West Chester Friends School prepares boys and girls in preschool through 5th grade for lives of caring leadership. On September 19, 2014 they’ll be hosting an open house with guided tours starting at 12:30 pm and hosting an International Day of Peace celebration beginning at 2 pm. All are welcome as the school comes together for songs, poetry, the planting of their peace tree, and celebration activities. For more information on the event click here.
For the first time, National History Day will be hosted in West Chester at the Chester County Historical Society. Over 2,000 sixth through twelfth grade students and their families will arrive from Chester and Delaware counties to be judged on their original research on the theme Rights and Responsibilities. Successful presentors move on to regional and national competitions. See West Chester’s National History Day welcome page for further information. The event is proudly sponsored by the West Chester Business Improvement District which believes student interpretation of our rights and responsibilities will lead to a better understanding of our place in history.
Opposition to Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed budget cuts continued Thursday as students and faculty of West Chester University gathered on campus to protest. Beginning with a walkout at 11 a.m., students congregated in the quad to share personal troubles with finances and contempt for Corbett’s proposal.
According to one student, a Facebook group was made to publicize the walkout but was unable to garner much response. A few hundred students gathered in the quad, then made their way toward Rosedale Avenue, and finally to the corner of Church Street and University Avenue where they joined faculty members who organized a protest at that location. “Tell Gov. Corbett we’ve got to fund education, public education,” said Lisa Millhous, West Chester University’s chapter president for the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties.
With an insufficient audio system, speakers relied on other protesters to carry their message through repetition, a method used by Occupy movements across the country last year. “As a pre-service teacher, I feel as though this proposed budget cut not only affects my future year here at West Chester, but also my years to come in my profession,” said Wesley Strayer, a WCU student.
In Corbett’s budget, the governor proposes reductions that would cut funding to the state’s universities by 20 percent. Last year, funding to the universities was cut by 18 percent. That led to an $800 tuition increase for students at West Chester. Michael Pettis, a music theory major at West Chester, said he spent last summer trying to find enough money to return for the fall semester. He said the $800 tuition increase was devastating to him. “If this budget does pass, no longer will student-teacher personal experiences exist,” Pettis said. “Is this what we want? Is this what we deserve? Then do something, do whatever it takes to make your voice heard.”
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Close to 70 parents and residents of the West Chester Area School District attended a “Meet the Candidates” debate with potential candidates for the district’s board of directors at East High School Wednesday evening.
The debate, hosted by the Parent Teacher Organization Council (PTOC), featured the same eight candidates from Tuesday’s debate at the Daily Local News, as the Republican candidates declined an invitation to attend because of the presence of the six write-in candidates. Candidates in attendance included Democrat Wayne Burton, self-proclaimed Independent Ted Diehl and the write-in candidates — Jim Smith, Rick Swalm, Sue Tiernan, Spencer Virta, Gary Bevilacqua and Toni Keg.
Though the Republican candidates were not in attendance, a student representative from the Young Republicans in the school district handed out fliers regarding the candidate’s decision to not attend the event. The handout stated, “(The Republican), and other, candidates on the ballot submitted themselves to the financial background checks, interviews, and the election process this past spring which gave you, the voters, a say, as well.”
“The ‘write-in’ candidates had until Aug. 1 to get their names on the ballot for November, but chose not to do so. Anyone can write his/her name on an election ballot; however, one cannot enter a marathon at Mile 23 and expect to be on the same footing as those who have been in it from the start,” the statement continued.
In closing, the statement said the candidates are available for debates with other candidates on the ballot as they did on Sunday in a debate organized by the League of Women Voters. The Republican candidates also made themselves available at the West Chester high schools where they spoke with members of the Young Republicans. For more information on the debate check out the full article at Dailylocal.com!
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