Tuesday, July 7, 2015

PA Ed Policy Roundup July 7: Talks but no progress for Wolf, GOP; Senate to begin overhaul of NCLB

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PA Ed Policy Roundup for July 7, 2015:
Talks but no progress for Wolf, GOP; Senate to begin overhaul of NCLB


Pennsylvania Can’t Afford to Keep Underfunding Basic Education
Campaign for Fair Education Funding July 2015
Two school funding scenarios are now on the table as Pennsylvania’s budget talks continue. One proposal increases basic education funding by $410 million in fiscal 2015-16, while the other proposes a considerably smaller increase of $100 million. To be sure, neither amount is enough to fully fund our public schools for the long term, but the larger investment in basic education clearly puts us on a stronger path toward what is needed to ensure all students can succeed in meeting Pennsylvania’s academic standards.

“The law was based on a false narrative that low-performing schools exist primarily because of ineffective teachers, which is not the case. There are many factors involved in student success that are not given the proper weight under Pennsylvania’s new teacher evaluation system. The result is a system that gives high marks to educators working in well-funded schools with few disadvantaged students and penalizes teachers who take the tough assignments in under-funded schools with large concentrations of students from low-income families or with special needs or English language learners.”
Pennsylvania Teachers Call for End to VAM
Diane Ravitch's Blog By dianeravitch July 6, 2015 //
At the annual meeting of Pennsylvania AFT, the leaders of the union called on the legislature to eliminate the test-based teacher evaluation system. Because of the inducements offered by Race to the Top, almost every state spent many millions to design a new teacher evaluation process, based on Arne Duncan’s insistence that such a system would weed out “bad” teachers. Behind that assumption is the wacky belief that bad teachers cause low test scores.  Last year, the first year of the new system, 98.2% of teachers were rated satisfactory or higher.  This year, 97% of Pittsburgh’s teachers were rated proficient or distinguished. The statewide figures for this year are not yet available.

Talks but no progress for Wolf, GOP
ANGELA COULOUMBIS, INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU LAST UPDATED: Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 1:08 AM POSTED: Monday, July 6, 2015, 6:18 PM
HARRISBURG - Negotiations resumed Monday between the Wolf administration and the Republican-controlled legislature as they continue to grapple toward a compromise on a new state budget.  Gov. Wolf met with the majority leaders of the House and Senate, and members of their staffs met later in the day. But the sides still appear far from a deal, with Wolf publicly insisting that any final spending plan include a significant funding boost for public schools and property tax relief for homeowners.

Act II in Pennsylvania Budget Theatre opens, quietly
Penn Live By Charles Thompson | cthompson@pennlive.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter  on July 06, 2015 at 7:03 PM, updated July 06, 2015 at 9:23 PM
Gov. Tom Wolf and top Republican legislative leaders resumed their on-again, off-again talks on Pennsylvania's delayed state budget Monday.  While there was plenty of action, it was hard to see any discernible progress.  Wolf, a Democrat, vetoed a $30.2 billion, Republican-authored and Republican-passed spending plan last Tuesday, arguing it is fiscally unsound and didn't meet any of his major policy objectives.  That, as of July 1, leaves the state operating without formal spending authority.  Wolf hosted the House and Senate Republican floor leaders for a face-to-face at the Governor's Residence in Harrisburg Monday morning, but participants briefed on that discussion said there were no breakthroughs there.  The GOP leaders and their staffers did make a direct pitch to Wolf to take a second look at the revenue sources they used to balance their budget, and see if there are any component parts the governor can accept.

Wolf faces deadline for decision on GOP’s pension bill
Pottstown Mercury By The Associated Press POSTED: 07/07/15, 5:35 AM EDT
HARRISBURG >> A Friday deadline looms for Gov. Tom Wolf, who has until then to sign a Republican-crafted pension overhaul bill or let it become law without his signature.  Wolf’s office said the deadline is 11:59 p.m. Friday.  Democrats expect Wolf to veto the pension bill, which would end the traditional pension benefit for most newly hired state workers and school employees, shifting them to a 401(k)-style defined-contribution plan.  The Democratic governor has already vetoed other major GOP bills, including a $30.2 billion no-new-taxes state budget plan and the privatization of the state-controlled sales of liquor and wine.  Wolf met with the House and Senate’s Republican floor leaders Monday to discuss the stalemate that’s left the state government with limited spending authority since last week. No additional meetings were planned.

