News for 3/15/13

Trustees Meeting                                                              3 15 13

Penn State's Board of Trustees will meet in Hershey today and they could have some company.

Over 30 former football players and Letterman who question the board's actions over the past 16 months are expected to attend the meeting with some of them signing up for the public comment's portion of the meeting. The players are expected to hold a press conference following the meeting. 

The board will also vote on the proposed 1.9% increase in the room and board rate that would take effect next fall for Penn State Students. 

Frazier

 One member of the Board of Trustees is dismissing the Paterno report and does not believe the university should re-investigate the Freeh report.Kenneth Frazier, the man who led the task force to select Louis Freeh says the Paterno report was just a report and does not offer any new facts.

 Frazier added that it is “crystal clear” that the report which cost Penn State more than 8 million dollars should not be reviewed because “we cannot rewrite history.”He also said that while the board never formally voted to accept the Freeh report, the did come together to discuss it. 

Governance

 The Board of Trustees could decide in May to revoke the voting power of the governor and university president.

 The board’s Committee on Governance and Long Range Planning considered the idea during it’s meeting yesterday.Auditor General Jack Wagner raised the exact issue last year when he issued a report that criticized how the university is currently operating.  

Corbett/Mccord

Governor Corbett and State Treasurer Rob McCord asked a federal court yesterday to dismiss a lawsuit by the NCAA aimed at getting rid of a Pennsylvania law that calls for Penn State’s $60 million fine money to remain in the commonwealth.

 Corbett and McCord, who are both listed as defendants in the lawsuit, asked the court to refrain from considering the NCAA’s challenge because of two related pending lawsuits- Corbett’s antitrust lawsuit against the organization to get the sanctions including the fine overturned, and Senator Jake Corman’s lawsuit against the NCAA, which is over their use of the fine money.

 Corbett, McCord and Corman, along with state legislatures, want the money to be used towards child sexual abuse prevention programs and assisting victims of abuse in Pennsylvania

Scam

State College Police are investigating an apparent kidnapping scam. 

The scam allegedly involved a motor vehicle accident in which a person called a local resident on Wednesday claiming that an angry car owner kidnapped a family member of the resident and the relative would be killed if $1500 was not wired immediately for car repairs. 

Officers were able to find the relative and confirm there had been no kidnapping. Investigators discovered that that suspect appeared to be calling from Puerto Rico. they say the bogus kidnapper, who police say appeared to work off a basic script, used a prepaid cell phone to make the call.

Charter School Funding

 How charter schools are funded may soon be changing. The State House Education Committee took a closer look at a pair of bills aimed at funding yesterday.

 One bill would end double dipping, where cyber charters are reimbursed for part of their pension costs by the state and also by local school districts.

 Another proposed bill by Representative Mike Reese would have cyber charter school funding come directly from the state rather than from the individual school district. According to WTAJ-TV, State College School District officials say they’re in favor of passing this bill because it would bring much needed reform to the system. Officials say it would give the schools their own funding costs of operations, whereas now, they come from the district.