Monday, February 24, 2020

PA Ed Policy Roundup for Feb 24: All 500 Pa school districts overpaying charters millions of dollars for special-education students

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PA Ed Policy Roundup for Feb 24, 2020
Philly schools All 500 Pa school districts overpaying charters millions of dollars for special-education students

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Here's what you need to know about School District of Lancaster's school funding lawsuit against the state
Lancaster Online by ALEX GELI | Staff Writer February 21, 2020
With a trial expected later this year in the landmark school funding lawsuit lodged against the state by School District of Lancaster and others, an attorney with the Philadelphia nonprofit Public Interest Law Center on Tuesday gave an update on the case. Speaking at Tuesday’s Lancaster school board meeting, attorney Dan Urevick-Ackelsberg shared when the trial might start, why the quarrel exists in the first place and how the case — now six years old — could transform the way schools are funded in Pennsylvania. Here are the highlights from the conversation and other essential facts about the lawsuit pending in the state’s Commonwealth Court.
Who is suing whom? The lawsuit was filed in 2014 by the Education Law Center and the Public Interest Law Center on behalf of School District of Lancaster and William Penn, Panther Valley, Greater Johnstown, Wilkes-Barre Area and Shenandoah Valley school districts, parents, the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools the NAACP Pennsylvania State Conference. Defending the lawsuit are Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, Sen. Joe Scarnati, president pro tempore of the Senate; Rep. Mike Turzai, speaker of the House; and Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera. Ironically, Rivera was SDL’s superintendent when the lawsuit was filed. He became a defendant when he took the job as education secretary in 2015.

“Schools Superintendent Stephen Rodriguez said that if Pennsylvania's fair funding formula were in place for all education funding, Pottstown would be receiving an additional $13 million a year in state aid. That money could be used to undertake facility repairs, program improvements and cut taxes rather than raise them, he said.”
$67M Pottstown schools budget draft has $2.6M deficit
POTTSTOWN — The Pottstown School Board's first look at a preliminary $66.7 million budget shows a $2.6 million gap between revenues and expenditures and the school board has indicated it is willing to enact the maximum tax increase permitted to help close it. A presentation on the spending plan was first made to the school board's finance committee on Feb. 13. Business Manager Maureen Jampo said part of that deficit is driven by rising charter school tuition costs, something Jampo briefed Pennsylvania Education Secretary Pedro Rivera about during his visit Feb. 14.  According to her presentation, Pottstown's charter school tuition costs have risen 44 percent in just two years, from $2.5 million to $3.2 million. Pottstown school officials have joined a statewide effort to lobby for reform to Pennsylvania's 20-year-old charter school law, specifically how tuition is calculated. But without a change in Harrisburg, that tuition cost is expected to continue to rise.

Inquirer by Maddie Hanna and Kristen A. Graham, Updated: February 20, 2020- 7:10 PM
The Philadelphia School District overpays charter schools by millions of dollars because of a state formula that forces artificially high rates for special-education services, according to a new analysis by the district. The rate is inflated, according to the analysis, because the city’s charters are serving a smaller share of students with severe disabilities but are compensated based on the district’s average costs to educate its larger population of needier, more expensive special-education students. Because of the formula, "the really painful part of this is the inaccuracy grows exponentially over time,” Uri Monson, the district’s chief financial officer, told the school board’s finance and facilities committee Thursday. Monson said special-education costs have been driving the growth in district payments to charters: Of the nearly $700 million in new revenue the district has netted since 2015, it has paid more than half to charters, even though charters enroll only 37% of Philadelphia public school students. The district would be sending millions less to charters if legislation backed by Gov. Tom Wolf passes changing the charter funding formula — including how the schools are compensated for special-education students. The governor’s office says next year the district would be able to retain $90 million that would otherwise be sent to charter schools under the current formula.

“Charter schools are compensated at a higher rate for special education students than they are for regular education students. First Philadelphia’s budget documents show that the school expected to receive $30,033 for each special education student and $9,328 for each regular education student. Those rates are set by a state formula. Reclassifying 30 special education students as regular education students would cost First Philadelphia roughly $620,000. Based on comments from the board meeting, it appears possible the school over-identified special education students and lost money after correcting that error.”
Budget turmoil at Philly’s second-largest charter school — but officials keep quiet about why
WHYY By Avi Wolfman-Arent February 24, 2020
Philadelphia’s second-largest charter school has a large budget deficit, a CEO on leave, and some sort of problem related to the identification of special education students. It’s the kind of financial and administrative turmoil that would draw major headlines at a large, traditional school district. But the K-12 school at the center of the tumult refuses to say much of anything — and only recently published a six-sentence letter on its website explaining that it had made a personnel change. Despite repeated requests for comment, First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School in Bridesburg has declined to explain why or how it found itself in, what one official called, a “difficult time of transition.” Here’s what we know.

