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Scotland, PA

State's look at test scores and costs could condemn Scotl...

Thought I was finished.... here's more.... HARRISBURG -- The State Veterans Commission is opposed to the closing of Scotland School for Veterans' Children. The commission agreed last week to send a letter to the governor and to the General Assembly opposing the elimination of funding to the Scotland School. Rep. Russ Fairchild, chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, today applauded commission members for their stance. A Republican and Vietnam veteran, Fairchild represents Snyder and Union counties. The school, open to the relatives of military veterans, is run by the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. "It is inherently unfair to compare the Scotland School - which provides 24-hour, seven-day-a-week care to hundreds of students - to other schools," Fairchild said. "The campus may not be fancy and include all the very latest in technology and equipment, but the students receive a tremendous education from a staff that has become their family. The value of the Scotland School is very hard to put a price tag on, especially considering alumni are judges, university professors, entrepreneurs, and West Point graduates." The State Veterans Commission includes members of the VFW, the American Legion, AMVETS, Blinded Veterans Association, Catholic War Veterans of the United States of America, Disabled American Veterans, Jewish War Veterans of the United States, Marine Corps League, Military Order of the Purple Heart, State Association of the County Directors of Veterans' Affairs, Veterans of World War I of the United States of America Inc., Italian-American War Veterans of the United States Inc., Vietnam Veterans of America Inc., American Ex-Prisoners of War and the Keystone Paralyzed Veterans Association. According to a recent survey at the school, more than 70 percent of Scotland's graduates furthered their education in college and 15 percent enlisted in the armed forces. The school is "one of the gems" in the state's educational system, Fairchild said. "Let's take a look at eliminating funding for sports stadiums or millions of dollars in tax credits for Hollywood film companies that have produced little in the way of sustainable, long-term employment," Fairchild said. Fairchild's list of potential slashes -- $45 million given by the administration to a professional soccer stadium in the Philadelphia suburbs and $75 million set aside for tax credits for Hollywood film producers last year. The $120 million spent on two programs alone in 2008 - in addition to the $75 million more proposed for the tax credit in the next fiscal year - would more than fund the Scotland School for nearly 15 years, he said. ------------------ ------- posted by Larry Scott Founder and Editor VA Watchdog dot Org  (May 2, 2009 | post #57)

Scotland, PA

State's look at test scores and costs could condemn Scotl...

wait, wait..... another one..... Former Sen. Terry Punt called the proposed closing of the school “wrong.” “The budget should not be balanced on the backs of the children of veterans, who paid the ultimate price for our freedom,” added Punt, who rallied opposition to a similar proposal by former Gov. Robert Casey in 1991. “Long story short, we succeeded. If he would have line-item-vetoed it, I knew I had the votes to override it. “We have a responsibility and obligation to keep that school open. Most of the students come from urban and high-risk areas to this school, where they learn, thrive and have a positive childhood education,” added Punt, who introduced the legislation years ago to transfer the operation of the school from the Department of Education to the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “We’re not going to sit down and take this at face value,” Kauffman said. “We need to pay a great honor to our veterans and their families. Scotland has been a worthwhile program for decades and served the commonwealth well since 1895. “I find it very disrespectful to veterans and the children of veterans here in Pennsylvania,” Kauffman added.  (May 2, 2009 | post #56)

Scotland, PA

State's look at test scores and costs could condemn Scotl...

OOOHHH, another one.... State Rep. Todd Rock and Sen. Rich Alloway voiced similar concern about the expected closing of the more than 100-year-old school June 30. Keep it open “As the prime sponsor for legislation to constitutionally limit state government spending, I am 100 percent in favor of cutting excessive state spending rather than increasing taxes,” Rock said. “However, closing a well-established, job-creating educational institution like the Scotland School and turning the children and grandchildren of American veterans out into the streets to save a few million dollars when compared to the $2 billion-plus Rendell budget deficit can in no way be defended as fiscally responsible. “There is no question that there will be many difficult cuts that must be made to balance this year’s budget. However, Scotland School for Veterans’ Children is one of the very last places the governor should be looking,” Rock said. Alloway said he is “deeply saddened that the governor has targeted the Scotland School for elimination ... and we must make every effort to ensure that the school can continue to offer a quality learning environment for years to come,” Alloway said.  (May 2, 2009 | post #55)

Scotland, PA

State's look at test scores and costs could condemn Scotl...

Another one for the team..... State senator Shirley Kitchen, a Philadelphia Democrat, said that’s the first she heard that the Scotland School was academically deficient: “These things here I’ve never heard, and it amounts to coming here really trashing the school.” While Philadelphia schools are making progress, Kitchen believes the Scotland school is still a better alternative for many of the students. Take that!  (May 2, 2009 | post #54)

Scotland, PA

State's look at test scores and costs could condemn Scotl...

