Wednesday, August 19, 2015

PA Ed Policy Roundup Aug 19: Wolf challenges charter school funding in Delco district; Palm Beach North End mansion listed at $84.5M

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PA Ed Policy Roundup for August 19, 2015:
Wolf challenges charter school funding in Delco district; Palm Beach North End mansion listed at $84.5M



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



"Wolf's solution hinges on what many education advocates have long considered a flaw in the way the state funds charter schools for special education students.
Under the current system, charters have a financial incentive to enroll students with relatively mild educational disabilities.  It works like this: Districts must give charters whatever the districts spend, on average, on special education.
If a charter enrolls many children with less costly needs, the charter makes out financially.  And then a vicious cycle is created. With fewer mildly disabled students in the district, the district's average cost climbs, which it then must pay to the charter.  Right now, Chester Upland sends about $40,000 to a charter that enrolls an area special education student, no matter the student's disability.
The Wolf administration's official court filing points out that the money sent by Chester-Upland School District to charters for special-ed is "disproportionately higher than any other school district sending students to the same schools."
Wolf warns Chester-Upland schools may not open without drastic interventions
He is proposing a plan that would drastically reduce the amount the district pays for charter special education students.
The notebook By Kevin McCorry of NewsWorks and Dale Mezzacappa on Aug 18, 2015 08:10 PM
Without immediate action, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday the Chester Upland School District will not be in a financial position to open its doors next month.  Wolf has a plan to rectify the situation, resting partly on the backs of area charter schools.  Wolf has asked a Delaware County Judge to approve drastic reductions in the payments Chester-Upland sends to charter schools.  Without action, Wolf said Chester Upland's almost $24 million operating deficit would prevent it from opening in September.  "I, for the life of me, don't know how you can open financially with what they's staring at," said Wolf, in a telephone interview.

"Charter school payments, which account for 46 percent of district expenditures, are also addressed in the governor’s plan. Wolf suggests altering the charter school reimbursement figures using a formula created by a bi-partisan funding commission. Chester Upland pays more than $40,000 for every special education student within its borders that attends a charter school. The recovery plan calls to reduce that expenditure to $16,131.77.
“They bear no resemblance to the actual costs it takes to educate these children,” Albright said of the $40,000 reimbursement. “That’s extraordinary. It’s far above the amount of reimbursement provided by surrounding school districts to the same charter schools.”
This change would result in a savings of $20.7 million to the district. Paired with a reimbursement cap for regular education students attending cyber charter schools, the total savings realized by the district would be $24.7 million, effectively wiping out the deficit.  “That would be enough to not only eliminate entirely the structural budget deficit for the current school year, but also begin to provide some additional resources to pay down some of that accumulated deficit, which right now exceeds $23 million,” Albright said."
Gov. Wolf wants forensic audit, changes to charter school funding for Chester Upland School District
By Vince Sullivan, Delaware County Daily Times POSTED: 08/18/15, 12:13 PM EDT
Harrisburg >> Gov. Tom Wolf and members of his cabinet have proposed a bold plan of action in an attempt to save the distressed Chester Upland School District, which Wolf said will not be able to open next month unless drastic measures are taken.
In an amended financial recovery plan filed in the Delaware Court of Common Pleas on Tuesday, Wolf proposed to conduct a forensic audit of the district’s finances, appoint a turnaround specialist and amend the reimbursement formula to charter schools that have crippled the school system.  “This is an attempt to do something we haven’t done in a long time, and that is succeed and actually turn this school district around, starting with its finances,” Wolf said during an interview at the Capitol on Monday. “The problem right now is that if we don’t do anything, the school isn’t going to open. If it opens, it isn’t going to stay open, which means that kids won’t even begin to get the education they need, and the education we actually need them to get.”
The Chester Upland School District currently has an operating deficit in excess of $20 million. If no action is taken to address this financial quagmire, the district will end the upcoming school year with a deficit more than of $45 million.

CHESTER-UPLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT:  HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
PDE Website AUGUST 2015
For over two decades, the District has been subject to a succession of control boards under various commonwealth statutes. These boards were all appointed by the Commonwealth and each was charged with developing and implementing a corrective action plan.  Statutes governing distressed school districts have changed over time. In the 1990s, the statutes focused solely on fiscal distress. Subsequently, revisions to the statutes turned their focus to schools in academic distress. The District has repeatedly met the criteria for troubled finances and poor academic performance.  In 1994, for the first time, the District was certified as financially distressed when it amassed deficits in the two previous years of $1.6 million and $3.8 million. The District's problems stemmed from poor fiscal practices and management by the school board. A special board of control took over management in place of the elected school board and a financial turnaround was anticipated in two years.

