Tuesday, October 7, 2014

PA Ed Policy Roundup Oct 7: More than 40 organizations together kick off Campaign for Fair Education Funding/Philly SRC Cancels Contract

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PA Ed Policy Roundup for October 7, 2014:

More than 40 organizations together kick off Campaign for Fair Education Funding/Philly SRC Cancels Contract




The Campaign for Fair Education Funding is a new statewide effort consisting of more than 40 organizations (including the Keystone State Education Coalition) committed to fundamentally changing the way Pa. funds its public schools. For more information, visit fairfundingpa.org.



League of Women Voters to hold forum on Keystone Exams Tuesday, Oct. 7 in Radnor
Main Line Media News October 3, 2014
The Leagues of Women Voters for Radnor, Haverford, Chester County, Lower Merion and Narberth will hold a public forum entitled “Keystone Exams Not Just Another Standardized Test” on Oct. 7. The forum, also sponsored by area school districts, will enlighten parents and the community about the state’s new high school graduation requirement and how it affects public school students. Sharon Kletzien, education specialists for the League of Women Voters of PA will moderate and Amber Gentile, chairwoman of the teachers education at Cabrini College will give an overview on the topic. Panelists include state Sen. Andy Dinniman, West Chester Area School District Superintendent James Scanlon, Laurie Actman, Lower Merion School Board member, Conestoga High School Principal Amy Meisinger, Ray McFall, Delaware County Intermediate Unit assistant executive director and Josh Kershenbaum, an education lawyer. The forum begins at 7 p.m. at the Radnor Township Municipal Building, 310 Iven Avenue in Radnor. For more information: (610) 446-8383 or katederiel@verizon.net

"David W. Patti, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Business Council, said that the business community recognizes that a quality education is essential for the state's future.  "Business people across the state know that we all lose when students don't have a fair chance to succeed. We all lose when we cannot find skilled men and women to fill jobs and move our economy forward," Patti said. "Consensus is tough to find in some areas but every member of this campaign agrees on the need for a fair and predictable funding system for every student."
Patti heads just one of the state's leading business groups that have joined the campaign."

More than 40 organizations together kick off Campaign for Fair Education Funding

System that evenly distributes cash amid varying tax bases will be a challenge

Chambersburg Public Opinion Online Staff report  10/06/2014 06:56:04 PM EDT
HARRISBURG >> A coalition of more than 40 organizations today kicked off the Campaign for Fair Education Funding to ensure that every student has access to a quality education no matter where they live.  "Every child deserves a chance to succeed. We need a fair, sustainable and predictable method for funding public schools that recognizes the shared responsibility we all have — and the shared benefits we all receive — when every Pennsylvania child gets that opportunity," said campaign manager Kathy Manderino.  The campaign's member organizations include educators, labor and business groups, faith-based organizations, child advocates, charter schools, traditional public schools, grassroots advocacy organizations, and representatives from rural, urban and growing school districts.  "We are excited to join this diverse group of organizations and to work with parents and community members in the midstate and throughout the commonwealth to send a message to state legislators that fair funding for all public schools must be their top priority this year," said Susan Spicka, community liaison for Education Matters in the Cumberland Valley.

