Friday, August 14, 2015

PA Ed Policy Roundup Aug 14: #PABudget: Wolf's budget talks with lawmakers focus on school funding; Sen. Hughes: No state budget without increased education funding

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PA Ed Policy Roundup for August 14, 2015:
#PABudget: Wolf's budget talks with lawmakers focus on school funding; Sen. Hughes: No state budget without increased education funding

Interested in letting our elected leadership know your thoughts on education funding, a severance tax, property taxes and the budget?
Governor Tom Wolf, (717) 787-2500
Speaker of the House Rep. Mike Turzai, (717) 772-9943
House Majority Leader Rep. Dave Reed, (717) 705-7173
Senate President Pro Tempore Sen. Joe Scarnati, (717) 787-7084
Senate Majority Leader Sen. Jake Corman, (717) 787-1377

"I want the state to increase its support for public schools and I believe that schools with more students who live in poverty and face other challenges should receive more state funding. I also want to see the state implement a new funding formula, like the one recommended by the bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission, so that we invest in the education of every child. Students in every school district should have equal access to educational programs and opportunities regardless of the wealth or poverty of the people who live in their district."
Our Readers Say: Police chief encourages support for Campaign for Fair Education Funding
Norristown Times Herald Opinion by Mark E. Talbot Sr., Chief of Police, Municipality of Norristown POSTED: 08/14/15, 2:00 AM EDT |
As a member of law enforcement for nearly 25 years I feel compelled to add my voice to the growing number of Pennsylvanians who want our state lawmakers to take steps to make sure every student has a fair chance to graduate from school and become a productive adult.  I see firsthand what happens to kids when resources dry up: they drop out of school and struggle as adults because they don’t have the tools to enter the workforce and support themselves or their families. Many turn to crime. That has a significant effect on individuals, families, communities, and our entire state. Research shows that a high school dropout is much more likely to end up incarcerated rather than becoming a college graduate.
The challenges are especially high for kids who are in foster care, living in poverty, homeless, or learning English. These children require more support to overcome obstacles and meet academic standards. But the current system does not fairly distribute dollars to cover the costs of educating students with different needs and additional barriers.
I think that it is time to ensure that funding for education is distributed in a way that reduces disparities in the academic outcomes that are apparent between are wealthiest and our poorest schools. I believe that schools with more students who live in poverty and face other challenges should receive more state funding.

Bears Repeating: Education funding top issue
HARRISBURG — Education funding remains a top priority among Pennsylvania voters, with the deadline for passing the next state budget less than two weeks away, according to a new statewide poll released today.  Almost a third of voters (30 percent) said increasing state aid for education should be state lawmakers’ top priority, while a quarter (26 percent) said reducing local school property taxes should be, the Franklin and Marshall College poll found.
These findings correspond to results in a Franklin and Marshall poll in March, released shortly after Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s first budget address.

Wolf's budget talks with lawmakers focus on school funding
Sharon Herald by AP Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2015 7:00 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative leaders reported incremental progress after a fresh budget session Wednesday, saying they planned to reassemble to continue the discussion the next morning.  "I'm standing strong on education, and I just wanted to lay that out," Wolf, a Democrat trying to get his first state budget through the Republican-controlled General Assembly, told reporters afterward. "We had a good conversation."  The hour-long, closed-door meeting focused on education funding and Republican proposals to cut public-sector pensions. Participants said there was no talk of how large the budget should be — the so-called "spend" — or what taxes might be imposed. 

