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Congressman Ryan Costello

Representing the 6th District of Pennsylvania

“Principal Costello” Visits with Students in West Chester and Pottstown

October 20, 2016
Press Release

West Chester, PA – Rep. Ryan Costello (PA-06) visited Westtown-Thornbury Elementary School and Pottsgrove High School to meet with students, teachers, and administrators as part of the National Association of Secondary School Principals’ Principal for a Day program and in recognition of National Principals Month.

Rep. Costello Meets with Students at Westtown-Thornbury Elementary School

Westtown-Thornbury Elementary School: Rep. Costello started his day at the elementary school with the school’s Equity Team – a team of teachers that meets to discuss ways to improve communications with parents about any issues that may influence students’ classroom performance and to build stronger relationships with parents and other mentors. The team meets prior to the start of the school day, demonstrating a tremendous commitment to helping each student achieve success.

Next, Rep. Costello joined the Digital Citizenship Class led by the Librarian, Ms. Finegan, who encourages students to be thoughtful in their social media posts. As part of the class, students learn about the digital footprint they leave each time they create a post on social media and the importance of being courteous to others online.

Both the Equity Team and Digital Citizenship Class demonstrate just how diverse a principal’s job has become. Principals not only act as mentors to faculty and students, but they also create and oversee programs that keep up with the rapid changes that affect students and instruction.

Pottsgrove High School: In the afternoon, Rep. Costello visited the Social Studies and Civics classes at Pottsgrove High School to share with students his experience as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, a Township Supervisor, and a County Commissioner. He urged students to get involved in their local government and also suggested they seek information that challenges their worldview.

Rep. Costello ended his school day on “bus duty” with Pottsgrove High School Principal William Ziegler, who was named Pennsylvania Principal of the Year and visited Rep. Costello in his Washington, D.C. office earlier this year.

“The teachers and principals in our community are hardworking and committed to our children’s success,” said Rep. Ryan Costello. “I really enjoyed meeting with so many knowledgeable students and learning about the impressive projects they are working on.”

Rep. Costello Talks to Students at Pottsgrove High School

Since coming to Congress, Rep. Costello has worked hard on enacting meaningful education reform –an area where he believes bipartisan solutions should be the focus:

  • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which is now law, was the first major reauthorization of federal elementary and secondary education programs since 2001. This law got rid of the harmful federal involvement in our schools.
  • Rep. Costello voted to allow states to withdraw from one-size-fits-all Common Core standards because it failed to raise achievements and took decision-making out of the hands of parents and local educators.
  • Rep. Costello sponsored an amendment that would allow states and school districts to use federal resources to audit existing assessment systems and get rid of duplicative tests. This was signed into law as part of the ESSA.
  • Rep. Costello also helped to introduce a bipartisan resolution expressing support for a “whole child” and personalized approach to education – encouraging the opportunity to learn in an environment that is physically and emotionally safe, and with access to opportunities to learn and practice an active, healthy lifestyle.