School district officials from Bradford, Kane, Otto-Eldred, Port Allegany and Smethport hope to see cyber charter funding reform become reality
Education is necessary and freedom of choice is an important aspect of education. While the importance of choice is recognized, local school district officials have expressed hope for a more level playing field when it comes to funding for state-approved cyber charter schools. Superintendents from Bradford, Kane, Otto-Eldred, Port Allegany and Smethport school districts sat down with The Era recently to discuss some of the biggest concerns the districts face when local students attend state-approved cyber charters. The list of cyber charter schools for the 2019-20 school year as posted to the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s website includes 14 schools. These schools, while approved by the PDE, are not affiliated with any local school district. “And there’s an important role for charter schools to play in offering parents choice and providing a source of competition and innovation that can benefit all students, no matter what school they attend,” said Gov. Tom Wolf in his speech on the budget for 2020, given Feb. 4. “But, as you know, too many charter schools here in the Commonwealth have strayed from that purpose. Some are little more than fronts for private management companies, and the only innovations they’re coming up with involve finding new ways to take money out of the pockets of property taxpayers — like setting up sham online schools or exploiting a loophole in special education funding.”

Superintendent Notes that Charter School Tuition Costs Norwin More than $1 Million a Year
Norwin School District News Release February 19,  2020
NORTH HUNTINGDON, Pa. — Norwin School District leaders are urging lawmakers to make the state’s charter school funding system more fair and balanced. Charter school payments are calculated in a manner that requires districts to send more money to charter schools than is needed to operate their programs. This places a significant financial burden on Norwin School District resources and taxpayers. Superintendent Dr. Jeff Taylor, in a presentation at the Norwin Board of Education’s February Legislative meeting, noted that the School District’s annual required payments to charter schools cost more than $1 million. For that amount of money, Norwin School District could hire an additional 10 teachers, which would greatly improve educational quality for Norwin’s 5,289 students who are enrolled in grades K-12. The Board of Education approved a resolution urging the Pennsylvania General Assembly to revise the existing charter school funding system for regular and special education. The resolution has been mailed to several Pennsylvania elected officials, including the Speaker of the House, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the House and Senate Majority and Minority Leaders, the House and Senate Education Committee Chairs, and Governor Wolf. In addition, the resolution was shared with Norwin’s state legislators State Senator Kim Ward and State Representative George Dunbar.

Peters Township supports funding reform for charter schools
Washington PA Observer-Reporter February 23, 2020
Peters Township School Board approved a resolution supporting some type of state funding reform with regard to charter and cyber schools that operate independently. Tuesday’s unanimous vote came at the request of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, which provided a model resolution stating in part: “School districts are struggling to keep up with growing charter costs and are forced to raise taxes and cut staffing, programs and services for their own students in order to pay millions of dollars to charter schools.” Lisa Anderson, Peters Township’s PSBA representative, said the district paid $756,000 in mandated tuition in 2018-19. “Currently, our district sends $12,151 to a charter school for every regular-education student who attends,” she said, citing that number at 44. “More is charged if there is a special-education student.” According to the PSBA, the latest data from the state Department of Education show in 2017-18, total charter school tuition payments totaled more than $1.8 billion, with $519 million paid by districts for tuition to nonbrick-and-mortar cyber schools. “Further analysis of PDE data shows that in 2014-15, school districts paid charter schools more than $100 million for special education services in excess of what charter schools reported spending on special education,” the resolution further states.

