Fair Funding on the Decline

Last week petitioners in Pennsylvania’s school funding lawsuit filed a brief and affidavits refuting the claim made by the Republican leader of the PA Senate, Joe Scarnati, that the lawsuit was rendered moot because the state adopted a school funding formula in 2016. The brief details how state funding increases have not kept pace with rising […]

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Why I Love Clearview Elementary

Clearview Elementary has quality administrators and staff; teachers, custodial, cafeteria, paras, and the health staff have always been pleasant and professional. Principal Heather Bennett-Knerr is someone who is professional and personable with those in the community. My husband and I researched charter and private schools in the area. We chose Clearview because we wanted to […]

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Any Given Child Bethlehem Program

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The BASD is very fortunate to be involved in an exciting program in affiliation with the Kennedy Center. We are very gracious for the numerous local organizations participating and very excited for the upcoming opportunities this program has in store for the BASD. Overview The primary goal of the Kennedy Center-supported Ensuring the Arts for Any […]

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Why I Love William Penn Elementary

I cast a large net when I began the search for my child’s education, visiting all the local (and even out of town) schools just to get a feel for what’s available. I talked to families with children in all school settings. I applied for the lotto for Lehigh Valley Academy, a local charter school, […]

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OpEd in The Morning Call by our Own Julie Gallagher and Karen Beck Pooley

Read the OpEd Here  

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ESA Voucher Bill Set for Vote Tuesday, May 22

Tell your Senator to vote NO on ESA vouchers…Again! Yes, they are trying one more time.  The Senate Education Committee has just announced its intention to vote on Senate Bill 2 (Sen. DiSanto, R-Dauphin) this coming Tuesday, May 22. This bill establishes Education Savings Accounts (ESA) vouchers, a program that takes tax money out of your neighborhood public schools […]

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Why We Love Northeast Middle School

Hidden Gem on Fernwood Ave: Northeast Middle   My husband and I are raising 4 sons, 8th, 6th, 3rd grades and PreK. For many years, we struggled with educating our kids and finding the right fit for them that supports our values as a family. We moved to Bethlehem (where I was raised) from Delaware […]

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Joseph J. Roy: ‘Citizens’ recognize importance of education to community

In case you missed this op-ed piece in the morning call from our BASD superintendent Joseph Roy: No one ever calls my office and asks to speak with me because they are a “citizen.” Callers always ask to speak to me because they are “taxpayers.” I have recently begun to wonder why. Pennsylvania is 47th […]

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Equity First – Senate Co-Sponsorship Memoranda

Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton School Districts are underfunded by $108.2 MILLION under the Basic Education and Special Education Funding Laws. According to the formulas, Bethlehem Area SD is underfunded by nearly $23 Million in this year’s budget. The whole Lehigh Valley is underfunded by $127.4 MILLION. If half of these funds were invested in the […]

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How a charter school tuition change could cost Pa. districts dearly

This post is a follow up in detail on a previeous article we tweeted a few days ago. By Sara K. Satullo   ssatullo@lehighvalleylive.com,   For lehighvalleylive.com Updated May 1; Posted May 1 Bethlehem Area School District taxpayers are facing another school tax hike that has school board members fired up about Pennsylvania’s charter school funding formula. The school board held a budget workshop Monday night to […]

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