Tuesday, February 11, 2014

PA Ed Policy Roundup for February 11, 2014: Gov. Corbett wants to keep charter schools from double dipping on pensions; statewide groups believe he is cutting the wrong dip

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SB1085: “A review of relevant, rigorous research finds no evidence that higher education authorizers, in particular, correlate with student achievement gains. A comprehensive study of charter school performance in 16 states found lower student achievement in states with multiple authorizers, including non-profit organizations and higher education authorizers.” Research for Action



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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for February 11, 2014:
Gov. Corbett wants to keep charter schools from double dipping on pensions; statewide groups believe he is cutting the wrong dip


Governor Corbett Recognizes Windber Area Middle School for Academic Excellence; Touts Increase for Education in 2014-15 Budget
PDE Press release February 10, 2014
Windber – Governor Tom Corbett today presented the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Academics to Windber Area Middle School in Windber Area School District, Somerset County.
“This school demonstrates the remarkable commitment and dedication of students, parents, taxpayers, teachers and administrators in preparing students for a successful future,” Corbett said.  “Windber Area Middle School is a great example of the high-quality learning that is taking place in classrooms across Pennsylvania.

“But statewide groups and local school district officials believe the governor is trying to cut off the wrong dip.”
Corbett wants to keep charter schools from double dipping on pensions
He'd drop state's pension reimbursement to charter schools.
By Adam Clark, Of The Morning Call 9:41 p.m. EST, February 10, 2014
Imagine getting a $15 reimbursement for something that costs $10.  Good deal, right?
That's the kind of bargain Pennsylvania charter schools have been receiving on their pension costs, which are 100 percent paid by local school districts and followed by a 50 percent reimbursement the state pays to charter schools.
But after years of school districts complaining and a recent series of bills introduced in the state Legislature, Gov. Tom Corbett has decided it's not just a good deal, it's too good a deal.
In his 2014-15 budget proposal, Corbett recommends eliminating the state's 50 percent pension reimbursement to charter schools, putting an end to what many decry as a "double dip." The state would roll the $62.7 million it saves into its proposed Ready to Learn Block Grant, giving extra funding to Pennsylvania school districts.  Corbett's proposal satisfies the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools, which agrees that the double dip is an inequity that needs to be fixed, said Bob Fayfich, the coalition's executive director.

DN Editorial: CONTROL ISSUES: Is the state using charter rules to help kill Philly's school district?
Philly Daily News Monday, February 10, 2014, 3:01 AM
LAST WEEK, the School District of Philadelphia confirmed what it feared back in November: It is facing an extra $25 million in unbudgeted costs associated with increased enrollment in charter schools. Charters have enrolled 1,600 more students than allowed by their agreements with the district.  As if we needed another example, this situation is a perfect illustration of the lack of a coherent strategy for public education in the state.  Although the School Reform Commission authorizes charter schools, the SRC has no authority to impose enrollment caps on schools, which means that they have no control over the costs associated with charters.

“You could make the reasonable argument that the district is being completely deconstructed outside charter schools and perhaps for-profit schools,” Mr. Lytle said.”
NY Times: Philadelphia School Chief Faces Down Budget Cuts and Crises
New York Times By JON HURDLE FEB. 10, 2014
PHILADELPHIA — William R. Hite Jr., superintendent of schools here inone of the nation’s poorest cities, is known as a man who prefers collaboration to confrontation, but he has spent the academic year taking no prisoners. He laid off almost 4,000 workers to close a $304 million budget gap and threatened to keep school doors locked until officials found stopgap money to ensure what he considered a basic level of security for students. He says he was just warming up.  Since joining the district in October 2012 from his previous post as superintendent in Prince George’s County, Md., Dr. Hite has battled what he called a perfect storm of cuts, in which state reductions coincided with the ending of federal stimulus dollars.

State Dems Take Issue With Corbett's Education Funding Proposal
NPR Pittsburgh WESA By MARY WILSON February 10, 2014
State Democratic lawmakers are taking issue with how Gov. Tom Corbett is proposing to increase funding for public education.  The governor proposed a $240 million block grant which would come with spending restrictions and be doled out according to a formula.
But Chester County Sen. Andy Dinniman, ranking Democrat on the chamber’s education committee, said the formula differs from the one used under an existing block grant.
"When we add up the impact of this new formula, this extra $241 million, it appears that the poorest school districts are actually ending up with less money and the more prosperous school districts are ending up with more money," Dinniman said.
Republican Sen. Mike Folmer, education committee chairman, said he’s still waiting for details on the administration’s proposed formula for the block grant.

