Friday, October 24, 2014

PA Ed Policy Roundup Oct 24: New PDE Website to Provide Opportunity for Public Input on Pennsylvania Standards

Daily postings from the Keystone State Education Coalition now reach more than 3500 Pennsylvania education policymakers – school directors, administrators, legislators, legislative and congressional staffers, Governor's staff, current/former PA Secretaries of Education, Superintendents, PTO/PTA officers, parent advocates, teacher leaders, business leaders, education professors, members of the press and a broad array of P-16 regulatory agencies, professional associations and education advocacy organizations via emails, website, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

These daily emails are archived and searchable at http://keystonestateeducationcoalition.org
Follow us on Twitter at @lfeinberg
The Keystone State Education Coalition is pleased to be listed among the friends and allies of The Network for Public Education.  Are you a member?
The Keystone State Education Coalition is an endorsing member of The Campaign for Fair Education Funding


Keystone State Education Coalition
PA Ed Policy Roundup for October 24, 2014:
New PDE Website to Provide Opportunity for Public Input on Pennsylvania Standards



ADVOCACY: Great seeing so many of you at PSBA/PASA School Leadership Conference this week in Hershey!  If you have not already done so, grab a couple colleagues and be sure to signup as a PSBA Advocate at the PSBA booth in the Aztec lobby next to the conference registration desk.



“I could never predict what I would get from one year to the next,” retired Brentwood superintendent Ron Dufalla said about subsidies handed out in multiple formulas over the past 20 years.  Dufalla, of Lincoln, graduated in 1972 as part of the first class to spend three years at a then-new Elizabeth Forward High School.  As a circuit rider for Pennsylvania schools, he's spreading the message of the Campaign for Fair Education Funding made public at a Sept. 30 teleconference at Allegheny Intermediate Unit.
Elizabeth Forward school board hears money issues
Trib Live By Patrick Cloonan Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, 3:06 a.m.
Money was an issue on multiple levels for Elizabeth Forward school board Wednesday, from high-tech labs to low-tech supplies to state funding.  The board celebrated a $70,000 Chevron grant to further high-tech efforts at the middle school.  “This grant is a real shot in the arm for us,” Superintendent Bart Rocco said.  It's part of Chevron's $20 million Appalachia Partnership Initiative addressing education and workforce development in 27 Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia counties.
Acting Secretary of Education Announces Website to Provide Opportunity for Public Input on Pennsylvania Standards
PDE Press Release October 23, 2014
Harrisburg – Acting Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq today announced a website designed to provide the public with the opportunity to review and provide feedback on the Pennsylvania Standards.  The site is available by visiting www.paacademicreview.org.
“Governor Corbett and I are focused on ensuring that students, parents, educators and taxpayers have a comprehensive understanding of what is expected of our students at each grade level,” Dumaresq said.  “I encourage the public to take the opportunity to visit this website, share their thoughts and provide suggestions about the Pennsylvania Standards.”
The site is currently populated with the eligible content in English language arts and mathematics for grade three.  By mid-November, the site will be updated to include the eligible content in English language arts and mathematics for grades four to eight and Algebra I and Literature at the secondary level.  The website includes interactive features that allow visitors to provide feedback and suggestions as well as view sample questions from the state tests so they can see examples of what is being presented to and asked of students.

Welcome to the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Eligible Content review site!
This site is designed with three goals in mind:
·         Increase awareness and understanding of our state’s Eligible Content – the grade by grade statements that define what we want our students to know and do.
·         Solicit actionable feedback on the Eligible Content as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s review process.
·         Provide PSSA/Keystone Exam sample questions for English Language Arts/Literature and Mathematics/Algebra for each tested grade/subject.*

Just like the city, Harrisburg's city schools are finding their way back: Gene G. Veno
PennLive Op-Ed  By Gene G. Veno on October 23, 2014 at 2:00 PM
Gene G. Veno is chief recovery officer of the Harrisburg City School District.
In his State of the City address, Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse said he wants the city's children to have the same opportunities as suburban students.  As chief recovery officer for Harrisburg City School District, I too want the district's students and community to feel as safe as those students and citizens who live in suburbia.  Our city needs to do better in curbing crime. And I know the Papenfuse administration is working as quickly as it can to address this serious matter and improve the city's image.  But we all know it will take time, and I applaud the administration for doing all it can, as quickly as possible.  Harrisburg schools too are improving by developing many educational programs in the elementary grades to help our children matriculate with sound learning skills.

Students whose ACT exams were lost in the mail will get retest
SUSAN SNYDER, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER LAST UPDATED: Friday, October 24, 2014, 1:08 AM POSTED: Thursday, October 23, 2014, 5:58 PM
The 182 students whose ACT exams, taken at Upper Darby High School, were apparently lost in the mail will get a second chance to prove themselves.  ACT Inc. will allow the students a free retest Nov. 1, this time at Penn Wood High School in Lansdowne. All 182 students also will receive a refund for the tests that were lost, Ed Colby, a spokesman for the Iowa-based testing company, said Thursday.

A statement from FACTS on the role of charter schools in Philadelphia
Charters are a complement to, not a substitute for, the public system, say trustees of one of city's most successful charters.
the notebook commentary By Board of trustees and administrative leaders of FACTS charter school on Oct 23, 2014 04:59 PM
Following is an abridged version of a statement issued by the board of trustees and administrative leadership of the FACTS charter school.
Why we speak
As members of the Board of Trustees and the administrative leadership of the Folk Arts Cultural Treasures Charter School (FACTS), we wish to add our voice and our perspectives to this important discussion [about public education and the District's current funding crisis], speaking out of FACTS’ experience as a public charter school now in its 10th year of existence.
FACTS began in specific response to educational needs of Asian immigrant children who were not being adequately served in Philadelphia by the public schools. It was founded by community residents deeply committed to public education who had struggled for many years previously on a number of fronts to remedy the overall lack of public resources in Chinatown, and in Asian communities more broadly.

