Saturday, May 11, 2013
Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for May 11, 2013: Corbett's education secretary Tomalis said to be leaving
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Corbett's education secretary Tomalis said to be leaving
Corbett's education secretary Tomalis said to be leaving
ANGELA COULOUMBIS AND AMY WORDEN, INQUIRER
May 11, 2013,
Another member of Gov. Corbett's cabinet is on his way out.
Education Secretary Ron Tomalis is looking for another job and does not intend to stay past summer as Corbett's education czar, two senior administration officials have told The Inquirer on condition of anonymity. An official timetable has yet to be set for his exit, but the sources said Tomalis would likely stay in his $149,804 job until after the July 1 deadline for getting a state budget passed and signed into law.
Officials discuss benefits of early learning programs
Delco Times Published: Thursday,
SHARON HILL — Local legislators, school officials and law enforcement officers discussed the benefits of quality early learning programs for children during a roundtable discussion Thursday morning. The officials discussed how Gov. Tom Corbett’s 2013-14 state budget proposal includes a 5 percent increase for the Pre-K Counts and state-funded Head Start programs; a $7.1 million increase to reduce Pennsylvania’s child care waiting list; and a $3 million increase to the Rising STARS initiative within the Keystone STARS child care quality improvement program. The Rising STARS initiative was developed to promote greater access for at-risk children to higher quality child care.
Corbett rolls a rock uphill
Daily News by John Baer POSTED: May 09, 2013
GOV. CORBETT, with his leadership in question and his job approval in the tank, promises basic societal collapse if he doesn't get his way on pensions.
He argues that unless the Legislature, which helped create the problem, slashes costs for state workers, lawmakers and teachers, well, things could get real ugly.
The picture he painted at a Capitol news conference yesterday?
Painful cuts in police and public safety, health and human services and, of course, education, where, he said, school districts could "be forced to raise taxes and lay off teachers."
I don't know, to me it sounds like any day in
Radnor taxpayers may see reduction in school taxes
May 09, 2013
Delco Times By Linda Stein firstname.lastname@example.org
RADNOR - Although the Radnor Township School Board adopted its $82.9 million 2013-2014 preliminary budget calling for no new tax increases just two weeks ago, recent numbers have members of the finance committee talking about lowering taxes. The committee agreed to offer the full board two versions of the budget at the board’s May 28 meeting when it is slated to adopt the final budget. District business manager Timothy Vail said that the district realized $99,279 in anticipated increased real estate tax revenues because of new residential construction. Also, because the district had joined a health care consortium, it will be able to save $203,000 on employee health costs.
May 09, 2013
Ambler Gazette By Linda Finarelli email@example.com
One of four
Dublin teachers furloughed for next year may get to return next
fall after all. A proposed final 2013-14
budget reviewed at a board work session May 6 reflected cost reductions for
nine of the 10 full-time instructors the
board voted to furlough or terminate April 22, according to Business
Administrator Brenda Bray. Those
furloughed, who had tenure, are placed on a call-back list, while the other
six, who did not have tenure, are not. Who might get called back would be
determined by seniority and certifications in terms of the position that might
be reinstated, administrators said.
Easton school board hints at budget deal, job cuts
Board members choosing between three scenarios; each requires at least 29 layoffs.
By JD Malone, Of The Morning Call 9:45 p.m. EDT, May 9, 2013
It's a bit like an episode of "Let's Make a Deal," but the three doors don't hide prizes, just regrets.
The Easton Area School District Board of Education chattered Tuesday night about its pregnant 2013-14 budget – a budget with expenditures and expenses, but no tax hike or cost cuts set to balance the two
Boys, girls and fairness: The court can fix a rule that hurts female athletes
Boys will be boys and girls will be girls. But when girls and boys come out to play, it's the adults who make matters complicated.
Court has a chance to correct a long-ago decision
that contributed to an unusual problem.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/opinion/editorials/boys-girls-and-fairness-the-court-can-fix-a-rule-that-hurts-female-athletes-687187/#ixzz2SyuFQIdE
By Mary Niederberger /
Post-Gazette Pittsburgh May
robotics team put in countless hours to design the fighting robots that were
crowned the grand champions of the Southwestern Pennsylvania BotsIQ Regional
Competition last month at California University of Pennsylvania. Since then, the team has been hard at work
again, but this time on two tasks: the first, repairing and upgrading their
robots; the second, raising enough money to attend the national robotics
competition in Clairton High School
next weekend. Indianapolis
While other schools districts may be able to cover the cost of sending their high school teams to the competition, Clairton, one of the region's smallest districts with about 780 students, and one of its poorest, cannot afford to pay the $4,000 minimum cost for the five students, the teacher sponsor and a chaperone to travel to Indianapolis for the competition. Ideally, the students are hoping to raise an additional $1,000 to purchase spare parts for their fighting robots, which like race cars, require replacement parts to be used during competitions.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/education/clairton-high-school-team-needs-funds-to-go-to-national-robotics-competition-687172/#ixzz2Syuf1pTM
Bill Gates’s $5 billion plan to videotape
If, say, Dennis van Roekel or Randi Weingarten, the presidents of the nation’s two national teachers unions, proposed spending as much as $5 billion to videotape every teacher in the United States so their performance could be judged by strangers as part of their evaluation, you can bet that they would be called nutty spendthrifts. By everyone.
“78% of Insiders still believe that ESEA will not be reauthorized until 2015”
Whiteboard Advisors News
House Education and Workforce
Hearing on ESEA Reauthorization U.S.
