Thursday, March 12, 2015

PA Ed Policy Roundup March 12: School Funding Lawsuit - just turning on the lights and keeping the school doors open falls short of the Legislature's constitutional obligation of providing a "thorough and efficient" education

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PA Ed Policy Roundup for March 12, 2015:
School Funding Lawsuit - just turning on the lights and keeping the school doors open falls short of the Legislature's constitutional obligation of providing a "thorough and efficient" education



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




“Our analysis finds that this reliance on test scores, despite the partial use of growth measures, results in a school rating system that favors more advantaged schools,"
Philly research group raises questions about School Performance Profiles
By Eleanor Chute / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette March 11, 2015 11:15 PM
As a new state administration and Congress wrestle with how best to hold schools accountable, a Philadelphia-based research group questions whether the Pennsylvania School Performance Profile scores give a fair measure of school quality.  Research for Action on Wednesday released a report stating that 90 percent of the profile scores rely on student test scores even though they were intended to rely on a wide array of measures.  “Our analysis finds that this reliance on test scores, despite the partial use of growth measures, results in a school rating system that favors more advantaged schools,” the report states.

"Research shows that standardized test scores are closely associated with student poverty rates and other out-of-school factors. Our analysis of SPPs shows that they are no different. These metrics are tightly correlated with poverty, across both grade bands and subject areas"
Research for Action Report Release: Pennsylvania's School Performance Profile: Not the Sum of its Parts
Research for Action March 2015
AYP. NCLB. PVAAS. These days, it's difficult to discuss education reform without running into acronyms.  A recent addition to Pennsylvania's education lexicon is the School Performance Profile, or SPP. Unveiled in 2013, SPPs rate every public school building (including charter schools) on a 0 to 100 scale. As currently conceived, SPPs will play a significant role in state education policy--informing judgments of school quality, guiding accountability provisions, and impacting teacher evaluations.
Yet, to date, there have been few independent analyses of how the system works, what its component parts mean, and whether the ratings themselves can support valid and reliable inferences concerning how a school is performing.
RFA's latest policy analysis examines these questions, and finds the following:
·         Despite a focus on multiple measures of school performance, SPP scores are overwhelmingly derived from standardized test scores.
·         Research shows that standardized test scores are closely associated with student poverty rates and other out-of-school factors. Our analysis of SPPs shows that they are no different. These metrics are tightly correlated with poverty, across both grade bands and subject areas.
·         In fact, even measures that are expressly designed to isolate in-school effects are closely related to poverty levels.
·         Both in terms of design of SPP measures and their application to accountability provisions, high-poverty schools face particular challenges.
Click here to read RFA's primer on SPPs. For our earlier analyses related to Pennsylvania's SPP, click here and here

"Circumstances have changed significantly since Pennsylvania courts declined to get involved in prior school funding cases brought in the 1990s, attorneys told the judges. Specifically, they said that the legislature has now established the benchmarks for a "thorough and efficient" education through state standards and requirements that students pass Keystone exams in several subjects in order to graduate.
The plaintiffs contend that through these requirements, the legislature has defined a "thorough and efficient" education and the courts are constitutionally obligated to make sure that each district has the means to provide it."
Districts, parents take Pa. government to court over education funding
WHYY Newsworks BY DALE MEZZACAPPA MARCH 12, 2015
Judges must order Pennsylvania's governor and legislature to guarantee the constitutional right of every student to a "thorough and efficient" education, attorneys told a Commonwealth Court panel Wednesday.  Plaintiffs in the case are six school districts, parents from five districts (including Philadelphia), the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools (PARSS), and the NAACP Pennsylvania State Conference. They are represented by attorneys from advocacy groups the Education Law Center and the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia (PILCOP).