"The senator, a top Wolf surrogate, was firm. Giving school districts millions more in state aid to reverse the cuts of the previous administration is paramount. 
"Without full restoration of the funding, and that has not been agreed to, at this point - nor has the Marcellus Shale tax - then there is no deal, there is no arrangment," Hughes said. "Everything else is sidebar until we’re clear on that."
Sen. Hughes: No state budget without increased education funding
KRISTEN A. GRAHAM, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER LAST UPDATED: Friday, August 14, 2015, 1:08 AM POSTED: Thursday, August 13, 2015, 4:57 PM
Laying down a position from which top Democrats will not back away, State Sen. Vincent Hughes said Thursday there would be no Pennsylvania budget without a Marcellus Shale tax and millions of dollars in new education spending.  Heading into a second straight day of budget talks with Gov. Wolf and leaders of the four legislative caucuses, Hughes (D., Phila.) said falling state standardized test scores demonstrated a need for greater funding for schools across the state.  Lawmakers and the governor are more than a month late in delivering a state spending plan.  "I'm not going to say that there's any significant progress," Hughes said of budget talks, but "we're trying earnestly to figure out a way to move forward."  The senator, a top Wolf surrogate, was firm: Giving school districts millions more in state aid to reverse the cuts of the previous administration, he said, is paramount.  "Without full restoration of the funding, and that has not been agreed to at this point - nor has the Marcellus Shale tax - then there is no deal, there is no arrangement," Hughes said. "Everything else is sidebar until we're clear on that."

"Gov. Wolf and the Republican-dominated Legislature are now deadlocked in budget negotiations about the amount of funding this year's budget will provide for education and the source of the money. The governor has proposed a $410 million increase in basic education funding, while the Legislature has proposed $100 million. POWER accepts the Campaign for Fair Education's findings that $3.6 billion in additional funding for basic education is needed before all school children have access to quality public education across the state. However, as a positive first step in this process, we support the governor's proposal of an additional $410 million for this fiscal year. We call upon Gov. Wolf and his team to hold firm to their position, and upon House and Senate negotiators to yield to the clear will of the citizenry and begin to restore the education-funding cuts made under the previous administration."
Philly Daily News Letters: Budget impasse hurting schools
GOV. TOM WOLF won election by campaigning strongly on his commitment to significantly increase education funding and to make fundamental changes in the way those funds are distributed to the 500 school districts across Pennsylvania. Soon after taking office, he proposed a comprehensive plan for increasing the percentage of education funding which comes from the commonwealth, while shifting the source of funds away from the heavy property-tax burden which many Pennsylvania communities currently shoulder. For the past two and a half years, POWER, an interfaith network of churches, synagogues, mosques and people of conscience in eastern Pennsylvania, has been working to bring justice to the state's educational system. POWER worked with education advocacy groups across the state to make funding for public education the most important issue in the governor's race. Its members testified before the state's Basic Education Funding Commission and called attention to the systematic way current methods of distributing funding discriminate against school districts with higher percentages of students of color. POWER helped the governor's budget team and the Funding Commission develop a funding formula that eliminated those racial disparities.

Latest Pennsylvania budget negotiation ends inconclusively; parties to meet again next week
Greenfield Reporter By MARK SCOLFORO  Associated Press Posted: August 13, 2015 - 1:05 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — Gov. Tom Wolf and a key Republican budget negotiator emerged Thursday from the latest meeting on Pennsylvania's budget impasse to say they are still grappling with unresolved issues and plan to talk again next week.  Wolf, a Democrat, and House Majority Leader Dave Reed said they worked on two major issues — how much to spend on education and proposals to cut public sector pensions.  "I think we have a tentative agreement on the fact that pensions and education funding are going to have to be part of a final budget discussion, final budget agreement," Reed, R-Indiana, told reporters. "I don't think we necessarily have the framework in place. There are a lot of items to be worked out."  
Wolf used the terms "good conversation" and "good discussion" several times but did not describe progress on any of the issues that divide the sides. He has sought billions in new sales, income and gas-drilling taxes to close a budget gap and increase funding for public schools and human services.  "There's a different tone in these conversations," Wolf said. "I think we're having good conversations, and I know I've always talked about progress in a very generalized sense. I think that there's some good conversations here, frank exchange of views, but I think we are moving in the right direction."

