Chairperson- Ms. Sandra Schaal
The Committee on Education seeks to: (1) eliminate segregation and other discriminatory practices in public education; (2) study local educational conditions affecting minority groups; (3) investigate the public school system and school zoning; (4) familiarize itself with textbook material that is racially derogatory; (5) seek to stimulate school attendance; (6) keep informed of school conditions and strive to correct abuses where found; (7) investigate the effects of standardized and high stakes testing practices; (8) promote effective teacher certification; (9) promote parental involvement in education; and (10) aim to be a center of community education on issues affecting minority communities and on the work of the Association.
We must continue the fight to eliminate the severe racial inequities that continue to plague our education system. Too many children, particularly African American, other minorities, and underprivileged people from all groups have been subjected to lesser educational opportunities leading to lesser opportunities for success in their personal and professional lives.
Born out of the Civil Rights Movement, Children’s Defense Fund has led the fight for justice for children, with a special focus on children in the Black community and remains committed to uplifting Black communities and fighting structural racism.
Working to improve the lives of our region’s children by developing initiatives & advocating for quality health care, child care, public education & family stability.
PA has 3rd Most Banned Books Nationwide, As Censorship Soars.
Pennsylvania is a censorship battleground, as more than 450 works have been contested or banned by numerous districts, PEN America found.
The Most Banned Titles in the 2021–22 School Year include the groundbreaking work of Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, along with best-selling books that have inspired feature films, television series, and a Broadway show.
OUR POSITION STATEMENT ON THE VALLEY FORGE CLASSICAL ACADEMY APPLICATION.
AUGUST 23, 202,
The West Chester Area School Board denied an application by Valley Forge Classical Academy Charter School, based in Exton, to open a charter school in the district.
Sue Tiernan, board president said after a special board meeting Wednesday at Fugett Middle School, “The decision to deny Valley Forge Classical Academy's charter application was made after careful evaluation of the application's alignment with Pennsylvania’s educational goals and standards and the charter school’s ability to educate to the caliber our community expects."
Wed., June 14th at 6:00 p.m.
WCASD held the first
(1st) Special Board meeting/public hearing regarding the application received proposing the VFCA.
Tuesday, August 1st, at 6:00 p.m
WCASD held the second
(2nd) Special Board meeting/public hearing regarding the application received proposing the VFCA
Wed., Aug. 23rd at 6:00pm.
WCASD held the third
(3rd) Special Board meeting/public hearing regarding the application received proposing the VFCA.
Sue Tiernan, board president said after a special board meeting Wednesday at Fugett Middle School, “The decision to deny Valley Forge Classical Academy's charter application was made after careful evaluation of the application's alignment with Pennsylvania’s educational goals and standards and the charter school’s ability to educate to the caliber our community expects." Source: The Patch
Below is a link that provides information about the Pennsylvania Charter Appeal Process. One note in addition to this information is that VFCA has two options at this stage. They can either appeal (per the process at the link) or they can revise their application and resubmit it to the board. Based on what VFCA has said, we think they plan to pursue an appeal as their next step.
The hope is to have the search process completed by September 2023 so that the new superintendent can assume their responsibilities at the West Chester Area School District on or as close to January 1, 2024.
"This is a dark day in America. Affirmative action has been a beacon of hope for generations of Black students. It stood as a powerful force against the insidious poison of racism and sexism, aiming to level the playing field and provide a fair shot at a high-quality education for all. Students across the country are wide awake to the clear and present danger encroaching on their classrooms. We will continue to fight, organize, mobilize and vote against all attempts to hold us back. We will hold the line against this clear pattern of hate. We will thrive!"
White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity through Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Dedicated to a Government-wide policymaking effort to eliminate barriers HBCUs face in providing the highest-quality education to a growing number of students.
…We do solemnly pledge ourselves to assist by our means any suit brought against the perpetrators of outrages…’ –
Cheyney University, Class of 1858
‘O, let my land be a land where Liberty Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath, But opportunity is real, and life is free, Equality is in the air we breathe.’
Langston Hughes, Lincoln University, Class of 1929
February 7, 2023
The Commonwealth Court Judge Renée Cohn Jubelirer ruled that Pennsylvania’s school funding system is unconstitutional and must be reformed. In a 786 page decision the court found that
“All witnesses agree that every child can learn. It is now the obligation of the Legislature, Executive Branch, and educators, to make the constitutional promise a reality in this Commonwealth.” The court order calls for the “respondents, comprised of the Executive and Legislative branches of government and administrative agencies with expertise in the field of education, the first opportunity, in conjunction with Petitioners, to devise a plan to address the constitutional deficiencies identified herein.”
Legislative leaders will NOT appeal to the PA Supreme Court.
Commonwealth Court has directed our leaders in Harrisburg to ensure that public schools in every community have sufficient funding to provide all students a comprehensive, effective, and contemporary public education.
That judgment is now final. It’s time to act.
In his budget address, Governor Shapiro acknowledged that the recent Commonwealth Court ruling recognized that education is a fundamental right guaranteed by the Pennsylvania Constitution to all children and that students in low-wealth districts are currently denied that right because their districts cannot raise sufficient local resources.
In 2014, NAACP PA State Conference joined as a Petitioner in the case of William Penn School District et al. v. Pennsylvania Department of Education et al.
Feb. 7, 2023-The Commonwealth Court Judge Renée Cohn Jubelirer ruled that PA’s school funding system is unconstitutional and must be reformed. Read the 786 page decision court document.
The NAACP PA State Conference thanks the Education Law Center – PA, the Public Interest Law Center, and O’Melveny & Myers LLP for their legal advocacy for Education Equity.
We call upon Governor Josh Shapiro and the State legislature to devise a plan to address the constitutional deficiencies identified.”
We must contact our local representatives to seek a commitment to contribute to a productive educational plan to address the constitutional deficiencies identified in the 786-page decision.
We need strategies and investments that build accountability to advance the success of children of color, all children. Students need family and community engagement and resources that encourage physical and mental health for their overall well-being, which allows for stronger academic development.
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