I notice that all you can talk about is my typing errors. You didn't answer the rest, is it because you didn't accomplish anything since you graduated? Now don't get on here talking all kinds of lies about how you accomplished things, you should have spoken up when the question was asked. It will be less believable now. Where did you go to college, Ship? You know it's haters like you that make folks like me want to strive for more. Thanks. I think I am going to go for my masters.  (May 2, 2009 | post #53)

Scotland, PA

State's look at test scores and costs could condemn Scotl...

You know it takes someone that comes from chambersburg to try to put someone down because they made a few typing errors. Low Life. By the way, my family's tax dollars helped too, and while I lived in PA, so did mine. You don't hear me crying the blues. Stop crying and do some push ups, weakling.  (May 1, 2009 | post #50)

Scotland, PA

State's look at test scores and costs could condemn Scotl...

First of all, if you idiots didn't pi$$ me off with all this nonsense, I wouldn't be typing so fast, making mistakes. I noticed that you made sure that you spelled everything correctly. Don't knock my education, I have gone on to college and my professors think it is just fine. Doubt it if you can compair to them..... any way, I don't suppose that my education cost that much back when I went there. But I got a great education, went on to the military, college and have three great children now, and have plans to start my own business here in KY. How about you, what have you accomplished? I give credit to Scotland because they taught me to make goals for myself, and how to achieve them. I grew up with caring houseparents that took me in when no one else would, and everyone there is like family to me. I don't think you are capable of understanding something as big as what really goes on there.  (May 1, 2009 | post #49)

Scotland, PA

SSVC report called 'flawed'

Well honey, you are going to have to try a little harder to cinvince me that the school has gotten so bad that all of the children are thugs and that they just sit around beating each other up all day. I went to school with some of the people you would consider thugs, they are now doctors and state workers them selves. One, Angelo Adams was on the oprah show. how many can say that?  (May 1, 2009 | post #49)

Scotland, PA

SSVC report called 'flawed'

ok first of all, I am older alumni and after I am done here I am going to make sure all of the people that I am still in contact with know about this site so they can post also. I didn't see the videos, the links that were provided were bad, however from what I have read, they were of boys fighting and hitting each other. What boy does not do that? and second of all, the videos do not compair to the good things that scotland has done for it's children, me being one of them. Just because there was one bad thing does not mean that the school is all bad. Also, one of the reasons the children were sent there is because of the bad schools and crime in Philly, so no they won't get a better education in philly. And you know what else? The kids do care, and it is not just the parents who don't want to watch their children. Let me tell you why me and my 3 brothers went there. Because our parents left us in a snow storm and our grandparents could not take care of us anymore. I don't know what would have become of me if I hadn't attended that school. Thank GOD for Scotland School for Veterans' Children!!  (Apr 30, 2009 | post #47)

Scotland, PA

SSVC report called 'flawed'

first of all, what kind of name is Hortense.... sounds a little freaky to me. Second of all, you clearly do not know what becomes of the graduates of scotland. so do a little more research and talk to alumni before you judge. mmmm K  (Apr 30, 2009 | post #46)

Scotland, PA

SSVC report called 'flawed'

First of all we need to stop thinking of it as just a school. There are many people who work there, houseparents, teachers, maintenance staff, nurses. Many of whom are local. What is this going to do to the economy in the town of scotland and surrounding areas? People will lose thir jobs, the town will lose income that came from the parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles that visited on a regular basis, shopping in the area, eating in the area, renting rooms in the hotels in area, buying gas in the area. Just imagine what it is going to do to everyone around. This is bigger than just a school. Think bigger people. Why would you support something that is going to make people lose their jobs, the economy is bad enough. thanks bush!  (Apr 30, 2009 | post #45)

Scotland, PA

SSVC report called 'flawed'

Good ideas however it will take longer than a year to come up with that kind of money. have any of you ever visited the campus? Do you know that the ones in 11th grade will find it hard to get into schools in their districts. No one thinks about the kids. there clearly is a market for the school because there are so many enrolled and so many waiting. Do we really want the school to turn into a school for military training? Or what ever bright ideas they came up with. Just let the kids have their safe place to learn and grow and leave them alone..... What is Obama's home number, we need to talk.  (Apr 30, 2009 | post #44)

Scotland, PA

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Alright SSVC haters, just because the story said Scotland man, does not mean he was from SSVC, scotland is the town that SSVC is in.... Try agian  (Apr 30, 2009 | post #1)

Scotland, PA

State's look at test scores and costs could condemn Scotl...

Yeah that's right I have something to say to all of you haters of scotland, you are probably just mad because either you didn't have the chance to go there, or your children don't qualify. Don't hate on a place that is trying to do good for our future leaders of america. Hate on those people that are stealing money from the gov. and large corporations. OOOHH how about Bush, hate on him. If if weren't for him we wouldn't be in this situation and you all would not have anything to talk about.  (Apr 30, 2009 | post #45)

Scotland, PA

State's look at test scores and costs could condemn Scotl...

Hey genius.... those people probably went to scotland and either went to the military or to college in these states. Use your brain.... see, it says I am from KY, however I went to scotland for 11 years.. DUH  (Apr 30, 2009 | post #44)