Established in 2006, the Keystone State Education Coalition is a growing grass roots, non-partisan public education advocacy group of several hundred locally elected, volunteer school board members and administrators from school districts throughout Pennsylvania. Our mission is to evaluate, discuss and inform our boards, district constituents and legislators on legislative issues of common interest and to facilitate active engagement in public education advocacy.
Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for July 13, 2013: 95% of college educ moms regularly read to kids; just 56% of moms w/o h.s. diploma do
Daily postings from the Keystone
State Education Coalition now reach more than 2250 Pennsylvania education
policymakers – school directors, administrators, legislators, legislative and
congressional staffers, PTO/PTA officers, parent advocates, teacher 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 and Twitter.
More than 2250 PA education
policymakers have the Education Policy Roundup from the KeystoneState
Education Coalition ready with their morning coffee. If you have colleagues or coworkers who would
like to be added to our list please have them send their name, title and
KeystoneState Education Coalition:
Policy Roundup for July
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Thanks to Acting PA Secretary of Education William Harner who met with
the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Schools Boards Association at their
board meeting last evening.
Patriot-News Editorial: With Common
schools set a good example for other districts
the Palmyra school district credit for
enthusiastically embracing the K-12 learning standards known as “Common Core,”
despite the controversy they have provoked in some other parts of Pennsylvania.
laid-off Philly teachers it's a mix of waiting, hoping and leaving
Newsworks By Kelly Lawler, @klawls July 11, 2013
after last week's deal in the Pennsylvania legislature to help the Philadelphia
School District, 3,800 teachers and support staff laid off in June still do not
know if they will be back at work in the fall.
Those teachers and staff now face the choice of waiting to see if they
can stay with the district or diving into the job market.
Cumberland County school districts could consolidate some business services is
being proposed by Carlisle Area School District. With the resignation of Carlisle’s business
manager, Superintendent John Friend told the school board Thursday night he's
opening discussion with other county school districts to see if there’s
interest in combining services.
PoliticsPA Written by Keegan Gibson, Managing
Editor July 12,
number 1! The Washington Post says the Pennsylvania
is the most likely state in the country to see a party switch in the Governor’s
office. The Fix cites Gov. Tom Corbett’s
string of bad polling as the reason he moves to the top of the list for the
first time in the 2014 cycle.
School Board News Today by Joetta Sack-Min July 12, 2013
National School Boards Association (NSBA) supports a budget plan passed by the
Senate Appropriations Committee that would increase funding for K-12 education,
including Title I grants and special education. Most importantly, the bill
would reverse the automatic budget cuts that will impact all K-12 education
programs by this fall, known as sequestration.
a new trend in education rethinks the role of computers in the classroom and
lets each student learn at a different pace.
For months, StantonElementary School
teachers and administrators searched books, webinars, conferences, news
articles and anything else they could get find for ideas about how to get students
more engaged in the classroom.
kept running across the same mysterious two words: blended learning.
didn’t really know what it was,” says Principal Caroline John, “besides
Karen Francisco | The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette July 10, 2013
than a decade into Indiana's charter school experiment, people still ask what,
exactly, are charter schools? If I'm
being charitable, I explain they are public schools authorized to operate
without many of the regulations placed on traditional public schools, in
exchange for greater accountability. But given Indiana's popular new practice of charter
flipping -- turning a poor-performing charter school into a voucher school or
hunting for a new, less-rigorous sponsor instead of shutting it down -- the
accountability requirement is pretty much out the window. I don't think I'll
even bother with that explanation any longer.
no secret on Capitol Hill that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor wants to
rewrite the nation’s education laws — he has said all year he would move
“heaven and earth” to do it.
it was only Monday that his staff told colleagues in leadership that he wanted
the celestial rearranging to take place next week. Cantor (R-Va.) and his aides told a closed
Republican leadership meeting on at least two separate occasions this week that
he wants the 520-page bill on the House floor as early as next week, setting
off some concern in those circles that the leader was readying to drop a bill
that the conference wasn’t yet prepared for.
Week Politics K-12 Blog By Alyson Klein on July 10,
that a new version of the No Child Left Behind Act looks headed to the House
floor next week, the bill's sponsors, U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., and Rep.
Todd Rokita, R-Ind., are in full-on member-education mode, meeting with
rank-and-file Republicans who may not be familiar with the key pieces of the
bill—and may have campaigned on dismantling the U.S. Department of Education,
which the bill wouldn't do. (Want to see what kind of material they are
distributing? You can find all the messaging right here.) A big question going forward is on how the
measure will handle school choice. More on that below.
