Sunday, February 15, 2015

PA Ed Policy Roundup Feb 15: For Philly Edupreneurs, Time for Remedial Math Lessons

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PA Ed Policy Roundup for February 15, 2015:
For Philly Edupreneurs, Time for Remedial Math Lessons



Education Voters of PA holding public forums on school funding
Lancaster County: Tuesday, March 17, at 7:00 pm at Millersville University
York County: Wednesday, March 25th, 6:30pm at the York Learning Center
Cumberland County: Wednesday, April 1, 7:00 pm at the Grace Milliman Pollock Performing Arts Center



It's past time to fix Pa.'s broken school funding formula: Scott Graham
PennLive Op-Ed  By Scott Graham on February 13, 2015 at 2:00 PM
I have been extremely fortunate to spend almost my entire career working in rural, largely farming communities. Just about every day, a student, parent or community volunteer will step up and, in some way, demonstrate that unique character that defines our community.  It's a great job, and I love coming to work every day, but after a little more than 25 years in rural education, I am deeply concerned that our district and many others in rural Pennsylvania are falling behind.
I am very proud of our students and their achievements. Our kids work hard. Our teachers and staff work hard. I am proud of our district and I am confident that we deliver a great education.
But our state's system for funding public education is short-changing our students. Budget cuts have hit our classrooms hard.  Programs have been cut and classes have become more crowded.  We need more resources. We need a school funding formula that is predictable, equitable, sustainable, fair and adequate. Right now, that simply is not the case.

PA School Funding Lawsuit Oral Argument March 11
Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia website
Oral argument in our School Funding Lawsuit has been scheduled for March 11, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. in Harrisburg.  We ask that you mark your calendars to attend to show your support for school funding. This case will be heard before the entire court in Courtroom 5001 at the Pennsylvania Judicial Center.
We filed this lawsuit in Commonwealth Court on November 10, 2014 on behalf of six school districts, seven parents, the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools (PARSS) and the NAACP Pennsylvania State Conference against legislative leaders, state education officials, and the Governor for failing to uphold the General Assembly’s constitutional obligation to provide a system of public education that gives all children in Pennsylvania the resources they need to meet state-imposed academic standards and thrive in today’s world. We are conducting this litigation in partnership with the Education Law Center of Pennsylvania and a national, private law firm.
School Funding Lawsuit: Oral Argument
March 11, 2015 at 9:30 a.m., Pennsylvania Judicial Center, Courtroom 5001
601 Commonwealth Avenue
, Harrisburg, PA 17120

Rivera: 'I have always believed education is the one true equalizer'
Lancaster Online By KAREN SHUEY | Staff Writer Posted: Sunday, February 15, 2015 6:00 am
Newly elected Gov. Tom Wolf has promised to make education a main priority — and he has enlisted the help of a Lancaster County administrator to help change policy.  The governor last month nominated Pedro Rivera, superintendent of the School District of Lancaster, to be the state’s top education official.  As secretary of education, the 42-year-old Rivera will have a wide-ranging role in helping to oversee and create education policy affecting students in kindergarten through college.

"As students in grades three to eight prepare for four weeks of PSSAs in April, Lower Merion parents are screening an anti-test documentary by two local teachers, Standardized Lies, Money & Civil Rights: How Testing Is Ruining Public Education, on Feb. 25 at Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr."
Parents, teachers opting in to 'opt out'
KATHY BOCCELLA, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER LAST UPDATED: Sunday, February 15, 2015, 1:09 AM
When the affluent Lower Merion School District proposed cutting music and art instruction in elementary schools, some teachers and parents saw it as part of a scheme to increase prep time for state-mandated standardized tests.  The loudest voice was Todd Marrone, a popular Welsh Valley Middle School art teacher, who started a blog to encourage a broader revolt against the growing role of high-stakes testing, which he called "the greatest threat to the humanities."

Public screening: Standardized - Lies, Money, and Civil Rights: How Testing is Ruining Public Education
Church of the Redeemer, Wednesday, February 25, 7-9pm 230 Pennswood Road, Bryn Mawr, Parish House, Assembly Room
The Redeemer Moms will follow up with a Q & A session with parents who have been researching this topic for over a year. All are welcome and invited to bring a friend. RSVP by Feb. 23 to Cheryl Masterman.