"In response, Wolf administration spokesperson Jeff Sheridan said Republicans are standing up for special interests instead of the taxpayers.  "It is reprehensible that Republican leaders are standing up for oil and gas drillers instead of school children. These are the same Republican leaders that gutted education and then tried to restore only $8 million to K-12 education," he said.
"It is laughable that the legislative team that has given us multi-billion dollar deficits, annual fiscal crises and numerous credit downgrades are all of the sudden responsible fiscal stewards."
GOP leaders’ letter to Wolf: Budget veto “puts politics over governing”
The PLS Reporter Author: Jason Gottesman/Monday, July 6, 2015
A day after Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a Republican-crafted spending plan last week, budget negotiators surfaced from a regrouping meeting with new resolve to find compromise. However, less than a week later, GOP leaders sent a letter to the governor with a stark tone about their true feelings of the governor’s full veto of the budget.  “Your indiscriminate veto of House Bill 1192, the Fiscal Year 2015-16 General Appropriations Bill, puts politics above governing," the letter begins. "The veto unnecessarily withholds billions of dollars in undisputed state and federal funds, which will prevent social service organizations from accessing their state funds, and prevent school districts from accessing federal fund appropriations.”  The leaders in their letter point out that 274 of the 400 line items in the budget sent to the governor last week meet or exceed the appropriations laid out by the governor in his March 3rd budget address.

"Four months ago, a newly inaugurated Gov. Wolf asked for $1 billion to repair the damage done to education by the first Corbett budget of 2011-12. The Republican General Assembly gave its answer hours before the end of the state's fiscal year, with an $8 million allotment for schools in a budget patched together by the fiscal equivalent of duct tape, bobby pins and a prayer. Delay a payment here, issue $300 million in bonds with no funds to repay them over there, cross your fingers for higher revenue collections, and — boom — you have a fifth consecutive "keep-the-cuts" budget that would fail to undo the damage to children and working families that cost Corbett the November election."
OP-ED: Pa.'s GOP lawmakers want to stay a course that's not working
York Dispatch Op-Ed By MARK PRICE Keystone Research Center POSTED:   07/06/2015 11:02:42 AM EDT 
Last weekend the Republican majority in the Pennsylvania House and Senate finally gave Tom in the governor's office everything he wanted in a budget, including pension "reform." Unfortunately, they are a year too late.  The budget they sent was perfect for last year's Tom — Gov. Tom Corbett. He left office in January, defeated by an electorate that did not like the impact of cutting education funding on Pennsylvania's children or the way four austerity budgets increased joblessness for Pennsylvania's workers and families.  The new Tom in the governor's office, Gov. Tom Wolf, has a different set of priorities — to restore the education funding cut over the last four years, to give property tax relief to homeowners, and to require gas drillers to pay their fair share through a severance tax. Those priorities, shared by a majority of Pennsylvanians, most definitely are not reflected in the Republican budget.

Republicans criticize Gov. Wolf veto
Reading Eagle  Monday July 6, 2015 03:00 PM
The political drama in Harrisburg is beginning to escalate.
Republican leaders in the state Legislature delivered a blow on Monday in the form of a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf criticizing his decision to veto their $30.2 billion spending plan.  "The veto unnecessarily withholds billions of dollars in undisputed state and federal funds, which will prevent social service organizations from accessing their state funds, and prevent school districts from accessing federal fund appropriations," the letter stated. "All told, 274 of the roughly 400 state line item appropriations in House Bill 1192 are the same or more than the appropriations contained in your March 3rd budget proposal."  Wolf, a York County Democrat, has said he wants more funding for schools, financed with a severance tax on natural gas.  Negotiations between his administration and lawmakers were scheduled to resume Monday. But the letter appears to show how far apart the two sides are on some fundamental issues facing the state.