Central Bucks West football season the latest canceled because of hazing: Reports
Penn Live By Geoff Morrow | gmorrow@pennlive.com on October 23, 2014 6:10 p.m.
It's happened again.  A high school football season has been canceled by administrators after reports of another hazing scandal.  This time it's Central Bucks West High School in Doylestown.
First reported by Matt Coughlin of Calkins Media, with later reports coming from crossingbroad.com and Philly.com, the Bucks' 2014 campaign is over after Central Bucks Regional Police investigated allegations of extreme hazing, including waterboarding-like behavior and touching of genitals through clothing.  These alleged incidents occurred during preseason and were first reported to administrators Oct. 14. After an internal investigation, Central Bucks superintendent David Weitzel announced the decision today to shut down the Bucks' season.

"The PARCC test takes nine to 11 hours, depending on a student’s grade level.
Her defiance was striking in a district that has long been viewed as a national leader in test-based accountability. It was also rich in symbolism because Chicago public schools were once run by Education Secretary Arne Duncan, a huge cheerleader for both the Common Core and the new exams, developed with $370 million in federal funds."
Common Core revolt goes local
Politico By STEPHANIE SIMON | 10/23/14 5:00 PM EDT
School districts from New Hampshire to Oregon are revolting against the coming Common Core tests.
Even as political leaders in both red and blue states continue to back away from the standards — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is the latest example — the hottest battles have shifted to the local level, where education officials are staging public revolts against state and federal mandates to administer Common Core exams.  Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett this week announced she did not want students in the nation’s third-largest district to take the federally funded PARCC exam, which will debut next spring in 11 states, including Illinois.
Byrd-Bennett called the test “unproven” and said adding such a long exam to a year already crammed with standardized tests would be overwhelming to students, teachers and principals.

"The move is the latest development in a growing backlash across the country against the frequency and high-stakes attached to testing, as well as the amount of teaching time lost to administering exams."
Miami-Dade students to get break from some tests
BY CHRISTINA VEIGA CVEIGA@MIAMIHERALD.COM 10/22/2014 6:46 PM 
Students in Miami-Dade will take fewer tests this year after the district decided on Wednesday to cancel one set of interim assessments.  Along with other changes to the testing calendar, it means students will now spend up to 260 more minutes learning — rather than taking tests, according to district Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.  “It’s a win for teacher and it’s a win for students,” he said.  The move is the latest development in a growing backlash across the country against the frequency and high-stakes attached to testing, as well as the amount of teaching time lost to administering exams.  The change announced Wednesday means students will no longer take two sets of interim exams. The tests were developed to comply with state requirements to track student progress — but only one round of the scores were actually used for the data.
Carvalho recently challenged the state to look at its own schedules to get rid of duplicative tests. Then, he took his own advice.

VIRTUAL SCHOOLS EXPERIMENT GONE AWRY WITH K12 INC.
Cashing In On Kids website October 23, 2014
The for-profit, publicly traded, virtual charter school operator, K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN), is on probation for poor academic achievement and failure to meet state standards in Massachusetts in Massachusetts by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Not only is academic performance a major issue, but the state Education Board is also reviewing affiliated companies that assist in hiring and evaluating teachers as the experiment in virtual education continues to be questioned. The quality of K12'S vendors and partnering companies is also called into question since they also receive public money. K12, INC'S online school in Greenfield, a western Massachusetts town, draws students from over 170 districts and receives per-pupil funding from the home district. This means that the school is operating on a $5.8 million budget, yet has only 10.5 employees.

New video highlights public education successes from "Stand Up 4 Public Schools"
NSBA website October 23, 2014
Watch the new video "I Stand Up 4 Public Schools" featuring television personality and  "Stand Up 4 Public Schools" celebrity advocate Montel Williams.  The National School Boards Association’s national campaign, “Stand Up 4 Public Schools” highlights the achievements of America’s public schools and gives a voice to citizens who say “Who I am today began with public education.”


New website offers closer look into candidate' views on public education
PSBA NEWS RELEASE 10/6/2014
The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) has created a new website for its members and the general public to get a closer look into candidates' views on public education leading up to the 2014 election for the Pennsylvania General Assembly.  Following the primary elections, PSBA sent out a six-question questionnaire to all Pennsylvania House and Senate candidates competing for seats in the November election.  Candidates are listed by House, Senate seat and county. Districts can be found by visiting the 'Find My Legislator' link (http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/).
Features include:
·         Candidate images, if provided
·         Candidates are tagged by political party and seat for which they are running
·         Candidates who did not respond are indicated by "Responses not available."
Visit the site by going to http://psbacandidateforum.wordpress.com/ or by clicking on the link tweeted out by @PSBAadvocate.
Candidates wishing to complete the questionnaire before election day may do so by contacting Sean Crampsie (717-506-2450, x-3321).

Children with Autism - Who’s Eligible? How to get ABA services?
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 1:00 – 4:00 P.M.
Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia
United Way Building 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, 19103
Join us on November 19th, 2014 to discuss eligibility services for children with Autism. This session will teach parents, teachers, social workers and attorneys how to obtain Applied Behavioral Analysis services for children on the autism spectrum. Presenters include Sonja Kerr (Law Center), Rachel Mann (Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania), Dr. Lisa Blaskey (The Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania), and David Gates (PA Health Law Project).

Register Now – 2014 PASCD Annual Conference – November 23 – 25, 2014
Please join us for the 2014 PASCD Annual Conference, “Leading an Innovative Culture for Learning – Powered by Blendedschools Network” to be held November 23-25 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, PA.  Featuring Keynote Speakers: David Burgess -  - Author of "Teach Like a Pirate: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator", Dr. Bart Rocco, Bill Sterrett - ASCD author, "Short on Time: How do I Make Time to Lead and Learn as a Principal?" and Ron Cowell. 
This annual conference features small group sessions (focused on curriculum, instructional, assessment, blended learning and middle level education) is a great opportunity to stay connected to the latest approaches for cultural change in your school or district.  Join us for PASCD 2014!  Online registration is available by visiting www.pascd.org

Upcoming PA Basic Education Funding Commission Meetings*
PA Basic Education Funding Commission  website
Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 10 AM, Lancaster
Tuesday, November 18 & 19, 2014, Philadelphia
Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 10 AM, East Stroudsburg
Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 10 AM - 12:00 PM, Lancaster
* meeting times and locations subject to change
http://basiceducationfundingcommission.pasenategop.com/

January 23rd–25th, 2015 at The Science Leadership Academy, Philadelphia
EduCon is both a conversation and a conference.
It is an innovation conference where we can come together, both in person and virtually, to discuss the future of schools. Every session will be an opportunity to discuss and debate ideas — from the very practical to the big dreams.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

PA Ed Policy Roundup Oct 23: "The state's decision in 2011 to stop reimbursing the School District for a portion of Charter School tuition has cost the District at least $100 million a year."