Pennsylvania's standardized Keystone Exams remain in dispute
Trib Live By Melissa Daniels Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, 11:09 p.m.
Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers President Nina Esposito-Visgitis has more than one issue with the state's Keystone Exams.  There's the coursework preparation. The cost of administration. Then there's how failure to pass one of the three standardized tests could upend a student's graduation plans.  “Tests are indicators,” she said. “You don't use them as a punishment or hold it over a student's head. I think that's criminal.”
"School boards believe that assessments do not need to have high-stakes consequences to send meaningful signals to students and schools or to provide policymakers with useful information," said LaCoff. "Testing should inform and enhance instruction, not impede instruction." Additionally, he argued there is no evidence that high-stakes tests accomplish the majority of  policy goals they were developed to support."
State school boards group opposes Keystone Exams
Also wants review of PA Core Standards
Author: 69 News , follow: @69news, news@wfmz.com Published: Feb 13 2015 04:12:27 PM EST HARRISBURG, Pa. - Leaders of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association testified against using the Keystone Exams as graduation requirements in high schools and called for additional study of the state's Core Standards. The testimony was given Thursday before the House Education Committee.  PSBA president William S. LaCoff and senior director of government affairs John Callahan testified on House Bills 168 and 177, both of which PSBA supports.
Read more from WFMZ.com at: http://www.wfmz.com/news/state-school-boards-group-opposes-keystone-exams/31258928

Assessments are vital in ensuring students are ready to graduate
Lancaster Online Opinion by DAVID W. PATTI | Special to LNP Sunday, February 15, 2015
David W. Patti is president and CEO of the Harrisburg-based Pennsylvania Business Council.
We at the Pennsylvania Business Council believe that improving education is essential to making the state more competitive and more able to retain and attract family-sustaining employment opportunities.   We staunchly support implementation of the Pennsylvania Core Standards, coupled with aligned assessments better known as the Keystone Exams. We believe the Keystones, including the requirement that students pass three tests for graduation, are essential to accountability.

"Add up these numbers and you find that of PSP’s *high quality* charter operators, most serve students who are significantly less poor, more white and more English speaking than students attending District schools. *High quality* doesn’t mean much if these schools won’t actually serve Philly’s most disadvantaged students."
For Philly Edupreneurs, Time for Remedial Math Lessons
The Philadelphia School Partnership offers a gift that will keep on giving…
By Susan DeJarnatt FEBRUARY 12, 2015 by EDUSHYSTER2012
Susan DeJarnatt is a law professor at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law and a long time Philadelphia public school parent. The opinions expressed here are her own. Follow Susan on Twitter @sdejarn.
Philadelphia still isn’t quite choicey enough for the choice choosers at the Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP).  The PSP wants more charters so much that it has offered to pony up $25 million to cover the cost of 11,000 new *high performing seats.* No one—not even PSP—thinks the math works. But the real math problems are in the demographics of the charters whose expansion the PSP is proposing to underwrite. These *high quality* schools aren’t teaching the same kids that attend District schools, which means that granting them more seats will decimate the remaining District schools. This *gift* will keep on giving—till Philadelphia has no more public schools.

Williams: PSP needs to offer $ for district schools, too
Philly Daily News Daily Clout Blog by David Gambacorta POSTED: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2015, 4:36 PM
State Sen. Anthony Williams says the Philadelphia School Partnership needs to "put its money where its mouth is."   Williams, who has been criticized by his fellow Democratic mayoral candidates for expressing support for the PSP's recent offer to donate $35 million to the School District of Philadelphia to grow its number of charter schools, said in a statement this afternoon that any money donated by the PSP to help cover the cost of new charters "must be matched dollar for dollar with more funding for District public schools.  We need more funding for good schools in Philadelphia, charters and public schools alike."