Q&A on revisions to child protection background checks law
Penn Live By Jan Murphy | jmurphy@pennlive.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on July 06, 2015 at 4:22 PM, updated July 06, 2015 at 5:34 PM
Recent revisions made to Pennsylvania's Child Protective Services Law attempt to clear up a world of confusion created by a background checks mandate that was enacted last year.  The law that Gov. Tom Wolf signed last week is intended to make this mandate less onerous and reduce the universe of people who must obtain the clearances while trying to safeguard children from child predators.  So what has changed? Here are some questions and answers that attempt to address that.

"Gov. Wolf’s historic commitment to education restores $1 billion in devastating cuts made over the last four years, with a commitment to invest $2 billion over the next four years. Included in his 2015-16 budget, is a $400 million increase to basic education funding, and a commitment to boost the state’s investment in education from the current 35 percent to 50 percent. This will lead to much-needed property-tax relief for middle-class families, and in turn, better communities in which to live."
Letter to the editor: When it comes to education, Pennsylvania needs to put its children first
Delco Times By PA Sec'y of Education Pedro A. Rivera, Times Guest Columnist POSTED: 07/06/15, 11:25 PM EDT
Pennsylvania is moving forward with an important, bipartisan step that will help fix our schools — the creation of a basic education funding formula to even the playing field for students and educators.  Recently, the state’s 15-member Basic Education Funding Commission — comprised of Democrats, Republicans and fellow members of Gov. Wolf’s administration — released recommendations for a formula that would adequately and equitably fund Pennsylvania’s public schools. This couldn’t come at a more crucial time.  In March, the U.S. Department of Education confirmed something we as educators have feared — that Pennsylvania schools are the most inequitable in the nation. According to the latest federal data, commonwealth school districts with the highest number of impoverished students receive one-third fewer state and local tax dollars per pupil than districts with low poverty numbers.

Letter to the editor: Wolf needs lesson on education funding
Delco Times Letter by Sen. Scott Wagner, R-28 , of York POSTED: 07/06/15, 11:26 PM EDT
To the Times:
I am writing to respond to a recent op-ed from Frances Wolf, first lady of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  It’s unfortunate that nearly a half-year after his inauguration, Gov. Wolf remains in campaign mode, crisscrossing the state with Mrs. Wolf and others, making absurd claims about education spending.  Mrs. Wolf writes that King Elementary School, part of the Lancaster Area School District, has a library filled with 30-year-old textbooks, and Mrs. Wolf is quoted saying, “They don’t have the funds to replace them with updated versions.” She leads readers to believe it’s the result of “devastating cuts” in state funding.  A quick check by my office reveals that the school district is sitting on a funding balance of $15.24 million. And while the governor promises a windfall of new spending to help schools, he ducks action on the number one cause of school cutbacks and property tax hikes: Skyrocketing pension costs.  That same school district the first lady visited will see its pension costs go up by $4 million in 2016, which alone wipes out all of the promised new funding from the governor.

"It's an absolute indictment on our state charter school law that these problems continue to persist and nothing gets done about it," he said. "The lack of transparency in our state charter school law is a disgrace."
Pa. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale gives fiscal advice for the state
PA auditor general weighs in on pensions, the state budget, charter schools
York Daily Record By Flint McColgan fmccolgan@ydr.com @flintmccolgan on Twitter UPDATED:   07/06/2015 08:30:58 PM EDT
Since taking office as Pennsylvania's auditor general at the beginning of 2013, Eugene DePasquale has taken a look deep into the commonwealth's finances and it hasn't all made for a pretty view.  His work has run the gamut from mandated audits of school districts to discretionary audits like that of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.  Before becoming auditor general he served as a Democratic state representative from York County.  Here are four takeaways from his interview with the editorial board of the York Daily Record/Sunday News on Monday:

Longtime educator with ties to Harrisburg named as chief recovery officer
Penn Live By Christine Vendel | cvendel@pennlive.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on July 06, 2015 at 2:53 PM
HARRISBURG- The Pennsylvania Department of Education on Monday announced the selection of Audrey Utley as the new chief recovery officer for the Harrisburg School District.  Utley, of Middletown, has more than 40 years of education experience in suburban and urban school districts, according to a news release issued Monday. She also served as acting superintendent of Harrisburg's schools for three months in 2010, taking over for Sybil Knight-Burney, who had been acting as superintendent. Knight-Burney resigned and returned to her former position as assistant superintendent to make way for Utley.

