BLOG: Invest in Pre-K, Not Prisons

first_img Budget News,  Criminal Justice Reform,  Education,  Schools That Teach,  The Blog We know at least two big things about the criminal justice system in Pennsylvania:First, we’re spending way too much money on prisons that could be spent on roads, schools or programs for our seniors and most vulnerable.Second, too many young people are getting caught up in the system before they even get a chance and far too many are likely to return after leaving.There is a way to address these problems head on. But it starts in the pre-k classroom far away from any jail, courtroom or police station.There are two paths we can take: invest in early childhood education now, or start building more prisons.I support Governor Wolf’s historic investment – $60 million or a 30.5 percent increase – in early childhood education, which is included in his 2016-2017 budget proposal.This funding increase builds upon the $60 million investment in 2015-16 to enroll about 14,000 children in Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts and the Head Start Program.Studies show that children who participate in high-quality pre-kindergarten perform better in school, graduate at higher rates and earn more throughout their working lives. And in some studies, children without pre-k were 70 percent more likely to be arrest for a violent crime by age 18.A recent report by a non-partisan law enforcement-led group called ‘Fight Crime: Invest in Kids’ estimated that Governor Wolf’s $120 million state funding increase for early childhood education will also eventually lead to $350 million in Corrections and other cost savings for the Commonwealth every year.Currently, Pennsylvania spends more than $2 billion annually—about seven percent of the state budget—to house about 50,000 inmates. Yet, only 30 percent of Pennsylvania children in families earning up to three times the federal poverty level – or $72,750 for a family of four – are enrolled in high-quality pre-k programs.It is time to change this nonsensical reality in Pennsylvania — it is time to choose to invest in pre-k now, and spend less on prisons later. By: John E. Wetzel, Secretary of Corrections Read more posts about Governor Wolf’s 2016-17 budget.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf BLOG: Invest in Pre-K, Not Prisonscenter_img February 26, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

French adapts to life without his PCL

first_imgDespite the result against the Cowboys in Darwin last week, French said he got some confidence out of the game personally.”I thought it was my best game since I’ve been back,” he said after setting match-highs in tackle busts (seven) and kicks defused (three) in the 32-6 loss. “Each week it’ll get more confident.”The biggest differences French has found without the ligament there are in stability and agility – pretty key areas for a fullback whose game is based largely around speed, evasiveness and footwork.”My first few weeks back my straight running was sweet but side to side I struggled a bit,” he said.”The game on the weekend I felt a lot better going side to side. It’s only going to keep better. I’ve got to adapt to it and it will feel normal in the next couple of weeks.”The other immediate challenge for French to adapt to is a new playmaking roster at the Eels, with Saturday’s loss to the Cowboys the first game new recruit Mitch Moses has played alongside senior half Corey Norman.It would be unkind to blame the huge loss on the new halves combination given how thoroughly the Cowboys outplayed the Eels on Saturday but no doubt the new combinations will take some time to get used to. “Yeah we can’t dish up a performance like that again. Our effort was there but I think everyone needs to own their role and attention to detail we need to pick up before we take on the Dragons,” French said.”[The combinations are] going pretty good. [It was] Mitch and Normy’s first game on the weekend and you saw the effects of that. It’s only going to get better each week.”The boys are very confident in what we can produce. It’s not just them with how the spine is coming along. It’s every player in the 17; on the weekend we were all off our game. We have to pick that up if we’re going to be playing finals footy.”Moses will have plenty of eyes on him every time he plays given his high-profile mid-season switch from the Wests Tigers and he was always going to take time to find his feet in a new system. While his defence has come in for particular criticism, French said it was unfair to blame one new player when the team as a whole isn’t firing.”It doesn’t just come down to Mitch. It’s everyone else in the team,” French said.”If everyone else in the team is not playing good then you can’t expect him to pull a rabbit out of the hat and make things happen. If the whole team is going well you’ll see Mitch going well.”The fullback said combination between himself, Moses and Norman – plus hooker Kaysa Pritchard – was developing quickly at training.”Me and Mitch formed a pretty good relationship and I’ve had Normy there for a couple of games last year and the start of this year,” he said.”That will all come along with time together. We do it well at training but when we get to the game our preparation side of things – it only takes two or three players not to be on their game and it puts everyone else out. “It’s not just us three preparing and focusing on ourselves. We have the whole team during video and we talk about the whole team being on. We can’t just have us three working well and the rest of the team not preparing well. We are doing everything as a squad because it’s mostly the squad that are having a few concentration lapses that are hurting us.” When French twisted his left knee at training back in Round 6, there were initial fears of a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament injury.However French ended up missing just five games, which was a blessing for coach Brad Arthur given the injury curse that saw stars Corey Norman and Michael Jennings headlining a lengthy injury list.Unlike an ACL, PCLs aren’t necessary for the knee to function but French said it did take some getting used to the change in stability, a process he is still adjusting to.”It has been a bit hard,” French confessed at an Eels media session ahead of a Round 15 clash with the Dragons.”I knew coming back it would take a bit of time for my knee getting used to playing without the ligament there.”last_img read more

THE SECRET BEHIND DONEGAL SQUAD’S SHARP-DRESSED MEN

first_imgTHE attire of Donegal’s conquering heroes has certainly been turning heads this week.And when Jim McGuinness and his triumphant men returned home to Donegal Town last night, everyone wanted to know where they got this cool outfits.Evolve Menswear in Letterkenny say they are “proud” to have fitted out the Ulster Champions this week. Above is the offical photo of the Ulster Champions all fitted by the one and only Evolve Menswear.“We are just proud to be assosiated with such fine footballers, talent and the with the Donegal GAA as a whole,” said Evolve’s JP McCloskey.“We want to pass on a massive congratulations to all players, management backroom staff, members of the county board and the very excellent suppoters who were as good as the extra man on the day.”   THE SECRET BEHIND DONEGAL SQUAD’S SHARP-DRESSED MEN was last modified: July 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:THE SECRET BEHIND DONEGAL SQUAD’S SHARP-DRESSED MENlast_img read more