Thursday, March 5, 2015

PA Ed Policy Roundup March 5: Charter and Cyber Charter Reforms Measure Heads to PA Senate

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PA Ed Policy Roundup for March 5, 2015:
Charter and Cyber Charter Reforms Measure Heads to PA Senate



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



PDE: Governor Wolf’s Budget Makes Historic Investment in Education 
PDE website 03/03/2015
Restoring $1 billion in funding in “Schools that Teach” and “Jobs that Pay”
Harrisburg – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that his 2015-16 Executive Budget will put Pennsylvania back on the path to success and help rebuild the middle class with a historic investment in education. The governor’s plan provides more than $1 billion in new funding and reforms for early childhood, K-12 schools and colleges and universities.
“With a historic investment in education, Governor Wolf’s inaugural budget proposal answers the call of school leaders and educators who have struggled over the past four years to provide their students with a world-class education in the face of deep budget cuts,” said Acting Secretary Rivera. “The education of Pennsylvania’s children is paramount to our future success and to strengthen the middle class.   “Governor Wolf’s 2015-16 Budget solidifies his commitment to ensure that schools receive the resources they need to help students succeed. We must provide a rigorous curriculum, support career, technical and special education programs, and offset the costs associated with charter school tuition.” 

House Republicans see some positives to Gov. Wolf’s pension proposal
PLS Reporter Author: Jason Gottesman/Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Some House Republicans are praising portions of the pension proposal laid out by Gov. Tom Wolf in his budget address Tuesday.  In that address, Gov. Wolf proposed borrowing $3 billion to refinance some of the PSERS unfunded liability with the debt service to be paid by $185 million per year obtained through revenues from liquor modernization.  He also called for reforming the investment strategies of both state-run pension systems so as to reduce the cost of fund management fees, which is hoped to save $200 million annually and reduce the unfunded liability by more than $2 billion over its anticipated life.   Wednesday, some House Republicans were finding positives about the plan, though they uniformly agreed it does not go far enough to solve the problem.  “I think he got one or two things right,” said Rep. John McGinnis (R-Blair), who laid out his own pension reform plan at a morning press conference.
Rep. McGinnis holds a Ph.D. in finance from Penn State and was a finance professor at Penn StateAltoona before his election to the General Assembly.

Their View: Harrisburg needs to own pension mistakes
Centre Daily Times LTE BY JIM PAWELCZYK March 5, 2015 
Jim Pawelczyk lives in Ferguson Township and serves on the State College Area School District Board of School Directors. His views do not necessarily reflect those of the district or the board.
Dear Gov. Wolf, Thank you for a bold budget proposal. Your breathtaking suite of reforms promises fairness for Pennsylvania. What is inherently unfair, however, is passing the cost of Harrisburg’s risky decisions about the Pennsylvania School Employees’ Retirement System to school districts and property owners. We’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg; responsible actuarial analysis puts PSERS total unfunded liability in the neighborhood of $60 billion, or $12,000 per household.  I’ll take you at your word: You’re serious about improving public school funding, and you welcome new ideas. The same goes for the General Assembly: They’re serious about pension reform.  If so, then allow me to share some alternative thinking about pension funding. We teach our kids to take responsibility for their mistakes. Harrisburg’s pension funding mistakes are born from a bipartisan attitude that kicking the can down the road is better than honesty, pragmatism and action.

Funding formula could provide clarity for state's school districts
Justine Coyne Reporter-Pittsburgh Business Times Mar 4, 2015, 7:56am EST
In years past, schools have been operating under what Mike Crossey refers to as "MUGA budgeting."  That's short for Make It Up As You Go Along, said Crossey, who serves as President of the Pennsylvania State Education Association.  "That's not how schools should operate…You can't set a realistic budget without knowing what the state will provide," Crossey said.  But districts may not have to do that for long. Along with the potential to see more money in their coffers next school year, Pennsylvania schools districts may also see the enactment of a real basic education funding formula, something the state has lacked for a decade under Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed budget, released Tuesday. Under development by a bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission established by the General Assembly, the formula would provide the state a long-term strategy for financing its schools.