Pennsylvania's Evolving Governor
Politically Uncorrected by G. Terry Madonna & Michael L.Young February 10, 2014
Opponents call it "flip-flopping," but "changing positions” might be a more neutral description. Regardless, either term is about as popular with practicing politicians as term limits and root canals. The political cognoscenti’s preferred locution today is “evolvement” as in “my views have evolved on that question.”   Consequently, pols never acknowledge flip-flopping, of any sort, and only rarely admit they have changed their minds about anything. They evolve.
As the long, historic 2014 gubernatorial race stretches out in front of us, one very pertinent question is whether Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is “evolving” on issues that might decide the race? If so, then, on what issues?

Corbett scales back goal in Pa. pension overhaul
Delco Times By MARC LEVY, Associated Press POSTED: 02/10/14, 2:39 PM EST |
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Corbett is making a new effort to persuade lawmakers to pare back public employee pension benefits, but the scale of the savings and changes he’s seeking appear more modest.  Corbett’s budget secretary, Charles Zogby, said Monday the administration is studying a “hybrid” concept that would save $7 billion over 30 years in pension benefits.

“The governor’s budget, however, makes no increase in basic education funding. Instead, it adds $241 million to a new program, the Ready to Learn Block Grant. 
The program is a welcome step, but strings attached to those funds may prevent schools from restoring the basics that have been cut over the past three years – small classes, nurses and counselors, art, music and advanced courses. Common sense demands that we restore the basics and build from there.”
Corbett paints a rosy picture with his budget plan, but can he deliver?: Sharon Ward
PennLive Op-Ed  By Sharon Ward on February 10, 2014 at 1:15 PM
A winter-weary Gov. Tom Corbett must have spring on his mind. His budget address last Tuesday painted a bright and rosy picture of Pennsylvania’s future even as we remain in the grip of a long economic winter.  Pennsylvania’s economy is not recovering as quickly as most states. Gov. Corbett, attempting to improve growth, made a bet that a billion dollars in new corporate tax cuts would fuel economic recovery, but that bet has been lost. 

Differing Pa. revenue projections pose challenge in budget talks
WHYY Newsworks by Mary Wilson FEBRUARY 11, 2014
Lawmakers are scratching their heads over two different economic analyses that are key to putting together a budget for Pennsylvania.  At stake is Governor Tom Corbett's proposed spending increase of more than $900 million.  The Corbett administration has projected a 4 percent revenue increase next year.  Meanwhile, the nonpartisan Independent Fiscal Office expects revenue projections to come in about $375 million below the governor's estimate for the next year and a half.

Rumor Mill: Republican PA House Speaker Sam Smith to Retire
Keystone Politics on February 10, 2014 by Jake Sternberger #
Keystone Politics is hearing from multiple sources that Pennsylvania House Speaker Sam Smith may retire, rather than face re-election against Tea Party challengers in a 2014 re-election bid. In 2012, Smith won his 13th term with 49% of the vote against two near-unknown challengers from his right.

Bethlehem school board rejects military charter school application
By Sara K. Satullo | The Express-Times  n February 10, 2014 at 7:35 PM
The Bethlehem Area School Board unanimously rejected the Advanced Military Aerospace Science Academy charter school application tonight, citing a lack of community support.
Organizers proposed opening the high school in the former Holy Child School inFountain Hill. The chartering school district is tasked with evaluating whether an application complies with state law.  A school board can reject a charter on various grounds, including a lack of community support and curriculum issues. School Board President Michael Faccinettooutlined several reasons the board was rejecting the school.  At a December public hearing for the school, 20 people shared their thoughts on the school. Only five people spoke in favor of it and only two were district residents, Faccinetto said.  "There's virtually no community support demonstrated," Superintendent Joseph Roy said after the meeting.