"Though Pennsylvania is among the highest spenders in the nation on education, it distributes money through funding supplements that detractors long have argued allow wild inconsistencies. State contributions based on criteria ranging from innovative curricula to large populations of minority students ranged from $478 to $12,000 per student in 2013-14."
Group wants 'fair funding' for Pennsylvania public schools at forefront in 2015
Trib Live By Brad Bumsted Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, 12:57 p.m.
HARRISBURG — Business, government, religious and labor leaders — including those from teachers unions — are asking Pennsylvania lawmakers to develop a fair funding formula for public schools.  The coalition Monday spelled out its campaign to make the issue a priority in 2015.  There are wide disparities “between the haves and have-nots,” said Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, who attended a Capitol news conference with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.
Most states use a weighted formula to fund schools, giving districts a base amount for each student and multiplying that amount by varying percentages if the student lives in poverty or foster care; is pregnant or parenting; is deemed neglected or delinquent; attends small or rural schools; has disabilities; or is not a native English speaker.
"The campaign's focus centers on replacing the state's decades-old funding system with a formula that is fair, sustainable, equitable, predictable and fully funded.  It brings together a vast collection of educators, labor, business groups, faith-based organizations, child advocates, charter schools, traditional public schools and representatives from rural, urban and growing school districts. Many of these groups often find themselves in opposite sides of an issue that comes before the Legislature but this one is different.  All support the premise that every child deserves a chance at a good education regardless of where in Pennsylvania they live."
When it comes to fair school funding, it's time for Pa. to 'get with the program,' Philly mayor says
By Jan Murphy | jmurphy@pennlive.com  on October 06, 2014 at 3:38 PM, updated October 06, 2014 at 4:16 PM
Standing before representatives from a diverse collection of more than 40 groups pressing for a fair and equitable school funding formula, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter declared it's time for Pennsylvania "to get with the program."  Nutter said 47 other states have figured out a way to fund schools using actual enrollment and factor in such cost-drivers as poverty, special needs, distance to travel, and English as a second language.  "We don't have to reinvent the wheel," he said. "There are at least 47 other examples of how to do student-weighted funding all across America."  Nutter, in his role as Philadelphia's mayor and as president of the Pennsylvania Municipal League, is part of the coalition that kicked off the Campaign for Fair Education Funding at a Capitol news conference on Monday.

The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia joined The Campaign for Fair Education Funding, which formally launched on October 6.
The campaign, which is a statewide, non-partisan effort supported by a growing list of more than 40 organizations, kicked off with a news conference in Harrisburg. Included among the member organizations are business groups, charter schools, child advocates, educators, faith-based organizations, labor, traditional public schools, and representatives from rural, urban and expanding school districts.

Coming Wednesday: Where to watch third and last debate between Gov. Tom Corbett and challenger Tom Wolf
By Charles Thompson | cthompson@pennlive.com  on October 06, 2014 at 8:58 PM, updated October 06, 2014 at 9:28 PM
Round number three of the fall debates between incumbent Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and his Democrat challenger Tom Wolf is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday in Pittsburgh.  But midstaters will be able to track the verbal fireworks live on PennLive.com, or via television or radio on Harrisburg's public broadcasting station WITF.  Corbett and Wolf have contrasted the many differences in their policies and styles in earlier sessions in Camp Hill and Philadelphia.  The Pittsburgh debate, scheduled to last an hour and billed as commercial-free, is expected to be the last direct meeting of the candidates before Election Day. The debate is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania.

SRC revokes teachers' contract, changes health benefits, redirects $44 million to schools
the notebook By Dale Mezzacappa and Paul Socolar on Oct 6, 2014 09:30 AM
After 21 months of fruitless labor talks, the School District made a bold move Monday to unilaterally restructure teachers' health benefits and send $44 million in savings directly back to schools.  At a special meeting that was barely publicized until hours before its 9:30 a.m. start, with no public testimony before acting, the School Reform Commission unanimously voted to cancel the contract with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers in order to rework its health-care provisions. The District also filed a legal action in Commonwealth Court to establish its right to rewrite the contract based on special powers granted to the SRC.
“This is our attempt to bring teacher contributions to health care in line with other local and national norms in a way that will allow us to remain able to serve students and avoid layoffs,” said Superintendent William Hite in an interview before the meeting. “If we don’t find additional savings, our children will continue to face inadequate resources. And there’s nothing else to cut from our central office or school budgets.”

Outrage over SRC dissolution of Philly teachers contract
WHYY Newsworks by Kevin McCorry OCTOBER 6, 2014 THE PHILADELPHIA PUBLIC SCHOOL NOTEBOOK
WHYY's Kevin McCorry breaks down what it means for schools, teachers
A cry of "shame" was heard from the audience as the School Reform Commission announced Monday, during a suddenly scheduled meeting, that it would break the contract with the teachers union and unilaterally impose changes to its members' health benefits.  Following the sparsely attended morning meeting, many in the local education community attacked the SRC's decision. There was an afternoon protest held outside Gov. Tom Corbett's Philadelphia office. But there were also statements of support for the action to reduce members' health benefits, including from the Corbett administration in Harrisburg, the Philadelphia School Partnership, and even former Gov. Ed Rendell.  Much of the anger in response to the move was directed at the scant publicity given to the public about the meeting, which was announced in the "legal notices" section of the Inquirer and Philly.com barely 24 hours beforehand.

