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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resolution recommending to the Secretary of Education that the SRC be dissolved and that the declaration of distress be rescinded.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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Vattenfall Seeks DanTysk, Sandbank Heli Search & Rescue Team

first_imgVattenfall and Stadtwerke München (SWM) inaugurated the Sandbank offshore wind farm on 23 July. The DanTysk offshore wind farm was fully commissioned in April 2015, and its offshore accommodation platform was installed in the summer of 2016. Vattenfall has invited tenders for the provision of helicopter rescue services for DanTysk and Sandbank offshore wind farms in Germany.The tender is divided in three lots: Rescue Helicopter, Paramedics and Telemedicine, three being the maximum number of lots that may be awarded to one tenderer.The offshore wind developer is looking for a rescue helicopter with flight and medical teams to set up a whole rescue chain for the two offshore wind farms.To ensure the rescue chain, it is important to take into consideration the emergency response time (rescue helicopter), exposed location of the wind farms, weather conditions and the number of the staff ensuring the operation of the wind farms, according to the tender invitation document For this reason, it is unavoidable to have at least one specially trained and equipped emergency paramedic at the Sandbank and DanTysk wind farms, based 24/7 on the DanTysk offshore accommodation platform. Vattenfall added that the paramedic also might need to be able to be hoisted with a helicopter to a wind turbine, even though this is not planned at the moment.For this task, the paramedic is authorised by an emergency physician and can be advised by him, or by an emergence hospital, if necessary. In addition, the paramedic can be transferred by a CTV to the DanTysk and Sandbank turbines, if needed.Vattenfall is also procuring a suitable telemedicine device and the needed telemedicine connection to emergency hospital within the framework of the operational rescue concept for DanTysk and Sandbank.Deadline for submission of requests to participate is 22 August. Invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates are expected to be dispatched on 31 August.The awarded contract(s) will start on 1 February 2018 and end on 31 January 2020, with an option for renewal.last_img read more