Governor Wolf Statement on Senate’s Passage of a Budget

first_img December 23, 2015 Governor Wolf Statement on Senate’s Passage of a Budget SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf released the following statement regarding the Senate passage of a budget:“It was only one day ago that the House displayed a historic show of bipartisanship that bucked Speaker Turzai and the tea party. Yesterday, the House advanced a responsible budget with historic education funding and placed it on the verge of passage. It is deeply disappointing that today the Senate has caved to those same House leaders and extreme interests to continue the failed status quo and harm our schools and children by denying them these critical additional funds.“A historic compromise budget that included the largest increase in education funding in history, reforms in public pensions, and a reduction in the deficit was within reach. It seems that the Republican legislature is intent on continuing the Harrisburg status quo and getting out of town to go on vacation instead of continuing the hard work to move Pennsylvania forward.“Change is difficult, and clearly more so given this legislature, but we must continue our fight for historic education funding that will begin to restore the cuts from five years ago, and a budget that is balanced, paid for, and fixes our deficit.”# # #last_img read more

Verbal abuse a problem in New Zealand schools

first_imgStuff 12 June 2015Verbal abuse is the biggest bullying problem children face at school, a new survey of New Zealand’s school kids reveals.More than 18,000 children from years 5 to 13 took part in the CensusAtSchool project that asked them 35 questions, including on how much of a problem different types of bullying were at their school.The anonymous survey revealed that 36 per cent believed that verbal abuse was a problem, while  31 per cent highlighted cyberbullying.This was the first time CensusAtSchool has asked about bullying,  team member and Otahuhu College teacher Anne Patel said.“Information about the scale of bullying is hard to get in New Zealand because we don’t have a way of quantifying it on a national level. But as CensusAtSchool is anonymous and available to students in every school in the country, we are getting a unique student-eye view of its scale and prevalence.”Questions needed to be asked about why more students viewed bullying as a problem in co-ed schools rather than single-sex schools, she said.Children were also asked about physical and social bullying, but these were ranked as less of a problem.BULLYING IN SCHOOLSVerbal bullying more of a problem in high schools, with 39% of students saying it was an issue compared to 29% in primary schools. It was also more of a problem for girls in co-ed schools: 43% compared to 33% at same-sex schools.Girls were more likely to say cyberbullying was a problem at school, 34% compared to 26% of boys.Cyberbullies were not typical to gender with 69% saying they were made up of equal numbers of boys and girls.Social or relational bullying was a problem for 25% of students.Physical bullying was only a problem at their school for 19% of students. read more