"Brad Elias, a lawyer for the petitioners, said the landscape has changed since the courts found that education funding was the purview of the General Assembly. Since then, he said, the state has adopted academic standards and tests that define and assess an adequate education.  The school districts and other parties have argued that these standards and tests, along with a study to determine the cost of education, give the courts objective standards through which they can determine if the state has met its own benchmarks in education."
Commonwealth Court judges weighing Pennsylvania’s, districts’ education funding clash
By Karen Langley / Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau March 12, 2015 12:00 AM
HARRISBURG — Seeking to stymie a legal challenge to how Pennsylvania pays for its public schools, lawyers for the state told a panel of judges Wednesday that education funding is not a matter for the courts to decide.  Patrick Northen, an attorney for Republican legislative leaders, cited a decision in the late 1990s in which the Pennsylvania courts found that questions of what constitutes an adequate education, and whether adequate funds are available to provide it, are ones for the General Assembly.  In November, six school districts, parents of schoolchildren, the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools and the state conference of the NAACP filed a lawsuit asking the state courts to find that the current system of school funding violates a provision in the state Constitution that the General Assembly “shall provide for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of public education to serve the needs of the Commonwealth.”

"But before the merits of the case can be heard, the Commonwealth Court first has to determien whether the courts has a role in deciding it. No matter what the Commonwealth Court decides, the ruling is expected to be appealed to the Supreme Court, where previous school funding cases have been rejected as not a matter for the General Assembly and governor to decide, not the courts."
School funding lawsuit hinges on whether court will hear it
Penn Live By Jan Murphy | jmurphy@pennlive.com  Email the author | Follow on Twitter
on March 11, 2015 at 4:55 PM, updated March 11, 2015 at 5:13 PM
Saying just turning on the lights and keeping the school doors open falls short of the Legislature's constitutional obligation of providing a "thorough and efficient" education, education advocates argued that is why the court needs to intervene.  During a lively hourlong proceeding on Wednesday before the Commonwealth Court, attorneys for six school districts, seven parents, the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools and the NAACP called on the panel of seven judges to hold a trial on their claims the state's education funding system is broken.
The education advocates filed a lawsuit against the commonwealth in November claiming the state is using an irrational system of distributing state subsidies that has created academic inequities and robbed students of a "thorough and efficient" education.

"In 2011-12, the lawsuit claims, then-Gov. Tom Corbett tossed a legislatively-approved 2007 funding formula that gave poorer districts more money based on socioeconomic factors that can dictate a child's ability to learn. As a result, the lawsuit alleges, schools are not given enough state money to meet legislatively-approved academic standards — including the Keystone exams that students must pass to earn diplomas starting in 2017 — under the Pennsylvania Constitution's clause that says: "The General Assembly shall provide for … a thorough and efficient system of public education."
Pennsylvania school funding lawsuit lands in catch-22
Morning Call By Steve Esack Call Harrisburg Bureau March 11, 2015
HARRISBURG — A panel of seven judges hinted Wednesday that parents and school districts have a long shot at getting the courts to overturn the state's school funding system, and that even if they win, new money might not follow.  Commonwealth Court heard arguments in a school funding lawsuit that seven parents and six urban and rural school districts — including Panther Valley in Carbon County — filed against the governor, legislative leaders and the Department of Education.  In Pennsylvania, the majority of money used to pay for teachers, staff and programs involved in the education of children comes from local property taxes. The state chips in the next highest level and the federal government the least.  The state's allocation is based on a per-pupil formula that gives districts extra money based on the relative wealth of their local property tax base. That allows the Allentown School District, which has a poorer tax base, to get more state aid than the Parkland School District, which has a more robust tax base.  Politics also can play a role in how money is doled out as evidenced by Sen. Pat Browne, R-Lehigh, one of the Senate's Republican leaders, securing an extra $10 million for Allentown in 2013.  The lawsuit, filed in November, seeks a new state formula, in part, because studies have shown it costs more money to educate poor students or students with limited English skills than it does students from wealthier families who reside in more affluent areas.

