Thumbs up: To the three community organizations that banded together to fund an ambitious, nearly $1 million after-school program and support system in the cash-strapped York City School District.
The York County Community Foundation, the Women's Giving Circle and the United Way of York County have donated more than $800,000 to fund five Communities In Schools coordinators for three years.
They "will work directly with school administrators to provide students access to resources such as tutoring, family counseling, health services, college visits" and more, according to a news release from the community foundation.
Assistant Superintendent Tamara Willis said the district would like to have a coordinator in each of its eight schools but will start with coordinators at William Penn Senior High School and Jackson K-8. The coordinators will be full-time workers employed by Communities In Schools, she said.
At least one of the coordinators would also be tapped to staff a new after-school program the district has dubbed Second Shift.
That program, Willis said, is designed to do two things: offer teenagers activities in a safe environment between 3 and 9 p.m. and serve as an intervention program for teens picked up by police officers for "nuisance" crimes.
Thumbs up: We're still not sure it was the most pressing issue in Harrisburg, but we like the resolution to the question of what to do about the Capitol portraits of convicted legislative leaders.
Arguing lawmakers' bad behavior should not be honored, state Sen. Scott Wagner, R-York County, suggested in April the Legislature remove portraits of former leaders who have been convicted of felonies related to abuse of their public offices.
Last week, the current leaders of the two chambers struck a compromise of sorts.
The portraits of three former House speakers and one former Senate p
resident pro tempore will remain – but details about their criminal convictions will be added to the plaques beneath their official portraits.
"While these plaques do not achieve the ultimate goal of my proposed legislation, at least something is being done to acknowledge the wrongdoing of these individuals who continue to be hung in high regard," Wagner said.
Given Pennsylvania's history of official wrongdoing, maybe the plaques on all new portraits should include some extra, blank space – just in case.