SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary Read more posts about Governor Wolf’s 2016-17 budget.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf BLOG: Corrections Secretary Wetzel Pushes Pre-K to Slow Prison Growth (ROUND-UP) Criminal Justice Reform, Education, Government That Works, Round-Up, The Blog Secretary of Corrections John Wetzel has been visiting prisons across Pennsylvania to stress the importance of investing in early childhood education. He’s been joined by Secretary of Human Services Ted Dallas, and representatives of law enforcement, the General Assembly, and criminal justice and community organizations.Wetzel has touted Governor Wolf’s historic investment – $60 million or a 30.5 percent increase – in early childhood education, which is included in his 2016-2017 budget proposal. This funding increase builds upon the proposed $60 million investment in 2015-16 to enroll about 14,000 children in Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts and the Head Start Program. Studies show that children who participate in high-quality pre-kindergarten perform better in school, graduate at higher rates and earn more throughout their working lives. And in some studies, children without pre-k were 70 percent more likely to be arrest for a violent crime by age 18.Read more in the Secretary’s blog post, “Invest in Pre-K, Not Prisons” and see the video from last Friday’s event at SCI Muncy with Secretary Dallas here.Sunbury Daily Item: State corrections secretary stresses importance of early childhood education“More than 81,000 Pennsylvania children have at least one parent incarcerated in a state correctional facility and those numbers need to drop quickly, said John Wetzel, secretary of the state Department of Corrections. Wetzel on Friday discussed the importance of his department being able to provide as much information about early childhood education as possible to the 50,000 parents separated from their children. Pennsylvania spends more than $90 million on early childhood education. … The additional funding Gov. Tom Wolf seeks will translate into 14,000 additional children receiving pre-kindergarten services, Wetzel said.”WESA: PA Corrections Secretary Pushes Education Funding To Prevent Incarceration“Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel is calling for service providers to back Governor Tom Wolf’s proposed funding of early education. Wetzel weighed in, because of the link between education and incarceration. He said a child reading at grade level before the third grade is less likely to drop out of school later on; and a high school dropout is more likely to be incarcerated. He stressed the importance of investing in children, before they enter the criminal justice system, to a group of activists gathered at the State Correctional Institution in Pittsburgh. He asked them to tell elected officials to spend money on education before it has to be used in the department of corrections.”PennLive: Prison setting used to advocate for more money for early childhood education programs“The governor’s proposal to provide an additional $60 million for pre-kindergarten education programs got support from inside the all-female state prison at Muncy. Corrections Secretary John Wetzel , Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas and others Friday during a news conference said giving children a meaningful education at a young age might keep them out of prison as adults and provide them the opportunity to become a lawyer or doctor. Half of the inmates in state prisons don’t have a high school diploma when they arrive at the prison, he said. ‘We have an opportunity when we fund programs that have quantifiable outcomes to change the trajectory in the lives of children,’ Wetzel said.”WNEP: State Hopeful Education Can Help End Cycle Behind Bars“‘What if we could spend money way before anybody comes in here,’ said Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel. ‘This isn’t about keeping kids out of prison, which will happen. This is about giving kids the opportunity to become doctors and lawyers.’” February 29, 2016
“He just talks,” Kaman said of Cuban. “He treated me really well. He’s a really good guy. I just don’t think he looked at the numbers.”Kaman also disagreed with how Dallas used him.“I skipped my exit meeting. I knew I wasn’t going to go back,” said Kaman, who averaged 10.5 points and 5.6 rebounds last season. “I just didn’t feel like they liked what I brought to the table or they would’ve given me more opportunities.”Kaman vowed to accept his role with the Lakers. “When you’re in a business, you’re meant to do a job,” Kaman said. “I’m going to do the best I can.”Shooter’s mentalityHill’s job description will go beyond providing energy. D’Antoni and Kobe Bryant convinced him to spend his offseason taking 600-700 jumpers per day.“With this offense, I can spread the floor a little bit and expand my game,” said Hill, who worked out at his Atlanta residence.How does Hill do that without compromising his strengths on defense and rebounding?“One doesn’t mean he can’t do the other,” D’Antoni said. “It’ll just make him a better player.”Making progressAfter rehabbing all offseason on respective knee and hamstring injuries, Gasol and Steve Nash gradually progressed their activity level by participating in most of Monday’s practice. Gasol completed the entire practice, while Nash sat out toward the end.“Keep your fingers crossed but hopefully he has his best year ever,” D’Antoni said of the 33-year old Gasol, whose $19.3 million contract expires after this season. “I think he has at least five more good years, real good years, in him.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Lakers’ newly acquired big man remains a familiar name in Los Angeles.For those who missed out on Chris Kaman’s times with the Clippers, his qualities differ from what Dwight Howard showed last season with the Lakers before jetting to the Houston Rockets.Kaman hardly matches Howard’s defense, which earned him the NBA’s Defensive player of the year award in three seasons. “He’s an above the rim player,” Kaman said. “I can’t play above the rim.” Kaman’s career averages of 11.8 points and eight rebounds falls short of Howard’s career numbers (18.29 points, 12.96 rebounds). But Kaman remains superior in his post moves and mid-range jumper. Not surprisingly, Kaman’s career 74.4 percent mark from the free throw line also trumps Howard’s 57.7 percent clip. “I’m a similar player as Pau (Gasol). I think I’m inside and outside like he is,” Kaman said. “I complement his game well.”Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni remains undecided whether he will start Kaman or Jordan Hill at power forward along with Gasol at center. But a discussion with D’Antoni convinced Kaman to join the Lakers on a one-year deal at the mini mid-level exception worth $3.2 million after making $8 million last season with the Dallas Mavericks.“He was a straight shooter,” Kaman said of D’Antoni. “I respect that more than anything.” Despite saying he respects Mark Cuban, Kaman disagreed with the Mavericks owner for arguing he played off the dribble too much. Synergy Sports Technology shows Kaman took 159 catch-and-shoot jumpers compared to 29 shots off the dribble.