“In the article, the business manager at West Perry, Stevie Davis, channeled the struggles of administrators in districts across the state, “We do what we can to control costs,” Davis said, “but the state doesn’t pay its fair share of education costs.”
Schools are struggling to keep up with rising costs | PennLive letters
PennLive Letters to the Editor by Karen Anderson, Tyrone Township, Perry County February 23, 2020
The concerns outlined in the recent article, “West Perry worries over special education costs” are indicative of anxieties that administrators and school board directors across the state are feeling this time of year. Increases in mandated expenses for school districts are estimated to top $455 million this year alone, and special education costs are expected to continue to grow by more than $200 million per year, topping $6 billion in 2020-21. Other mandated costs for charter school enrollment – the amount school districts must pay charter schools – are estimated to grow by more than $175 million in the upcoming budget year. In the West Perry School District, the proposed $42 million budget included a tax increase of 9.15 percent. In the article, the business manager at West Perry, Stevie Davis, channeled the struggles of administrators in districts across the state, “We do what we can to control costs,” Davis said, “but the state doesn’t pay its fair share of education costs.” Schools are struggling to keep up with rising costs and to head off program cuts. In order to help local districts hold down property taxes and improve outcomes for students, the General Assembly needs to do its part. Governor Wolf included an increase in funding for Pennsylvania public schools of $405 million in his 2020-21 budget proposal. The General Assembly must step up by working with the governor to ensure public schools receive not a penny less than that proposed increase.

High School of Health Sciences Leadership Charter School: New Application Report
Clearly Inadequate Application Should Result in Board Rejection
Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools by Lisa Haver, Deborah Grill, Lynda Rubin February 19, 2020 
High School of Health Sciences leadership Charter School (HS2L) 
Proposed Location: 5210 North Broad Street (former Holy Child School)
Neighborhood: Logan
Grades:  9—12
Enrollment:  150 students Year one; 600 students at scale, Year 5
Estimated cost to District for first 5-year term:  $29, 111, 817. 
Estimated stranded costs to District:  $11, 524, 500.
Founding Coalition Members
  • Tim Matheney, Charter School Consultant, CEO Spire Leadership Group
  • Sharifa Edwards, Manager of School Investments, Philadelphia School Partnership
  • April Gonzalez, [consultant] Spire Leadership Group
  • Kenric Chua, Creative Arts Director, Spire Leadership Group
  • Geordie Brackin, CEO, Brackin Placement Group
Proposed Board Members
  • Laura Siminoff, Dean, School of Public Health, Temple University
  • Geordie Brackin, CEO, Brackin Placement Group
  • Janine Yass, Vice-chair, Center on Education Reform
  • Sharif El-Mekki, CEO, Center for Black Educator Development, former Mastery Charter administrator
  • Candace Kenyatta, Managing Partner, Grovider
  • Tim Matheney (ex-officio), CEO, HS2L
Does the District Need A Health Sciences Charter School?

New report gives Pa. a ‘D-Minus’ for its reliance on one-time budget gimmicks| Monday Morning Coffee
PA Capital Star By  John L. Micek February 24, 2020
Good Monday Morning, Fellow Seekers.
With another week of budget hearings upon us, now seemed like a good time to zoom out from the micro-details of each agency’s funding request and take a broader look at the way Pennsylvania manages the seeming miracle of getting an approved spending plan over the goal line by … err … June 30ish every year. And to aid us in that task, we’re turning to the folks at the Volcker Alliance, the New York City-based think-tank founded by former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul Volcker, dedicated to “[ensuring] that government is accountable and delivers with excellence.” And this being Pennsylvania and all, that’s a tall order on the best of days. Volcker, more astute readers will recall, was appointed to the Fed by President Jimmy Carter and stayed on through most of President Ronald Reagan’s two terms. He’s credited for helping to end the inflation that marked the 1970s and 1980s. He died in 2019 at the age of 92.
In that context then, we’re not exactly talking about a fire-breathing socialist, which makes the criticisms to come all the more pointed.

'It’s a rigged game, and you are paying for it’: Salisbury superintendent blasts LVHN for possible closure of elementary school
If finances force the Salisbury Township School District to close one of its two elementary schools, Lehigh Valley Health Network is partly to blame, the superintendent told a packed house at a school board meeting Wednesday. “We think they should pay taxes in today’s health care system,” Superintendent Randy Ziegenfuss told an audience of about 150 people, many of them parents who don’t want the school to close. “They are no longer a purely charitable organization. We need that money.” The nonprofit network is headquartered in the township, where it owns three large tax-exempt parcels, including its main hospital campus on Cedar Crest Boulevard. The school district filed a legal challenge to LVHN’s tax-exempt status with the Lehigh County Board of Assessment Appeals in 2018. When that board upheld the tax exemption, the district filed a complaint in Lehigh County Court, arguing the hospital is no longer a “purely public charity” and should be contributing more than $5 million a year in property taxes. “They’re doing everything legally,” Ziegenfuss acknowledged. “It’s a law; it’s a rigged game, and you are paying for it.”

