Tuesday, January 28, 2014

PA Ed Policy Roundup for January 28, 2014: Madonna: "The major problem I think the governor faces, certainly in terms of the policy concerns of the voters, would be education spending."

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for January 28, 2014:
Madonna: "The major problem I think the governor faces, certainly in terms of the policy concerns of the voters, would be education spending."


“The pending Pennsylvania legislation would enable 100 institutes of higher education to become authorizers -– including 15 community colleges and dozens with religious affiliations.  "Senate Bill 1085 would establish the potential for more charter school authorizers in a single Pennsylvania school district than exist in most states," according to the policy note.
The bill would allow any college or university with at least 2,000 students to apply to become an authorizer. If accepted, it could authorize an unlimited number of charter schools within its home district.
If the college or university offers a bachelor's degree in education, it could authorize an unlimited number of charters anywhere in its home county.
If the college or university offers a doctorate degree in education, it could authorize an unlimited number of charters anywhere in the state.  With this provision in place, the bill would potentially allow, for instance, the University of Pittsburgh to authorize an unlimited number of charter schools in Philadelphia.”
SB1085: 'Research for Action' weighs in on university authorizer debate for PA charter schools
WHYY Newsworks BY KEVIN MCCORRY JANUARY 27, 2014
Should the Pennsylvania Senate approve a measure that would allow colleges and universities to authorize new charter schools?
On Monday, the nonprofit Research for Action released a policy note detailing how the idea has played out in the 12 states that have embraced the notion.
There's not enough evidence to suggest that allowing institutes of higher education (IHE) to authorize charters will result in greater student performance, according to the note.

PSBA white paper recommends changes to charter school funding to account for cyber schools
PSBA NEWS RELEASE Steve Robinson, Sr. Director of Communications1/27/2014
The Education Research and Policy Center of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association issued an update to its charter school funding white paper this week, originally published in October 2010.  The financial analysis indicates the need for several changes to the current charter law related to funding. The original charter school law, Act 22 of 1997, did not anticipate cyber schools and under Act 88 of 2002, the state has taken control of authorizing cyber charters. However, the state has ignored the financial aspect of charter schools.
Districts are paying to send more students to cyber than "brick and mortar" charter schools. The net cost to districts for students attending charter schools increased from $434 million in 2006-07 to $1.145 billion in 2011-12.  There is no way to know if the school district payments exceed the needs of cyber schools. PSBA is concerned that different school districts pay cyber schools differing amounts, despite the fact that the level of services provided are the same for all students.

"I don't think there's any doubt about it," said pollster Terry Madonna, Franklin & Marshall College professor of political science. "The major problem I think the governor faces, certainly in terms of the policy concerns of the voters, would be education spending."
In funding formula debate, a new voice: the governor's
Written by Mary Wilson, Capitol Bureau Chief | Jan 24, 2014 5:23 PM
As the gubernatorial election heats up and education issues take center stage, a measure that would create a new schools funding formula is getting a boost from the governor.  At an unrelated press conference at the Capitol Wednesday, Corbett said the current way of divvying up state aid for public schools needs to change.
"Let's get a true, fair funding system for all the schools of Pennsylvania," Corbett said, "not for one school district or another, but for all the schools."

Editorial: Corbett calls for fair school funding 3 years after he abandoned it
Pottstown Mercury Editorial 01/24/14, 9:18 PM EST
Gov. Tom Corbett, tuning up for this year’s re-election challenge, last week urged the commissioning of a study to determine a “true funding system” fair to all public schools in Pennsylvania.  That’s a new one for Corbett, but it’s a case of deja vu for Pennsylvania.
In 2006, then-Gov. Ed Rendell spearheaded and the Legislature authorized a costing-out study to determine a fair funding formula for Pennsylvania public schools. The study was released in November 2007, resulting in a formula implemented in 2008.  The formula took into account the number of students in each district, community poverty levels, and local tax effort, allocating relatively more funding to districts that are larger, are poorer, and have higher property taxes.
The formula also recognized the additional costs associated with educating students in poverty and English language learners, distributing relatively more funding to districts with higher numbers of these students.
The system was abandoned in 2011 after Corbett took office.