State names new recovery officer for Harrisburg schools
BY EMILY PREVITI, WITF JULY 6, 2015
 This is the second state-supervised school district to get a new liaison since Gov. Tom Wolf took office.  The Pennsylvania Department of Education has picked a 40-year educator to oversee its intervention in Harrisburg School District.   PDE announced Monday that Audrey Utley will take over by the end of July as chief recovery officer in Harrisburg, one of four public districts designated as “distressed” by the state.  Utley was once an acting superintendent in Harrisburg. She also taught elementary school in Steelton and was an administrator there and in Middletown.
PDE has established receiverships (a more intense, restrictive form of supervision) through its Act 141 program for distressed schools in York, Duquesne and Chester-Upland.  Paul Long remains Duquesne’s receiver.  The state needs to replace Chester-Upland receiver Joe Watkins, who departed last week.

Wm. Penn, Lenfest foundations donate $10.5M toward early $30 million literacy initiative
SOLOMON LEACH, DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER LEACHS@PHILLYNEWS.COM, 215-854-5903 POSTED: Monday, July 6, 2015, 9:08 PM
As part of its push to get all kids reading on grade-level by fourth grade, the Philadelphia School District yesterday announced plans to spend $30 million on literacy, including $10.5 million in donations from the William Penn and Lenfest foundations.  The money, which includes about $12.7 million from the district, will go towards teacher training, literacy coaches and in-classroom libraries for all 150 district elementary schools over the next three years, impacting about 48,000 students, officials said.  The initiative also seeks investment from the public, with a goal of $3.4 million, which will be matched by the foundations for the classroom libraries.  "This is about helping kids in Philadelphia toward better educational outcomes, which is what our educational program is all about," said Elliot Weinbaum, program director for the William Penn Foundation, which is contributing $6 million. He said the initiative also aligns with the foundation's focus on evidence-based approaches.

Philadelphia school district battles shadowy perception
By Evan Grossman | Watchdog.org July 6, 2015
It’s not always sunny in Philadelphia.
SILENCE IS GOLDEN: The School District of Philadelphia has a long history of First Amendment rights violations and shady Sunshine Act behavior.  Especially when it comes to the School Reform Commission, which controls Philly public schools under a thick veil of secrecy, according to local politicians and education advocates. The City Council and other officials have raised concerns the district’s finances are not transparent and have called for an audit, but openness and freedom are two traits not often associated with the SRC.  “The SRC has taken some substantial steps in improving the public access of information and materials,” district spokesman Fernando Gallard told Watchdog.

Central Dauphin School Board approves three-year teachers' contract
By Marijon Shearer | Special to PennLive on July 06, 2015 at 9:56 PM
Teachers in the Central Dauphin School District will get raises for the school year that concluded June 30 and in each of the next two years under a contract approved by the school board Monday.  District negotiator Michael Miller said talks went on for about a year and resulted in "both sides getting what they needed to get."  "They may not have got everything they wanted to get, but they got what they needed," Miller told the school board Monday.
Major features of the new contract include:
  • A 2.5 percent retroactive raise for the 2014-2015 school year.
  • Raises of 2.6 percent in 2015-2016 and 2.7 percent in 2016-2017.
  • Deductibles on health insurance policies, a first for Central Dauphin teachers.
  • Increased co-pays on health insurance policies.
  • Surcharges for teachers whose spouses could provide alternative health insurance coverage.
School Board President Ford Thompson said more details would be released after the contract is signed by both sides.

Senate to begin overhaul of No Child Left Behind Act
The bill would retain the examinations but allow states to decide how much weight to give them when evaluating schools.
By Tracie Mauriello / Post-Gazette Washington Bureau July 7, 2015 12:00 AM
WASHINGTON — The Senate today begins debate on a sweeping overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act, which set national education standards but quickly became unpopular with teachers and parents because of its emphasis on standardized testing.  The bill would retain the examinations but allow states to decide how much weight to give them when evaluating schools. It also would prohibit the federal government from mandating national education standards, including the controversial Common Core standards. It would eliminate No Child Left Behind’s accountability standard known as “adequate yearly progress” for subgroups such as students who are poor, have special needs or are members of a minority group.  Crafted by Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., the bill unanimously passed through committee but is attracting criticism from many corners including teacher unions that want more relief from No Child Left Behind’s heavy emphasis on testing and civil rights groups that worry about support for poor and minority children.