SRC imposes terms on Philly teachers' union and sets off a 'war'
KRISTEN A. GRAHAM AND MARTHA WOODALL, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
LAST UPDATED: Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 1:08 AM  POSTED: Monday, October 6, 2014, 9:19 PM
By activating its nuclear option and cancelling its teachers' contract, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission took an action Monday that could remake the city's schools and have national implications.  The unilateral step at a morning meeting has already set off a battle.
The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers received no advance word of the action - a unanimous vote taken at an SRC meeting called with minimal notice. The move will likely result in a legal challenge to the takeover law the SRC believes gives it the power to bypass negotiations and impose terms.

SRC cancels teachers' contract, imposes health-care benefits terms
SOLOMON LEACH, DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER LEACHS@PHILLYNEWS.COM, 215-854-5903 POSTED: Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 3:01 AM
AFTER MONTHS of threats, Bill Green officially declared war on Philadelphia public school teachers.  In a bold but unsurprising move, the School Reform Commission, chaired by Green, voted yesterday to unilaterally cancel the teachers union contract and impose health-care-benefits changes - during a hastily called 9:30 a.m. meeting - sparking outrage from union leaders, elected officials and education activists.  District officials said the benefits changes will save about $44 million this year and $200 million over the next four years, which will be redirected to schools for key resources, such as counselors and nurses.

Pennsylvania: Health Costs Imposed on Teachers
New York Times By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS OCT. 6, 2014
Philadelphia teachers vowed to fight a sudden move by the district Monday that cancels their union contract and requires them to start paying health premiums of $55 to $140 a month. District leaders said there was nothing else to cut after years of funding woes that have prompted nearly $1 billion in cuts that include the loss of 5,000 positions and the closing of 30 schools. Both Superintendent William R. Hite and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers president, Jerry Jordan, along with Mayor Michael Nutter, agreed that the problem lies in the state funding formula for education. But Mr. Hite nonetheless backed Monday’s decision, saying the money would yield more than $50 million a year. The announcement came at a brief, hastily called meeting of the School Reform Commission. Mr. Jordan called the process cowardly. The health care change and other benefit cuts will start in December. Mr. Jordan said a court challenge was likely.

Philadelphia school district cancels contract with teachers union
Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss October 6 at 5:12 PM  
The five-member reform commission that controls the cash-starved Philadelphia public schools announced on Monday that it was canceling its contract with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, and while it would continue to honor most contract provisions, it would change the package of health-care benefits and require all teachers to contribute to the health fund. The union said the commission’s action “has amped up a war on teachers.”  The Philadelphia School Reform Commission, in a surprise move, said that after 21 months of negotiating with the  Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, that it would abrogate the contract, which has largely remained in effect even though it actually expired in August 2013. The commission has unilaterally taken other steps to violate contract provisions, including stopping paying teachers for “step” increases.  The commission — which met in an early morning meeting on Monday that received virtually no publicity and at which there was no public testimony –  issued a statement saying that the move would allow for a savings of $44 million that would be put directly back into the schools.

"Phoenixville Area School District Executive Director of Operation Stanley Johnson said pension and property tax reform are “both very, very important to the financial health of the district” and he’d like to see each addressed.  ”I think with the revenue side of the school district, Senate Bill 76, not dealing with the expenditures, which is our pension costs, put the school district in a tough spot,” Johnson said."
Tax reform without pension reform worries school officials
By Frank Otto, The Mercury POSTED: 10/05/14, 3:01 PM EDT |
Although it appears that the latest bill for property tax reform may not make it to a full vote of the Pennsylvania Senate, that presents more progress than there has been on the reform of school employee pensions called for by many.  With pension numbers rising in school budgets, the prospect of a change to the way school districts receive revenue has made some area business administrators wary.  Senate Bill 76 (SB 76) made it from the Pennsylvania Senate’s finance committee by a narrow vote into the appropriations committee last month, but there is not much confidence it will come to a vote in the few days left in the legislative session this year.
The bill calls for an elimination of property taxes. School districts would then be funded by some combination of a higher sales tax and earned income tax.