"While early childhood education isn't cheap, it is a lot more cost-effective than trying to fix the problems later on in a child's education," said Don Bernhard, PPL Corp.'s director of community affairs.
Pre-K for PA: Pennsylvania nonprofits launch campaign to push for more pre-kindergarten funding
By Sara K. Satullo | The Express-Times  on January 27, 2014 at 6:28 AM
A statewide coalition has kicked of a campaign to ensure every 3- and 4-year-old in Pennsylvania has the chance to attend a high quality pre-kindergarten program.  Pre-K for PA was launched in events across the state Thursday with civic, education, business and military leaders signing on to the effort aimed at boosting pre-K offerings across the commonwealth. 
Many Pennsylvania families cannot afford high quality pre-K.   Fewer than 20 percent of Pennsylvania 3- and 4-year-olds have access to publicly funded, high quality programs, said Joan Benso, president and CEO of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, one of 10 nonprofit organizations involved in the campaign. 

“Pension costs will continue to wreak havoc on state and local school district budgets. Short of action by the General Assembly to address this crisis, school districts have no option but to cover these soaring costs at the expense of the rest of their budgets. No district wants to raise taxes or cut programs as a way to deal with the huge increases in pension costs, especially given the length of time that we are projected to be in this employer contribution plateau. It won't be long before it is impossible for most districts to cut enough to pay for the increase and maintain any type of education program that could be considered high quality.”
Chester Mummau: Twin Tiers Perspective: Pension crisis creates Groundhog Day scenario
Towanda Daily Review Opinion by Chester Mummau January 26, 2014
Chester Mummau is the superintendent of the Wyalusing Area School District.
Like the inevitable time loop in the movie Groundhog Day, once again we recognize that Pennsylvania's escalating public pension crisis has not gone away and that the General Assembly, like anchorman Phil Connors, has one more opportunity to relieve the growing burden on state and local school district budgets. Will legislators be able to break the cycle and finally enact meaningful pension reform?
Conversations about pension reform are not new. In fact, the issue has been debated over the past few years, even following the enactment of some initial fixes made under Act 120 of 2010. While there is agreement that the crisis continues to exist, and differing approaches have been suggested, no consensus has emerged. But taking no action, or suggesting that the problem will correct itself over time, cannot be an option.

Bethlehem school board tables vote on outsourcing substitute teachers
By Sara K. Satullo | The Express-Times  on January 27, 2014 at 9:11 PM, updated January 27, 2014 at 9:31 PM
The Bethlehem Area School Board tonight tabled a proposal to hire a company to handle the district's substitute teacher staffing.  The board unanimously agreed with Director Angela Sinkler that it needed to spend more time reviewing a switch to Substitute Teacher Services and communicate with the district's substitutes.  The board will revisit the issue at its Feb. 10 meeting.
Superintendent Joseph Roy has said the district doesn't have the resources to properly manage and train its pool of substitute teachers. And the Affordable Health Care Act could mean districts will have to start providing health benefits to substitutes that average 30 hours or more a week.
If Bethlehem Area hires the company, substitute teachers would become the employees of the business, not the district. Such a switch would allow teachers to collect unemployment over the summer. And they no longer would have to contribute a chunk of their $90-a-day pay to the Public School Employees' Retirement System.
Substitute Teacher Services proposed a two-year contract, which would start next school year, and cost the district 28 percent of the wages paid to the subs.

Legislature urged to require Holocaust education in Pa.
Drive to collect 6 million pennies for memorial
By Karen Langley and Richard Webner / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette January 27, 2014 11:58 PM
HARRISBURG -- Holocaust survivors and their advocates on Monday urged state lawmakers to require the teaching of Pennsylvania students about the systematic Nazi extermination of the Jews of Europe, as well as other genocides.
Legislators are considering versions of proposals on Holocaust education -- the state House has approved legislation that would leave the topic optional, though require the Department of Education to establish curriculum guidelines on the topic. A Senate committee amended the bill so as to require education on the topic.