Daily postings from the Keystone State Education Coalition now reach more than 3500 Pennsylvania education policymakers – school directors, administrators, legislators, legislative and congressional staffers, Governor's staff, current/former PA Secretaries of Education, Superintendents, PTO/PTA officers, parent advocates, teacher leaders, business leaders, education professors, members of the press and a broad array of P-16 regulatory agencies, professional associations and education advocacy organizations via emails, website, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

These daily emails are archived and searchable at http://keystonestateeducationcoalition.org
Follow us on Twitter at @lfeinberg
The Keystone State Education Coalition is pleased to be listed among the friends and allies of The Network for Public Education.  Are you a member?
The Keystone State Education Coalition is an endorsing member of The Campaign for Fair Education Funding


Keystone State Education Coalition
PA Ed Policy Roundup for October 23, 2014:
"The state's decision in 2011 to stop reimbursing the School District for a portion of Charter School tuition has cost the District at least $100 million a year."




ADVOCACY: Great seeing so many of you at PSBA/PASA School Leadership Conference this week in Hershey!  If you have not already done so, grab a couple colleagues and be sure to signup as a PSBA Advocate at the PSBA booth in the Aztec lobby next to the conference registration desk.




FYI, video has not been posted yet for this hearing or the prior hearing held on October 16th in Perkiomen Valley
Basic Education Funding Commission Public Hearing
Enrollment Changes and School Funding Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Agenda and links to testimony from Pittsburgh hearing on October 21st

WHYY Newsworks: Tom Wolf on education, uncut: Vote trading, increasing investment, and disbanding the SRC
WHYY Newsworks BY KEVIN MCCORRY OCTOBER 22, 2014 LISTEN
Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf came to WHYY studios Friday to answer an array of questions from a mix of beat reporters during an hour long visit.   Wolf's visit came exactly one week after Gov. Tom Corbett came to WHYY. Both fielded queries on education, tax policy, energy and economic development.  As I did with my conversation with Corbett last week, here I'm archiving my full, unedited conversation with Wolf on education, a topic that continues to dominate the minds of voters this election season.

WHYY Newsworks: Listen: 7 minutes with Gov. Corbett on education spending and competing priorities
WHYY Newsworks BY KEVIN MCCORRY OCTOBER 15, 2014
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett came to WHYY studios Friday to answer a wide array of questions from various reporters during an hourlong visit.  Aside from NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller's interview, the conversations weren't intended to be broadcast in their entirety.
But upon reviewing the tape – considering the importance of education as an issue in this election – I decided to post my full, unedited seven-minute conversation with Corbett, who is seeking re-election to a second term.  Some of what the Republican incumbent says will become content for analysis pieces in the coming weeks, as well as for our hourlong election special hosted by senior reporter Dave Davies. That's slated to air at the end of the month.

Tune in Thursday 1:00 pm for live coverage of Tom Wolf interview
York Daily Record UPDATED:   10/21/2014 04:22:36 PM EDT
Editorial board members from several Digital First Media Pennsylvania news organizations will interview Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf at the York Daily Record offices 1 p.m. Thursday.   Bookmark this article to view a video feed and live coverage of that session.
Readers will be able to comment on the interview as part of our live coverage.

Mapping the data: Corbett is nation's highest-paid governor
Lancaster Online By KAREN SHUEY | Staff Writer October 22, 2014
Money doesn’t buy you everything. Because if it did Tom Corbett, the country’s highest-paid   governor, would not be trailing his challenger by double digits.  A salary report, based on new data compiled by the nonpartisan Council of State Governments and shared with The Washington Post, reveals Corbett gets paid more than any other top executive in the nation.  Corbett earns an annual salary of $187,818, though 1.7 percent of the total is being repaid as part of a statewide management pay freeze.

"The [state's] decision in 2011 to stop reimbursing the School District for a portion of Charter School tuition has cost the [District] at least $100 million a year."
Some insights from Philly controller's latest report on charters
the notebook By Dale Mezzacappa on Oct 22, 2014 10:51 PM
Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz has been studying charters in Philadelphia for a while now, looking into fraud and keeping tabs on the quality of School District oversight
In his latest report, released Tuesday, he concludes that the way charters are funded is crippling the District's finances.
The Butkovitz report mostly goes over well-trod territory, but he comes up with a few facts and figures worth drawing attention to:
- Since 1999, the overall number of students attending publicly funded Philadelphia schools has stayed about steady at 202,000, only now, one-third of them attend charters.
- "In 2013, while the [District] faced a deficit in the $70 million range, the Charter Schools posted an aggregate positive fund balance of $117 million."
- "The [state's] decision in 2011 to stop reimbursing the School District for a portion of Charter School tuition has cost the [District] at least $100 million a year."
- "Minimal resources have been devoted to charter school accountability." The report notes that the 87 charter schools are overseen by a staff of six with an annual budget of less than $1 million. Only three charters have been revoked in 14 years, "despite reports of waste, fraud, abuse and poor performance," while dozens of District schools have been closed. 
- Charter schools spent a much higher proportion on administration vs. instruction than the District, and much less per student on special education.
- Low-incidence special education students, the most expensive to educate, make up 5 percent of the population in traditional public schools. That's twice as high a percentage as is found in charter schools. 
Butkovitz recommends that the charter funding formula be overhauled to reflect "student need and actual costs, and must adjust for demographic differences between charter and traditional public schools. He says that "particular attention must be paid to how special education is funded."

