The Lodge Director Ian Panyko looks forward to expanding Café the Lodge’s restaurant and catering services. For the past five years, the Southside Bethlehem enterprise has continued to thrive.
A $5,000 Wells Fargo Foundation gift will allow the Café to hire additional staff to balance the increased demand at the restaurant, which is open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday, as well as fulfill its catering orders. Staffed almost entirely by adults with mental illness, the Café can customize its catering menu for almost any event and can provide servers and chefs.
A new Quality Counts 2015 report card takes a fresh approach to grading the nation's education policy. With a focus on outcomes rather than policy and processes, the State of the State's grading report issues an overall grade of C, or 74.3 points out of 100, to the nation. Pennsylvania schools received an overall grade of B-minus, which placed it eighth in the nation.
Most of our nation's schools use letter grades to measure students' performance levels. With a grade of D-plus, a new index on early-childhood education indicates the United States and Pennsylvania have much room for improvement.
Based on the Early Education Index, 40 states received a grade of C-minus or lower. Pennsylvania's overall score was 67.1 points out of 100. The Index's top performer with a B-plus, or 89.5 points, was the District of Columbia.
Tomorrow's science, technology, engineering and math workforce starts with early education. Sadly, there is an education gap in these areas that needs to be closed if children are to become the STEM-skilled workers that businesses need to compete globally.
The CEO of the Fred Rogers Company, a strong supporter of overcoming this education gap, knows that challenging children in the early years of their development to become good at math and science will start them on the path to success in the workforce.