“Should learning about the Holocaust be mandatory for Pennsylvania students? Or should it merely be recommended?”
Rift over role of Holocaust lessons in Pa. schools
AMY WORDEN, INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU  LAST UPDATED: Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 1:08 AM  POSTED: Monday, January 27, 2014, 7:48 PM
HARRISBURG - Trudy Klein Gompers was 18 months old in 1938, when her parents spirited her out of Vienna just ahead of Kristallnacht - the night of violence widely seen as a turning point in the Nazi persecution of Jews in Europe.  She and her family spent two years in a British internment camp, and several more in London before making their way to New York. Her grandparents were not as fortunate: They were deported and eventually killed in a concentration camp.  Gompers joined more than three dozen Holocaust survivors Monday at the state Capitol, where lawmakers are grappling with a sensitive issue:

Pennsylvania Auditor General DePasquale to audit Pittsburgh Public Schools
By Moriah Balingit / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette January 27, 2014 1:16 PM
Pennsylvania's auditor general announced today that he will audit Pittsburgh Public Schools, a system that expects to go bankrupt in 2016 unless it changes course.  In a press release, state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said he was concerned about declining school enrollment, ballooning pensions costs and the cost of sending the district’s schoolchildren to charter schools.
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto will join him in a press conference this afternoon.
“It is no secret that the public school system in Pittsburgh is facing some serious challenges,” Mr. DePasquale said in the news release.  “The goal of our audit is to identify a path to solution to these challenges.

Scott Armstrong: Rising costs, poverty burden Allentown School District
Morning Call Opinion by Scott Armstrong 5:58 p.m. EST, January 24, 2014
Scott Armstrong is a member of the Allentown School Board.
Simply put, the Allentown School District is in real trouble. Again last year, the district saw its expenses rise at a faster rate than its revenues. That unfortunate scenario will play out once more this year and for the next few years after that. That is the reality facing the district, and just hoping for the best will not effectively alter the course leading to insolvency.
Three threats to the school district must be recognized and addressed if catastrophe is to be avoided. They are the district's increasingly unsustainable employee costs, the flawed charter school funding formula, and the city's rapidly rising poverty rates.
The primary problem facing the district annually is balancing the budget. Despite considerable employee furloughs (371 since 2009-10, a 16.5 percent staff reduction) expenditures have continued to rise at more than 3 percent annually and, according to projections, are forecast to grow by 5 percent in the next few years.
Prosecutor, principal save Philly’s Strawberry Mansion High
DAN GERINGER, DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER GERINGD@PHILLYNEWS.COM, 215-854-5961 POSTED: Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 3:01 AM
FEDERAL prosecutor Robert Reed spent 40 years putting violent young criminals in prison for life.  Linda Cliatt-Wayman spent 30 years teaching and administering in Philadelphia public schools, trying to save as many kids as she could from ending up in front of prosecutors like Reed, or worse, from sudden death on the streets of Strawberry Mansion.

From his Pennsylvania compound, Fethullah Gulen shakes up Turkish politics
Post Gazette By Timothy M. Phelps / Los Angeles Times January 26, 2014 12:00 AM
SAYLORSBURG, Pa. -- Fethullah Gulen, a frail 75-year-old Islamic preacher with a gift for oratory, leads an ascetic life in a 26-acre compound tucked into rolling farmland and woods in Eastern Pennsylvania, far from the political crisis and international intrigue he is accused of instigating in his native Turkey.  Aides say Mr. Gulen stays in a small apartment atop a modern three-story house, one of 10 buildings on the bucolic property. He has gone out the front gate, past the stately oak and cedar trees, only a few times since he moved to this tiny Pocono Mountains town in 1999 just ahead of a treason charge back in Turkey.

