Friday, November 16, 2012

Has your board considered a resolution urging members of Congress to stop sequestration?


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These daily emails are archived at http://keystonestateeducationcoalition.org
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What the hell is sequestration? Let's just call it a fiscal cliff....

New York Times, Washington Post, NSBA, Huffington Post, Education Writers Association on sequestration

Has your board considered a resolution urging members of Congress to stop sequestration? 
School boards can help NSBA lobby to avoid fiscal cliff
Political pundits are already warning President Barack Obama and members of Congress not to spend too much time basking in their Nov. 6 victories. Beginning next week, Congress and the White House will start the tough negotiations to deal with the process of sequestration, which is the cancellation of budgetary resources.
The Budget Control Act of 2011 will impose across-the-board cuts of approximately 8.2 percent to education and other domestic programs in FY2013 unless Congress intervenes by Jan. 2, 2013. Most school districts would not see any impact until the 2013-14 school year, but those consequences will be severe. Districts that receive Impact Aid funds would see immediate cuts.
More than 100 school boards already have passed resolutions urging members of Congress to stop sequestration, which is also being called the fiscal cliff. The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is asking school boards to pass a resolution, write letters to local newspapers and take actions to publicize schools’ plights. NSBA also wants your stories about how these cuts could impact your students and schools. Learn more on the NSBA’s “Stop Sequestration” webpage for  a list of actions for local school board members and more information about the threats.

Pennsylvania School Districts
College Board 3rd Annual AP District Honor Roll November 13, 2012

“Our failing public schools…”

A Record 539 School Districts Make the College Board’s 3rd Annual AP® District Honor Roll

Districts Recognized For Achieving Significant Gains In Both AP Access And Student Performance College Board 11/13/2012
NEW YORK — A total of 539 schools districts across the U.S. and Canada are being recognized by the College Board with placement on the 3rd Annual AP®District Honor Roll for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement® course work while increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. Achieving both of these goals is the ideal scenario for a district’s AP program because it indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit most from rigorous AP course work.

Recognizing Great American Schools

314 National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2012
Principals and school representatives from the 314 National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2012 met in Washington this week to celebrate their successes and to share ideas and practices that foster school environments which will provide all children with a world-class education.  
Secretary Arne Duncan commended the recipients during the awards ceremony, and noted that the best ideas for education don’t come from Washington, but rather from educators at the local level.  See a list of the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools and receive more information on the program by clicking here.

Joseph Watkins, the Chief Recovery Officer for the Chester Upland School District, has established a website to provide the public with details of the Act 141(distressed school districts legislation) process, announce public meetings, and provide subsequent video of the meetings for those who were not able to attend.
Chester Upland School District Financial and Academic Recovery Plan Details Recommendations to Save District
Official website of Chief Recovery Officer

Philadelphia School Reform Commission suspends parts of state public school code

Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer November 16, 2012, 3:01 AM
The Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted to suspend portions of the state public school code Thursday night, saying it needed room to cap charter enrollment and shorten the timeline for closing schools.

PA Must Move the Dial on School Readiness

PA Partnerships for Children Posted At : November 15, 2012 3:57 PM
Earlier this week, Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children issued our 
2012 School Readiness Report, an annual snapshot of how well the commonwealth is doing to prepare its youngest learners for a lifetime of success.  This year's results are mixed and, for the most part, stagnant. Our latest report found the commonwealth as a whole has made no significant progress during the past year in several key areas that affect young children and their families.


PENNSYLVANIA EDUCATION POLICY FORUM
Why Investing in Early Education Matters, Even in These Difficult Economic Times - "Erie Region Breakfast Series" Monday, November 19, 2012
Continental Breakfast - 8:00 a.m. Program - 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  
 Ambassador Center (I-90 & Peach Streets in Erie, next to the Courtyard by Marriott)
Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children and The Education Policy and Leadership Center
SPEAKERS:
Ron Cowell, President, The Education Policy and Leadership Center
Diane Robbins, Principal, Early Childhood Learning Center, Titusville Area School District
Jill Simmons, Vice President, Early Care and School-Age Enrichment, Greater Erie YMCA
Dr. James Tracy, Superintendent, Girard School District
Darlene Kovacs, VP Administrative Services, Early Connections - Success by 6 Kindergarten Readiness Program
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Share school district successes and challenges in supporting quality learning experiences. Hear from local school districts and early learning providers about how they have worked together to maintain early learning as an integral part of the school districts' overall goals. Learn how quality early learning can contribute positively to a community's economic success.
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While there is no registration fee, seating is limited and an RSVP is required.
Building One Pennsylvania – Fundraiser November 29th
Join us at our first fundraiser and awards ceremony to celebrate our progress in promoting inclusive, sustainable and economically prosperous communities.
Austin Room at IBEW Electrical Union 654
3729 Chichester Avenue, Boothwyn PA 19061

Thursday, November 29th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM
$100 per person • $75 for Building One Pennsylvania Member
HONOREES:
U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.
U.S. Congressman Patrick Meehan
Estelle Richman, Senior Advisor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Isaac Dotson, Yeadon Economic Development Corporation
Tom Gemmill, St. James Episcopal Church, Lancaster
Rev. Marlon Millner, Norristown Municipal Council and McKinley Memorial Baptist Church

PLEASE RSVP TO ATTEND


CELEBRATE Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center’s 5th Anniversary!
Friday November 30th 12 pm1:30 pm
Join us in celebrating 5 years of providing a strong, independent voice for working Pennsylvanians and their families in the halls of the state Capitol and beyond.
Friday~November 30th, 12 pm - 1:30 pm
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel
201 N. 17th Street | Philadelphia PA 19103
www.pennbpc.org/5thanniversary
Registration begins at 11:30
LEGISLATIVE LEADERSHIP AWARD
Hon. Gene DiGirolamo & Hon. Thomas Murt
BE THE CHANGE AWARD
Voter ID Plaintiff Legal Team
The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia (PILCOP)
The ACLU of Pennsylvania
The Advancement Project
Arnold and Porter
HOST COMMITTEE
Hon. Edward G. Rendell | Hon. Vincent Hughes
Hon. Blondell Reynolds Brown | Hon. Maria Quiñones Sánchez | Hon. W. Wilson Goode II
Hon. Diane Ellis-Marseglia | Willig, Williams, & Davidson | Dianne & Ted Reed | Donna Cooper
Public Citizens for Children and Youth | Women Against Abuse
Education Policy and Leadership Center | Education Voters of Pennsylvania
Project H.O.M.E | Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania

Education Law Center invites you to a special evening December 5th
Honoring Len Rieser
Welcoming Rhonda Brownstein
And celebrating public education champions
Mary Gay Scanlon, Harold Jordan, Arc of PA, The Bridges Collaborative and School Discipline Advocacy Services
Food, Drink and Silent Auction
December 5, 2012 , 5:30 PM
Crystal Tea Room The Wanamaker Building
100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia

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