Amorphous progress reported by budget negotiators after pension meeting
The PLS Reporter Author: Jason Gottesman/Thursday, August 13, 2015
While it may just be a feeling, legislative leaders and Gov. Tom Wolf again touted progress toward reaching a pension deal following a Thursday negotiating session on the topic.  “We had a good conversation, we’re making some progress on two really important issues: the pensions and education,” said Gov. Wolf. “We obviously have differences…but I think we had a good conversation, good discussion.”  House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) noted that while pension reform and education funding are two items the negotiators have focused on over the last two days as necessary components of the final budget, differences still exist in those areas.  “We’re still working through those differences, we’re hoping to do so in a timely fashion because there are a number of other issues that need to come to the table before we can have a final budget agreement,” he told reporters.  Neither side Thursday reported any breakthroughs or tentative agreement on a framework for a pension reform or education funding plan that could be considered by the General Assembly in the near future.  “I think we have a tentative agreement on the fact that pensions and education funding are going to have be part of a final budget agreement,” quipped Rep. Reed. “I don’t necessarily think we have a framework in place, there are a lot of items to work out.”

Governor, GOP leaders say some progress made on pensions, education
By Madison Russ/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette August 13, 2015 12:39 PM
HARRISBURG – After a productive budget meeting on Wednesday, Gov. Tom Wolf and GOP leaders held an impromptu meeting today and said they made progress on pensions and education funding.  “We spent the last two days focusing on pensions and education; obviously those two items are needed to get a final budget agreement,” said House Majority Leader Dave Reed. “We still have differences that exist, we’re still working through those differences, and we’re hoping to do so in a timely fashion.”  Both sides during the budget stalemate have accused each other of refusing to compromise on key issues, but Mr. Wolf said the discussions have now taken on a different tone.  “There’s a different tone in these conversations, I think we’re having good conversations,” said Mr. Wolf. "We're meeting again on Tuesday."  Although negotiations are moving forward, Mr. Reed said that a full framework for the budget hadn't been established yet as they've been focusing on specific areas.   "I don’t think we’re there yet,“ he said.

Wolf decries 'same old, same old' in GOP budget, but talks so far have been pretty much that: Analysis
Penn Live By John L. Micek | Email the author | Follow on Twitter on August 13, 2015 at 4:46 PM
….Legislative Republicans and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf have now had 44 days to get out of each other's way and come to an agreement on a new state budget.  But they're rolling heedlessly forward. And pretty soon someone - in this case, Pennsylvania taxpayers -- are gonna get squashed by their inability (or outright refusal) to strike a deal.  As you probably know, Wolf wants more money for schools, property tax reform and a severance tax on natural gas drillers.  Republicans want pension reform and booze privatization and have zero interest in the$4 billlioonnnnnn (You just did the voice again, didn't you?) in tax increases that would pay for Wold's programs.  Encouragingly, the opposing factions met two whole times this week, on Wednesday and Thursday, where Wolf rolled out what he views as a middle ground on pension reform.

Pennsylvania budgeteers find some common ground on pensions, school funding in spending plan discussions
Penn Live By Charles Thompson | Email the author | Follow on Twitter on August 13, 2015 at 1:00 PM
Pension reform and school funding are just two hurdles in a race that has about eight of them.  But six weeks into Pennsylvania's summer budget siege, negotiators for Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican majority legislators seem to have used those issues to un-stick themselves a little bit from the muck they've been stuck in most of the summer.  Immediate specifics were scarce.  But Wolf, emerging from a 90-minute closed door discussion with House Majority Leader David Reed, R-Indiana County, and other Republican and Democratic lawmakers, pronounced himself pleased with the tenor of Thursday's talks.  "There's a different tone in these conversations," Wolf, a first-year Democrat, said. "I think we're having good conversations... Frank exchange of views. But we are, I think, moving in the right direction."  Reed stopped short of saying there was even an agreement in principle on a new package of reforms to the pension systems for state workers and school teachers.