School funding lawsuit is 'like Groundhog Day' movie, state officials say
Lancaster Online By KARA NEWHOUSE | Staff Writer March 11, 2015
As long as public schools are open and running, the state Legislature is meeting its constitutional obligation, argued legal representatives for state officials on Wednesday.  State officials sought to have a lawsuit that claims Pennsylvania doesn't provide sufficient funding for education dismissed by Commonwealth CourtSchool District of Lancaster is one of six school districts that filed the suit against the governor, the secretary of education, legislative leaders and the State Board of Education last fall. Seven parents and two advocacy organizations also were among the parties who filed the suit.

School Funding Suit Against State Advances Despite Promises From Wolf
Attorneys not waiting to see how the governor’s budget pans out.
Phillymag.com BY JOEL MATHIS  |  MARCH 11, 2015 AT 3:35 PM
It’s time for Pennsylvania’s courts to force the state legislature to properly fund state schools, attorneys representing a coalition of money-hungry school districts argued today before the Commonwealth Court at Harrisburg.  “We argued today in court the schoolchildren of Pennsylvania have an enforceable right to be heard,” said Maura McInerney, an attorney for the Education Law Center, which helped bring the case. She spoke during a conference call after the court appearance. “The court,” she said, “has a vital role to play in enforcing the state constitution.”  The state constitution mandates: “The General Assembly shall provide for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of public education to serve the needs of the Commonwealth.” Previous lawsuits to force the legislature to boost funding to schools have failed, however, with courts reluctant to intervene — saying that maintaining such a system is a political question best left to the executive and legislative branches of government.
Today's plaintiffs argued, however, that in the years since the lawsuit, the General Assembly has created a standard to be judged against: The Keystone Exams, completion of which is a graduation requirement. If students are unable to meet the standards of those legislatively approved exams, they argued, it means the state is failing to fund education adequately to help students pass.

“That’s a nineteenth century standard of what an adequate school is,” Churchill said.
School-funding system 'broken,' Pa. judges hear
KRISTEN A. GRAHAM, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER LAST UPDATED: Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 4:09 PM
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania's system of education funding is broken, and the courts must force lawmakers to make it right, attorneys for school districts, parents and organizations who have sued the Commonwealth told a panel of judges here Wednesday.  The suit - brought by school systems including the William Penn School District in Delaware County and parents including two from the Philadelphia School District - argues that Pennsylvania's education funding system is "irrational and inequitable."  Lawyers for the state told seven Commonwealth Court judges that to meet its constitutional obligation, Pennsylvania must only keep public schools open.
Not so, countered Michael Churchill, a lawyer with the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, one of the groups representing the plaintiffs.  "That's a nineteenth-century standard of what an adequate school is," Churchill said.  Arguing for the state, Patrick M. Northen said the lawsuit was "somewhat reminiscent of Groundhog Day" because similar cases have been brought unsuccessfully.  But Brad Ellis, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said that now there's a key difference.
In the earlier suits, the court said it could not order changes because there was no way to determine whether students were meeting academic standards. Today, there are state-mandated tests, the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment and Keystone Exams, and low-income districts are overwhelmingly failing them.

"Regardless of the Commonwealth Court's decision, the case will likely be appealed to the state Supreme Court, Churchill said."
Court to determine whether school funding case moves forward
SOLOMON LEACH, DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER LEACHS@PHILLYNEWS.COM, 215-854-5903  POSTED: Thursday, March 12, 2015, 12:16 AM
LAWYERS representing six Pennsylvania school districts, parents and education advocates argued yesterday that state courts must hold the Legislature accountable for providing adequate funding for public education.  The arguments before a panel of Commonwealth Court judges in Harrisburg were to determine whether the lawsuit should move forward.  The plaintiffs, which also include seven parents from Philadelphia and the NAACP, claim the state has not provided sufficient funding for most students to pass mandatory graduation exams. They also claim the state's current funding system discriminates against students who live in poorer districts.

