Tuesday, March 10, 2015

PA Ed Policy Roundup March 10: Follow the Money: Will Susquehanna Int'l Group buy the Philly Mayoral Race for Tony Williams?

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PA Ed Policy Roundup for March 10, 2015:
Follow the Money: Will Susquehanna Int'l Group buy the Philly Mayoral Race for Tony Williams?

The next PA Basic Education  Funding Commission Public Hearing will be on Thursday, March 12th at 10:00 am in Hearing Room 1, North Office Building, Harrisburg

"One group now gearing up is American Cities, a political action committee launched by the founders of the investment firm Susquehanna International Group.  The firm's leaders - Joel Greenberg, Jeff Yass, and Arthur Dantchik - support State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, a Democrat who shares their views on school choice.
That trio gave $250,000 in seed money to start American Cities last July.
They also gave Williams $5 million in 2010 to run for governor. Williams finished a distant third in the four-person Democratic primary for governor that year but succeeded in forcing the issue of school choice into the debate."
Education interests to pour money into Philly Democratic primary
Public education funding, already a key issue in the race for mayor of Philadelphia, could eclipse other subjects of debate this year if an anticipated rush of spending by political groups overwhelms the campaign messages of the candidates.  "Independent expenditure" groups, working apart from the candidates in the May 19 Democratic primary, could set the agenda for the race.  That spending is expected to pay for preelection television commercials.

Wolf's budget displays vision, chance for change
Scranton Times-Tribune BY G. TERRY MADONNA AND MICHAEL YOUNG March 8, 2015
Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes once famously observed, “Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society.”  Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s new budget with its imposing array of new taxes could determine exactly how much Pennsylvanians are willing to pay for a civilized society.  The Wolf budget, unveiled last week, contains the most ambitious and bold set of proposals in modern state history, including $4 billion in income and sales tax hikes, along with a new severance tax on natural gas extraction. As a lure to win popular support, he’s pledged to use some of the new revenues for education spending, property tax relief and business tax cuts popular with many Republicans.  Already a formidable cohort of both advocates and opponents of Wolf’s proposals are forming lines, girding for a battle that many expect to stretch far into the summer and beyond. Republicans have laid down their markers — pension reform together with liquor privatization are their sine quo non for any discussion of new revenues.

Q&A: How will Wolf’s property tax relief plan work?
West Chester Daily Local By Angie Mason POSTED: 03/09/15, 6:59 PM EDT |amason@ydr.com @angiemason1 on Twitter
Last week, many school advocates and district officials were waiting for more details on exactly how Gov. Tom Wolf’s tax relief proposal for 2016 will work.  Wolf, who announced his first budget proposal last week, said the plan — which would also call for increasing sales and personal income taxes — would direct $3.8 billion in property tax relief around the state starting in October 2016. His proposal aims to target more relief to high poverty, high tax districts.  Jay Himes, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials, said school districts are in a state of “data immersion” in interpreting the budget details.  “There’s just a lot of stuff here,” he said, in terms of the proposed budget’s complexity and the sheer volume of changes. “What we’ve said is, it hits every hot button in school finance.”
Here’s a look at the tax relief proposal.

Majority Leader Reed reflects on governor’s revenue proposals, appropriations process
The PLS Reporter Author: Jason Gottesman/Monday, March 9, 2015
Just under a week after Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled his budget proposal, The PLS Reporter caught up with House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) to see how things have settled with him and his caucus.  While still seeing the numbers put out by the governor as “extreme,” Majority Leader Reed said he sees areas where his caucus can work with the governor.  “Pension reform, property tax reform, business tax reform, some of those particular areas,” he said. “This is part of that process trying to weed out where that common ground can be found and where we can work toward getting a final solution.”  Rep. Reed stated his caucus will also work toward minimizing any potential revenue increases.

"I don't think school districts expect miracles but they do expect a reasonable approach to school funding and hopefully, a step forward from where we are now," Himes said."
Republican senators warn superintendents not to expect Gov. Wolf's promised funding
By Sara K. Satullo | The Express-Times Email the author | Follow on Twitter on March 09, 2015 at 5:45 PM, updated March 09, 2015 at 5:59 PM
Republican senators are warning Pennsylvania superintendents to not rely on Gov. Tom Wolf'sbudget proposal when crafting their own budgets, PennLive.com reports.
Wolf proposed a historic investment in the state's public education system in his budget address last week. Lehigh Valley school districts would see a $21.7 million increase in basic and special education state funding if Wolf's budget were enacted.
But that's looking quite unlikely.

