Op/Ed: Good news on standardized testing?

By Jeff Hellrung, Member, Unionville-Chadds Ford Board of Education Gov. Tom Wolf joined Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, advocates, and educators last month to announce a significant reduction in standardized testing for elementary students. One test section will be eliminated in both Math and ELA PSSA tests amounting to a 93 minute total time reduction. Also, approximately 22 minutes will be taken...

Silence breeds intolerance in our schools

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” — John F. Kennedy, 1961, who erroneously attributed it to Edmund Burke. By Mike McGann, Editor, the Times As I sat and listened a Board of Education meeting for two hours of discussion about the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District’s largely exceptional standardized testing scores, a week ago, which followed...

Art Watch: Chester County schools make art to beautify their schools

Parents, artists working together to enhance schools By Lele Galer, Columnist, The Times At the end of the school year, several Chester County schools completed huge beautification art projects that have transformed areas of their school environments into vibrant, joyful creative spaces. Greenwood Elementary School, in Kennett Square, just finished a large mosaic mural project for their lobby entrance,...

Keystone FCU honors county’s ‘Shining Stars’

Avery Fink of Lionville Elementary. WEST CHESTER — Keystone Federal Credit Union announces the winners in the Ninth Annual “Shining Star” Awards. The award was created to recognize students who have shown a noticeable improvement in academic performance, extra-curricular involvement, attendance, and classroom conduct throughout the school year.

Grab a No. 2 pencil and underline this: the Keystones are unfair

While the legislature fiddles, teachers and students suffer By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The good news is that the kids got to sleep in a bit on a school day. And while it’s becoming increasingly clear that our teens don’t get enough sleep — and a movement to delay the start time in Chester County high schools is slowly gaining momentum — that my twins, freshmen at Unionville High School...

CASD administrators, board meet with public to talk taxes

About 30 area residents met with Coatesville Are School District Board of Education members and administrators Sunday to talk about the budget and taxes. In a first of its kind meeting, the Coatesville Area School Board and Administrators were joined by approximately 30 community members on Sunday afternoon, March 13, to discuss the financial status of the District. The district invited residents,...

Delusions and confusion; or just another day in Harrisburg

State pols continue to labor under budget, tax delusions By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Ah, nothing says “holiday seasons” like the ongoing state budget stalemate. Perfectly, both Democrats and Republicans continue to labor under impressive delusions about the current state of the commonwealth — and the outcomes of some proposed legislation that would provide cornerstones for a possible budget...

Students to get hands on with robot at TCHS Pickering

The Baxster robot by Rethink Robotics is programmed to package boxes at the Omega Design Corporation in Exton. In September, the robot will be moved to the TCHS Pickering Campus and used in the Electronics and Robotics program. Robots are coming to the Technical College High School (TCHS) Pickering Campus. Specifically, the Baxster, a collaborative robot designed by Rethink Robotics. With a modern...

Exton Mall launches ‘Kickstart Your Class’ effort to help schools

In an effort to help support local teachers and their schools during the busy Back to School shopping season, Exton Square Mall has launched “Kickstart Your Class,” a crowd funding campaign built in conjunction with online charity DonorsChoose.org. In July, Exton Square Mall launched launch KickstartYourClass.com, an innovative microsite that allows teachers to post DonorsChoose.org classroom project...

Keystone recognizes Chester County’s Shining Stars

Alexandra Esparza Rodriguez, a student at Kennett Middle School is just one of dozens of Chester County students recognized as Shining Star by Keystone federal Credit Union.. WEST CHESTER —Keystone Federal Credit Union announces the winners in the Eighth Annual “Shining Star” Awards. The award was created to recognize students who have shown a noticeable improvement in academic performance,...