Pa. court hears arguments in teachers' contract dispute; no ruling yet
By Dale Mezzacappa on Oct 22, 2014 07:17 PM
Lawyers for the School District and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers traveled to Harrisburg on Monday for one of the legal skirmishes in the battle over whether the School Reform Commission has the power to nullify the union's labor contract and unilaterally change health benefits.  The session in Commonwealth Court before President Judge Dan Pellegrini was scheduled to start at 9:30 and lasted until 11 a.m. As of 7 p.m., there had been no ruling. 
The judge heard arguments over whether the case should remain in Commonweath Court or be heard in Common Pleas Court, as the PFT says is required by labor law. The District filed the original motion in Commonwealth Court. The PFT has already won a decision in local Common Pleas Court, temporarily blocking the health care benefits changes and ordering expedited arbitration in the dispute.

28th senatorial district candidates Scott Wagner and Linda Small put their differences on display
By Jan Murphy | jmurphy@pennlive.com  on October 22, 2014 at 4:43 PM, updated October 22, 2014 at 7:14 PM
Candidates vying for the state Senate seat representing the central portion of York County put their differences on display before an audience of York Rotarians on Wednesday.  They showed they differ on what should be done about public employee pension plans, on an extraction tax on gas drillers, and on impact of unions, particularly the Pennsylvania State Education Association, in state policy-making.  They also distinguished themselves from each other in how they would approach the job of being the senator of the 28th District.

New Report Outlines Potential Savings for PA Taxpayers through Investment in Pre-K
PR Newswire Published: Oct 20, 2014 3:08 p.m. ET
Pre-K for PA Analysis Looks at Long-term Cost Savings Generated from Reduced Grade Repetition and Special Education Needs
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania stands to reap significant benefits in the form of reduced costs to taxpayers and the state budget as a result of expanded access to pre-kindergarten programs for the commonwealth's 3- and 4-year-olds. That's according to new research released byPre-K for PA and conducted by The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia.  The report outlines how investment in high-quality pre-k benefits K-12 school systems by reducing the need for special education programs and grade repetition, and producing fewer behavioral problems in school. Pennsylvania schools currently spend a significant amount of time and money helping children catch up who arrive for kindergarten unprepared – both academically and socially.

ACT tests for 182 high school students disappear
SUSAN SNYDER, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER LAST UPDATED: Thursday, October 23, 2014, 1:08 AM POSTED: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 1:27 PM
On Sept. 13 at Upper Darby High School, 182 students took the ACT college readiness exam, then began anxiously awaiting their scores.  They're still waiting.
ACT Inc. confirmed on Wednesday that the students' test sheets are missing and that it has been unable to find them, despite searching for two weeks.  "It's these kids' worst nightmare," said Bari Krein, whose daughter, a senior at Lower Merion High School, came to her at 4 a.m. worried about how the lost tests would affect her college search, she added.  ACT is continuing to look for the tests, said Ed Colby, a spokesman for the Iowa-based standardized exam - a counterpart to the SAT, which is more widely used in the Philadelphia region.

I often ask, half in jest, how much of high school biology do you remember? Then how important was it?  Do you know the answer to this sample Keystone Biology exam question: which characteristic is common to prokaryotes & eukaryotes?  If not, why do we now require every high school student to know this?
The Contradiction of the Keystone exams
“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.”
School Board Blogger by David Hutchinson Monday, October 20, 2014
A column in EdWeekly this summer wisely made this point in regards to the new, incredibly complex, unreliable - yet state-mandated - teacher evaluations, suggesting that we should have first asked the question, “What is it that we're trying to measure?”  Indeed, that question should have been asked before the state Board of Education voted to mandate ‘Keystone exams’ in English literature, Algebra and Biology as high school graduation requirements.
Here’s the essence of the issue, as I see it: the Keystone exams are fundamentally incompatible with the set of knowledge and skills that students need for success in the modern world.  Mandating them as high school graduation requirements only serves to institutionalize a program of education more appropriate for the middle of the last century. It will reduce opportunities for students, who instead of taking electives in their areas of interest, will be required to take remedial courses in order to pass an exam that measures their ability to memorize and regurgitate information they are unlikely to ever need or use.

Pittsburgh Mayor’s Task Force on Education
Yinzercation Blog October 22, 2014
I was honored earlier this year to be asked to serve on Mayor Peduto’s Task Force on Education. That group just wrapped up its fourth meeting last night and many folks have been asking how it’s going, so here’s a quick report.  I am optimistic by nature and was excited about the opportunity to get the Pittsburgh Public School administration, board members, and educators together with elected representatives from City Council, the mayor’s office, and community members to think about how to improve our schools and neighborhoods. Meeting process and organizational issues have beaten back some of that optimism, but I remain hopeful that (perhaps small) steps towards progress can be made.

Study: Rural Penn. Students Trump City Peers in College Enrollment
Education Week Rural Education Blog By Jackie Mader on October 21, 2014 4:41 PM
Students who graduate from rural Pennsylvania high schools have higher college enrollment and persistence rates than students in city schools, although they still lag behind their town and suburban peers, according to a recently released study.  The Regional Educational Laboratory Program at the federal Institute of Education Sciences examined the average rates of college enrollment and persistence for rural and non-rural students during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years for "College Enrollment and Persistence in Rural Pennsylvania Schools." The report found that most high school graduates, regardless of location, matriculated at public four-year or in-state colleges. During the 2010-11 school year, about 59 percent of rural students enrolled in college, compared to 55 percent of their peers from city high schools, and 70 percent of their peers at suburban high schools. About 80 percent of rural students continued on to their second year of college compared to only 63 percent of city students, nearly 80 percent of suburban students, and about 78 percent of students from towns.