This is a Harrisburg school where parents are eager to send their children: #HBGNext
Penn Live By Matt Zencey | mzencey@pennlive.com  on October 06, 2014 at 11:53 AM, updated October 06, 2014 at 1:17 PM
How do you know when a school is doing a good job for its students, or at least heading in a much better direction?  One indicator is when families are eager to enroll their children there. 
And that's what happening at Harrisburg's Downey Elementary school, according to  superintendent Sybil Knight-Burney.  Before last year, it had been struggling with low morale and a poor school climate. "I think it went through three principals in three years," she said.
But it has undergone a transformation by organizing its entire operation around the legendary leadership expert Stephen R. Covey's "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People."
Students are more motivated and behave better. Staff morale is up. Parents are more engaged.

"David Meckley, the district's state-appointed recovery officer, said later that the data shows the district is not making progress in terms of the goals in the recovery plan. Meckley is expected to soon make a recommendation to the school board about whether to continue with the internal reform plan or bring in a charter operator to run buildings in 2015-16."

Most York City schools see declining test scores

Overall, the district didn't post improvements officials hoped for

By Angie Mason amason@ydr.com @angiemason1 on Twitter 10/06/2014 11:41:10 PM EDT
Most York City schools saw state test scores decline last year and didn't show the student growth officials were hoping for, according to data shared by the district superintendent on Monday.
At a school board committee meeting, Supt. Eric Holmes discussed both state test scores and data that measures student growth, as well as scores on the state's School Performance Profile for the past school year. The scores haven't been officially released by the state, but are expected to be issued soon, he said.

As charter decision looms, York City test scores disappoint
By ERIN JAMES 505-5439/@ydcity POSTED:   10/06/2014 10:42:18 PM EDT
York City students' performance on standardized tests during the 2013-14 academic year does not bode well for the improvement plan known as the internal transformation model.  According to results shared with the district's school board Monday, the district's seven schools failed to show adequate growth in most categories.  "We were disappointed in these scores this year," Superintendent Eric Holmes said.  York City is now in its second year of implementing the internal transformation model, designed by teachers and administrators to reverse a district trend of poor academic performance.

Pottstown schools’ performance scores slip amid year of change
Pottstown School officials have released the preliminary scores for the district's Pennsylvania School Performance Profiles. 
By Evan Brandt, The Mercury POSTED: 10/04/14, 10:43 AM EDT
POTTSTOWN >> Although they have not yet been released by the state, officials have circulated a preliminary peak at the next set of school profile scores and say they reflect the many changes which have occurred in the district in the last year.  The numbers released by the district show that as a district, the composite overall score slipped less than a point from the 2012-2013 school year — from 75.15 to 74.55  But the individual schools saw some pretty big jumps — Barth Elementary School’s score improved slightly and the score at Lincoln Elementary School jumped by nearly 20 points.

14 of 22 Bethlehem Area schools meet benchmark
By Adam Clark,Of The Morning Call October 6, 2014
Are Bethlehem's schools making the grade? Find out what the state says
Fourteen of Bethlehem Area School District's 22 schools scored a 70 or higher on Pennsylvania's soon-to-be-released School Performance Profile, one fewer than last year, according to the district.  Schools that score 70 or above are considered by the state to have acceptable achievement while those that score below 70 need improvement, according to a benchmark established by the state last year.

Pittsburgh schools to get $3M for violence study
Education Week by AP Published Online: October 6, 2014
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The city's federal prosecutor is set to announce a $3 million grant that will enable Pittsburgh Public Schools to study and combat violence.  U.S. Attorney David Hickton and Pittsburgh schools Superintendent Linda Lane will formally announce the grant at a news conference Monday afternoon.  Pittsburgh is one of 100 districts across the country to apply for the U. S. Department of Justice National Institute of Justice grants, and one of 15 to receive such a grant.  According to an announcement of the news conference, the grant is aimed at "Developing Knowledge About What Works To Make Schools Safe."  The school district hopes to develop policies to improve perception of school safety, reduce the involvement of juvenile courts and the justice system in the schools, and reduce perceived gender and racial disparities when students are punished.