“Gov. Tom Wolf mentioned Parker prominently during his budget speech this month, citing him as an example of the state’s “brilliant future.” Wolf also painted a bleak picture of the difficult situation that Parker faces in Allentown. Ancient school buildings. Inadequate state funding. Crushing charter school costs. The governor didn’t mention Allentown’s weak tax base. Or how Pennsylvania’s inequitable education funding system disregards the realities of urban districts such as Allentown, where students are overwhelmingly poor and often don’t speak English well. They may require more services, which add to district expenses. The district regularly faces budget deficits. It has no savings to dip into. It’s still short by $6 million this year.”
Paul Muschick: Why I don’t blame Allentown Superintendent Thomas Parker for seeking another job
Opinion By PAUL MUSCHICK THE MORNING CALL | FEB 21, 2020 | 8:00 AM
Don’t be surprised that Superintendent Thomas Parker is considering moving on. He’s been here only a few years, but that’s long enough to realize how dire of a situation the Allentown School District is in. It’s difficult for him to make an impact under such circumstances, even for someone with a reputation for turning schools around. Parker is one of 19 applicants for the schools director position in Nashville, Tennessee, according to The Tennessean newspaper. Parker told Morning Call reporter Jacqueline Palochko this week that he isn’t actively seeking a new job, but applied because someone invited him to. He’s playing with words. He applied, which means he’d consider leaving for the right opportunity. He could have turned down the invitation. Parker described the Nashville job as “intriguing" and said he’d “investigate and explore.” When he became Allentown superintendent in 2017, Parker said he would "be here for the long haul.” Now halfway through a five-year contract that pays him about $175,000 a year, Parker is at least open to checking out other options. I’ve criticized him at times, but I’m not going to judge him for that. Parker is Allentown’s fourth superintendent in 10 years, and the first African-American to hold the job. He’s young. He’s energetic. He’s shown a willingness to speak up for students.

Ephrata Area school board expected to vote tonight on later school start times
Lancaster Online by ALEX GELI | Staff Writer February 24, 2020
The Ephrata Area school board is expected to vote tonight on whether to delay school start times at every grade level in the 2020-21 school year. The proposal, nearly a year in the making, would shift school start times by five minutes at elementary schools, 30 at the intermediate school, 45 at the middle school and 40 at the high school. If it passes, Ephrata would become the first Lancaster County school district to significantly delay school start times, joining a growing trend nationwide aligning school start times with mounting sleep research. Many leading health organizations advise bumping start times to 8:30 a.m. or later to match adolescents’ sleep onset and wake times. Waking up too early could cause increased anxiety, irritability and other mental and physical health issues among teenagers, research says.
Ephrata’s proposal would shift times as follows:

 “We take a look at year-to-date data in the following Northampton and Lehigh county school districts, focusing on January 2020 new listing and inventory levels. We’ll also tell you about pending sales, closed sales, and the average price of a home currently on the market.”
Seller’s market: How many properties are for sale in each Lehigh Valley school district?
Here’s some good news for home sellers in the Lehigh Valley. National Association of Realtors Chief Economist Lawrence Yun predicts national median home prices will rise 4% compared to last year despite inventory shortages. Yun also expects sales of newly-built homes to increase by 10% nationally. Buyers have faced a lack of homes to choose from since 2015. This year inventory could reach new historic lows, according to’s 2020 National Housing Forecast. Real estate experts say although single-family home construction is expected to rise, it still won’t be enough to keep up with demand.

Superintendents' forum: College isn't only path to career workplace and life readiness
Delco Times By Dr. Brett A. Cooper Daniel Boone School District Feb 20, 2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Education has, in recent years, shifted focus to The Future Ready PA Index, which is designed to identify student and school success based on academic performance, student progress and college and career readiness. This index has been developed to provide the public with an accurate and comprehensive view of how Pennsylvania schools are educating students throughout the commonwealth. As a well-educated college graduate having earned three post-secondary/post-graduate degrees — one undergraduate and two advanced graduate — I find it worrisome that there is continued focus on the value of the college experience in preparing our students to be college and career ready. The focus in preparing our future workforce for the jobs of tomorrow, of which many we do not even know will exist, has much more to offer than just the college experience. Traditional societal norms have been consistent and pervasive in identifying post-secondary opportunities for our students that primarily focus on college. It is imperative that our focus adjusts so that we equally identify post-secondary career/workplace/life readiness programming that includes more contemporary identifiable opportunities such as career and technology education programs, pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship programs, certification programs, trade-school programs and internship opportunities for all students.