"Shutt interrupted the news conference to ask how anyone can trust the Legislature to fix the $50 billion pension deficit when lawmakers created half of it by retroactively raising retirement benefits in 2001 while refusing to freeze their own annual cost-of-living pay raises.
Rep. Rick Saccone, R-Allegheny, said of teachers: "They still got step increases [in pay], they still got their medical benefit increases, they still got their pension increases."
"So did the Legislature," replied Shutt, a retired 67-year-old Agriculture Department worker from Lower Paxton Township, Dauphin County."
Harrisburg budget blame game begins
Morning Call By Steve EsackCall Harrisburg Bureau March 9, 2015
HARRISBURG — Since the fall, Barry Shutt has carried a fold-up chair and cardboard sign to the state Capitol several times a week. He sets up near the marble Rotunda steps that separate the House and Senate. Or he'll be in the East Wing, always rather quiet and peaceful, preferring his sign do the talking: "Pension reform … this generation caused the problem, this generation needs to pay for the fix!"  But Monday, Shutt couldn't hold his tongue as he watched a news conference in which some Republican lawmakers and a think tank used props and citizens to rip Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed $33.8 billion budget, which seeks to raise taxes in part to pay for the state's rising mandatory pension obligations.

$3 billion budget gap ball bounces into GOP lawmakers' court
Philly.com by MARC LEVY, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS POSTED: March 8, 2015, 8:16 AM
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The $3 billion ball is now in the Republicans' court.
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has sent his first budget proposal to the Legislature, and it has been roundly panned by Republicans who control both chambers. But, as the majority in the Legislature, Republicans will be under the gun to produce a balanced budget proposal.
That means erasing a $2 billion projected deficit and paying for an additional $1 billion-plus in rising costs. That does not even include supplying more aid to public schools, which Wolf is demanding, or responding to his plan to cut school property taxes.
For now, Republicans have promises and a couple of months to come up with a plan.

Area school officials embrace Wolf's proposed education plan
Uniontown Herald Standard By Diana Lasko dlasko@heraldstandard.com Posted: Monday, March 9, 2015 2:30 am | Updated: 10:38 am, Mon Mar 9, 2015.
 “For too long, we haven’t paid enough attention to the fact that Pennsylvania ranks near the bottom of the country in state investments in kindergarten through 12th grade education. We need to change that,” Gov. Tom Wolf said on Tuesday as he presented his proposed 2015-16 budget before the General Assembly in Harrisburg.  Albert Gallatin Area School District Superintendent Carl Bezjak agrees.  “I believe it’s important and time to reinvest in education,” said Bezjak. “In 2011-12 (Albert Gallatin’s) state subsidy was cut 10 percent and that equaled $2 million. Gov. Corbett did restore $900,000, but I still had a reduction of $1.1 million in state funding. Multiply that over four years.”

York County school districts apprehensive about reality of Gov. Wolf's budget
York Dispatch By JOSHUA VAUGHN 505-5438/@ydschools POSTED:   03/09/2015 10:17:21 PM EDT | UPDATED:   ABOUT 5 HOURS AGO
Top Republican Senate leaders sent a letter to superintendents across the state earlier this week saying there is not support throughout the Legislature for the budget Gov. Tom Wolf rolled out last week.  "Most recently, as of yesterday (Sunday), there has been some legislative correspondence that has come to superintendents in the districts that says 'Nothing's a guarantee, and don't budget anything or budget conservatively,' which I think we've learned our lesson the last couple of years," said Brent Kessler, business manager for Central York School District, during Monday night's school board meeting. "There's never really an answer until July, when (the state's) budget is in place."  Wolf unveiled his proposed budget for the state last week, heralding it as a reinvestment in schools. The budget calls for more than $15 million of increased funding to York County schools next year, as well as more than $150 million in property-tax relief beginning the following year.  The tumult between the legislative and executive branch is leaving school districts up in the air on what to expect in funding from the state as they craft budgets for the 2015-16 school year.

Lawmakers begin state budget hearings with GOP in driver’s seat
Lancaster Online Posted on March 9, 2015 by Karen Shuey
The General Assembly’s budget-writing committees on Monday began work on a response to the nearly $33 billion proposal offered by Gov. Tom Wolf last week.  Public hearings are scheduled to start in the House and the week after that in the Senate. The budget presentations from state agencies will continue for the next several weeks.  Republican lawmakers — who have large majorities in both chambers — will use Wolf’s budget as a framework for budget negotiations.