Blogger's commentary on EITC/OSTC programs:
Let's be clear that this is $150 million in diverted tax dollars that never get into the state budget and are therefore not available to support the state's constitutional obligation to provide a "thorough and efficient" public education. Keep that in mind in the context of Philly schools that have no libraries, no counselors and obsolete textbooks.
These tax credit programs are a vehicle to circumvent Pennsylvania's constitutional prohibition of public funds being provided to sectarian schools or other schools outside of state control.
Furthermore, the fiscal intermediary organizations like BLOCS, many of whom are politically well connected, get to keep 20% of the money; by comparison, in Florida the tax credit organizations only keep 3%.
It is great that business leaders feel strongly enough about the value of education. How about if they make tax deductible contributions to support those private and religious schools instead?
How can a Pa. tax program help both Catholic schools and Pa. taxpayers?
Joseph N. DiStefano POSTED: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2015, 5:19 PM
Since 2012, when Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput rescinded the threatened closing of four Catholic high schools after a group of developers, executives and foundations promised to raise money and take a more active role supporting the schools, a private group that helps families pay tuition has more than tripled its yearly scholarship grants through Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program and related grants,
The program allows companies to redirect part of their state taxes to private, independent and parochial schools, so they can provide tuition assistance to any student who applies, until the money runs out.

State governor visits Pottsville school to pitch education funding plan
Pottsville Republican Herald BY STEPHEN J. PYTAK Published: February 13, 2015
As Gov. Tom Wolf entered Pottsville Area’s Martz Hall on Thursday, shaking hands and greeting school officials, Diane L. Howe, a fifth-grade teacher, stepped up and offered him a gift.
“So pleased to meet you. I am the president of the Pottsville Area School District Education Association, and I’d like to present you with this pin. And, if your suit is not too dear, I’d like to pin it on you,” Howe said.  Wolf was visiting Pottsville Area’s D.H.H. Middle School as he continued his statewide Schools that Teach Tour to discuss his proposed Pennsylvania Education Reinvestment Act, part of his solution to properly fund public education.

Are SPP School Ratings Fair?
The intent of school performance profiles is to give parents and lawmakers a way to easily see how well schools are doing, but some say the scores aren't at all useful.   It's a rating system Penn State Associate Professor Ed Fuller says is unfair.  Ed Fuller, Associate Professor, Penn State, Education Policy Studies, said, " It just doesn't tell you what it's intended to tell you. It's not even close. "  He says the scores don't measure how effective a school is.
 Fuller said, "When you have lots of poor kids and lots of kids that are identified as special education, your score is just going to be lower than it actually is. "

The good work of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit
The AIU helps put Pittsburgh at the forefront of learning
Post Gazette Opinion By Gregg Behr and Bart Rocco February 13, 2015 12:00 AM
As proponents of innovation in public education, we believe the leadership of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit is one reason school districts throughout Allegheny County lead the nation in innovative teaching and learning.  Recent articles in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette have examined the AIU’s travel and food expense policies — such as the Feb. 11 story “AIU Moving to Change Travel and Meal Policies; New Rules Would End Questionable Spending such as Room Service” — but they do not convey what AIU executive director Linda Hippert and her colleagues are doing to support remarkable networks of educators and ideas arising from their investments in people.

Allentown School District looks at center for high school dropouts
By Jacqueline Palochko Of The Morning Call February 13, 2015
ASD looks for solution for high school dropout rates
To help students who have dropped out of high school, the Allentown School District is looking at opening a re-engagement center for them.  At its Thursday night committees meeting, the district heard from Communities in Schools, a Lehigh Valley nonprofit dropout prevention program for at-risk youth, about a possible center, which would cost about $140,000.
The center would be funded through a Title I grant and Superintendent Russ Mayo said he would like to see it included in the 2015-16 budget. The site would not be in a school, but in a district-owned building somewhere downtown.  School directors and the administration expressed support. The center could include different ways to connect with students, like GED and online testing, rather than traditional classroom learning.

A leadership change at the Notebook
Editor/publisher Paul Socolar, a founder, will be stepping down in late 2015. A transition plan is in place to identify a successor.
the notebook By Connie Langland on Feb 13, 2015 12:14 PM
Journalist and public school advocate Paul Socolar has announced that he plans to step down as editor and publisher of the Philadelphia Public School Notebook in late 2015. The nonprofit organization has put in place a transition committee to begin the search for a successor.
Socolar was there at the beginning: stepping forward as a concerned public school parent to become one of the founders of the Notebook at its launch as a free, independent quarterly newspaper in 1994. He became its first full-time editor and director in 1999.