Mosaica Charter Schools Are Drowning in Red Ink
Courthouse News September 23, 2014 By COURTNEY WALTERS 
ATLANTA (CN) - The primary lender for a money-losing chain of charter schools wants a receiver appointed so more than 10,000 students, teachers and staff will not be out in the cold, and classes can continue.  Tatonka Capital Corp. sued Mosaica Education Inc. and six wholly owned subsidiaries on Friday in Federal Court.  Mosaica is in default on $20 million of debt to Tatonka, the Denver-based plaintiff says. Tatonka claims it has first lien on "substantially all of MEI's operating assets," and that "a series of bad business decisions" caused Mosaica to lose more than $86 million.  Mosaica has not made a regular payment to Tatonka since July 2013, according to the complaint.  Its major problem is that it makes investments into failing operations, throwing good money at bad situations despite the negative cash flow created by those investments," Mosaica says.  Founded in 1997, Mosaica manages more than 30 K-12 schools with 25,000 students, more than 10,000 of them in the United States.

Teachers' Unions to Spend More Than Ever in State, Local Elections
Education Week By Lauren Camera Published Online: October 22, 2014
Deep-pocketed teachers’ unions, hoping to affect education policy at the state and local levels, are expecting to pour more money into those campaigns in the 2014 midterm elections than ever before.  With the express mission of unseating Republican governors and flipping control of conservative state legislatures—legacies of the GOP tide in 2010—the two national unions, in particular, are taking a page out of the playbook of some newer and smaller education advocacy groups: Focus on down-ballot candidates and work up to the top ticket.
Spending on state races isn’t new for the teachers’ unions, which are still putting millions of dollars into federal races, particularly the slew of U.S. Senate contests expected to decide control of that chamber.


New website offers closer look into candidate' views on public education
PSBA NEWS RELEASE 10/6/2014
The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) has created a new website for its members and the general public to get a closer look into candidates' views on public education leading up to the 2014 election for the Pennsylvania General Assembly.  Following the primary elections, PSBA sent out a six-question questionnaire to all Pennsylvania House and Senate candidates competing for seats in the November election.  Candidates are listed by House, Senate seat and county. Districts can be found by visiting the 'Find My Legislator' link (http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/).
Features include:
·         Candidate images, if provided
·         Candidates are tagged by political party and seat for which they are running
·         Candidates who did not respond are indicated by "Responses not available."
Visit the site by going to http://psbacandidateforum.wordpress.com/ or by clicking on the link tweeted out by @PSBAadvocate.
Candidates wishing to complete the questionnaire before election day may do so by contacting Sean Crampsie (717-506-2450, x-3321).

Register Now – 2014 PASCD Annual Conference – November 23 – 25, 2014
Please join us for the 2014 PASCD Annual Conference, “Leading an Innovative Culture for Learning – Powered by Blendedschools Network” to be held November 23-25 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, PA.  Featuring Keynote Speakers: David Burgess -  - Author of "Teach Like a Pirate: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator", Dr. Bart Rocco, Bill Sterrett - ASCD author, "Short on Time: How do I Make Time to Lead and Learn as a Principal?" and Ron Cowell. 
This annual conference features small group sessions (focused on curriculum, instructional, assessment, blended learning and middle level education) is a great opportunity to stay connected to the latest approaches for cultural change in your school or district.  Join us for PASCD 2014!  Online registration is available by visiting www.pascd.org

Upcoming PA Basic Education Funding Commission Meetings*
PA Basic Education Funding Commission  website
Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 10 AM, Lancaster
Tuesday, November 18 & 19, 2014, Philadelphia
Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 10 AM, East Stroudsburg
Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 10 AM - 12:00 PM, Lancaster
* meeting times and locations subject to change
http://basiceducationfundingcommission.pasenategop.com/

January 23rd–25th, 2015 at The Science Leadership Academy, Philadelphia
EduCon is both a conversation and a conference.
It is an innovation conference where we can come together, both in person and virtually, to discuss the future of schools. Every session will be an opportunity to discuss and debate ideas — from the very practical to the big dreams.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

PA Ed Policy Roundup Oct 22: Commission advances to develop a funding formula for Pennsylvania public schools

Daily postings from the Keystone State Education Coalition now reach more than 3500 Pennsylvania education policymakers – school directors, administrators, legislators, legislative and congressional staffers, Governor's staff, current/former PA Secretaries of Education, Superintendents, PTO/PTA officers, parent advocates, teacher leaders, business leaders, education professors, members of the press and a broad array of P-16 regulatory agencies, professional associations and education advocacy organizations via emails, website, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

These daily emails are archived and searchable at http://keystonestateeducationcoalition.org
Follow us on Twitter at @lfeinberg
The Keystone State Education Coalition is pleased to be listed among the friends and allies of The Network for Public Education.  Are you a member?
The Keystone State Education Coalition is an endorsing member of The Campaign for Fair Education Funding


Keystone State Education Coalition
PA Ed Policy Roundup for October 22, 2014:
Commission advances to develop a funding formula for Pennsylvania public schools


In Pittsburgh, Commission advances to develop a funding formula for Pennsylvania public schools
By Clarece Polke / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette October 21, 2014 4:15 PM
After more than four hours of testimony from Allegheny County education officials Tuesday, the 15-member Basic Education Funding Commission is "just a few steps closer" to its task of developing a funding formula for Pennsylvania public schools, Sen. Matt Smith, D-Mt. Lebanon, in Allegheny County and commission member said.  The commission is holding a series of statewide hearings to get testimony from advocates and education experts, the fifth of which was held this morning at the Community College of Allegheny County's West Hills Center in Oakdale.
By June 2015, members of the commission are expected to appear before the General Assembly with a recommendation of a formula for how the state will pay for its K-12 schools.
"Allegheny County is a great reflection of what we're looking at statewide because it's so diverse," Sen. Pat Browne, R-Lehigh, co-chair of the commission, told attendees.
The hearing began with a packed audience, and continued well into the afternoon with testimony from scheduled speakers and ensuing dialogue about best approaches for a funding formula. 

