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At a Kutztown University faculty union meeting late Thursday afternoon, local union president, Paul Quinn, shared a letter he sent to the university administration earlier in the day. Quinn was responding to revelations that administrators are projecting an enrollment drop between 2.5% and 4% next year. This news came as a surprise to local union [...]

Kutztown University administrators seem poised to get a jump start on cutting faculty, staff, and programs in the 2014-2015 academic year. This past Friday, department chairs received emails requesting they attend a meeting with the Provost, Carlos Vargas-Aburto, and several other high-ranking administrators to review each department’s “majors, enrollment in classes, retention, faculty workload, budgets” [...]

In this edition of Counterpoint PA’s special homage to Keith Olbermann, the Worst Pennsylvanians of the Week, the runner-up is Bob Dick of the Commonwealth Foundation who wrote a blog suggesting that one Pennsylvania public school district with financial troubles paying for an expensive retreat proves the state needs to replace public schools with private [...]

In this edition of Counterpoint PA’s special homage to Keith Olbermann, the Worst Pennsylvanians of the Week, third place goes to Capitolwire Bureau Chief Peter DeCoursey for attacking a Keystone Progress report that revealed PA Independent is funded by a far-right group actively trying to manipulate state news. DeCoursey doesn’t even try to disprove any [...]

Editor’s Note: Steve Horn’s latest investigative article cross-posted from our friends at Mint Press News. If you haven’t checked out Mint Press News’s awesome independent, investigative reporting, do yourself a favor and go there now. Visit Mint Press News and tell them Raging Chicken Press sent you. The Windy City is undergoing a tumultuous historical [...]

Editor’s Note: This Open Letter was originally posted by Katie Osgood with our friends @thechalkface. The first part of Katie’s letter is posted here. To read her full letter (and, you really, really need to) click the “Continue Reading” link at the bottom of this excerpt or go there now.  Dear New TFA Recruits, It [...]

Yesterday, two media events regarding the fate of the Philadelphia Public School District occurred.  Early in the day, Angela Couloumbis from Philly.com reported that rumors of privatizing the whole entire school system are swirling around Harrisburg.  She reported that State Senator Vincent Hughes heard from places on high – or the Corbett administration –  that the district has [...]

Editor’s Note: I published a version of this article on AAUP’s Academe Blog earlier today. Check them out and give them some love.  At my monthly department meeting yesterday, the department’s representative to our University Senate gave his report on their last meeting. As part of his report, he told us some of the concerns [...]

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