The publication of Time magazine's cover attacking teacher tenure also marked the one-year anniversary of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's infamous attack on New Jersey middle school teacher Melissa Tomlinson.
For the last several years, we have found ourselves facing an unacceptable lack of state funding for schools. This year we are once again facing the Commonwealth's dereliction of duty in properly funding our public schools.
Pope Francis should certainly come to Philadelphia, but his visit should not be herald as a moneymaker for the city; instead it should be orated as a potential sacred moment for a city so deeply divided to heal.
The New York Times reports, "The sword of Damocles turns out to be made of Styrofoam." But the sword feels much sharper for families, advocates, and local officials who rely on government funding to treat and care for those with mental illness.
Giving a Lifetime Achievement Award for the arts to a governor who is slashing an educational foundation of the arts is one small, but provocative, example of the fantastical cognitive dissonance in politics today.
In Governor Corbett's 2011-12 budget and his budget freeze, Pennsylvania's state-owned universities lost more than $112 million in Harrisburg funding. Put together, his proposed budget would mean that the state university system will have lost $175 million in funds 2010.