Basic Ed. Funding Commission Holds Pittsburgh Hearing on Enrollment and Funding
Senator Matt Smith’s website on OCTOBER 21, 2014
NORTH FAYETTE, October 21, 2014 – – The Basic Education Funding Commission held a public hearing today at the Community College of Allegheny County West Hills Center to gather information about enrollment changes and funding challenges facing area public schools.
“The hearing allowed us to engage with education stakeholders from western Pennsylvania and learn more about the challenges and issues they face,” said state Senator Matt Smith (D-Allegheny/Washington), a member of the 15 member panel.  The Basic Education Funding Commission’s goal is to study basic education funding in Pennsylvania, make recommendations to the General Assembly and develop a more equitable funding formula. Today’s hearing is one of several slated to be held throughout the state on various issues education funding-related issues.
“Allegheny County has experienced large increases and decreases in student enrollment, so the location of today’s discussion and the experience of those who testified were essential to gain a better understanding of the challenges facing our region,” continued Smith.

Election 2014: A look at Corbett and Wolf on education
WHYY Newsworks BY KEVIN MCCORRY OCTOBER 21, 2014
OK, let's get right to the looming question: Did Tom Corbett cut a billion dollars from public, K-12 education?  That question can be answered in different ways. It all depends on what you count, and how you count it.

The Washington Post says Pa. governor race most likely to flip
Lancaster Online Posted on October 21, 2014 by Karen Shuey
Not since 1984 have more than six sitting governors lost in any one election. But The Washington Post political blog The Fix says that history may be in the making.  The site highlighted 11 very close gubernatorial races of 2014. But the only incumbent they say is a goner for sure is Gov. Tom Corbett.  The authors of the blog said Democratic challenger Tom Wolf “is measuring the drapes in the governor’s mansion — and rightly so.”  They say the York County businessman “hasn’t had a very high profile since cruising to a primary win in the spring. That’s a smart move because his opponent, incumbent Corbett, is extremely unpopular.”  Meanwhile, a new poll finds Corbett is closing the gap between him and his challenger.

Pa. governor's race down to turnout?
WHYY Newsworks DAVE DAVIES OFF MIC  A BLOG BY DAVE DAVIES OCTOBER 21, 2014 
There comes a point in every political campaign when the combatants decide they've convinced anybody convincible to vote for them, and it's time to move from messaging to turnout.
Maybe that time has come.  Though Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's and Democrat Tom Wolf continue to pump out TV ads, we're not seeing much in the way of new messages. I've been away a few days, and even though FactCheck.org issued a blistering critique of Corbett's attacks on Wolf, the governor's campaign continues to portray Wolf as a man committed to raising your taxes through the roof.  Wolf continues to swing back, but we also see his campaign bringing in a series of celebrity Democrats to lure big crowds and fire up the base for a turnout Nov. 4. Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama have already visited Philadelphia, and Bill Clinton and President Obama  are expected to make appearances -- Clinton in Pittsburgh Monday and the prez at a site yet to be announced.

Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School case to be heard again next month
By Torsten Ove / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette October 21, 2014 7:20 AM
A federal court hearing to address allegations that the FBI improperly recorded conversations between indicted Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School founder Nick Trombetta and his lawyers will extend into its third month in November.  U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti, who first heard arguments in September, listened again Monday and set new hearing dates for Nov. 10 and 12. The hearing is open to the public after the media intervened to prevent it from being held in secret.  Mr. Trombetta's lawyers want the judge to throw out the government's charges or limit its evidence gleaned from the recordings, saying the FBI violated the attorney-client privilege.
Mr. Trombetta is charged with siphoning some $1 million from the Midland-based school through several corporate entities he controlled.

Crucial court hearing on PFT-District dispute Wednesday morning
The District hopes the state court will take jurisdiction. The union won a victory Monday, with a local court ordering immediate arbitration.
the notebook By Dale Mezzacappa on Oct 21, 2014 05:56 PM
A crucial hearing will occur Wednesday morning in Commonwealth Court in Harrisburg in the legal dispute between the School Reform Commission and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers over the union contract.  The SRC on Oct. 6 nullified the PFT contract and unilaterally imposed changes in teachers' health benefits, saying that 21 months of negotiations had been unproductive and that it needed the savings to put resources back in schools.   At dispute Wednesday is which court is the proper venue for the case -- the local Common Pleas Court or the state Commonwealth Court.  The District took the case directly to Commonwealth Court, arguing that the Pennsylvania Department of Education should be a party to the case, making it a state matter.  The union filed a motion last week arguing that PDE has no place in the dispute and asking that the case be sent to Common Pleas Court. 
That motion will be argued at 9:30 a.m. in Harrisburg. The PFT successfully argued for an expedited hearing of the matter.

“The Controller's Office conducted an analysis of the district's 86 charter schools and found that charters had a total fund balance of $117 million last year, while the district had a $68 million deficit. The report concludes that the current formula for tuition reimbursements and special education does not factor in the district's real costs or what charter schools actually spend.”
Controller calls for overhaul in charter-school funding
SOLOMON LEACH, DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER LEACHS@PHILLYNEWS.COM, 215-854-5903 POSTED: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 3:01 AM
PENNSYLVANIA'S charter-school funding formula is unfair and damaging to the Philadelphia School District, City Controller Alan Butkovitz said in a report issued yesterday.
The Controller's Office conducted an analysis of the district's 86 charter schools and found that charters had a total fund balance of $117 million last year, while the district had a $68 million deficit. The report concludes that the current formula for tuition reimbursements and special education does not factor in the district's real costs or what charter schools actually spend.
"The school district has been operating with multimillion-dollar deficits for almost a decade, whereas charters have had substantial fund balances," Butkovitz said in a news release.

City controller says laws must change to ease charters' pressure
MARTHA WOODALL, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 6:41 PM
City Controller Alan Butkovitz Tuesday released a report calling for sweeping changes in state law to lessen the financial impact that the city's growing charter school community has on the district and taxpayers.  Butkovitz's office has previously released reports that criticized the district's oversight of its 86 charters and detailed cases of possible fraud in some charters.
The new report, he said, examines charters as a factor in the district's continuing financial crisis.
"Charters are having a substantial financial impact," he said. "It's time to revisit that and make sure that it doesn't become institutionalized as an 'us vs. them' war."

