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Governor Wolf: School District of Philadelphia Will Return to Local Control

first_imgGovernor Wolf: School District of Philadelphia Will Return to Local Control Education,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that his administration has approved the return of Philadelphia public schools to local control. In a letter to the School District of Philadelphia, Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera approved of the district’s recommendation to dissolve the School Reform Commission (SRC) and rescind its designation as distressed.“Quality public schools are essential for our economy and our future, and the improvements made by the district in recent years have been significant,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “My administration has made public education a top priority and local control with strong state support will make the district stronger. Restoring district operations to a locally-selected board of education will only allow those improvements to continue, and will better serve the needs of the district’s students and schools. I commend Mayor Kenney, Superintendent Hite, and the administrators, teachers and parents of the Philadelphia school district for their commitment to improving public education in our largest city. I also want to thank the members of the SRC for their efforts and work over the years.”The district was declared distressed in December 2001 by then-Secretary of Education Charles Zogby. The School Reform Commission was then established and became responsible for the governance of the district. Last month, the SRC adopted a resolution recommending to the Secretary of Education that the SRC be dissolved and that the declaration of distress be rescinded. The Pennsylvania Department of Education reviewed the recommendations and additional documentation received from the district and the City of Philadelphia.“Over the past sixteen years, the District has overcome many challenges, despite the many difficulties facing public school districts all over the country and the limitations imposed on the powers of the SRC,” said Secretary Rivera. “After an extensive review, the Department of Education has determined that the district has made financial and academic improvements during the tenure of the SRC and the district no longer exhibits the factors that caused it to be placed in distress.”In his decision, Rivera noted that the district and the city have developed an appropriate plan to transition control from the SRC to a locally-appointed board of education. Board members will receive training, attend SRC action meetings, and form committees to ensure a smooth transition when the SRC officially dissolves at the end of this school year.Read Rivera’s declaration on PDE’s website. Both actions are effective June 30, 2018. SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img December 27, 2017last_img read more

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Miličević Would Like to Play for B&H A Team

first_imgDanijel Miličević, mid-fielder in the FC Gent, originally comes from B&H but spent most of his time in Switzerland.“I am originally from Ugljevik. Whenever I have some free time, I come to B&H. I visit my country two or three times a year.” – said the footballer of Gent for Klix.ba.Earlier he was playing for youth selections of Switzerland, but he never debuted for the A team of B&H. He would like to wear B&H’s jersey soon.“My BH passport has expired, but I plan to renew it soon. If the new selector shows an interest in me, I would be very glad to play. Ervin Zukanović told me a lot about the team. I am glad he is doing an excellent job in Chievo.” – added Miličević.Gent completed the autumn part of the season in the Jupiter league at 4th place with 34 points.“I am satisfied, we are playing a high – quality football. It’s just… I think we should have more points…” – added Miličević.(Source: Klix.ba / photo: scsport.ba)last_img read more

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Aodh Ruadh GAA club announce details of their AGM