Bethlehem Area School Board passes preliminary budget
By Sara K. Satullo | The Express-Times  n February 10, 2014 at 9:19 PM
The Bethlehem Area School Board plans to apply to the state for exceptions to the cap on annual property tax increases.  The board passed its $242.5 million 2014-15 preliminary budget in an 8-1 vote with Director Basilio Bonilla Jr. voting against the plan.
With so many senior citizen residents in the district, Bonilla said he cannot support a budget that exceeds the 2.6 percent cap on annual property tax increases.  Superintendent Joseph Roy said now the district must begin the process of closing its $16.9 million budget hole. The next budget workshop is scheduled for March 19.

East Penn School Board approves proposed preliminary budget with 4.57 percent tax hike
By Precious Petty | The Express-Times  n February 10, 2014 at 9:13 PM
The East Penn School Board tonight approved a 2014-15 proposed preliminary budget with a 4.57 percent tax increase.  The spending plan sets the tax rate at 16.8633 mills, up from 16.1259 mills in 2013-14. The owners of homes assessed at $100,000 and $200,000, for example, would pay $73.74 and $147.48 more in taxes each year, respectively.
However, school district administrators have emphasized that the budget is a work in progress. The tax increase adopted with East Penn's final budget will be lower than the hike proposed now, officials said.  The district is seeking Act 1 exceptions for 2014-15, and so must submit a preliminary proposed budget to the Pennsylvania Department of Education this month.

Philly charter school CEO gets three years for embezzlement
WHYY Newsworks BY HOLLY OTTERBEIN FEBRUARY 10, 2014
The former CEO of a Philadelphia charter school was sentenced to three years in prison Monday for stealing funds from the school.  Masai Skief, 32, pleaded guilty last year to embezzling $88,000 from the Harambee Institute of Science Technology Charter School and a related nonprofit, the Harambee Institute. After signing the plea agreement, prosecutors said that Skief kept stealing money from the Harambee Institute. In all, he took an extra $12,000, they said.
Prosecutors said that led them to ask for a longer sentence than the 21 to 27 months they originally sought.

SB1085: North Hills School Board Approves Resolution in Opposition to Senate Bill Relating to Cyber Charter Funding and Approval Processes
North Hills School District Board of Education members recently approved a resolution in opposition of Senate Bill 1085 citing the proposed bill’s potential negative impact on the district as it relates to charter and cyber charter school funding and approval processes.
The proposed bill:
  • Allows the formation of charter schools in a community that are not authorized by a local school district’s Board of Education. The bill gives the authority to authorize charter schools to the boards of colleges and universities which are comprised of individuals who are not elected to office by North Hills community members and may not reside in this district.
  • Removes the authority of local school boards to manage the growth and grade configuration of charter schools that have been authorized thereby creating significant obstacles for effective student enrollment planning and staffing on the part of local school districts.
  • Extends the authorization period for charter schools from five to 10 years when all evidence suggests the need for greater oversight on the part of local school districts.
  • Creates new and substantial financial obligations for local school districts by not adequately addressing the need to immediately change the funding formula for cyber charter schools when the Pennsylvania Department of Education has sound evidence that the costs of operating cyber charter schools is considerably less than the costs of operating "brick and mortar" charter schools.
  • Ensures all charter school payments are sent directly to charter schools without an evaluation of costs by a home school district, thus requiring school districts to track down the excess funds and ensure they receive what is owed to them.
Former Auditor General Jack Wagner has stated that Pennsylvania could save $365 million in taxpayer money by adopting separate charter and cyber charter school funding formulas similar to those in other states and closing an administrative loophole that permits double-dipping in pension payments.  On average, Wagner found that Pennsylvania cyber charter schools received $13,411 per student, and they spent an average of $10,145, reflecting their lower operating costs. Wagner also found that the funds spent by Pennsylvania cyber charter schools were $3,500 above the national average of $6,500.


How ‘field testing’ turns kids into guinea pigs — without parental permission
Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog BY VALERIE STRAUSS February 10 at 3:00 pm
Testing companies like to “test” future questions for standardized tests on kids, sometimes as part of a regular standardized exam and sometimes as a stand-alone field test. Here’s a post making the case that this practice essentially turns kids in guinea pigs for corporations. It was written by Jessie B. Ramey, a visiting scholar in women’s studies at the University of Pittsburgh, and first appeared on herYinzercation blog. This speaks to what is going on in Pennsylvania, but this is a common practice in states across the country.