Schools leaders clash over Wolf’s cap on cyber tuition
New Castle News By John Finnerty CNHI Harrisburg Bureau | Posted 2 days ago
HARRISBURG — A state formula for reimbursing online charter schools that accept students who prefer the Internet to a high school classroom is widely considered flawed.  Controversy rages over how to fix it, and how much money is fair for running schools online.  Gov. Tom Wolf wants to cap cyber school tuition at $5,950, with add-ons for special education students. Wolf says the new limit will save $160 million for local school districts, which reimburse the charter schools for students who enroll in them.  The Wolf administration estimates that cyber schools now get two or three times as much as they should. The state’s 14 public cyber schools ended the 2013-14 year with $156 million in the bank because they collected more than they spent.  But cyber school operators disagree with Wolf’s premise and say a move to change the formula is a cash grab by public school districts that want to keep the money that should be following students.

EDITORIAL: House charter school bill a good start
York Dispatch Editorial POSTED:   03/09/2015 09:59:00 AM EDT 
Some parents, for one reason or another, aren't happy with a traditional public education.
And we don't begrudge them the choice to send their children to a publicly funded charter or cyber-charter school.  But that choice shouldn't come at the expense of taxpayers who foot the bill for all options.  For instance, the public dollars spent for a child to attend a charter school should be exactly what it costs the school operator — not how much the operator can wring from whichever school district happens to be sending the student.
It make perfect sense that a district spending, say, $8,000 per student shouldn't have to forward that amount to a cyber-charter school, which doesn't have the same transportation, food services, building maintenance and extracurricular costs, to name a few.  And how is it that same cyber-charter collects half that amount for students from a less-affluent district?
We've noted before that if a cyber-charter can educate one district's students for $4,000 per year, that should be the cost to all districts.  If that's not the case, then the taxpayers in more well-to-do districts are subsidizing the education of other districts' students.  Somewhere in the middle is the cyber-charter operator's actual cost per student, and that's the amount all districts should pay.

"That set me off (admittedly, that doesn't take much provocation): "OK, then why should I pay to pave your street, or for a firehouse near you, or cops to patrol your block?"  Looking back, I think a reason I sort of lost it with this person is that I realize how many people agree with the view she expressed.   Decades of propaganda fog around school issues have obscure a central truth.
It is this: Education is primarily a collective public good, not a private consumer one. It's not just something parents are supposed to buy for their own kids, on a par with a car seat or fancy stroller.  It's something a community provides not only to help other people's children, but to ensure its own health, its own decency, its own survival.  Those kids I see marching to school each morning, hunched under their brightly colored backpacks, are not just their families' responsibility.  They are in a real way my responsibility."
Ask not for whom the tax bell tolls, Philly
Go ahead, Mike, make my day. Tax me. I'll pay it. With a smile. 
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter released his final proposed city budget last week. It called for a 9.3 percent increase in property taxes to support the Philadelphia public schools.  Nutter has fought a lot of grinding budget battles to find money for those schools, but in his final, lame-duck at bat, he's really swinging for the fences.  Of course, in the realpolitik of a city election year, one observer called Nutter's proposal "dead before it left its lips."  But, while I have the chance, let me say this about Mike's hike:  I'd gladly pay it.

Bill Green won't go to court to win back the title of SRC chair
the notebook By Paul Socolar on Mar 9, 2015 09:15 PM
Bill Green, who headed the School Reform Commission for a year, is no longer planning to contest Gov. Wolf's decision to appoint Marjorie Neff as chair in his place.  Eight days ago, Bill Green was unceremoniously removed from his position as chair of the five-member School Reform Commission by Gov. Wolf, who named commissioner Marjorie Neff to replace him.  Green responded that Wolf didn't have the authority to remove him and said he would contest the action in court, while continuing to serve as a commissioner.  But on Monday, he announced a change of heart. While reiterating his belief that the governor acted unlawfully, Green said he will accept his demotion to the role of commissioner. Here is his explanation:

Sustainable community schools: An alternative to privatization
the notebook By Ron Whitehorne on Mar 9, 2015 12:02 PM
Public education is at a crossroads in Philadelphia. An aggressive and well-funded charter school lobby wants to rapidly expand the city’s already sizable charter sector.   
Lavish campaign contributions have secured political support in the Republican-dominated state legislature and from mayoral candidate Anthony Williams here in Philadelphia. A well-oiled public relations and media operation has crafted a narrative about children trapped in failing schools and the thousands of families on waiting lists for charters.   The reality of understaffed, poorly resourced public schools destabilized by punitive and largely ineffective school transformation policies has driven many families to seek refuge in charters, few of which perform better than the schools they left. The charter lobby ignores the fact that charter school expansion, given the present charter school law and the absence of additional funding in the form of a charter school reimbursement line in the budget, can only come at the expense of children in traditional public schools. 