New website offers closer look into candidate' views on public education
PSBA NEWS RELEASE 10/6/2014
The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) has created a new website for its members and the general public to get a closer look into candidates' views on public education leading up to the 2014 election for the Pennsylvania General Assembly.  Following the primary elections, PSBA sent out a six-question questionnaire to all Pennsylvania House and Senate candidates competing for seats in the November election.  Candidates are listed by House, Senate seat and county. Districts can be found by visiting the 'Find My Legislator' link (http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/).
Features include:
·         Candidate images, if provided
·         Candidates are tagged by political party and seat for which they are running
·         Candidates who did not respond are indicated by "Responses not available."
Visit the site by going to http://psbacandidateforum.wordpress.com/ or by clicking on the link tweeted out by @PSBAadvocate.
Candidates wishing to complete the questionnaire before election day may do so by contacting Sean Crampsie (717-506-2450, x-3321).

Time to Give Up: A Response to Marc Tucker’s Proposal for Fixing Our National Accountability System

Yong Zhao's Blog 7 OCTOBER 2014 142 NO COMMENT
A few weeks ago, I wrote a response to Marc Tucker’s response to Diane Ravicth and Anthony Cody’s comments on Tucker’s proposal for fixing our national accountability system. My response was posted on Anthony Cody’s blog Living in Dialogue. Tucker followed with a response, in which he sort of agrees with my critique:
If [Tucker] believes “…that our test-based accountability system ‘is not only ineffective but harmful,’ he would logically suggest that system be abandoned.  Instead he tries to fix it and the fixes include more tests, more high stakes tests, and more standardized tests.
“Yup, that is what I proposed,” writes Tucker. I was happy to read that because my purpose was to to point out that his proposed fixes would result in “tests, more high stakes tests, and more standardized tests.” Thanks, Marc for the clarification.  But of course, we have different views on standardized tests, and more fundamentally what education means.

Why Finland's schools are top-notch
CNN By Pasi Sahlberg updated 11:10 AM EDT, Mon October 6, 2014
Education in the United States is too much defined by testing and data, says Pasi Sahlberg.
Editor's note: Pasi Sahlberg is visiting professor at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education and former director general in the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. Follow him on Twitter: @pasi_sahlberg. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the writer.
(CNN) -- Millions of American parents spend countless hours trying to figure out how to help their children get better grades, better teachers or better schools.  They may want to take a page from Finland, which is considered to have one of the leading education systems in the world. Finnish students consistently score near the top in the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, for reading, mathematics and science. The 2012 PISA results tell us that in these three subjects combined Finland ranks third after Korea and Japan. In comparison, American students' combined performance in reading, mathematics and science places the United States at 21st among 34 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries.

Upcoming PA Basic Education Funding Commission Meetings*
PA Basic Education Funding Commission  website
Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 10 AM, Perkiomen Valley
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 11 AM, Pittsburgh
* meeting times and locations subject to change

Health Issues in Schools: "Mom I can't find the Nurse"
October 21, 2014 1:00 -- 4:00 P.M.
United Way Building 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, 19103
Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia 
Philadelphia has one of the worst childhood asthma rates in the country. We need more nurses in Philadelphia's schools to aid children suffering from this and other health issues. Join us to discuss Pennsylvania laws governing nursing services.
Tickets: Attorneys $200       General Public $100      Webinar $50   
"Pay What You Can" tickets are also available
Click here to purchase tickets

LWV Panel:KEYSTONE EXAMS Not Just Another Standardized Test Oct 7th Radnor
What You Need to Know About Pennsylvania’s NEW High School Graduation Requirement
Join the Radnor, Haverford, Chester County, Lower Merion & Narberth Leagues of Women Voters October 7 @ 7:00 pm in Radnor
In partnership with your area schools’ Parent Organizations and supported by your area School Districts
Moderator: Susan Carty, President, League of Women Voters of PA
Panelists Will Include:
Pennsylvania State Senator, Andy Dinniman
Lower Merion School District Board of Directors Member, Lori Actman
Conestoga High School
Principal, Dr. Amy Meisinger
Education Lawyer, Josh Kershenbaum, Esq.
Additional Panelists To Be Announced
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 at 7:00 PM Radnor Municipal Building, 301 Iven Ave., Radnor
Questions? Please Call 610-446-8383 or e-mail katederiel@verizon.net

