first_img Budget News,  Education,  First Lady Frances Wolf,  Schools That Teach,  The Blog,  Videos As my husband outlined in his address to the General Assembly this past week, we have a choice to make – a choice that has serious implications for the future of Pennsylvania’s schools. And for the future of our state.Watch First Lady Frances Wolf’s message on the future of our schools:We can choose to ignore the $2 billion structural deficit that Pennsylvania currently faces which will force an additional $1 billion in cuts to our schools.If we choose this path, we will bar tens of thousands of preschoolers from early childhood programs. We will force school districts to lay off thousands of dedicated public school educators. We will create significantly larger class sizes depriving our children of the attention and resources they need to succeed. We will reduce their possibilities for success not only in the classroom but in life.And we will force school districts to exact even higher property taxes – taxes that were already increased in 2011. To a greater degree than ever before we will force many homeowners to choose between paying their property taxes or keeping their homes.Or, we can choose to support the program my husband set out in his new budget proposal. His plan will restore investments to our schools and ensure that the state live up to its constitutionally mandated responsibility to fund our schools. His plan promotes brighter prospects for our children by investing in early childhood and higher education. His plan will reduce the property tax burden that homeowners currently face.If we choose this latter path, we will build a strong foundation for our educational system and our children. We will give our schools the important resources they need to teach. And we will give our children the quality public school education they deserve.As parents of two children who were educated in Pennsylvania public schools, Tom and I take education very seriously. We recognize that parents, like us, want the best outcomes for their children, and expect us to ensure a quality education for them. Not only are the futures of our children at stake but so is the future of our commonwealth.The quality of the education system we invest in and provide to our children is intricately intertwined with the jobs we can offer them in the future. Do we want a system that ill prepares them academically, rendering them less competitive in the job market? Or do we invest in a system that fuels their full competitive advantage?We are at a critical crossroads. The choice we make will have serious consequences for all of us. If we are to have strong prospects, we need to choose investing in our schools rather than depleting them. We need to relieve homeowners of the ever rising burden of funding education. In the end we need to do everything we can to do right by our children. They deserve it. Quite simply, we owe it to them. You can find updates and behind-the-scenes content on the 2016-2017 budget announcement on our Facebook and Twitter.Read more posts about Governor Wolf’s 2016-17 budget.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: February 12, 2016 By: First Lady Frances Wolfcenter_img BLOG: The Path to a Bright Future for PA Kids SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img

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first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs spend another long night out, this time at conference foe Connersville, with mixed results.Varsity loses (1-2): 22-25, 27-25, 26-24, 25-23, 15-13.In a hard fought match with so many good points, the end result makes ya feel bad.  We did alot of things right to try to minimize errors and play consistent.  Another extremely sound game on Defense with very few offensive accolades.  Our ratios are a bit backwards, we should be having the number of kills we have in the dig column!  Kids having close to 30  digs a match (Jena Ertel #11, and Morgan Meyer #3) and the highest offensive weapon with 14 kills  in the match Morgan Meyer #3.  Never been that backwards before but looking at it like a challenge, cause if that offense gets rolling, we will be hard to stop!JV wins (3-0): 25-16, 25-7 .Strong serving is pushing this group of young ladies to high levels.  Picking up 8 of the 13 aces on the evening were Monica Gerstbauer #24 going 15/15 from the serving line with 3 aces, and Kelsey Shupe #9 was 11/12 with five aces.Freshman win (1-1):  25-20, 22-25, 15-14.The freshman are learning to calm their nerves and play cohesive.  Part of the team success last night was riding on the digs of Grace Laudick #2 with 18 digs and Paige Stirn #1 with six timely saves.The JV and Varsity will welcome the golden Bears from Shelbyville for our home opener on Saturday 8/19 with a 10am Start.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jody Thomas.last_img

first_img Press Association A hugely impressive scorer in the Dan Moore Memorial Chase at Fairyhouse last month, Tim Doyle’s stable star was the even-money favourite back in Grade Two company and did it again. The nine-year-old fenced beautifully throughout and having taken up the running from Twinlight early on the second circuit, he cruised into the home straight with plenty in the tank. Mallowney put up a thrilling performance to take the Paddy Power Your Local Betting Shop Chase at Naas in the hands of Davy Russell.center_img Moscow Mannon tried to throw down a challenge but suffered a fall at the final fence when looking beaten, allowing Mallowney to coast home 17 lengths clear of Rathlin, with Twinlight third. Doyle said: “I was hoping he’d do that and it was very similar to the way he won the Dan Moore. Davy thinks he’s getting more relaxed. “We’ll stick to our plan and he’ll probably go to Fairyhouse for the Normans Grove and Punchestown (Champion Chase) after that. “He’s relaxing earlier in his races and Davy seems to have the key to him. He’s four wins from four races around here, and that’s his first Grade Two win.” There was a sad postscript to the race as Moscow Mannon’s fall proved fatal. last_img

first_img…B J Watling a doubtful starterAUCKLAND, New Zealand, (CMC) – Wicketkeeper BJ Watling has been included in a 12-man squad to face West Indies in next month’s first Test but doubts remain over his fitness, as he continues to battle a hip injury.New Zealand Cricket said Tuesday while the 32-year-old was a part of the squad, he would be “monitored and evaluated over the coming week” as selectors continued to assess his recovery.The injury has forced Watling to miss the last two rounds of the domestic first class tournament for Northern Districts. He will, however, play as a batsman against Auckland this week and then also face Otago in the fifth round at month end, where selectors are hoping he will be able to take up wicket-keeping duties.He’s going well but he’s still a bit problematic with his hip. He’s been through the normal testing and is still feeling it just a bit,” said selector Gavin Larsen.“It’s precautionary at this stage; he’ll bat in this game [this week] and we’re very hopeful he can wear the gloves in the round five Plunket Shield game. He’ll need to keep, most importantly for his own peace of mind and confidence.”If Watlin fails to be ready for the opening Test, it is expected that the uncapped Tom Blundell, who has been named in the Black Caps A side to face West Indies in a three-day tour match later this month, will get the call-up.The 27-year-old has played a single Twenty20 International and 39 first class matches.“Clearly we’ll be having a really good look at him,” Larsen said.The remainder of the Test squad is predictable with regular captain Kane Williamson leading a side that includes the likes of Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Trent Boult and Neil Wagner, all of whom featured in the three-Test series against South Africa last March.They face a West Indies side whom they have not lost to at home in 22 years, and Larsen said it was important to start the series strongly.“Aside from a question mark over BJ, we have a fully fit squad who have all shown they have what it takes to perform at Test level,” Larsen noted.“We want to hit the ground running for that first match at the Basin Reserve. It’s a special place to play cricket and we’re determined to start the summer on a positive note.”One more player will be added to the squad following the A-side’s outing against West Indies.SQUAD – Kane Williamson (captain), Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, +BJ Watling, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Jeet Raval, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner.last_img

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