Pennsylvania Amends Financial Recovery Plan for Chester Upland District
Education Week District Dossier Blog By Denisa R. Superville on August 18, 2015 5:37 PM
The administration of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf proposed a series of sweeping changes to Chester Upland school district's financial recovery plan on Tuesday, all steps the administration said were necessary to address the district's growing annual deficits that threatened the opening of schools this year.  The proposals included a financial audit for the 2015-16 school year to ensure that district money was being spent appropriately; the appointment of a financial turnaround specialist; altering the current special education spending rate; and capping tuition for regular education students who attend cyber charter schools at $5,950 and using the Special Education Funding Commission rate proposal for special education students in cyber charter schools.

"The Pennsylvania Coalition on Public Charter Schools had called Wolf's proposals "a blatant first step in killing charters school options at the expense of children."
"Administration officials say fiscal sanity will not return to Chester Upland until something is done about the current $64 million cost of educating about 3,800 children who live in the district and attend publicly financed but privately managed charter schools. That is more money than Chester Upland now receives in state aid.  The biggest driver is the reimbursement for children determined to need special education. Under the current formula, officials said, Chester Upland pays out considerably more than neighboring districts - $40,315 per child - and the number of students enrolled in special education is also about 50 percent higher than the statewide average."
Wolf challenges charter school funding in Delco district
KATHY BOCCELLA, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER LAST UPDATED: Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 12:48 PM POSTED: Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 12:23 PM
The Wolf administration on Tuesday urged a Delaware County judge to drastically cut how much the financially troubled Chester Upland School District pays charters for special-ed students and online learning.  Gov. Wolf said survival of the financially distressed district could hinge on winning court approval for the cuts in charter reimbursements, which would total an estimated $24.7 million in the 2015-16 school year.  "This needs to end," the first-year Democratic governor said in an interview, referring to Chester Upland's 25-year history of rolling financial crises which have led to millions of dollars in emergency state aid, massive layoffs, and a plunge in enrollment in traditional public schools. "If we do nothing, the schools won't open."  The push by his administration to curb charter-school reimbursements is the cornerstone of a broader amended recovery plan for Chester Upland to reduce the district's long-term deficits through auditing, the appointment of a financial turnaround specialist who would negotiate new deals with creditors, and intensive fiscal monitoring of future spending.

"at the expense of children"….
"Among his business interests, which include a billboard company, Vahan Gureghian is the founder and CEO of CSMI, a management and consulting firm for the charter-school industry. The company also runs a charter school in Chester, Pa."
North End mansion listed at $84.5M
Under-construction house has bowling alley, 242 feet of beachfront
By Darrell Hofheinz Palm Beach Daily News Real Estate Writer March 30, 2015
Priced at $84.5 million, a direct-oceanfront mansion under construction on the North End has entered the market as the island’s most expensive property, according to the local multiple listing service.  Sporting its own bowling alley, the French-style house is rising on the double lot – expansive even by Palm Beach standards – that measures about 2 acres with 242 feet of beachfront at 1071 N. Ocean Blvd.

"at the expense of children"….
Agora Cyber Charter Mgmt. Co. K12 Inc execs taking $2K per student in salary. 8 execs, 75K students, $21M in salaries. 20% of revenue in 8 pockets.
Morningstar Executive Compensation

"at the expense of children"….
"Trombetta of East Liverpool, Ohio, is accused of siphoning more than $8 million from the school through a network of profit and non-profit companies he controlled."
PA Cyber Charter founder Nick Trombetta indicted on fraud and tax charges
Penn Live By The Associated Press on August 23, 2013 at 11:13 AM
The founder and former CEO of a cyber-charter school that educates more than 11,000 Pennsylvania students has been indicted by a federal grand jury.  Fifty-eight-year-old Nicholas Trombetta of East Liverpool, Ohio, is accused of siphoning more than $8 million from the school through a network of profit and non-profit companies he controlled.  Trombetta surrendered to authorities Thursday night on the charges announced Friday by federal authorities.  Trombetta allegedly bought a $1 million Florida condominium and houses for his girlfriend and mother, along with nearly $1 million on personal expenses, including groceries.

