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Dr. Pimley ends the discussion by suggesting that, since we are making our volunteers pay for clearances, the District may want to consider offering workshops/training to aid them in understanding the expectations/guidelines of each school. She cites examples of church and Scout groups - both require such clearances from their volunteers but also provide trainings/guidelines concerning appropriate relations with children.
During the Biology Specialist presentation, the discussion is interrupted, turning to a general one concerning the costs of implementing Keystone exams. The Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) is scheduled to vote on the final Chapter 4 regulations (concerning academic standards and assessments) on November 21. If passed, Keystone exams will become a requirement for graduation beginning with the class of 2017, thus making them not only another high-stakes test for our students, but another unfunded mandate from the state. While PA Department of Education will continue to argue that these tests should not incur any new costs to districts, the costs of supplemental instruction, not to mention the loss of instruction time to testing, have been documented by numerous districts across the state. At this point in the meeting, those in attendance are provided a copy of a letter, signed by nearly all superintendents and Intermediate Unit Directors in Bucks, Montgomery, and Chester counties, opposing the Keystone Exams as graduation requirements and citing the costs, to districts, of administering those exams. Dr. Pimley informs us that, to date, Haverford and Radnor school districts have submitted resolutions to the IRRC in opposition to Keystone Exams as graduation requirements and she proposes that WCASD do the same - go Dr. Pimley! Dr. Scanlon states he will help draft the resolution. Thank you Dr. Pimley, for your service to the WCASD for the past four years and for ending your term with such a supportive action on behalf of our students and district.
Please support the WCASD in opposing the Keystone Exams as graduation requirements.
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