'Icon' of independent journalism on Philly schools prepares to step down
WHYY Newsworks BY KEVIN MCCORRY FEBRUARY 13, 2015
titan of Philadelphia's independent journalism scene is stepping down. Paul Socolar, editor, publisher and co-founder of the Philadelphia Public School Notebook will leave the influential publication in late 2015.  A former public school parent, Socolar helped launch the outlet as a free, independent quarterly newspaper in 1994. At the time, he was just shy of 40 years old, with two young daughters, 9 and 6.  "It struck me that a newspaper – and there were a couple of examples of this in other cities – could be a way of ramping up the ability of people like me, parents, concerned people across the city, to deal with the issues in the school system," said Socolar in an interview Friday at the Notebook's Center City headquarters.

How did students at your school district do on their SATs? Find out here
Penn Live By Teresa Bonner | tbonner@pennlive.com  Email the author | Follow on Twitter  on February 13, 2015 at 2:37 PM, updated February 13, 2015 at 6:10 PM
School districts' 2014 SAT scores, released by the state this week, seem to confirm what is already known: students in poor, urban school districts perform substantially worse than their wealthier, suburban neighbors.  The scores, initially released earlier this month but pulled after numerous errors were found, were made available on the Pennsylvania Department of Education website this week. To see how your district performed, use the searchable database at the bottom of this story.

"The Intermediate Units of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties with its 64 member school districts formed the school in 2001.  “What your school has done, which is wonderful … you are allowing those students who can’t learn well in certain situations to have an alternative,” Dinniman said. “We are in essence, customizing the education for students through this cyber school.”  Dinniman noted that the 21st Century Cyber Charter School has the highest SAT scores of any charter school in the commonwealth."
21st Century Cyber Charter School celebrates its Downingtown location
By Ginger Dunbar, Daily Local News POSTED: 02/13/15, 6:53 PM EST |
DOWNINGTOWN >> School officials from the 21st Century Cyber Charter School celebrated the move to Downingtown with a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony on Thursday.
The 21st Century Cyber Charter School serves about 850 Pennsylvania students in grades 6 through 12. About 80 employees work in the Downingtown location at 126 Wallace Avenue.

"Over the past several decades, high courts in almost every state have weighed cases claiming that lawmakers aren’t meeting the obligations set out in their state’s constitutions to pay for public education."
Washington’s pending showdown on school funding: Legislature vs. Supreme Court
How will the education-funding showdown between the Legislature and Washington’s Supreme Court end? Other states’ experiences run the gamut from courts shutting school down to get what they want, to simply backing off.
By John Higgins Seattle Times education reporter February 15, 2015
In the summer of 2005, the Kansas Legislature and that state’s highest court played a game of chicken over state support of public schools.  The Kansas Supreme Court had ordered the Legislature that spring to pony up an additional $285 million for K-12 education or the court would shut down every school in the state.  Lawmakers had come up with about half that money, but the court insisted on the full amount, setting a deadline of July 8.  A few days before, in meetings over the Fourth of July weekend, legislators blinked, approving the rest.  Washington may be headed toward a similar showdown.  This state’s Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that lawmakers are violating the constitutional rights of Washington’s 1 million schoolchildren by failing to provide them with an amply funded basic education.


Stop the Push Out
Yinzercation Blog by Jessie Ramey February 12, 2015
In Pittsburgh, students of color are 2.5 times more likely to be suspended than white students. Four out of every ten black students are suspended at least one time. And suspension is just one of the policies, practices, and procedures that “push out” students, making them less likely to graduate – a serious, and life altering outcome that feeds the “school to prison pipeline” and disproportionately impacts students of color and those with disabilities. [Beyond Zero Tolerance, ACLU report, 2013]  After meeting with parents all over the city, the Great Public Schools (GPS) Pittsburgh coalition has made school push-out one of its primary areas of focus. GPS is partnering with the Education Law Center, the Center for Third World Organizing, and other organizations to host a conversation about school push out and discuss what they will be doing this year to tackle the problem. Please join us:
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 5:30 PM Dinner, 6PM Meeting
Sci-Tech Academy (107 Thackeray Ave., Oakland)

