April 06, 2017 Education, Non-discrimination, Press Release, Results, Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the Department of Education (PDE) has released a new resource to help Pennsylvania schools prevent and respond to racially charged and bias-related incidents in their communities.“To perform their best, students must feel safe in school,” Governor Wolf said. “A healthy and safe environment can help our students thrive, and every student regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression should be provided the opportunity to learn free from discrimination, fear, or harassment. My administration is dedicated to improving education in Pennsylvania and we’ll continue working to ensure every student has the opportunity to excel.”The newly-released Equity and Inclusion Toolkit is one of a series of resources PDE began providing to the commonwealth’s schools following high-visibility incidents in several schools after November’s election. When those incidents occurred, the Administration acted quickly to condemn them as acts of bigotry and intolerance, and released a 60-second PSA to share a message of diversity and inclusion.“The toolkit released today will advance existing efforts at the state and local levels to create and maintain supportive settings that celebrate diversity and teach students the importance of respect for self and others,” Education Secretary Pedro Rivera said. “This resource was developed in collaboration with other state agencies, organizations, and partners, and focuses on strategies and actions that schools can take to address bias and discrimination in a proactive and effective manner.”PDE’s Office of Safe Schools has partnered with agencies like the Human Relations Commission (PHRC), the Center for Schools and Communities, intermediate units, and others to bolster efforts to ensure schools have resources to foster a positive culture and climate, and to respond to incidents of hate.Safe Schools established a hotline for districts to report bias-related incidents to streamline the collection of information about an incident and connect a district with services and supports more quickly. PDE also provided resources, including a crisis plan template and curriculum guides, available online to educators.Safe Schools also provides resources on issues from combating dating violence to preventing suicide, and in 2016 introduced a toll-free bullying prevention consultation line (1-866-716-0424), which is available to students, parents/guardians, and educators.For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs, visit the Department of Education’s website at www.education.pa.gov or follow PDE on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Wolf Administration Releases Equity and Inclusion Toolkit for Schools SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Harrison Bader, OF, CardinalsWhy he’s here: There were times last year when Bader looked like the team’s next superstar — flashing power, speed and defensive wizardry in center field. He finished 2018 with 12 homers, 15 stolen bases and a 3.8 bWAR in 427 plate appearances, and the stage was set for his emergence on a national stage. Instead, he’s struggled at the plate, batting .203 with an OPS+ of 83. He’s in an especially deep funk at the moment, with just two hits in his past 39 at-bats (.051 average). As Cardinals fans know, too, the team traded Tommy Pham to the Rays last summer in part to give full-time at-bats to Bader. In 117 games with Tampa Bay — 39 in 2018 and 78 this year — Pham has a .303/.406/.519 slash line and 5.2 bWAR and 149 OPS+.Brandon Crawford, SS, GiantsWhy he’s here: The longtime Giants shortstop finished 12th in the NL MVP vote in 2016 and was an All-Star in 2018, but his offensive numbers are full-season career lows, pretty much across the board. He’s batting .223 with a .289 on-base percentage. His OPS+ of 69 is by far the worst for any MLB shortstop with at least 200 plate appearances, and that -0.1 bWAR isn’t like Crawford, either (his career low is 2.0). For today’s All-Star conversation, we’re going to talk about players who won’t be making the trip to Cleveland for baseball’s annual Midsummer Classic. But we’re not going to talk about All-Star snubs.No, these are big names who have produced seasons — so far, let’s point out — that have not been even close to deserving of spots in the All-Star game. It’s not a list of the worst players in the sport, but more of a look at seven of the more disappointing seasons so far. MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNThese guys reside — for the first half of 2019, at least — at the intersection of lofty expectations and disappointing production, if that makes sense. Let’s jump in. Jose Ramirez, 3B, IndiansWhy he’s here: Ramirez finished third in the AL MVP vote in 2017, and he was third again in 2018. In 2019, though? His production through the 81 games he’s played has dropped off the table. His OPS+ is 68, down from 151 in 2018. He has just five homers, after blasting 39 last year. His on-base percentage is .310, down from .387. He has just 21 extra-base hits this year, after 81 last year. It’s a shame, too, because it would have been great to see Cleveland celebrate another great season from Ramirez at the hometown All-Star Game. Bryce Harper, OF, PhilliesWhy he’s here: At that aforementioned intersection of expectations and production, it’s not a stretch to say no player has produced a more disappointing season to this point than Bryce Harper. The Phillies gave him a 13-year, $330-million deal early in spring training, hoping he’d be the final piece to take the franchise into the postseason and on to a World Series championship. The results — for the player and team — have been mixed, at best. Harper hasn’t been awful, but he hasn’t been great, either. For example, he leads the Phillies in plate appearances (371), but he’s seventh among position players in bWAR (0.8). Well, he’s tied for seventh with Jay Bruce, who has 85 plate appearances with the squad. Chris Archer, SP, PiratesWhy he’s here: The Pirates surprised many people in the industry last summer when they traded for Rays starter Chris Archer, a high-ceiling right-hander who had been the subject of trade rumors for years. He was good-not-great for the Pirates in 10 starts after the deal, posting a 4.00 FIP and 10.3 K/9 rate, with 3.1 walks per nine. This year has been rough. Through 14 starts, Archer has a 5.50 ERA and 5.80 FIP. His strikeouts per nine are similar (9.8), but his walks per nine number has skyrocketed to 4.6; that ranks 101 of 105 big league starters with at least 70 innings this year. He’s lasted at least six full innings only five times in 14 starts. His HR/9 number is up, but that’s mostly because of one particularly ugly start in Atlanta when he allowed five homers in six innings of work; aside from that start, he hasn’t allowed more than two in any game. It didn’t help that the two players the Pirates traded have looked like stars for the Rays. Tyler Glasnow had a 1.86 ERA in eight starts this year before he was sidelined by a forearm strain. Austin Meadows, the other piece, has cooled off lately but was just named to the AL All-Star squad. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, CardinalsWhy he’s here: From 2013 to 2018 with the Diamondbacks, Goldschmidt produced a .301/.406/.541 slash line, with a 150 OPS+ and 6.1 bWAR. He averaged 30 homers, 100 RBIs and 100 runs scored. The Cardinals traded for him this offseason and gave him a five-year, $130 million extension before he played his first regular-season game for the franchise. And Goldschmidt started his Cardinals career with a bang, blasting three home runs in just his second game wearing the uniform. Since then, though? His production has been decidedly non-Goldschmidtesque. His slash line sits at .247/.337/.404 and his OPS+ is 97, below league average. And, yes, RBIs are a flawed statistic, but I don’t think anyone imagined a scenario in which Goldschmidt led the team in plate appearances but was fifth in RBIs, behind Kolten Wong and Yadier Molina. The Cardinals are 12th of 15 NL teams in runs scored, and though Goldschmidt isn’t the only issue — Matt Carpenter has an OPS+ of just 88 — he’s not helping much. Robinson Cano, 2B, MetsWhy he’s here: I could almost copy/paste part of what I just wrote about Goldschmidt. The Mets traded for Cano this offseason, after a year in which he hit .303/.374/.471 and produced an OPS+ of 135, despite being suspended for 80 games (OK, that part’s different than Goldschmidt). And he started his time with the Mets with a bang, homering in his first at-bat (off Max Scherzer) and delivering an eighth-inning RBI single in a 2-0 win on Opening Day. Since then he’s looked like an aging veteran in his Age 36 season. Cano has a .243/.293/.372 slash line and an OPS+ of 80. He’s still under contract through 2023, at $24 million a season (the Mariners are paying $3.75 million of that each remaining year).