"Wolf's plan shifts the burden back to the state, restoring its role as a prime supporter of basic and secondary education. Over time, the governor wants the state's share of paying for public education to reach 50 percent. It now stands at 35 percent, among the lowest levels in the nation."
DN Editorial: 'Breathtaking'
Philly Daily News Editorial POSTED: Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 12:16 AM
BY THE TIME Gov. Wolf completed his budget address to the Pennsylvania Legislature yesterday, it was easy to imagine that at least 100 jaws had finished dropping to the ground. One Republican legislator called it "breathtaking," though he didn't mean it as a compliment.
Admittedly, it was almost too much to absorb in one sitting.  For starters, the governor called for a broad array of tax increases, including an increase in the state income tax, from 3.07 to 3.7 percent; a rise in the state sales tax, from 6 percent to 6.6 percent; a 5-percent tax on natural gas extracted from the Marcellus Shale; and a $1-a-pack increase in the tax on cigarettes and their modern high-tech equivalents.  That is only part of the story. Wolf also offered solutions to problems that have vexed Harrisburg for years, seeking to break the logjam on pension reform, the liquor-control system, on corporate taxes and high local property taxes.

Wolf delivers on his promise to boost Pennsylvania education spending
By Eleanor Chute, Mary Niederberger and Bill Schackner / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette March 4, 2015 12:00 AM
In his first budget proposal, Gov. Tom Wolf delivered on his campaign promise to increase support for education, boosting spending and savings by about $1 billion and spreading it around to preK classes, school districts, community colleges and public universities.
The proposal includes:
• $6.13 billion in basic education funding, an increase of 7 percent or $400 million. The total includes accountability and Ready to Learn block grants. It also takes into account his expectation that the Legislature will enact a new funding formula for spending this money after the bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission issues its report on June 10.
• $1.1 billion for the special education subsidy, an increase of 9.6 percent or $100 million.
• $256.5 million combined for PreK Counts and Head Start Supplemental Assistance, both of which provide preschool education, an increase of about 88 percent or $120 million. That would add 14,000 children to the 17,000 now served.
• For higher education, double-digit increases in general support for the 14 state-owned and four-state related universities, part of a two-year plan to restore tens of millions of dollars in campus cuts from previous state budgets. Community colleges would see a $15 million increase. In return, the governor has asked for a tuition freeze at the community colleges and State System.

Essential Pittsburgh: Response and Analysis of Governor Wolf's Budget Address
NPR Pittsburgh 90.5 WESA By ESSENTIAL PITTSBURGH  MAR 3, 2015 Audio Runtime 29:50
Today 90.5 WESA presented live coverage of Governor Wolf's budget address to the Pennsylvania Legislature in Harrisburg from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  WESA Senior News Editor Mark Nootbaar joined host Paul Guggenheimer to provide commentary and analysis following Wolf’s address.  Also contributing to the conversation by phone were John Callahan, Senior Director of Government Affairs for the Pennsylvania School Board Association, and Eric Montarti, Senior Policy Analyst with the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy.
Callahan focused his analysis on Wolf’s plans for education in the Commonwealth, which include increased funding for public schools. While Montarti spoke primarily to the governor’s plans for tax policy, among which is a plan to lower the corporate tax rate while closing loopholes.

"Wolf's budget proposes to establish a uniform tuition rate for all cyberschools of $5,950 for each regular education students they enroll. Their tuition rates for special education students would be determined by the severity of a students' disability.  That figure was determined by averaging the per-student cost to educate students in the five highest performing intermediate unit-run cyberschool programs, which teach students through online courses, Rivera said. Then 10 percent more was added to provide a buffer for administrative and other costs cyberschools incur."
Charter school advocates think Gov. Tom Wolf is out to shut their schools down
Penn Live By Jan Murphy | jmurphy@pennlive.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on March 04, 2015 at 6:49 PM, updated March 04, 2015 at 9:59 PM
The treatment that Gov. Tom Wolf's education budget gives to charter schools has advocates for these taxpayer-funded independent public schools wondering if he is trying to put them out of business.  Between his proposed one-size-fits-all tuition rate for cyberschool students, which teach students through online courses, and plan to eliminate charter school fund balances, they say all signs point to that being his goal.  "The governor's proposal should be seen for what it really is, a blatant first step in killing charters school options at the expense of children," said a statement from the Pennsylvania Coalition on Public Charter Schools, which represents both cyberschools and brick-and-mortar charter schools.  But Education Secretary-designate Pedro Rivera insists that is not the governor's plan. He said the governor recognizes charter schools are part of the public education landscape and a viable option for the 127,600 students who are enrolled in the state's 190 charter schools.  "We have to nurture and support the good ones and hold accountable those who are performing poorly," Rivera said.