"If senators were students in a classroom, none of us would expect to receive a passing grade for unfinished work," said Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the chairman of the education committee and co-author of the bill, in a statement. "Seven years is long enough to consider how to fix No Child Left Behind."
Senate Braced for Lengthy Debate on ESEA
Education Week By Lauren Camera Published Online: July 6, 2015
After weeks of letting it languish in the legislative queue, the U.S. Senate this week is slated to begin debating a proposed bipartisan overhaul of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act—the first such Senate debate since 2001, when Congress last updated the law in its current iteration, the No Child Left Behind Act.  Notably, the announcement by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., that he would call the bill to the floor July 7 came just one day after 10 major education groups, including the two national teachers' unions and the Council of Chief State School Officers, banded together amid mounting frustrations and demanded the Senate make the reauthorization a priority.

"The problem here is that charter schools are frequently not accountable. Indeed, they are stunningly opaque, more black boxes than transparent laboratories for education. According to a 2013 study by the Center for Research on Educational Outcomes at Stanford University, only 29 percent of charter schools outperformed public schools with similar students in math, while 31 percent performed worse. Most charter schools, in fact, obtained results that were no better than traditional public schools. So what was that 29 percent doing right? And what went so wrong with the failing 31 percent? There are a few reasons why it’s nearly impossible to find out."
Why Don’t We Have Real Data on Charter Schools?
Charters were supposed to be laboratories for innovation. Instead, they are stunningly opaque.
The Nation By Pedro Noguera SEPTEMBER 24, 2014
In several cities throughout the country, there is a fierce conflict raging over the direction of education reform. At the center of this increasingly acrimonious debate is the question of whether or not charter schools—publicly funded schools that operate outside the rules (and often the control) of traditional public-school systems—should be allowed to proliferate. Given their steady growth (from no more than a handful twenty years ago to over 6,000 today), charter schools and their advocates appear to have the upper hand. A new bipartisan bill—the Expanding Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Act, sponsored by Republican senators Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Mark Kirk of Illinois, and Democratic senators Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana and Michael Bennet of Colorado—would provide new funds to launch, replicate and expand charter schools nationwide.
The concept of the charter school was originally developed in 1974 by Ray Budde, a professor at the University of Massachusetts, who envisioned it as a way to bring innovation to schools by freeing them from the regulations that frequently limit and constrain traditional public schools. The idea was later embraced by American Federation of Teachers president Albert Shanker, who felt, like Budde, that there was a need for schools that could operate with greater flexibility and could serve as a laboratory for innovations that would then be applied to public schools. In 1991, Minnesota became the first state to adopt a charter-school law. Today, forty-two states and the District of Columbia have laws providing for the operation of charter schools. The vast majority of charter schools are located in large cities, and their numbers are growing rapidly. However, instead of collaborating with public schools as envisioned by Shanker, charter schools have become the centerpiece of a market-based reform strategy that places greater emphasis on competition.

"So-called “turnaround school districts,” inspired by Louisiana’s Recovery School District and its near-clone in Tennessee, have been gathering steam, with policymakers calling for them in Georgia, Pennsylvania, and other states scattered from coast to coast.
But just how promising are these state-run districts as a strategy to bring about governance reform and school renewal? What lessons can we take away from those districts with the most experience? Can their most effective features be replicated in other states? Should they be? What are ideal conditions for success? And why has Michigan’s version of this reform struggled so?"
The Three Stooges of School Turnaround
Gary Rubenstein's Blog Posted on July 5, 2015 by garyrubinstein
Earlier this week, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute hosted a panel discussion, moderated by Fordham Institute President Michael Petrilli, called ‘Turnaround Districts:  Lessons from Louisiana, Tennessee, and Michagan.”  On the panel were three turnaround ‘gurus’ Patrick Dobard of Louisiana’s Recovery School District (RSD), Veronica Conforme of Michigan’s Education Achievement Authority (EAA), and Chris Barbic of Tennessee’s Achievement School District (ASD).  According to Fordham’s description of the event on their website:

Consolidating Charter Gains
Curmuducation Blog by Peter Greene July 5, 2015
Has it seemed strange lately, to find reformsters advocating for stronger charter school regulations? Does it seem odd to find guys like Mike Petrilli, one of charterdom's most tireless salesmen, traveling to Detroit to tell reformsters to police charter quality more thoroughly? Is it surprise to find Fordham calling for tougher charter regulations in Ohio, where they themselves operate charters?  In war, an army may take a position through rough and ugly means-- but once there, they consolidate that position by tightening up the troops, re-positioning defenses, and generally settling in.  Or if you prefer a more peaceful example, try retail. A good used car salesman knows to assume the sale and swiftly shift the conversation away from "Are you going to buy this car" to "How would you like to pay for this car?" Because the second conversation assumes that the purchase of the car is not in question.
Defining the new normal - Charter fans have been shifting into consolidation mode, working hard to assume the sale. In places like Ohio, where charters have grown up like kudzu and died off like your confused grandma's unwatered plants, supporters are quick to call for reform-- not an end to a charter system. In York, PA, an editorial points out in one breath that the small charter system has produced some staggering fails, but in the next breath calls for reform, not abolition. Even a new report on the state of New Orleans' mess of a charter system, written by the Center for Popular Democracy and the Coalition for Community Schools, decides that the widespread failure, fraud and abuse means it's time for more regulations.

Rich Kids Study English
New data shows that students whose parents make less money pursue more “useful” subjects, such as math or physics.
The Atlantic by JOE PINSKER  JUL 6, 2015
In 1780, John Adams wrote a letter to his wife, Abigail, in which he laid out his plans for what his children and grandchildren would devote their lives to. Having himself taken the time to master “Politicks and War,” two revolutionary necessities, Adams hoped his children would go into disciplines that promoted nation-building, such as “mathematicks,” “navigation,” and “commerce.” His plan was that in turn, those practical subjects would give his children’s children room “to study painting, poetry, musick, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelaine.”
Two-hundred and thirty-five years later, this progression—“from warriors to dilettantes,” in the words of the literary scholar Geoffrey Galt Harpham—plays out much as Adams hoped it would: Once financial concerns have been covered by their parents, children have more latitude to study less pragmatic things in school. Kim Weeden, a sociologist at Cornell, looked at National Center for Education Statistics data for me after I asked her about this phenomenon, and her analysis revealed that, yes, the amount of money a college student’s parents make does correlate with what that person studies. Kids from lower-income families tend toward “useful” majors, such as computer science, math, and physics. Those whose parents make more money flock to history, English, and performing arts.

Register Now – PAESSP State Conference – Oct. 18-20 – State College, PA
Registration is now open for PAESSP's State Conference to be held October 18-20 at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, PA! This year's theme is @EVERYLEADER and features three nationally-known keynote speakers (Dr. James Stronge, Justin Baeder and Dr. Mike Schmoker), professional breakout sessions, a legal update, exhibits, Tech Learning Labs and many opportunities to network with your colleagues (Monday evening event with Jay Paterno).  Once again, in conjunction with its conference, PAESSP will offer two 30-hour Act 45 PIL-approved programs, Linking Student Learning to Teacher Supervision and Evaluation (pre-conference offering on 10/17/15); and Improving Student Learning Through Research-Based Practices: The Power of an Effective Principal (held during the conference, 10/18/15 -10/20/15). Register for either or both PIL programs when you register for the Full Conference!
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Apply now for EPLC’s 2015-2016 PA Education Policy Fellowship Program
Applications are available now for the 2015-2016 Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP).  The Education Policy Fellowship Program is sponsored in Pennsylvania by The Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC).  With more than 400 graduates in its first sixteen years, this Program is a premier professional development opportunity for educators, state and local policymakers, advocates, and community leaders.  State Board of Accountancy (SBA) credits are available to certified public accountants.  Past participants include state policymakers, district superintendents and principals, charter school leaders, school business officers, school board members, education deans/chairs, statewide association leaders, parent leaders, education advocates, and other education and community leaders.  Fellows are typically sponsored by their employer or another organization.  The Fellowship Program begins with a two-day retreat on September 17-18, 2015 and continues to graduation in June 2016.
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  1. The Fellowship Program begins with a two-day retreat on September 17-18, 2015 and continues to graduation in June 2016.

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