Free Programs Help Local Parents Choose a School for Their Children

first_imgSelecting a school is one of the most important decisions a parent will make, yet myth and misperception often cloud conversations about public schools. As more families consider Pasadena Unified public schools, the Pasadena Education Network (PEN), a network of nearly 1,200 parents who send their children to and support the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD), presents a series of free programs to help parents understand their public school options in Pasadena, Altadena, and Sierra Madre.PEN’s series of programs offers an overview of PUSD options from kindergarten through high school, including tools for evaluating educational options and an opportunity to meet parents of students who attend schools across the district. The fall parent programs kick-off with “Choosing the Right Elementary School” on Tuesday, September 19 at 6:30 p.m. at All Saints Church, Sweetland Hall, 132 No. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena. Dr. Mikala Rahn, the president of Public Works, a non-profit organization that evaluates schools throughout the state, provides parents of pre-school aged children with valuable information about what to look for when evaluating an elementary school for their children. Parents whose children attend schools throughout PUSD will be on hand during a reception following the presentation.PEN’s other programs include “Myth vs. Reality: Middle School Parent Panel” on September 28 at Norma Coombs School and “High School Options” on October 18 at McKinley School. The series concludes on November 29 at the Pasadena Central Library with a program devoted to understanding the district’s open enrollment process whereby families can apply to attend a school other than their assigned neighborhood school. Complete program information and times, school information, and school tour schedules are available at www.penfamilies.org.All programs are free. Spanish translation is available upon request. Please contact [email protected] Pasadena Education Network (PEN) is an independent, grassroots nonprofit organization that promotes family participation in public education to ensure a quality education for all students in Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra Madre. PEN provides services to help parents explore, evaluate, and engage with our community’s public schools. For more information visit www.penfamilies.org . Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Top of the News center_img Community News Education Free Programs Help Local Parents Choose a School for Their Children Programs Connect Parents with Each Other & Pasadena Unified Public School Options From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, September 2, 2016 | 4:19 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Subscribe Herbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeauty Business Newslast_img read more

Librarians Weigh In On Proposed Legislation

first_imgLibrarians Weigh In On Proposed LegislationMARCH 25TH, 2019 MEGAN DIVENTI INDIANALibraries across the Hoosier state could be feeling the impact of two bills working their way through the State House right now. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare One of those bills, House Bill 1343, would give the fiscal body of a city, town, or county with a library complete oversight of that budget.“And this additional oversight I think is maybe just a little overkill,” says Trista Smith, Newburg Chandler Public Library director. “I think it’s really important to make sure we are being responsible, but I do think we have a lot of stuff in place, a lot of processes in place that already ensure that we are doing what we need to do.”But Tri-State librarians are concerned about the financial impact these bills could have. “We put money in a rainy day fund every year just in case,” says Smith. “You know we have this beautiful building and god forbid the heating and air went out or any kind of large repair, you know we need to have that outside of our operating budget and that’s really important.”But not every library system shares the same concerns.The EVPL released a statement saying in the part-the bill would likely have little to no impact on EVPL branches for a couple of reasons.Among them, there are already several levels of financial oversight in place with both the local government and the state, and the EVPL has a healthy reserve fund in case of emergencies.Senate Bill 64 was authored by local Senator Jim Tomes.It would require libraries to conduct an annual background check on anyone who interacts with children under 14.Senator Tomes said in part because libraries often serve as an extension of school-background checks should be required.But local librarians say performing those checks is costly and there are already safeguards in place.“It’s intention is good you know making sure we have the appropriate people around our children is important, but I think it just steps a little over what’s reasonable to expect from a library,” says Smith.House Bill 1343 is scheduled for another committee hearing Thursday.Comments0 commentslast_img read more