Education Voters of PA will hold a forum about public school funding in Lancaster County Tuesday, March 17, at 7:00 pm at Millersville University
Education Voters of PA and the Millersville University Education on Location program will be co-hosting a forum about public school funding in Lancaster County on Tuesday, March 17, at 7:00 pm at Millersville University, the Lehrer Room in the Bolger Conference Center.
This event is free and open to the public. It will give Lancaster County residents the opportunity both to learn more about how state funding issues impact their own school districts and to learn about how they can make a positive difference for their schools and communities by advocating for a state system of funding schools that is fair, adequate, and predictable and will provide all students with an opportunity to learn.
Panelists for the forum include:
Dr. Brenda Becker, Hempfield Area SD, Superintendent
Dr. Bob Hollister, Elanco SD, Superintendent
Dr. Mike Leichliter, Penn Manor SD, Superintendent
Dr. Tim Shrom, Solanco SD, Business Manager
Ms. Idette Groff, Conestoga Valley SD, School Board Member    
Mr. Tim Stayer, Ephrata Area SD, School Board Member
Ms. Susan Gobreski, Education Voters of PA

Education Voters of PA will hold a forum about public school funding in York: Wednesday, March 25th, 6:30pm to 8pm at the York Learning Center, 300 E. 7th Avenue, York.

This forum will give York County residents the opportunity both to learn more about how state funding issues impact their own school districts and to learn about how they can make a positive difference for their schools and communities by advocating for a state system of funding schools that is fair, adequate, and predictable and will provide all students with an opportunity to learn.
Panelists for the forum include:
Dr. Emilie Lonardi, West York SD, Superintendent
Dr. Scott Deisley, Red Lion Area SD, Superintendents
Mr. Brian Geller, Northeastern York SD, Director of Operations
Mr. Troy Wentz, Hanover Public SD, Business Manager    
Mrs. Ellen Freireich, York Suburban SD, School Board Member    
Mr. Eric Wolfgang, Central York SD, School Board Member
Guest Panelist: Mr. Jim Buckheit, Executive Director, PA Association of School Administrators
Moderated by: Ms. Susan Spicka, Education Voters of PA

Education Voters of PA will hold a forum about public school funding in Cumberland County: Wednesday, April 1, 7:00 pm at the Grace Milliman Pollock Performing Arts Center, 340 North 21st Street, Camp Hill.
This forum will give Cumberland County residents the opportunity both to learn more about how state funding issues impact their own school districts and to learn about how they can make a positive difference for their schools and communities by advocating for a state system of funding schools that is fair, adequate, and predictable and will provide all students with an opportunity to learn.
Panelists for the forum include:
Mr. Richard Fry, Big Spring SD, Superintendent
Mr. John Friend, Carlisle Area SD, Superintendent
Dr. Mark Leidy, Mechanicsburg Area SD, Superintendent
Ms. Christine Hakes, Camp Hill Area SD, Business Manager
Mr. Matt Franchak, school board member, East Pennsboro SD, School Board Member    
Guest Panelist: Mr. Dave Patti, President and CEO, Pennsylvania Business Council
Moderated by: Ms. Susan Spicka, Education Voters of PA

PSBA 2015 Advocacy Forum
APR 19, 2015 • 8:00 AM - APR 20, 2015 • 5:00 PM
Join PSBA for the second annual Advocacy Forum on April 19-20, 2015. Hear from legislative experts on hot topics and issues regarding public education on Sunday, April 19, at PSBA headquarters in Mechanicsburg. The next day you and fellow advocates will meet with legislators at the state capitol. This is your chance to learn how to successfully advocate on behalf of public education and make your voice heard on the Hill.
·         Schedule of Events
·         Day One –PSBA headquarters
·         10 a.m. — Early Bird Arrival and Registration
·         10:30-12 p.m. — The State Education Agenda
The chairman of the Senate and House Education Committees will share their perspectives on the education agenda for the 2015-16 session of the General Assembly. Speakers: Senator Smucker, chairman, Senate Education Committee; and Representative Saylor, chairman, House Education Committee
·         Noon-1:15 p.m. — Welcome Lunch
·         1:00-12:15 p.m. — Special Welcome and Introduction: Nathan Mains, PSBA Executive Director and William LaCoff, PSBA President
·         12:30-1 p.m. — Speaker: Diane Ravitchnationally known education historian, policy analyst and author of Reign of Error.
·         1:15-2:00 p.m. — Education Priorities will be discussed with the Education Secretary Pedro Rivera
This session provides the latest information on the governor’s proposed state funding plans, the pension crisis and the latest on special education.
·         2:00-2:30 p.m. — Federal Education Update: NSBA
Director of National Advocacy Services Kathleen Branch will join Director of Federal Programs Lucy Gettman from NSBA, to speak about federal advocacy.
·         2:30-3 p.m. — Social Media Training (Speakers to be announced)
·         3-3:15 p.m. — Break
·         3:15-3:45 p.m. — Grassroots Advocacy: How to be an Effective Advocate
Hear from former Allwein Advocacy Award winners Shauna D’Alessandro, school director from West Jefferson Hills SD and PSBA Allegheny Region 14 director, and Mark B. Miller, board vice president of Centennial SD and PSBA BuxMont Region 11 director.
·         3:45-4:15 p.m. — Legislative Update and Lobby Day Coordination
PSBA’s Senior Director of Government Affairs John Callahan will walk you through legislative issues and priorities that might be addressed the next day during legislative visits by members.
·         4:15-5 p.m. — Roundtable Discussion
Network with your fellow board members before visiting your legislator
·         5:00-5:15 p.m. — Break
·         5:15-6:30 p.m. — Dinner Buffet
Enjoy a legislative discussion on the 2015-16 budget and appropriations with Senator Browne
·         6:30 p.m. — Adjourn

