Education

 

For Senator Dinniman, education has been a lifelong passion.

Dinniman reads to children at Warwick Childcare’s Lionville Center.

“I’ve always felt that the learning experience – being in the classroom, sharing in an academic conversation and seeing those sparks of interest  take hold – is an invigorating one,” said Dinniman, a former West Chester University professor. “And that our schools are not mere public institutions, but sacred pillars of democracy. They represent one of the purest and most fundamental values of our nation – the ability to improve and enlighten oneself in a place where knowledge is readily available.”

As a former school board member and current minority chair of the Senate Education Committee, Dinniman also knows that education makes up one of the largest appropriations in the state budget. It’s absolutely imperative that we ensure that our tax dollars are spent on quality education for all of our students. After all, education is the driving force behind developing fields and new job opportunities. In these uncertain economic times it is crucial that we continue to support effective educational initiatives and programs.

Dinniman visits an art class at the Chester County Art Association.

In the Senate, Dinniman has led various initiatives to ensure quality education programs and reduce the cost of education.

Dinniman is a strong supporter of Keystone STARS, a state program that promotes quality early learning environments through research-based performance standards that address staff qualifications and professional development, educational programs, partnerships with family and community, and leadership and management.

Dinniman is also working to relieve school districts of costly, outdated and unnecessary mandates that take  focus away from learning. He has introduced Senate Bill 442, legislation that calls for exempting school leaders from continuing education requirements if their school or school district makes Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) or shows growth under the Pennsylvania Value Added Assessment System (PVAAS) for three consecutive years.

Dinniman has also led the charge to end the partisan election of school board candidates. Under his Senate Bill 443 school board elections would only occur at the November general election and no longer be part of the spring primary election. In addition, party affiliation would not be listed on the ballot and the number of signatures that candidates need to get on the ballot would be determined by the size of the school district.

Pennsylvania is rich in natural resources, but our greatest resources are the young people who will lead us into the future. We simply cannot continue to throw money into an educational system that leaves so many behind. Rather, we must continue to explore and promote the best education methods and learning practices and incorporate them here in the Commonwealth.

Dinniman chats with residents at Paoli Library.


 

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Category: GeneralVisit to Hope Veterinary Specialists

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November 1, 2014

Presenting a 10th Anniversary Citation to Hope Veterinary Specialists in Malvern.

Visit to Hope Veterinary Specialists

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Category: GeneralChester County Community Foundation Legacy Awards Celebration

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November 3, 2014

Attending the awards celebration at West Chester University's Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre.

Chester County Community Foundation Legacy Awards Celebration

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Category: GeneralElection Day (State Offices Closes)

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Category: General90+ Club Visit to Brandywine Hospital Senior Circle

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November 6, 2014

Presenting birthday certificates to seniors who are 90 years and older as part of the 90+ Club.

90+ Club Visit to Brandywine Hospital Senior Circle

Category: GeneralHome of the Sparrow Fashion Show Event

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November 6, 2014

Attending Home of the Sparrow event at the Desmond in Malvern.

Home of the Sparrow Fashion Show Event

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Category: GeneralOxford Main Street First Friday (Gone to the Dogs) Event

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November 7, 2014

Staff will have table.

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Category: GeneralMount Zion AME Church's 200th Anniversary Banquet

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Category: GeneralWest Chester Veterans Day Parade

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November 9, 2014

West Chester Veterans Day Parade

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Category: GeneralVeterans Day (State Offices Closed)

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Category: GeneralState Board of Education Meeting

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November 12, 2014

State Board of Education Meeting

Category: GeneralLegislative Session in Harrisburg

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November 12, 2014

Category: GeneralTuition Account Program (TAP) Advisory Board Meeting

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November 12, 2014

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Category: GeneralState Board of Education Meeting

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November 13, 2014

State Board of Education Meeting

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Category: GeneralVisit to Growing Examples in West Chester

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November 14, 2014

Attend Growing Examples Restorative Justice Program in West Chester.

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Category: GeneralUniversity of Valley Forge

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November 17, 2014

Visit University of Valley Forge.

University of Valley Forge

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Category: GeneralBasic Education Funding Commission Meeting

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Category: GeneralThanksgiving Day (State Offices Closed)

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Category: GeneralOxford Main Street Country Christmas

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December 5, 2014

Staff will have table.

Oxford Main Street Country Christmas

Category: GeneralWest Chester Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade

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December 5, 2014

District Office at One North Church Street will host a Holiday Open House.

West Chester Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade

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