Diaz pitches idea of a parent-led city school board
Inside a Frankford middle school that resembled a construction site from the exterior, mayoral candidate Nelson Diaz said Monday that he'd like to see the state-dominated School Reform Commission replaced by a local school board consisting of parents of public-school children.  Diaz was one of several elected or aspiring officials to speak at an education-funding hearing held by House Democrats inside the auditorium at Warren G. Harding Middle School.

Passionately fighting to rescue, improve public schools
Chestnut Hill Local by Len Lear Posted on March 6, 2015, updated on March 6, 2015
It is no secret that the overwhelming percentage of middle class parents in Philadelphia choose to send their children to private schools if they can afford the hefty price tag or parochial schools or to one of the few elite public schools like Central High School or Masterman High School, or they try to get the kids into one of the best charter schools (many have proven to be much less than advertised), or they move out of the city.  But there are still some dedicated, passionate middle class parents who are fighting the good fight, Sisyphus-like, against staggering odds, to salvage and improve neighborhood public schools. And no parent in the city could be more dedicated and passionate in pushing that immense boulder up a hill than Rebecca Poyourow, 46, a native of Brooklyn with a Ph.D in American culture from the University of Michigan.

No Child Left Behind: What standardized test scores reveal about its legacy
Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss March 10 at 4:00 AM  
With Congress now attempting to rewrite the No Child Left Behind law (the current version of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary School Act), it’s a good time to look at what NCLB accomplished and did not accomplish. Here’s one attempt to answer that question, and the post below is another, this one looking entirely at standardized test scores and how “achievement gaps” fared during the NCLB era.  This seems only fair, since modern school reformers have made standardized test scores the chief metric of student achievement and school effectiveness.  Since data is so important to school reformers today, here’s a look at some, by Monty Neill, executive director of  FairTest, explains in this post. FairTest, or the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, is dedicated to eliminating the abuse and misuse of standardized tests.

Ohiio's largest cyber charter spent $2.27M on advertising
By Bill Bush The Columbus Dispatch  •  Sunday March 8, 2015 7:15 AM
Ohio’s largest online charter school spent at least $2.27 million of state education tax dollars last school year on advertising to attract students, or about $155 for each student who enrolled that year.  And that’s only part of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow’s advertising budget, because other advertising — including those featuring Jack Hanna, director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, as an ECOT spokesman — are paid for by the school’s for-profit management company, and its records are not public.

"Alexander and Murray did not elaborate on the specifics of education policy issues, like whether to maintain the annual testing requirement or allow Title I dollars for low-income students to follow them to the school of their choice—two of the biggest differences between how Republicans and Democrats would like to rewrite the federal K-12 law."
Senators Making Progress In Negotiations On NCLB Rewrite
Education Week Politics K-12 Blog By Lauren Camera on March 9, 2015 10:30 AM
Senators negotiating on a bill to overhaul the No Child Left Behind Act are making progress and plan to mark up the measure in the education committee mid-April, they said Monday.
In a joint statement, U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., said:
"During the last several weeks we have been working together to build the base for legislation to fix the problems with No Child Left Behind. We are making significant progress in our negotiations. We are aiming to consider and mark up legislation to fix the law during the week of April 13th."  The announcement breathes new life into the prospects of updating the federal K-12 law, the chances of which were beginning to look bleak after nearly three weeks passed with no news coming out of the Senate negotiations.

PA House Appropriations Committee Budget Hearing Schedule

PA Senate Appropriations Committee Budget Hearing Schedule

Delaware County and West Philly Dentists to provide FREE dental care to children 0 – 18 years old during spring break the week of March 30 – April 3 for “Give Kids a Smile Day.” 
For this event, sponsored by Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY), local dentists will provide free screenings and cleanings for children.  Give Kids a Smile Day is especially for children who do not have health insurance or who have not had a dental exam in the last six months. Appointments are necessary, so please call PCCY at 215-563-5848 x32 to schedule one starting Monday, March 16th.  Volunteers will be on hand to answer calls. Smile Day information can also be found on the school district website and on PCCY’s website - http://www.pccy.org/resource/give-kids-a-smile-day/

Nominations for PSBA offices now open: Deadline April 30th
PSBA Leadership Development Committee seeks strong leaders for the association
Members interested in becoming the next leaders of PSBA are encouraged to complete an Application for Nomination no later than April 30. As a member-driven association, the Leadership Development Committee (LDC) is seeking nominees with strong skills in leadership and communication, and who have vision for PSBA. Persons seeking consideration for a position as an officer or at-large representative of the Association shall file at PSBA headquarters to the attention of the Leadership Development Committee chair in an envelope marked CONFIDENTIAL an Application for Nomination on the form approved by the PSBA Governing Board, accompanied by a photograph, letters of recommendation and such other supporting materials as may be specified on the Application for Nomination form for the purpose of further documenting the candidate’s involvement in activities of the association, relevant community service and leadership experiences or other qualifications.