Pennsylvania House passes bill to tweak charter school rules
Philly.com by MARK SCOLFORO, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LAST UPDATED: Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 2:44 PM POSTED: Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 1:52 PM
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's charter and cybercharter schools would obtain funding directly from the state Department of Education instead of through local districts as part of a package of changes that was passed Wednesday by the House.  The House voted 118-78 for a Republican-backed bill that also includes provisions designed to improve accountability, ethics and governance. School districts would save an estimated $27 million in what they pay cybercharters, partly because they could deduct food service costs.  Democratic opponents argued the bill would weaken the state charter appeals board by adding two members from charter schools.

"One major way the bill would weaken local control is by stacking the state charter school appeals board, which has generally been even-handed and approved about 50 percent of the charter school applications that reach it. The bill's $4 million in savings for Philadelphia would probably be wiped out by hundreds of millions of dollars in new costs for charter schools."
Roebuck: House GOP charter-school bill trying to wish away Gov. Wolf
Bill could saddle Phila. with hundreds of millions in new costs
HARRISBURG, March 4 – State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, said the charter-school bill House Republicans passed today (H.B. 530) doesn't contain much reform and deserves a "D" grade.  "There's very little reform in this partisan charter-school bill and in fact, some of its provisions would actually take Pennsylvania backwards. It would weaken local control of charters, which are public schools and funded with tax dollars," Roebuck said.  

Charter and Cyber Charter Reforms Measure Heads to Senate
PA House Republican Caucus 3/4/2015
HARRISBURG – More than $27 million annually will be saved by Pennsylvania school districts if House Bill 530, which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 118-78, becomes law, Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County) said today.   Authored by Rep. Mike Reese (R-Westmoreland/Somerset), the bill amends the state Public School Code to extensively revise and add charter school provisions. The legislation contains major reforms dealing with funding, ethics, accountability, governance and academic quality.
This legislation brings fair and responsible changes to charter and cyber charter school funding and strengthens provisions regulating the brick and mortar charter and cyber charter schools while preserving parental options for our Commonwealth’s students,” Turzai said. “Brick and mortar charter schools, in particular, offer good and safe educational options for parents and kids in lower performing schools, and these reforms will strengthen accountability and parental choice.”   House Bill 530 would create a Charter School Funding Advisory Commission to look at issues related to charter and cyber charter schools, including the development of a fair funding formula based on actual costs of educating a child in cyber charter schools. 

Another View: Pa.’s cyber charter schools face a threat in Harrisburg
Delco Times Letter by James Hanak, CEO, PA Leadership Charter School, East Goshen POSTED: 03/03/15, 10:29 PM EST |
To the Times: For years, Pennsylvania’s cyber charter schools have been roundly criticized for underperforming on the state’s standardized tests (PSSAs). This is in part because cyber charter schools attract many students from struggling school districts that have failed to give these students a proper education.  So, this month, on its website, the state Department of Education released the statewide SAT scores for 653 Pennsylvania high schools/charter high schools. Of the 189 charter schools in the state, three of the top six charter schools were cyber charter schools.  The top charter school was 21st Century Cyber Charter School in 63rd place with the next charter school placing at number 116. The most amazing part of this report is that all top eight charter schools accomplished their scores with 27 percent less money than their traditional counterparts.  So, what do cyber charter schools get as a reward?
Currently in Harrisburg, the state House of Representatives is considering a bill, sponsored by state Rep., Mike Reese, R-Somerset, that would cut funding for Pennsylvania cyber charter schools by more than 5 percent across the board and by as much as 8 percent for students from Philadelphia and as much as 15 percent from students from Chester.

ISSUE | CHARTERS Not so appealing
Inquirer Letter by Debra Weiner, Quakertown March 4, 2015
Barely 30 days after serving as spokesman in the Corbett-era Department of Education, Tim Eller has landed as head of an advocacy group that will be working to influence Eller's former colleagues on the state Charter Appeal Board.  Eller's new employer is committed to "excellence and accountability" for charters, but Eller's statements belie this mission. While acknowledging that he hadn't read the School District reports on 34 proposed charters that were denied by the School Reform Commission, Eller urged all unsuccessful applicants to appeal.  Were Eller truly concerned with charter school quality, he would be advocating commonsense reforms and additional oversight capacity for the state and School District.