Largest charter network in U.S.: Schools tied to Turkey
Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/27/2012
This was written by Sharon Higgins, an independent researcher andblogger based in California. She is also a founding member of Parents Across America.
By Sharon Higgins
The largest charter school network in the United States is operated by people in and associated with the Gulen Movement (GM), a secretive and controversial Turkish religious sect. With 135 schools enrolling more than45,000 students, this network is substantially larger than KIPP, the well-known charter management organization with only 109 schools. A lack of awareness about this situation persists despite it being addressed in anational paper and in articles about Gulen charter schools in Utah (alsohere), Arizona, (also here), Illinois, Tennessee, Pennsylvania (also here),Indiana, Oklahoma (and here), Texas (also here), Arkansas, Louisiana(also here), New Jersey, Georgia, and North Carolina. It was also reported that the FBI and the Departments of Labor and Education are investigating practices at these schools.
The concerns raised about the charter schools in the GM network have related to questionable admissions practices; the channeling of school funds to close associates; abuse of contractors; participation in biased, GM-created competitions; incidents of bribing; using the schools to generate political connections; science fair projects being done by teachers; unfair hiring and termination practices; and more. Still, authorizers continue to approve charter applications, ill-informed parents continue to use them, and taxpayers keep funding the schools – all without much discussion.

NSBA host State of the Union Twitter chat on education issues at #EdSOTU
NSBA School Board News Today posted by Alexis Rice|January 27th, 2014
The National School Boards Association (NSBA) will be hosting our third annual Twitter chat during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, starting at 9 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Jan. 28.  Join the Twitter chat by using hashtag #EdSOTU and share your thoughts about the president’s speech and his plans for K-12 education.  By using #EdSOTU in your tweets, you will become a part of this virtual conversation. To see the entire conversation stream just go toTwitter and search #EdSOTU.

“When the speeches are rolled out on Tuesday, watch out for evidence-free policy promises. President Obama, I fear, may continue to push for more test-based accountability policies like No Child Left Behind and may hold out the false hope of so-called high-achieving charter schools. The Republican response, I fear, will hold out the related false hope of vouchers, neo-vouchers, and other policies that shift public money from public to private schools. Neither charter schools nor voucher programs have been shown to make a meaningful dent in opportunity gaps or achievement gaps.”
Poverty and the education opportunity gap: Will Obama step up in SOTU?
Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog BY VALERIE STRAUSS January 26 at 10:30 am
President Obama is expected to talk about the issue of wealth inequality in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday. The question is whether he will advocate policies that actually address it or continue to push education policies that ignore the real problems facing poor children. The following  was written by Kevin Welner, director of the National Education Policy Center, located at the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education.  He is the author of the 2008 book, “NeoVouchers: The Emergence of Tuition Tax Credits for Private Schooling.

“Even "high-quality" universal preschool would not measurably reduce inequality. It would, however, efficiently convey funds from the federal treasury to a new cohort of unionized teachers, then through union dues to Democratic candidates.”
The dubious benefits of early childhood education and why the Obama White House is really plugging them: George F. Will
By PennLive Op-Ed  By George F. Will on January 27, 2014 at 10:00 AM
As undignified as it is unedifying and unnecessary, the vulgar State of the Union circus is again at our throats. The document that the Constitutional Convention sent forth from Philadelphia for ratification in 1787 was just 4,543 words long, but this was 17 too many.   America would be a sweeter place if the Framers had not included this laconic provision pertaining to the president: "He shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union."
"Information"? Not exactly.

Don’t be too concerned about this study; George Will has graciously offered to find these kids and read to them before they enter kindergarten…..
Eight in 10 Lower-Income 4th Graders Not Reading Proficiently, Study Finds
Education Week Curriculum Matters By Catherine Gewertz on January 28, 2014 12:11 AM
A new report on elementary students' reading proficiency finds that 80 percent of students from lower-income families aren't reading proficiently by the time they reach 4th grade.
The "data snapshot" released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which has long studied reading prowess as a key measure of children's well-being, also finds that two-thirds of all students, regardless of income, are not reading proficiently by 4th grade. In defining reading proficiency, it sets a high bar; the report uses data from the 2013 and 2003 administrations of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, whose proficiency cut scores are widely recognized as rigorous. Many states' own standardized measures of reading ability set proficiency at lower cut points.  According to the report, children from higher-income families have improved their reading skills more in the past decade than have their lower-income peers. Students who are African American or Latino, and those learning English, are more likely to fall short of the reading-proficiency mark in 4th grade than their white and Asian peers.