first_imgAodh Ruadh GAA News: FootballThe Annual General Meeting of Aodh Ruadh CLG takes place on Sunday 4th December in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 6pm. Members are invited to email nominations and motions to secretary.aodhruadh.donegal@gaa.ie or text them to 086-2338636, along with the name of the proposer, for consideration at AGM. The deadline for receipt of motions and nominations is 9pm, Friday, November 25th. Nomination and motion papers are available to download from aodhruadh.org. Club membership can be paid for 2017 on the night. The county banquet takes place in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town on Saturday 3rd December at 7.30pm Being honoured on the night are retiring players from the All-Ireland winning team of 2012, the All-Ireland C Hurling Champions, Gradam Shémuis Mhic Géidigh urraithe ag RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta as well as club and individual award winners. Tickets are available from club officers priced €40.Aodh Ruadh will be staging an underage football awards presentation evening in the Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon on Saturday 3rd December at 5pm. Donegal legend Michael Murphy will be joining us as we celebrate a year of underage football in Aodh Ruadh. There will be presentations to all players in Bord na nÓg and to the ladies under 12, under 13 and under 16 teams.There was a big crowd at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh for finals night in the under 10 Ballyshannon Shoe Company winter league last Friday. The shield final was won by Morgan McNamee’s Team D who got the better of Eoin Doogan’s Team B in a tight competitive match. Team B were unfortunately deprived of their captain Eoin through illness. The cup final was won by Finn Coady’s Team C in another exciting game with Michael Keown’s Team A never giving up right to the final whistle. We had all weather conditions, and at times it made the 1939 Thunder and Lightning Final look like a walk in the park, but that didn’t stop our young players from giving it their all. Many thanks to Ballyshannon Shoe Company for sponsoring the medals and trophies and to Gus Culkin for making presentations in the Aras afterwards. Thanks to Val Murray for reffing the finals. Special thanks to all the parents / guardians who laid on the much welcome tea and refreshments in the Aras afterwards. This was a great league with 44 players taking part over the five weeks. The Bord na nÓg AGM takes place on Wednesday, 23rd November at  8pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. We will be reflecting on a packed 2016 and planning for 2017. Underage football has been making great strides in the club and it is great to part of a project that is really going places. Fresh energy and ideas are always welcome though and anyone who has an interest in underage football in Ballyshannon is more than welcome to attend. There will be a short meeting before the AGM at 7pm to discuss the running of the presentation evening.LadiesThe Ladies AGM took place in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh on Saturday evening. The meeting being quorate, detailed team reports were read. These may be obtained by members from the Ladies Secretary at wsargyll@gmail.com. This was followed by election of officers. Eoin O’Moore, as he had previously indicated, declined to stand for re-election as Chairperson. Having carried out these duties for several years, he felt that it was time that someone else assume the responsibility to carry forward Ladies Football in Aodh Ruadh. He indicated his willingness to assist his successor if called upon. He was thanked for all his work on behalf of Aodh Ruadh Ladies. Patricia McShea-Hill accepted re-election to the post of vice-chairperson and was duly appointed. Other appointments made were as follows: Secretary: Willie Scott; Fund-raising: Teddy Kane; PRO: John Hughes; Child Protection Officer: John Travers; County Reps: Willie Scott, Teddy Kane, Sara Gallagher (players representative); Lotto Organisation: Siobhan McGarrigle; LGFA Registration: Linda Clyne, Siobhan McGarrigle and Eoin O’Moore. The AGM was then adjourned until early January 2017 with a date to be notified in due course. Given that so many of our players are at underage grades the secretary is reminding parents that, like all sports organisations, we depend on parents being active in helping to organise and urged a big attendance at the reconvened AGM where we will be appointing a chairperson.HurlingJuvenile Hurling AGM will take place on Tuesday 29th November at 8pm. It will be a review of 2016 and a look forward to 2017. All interested in underage hurling are asked to attend. At the moment we are fielding six underage teams. There is a lot of work involved for the small, hard-working committee and we would encourage some new blood to get involved. Nobody needs to be afraid of being forced to take a job. Come along on the night and hear how the underage hurling season went in 2016. You never know you, might want to get involved. As the saying goes, many hands make light work. Anyone who can’t make the meeting, but feels like getting involved is asked to contact John Rooney 086-2587793.Our annual Christmas quiz will take place in Owen Roe’s on Thursday 15th December. Always a good night of fun and craic. Scór na nÓgThere was a large crowd in attendance in the Saint John Bosco Centre in Donegal town on Friday night