Yinzers - Save the
Date: Diane Ravitch will be speaking in Pittsburgh
on September 16that . Location and details to
Save the Date: Diane
Ravitch will be speaking in Philly at the Main Branch of the Philadelphia Free Library onSeptember 17 at . Details to come.
Know Your Child’s Rights! 2013-2014
Special Education Seminars
PublicInterestLawCenter of PhiladelphiaJuly 9, 2013
LawCenter’s year-long Know Your
Child’s Rights! seminar series on special education law continues
in 2013-2014 with day and evening trainings focused on securing special
education rights and services. These
seminars are intended for parents, special education advocates, educators,
attorneys, and others who are in a position to help children with disabilities receive
an appropriate education. Every session focuses on a different legal topic,
service or disability and is co-led by a LawCenter
staff attorney and a guest speaker.
year’s topics include Tips for Going Back to School; Psychological Testing, IEEs
and Evaluations; School Records; Children with Autism; Transition Services;
Children with Emotional Needs; Discipline and Bullying; Charter Schools;
Children with Dyslexia; Extended School Year; Assistive Technology;
Discrimination and Compensatory Education; and, Settlements. See below for
descriptions and schedules of each session.
members will elect officers electronically for the first time in 2013
in 2013, PSBA members will follow a completely new election process which will
be done electronically during the month of September. The changes will have
several benefits, including greater membership engagement and no more absentee
is a quick Q&A related to the voting process this year, with more details
to come in future issues of School Leader News and at
www.psba.org. More information on the overall governance changes can be found
in the February 2013 issue of the PSBA Bulletin:
PASA-PSBASchool Leadership Conference
October 15-18, 2013 | Hershey Lodge
& Convention Center
Important change this year: Delegate Assembly (replaces the
Legislative Policy Council) will be Tuesday Oct. 15 from 1 – 4:30 p.m.
PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference is the largest gathering of elected
officials in Pennsylvania
and offers an impressive collection of professional development opportunities
for school board members and other education leaders.
The Penn Stater Conference Center
Hotel, State College, PA
state conference is PAESSP’s premier professional development event for
principals, assistant principals and other educational leaders. Attending will
enable you to connect with fellow educators while learning from speakers and
presenters who are respected experts in educational leadership.
Keynote Speakers: Charlotte Danielson, Dr. Todd Whitaker, Will Richardson &
David Andrews, Esq. (Legal Update).
With more than 350 graduates in
its first fourteen years, this Program is a premier professional development
opportunity for educators, state and local policymakers, advocates, and
community leaders. State Board of Accountancy (SBA) credits are available
to certified public accountants.
Past participants include state
policymakers, district superintendents and principals, school business
officers, school board members, education deans/chairs, statewide association
leaders, parent leaders, education advocates, and other education and community
leaders. Fellows are typically sponsored by their employer or another
The Fellowship Program begins
with a two-day retreat on September 12-13, 2013 and continues to
graduation in June 2014.
One America 2013 National Summit July 18-19,
2013 Washington, DC
Brookings Institution to present
findings of their “Confronting Suburban Poverty” report
Building One America’s Second
National Summit for Inclusive Suburbs and Sustainable Regions will involve
local leaders and federal policy makers to seek bipartisan solutions to the
unique but common challenges around housing, schools and infrastructure facing America’s
metropolitan regions and its diverse middle-class suburbs. Participants will
include local elected and grassroots leaders from America’s diverse middle class
suburban towns and school districts, scholars and policy experts, members of
the Obama Administration and Congress. The summit will identify
comprehensive solutions and build bipartisan support for meaningful action to
stabilize and support inclusive middle-class communities and promote
sustainable, economically competitive regions.
U.S. Department of Education
Acting Deputy Secretary Confirmed for Building One AmericaSummit.
H. Shelton III is confirmed to participate in a White House panel at the Building One America
Summit, to be held July 18-19 at GeorgetownLawSchool
in WashingtonD.C. The summit will bring together mayors,
local elected leaders, municipal, state, county and school officials with
experts and federal policymakers from the White House and Congress to seek
bipartisan solutions to the unique but common challenges around housing,
schools, and infrastructure facing America's metropolitan regions, with a
particular focus on diverse middle-class suburbs.