Senator to Propose School Vouchers Program
New York Times By MOTOKO RICHJAN. 27, 2014
Senator Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee who served as secretary of education under President George Bush, plans to introduce a bill on Tuesday that would give 11 million children from low-income families federal dollars to spend on any kind of schooling they choose, as long as it is in an accredited institution.  Although the bill is likely to face strong opposition from the Democratic majority in the Senate, it is another sign that Republicans are staking out school choice as a significant rallying point in an election year and promoting it on the day President Obama delivers his State of the Union address. Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia, the majority leader, has spoken out repeatedly about his support for vouchers and an expansion of charter schools.

Key Republican Senators Introduce School Choice Bills
Education Week Politics K-12 Blog By Alyson Klein on January 27, 2014 5:00 PM
U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, the top Republican on the Senate education committee, will put forth legislation tomorrow that would consolidate some 80 education programs into a giant funding stream, in order to create an optional school choice program for states.
The measure would combine almost every program authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, including those tailored to educating low-income students (aka Title I), English-language learners, and homeless children, as well as funds to help states improve teacher quality, into a $24 billion, more-flexibile funding stream for states. (The one program that would continue to stand alone would be Impact Aid, which helps districts make up for tax revenue lost to a federal presence, such as a Native American reservation.)
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., also has far-reaching school choice legislation.
Under the legislation, states could opt to allocate the newly-consolidated funds to low-income parents, giving them much more say over how their child's share of federal education dollars are spent. Parents could use the money to help pay for private school, supplement their public or public charter's school's budget, attend a public school outside their home district, or cover the cost of tutoring services or home schooling materials. Each child would get an average of $2,100 in annual federal aid, under the proposal.

New York Union Repudiates Common Core, Calls for State Chief's Ouster
Education Week Teacher Beat By Stephen Sawchuk on January 26, 2014 6:33 PM
The New York State United Teachers' board of directors on Saturday passed a resolution withdrawing its support for the Common Core State Standards in New York due to poor implementation—and coupled it with a vote of "no confidence" in state Commissioner John King.
The state's "implementation plan in New York state has failed. The commissioner has pursued policies that repeatedly ignore the voices of parents and educators who have identified problems and called on him to move more thoughtfully," said NYSUT President Richard C. Iannuzzi in a statement. He went on to call for King's removal.  The action makes good on NYSUT's tough talk towards King several months ago, as Teacher Beat then reported. The 600,000-member union has been particularly riled up about the Regents' decision to administer assessments aligned to the common core before materials and curricula were widely disseminated and taught. (Students posted dismal results on the test last August.)  It wants a three-year moratorium on the use of test results for judging students, schools, or teachers. 

“By contrast, "school choice" means further segregating schools by race and class. "School choice" diverts critical resources from underfunded public schools to for-profit education management organizations. Courtesy of your efforts, "school choice" means tax dollars flowing to fundamentalist religious schools through contrived mechanisms, clearly violating the spirit, if not the letter, of the First Amendment. You demean the profession by claiming that any young college graduate with a few weeks training is a "teacher."
An Open Letter To National School Choice Week
Huffington Post by Steve Nelson Head of the Calhoun School in Manhattan 11/11/2013 11:16 am
In the past two days I received emails from three individuals associated with National School Choice Week (NSCW). Here's my response:
Dear Ms. Peek-Brinson, Ms. Weiers and Mr. Campanella:
Please stop sending me your cheery emails. I'm not buying what you're selling and, frankly, I'm wondering how you can engage in such a scheme without some sense of shame. I'm publishing this response because I hope other school administrators, teachers and families won't fall for this devious marketing ploy.



Register Now! EPLC’s 2014 Education Issues Workshops for Legislative Candidates, Campaign Staff, and Interested Voters
EPLC’s Education Issue Workshops Register Now! – Space is Limited!
A Non-Partisan One-Day Program for Pennsylvania Legislative Candidates, Campaign Staff and Interested Voters
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 in Harrisburg, PA
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 in Monroeville, PA
Thursday, March 27, 2014 in Philadelphia,PA

Come to Harrisburg February 4th for the Governor's Budget Address
Show your School Spirit with PCCY!
On February 4th the Governor will introduce his budget plan for 2014-2015.  Based on past performance, the next budget may do little to meet the needs of Pennsylvania’s public school students.  School districts in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery remain underfunded by the state by a combined $161 million.  That is why we need YOU to stand up for your school in Harrisburg on February 4th to demand equitable funding for our schools.  To really make our point, please wear local school colors, jackets or sweatshirts to show your school spirit!  
Click here to sign-up and get details.  For more information please email Shanee Garner-Nelson at shaneeg@pccy.org.