Gov. Tom Wolf presents legislation to implement his budget proposals
Penn Live By Christian Alexandersen | calexandersen@pennlive.com  Email the author | Follow on Twitter  on March 11, 2015 at 12:36 PM, updated March 11, 2015 at 1:11 PM
Gov. Tom Wolf presented a package of legislation Wednesday that, if passed by thePennsylvania General Assembly, would enact his proposals to add money to public education, increase some taxes and decreasing others.  Wolf said in a prepared release that the legislative package he presented on Tuesday corresponds with his "gimmick-free budget."
"My budget rebuilds the middle class in Pennsylvania starting with three priorities: jobs that pay, schools that teach, and government that works," Wolf said.  

Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf says critics of tax plan must consider benefits
Trib Live By The Associated Press Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 9:54 p.m.
HARRISBURG — Criticism of the higher income and sales taxes that Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is proposing must be weighed against the benefits they would make possible, including multibillion-dollar reductions in school property taxes, he said Wednesday.  In an interview with The Associated Press, Wolf acknowledged that efforts to scale back property taxes date to the 1980s. But, he said, reforms are more likely now because of the “growing restiveness” of homeowners who must struggle to pay those rising taxes.  “The people of Pennsylvania expect the people in Harrisburg — their public servants, us — to actually do something,” the first-term governor said.
Wolf visits Wingate Elementary, stumps for education budget
Centre Daily Times BY LORI FALCE lfalce@centredaily.comMarch 9, 2015 
The little girl ran up to the front of the class to sort the words into categories, using a pointer to click on one tile and digitally slide it into the “sounds like” box on the screen.
Gov. Tom Wolf leaned over to state Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Benner Township.
“I said to Jake, ‘That didn’t happen when we were in school,’ ” the governor recounted.
Wolf was at Wingate Elementary School on Monday to see how technology and new teaching techniques are affecting education.  He also was there with a message, urging support of his proposed budget. Called the Pennsylvania Education Reinvestment Act, Wolf expects it to produce more than a billion dollars in the next two years through a severance tax and an additional fee of 4.7 cents per thousand feet of volume on natural gas extraction.

Gov. Wolf visits Central Pa. elementary school
By Amber South, asouth@publicopinionnews.com@AESouthPO on Twitter POSTED: 03/11/15, 10:55 AM EDT |
CHAMBERSBURG >> The first student that Gov. Tom Wolf met during a visit to Benjamin Chambers Elementary on Tuesday ran up to him and hugged him tight around his legs.
Chambersburg Area School District officials didn’t express themselves with the same degree of enthusiasm, but most showed their joy in having the governor present at the school.
Officials from throughout the district gathered along Wolf’s tour of the school, which was part of his “Schools That Teach Tour” to promote his proposed budget.

“The governor hit every hot button on school finance: restoration of state cuts to school districts, addressing the need for a new basic education funding formula, helping schools meet mandated costs of special education services, providing school property tax relief, reducing the escalating burden of pension payments and creating a new cyber charter school tuition rate,” Himes said.
“However, there is no ‘easy button’ for the state budget proposal. It requires two tax increases, and one new tax, in order to fund these new education initiatives and costs in other parts of the state budget as well.”
INDIANA PA: School board reviews Wolf's education plan
Indiana Gazette by CHAUNCEY ROSS on March 10, 2015 10:59 AM
At first blush, the state budget proposed a week ago by Gov. Tom Wolf would mean about $928,000 more cash for the Indiana Area School District for 2015-16, and position the district to cut $5.4 million from residential real estate tax bills the next year.  But hold the phone.
In a budget information presentation for the school board Monday, district administrators noted the tenuous nature of the proposal by the first-year governor and that anything could change before the 2015-16 budget deadlines — June 22 for the school district and June 30 for the state.
The budget briefing by Superintendent Dale Kirsch and Business Manager Jared Cronauer included an analysis of the governor’s education funding proposals by way of an online video produced by leaders of the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO),found online on YouTube.  PASBO Executive Director Jay Himes said Wolf’s proposal “certainly didn’t lack ambition.”