This week, the House held a hearing to discuss ESEA and reauthorization. A few key takeaways: During the hearing, Committee Chairman John Kline noted that the Committee hopes to see a bill on the floor by July. While we may see a bill this summer, in our forthcoming Education Insider survey, 78% of Insiders still believe that ESEA will not be reauthorized until 2015. Many Insiders believe this bill will look similar to the ones Chairman Kline passed last year, and that the Committee will remain split down party lines on any new legislation. Check out our full summary here.
House Informational briefing on the Common Core Standards from PA Dept. of Education Secretary Ron Tomalis.
May 14, 2013
G50 Irvis Office Bldg.
Senate Public hearing on Common Core
Wednesday, May 15, , Hearing Room 1 North Office Bldg
PSBA Region 15 Members (
Delaware and ) Chester Counties
Jeffery B. Clay, Executive Director for the
Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) will present on the topic of pension reform. Pennsylvania School
Penns Grant Region 15 -- Thursday, May 30 ; 5 p.m. Region 15 meeting; 6 p.m. dinner; 7 p.m. Legislative meeting; Garnet Valley HS, 552 Smithbridge Rd., Glen Mills, 19342; registration is required
Superintendents, Business Managers, School Board Members, Union Leaders, Any Others interested in PSERS and wanting to learn more about Pension Reform . . .
May 14, 2013 Registration:
6:30 p.m. Presentation: 7:00 p.m.
Allegheny Intermediate Unit
475 East Waterfront Drive Homestead, PA 15120 McGuffey/Sullivan Rooms
Jeffery B. Clay, Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Schools Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) will present on the topic of pension reform. Mr. Clay’s presentation will review the increases in retirement contributions and the Governor’s proposal on pension reform. As one concerned about public education, we are sure that you will find this meeting enlightening and a valuable investment of your time.
In order to accommodate those attending and prepare the necessary materials for the meeting, please register using the following link: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6252177431 by
May 7, 2013.
If you have any questions regarding the registration process, please contact Janet Galaski at 412.394.5753 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Panel: Striking Back on High Stakes Testing hosted by Rethinking Schools
Panel Discussion Hosted by Rethinking Schools
Arch Street United
, Methodist Church 55 North Broad Street, Philadelphia
15, 2013 until
Join CUNY Professor Michelle Fine and
editors Stan Karp
and Helen Gym for a conversation on fighting back against the testing
industry's dismantling of public education. Suggested donation $10, or $20 for
panel plus your copy of Rethinking Schools' newest book: "Pencils Down:
High-stakes testing and accountability in public schools." Rethinking
Space limited! RSVP: email@example.com
Info and directions: https://www.facebook.com/events/459048834184078/
Looking for PA Governor's School for the Arts Alumni
For over 35 years, the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts was a robust summer program that provided over 10,000 students state-wide with extraordinary opportunities to develop their artistic talents, intellects, self-confidence, and leadership. Unfortunately, for budget reasons, state officials ended the program a few years ago. The Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC)'s 2012 Arts and Education Policy Report recommended the school be reestablished and the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network is now urging that the Governor's School for the Arts be restored.
To support this effort, we would like to create a comprehensive list of alumni who attended the School. This list would be an important voice in supporting the reopening of the Governor's School for the Arts, and arts education in
, generally. Pennsylvania
If you, or someone you know attended the
's Governor's School for the
Arts, please complete this form and share with others. This
list will be used internally, and will not be made public. For more information about the Pennsylvania
Arts Education Network and for news about the reestablishment of the
Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts, please visit ArtsEducationPA.org. Pennsylvania
PSBA Bylaws amendment proposals due May 15
As stated in Article XII, proposals for amending the PSBA Bylaws must be submitted "in writing, mailed first class and postmarked or marked received at PSBA headquarters prior to May 15 of each year." Proposals should be addressed to the Bylaws Committee Chair or the Executive Director and sent to PSBA headquarters by the May 15, 2013, deadline.
The procedures for submitting proposed bylaws changes are outlined in Article XII and can be found online atwww.psba.org/about/psba/2013_psba_bylaws.pdf.
Search underway for PSBA Executive Director
The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) is a nonprofit statewide association of public school boards, pledged to the highest ideals of local lay leadership for the public schools of the commonwealth. Founded in 1895, PSBA has a rich history as the first school boards' association established in the
. United States 's 4,500 school directors become
members by virtue of election to their local board -- the board joins as a
whole. Membership in PSBA is by school district or other eligible local
education agency such as intermediate unit, vocational school or community
Search by Diversified Search, 1990 M St NW,
Suite 570, .
Questions may be directed to PSBA@divsearch.com. Interested
parties should email their resume and cover letter to PSBA@divsearch.com.
Please apply by June 1, 2013 for
best consideration. Washington, DC
Sign Up Today for PILCOP Special Ed CLE Trainings
Spots are filling up for the final two trainings in our 2012-2013 Know Your Child’s Rights series with seminars on ADAAA, Pro Se Parents and Settlement Agreements.
For seminar details and registration: http://pilcop.org/sign-up-today-for-special-ed-cle-trainings/
Turning the Page for Change celebration,
Please join us for the Notebook’s annual Turning the Page for Change celebration on
June 11, 2013, from 4:30 - 7 p.m. at the , Hamilton Hall, University of The Arts 320 S. Broad Street.
We will be honoring a member of the Notebook community for years of
service to our mission as well as honoring several local high school
journalists. Help us celebrate another year of achievement that included two
awards from the Education Writers Association and coverage of other critical
stories like the budget crisis and the school closing process.
PA Charter Schools: $4 billion taxpayer dollars with no real oversight
(updated Keystone State May 2,
Charter schools - public funding without public scrutiny; Proposed statewide authorization and direct payment would further diminish accountability and oversight for public tax dollars