for the last of the Scór na nÓg semi-finals and Aodh Ruadh were well represented on the night.Our young quiz team of Beth Flood, Laoise Kelly, Clodagh O’Connor and Lauren McHugh were up against eight other clubs with only the top two qualifying for the Tráth na gCesiteanna final. While some of the questions were quite tough, never the less, our girls put up a brave performance, but failed to break into the top two. Hopefully this young quiz team will come back stronger next year. Many thanks to their teacher Eamon Martin Maguire for all his help with the girls’ preparation.Next up was our instrumental music group of Elyssa Finnegan, Fódhla Sheerin, Eoin Summerville, Sean Branley and Daithí Sheerin. Despite a great performance of their two tunes, Tripping up the Stairs and Merry Blacksmith, and a glowing report from the adjudicator, they failed to qualify for the Ceol Uirlise finals. This is a young group of talented musicians and hopefully we will see them winning county finals in the very near future. They were well coached for the night by Seamus Sweeney. Our final competitor Amy Carney was taking part in the Aithriseoireacht / Scéalaíocht – Recitation / Storytelling competition. She chose to recite the William Allingham poem, Abbey Assaroe. A confident performance on the stage, saw another glowing report from the adjudicator and qualification for the county final. Many thanks to her teacher Áine Roper who had Amy well prepared for the night. We wish Amy all the best for the county final which will be held in Glenfin on a date yet to be decided.Finally many thanks to all the parents and friends who drove all our competitors to Donegal town on what was a very poor night weather wise. Also thanks to all our supporters who also made the journey.2017 National Club DrawTickets are on sale now for the National Club Draw priced €10. Once again there’s a serious line-up of prizes. Donegal County Board is also making a prize fund of €2,500 available which will stay within the county. All funds raised by club members go to Aodh Ruadh. The club will also have prizes for those who buy tickets from club members and we will details of those in due course. The full list of national prizes is detailed below.1. A new Opel Corsa.2. Trip with the 2017 All-Stars.(Two persons, All-Ireland Football Final tickets, All-Stars banquet tickets, tour and airline tickets and accommodation.)3. Travel voucher to the value of €1,500.4. All-Ireland Hurling and Football Final Corporate Package 2017.(Two persons. Corporate hospitality and Two nights accommodation with one evening meal for both weekends.)5. All-Ireland Hurling and Football Final Package 2017.(Two persons. Premium tickets and overnight accommodation.)6 . All-Ireland Hurling and Football Final Package 2017.(Two persons. Premium tickets and overnight accommodation.)7. All-Ireland Hurling and Football Final Package 2017.(Two persons. Premium tickets and overnight accommodation.)8. All-Ireland Hurling and Football Final Package 2017.(Two persons. Premium tickets and overnight accommodation.)9. Shopping voucher to the value of €1,000 at a retailer of your choice.10. Shopping voucher to the value of €1,000 at a retailer of your choice.11. All-Ireland Hurling Final Corporate Package 2017.(Two persons. Corporate hospitality and Two nights accommodation with one evening meal.)12. All-Ireland Football Final Corporate Package 2017.(Two Persons. Corporate hospitality and Two nights accommodation with one evening meal.)13. All-Ireland Hurling Final Package 2017.(Two persons. Premium tickets, overnight accommodation with an evening meal.)14. All-Ireland Football Final Package 2017.(Two persons. Premium tickets, overnight accommodation with an evening meal.)Remember, all funds raised will be retained by Aodh Ruadh. The draw takes place on Wednesday 8th March 2017. For further details, terms and conditions see www.gaa.ie/nationalclubdraw.Abbey Centre BingoLast week’s €400 jackpot was won by Margaret McCaffrey, Killeen, Ballyshannon. There was no winner of the winter snowball so it now stands at €275 on 45 numbers or less. This Friday is the November big bingo, with a massive €2,900 prize fund including the €1,000 jackpot game. Books cost just €15 or get the book and a half special for €20! First game at 9pm at the Abbey Centre.Aodh Ruadh LottoThere was no winner of last week’s Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €7,200. The winning numbers drawn were 2, 4, 10, 13, 14 and 17. In the lucky dip €20 went to Marie Gallagher, Erne Street; V Brennan, Lawne Park; Mary McWeeney, The Mall; Vivienne McCabe, Cluain Barron; and Liam McGowan, Clyhore. Next draw is in The Bridgend with a jackpot of €7,300 on Sunday at 8.30pm. Tickets are now available in the following outlets: Seán Óg’s, The Market House, Dicey Reilly’s, The  Limit, Pat’s Bar, The Bridgend, Owen  Roe’s, Fin McCool’s, The Lantern, McGinley’s, Pearse O’Neill’s, McCosker’s Centra and Kernan’s Spar and at the weekly and weekly bingo in the Abbey Centre. If not in, you can’t win!The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra Saturday is: SENIOR FOOTBALLERS.You can receive the club notes by e-mail every Tuesday morning. To subscribe, enter your details on the website, www.aodhruadh.org, or e-mail your request to info@aodhruadh.org.Aodh Ruadh GAA club announce details of their AGM was last modified: November 22nd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Aodh RuadhGAASportlast_img read more