Full slate of candidates in primary for Chesco voters
Pottstown Mercury By Michael P. Rellahan Staff Writer On Twitter @ChescoCourtNews Feb 21, 2020
The April 28 primary promises to be a lively one for Chester County voters, with a total of six contested races for the General Assembly on both the Democratic and Republican ballots.
Tuesday was the deadline for candidates to file their nominating petitions in Harrisburg, and a total of 24 candidates for 10 seats turned their documents into the Department of State. The marquee match up in the county most certainly will be the race to find the candidates who will run to replace retiring state Sen. Andy Dinniman in the 19th state Senate District, which encompasses the eastern and southern portions of the county.  Five candidates filed to run for the office, three Democrats and two Republicans. Dinniman, of West Whiteland, announced earlier this month that he would not seek a fourth term in the Legislature, intending to spend more time with his wife, who has health problems. The candidates for his office on the Democratic ballot are Kyle Boyer of Tredyffrin, a member of the Tredyffrin-Easttown School Board and president of the West Chester NAACP; state Rep. Carolyn Comitta of West Chester, who will also run for re-election to her 156th Legislative District seat in the House of Representatives; and Dinniman’s longtime aide, Don Vymazal of Phoenixville, where he serves on the borough’s Planning Commission.

California students sued because they were such poor readers. They just won $53 million to help them
Los Angeles Times By SONALI KOHLIIRIS LEE FEB. 20, 2020
Two years ago, a group of students and their teachers sued the state of California for doing a poor job teaching kids how to read — 53% of California third-graders did not meet state test standards that year, and scores have increased only incrementally since. On Thursday they won $53 million so that the state’s lowest-performing schools have the resources to do better. Under the settlement with the state, most of the funding will be awarded over three years to 75 public elementary schools, including charters, with the poorest third-grade reading scores in California over the last two years. The agreement comes after the novel lawsuit contended that the students’ low literacy levels violated California’s constitutional mandate to provide all children with equal access to an education, said attorney Mark Rosenbaum at the pro bono law firm Public Counsel.  “We shouldn’t have to be filing lawsuits to establish a right to read,” Rosenbaum said.

Should All Children Learn to Code by the End of High School?
Wall Street Journal February 23, 2020
Supporters say coding know-how is good for students in an increasingly digital world. Opponents say public schools shouldn’t serve as job-training sites for tech companies.
At every high school, students are required to show proficiency in certain subjects to graduate. Now there’s a push to include computer coding as one of those subjects. The idea is that such a skill will be invaluable in a world that increasingly runs on computer technology. What’s more, many companies report shortages of workers with programming skills. Nearly 20 states have already passed legislation requiring public schools to make computer-science classes accessible to high-school students, according to, a nonprofit founded by tech investors that says coding and other computer skills should be seen as essential in the 21st century.

Why Warren’s ardent defense of the teachers union monopoly hurts students
Washington Post By  George F. Will Columnist Feb. 21, 2020 at 7:00 a.m. EST
ERIE, Pa. — Two women — one black and not affluent; one white, wealthy and famous — are contrasting faces of America’s debate about equal educational opportunity in grades K through 12. Porschia Anderson, a mother with daughters in kindergarten, fourth and 10th grades here, and parents like her have an enormous stake in Pennsylvania expanding charter schools and supporting other avenues to educational choices. The aim of such measures is for parents of modest, or negligible, means to have alternatives that affluent parents take for granted. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is ardent for equality as an abstraction but is even more ardent for the support of public school teachers unions. They are tenacious in defense of their semi-monopoly in primary and secondary education: Just 6 percent of the nation’s pupils are in charter schools, and only 218,000 (0.39 percent) of the 56.6 million pupils received vouchers.
In Pennsylvania, as elsewhere, there is a wearying constant, a simmering conflict. On one side are parents seeking charter schools — public schools granted more administrative and instruction discretion than enjoyed by unionized public schools. These parents also seek tax credits for privately funded scholarships that low-income families can use to pay tuition at private schools. On the other side are teachers unions characterizing such programs as “attacks” on public education funding. The Commonwealth Foundation is a tireless advocate for more Pennsylvania charter schools and for tax credits for scholarships. This school year the foundation, prevailing against labor’s big battalions, expanded scholarship access to 15,000 more children. Unfortunately, Gov. Tom Wolf (D), who attended a prestigious and pricey prep school, the Hill School, has issued executive actions to restrict enrollments in charter schools. And to cut funding for charters. And to force charters to pay the government to perform its duty of compelling reluctant school districts to obey the law: Pandering to teachers unions, some districts refuse to provide charters with legally required per-pupil funding. Charter funds are distributed by school districts that often are running the underperforming schools that make parents desperate for the alternative of charter schools.
Last year, Philadelphia, where 34,000 students recently applied for 7,500 available charter spaces, refused all three applications for new charters. Demand does not elicit supply when monopolists use politics to restrict supply.