Campaign for Fair Education Funding Seeks Campaign Manager
Campaign for Fair Education Funding February 2, 2015
The Campaign for Fair Education Funding seeks a campaign manager who is a strategic thinker and an operational leader. This position could be filled by an individual or firm. The manager will lead the day-to-day operations of the campaign and its government relations, communications, mobilization and research committees and work in partnership with the campaign governing board to set and implement the campaign’s strategic direction.

Sign-up for weekly email updates from the Campaign
The Campaign for Fair Education Funding website

PA Basic Education Funding Commission website

Thorough and Efficient: Pennsylvania Education Funding Lawsuit website
Arguing that our state has failed to ensure that essential resources are available for all of our public school students to meet state academic standards.

Sign up for National School Boards Association’s Advocacy Network
Friends of Public Education

Register Now! EPLC 2015 Regional Workshops for School Board Candidates and Others
The Education Policy and Leadership Center, with the Cooperation of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) and Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO), will conduct A Series of Regional Full-Day Workshops for 2015 Pennsylvania School Board Candidates.  Incumbents, non-incumbents, campaign supporters and all interested voters are invited to participate in these workshops.
Pittsburgh Region Saturday, February 21, 2015 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Allegheny Intermediate Unit, 475 East Waterfront Drive, Homestead, PA  15120
Harrisburg Region Saturday, March 7, 2015– 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Pennsylvania School Boards Association Headquarters, 400 Bent Creek Boulevard, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
Philadelphia Region Saturday, March 14, 2015 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, 2 W. Lafayette Street, Norristown, PA 19401

PILCOP: Children with Emotional Problems: Avoiding the Juvenile Justice System, and What Does Real Help Look Like?
Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia Tuesday, February 17, 2015 1:00 -- 4:00 P.M.
This session will help you navigate special education in order to assist children at home not receiving services, those in the foster care system or those in the juvenile court system. CLE and Act 48 credit is available.  This session is co-sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania School of Policy and Practice, a Pre-approved Provider of Continuing Education for Pennsylvania licensed social workers.  Click here to purchase tickets  

NPE 2015 Annual Conference – Chicago April 24 - 26 – Early Bird Special Registration Open!
Early-bird discounted Registration for the Network for Public Education’s Second Annual Conference is now available at this address:
These low rates will last for the month of January.
The event is being held at the Drake Hotel in downtown Chicago, and there is a link on the registration page for special hotel registration rates. Here are some of the event details.
There will be a welcoming social event  7 pm Friday night, at or near the Drake Hotel — details coming soon.   Featured speakers will be:
§         Jitu Brown, National Director – Journey for Justice, Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, Network for Public Education Board of Directors
§         Tanaisa Brown, High School Senior, with the Newark Student Union
§         Yong Zhao, Author, “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon?
§         Diane Ravitch in conversation with
§         Lily Eskelsen Garcia, NEA President and
§         Randi Weingarten, AFT President
§         Karen Lewis, President, Chicago Teachers Union

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