Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Andrew L. Weber was appointed a supervisor of special education in the Parkland School District.
Wednesday, March 27
The Parkland School Board appointed Andrew L. Weber as supervisor of special education at its Tuesday meeting. Weber previously served as the Easton Area School District's special education supervisor and as a middle school learning support teacher in the Kutztown and Allentown school districts. Weber will earn $95,000. He replaces Jennifer Wood, who resigned two years ago as supervisor of special education, administration, to take a position in higher education, according to Robert Thornburg, director of student services. The position had been eliminated, but the administration was able to move a position that opened in the technology department to the special education department after a resignation last month, said Nicole McGalla, …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Friday's possible government spending cuts triggered by sequestration could affect residents of Upper Macungie
Parkland School District could lose money for remedial and special education if automatic "sequestration" spending cuts trickle down from Washington, D.C. to the local level on Friday. "As a district, we don't get a whole lot of federal dollars, but (the sequestor) would definitely hurt us," Superintendent Richard Sniscak told Patch on Monday. "The money we receive from federal grants for restricted programs does help us provide these educational programs." Passengers at Lehigh Valley International Airport may have to wait in longer lines for security checks. And desperate homeowners facing foreclosure might not be able to get help from the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley. Statewide, cuts would eliminate job search …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Diana Zhou battled for years with Bethlehem Area School District over her sons’ education. Did it really benefit her sons and at what cost?
The case of Diana Zhou’s fight with the Bethlehem Area School District has made for fascinating reading, partly because it shows an extreme version of the conflicts that can bubble up between school districts and parents of children with disabilities. Zhou has been locked in a lawsuit with BASD over more than $200,000 in legal costs. The district incurred them responding to about two dozen complaints Zhou filed over BASD’s education plans for her two sons, one of whom has Asperger’s, which is on the autism spectrum. Testimony during the federal civil trial in Philadelphia in the last week showed the frustration of BASD administrators and teachers in trying to satisfy Zhou, who appeared to find fault with everything they did for her …