• Below is the list of resolutions passed by the

    Exeter Township School District School Board
     
  • Resolution 2020-01 - Calling for Charter School Funding Reform

    Posted by Donna Napoli on 2/20/2020 4:00:00 PM
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  • Resolution 2019-02 Urging the General Assembly to Grant Flexibility to School Districts for Emergency Preparedness Drills

    Posted by Donna Napoli on 9/12/2019 4:30:00 PM
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  • Resolution 2019-01 - Urging the General Assembly to Adequately Invest in Public Schools and Students

    Posted by Donna Napoli on 2/22/2019 2:15:00 PM

    RESOLUTION 2019-01

     

    RESOLUTION URGING THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO ADEQUATELY INVEST IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND STUDENTS

     

    BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE EXETER TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT

     

    WHEREAS, Pennsylvania’s more than 1.7 million public school students deserve the highest quality education; and the state’s public schools work best when they have the resources to give all students the opportunities they need to succeed; and

     

    WHEREAS, Pennsylvania ranks 46th among the 50 states in the amount of state subsidies allocated to support elementary and secondary education, among the lowest in the nation, with state’s share of funding public education at 38%; and Pennsylvania has the widest funding gap between wealthy and poor school districts of any state in the country; and

     

    WHEREAS, the state has failed to keep pace with the rising cost of mandated special education for students with disabilities, which has increased by $1.6 billion over the last decade, even as the state’s share of the cost has fallen from 36% to 25%; and

     

    WHEREAS, the state has failed to keep pace with the costs of providing career and technical education (CTE) pathways to students, allowing its share of CTE funding to fall to 8%, leaving school districts with a 90% share of the CTE budget; and

     

    WHEREAS, inadequate state funding places additional burden on local taxpayers to pick up a greater share of public schools’ costs to ensure that our students’ education is not jeopardized; and

     

    WHEREAS, the state must make greater, sustainable investments in public schools to lift all students and prepare them for today’s competitive workforce.

     

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Exeter Township School District urges the General Assembly to take legislative action for public education by increasing basic education funding through the state’s fair funding formula; ensuring sufficient resources for special education and career and technical education; and generating the necessary revenues through sustainable, recurring funding sources.

     

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be submitted to the elected senators and representatives of the Exeter Township School District in the General Assembly, and to the Governor of Pennsylvania.

     

    Adopted this 19th day of February, 2019.

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  • Resolution No. 2018-01 - Opposing ESA Voucher Programs (SB 2)

    Posted by Donna Napoli on 1/26/2018 9:35:00 AM

    RESOLUTION 2018-01

    RESOLUTION OPPOSING ESA VOUCHER PROGRAMS (SB 2)

    BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE EXETER TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT

     

    WHEREAS, Pennsylvania school districts provide countless academic and extracurricular opportunities for learning and growth of all students, preparing them for higher education and careers; and districts have continued to make steady gains in academic achievement, with Pennsylvania students consistently ranked in or near the top 10 nationally on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) exams for reading and math; and Pennsylvania has been named a national leader in providing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education programs; and

    WHEREAS, Pennsylvania also maintains a greater high school graduation rate and a larger percentage of students moving on to higher education than the national average; and

    WHEREAS, more than 80% of Pennsylvania students enrolled in career and technical centers or programs are achieving at the competent or advanced level on industry-based skills assessments, enabling them to earn credentials leading to meaningful employment or college credit equivalencies at cooperating institutions; and

    WHEREAS, public schools ensure that each student with a disability receives a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in compliance with federal and state law and regulations, with students and their families having the benefits of a system of procedural safeguards; and

    WHEREAS, Education Savings Account (ESA) voucher programs such as those under Senate Bill 2 undermine Pennsylvania’s responsibility to ensure every student in every community has equal access to public education; and schools targeted under Senate Bill 2 are already in under-resourced districts; and state money for ESAs would be deducted, on a per-student basis, from a school district’s basic education subsidy; and not only would school districts’ state aid be sent to unaccountable private schools, but such money could also be diverted to higher education, tutoring services and other “qualified education expenses,” not even ensuring students receive full-time educational instruction; and

    WHEREAS, the voucher program in Senate Bill 2 benefits families regardless of income or need, including students already enrolled in private schools or never having attended a targeted public school; and voucher systems in other states have been shown to be vulnerable to financial fraud and abuse; and

    WHEREAS, unlike private schools, public school districts accept, educate and protect the rights of all children who come to their doors, as opposed to those institutions that can reject applicants based on any number of factors and are not required to uphold the rights of students with disabilities; and

    WHEREAS, public schools are held to strict accountability standards that measure student achievement and academic progress, unlike private schools which are not required to use the same standard assessments and reporting requirements as public schools; and provisions under Senate Bill 2 would not require participating private schools to use the same standardized assessments, making comparison and evaluation of academic progress unachievable; and

    NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Exeter Township School District opposes Senate Bill 2 and any other legislation or any effort by the General Assembly to implement tuition vouchers or any other program that would have an effect of a tuition voucher program, and conveys the importance of supporting and improving the quality of all public schools in the Commonwealth.

    Adopted this 23rd day of January 2018.

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  • Resolution 2017-05 - Calling for Investigation of PSERS Retirement System

    Posted by Donna Napoli on 6/27/2017 2:00:00 PM

    RESOLUTION 2017-05

    CALLING FOR INVESTIGATION OF PSERS RETIREMENT SYSTEM

    BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE EXETER TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT

     

    The Board of School Directors of the Exeter Township School District respectfully requests that the State House Representatives, State Senators and Governor Thomas Wolf appoint an independent, external auditor to investigate whether the Pennsylvania State Employees Retirement System ("PSERS") pension fund has been managed appropriately.

    It is difficult to understand how a pension fund that has maintained a historical 7.50% annual investment return assumption (now 7.25%) continues to be underfunded by a reported $49+ billion. We demand an investigation be initiated to determine if any fraud, mismanagement or other improper activity has occurred while managing the fund.

    The school directors of the Exeter Township School District would also like it to be recognized that the employer contribution rate increases being funded by taxpayers will never restore the underfunded balance of this deficit in any of our lifetimes. Despite employer contribution rates soaring almost 7x since fiscal 2009-2010, the PSERS unfunded pension liability continues to grow every year. In addition, the fiscal 2017-2018 employer contribution rate of 32.57% is projected to increase for the foreseeable future to 36.4% for fiscal 2021-2022.

    We demand that State House Representatives, State Senators and Governor Thomas Wolf take immediate action to reform the Pennsylvania State Employee Retirement System. To that end, we understand that the courts have determined that it is illegal for states to unilaterally reduce or revoke pension benefits earned by employees in the system; therefore, reform must be creative and appealing. While an overhaul could apply to future workers, it is also critical to work with the unions, legislators, state employees, and others who benefit from this system to reduce the existing unfunded liability and offer options to move forward with a pension system that is fair to both participants and taxpayers alike.

    Therefore, the school directors of the Exeter Township School District ask the Governor and every legislator to support immediate action on pension reform and an external investigation to determine if any mismanagement or improper activity has occurred while managing the fund.

    Adopted this 20th day of June, 2017.

     

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