Savior or budget gimmick? Bonds no silver bullet for Pa.'s pension woes
Penn Live By John L. Micek | Email the author | Follow on Twitter on August 13, 2015 at 8:34 AM, updated August 13, 2015 at 8:35 AM
Good Thursday Morning, Fellow Seekers.
If you've been paying attention to this year's ongoing debate over how to fix Pennsylvania's $50 billion public pension problem, then you probably know by now that Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf wants to sell about $3 billion in bonds to pay down that debt.  The bonds, which would essentially amount to a refinancing of the pension debt, are opposed by Republicans who say it'd just be a shift in the state's debt load. Instead of paying off pension debt, they'd just be paying off debt someplace else.  But how big a risk are they, really?

Despite Risks, State and Local Governments Turn to Pension Obligation Bonds
Pew Charitable Trusts Stateline By Sarah Breitenbach August 12, 2015 
In Kansas, officials are preparing to issue $1 billion in bonds to help fill the state’s nearly $9.5 billion pension funding hole and cushion its budget, which is expected to maintain only a small surplus.  The move—issuing pension obligation bonds to fund public employee retirements on the gamble that investment returns on the borrowed money will outpace the cost of paying back the loan—is one that many academics and analysts warn against.  But states and local governments continue to turn to the bonds as the unfunded portions of public pension systems balloon and they struggle to make annual payments to the systems. State retirement systems had a $968 billion shortfall between the benefits promised to workers and the funding available to meet those obligations in 2013, according to anassessment last month by The Pew Charitable Trusts. (Pew also funds Stateline.) That was a $54 billion increase from the year before.  In Pennsylvania, for instance, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed selling $3 billion in obligation bonds to help cover a more than $50 billion unfunded liability in the retirement systems for state and public education employees. Lawmakers in Kentucky and Coloradoalso considered multibillion-dollar bonds sales this year before rejecting them.

"Among the issues: The application included no curriculum and no professional development plan for teachers, and did not fully describe how assessments would be used, Sennett said. The budget for the school was also incomplete, he said.  The application failed to show how the school would offer a unique educational program not already offered by the Erie School District, Sennett said. There is no need for the school, he said."
Erie board denies Huxley charter
By Erica Erwin  814-870-1846 Erie Times-News August 13, 2015 12:01 AM
ERIE, Pa. -- An application to open a proposed charter high school inside the Boys & Girls Club of Erie failed to show how the school would improve education for students and serve as a model for other schools, among other problems.  That was the verdict from an Erie School District lawyer in recommending that the Erie School Board deny the application from the founders of the proposed Huxley Charter School for the Liberal Arts and Sciences.  The School Board followed Tim Sennett's recommendation Wednesday, denying the charter for the second time after Sennett outlined numerous ways in which he said the charter did not meet state requirements.

Education Department grant money aims to help low-income students
By Eleanor Chute / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette August 12, 2015 1:48 PM
The U.S. Department of Education today announced it has awarded $28.4 million -- including $673,738 in Pennsylvania -- to help pay for low-income students to take exams that can lead to college credit.  The grant will help to pay the fees for the Advance Placement tests offered by the College Board as well as tests administered by the International Baccalaureate Organization and Cambridge International Examinations.  In news release, John King, senior adviser delegated duties of deputy secretary of education, said, "These grants are a smart investment in equity and a way to eliminate barriers for low-income students, level the playing field and allow more students to access the college-level critical thinking and reasoning skills taught in AP courses."
The department expects the money is enough to pay all but $12 of the cost of each test taken by low-income students. It notes states may require students to pay some of the costs.