Students who are still learning English fuel Philly opt-out movement
By Laura Benshoff for NewsWorks on Mar 11, 2015 05:56 PM
In 2014, Pennsylvania parents opted about 100 kids out of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, or PSSAs. This year, that many are opting out of tests just at the Feltonville School of Arts & Sciences, a middle school in North Philadelphia.  In some cases, parents and teachers object to the tests for philosophical or political reasons. But many Feltonville parents have a more immediate concern: their kids can't understand them.  Nomar Rodriguez, is one of these parents. Rodriguez and his family moved to Philadelphia from Puerto Rico in 2013. Although his three sons — Nomar, Jomar and Keven — took some English classes in Puerto Rico, they are now all in English language learner (ELL) classes.  ELL students, by definition, do not perform at grade level. But in Pennsylvania, those students, along with special education students, are evaluated at grade level for statewide standardized tests.

Conservative voices debate charters at York912 Patriots meeting
School choice perspectives were discussed at a meeting Tuesday
York Daily Record By Angie Mason amason@ydr.com @angiemason1 on Twitter UPDATED:   03/11/2015 02:15:42 AM EDT
Two conservative voices brought different opinions on charter schools and school choice to a meeting of the York 912 Patriots on Tuesday night.  The organization hosted a debate between Matt Brouilette, president and CEO of the Commonwealth Foundation, and Joel Sears, a York Suburban School Board member and president of the York County Taxpayers Council with moderator Gary Sutton, from WSBA radio. Todd Keefer, a 912 board member, said the idea for the event came after he heard Sears and Brouilette on Sutton's show and found that though both are "conservative thinking guys," they differed on the subject.


Virtual Schools Remain Unproven
National Education Policy CenterBoulder, CO (March 10, 2015)
The third edition of the National Education Policy Center’s annual report on virtual schools finds that while online schools continue to proliferate, there continues to be little evidence of their effectiveness. The limited evidence in hand indicates that virtual schools lag behind traditional public schools.  Virtual Schools in the U.S. 2015: Politics, Performance, Policy, and Research Evidence, published today, edited by University of Colorado Boulder professor Alex Molnar, consists of three major sections on policy issues, research findings and descriptive information on the nation’s virtual schools.   “The NEPC reports contribute to the existing evidence and discourse on virtual education by providing an objective analysis of the evolution and performance of full-time, publicly funded K-12 virtual schools,” Molnar points out.
As previous editions of the report have found, the 2015 analysis concludes that “Claims made in support of expanding virtual education are largely unsupported by high quality research evidence.” While lawmakers in some states have made attempts to provide greater oversight on the virtual school industry, those efforts have not been especially successful. Moreover, the report observes, such actions as policymakers have attempted do not appear to be well informed by research evidence.

"The title of the hedge fund bosses’ all-day symposium on Tuesday said it all: “Bonds & Blackboards: Investing in Charter Schools.” Sponsored by the Gates Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation, its aim was to convince investors there’s money to be made in charter schools."
Hedge fund executives give 'til it hurts to politicians, especially Cuomo, to get more charter schools
Gov. Cuomo has gotten more than $4 million from charter school lobbyists and is pushing lawmakers to allow more to be established in the state.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 1:00 AM
Outside the Harvard Club in Midtown, a group of parents from the Alliance for Quality Education picketed as they chanted, “Public schools are not for sale!”  But the hedge fund chiefs inside had other ideas.  The title of the hedge fund bosses’ all-day symposium on Tuesday said it all: “Bonds & Blackboards: Investing in Charter Schools.” Sponsored by the Gates Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation, its aim was to convince investors there’s money to be made in charter schools.  Hedge fund executives have unleashed a tsunami of money the past few years aimed at getting New York’s politicians to close more public schools and expand charter schools.
They’ve done it through direct political contributions, through huge donations to a web of pro-charter lobbying groups, and through massive TV and radio commercials.

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.

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.

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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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