Helen Gym and Bill Green Try to Find Common Ground (or Not) on Education in Philadelphia
In an extended version of their talk from our Conversation Issue, the indefatigable activist and the School Reform Commission chair (politely) square off.
Philadelphia Magazine BY PATRICK KERKSTRA   OCTOBER 21, 2014
He’s chairman of the School Reform Commission. She’s co-founder of Parents United for Public Education. They have very different ideas about how to run the district. In mid-September — a month before the SRC voided the district’s contract with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers — Bill and Helen sat down for a lengthy chat. Here, their (abridged) conversation about trying to see eye to eye.

A response to SRC Chair Bill Green’s Inquirer op-ed.
SRC’s Contract Move Isn’t About Shared Sacrifice — It’s Looting
Philadelphia Magazine BY HELEN GYM   OCTOBER 21, 2014 AT 12:15 PM
Recently, I visited my brother-in-law at Radnor High School and was privileged to see him teach his ninth-grade English/civics class. When I walked in, his students were engaged in a debate about Plato and the notion of dissent versus rule of law in Athenian society. The students had finished reading John Stuart Mill and were getting their first papers back for revision. It was October 2nd.  A few days later, I attended a parent meeting at Central High School, one of the city’s premier institutions. Dozens of ninth graders had spent their school year with substitute teachers who changed every week. The substitutes were put in place to relieve teachers leading classrooms with 40, 50, or even more students. For these ninth graders, school didn’t really start until October 8th, when permanent teachers were finally assigned to them.
This is what a teacher’s contract was supposed to prevent.

Common Core execution is flawed
State College Centre Daily Times Opinion BY DAVID HUTCHINSON October 9, 2014 
Most of us in education have come around to the view that it’s no longer appropriate for students to spend the bulk of their time on the memorization of facts and the rote use of math and science algorithms.  In large part, the Common Core standards were an attempt to address this, by refocusing classroom instruction on conceptual understanding and the development of higher-order thinking skills — something the better teachers have always tried to do.  The other rationale for Common Core is that, in a highly mobile society, we should have some measure of consistency from one region of the country to another. The parents of a reasonably successful fifth-grader in Mississippi should not be shocked to discover that their child is reading at only a third-grade level in Pennsylvania (a recent true story).  Though far from perfect, and despite the fact that there was almost no input from actual teachers in the development of these standards, the majority of educators are of the opinion that Common Core reasonably meets these two objectives.  So, what’s the problem? There are several.

Dual Language Charter School sending some students back to home districts
By Adam Clark,Of The Morning Call October 21, 2014
A Bethlehem charter school is sending some students back to their home districts
The Lehigh Valley Dual Language Charter School in Bethlehem is temporarily suspending operations for seventh and eighth grade and telling those students to return to their home school districts or enroll in other charter schools.  The decision comes as the charter school fights with Bethlehem Area School District over its ability to open a second location to serve middle school students.  Seventh- and eighth-graders at the K-8 charter school have had class this fall 3:30-6:30 p.m. weekdays and attend additional classes Saturdays because the building doesn't have room for all eight grades during the traditional school day.

House 58th District seat candidates focus on education, taxes
Trib Live By Renatta Signorini Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, 10:54 p.m.
A Hempfield supervisor is challenging longtime incumbent R. Ted Harhai of Monessen for the House 58th District seat, which covers a portion of Westmoreland County.  Tom Logan, 58, a Republican, will face off against Harhai, 59, a Democrat who is seeking his 10th term.
Harhai defeated challenger Scott Nestor, 25, a Monessen city councilman, in the primary. Logan was unopposed in the primary.  State House members serve two-year terms with no term limits and are paid $82,026 per year.  The district covers Adamsburg, Arona, Madison, Monessen, Mt. Pleasant, North Belle Vernon, Penn, Smithton, Sutersville and West Newton boroughs, as well as parts of East Huntingdon, Hempfield, Rostraver, Sewickley and South Huntingdon townships in Westmoreland.  The candidates place priorities on different issues in the district of nearly 60,000 residents.  Harhai said getting a handle on education funding at the state level is crucial. School districts have been forced to cut faculty and programs or raise taxes as a result of decreased funding, both of which impact economic development, he said.  “They are passing it down to the local municipality, and it makes it bad for these people,” said Harhai, who has held the House seat since 1998. “I think education, the cuts that the Republican administration made are far-reaching.”

Greater Latrobe teachers, school board approve 5-year contract

Trib Live By Stacey Federoff Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, 12:06 a.m.
Greater Latrobe School District's teachers union and school board brought an end to 14 months of negotiations after both sides approved a new five-year contract Tuesday night.
The deal will cost the district about 2.75 percent more than the previous contract from 2010-14.
Teachers will be able to choose from four different health plans through the Westmoreland County Public School Healthcare Consortium.  Depending on the plan, contribution to premiums will increase between 6 percent and 16 percent through July 31, 2019.
Education Voters Action Fund 2014 Candidate Endorsements
Education Voters Action Fund Published on October 16, 2014
Education Voters Action Fund has endorsed the following candidates for their commitment to public education:
·         Tom Wolf for Governor & Mike Stack for Lieutenant Governor
·         Challengers/Open Seats:
·         Deberah Kula (D) SD-32 Fayette, Somerset Westmoreland
·         Ann Schott (D) HD-13 Chester County
·         Gene Stilp (D) HD-104  Dauphin County
·         Michael Beyer (D) HD-131 Lehigh Valley
·         Marian Moscowitz (D) HD-157 Chester County
·         Leanne Krueger-Braneky (D) HD-161 Delaware
·         Dr. Jill Sunday Bartoli (D) HD-199 Cumberland County
·         Incumbents:
·         Patrick M. Browne (R) SD-16 Lehigh County
·         Mark Longietti (D) HD-7 Mercer County
·         Gene DiGirolamo (R) HD-18 Bucks County
·         Bernie O’Neill (R) HD-29 Bucks County
·         Mike Fleck (I) HD-81 Blair, Huntingdon, Mifflin Counties
·         Michael Sturla (D) HD-96 Lancaster County
·         Eddie Day Pashinski (D) HD-121 Luzerne County
·         Michael Schlossberg (D) HD-132 Lehigh
·         Thomas Murt (R) HD-152 Montgomery/Philadelphia
·         Steve McCarter (D) HD 154 Montgomery County
·         William Adolph (R) HD-165 Delaware County
·         James Roebuck (D) HD-188 Philadelphia
·         Cherelle Parker (D) HD-200 Philadelphia