PDE chief Dumaresq LIVE budget presentation, PSBA Conference Center, Feb. 5 at 2 p.m
PSBA’s website 1/13/2014
Acting Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq will be at the PSBA Conference Center on Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. to present a special state budget overview.
Find out how the proposals of the fiscal year 2014-15 Pennsylvania budget impact your school district the day after the governor delivers his address to the General Assembly. Secretary Dumaresq will review the governor's plan and answer your questions. In addition to the live presentation, members across the state also can participate through streaming media on their computers.
To register for the LIVE event, Wed., Feb. 5, 2 p.m., at the PSBA Conference Center, Mechanicsburg: https://www.psba.org/workshops/register/?workshop=150

Auditor General DePasquale to Hold Public Meetings on Ways to Improve Charter Schools
Seeks to find ways to improve accountability, effectiveness, transparency
The public meetings will be held:
  • Allegheny County: 1 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25, Commissioners Hearing Room, Ross Township Municipal Center, 1000 Ross Municipal Rd., Pittsburgh
  • Northampton County: 1 to 3 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27, City Council Chambers, 6th Floor, City Hall, One South Third St., Easton
  • Cambria County: 1 to 3 p.m., Thursday, March 6, Commissioners Meeting Room, Cambria County Court House, 200 South Center St., Ebensburg
  • Bucks County: 1 to 3 p.m., Friday, March 7, Township of Falls Administrative Building, Suite 100, 188 Lincoln Highway, Fairless Hills
Time is limited to two hours for each meeting. Comments can be submitted in writing by Wednesday, Feb. 19, via email to Susan Woods at: swoods@auditorgen.state.pa.us.

2014 PA Gubernatorial Candidate Plans for Education and Arts/Culture in PA
Education Policy and Leadership Center
Below is an alphabetical list of the 2014 Gubernatorial Candidates and links to information about their plans, if elected, for education and arts/culture in Pennsylvania. This list will be updated, as more information becomes available.

DELAWARE COUNTY INTERMEDIATE UNIT - GOOGLE SYMPOSIUM 2014
FEBRUARY 1ST, 2014
The DCIU Google Symposium is an opportunity for teachers, administrators, technology directors, and other school stakeholders to come together and explore the power of Google Apps for Education.  The Symposium will be held at the Delaware County Intermediate Unit.  The Delaware County Intermediate Unit is one of Pennsylvania’s 29 regional educational agencies.  The day will consist of an opening keynote conducted by Rich Kiker followed by 4 concurrent sessions. 

NPE National Conference 2014

The Network for Public Education
The Network for Public Education is pleased to announce our first National Conference. The event will take place on March 1 & 2, 2014 (the weekend prior to the world-famous South by Southwest Festival) at The University of Texas at Austin.  At the NPE National Conference 2014, there will be panel discussions, workshops, and a keynote address by Diane Ravitch. NPE Board members – including Anthony Cody, Leonie Haimson, and Julian Vasquez Heilig – will lead discussions along with some of the important voices of our movement.

The National School Boards Association 74th Annual Conference & Exposition April 5-7, 2014 New Orleans
The National School Boards Association 74th Annual Conference & Exposition will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA.  Our first time back in New Orleans since the spring of 2002!
General Session speakers include education advocates Thomas L. Friedman, Sir Ken Robinson, as well as education innovators Nikhil Goyal and Angela Maiers.
We have more than 200 sessions planned! Colleagues from across the country will present workshops on key topics with strategies and ideas to help your district. View our Conference Brochure for highlights on sessions and focus presentations.
·                             Register now! – Register for both the conference and housing using our online system.
·                            Conference Information– Visit the NSBA conference website for up-to-date information
·                             Hotel List and Map - Official NSBA Housing Block
·                             Exposition Campus – View new products and services and interactive trade show floor
Questions? Contact NSBA at 800-950-6722 (NSBA) between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST

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