Lawsuit asks the Court to ensure that all students -- including those living in low-wealth districts -- have the basic resources they need to meet state academic standards.
Meet Us in Court on March 11th
Education Law Center
On Wednesday, March 11th at 9:30 a.m., the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania will hear oral arguments in our school funding lawsuit which challenges the legislature's failure to adequately support and maintain Pennsylvania's public school system. This historic case, which the Education Law Center filed with the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia and pro bono counsel O'Melveny & Meyers, asks the Court to ensure that all students -- including those living in low-wealth districts -- have the basic resources they need to meet state academic standards. We ask the court to hear this case and enforce the rights of our children to a "thorough and efficient" system of public education as guaranteed to them by our state constitution.
Please come and support us as we fight for vulnerable students and all public school students across the state. The hearing will be held at the Pennsylvania Judicial Center, 601 Commonwealth Avenue, Courtroom 5001 in Harrisburg, PA.  If you plan to attend or have questions, contact Spencer Malloy at smalloy@elc-pa.org. (The courtroom is walking distance from the Harrisburg Amtrak Station.) 

PCCY Spring Training:  Hit a School Funding Home Run for Kids  Advocacy Training Workshop March 18 or 21
This year we have an unprecedented opportunity to make public education funding more fair and to get more of it for schools across Pennsylvania. Voters spoke in November when an incumbent governor—widely perceived to be responsible for drastic education cuts, was unseated while his opponent ran on the promise to increase school funding. A funding commission has been established to research and develop recommendations for a new funding formula. Now is our time to let our elected officials know we take investment in education seriously.
Please join Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) for our annual advocacy training to learn how you can win fair and increased funding for our students.
By participating, you’ll be joining a statewide movement. PCCY is a part of a statewide coalition of 50 (and growing) organizations committed to getting a fair funding formula passed by 2016.
Attend our training to:
·         Learn
o        Why education funding in PA is broken and how a funding formula can fix it
o        Best practices for amplifying your voice for PA kids
o        How to develop an advocacy plan tailored to fit your schedule and strengths
·         Connect with
·         Others throughout our region who are as passionate about public education as you are
·         Leave
·         Inspired and ready to take action for PA
Workshop Details:
When: The same workshop will be offered on two different days for your convenience.
Wednesday, March 18th, 6:00-8:00pm or Saturday, March 21st, 9 am - Noon
Where: United Way Building, 1709 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Philadelphia, 19103
For additional information, email info@pccy.org.
This event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested. Children are welcome.
Click here to sign up:

Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia offering two special education seminars in March
Leaving Gifted Kids Behind Tuesday, March 24, 2015 1:00 -- 4:00 P.M.
In this session, participants will learn how Pennsylvania law affects and supports gifted children, as well as practical tips for ensuring gifted services. We will also discuss race and gifted services.
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.  

This session will focus on giving you the tools you need to support children with emotional problems, including those in the foster care system or those in the juvenile court system.
Note: This session was originally scheduled for February 17, but had to be rescheduled due to inclement weather. Tickets purchased for the original date still apply. 

United Way Building 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, 19103
Tickets: Attorneys $200       General Public $100      Webinar $50   
Pay What You Can" tickets are also available

2015 Pennsylvania Budget Summit
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Hilton Hotel, Harrisburg Pennsylvania
PA Budget and Policy Center
The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center will host its Annual Budget Summit on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at the Hilton Harrisburg. Join us for an in-depth look at the Governor's 2015-16 budget proposal, including what it means for education, health and human services, and local communities. The Summit will focus on the leading issues facing the commonwealth in 2015, with workshops, lunch, a legislative panel discussion, and a keynote speech.
Space is limited, so fill out the form below to reserve your spot at the Budget Summit.

The State of Public Education Funding in Pennsylvania
Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia Tuesday, March 17, 2015 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
United Way Building, 1709 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA
Join Law Center attorneys for a briefing on the basics of education funding, a recap of the March 11th oral arguments in the school funding lawsuit, information on the new administration’s budget proposal and more.  There are limited spots available for this free event. 1.5 CLE credits will be offered to participating attorneys.

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 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.
More info/registration: http://www.educationvoterspa.org/index.php/site/news/2015-events/

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.
More info/registration: http://www.educationvoterspa.org/index.php/site/news/2015-events/

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.

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.
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

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:

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