Nation’s Wealthy Places Pour Private Money Into Public Schools, Study Finds
New York Times By MOTOKO RICH OCT. 21, 2014
From bake sales to gala auctions, private groups are raising an increasing amount of money for public schools in wealthier communities, highlighting concerns about inequality.
In Coronado, Calif., a wealthy enclave off the coast of San Diego, for example, local education groups, which support about 3,200 students in five schools, raised more than $1,500 per student in 2010. These private funds helped pay for arts and music classes at all grade levels, sports medicine courses at the high school and a digital media academy at the middle school, where students are learning animation and designing buildings with 3-D printers.
By contrast, the combined fund-raising of groups affiliated with schools in the San Diego Unified School District — where the median household income is about two-thirds that of Coronado — amounted to $19.57 per student.  That pattern was repeated across the country, according to a new studythat found nonprofits organized by parents and community leaders more than tripled in number and more than quadrupled the dollars they generated between 1995 and 2010. 

“Nationwide, enrollments in university teacher-preparation programs have fallen by about 10 percent from 2004 to 2012, according to federal estimates from the U.S. Department of Education's postsecondary data collection.”
Steep Drops Seen in Teacher-Prep Enrollment Numbers
California and other big states particularly hard hit, raising supply concerns
Education Week By Stephen Sawchuk Published Online: October 21, 2014
Fresh from the United States Air Force, Zachary Branson, 33, wanted a career with a structured day and hours that would allow him to be home in time to watch his kids in the evening. But just a month into his online teacher-preparation program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, he had something of a crisis of faith.  It was brought on, he said, by the sense of being in the middle of an ideological war that surfaced in everything from state-level education policy on down to his course textbook, which had a distinct anti-standardized-testing bent.
"I feel like teachers are becoming a wedge politically, and I don't want anything to do with that," Mr. Branson said.  He's not alone in having qualms about entering the teaching profession.
Massive changes to the profession, coupled with budget woes, appear to be shaking the image of teaching as a stable, engaging career.

The Short Shelf Life Of Urban School Superintendents
NPR by STEVE DRUMMOND October 21, 2014 4:35 AM ET
If you're a 12th-grader right now in the Los Angeles schools, that means you probably started kindergarten back in 2001. It also means that, as of this week, you've seen four superintendents come and go.  As we discussed today on Morning Edition, the ouster of John Deasy last week as the head of the nation's second-largest district has renewed a long-running debate about leadership of big-city schools, and particularly the challenges of raising achievement in such a politically charged environment.  Deasy told Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep last week that there's a clock ticking on "reform"-minded superintendents, such as himself, who want to shake things up quickly. "I think there is," he said, calling it a "worrisome trend in America."

PSBA members elect officers, at-large representatives for 2015
Members of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association elected new officers and at-large representatives for 2014 at its Delegate Assembly on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center.  The new officers and at-large representatives will take their offices on January 1, 2015, as part of an 11-member PSBA Governing Board. Officers and at-large representatives elected at the Delegate Assembly are as follows:
·         Offices filled include:
·         President-elect: Kathy K. Swope, Lewisburg Area SD (Union Co.)
·         Vice president: Mark B. Miller, Centennial SD (Bucks Co.)
·         Treasurer: Otto W. Voit III, Muhlenberg SD (Berks Co.)
·          At-large representative (East): Michael Faccinetto, Bethlehem Area SD (Northampton Co.)
·          At-large representative (Central): David Hutchinson, State College Area SD (Centre Co.)
·          At-large representative (West): Daniel J. O’Keefe, Northgate SD (Allegheny Co.)

New website offers closer look into candidate' views on public education
PSBA NEWS RELEASE 10/6/2014
The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) has created a new website for its members and the general public to get a closer look into candidates' views on public education leading up to the 2014 election for the Pennsylvania General Assembly.  Following the primary elections, PSBA sent out a six-question questionnaire to all Pennsylvania House and Senate candidates competing for seats in the November election.  Candidates are listed by House, Senate seat and county. Districts can be found by visiting the 'Find My Legislator' link (http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/).
Features include:
·         Candidate images, if provided
·         Candidates are tagged by political party and seat for which they are running
·         Candidates who did not respond are indicated by "Responses not available."
Visit the site by going to http://psbacandidateforum.wordpress.com/ or by clicking on the link tweeted out by @PSBAadvocate.
Candidates wishing to complete the questionnaire before election day may do so by contacting Sean Crampsie (717-506-2450, x-3321).

Register Now – 2014 PASCD Annual Conference – November 23 – 25, 2014
Please join us for the 2014 PASCD Annual Conference, “Leading an Innovative Culture for Learning – Powered by Blendedschools Network” to be held November 23-25 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, PA.  Featuring Keynote Speakers: David Burgess -  - Author of "Teach Like a Pirate: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator", Dr. Bart Rocco, Bill Sterrett - ASCD author, "Short on Time: How do I Make Time to Lead and Learn as a Principal?" and Ron Cowell. 
This annual conference features small group sessions (focused on curriculum, instructional, assessment, blended learning and middle level education) is a great opportunity to stay connected to the latest approaches for cultural change in your school or district.  Join us for PASCD 2014!  Online registration is available by visiting www.pascd.org

Upcoming PA Basic Education Funding Commission Meetings*
PA Basic Education Funding Commission  website
Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 10 AM, Lancaster
Tuesday, November 18 & 19, 2014, Philadelphia
Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 10 AM, East Stroudsburg
Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 10 AM - 12:00 PM, Lancaster
* meeting times and locations subject to change
http://basiceducationfundingcommission.pasenategop.com/

January 23rd–25th, 2015 at The Science Leadership Academy, Philadelphia
EduCon is both a conversation and a conference.
It is an innovation conference where we can come together, both in person and virtually, to discuss the future of schools. Every session will be an opportunity to discuss and debate ideas — from the very practical to the big dreams.