“Based on your suggestions, we've put together the poll below. The issues that get the most votes will be debated and considered for upcoming editorials on PennLive.   We'll compile the votes and start running the editorials in March.”
We asked, you answered. PennLive's editorial agenda takes shape for 2014
By PennLive Editorial Board  on February 10, 2014 at 1:39 PM
In late January, as part of our effort to improve PennLive's Opinion and Editorial pages, we asked you what issues you wanted us to tackle in 2014.  As is your custom, you weren't shy about telling us what was on your mind. In e-mails and in the comments, you shared your thoughts on a wide-ranging variety of issues where you wanted us to take an institutional stand.

The 10th Annual AP Report to the Nation
The College Board February 11, 2014

“But have we actually expanded preschool to more kids? Not really. Have we made progress at closing achievement gaps between young students from different socioeconomic backgrounds? No. Have we sustained funding commitments after the one-time stimulus boost in 2009? Far from it.”
Early Childhood Education: Lots of Talk, but Not Much Action (Yet)
Business leaders, law enforcement, retired military leaders, charitable foundations, and Nobel-winning economists—not to mention President Obama—support better preschool. Why hasn't there been more progress?
The Atlantic by LAURA BORNFREUND & CONOR WILLIAMSJAN 30 2014, 10:25 AM ET
Five years after his first inauguration, there’s a strong case that President Obama has made early education one of his core education policy priorities. As a presidential candidate, Obama pledged that if he were elected, he would invest $10 billion on early childhood. The following year, Congress’s 2009 stimulus bill helped him make good on the pledge. Last year, in his 2013 State of the Union address, President Obama proposed “working with states to make high-quality preschool available to every single child in America.”
Awareness of early education issues is as high as it’s ever been. President Obama is only one prominent member in an eclectic coalition of early education advocates. Business leaders, law enforcement, retired military leaders, charitable foundations, and Nobel-winning economists have made novel new arguments for early education investments. Lawmakers in states red, blue, and purple have reignited interest in existing programs and sometimes pushed for new investments.

DeVos family big givers, Republicans early winners under new Michigan law doubling donation limits
MLive By Jonathan Oosting | joosting@mlive.com  on February 10, 2014 at 1:37 PM,
LANSING, MI -- Michigan Republican caucuses were the early winners -- but not the only benefactors -- under a new state law that doubled campaign contribution limits for individuals and political action committees beginning in the final days of 2013.
Nine members of West Michigan's powerful DeVos family opened up their checkbooks on December 31, making a series of $40,000 donations to the House and Senate Republican caucuses -- the maximum amount allowed under the law that took effect on December 27. 
All told, the DeVos' gave $700,000 to the caucuses that day and $720,000 for the year, according to campaign finance reports filed with the state.

Here are links to some prior postings covering the Devos family’s funding of school privatization efforts in Pennsylvania
Monday April 2, 2012
The  American Federation for Children was founded by Michigan billionaires Dick and Betsy DeVos with a focus on influencing the political process to promote the privatization of public education.  In 2011 Governor Corbett and Senator Anthony Williams were both featured speakers at AFC’s national school choice summit in Washington D.C.

In 2012 a total of $1 million in new out-of-state “Big Voucher Money” was poured into Pennsylvania by  Betsy Devos’ American Federation for Children (AFC) in two payments of $500K each on 2/21/12 and 3/2/12 according to Campaign Finance Reports filed by Students First PAC.  In April 2011 AFC contributed $120,000, and in October 2010 AFC posted 3 payments totalling $1.2 million to the Students First PAC. Joel Greenberg, one of three Main Line mega-millionaires who have bankrolled the Students First PAC locally, also serves on the Board of Directors of DeVos’ AFC.

Keystone State Education Coalition Monday, January 9, 2012

FOLLOW THE MONEY: Contributions to Students First PAC - Not Exactly Grassroots $6.66 Million from just 19 donors


NY Suit Will Seek State Money Promised to Schools in 2007
New York Times By AL BAKER FEB. 10, 2014
New York State has shortchanged the entire public school system by billions of dollars, ignoring an agreement that followed a landmark court ruling in 2006, according to a lawsuit to be filed Tuesday by an education advocacy group.
The group, New Yorkers for Students’ Educational Rights, says in the suit, to be filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, that the state is $4 billion behind in fulfilling the agreement.
The suit comes amid a raging debate over how to pay for prekindergarten in New York and shows that challenging economic times can play havoc with financing even smaller slices of the educational pie.

