free to share this invitation with friends and neighbors in the East Penn School District that you think would be interested in this effort. 
We look forward to seeing you on the 20th. 

EPIC is a continuation of the Jane Fretz Union front group "Citizens for Children" (they would properly be called "Citizens for Higher Taxes") from the pitched election battles of the early 90's. Of course, they're none too happy with me for saying so. I find it interesting that they're holding their political events on taxpayer property with representation from the administration. 

At last Monday's meeting, Director Michael Policano and I introduced a resolution recommending (not requiring) that the administration also send a representative to CEPTA's Tuesday meeting on Common Core. The resolution was voted down 6-3 with Director Lynn Donches (wife of CEPTA President John Donches) joining Mike and I in support. Since there is no financial gain for the Donches' from CEPTA, it was not a conflict of interest for Lynn to vote in favor, but in a similar situation, I might have abstained. I said as much to Ms. Donches after Monday's meeting was over. Still, no harm, no foul.

CEPTA's meeting announcement:
DO YOU KNOW WHAT “COMMON CORE” IS?
 DO YOU KNOW HOW “COMMON CORE” WILL EFFECT YOUR CHILD’S EDUCATION?
IF YOUR ANSWER IS “NO” TO EITHER QUESTION…
COME LEARN WHAT THE FEDERAL COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS MEAN FOR YOU AND THE CHILDREN YOU LOVE.
 
Date- Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
Location- Fire Company #1, 6th & Broad St., Emmaus
Time- 7:30-9:30 PM
Speakers:
- Mrs. Peg Luksik
- Honorable Ryan Mackenzie, PA House of Representatives
Former Gubernatorial candidate and graduate of Clarion University of Pennsylvania, in Special Education and Elementary Education Mrs. Peg Luksik will be presenting information on Common Core. Common Core is a U.S. education initiative that seeks to bring diverse State curricula into alignment with each other by following the principles of standards-based education reform. The initiative is sponsored by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers.
Mrs. Luksik’s will present information on the next federally mandated education system (Common Core) which will take the place of the failed “No Child Left Behind” program. Find out if this new system will be any better or if you think it could be even worse? Mrs. Luksik uses the federal filings submitted by Pennsylvania to present her argument of why she thinks it will be even worse.
Following Mrs. Luksik’s presentation State Representative Ryan Mackenzie will provide us with an update on the status of Common Core and how the State Legislator is responding to citizen's concerns.

Visit our website for more information, including a flyer for the event.
http://ceptapa.wordpress.com/

If I attend either meeting, it will be the CEPTA event. I have not yet decided whether or not I'll be there, but I encourage members of the public to attend one meeting or the other, based upon their preferred political persuasion.

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