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Strong sense of community makes public education great!

We wanted to share the insights of Scott Swindells who teaches English honors, literature, and creative writing and is the Virtual High School Site Coordinator at North Penn High School. Over his 16 years of creative teaching, which includes developing rap songs to reach his teen students, he’s developed some strong opinions.


“Among many things that make public education great, what really stands out to me is the strong sense of community. We are a diverse group of educators, administrators, students, parents, and staff, working together for the common good of our community. In a pivotal time, where some powerful and extremely wealthy people are working tirelessly to bring down public education in order to promote their own privatized school-choice systems, we hear some of them calling public education a “dead end.”

“Our district is filled with countless examples that prove just the opposite! In sixteen years of public education, I have been continually impressed by the amazing talent in North Penn’s academics, athletics, and activities. What a scary thought that some people want to pull the best and brightest out of our public schools and lure them into private institutions that are held to no accountability for the students. I am proud that my school and our district can serve as an example of what public education can be when it has a diverse and talented student body, supportive group of parents, pro-public-education school board, good leadership from administration, creative coaches, hardworking staff, and a strong association of education experts teaching in the classroom. Public education is all of us, working together to achieve greatness for our students!”

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PSEA names Susan Lynam of North Penn ESP of the Year

Fifteen years ago, Susan Lynam was looking for a job when she saw an email from the North Penn School District testing a new email alert system. “I wrote back and said, ‘You passed the test....

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Public Schools: A Place for Everyone

During American Education Week, we’d like to celebrate the teachers and students of Bucks and Montgomery counties who are demonstrating every day that Public Schools are for Everyone!    ...

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Right To Work Laws

Teacher unions advocate for student learning conditions that allow all students to succeed. We believe proposed legislation to make Pennsylvania a Right-to-Work state, which would likely mean that union...

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Let’s take another look at the track record of charter schools in Pennsylvania

With the push from the Trump administration and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for more funding for vouchers and school privatization, it’s worth taking another look at the track record of charter...

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Right To Work Is Not Right For Students

Twenty-eight states now have Right to Work laws designed to weaken unions and collective bargaining. Ostensibly, these laws end “compulsory unionism,” which has been illegal since 1947 anyway. Source:...

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Career & Technical Education

The seven public career and technical education (CTE) schools in Bucks and Montgomery counties provide the skills students need to land in-demand jobs. According to Theresa Prato, a chemistry teacher at...

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Should teachers pay for classroom supplies?

By Alan M. Malachowski   Parents know quite well that the fall brings the additional burden of buying back-to-school supplies requested by schools and teachers. What they may not know is that the...

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A Path to “HIRE” Education

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CentennialX Smashes Education Paradigm

How do you prepare students for jobs that have yet to be created? For the past three summers, teachers at William Tennent High School in Warminster, in collaboration with corporate partners, have exploded...