Blogger note: support Governor Wolf’s proposed charter reforms:
Reprise: PA Ed Policy Roundup for Feb 10, 2020
1. Adopt resolution for charter funding reform
2. Ask your legislators to cosponsor HB2261 or SB1024
3. Register for Advocacy Day on March 23rd

Adopt: the 2020 PSBA resolution for charter school funding reform
In this legislative session, PSBA has been leading the charge with the Senate, House of Representatives and the Governor’s Administration to push for positive charter reform. We’re now asking you to join the campaign: Adopt the resolution: We’re asking all school boards to adopt the 2020 resolution for charter school funding reform at your next board meeting and submit it to your legislators and to PSBA.

Cosponsor: A 120-page charter reform proposal is being introduced as House Bill 2261 by Rep. Joseph Ciresi (D-Montgomery), and Senate Bill 1024, introduced by Senators Lindsey Williams (D-Allegheny) and James Brewster (D-Allegheny). Ask your legislator to sign on as a cosponsor to House Bill 2261 or Senate Bill 1024.

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Learn More at PEF's Information Session
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 4:30 - 5:30 pm
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Do you have a willingness to engage with the students we serve through our college access and college persistence programming? The Philadelphia Education Fund supports nearly 6,000 students and serves 16 schools. As a result, we produce and host hundreds of sessions for students on a range of topics that are intended to help our young people navigate a successful journey through high school and college.
This Information Session will explain how you can help!

Hear relevant content from statewide experts, district practitioners and PSBA government affairs staff at PSBA’s annual membership gathering. PSBA Sectional Advisors and Advocacy Ambassadors are on-site to connect with district leaders in their region and share important information for you to take back to your district.
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Sectional Meetings are 6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. (across all locations). Light refreshments will be offered.
Cost: Complimentary for PSBA member entities.
Registration: Registration is now open. To register, please sign into myPSBA and look for Store/Registration on the left.

Allegheny County Legislative Forum on Education March 12
by Allegheny Intermediate Unit Thu, March 12, 2020 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT
Join us on March 12 at 7:00 pm for the Allegheny Intermediate Unit's annual Allegheny County Legislative Forum. The event will feature a discussion with state lawmakers on a variety of issues impacting public schools. We hope you will join us and be part of the conversation about education in Allegheny County.

All school leaders are invited to attend Advocacy Day at the state Capitol in Harrisburg. The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA), Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units (PAIU) and the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA) are partnering together to strengthen our advocacy impact. The day will center around meetings with legislators to discuss critical issues affecting public education. Click here for more information or register at
School directors can register online now by logging in to myPSBA. If you need assistance logging in and registering contact Alysha Newingham, Member Data System Administrator at

Register now for Network for Public Education Action National Conference in Philadelphia March 28-29, 2020
Registration, hotel information, keynote speakers and panels:

PSBA Board Presidents Panel April 27, 28 and 29; Multiple Locations
Offered at 10 locations across the state, this annual event supports current and aspiring school board leaders through roundtable conversations with colleagues as well as a facilitated panel of experienced regional and statewide board presidents and superintendents. Board Presidents Panel is designed to equip new and veteran board presidents and vice presidents as well as superintendents and other school directors who may pursue a leadership position in the future.

PARSS Annual Conference April 29 – May 1, 2020 in State College
The 2020 PARSS Conference is April 29 through May 1, 2020, at Wyndham Garden Hotel at Mountain View Country Club in State College. Please register as a member or a vendor by accessing the links below.

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