Beware! Pearson's Plan for Education Is Coming to a Country Near You
Huffington Post by Alan Singer Social studies educator, Hofstra University
Posted: 01/21/2014 12:48 pm EST Updated: 01/25/2014 4:01 pm EST
In the United States school districts are traditionally organized and funded locally. Parents, teachers, and school and district administrators usually only think about state and national issues when they feel pressed from above by state imposed budget cuts or federal demands for curriculum change and new assessments. Much of the opposition to Common Core and Race to the Top arose because parents, teachers, and administrators felt local prerogatives were being undermined by unwarranted pressure from above. But an examination of the Pearson publishing mega-giant's plan to control public education in Great Britain makes clear, the greatest threat to local initiatives in public education may be from powerful global corporations. Beware! The Pearson Plan for education in the United Kingdom may be coming to a country near you -- unless we can stop it now.  In March 2013, The Guardian, one of the leading British daily newspapers, published an opinion piece charging that "unelected oligarchs" and "private sponsors" were taking over the British school system. The academy schools discussed in this article sound very similar to the charter school movement in the United States.


Have you considered signing this petition yet?
PENNSYLVANIA PROPERTY TAX PAYERS: OPPOSE PROPOSED SB1085 CHARTER SCHOOL LAW REFORM
Petition by Denise Kurnas
To be delivered to The Pennsylvania State House, The Pennsylvania State Senate, and Governor Tom Corbett
This petition is designed to keep charter school oversight in local district control instead of allowing other entities or the Pennsylvania Department of Education to spend our property tax dollars without input from our locally elected school board officials. 

Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center 2014 Pennsylvania Budget Summit
Harrisburg Hilton Thu, Feb 20, 2014 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center will host its Annual Budget Summit on Thursday, February 20th to provide an in-depth look at the Governor's spending plan and an update on the federal budget — and what it all means for communities and families across Pennsylvania.
As in previous years, the Budget Summit will be at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Harrisburg
Additional information, agendas, and workshops will be posted in the new year.

Register Now! EPLC’s Education Policy Forums on Governor Corbett’s 2014-2015 State Budget Proposal for Education
The next EPLC education policy forums will be held on the following days and in the following locations.  These forums will take place shortly after Governor Corbett’s February 4th presentation of his proposed 2014-15 state budget and will focus on his plans for education.
Thursday, February 13, 2014 – Pittsburgh, PA
Monday, February 24, 2014 – Philadelphia, PA
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 – State College, PA
Thursday, February 27, 2014Harrisburg, PA
Space is limited for each event and an RSVP is required. Anyone wishing to receive an invitation should inquire by contacting The Education Policy and Leadership Center at staff@eplc.org or 717-260-9900.

PSBA White Paper: The costs of charter and cyber charter schools
Updated January 2014
Research and policy implications for Pennsylvania school districts
White Paper by PSBA’s Education research & Policy Center
This week PSBA’s Education Research and Policy Center issued an update to its charter school funding white paper this week, originally published in October 2010. The net cost to districts for students attending charter schools increased from $434 million in 2006-07 to $1.145 billion in 2011-12. The financial analysis indicates the need for several changes to the current charter law related to funding.

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

RESCHEDULED: PDE chief Dumaresq LIVE budget presentation, PSBA Conference Center; new date Feb. 13
PSBA website Feb 4, 2014
Acting Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq will be at the PSBA Conference Center on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2:30 p.m. to present a special state budget overview. The program has been rescheduled in advance of anticipated severe weather conditions.  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, Thu., Feb. 13, 2:30 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
  • NEW: Philadelphia: 1 to 3 p.m., Friday, March 14, City Council Chambers, Room 400, City Hall
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.

Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia February Seminars
Dear Parents and Advocates:
This month we are offering TWO great special education seminars. 
Learn about special education provisions in charter schools, 
including how one's rights differ from school to school. 
Tuesday, February 11, 2013 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Audience members will learn about the legal needs of children with dyslexia, and other learning disabilities, and hear from expert presenters on the latest research and trends. 
Tuesday, February 25, 2013 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Full Session 
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Abbreviated Session 

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

Join the National School Boards Action Center Friends of Public Education
Participate in a voluntary network to urge your U.S. Representatives and Senators to support federal legislation on Capitol Hill that is critical to providing high quality education to America’s schoolchildren

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