What About the Schools? A Community Forum on the Next Governor's Education Agenda Oct. 15 7:00 pm WHYY Philly
Pennsylvania's public schools, especially in Philadelphia, are in dire straits. Many hope that the upcoming gubernatorial election will help shine a light on the state's education issues. But how will Harrisburg politics and financial realities limit the next governor’s agenda for education?
Join Research for Action, WHYY, and the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey for an interactive community forum designed to suggest an education agenda for the next administration—and to assess the politics of achieving it.  Hear from local educators about what they see as priorities for the schools, and from seasoned policy practitioners on the political realities of Harrisburg.  Then, make your voice heard. Discuss your thoughts and perspectives with other event guests and interact with the panelists. You’ll come away from this spirited discussion with a more nuanced view of the politics of education in both Philadelphia and at the state level.
Admission
This event is FREE and open to the public, but registration is required.
When
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Where
WHYY, Independence Mall West, 150 N. 6th Street, Philadelphia, Pa 19106
Contact
Questions? Call 215-351-0511 during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Save the date: Bob Herbert book event! Pittsburgh October 9th
Yinzercation Blog September 17, 2014
Save the date – you don’t want to miss this! We are hosting the national launch of Bob Herbert’s new book, Losing Our Way: An Intimate Portrait of a Troubled AmericaYou might remember Mr. Herbert as the award winning and longtime columnist for the New York Times. This book is especially exciting for us because Bob came to Pittsburgh several times to interview parents and teachers in our local grassroots movement and wound up writing three chapters on our fight for public education!
Date:    Thursday, October 9, 2014  Time:    5:30 – 6:30PM, moderated discussion and Q&A.
Doors will open at 5 with student performances.  Followed by book signing.
Location:    McConomy Auditorium, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh 15213.  Free parking in the garage.
Hosted by:    Yinzercation (we are profiled in the book!)
Moderator:    Tony Norman, columnist and associate editor,Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PUBLIC Education Nation October 11
The Network for Public Education will hold a historic event in one month's time
 
PUBLIC Education Nation will deliver the conversation the country has been waiting for. Rather than featuring billionaires and pop singers, this event will be built around intense conversations featuring leading educators, parents, students and community activists. We have waited too long for that seat at someone else's table. This time, the tables are turned, and we are the ones setting the agenda.   This event will be livestreamed on the web on the afternoon of Saturday, October 11, from the auditorium of Brooklyn New School, a public school. There will be four panels focusing on the most critical issues we face in our schools. The event will conclude with a conversation between Diane Ravitch and Jitu Brown.  

Register Now – 2014 PAESSP State Conference – October 19-21, 2014
Please join us for the 2014 PAESSP State Conference, “PRINCIPAL EFFECTIVENESS: Leading Schools in a New Age of Accountability,” to be held October 19-21 at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel, Pittsburgh, Pa.  Featuring Keynote Speakers: Alan November, Michael Fullan & Dr. Ray Jorgensen.  This year’s conference will provided PIL Act 45 hours, numerous workshops, exhibits, multiple resources and an opportunity to network with fellow principals from across the state.

PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference (Oct. 21-24) registration forms now available online
PSBA Website
Make plans today to attend the most talked about education conference of the year. This year's PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference promises to be one of the best with new ideas, innovations, networking opportunities and dynamic speakers. More details are being added every day. Online registration will be available in the next few weeks. If you just can't wait, registration forms are available online now. Other important links are available with more details on:
·         Hotel registration (reservation deadline extended to Sept. 26)
·         Educational Publications Contest (deadline Aug. 6)
·         Student Celebration Showcase (deadline Sept. 19)
·         Poster and Essay Contest (deadline Sept. 19)

January 23rd–25th, 2015 at The Science Leadership Academy, Philadelphia
EduCon is both a conversation and a conference.
It is an innovation conference where we can come together, both in person and virtually, to discuss the future of schools. Every session will be an opportunity to discuss and debate ideas — from the very practical to the big dreams.

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