Blogger's note: The Washington state Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the state pay $100,000 a day in sanctions, starting immediately, for its lack of progress toward fully paying the cost of basic education....
"Court orders regarding education financing are not new. Kansas is in the midst of one such standoff. High courts in New Jersey and Ohio have also ordered legislatures to meet constitutional requirements. But this order, with a financial penalty imposed by one branch of state government on another, to the tune of $700,000 a week, enters new territory, legal scholars said."
Washington State Faces $100,000-a-Day Fine Until Schools Plan Is Reached
New York Times By KIRK JOHNSON AUG. 13, 2015
SEATTLE — Washington State’s highest court, which has threatened, cajoled and pleaded with the state Legislature and governor for years to close the gap in spending between rich and poor schools, said on Thursday that it had finally lost its patience. In a unanimous decision, the nine-member Supreme Court imposed a fine of $100,000 a day on the state until a plan to reduce the gap was accepted, and in a written order “encouraged” Gov. Jay Inslee to call the Legislature into a special session.  The financial sanctions, which started on Thursday with the filing of the order, will be owed every 24 hours, seven days a week, with the money going into an education fund. The court said that some of the fines might be returned — for each day the House and Senate are back in session working on the problem — but only if their work resulted in what the court called “full compliance.”  “The State still has offered no plan,” the justices said. “Accordingly, this court must take immediate action to enforce its orders.”

The ruling was the latest development in a long-running impasse between lawmakers and justices, who in 2012 ruled that the state is failing to meet its constitutional duty to pay for the cost of basic education for its 1 million schoolchildren.  Thomas Ahearne, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said that the court's action "is long overdue."
Court fines Washington state over education funding
Big Story AP By RACHEL LA CORTE Aug. 14, 2015 4:17 AM EDT
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington officials are considering a special legislative session after the state Supreme Court issued daily fines a of $100,000 until lawmakers comply with a court order to improve the way the state pays for its basic education system.  Thursday's order, signed by all nine justices of the high court, ordered that the fine start immediately, and be put into a dedicated education account.  The court encouraged Gov. Jay Inslee to call a special session, saying that if the Legislature complies with the court's previous rulings for the state to deliver a plan to fully fund education, the penalties accrued during a special session would be refunded.  Inslee and legislative leaders are set to meet Monday in Seattle discuss what next steps the state should take.  "There is much that needs to be done before a special session can be called," Inslee said in a statement. "I will ask lawmakers to do that work as quickly as humanly possible so that they can step up to our constitutional and moral obligations to our children and lift the court sanctions."

Why ‘Community Schools’ Are Taking Root In Florida
NPR State Impact BY MARGIE MENZEL AUGUST 11, 2015 | 10:55 AM
Evans High School in Orange County used to be known as a dropout factory. But since 2007, it’s gone from a two-time F-rated school to a B-rated school – in one of Orlando’s most troubled neighborhoods. Now, the “community school” concept is spreading to other Florida cities.  Evans is in a neighborhood called Pine Hills, where homes and businesses have bars at the windows. One student, found carrying a Taser, said it was due to her dangerous route home. The neighborhood has exceptionally high rates of juvenile crime and referrals to the Florida Department of Children and Families.  “We have long said at the Department of Children and Families that if we’re ever going to get our arms around neglect and abuse, it has to be a community-wide effort.”  DCF Secretary Mike Carroll. He says Evans has succeeded by becoming what’s called a “community school” — addressing the barriers to student success in a high-risk neighborhood.  “Everything from getting a child to school when they need to be there to making sure they’re fed when they arrive at school to making sure it’s safe going back and forth to school. If there are issues at home that may impact the child’s ability to learn when they get to school, that there’s assistance to do that…”

NSBA Supports Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the main federal law supporting public schools, is intended to support accountability of states, school districts, and schools for improving the academic performance of all. First enacted in 1965, ESEA was scheduled for reauthorization in 2007. Instead, various provisions have been extended through congressional appropriations legislation. Reauthorization of a modernized law is needed to address areas of improvement for academic achievement, local governance, intergovernmental support for students and schools, and accountability, for example. The Current 114th Congress is passed modernized bills out of both chambers.  In the House, H.R. 5, the Student Success Act of 2015, was reported by the Education and the Workforce Committee and passed a final vote by the full House. In the Senate, S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, was passed unanimously by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and passed the Senate floor. Both bills have similarities and differences.  Please view this comparison chart that provides further details. - See more at:

PCCY: Get on the Bus to Harrisburg August 25th
As parents, teachers and advocates, you know first hand how difficult it is to get the resources needed to support our students. Harrisburg continues to be mired in political gridlock and has failed to pass a budget for Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts. 
Teachers, parents and students have no idea what they will be walking into come September for the start of school. We say enough is enough.
We are contacting you because on August 25th the PA House is scheduled to return to the Capitol—and we want to be there to meet them. Could you give us a few hours of your day and help make it clear that we demand a budget? 
  • Join your neighbors and other concerned citizens who believe that investing in our kids is non-negotiable
  • We’ll provide: FREE Transportation to and from the Capitol and lunch; a brief training on the bus, materials, and day of schedule
  • Scheduled visits with elected officials  
Kids are off from school so bring them with you – after all, it concerns their future!
  • Bus will depart from in front of the United Way Building at 7:45am at 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
  • We will return to Philly by approximately 4:30pm.  (Discounted parking ($8) available at the Sheraton Hotel at 17th & Race)
  • If you plan to drive yourself, we will meet at the Capitol between 10am and 10:30am.

The John Stoops Lecture Series: Dr. Pasi Sahlberg "Education Around the World: Past, Present & Future" Lehigh University October 8, 2015 6:00 p.m.
Baker Hall | Zoellner Arts Center | 420 E. Packer Avenue | Bethlehem, PA 18015
Free and open to the public!
Ticketing is general admission - no preseating will be assigned. Arrive early for the best seats.
Please plan to stay post-lecture for an open reception where you will have an opportunity to meet with students from all of our programs to learn about the latest innovations in education and human services.

Register now for the 2015 PASCD 65th Annual Conference, Leading and Achieving in an Interconnected World, to be held November 15-17, 2015 at Pittsburgh Monroeville Convention Center.
The Conference will Feature Keynote Speakers: Meenoo Rami – Teacher and Author “Thrive: 5 Ways to (Re)Invigorate Your Teaching,”  Mr. Pedro Rivera, Pennsylvania Secretary of Education, Heidi Hayes-Jacobs – Founder and President of Curriculum Design, Inc. and David Griffith – ASCD Senior Director of Public Policy.  This annual conference features small group sessions focused on: Curriculum and Supervision, Personalized and Individualized Learning, Innovation, and Blended and Online Learning. The PASCD Conference is a great opportunity to stay connected to the latest approaches for innovative change in your school or district.  Join us forPASCD 2015!  Online registration is available by visiting <>

Nominations for PSBA's Allwein Advocacy Award now open
PSBA July 7, 2015
The Timothy M. Allwein Advocacy Award was established in 2011 by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association and may be presented annually to the individual school director or entire school board to recognize outstanding leadership in legislative advocacy efforts on behalf of public education and students that are consistent with the positions in PSBA’s Legislative Platform.  The 2015 Allwein Award nomination process will close on Aug. 28, 2015. The 2015 Allwein Award Nomination Form is available online. More details on the award and nominations process can be found online

Slate of candidates for PSBA offices now available online
PSBA website July 31, 2015
The slate of candidates for 2016 PSBA officer and at-large representatives is now available online, including bios, photos and videos. According to recent PSBA Bylaws changes, each member school entity casts one vote per office. Voting will again take place online through a secure, third-party website -- Simply Voting. Voting will openAug. 17 and closes Sept. 28. One person from the school entity (usually the board secretary) is authorized to register the vote on behalf of the member school entity and each board will need to put on its agenda discussion and voting at one of its meetings in August or September. Each person authorized to register the school entity's votes has received an email on July 16 to verify the email address and confirm they are the person to register the vote on behalf of their school entity. 

Register Now for PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference Oct. 14-16, 2015 Hershey Lodge & Convention Center
Save the date for the professional development event of the year. Be inspired at more than four exciting venues and invest in professional development for top administrators and school board members. Online registration is live at:

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!
REGISTER TODAY for the Conference and Act 45 PIL program/s at:

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.
Click here to read about the Education Policy Fellowship Program.

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