Gov. Wolf visits Downingtown STEM Academy following his 2015-16 budget address
By Ginger Dunbar, Daily Local News POSTED: 03/04/15, 6:52 PM EST |
DOWNINGTOWN >> Gov. Tom Wolf visited the STEM Academy Wednesday following his 2015-16 budget address that supported increased school funding while cutting property taxes.  Wolf talked with students, teachers and administrators of the Downingtown Area School District during a tour of the school. Wolf said the STEM Academy shows that it is more than needed funding; it is about innovation, creativity and imagination in schools.  “What we saw today was really the future of Pennsylvania,” Wolf said after his tour of the school ranked number one in the state in 2013 and 2014 by the Pennsylvania School Performance Profile. “And what I was trying to say yesterday was really something that should be of self-interest.”

Hite releases updated plan focused on neighborhood schools, turnaround strategies
Philly.com Homeroom Blog POSTED: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2015, 10:14 AM
Superintendent William Hite will unveil his third action plan for the city’s embattled school system Wednesday, which he says will help the district better compete – but also require significant investment from the city and state.  Hite’s vision, referred to as Action Plan v3.0, continues to focus on the core goals of getting all kids to read on grade-level by age 8, getting all students to graduate ready for college or career, and providing great teachers and principals at every school. It builds on many of the strategies outlined in Action Plan v2.0 and adds some new ones.
Among the new action items would be creating a turnaround network that would seek to transform the lowest-performing 10 percent of schools through a combination of Renaissance charters, contract schools and district-run turnarounds, according to a draft released by the district. Another strategy would be offering certain district-run schools 100 percent autonomy over time, giving them a per-pupil allotment and allowing principals to allocate the funds as they see fit, much like charters.

Hite's plan for Philly schools echoes Wolf's call for equity, more funding
WHYY Newsworks BY LAURA BENSHOFF MARCH 4, 2015
Two leaders with a passionate interest in education released documents as their guiding stars for fully funding Philadelphia's public schools.   The day after Gov. Tom Wolf presented his proposed budget, Philadelphia Schools Superintendent William Hite released his "Action Plan 3.0" Wednesday. The 50-plus page document spells out the superintendent's plan for overlapping "networks" of schools with a focus on bringing more equity – and more revenue -- into the school system.  Equity is important, said Hite, because a scarcity of district resources means not all students have access to a high quality education.

The Words We Have Waited For
Yinzercation Blog by Jessie Ramey March 4, 2015
We have waited four long years to hear these words. There’s no better way to start this morning than to quote Gov. Wolf himself, who put public education at the very top of his budget speech yesterday:

CHILDHOOD TRAUMA VERSUS PUBLIC EDUCATION . . . LET’S CONFRONT IT EXPLICITLY
Lucid Witness Blog  FEBRUARY 26, 2015 DAUN KAUFFMAN
The Elephant in the [class] room.
 Dear Governor Wolf and Education Secretary designee Rivera :
I write regarding injured, marginalized children in our schools, to ask that you include them explicitly in a broad, “Healthy State” paradigm in your new administration.
I am an educator serving children in elementary and middle school classrooms in my own neighborhood in a major urban center for 14 years.  I advocate today regarding an aspect of education rarely discussed, but clearly visible to experienced classroom educators.

"That's why the very first thing my budget does is restore the $1 billion in cuts to public education that occurred under the previous administration." 
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf Plans to Sharply Increase Education Spending
Education Week District Dossier Blog By Denisa R. Superville on March 3, 2015 4:00 PM
By Benjamin Herold
Newly elected Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf used his first budget address to call for a staggering increase in funding for public education in that state—and to offer a dramatic repudiation of the policies of his Republican predecessor.  "Over the past four years, Pennsylvania took a step in the wrong direction by trying to balance our state budget on the backs of schools," said Mr. Wolf, a Democrat. "That's why the very first thing my budget does is restore the $1 billion in cuts to public education that occurred under the previous administration."  Last fall, Mr. Wolf, a businessman from York, Pa., defeated Tom Corbett, becoming the first challenger to oust an incumbent Pennsylvania governor in more than 40 years.

"The last 20 years make it clear I was wrong.”
A stunning reversal on charter schools
Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss March 4 at 7:00 AM  
David Hornbeck was the Maryland State Superintendent of Schools from 1976 to 1988 and the superintendent of the Philadelphia school district from 1994 to 2000. For years he was a supporter of charter schools, seeing them as an important tool in the school reform arsenal, and as Philadelphia’s superintendent, he recommended that more than 30 charter schools be allowed to open. Now, in a reversal that is rare in education, he said this:  “The last 20 years make it clear I was wrong.”

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.

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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.
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

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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