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Looking for public updates from the TE School Board on District lawsuits, teacher contracts … but none given!

Tue, 2017-06-13 23:39
Communication + Transparency = Trust I attended the final TESD school board meeting of the 2016-17 school year on Monday night for several reasons. First, I wanted to hear the District’s statement about the two important lawsuits filed in the last couple of weeks. On May 17, Thomas Batgos, an assistant Conestoga High School football […]
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Conestoga High School Student Sexual Assault Case: Federal Lawsuit Filed — Lawsuit in Separate Case Pending

Sun, 2017-06-11 22:40
This is a follow-up post to my last post “TE School District served with another lawsuit” dated June 8. After posting the previous article, I was emailed a copy of the federal lawsuit and  press release from Ross Feller Casey, the Philadelphia law firm who filed the lawsuit on behalf of the parents of the […]
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TE School District Served With Another Lawsuit

Thu, 2017-06-08 17:32
Lawsuits against TE School District and Conestoga High School administrators are climbing at an alarming rate. Two weeks ago on May 25, I wrote the headline, “Conestoga High School Hazing Fallout: Football Coach Sues T/E School District Administrators”.  We learned that Thomas Batgos, an assistant Conestoga High School football coach fired by the T/E School […]
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Three T/E School District Contracts Due to Expire in 30 Days … What is the Status on the Teachers (TEEA) Contract, Non-Instructional Group (TENIG) Contract and Act 93 (Administrators) Agreement?

Tue, 2017-05-30 22:59
The TESD Finance Committee meeting agenda for Wednesday, May 31, 6:30 PM is available here. The school board is on the countdown to the approval of the 2017-18 budget on Monday, June 12 but there’s a major open issue as indicated in the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting. Actually, there are three unknowns or ‘TBD’ as […]
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Conestoga High School Hazing Fallout: Football Coach Sues T/E School District Administrators

Thu, 2017-05-25 22:24
Fourteen months ago in March 2016, the TE School District fired five Conestoga High School football coaches and head coach John Vogan resigned after Chester County DA Tom Hogan charged three football players with sexual assault of a younger player. The investigation stemmed from a freshman football player’s allegations that three senior players held him […]
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Primary Election Day Tuesday, May 16: Your Vote Matters!

Mon, 2017-05-15 14:31
Tuesday, May 16 is Primary Election Day in Pennsylvania. In the words of Napoléon Bonaparte, “Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.” You have to be a registered Democrat or a registered Republican to vote in the Primary Election tomorrow, May 16. Sadly, Pennsylvania is one of a handful of […]
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It’s happened again – Student sexually assaulted by Aide at Conestoga High School

Sun, 2017-04-23 23:03
Is it me or does there seem to be an upswing in teachers/aides crossing the line with their students? In the Philadelphia Inquirer last month we read, “Ex-Aide of Conestoga High School gets jail time for sex with student”. The public learned that Christine Towers, age 26, a former teacher’s aide and coach at Conestoga […]
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Lower Merion School District loses appeal … Must pay back millions to taxpayers

Fri, 2017-04-21 08:22
Yesterday was a big win for taxpayers in the Lower Merion School District. You may recall that last year Lower Merion School District was ordered to revoke its latest tax hike, saying that the school district mislead taxpayers by projecting large budget deficits as justification for raising taxes. The class-action lawsuit was filed by Arthur […]
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Should teachers carry guns to school? PA Senate Bill 383 could make it a reality

Wed, 2017-04-19 07:38
Our PA State Senator Andy Dinniman, Minority Chair of the state Senate’s education committee is set to vote on Senate Bill 383 this morning.   As the issue of school safety stemming from school shootings continues, some lawmakers are looking at offensive measures to help protect students. Labeled as “providing for protection and defense of students”, […]
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The Battle of Brandywine Meets Chester County Johnston Gang — Wednesday, April 12 with Bruce Mowday

Mon, 2017-04-10 09:50
As President of Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust, I am  excited to announce our 2017 Spring Lecture Series kicks off with Chester County award-winning journalist Bruce Mowday on Wednesday, April 12. Bruce will speak about two of his books — “The Battle of Brandywine” and “The Johnston Gang”. The reception is at 7 PM with the […]
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TE School District: Budget and Elementary School Enrollment Discussions

Wed, 2017-03-22 12:54
It is noted that the T/E School Board recently established an “Ad Hoc Committee for Elementary Enrollment” for the purpose of analyzing enrollment and facilities information and making a recommendation to ensure building capacity and educational programming needs in the District’s elementary schools. Serving on the committee are school board members Virginia Lastner, Roberta Hotinski, […]
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First there was “Right on Red” and now there’s “Ride on Red”

Wed, 2017-03-22 12:08
  Did you know that drivers are now allowed to run some red lights in Pennsylvania? Pennsylvania Act 101 legislation allows drivers to go through red lights as long as no one is coming the other way, and they use caution and common sense. Am I the only person that had not heard about the […]
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Election 2017: Candidates for Tredyffrin Township Board of Supervisors, TESD School Board & Magisterial District Judge, District 15-4-01

Wed, 2017-03-08 06:45
The 2017 Election campaign season is officially underway for Tredyffrin Township supervisor, TE School District directors and Magisterial District Judge candidates. All candidates who wished to appear on the Democratic or Republican ballot in the Primary Election needed to have filed their “nomination petitions” along with a “statement of financial interests” with Chester County Voter […]
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