"The representatives of the five school districts also voiced support Tuesday for a fair funding formula and for the Democratic governor’s proposed $410 million increase for basic education as opposed to the Republican-controlled Legislature’s proposed $100 million increase vetoed by Wolf."
Delco educators fear effects of state budget standoff
By Patti Mengers, Delaware County Daily Times POSTED: 08/18/15, 10:07 PM EDT
Representatives of five of Delaware County’s 15 school districts participated in a press conference staged Tuesday morning by Public Citizens for Children and Youth outside Ardmore Avenue Elementary School in Lansdowne to express concern over the budget standoff between Gov. Tom Wolf and the state Legislature if it is not resolved by the time school opens Sept. 8.  “Without the budget, we have no idea how much money we’ll receive or when we’ll receive it. Our bills won’t wait for this to be settled,” said Chichester School District Superintendent Kathleen Sherman of the new fiscal year budget which should have gone into effect July 1.  William Penn School District Board Member Rafi Cave said without the passage of a state budget, school officials have had to guess what funds they will have available for the upcoming school year and for pensions.

"This is frustrating as a school board member, but even more so because I'm a parent," said Cave, the William Penn board member. "My first grader is not going to have another shot at first grade. I can't tell her to come back once we can provide stronger resources."  "We've taxed all we can tax, we've cut all we can cut," he said. "We kept our end of the bargain."
Now, Cave said, legislators must do the same."
School officials slam Pa. budget stalemate
CAITLIN MCCABE, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER LAST UPDATED: Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 1:08 AM POSTED: Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 3:20 PM
Standing alongside school officials from across Delaware County on Tuesday, William Penn school board member Rafi Cave implored his audience to imagine planning days without any concept of a budget.  "Think of your household, and having to pay bills before you even know how much your paycheck is going to be," Cave said. "Any day past that can become an emergency."  Cave said his analogy is the reality school officials across the county have been forced to face: Classes are nearly starting. A cold war over the state budget in Harrisburg remains. And without one, school officials have no sense of how much money they will receive from the state.

School Officials Voice Concern Over Lack Of State Budget As Summer Break Winds Down
KYW1060 By Jim Melwert August 18, 2015 1:27 PM
LANSDOWNE, Pa. (CBS) — Summer vacation is almost over for students across the Delaware Valley. But as schools get ready to open their doors, there is still no budget from Harrisburg. That has some district officials in Delaware County calling on state lawmakers to get their act together.  Jennifer Hoff is the school board president for the William Penn School District. She says if they failed to get a district budget passed by June 30th, they could go to jail, yet state lawmakers continue bickering weeks after their budget due date.  “We start school in two weeks,” Hoff says. “What are we going to do?”  She says Governor Tom Wolf and members of the legislature could use an elementary refresher.  “We teach our kids problem solving skills,” Hoff says. “Our adults have to abide by the same problem solving skills to get the job done.”  Hoff was joined by superintendents from four districts in Delaware County representing 30,000 students, including Chichester School District superintendent Kathleen Sherman. She says her district passes a budget on time each year.

School districts react to state budget impasse
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The Chambersburg Area School District goes back in session this week, and district officials are forced to start the school year without funding from the state, due to the Pennsylvania State Budget that has not yet passed.  "Some school districts will maybe only be able to operate maybe into the first two weeks of school," said Steve Dart, business manager, Chambersburg Area School District. "Others may be able to make it a little farther into the fall, but all school districts will feel the effects by the end of the calendar year."  With state funding comprising more than 30 percent of the school's budget revenue, officials said the impact will be felt across the board around October or November.   "Once the children, students and staff come back, and we are back to a full-time operation, then we start to very quickly spend money. And if [the budget] is not in place, that starts to become a problem very quickly for the school district," Dart said. 

Wolf's pension plan no summer smash among Republicans, report: Tuesday Morning Coffee
Penn Live By John L. Micek | jmicek@pennlive.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on August 18, 2015 at 8:29 AM
Good Tuesday Morning, Fellow Seekers.
Gov. Tom Wolf's latest attempt to solve Pennsylvania's public pension knot isn't getting much love from legislative Republicans - in fact, it's landed with a resounding "thud," our friends at WITF-FM report.  More astute readers may recall that Wolf floated a pension reform plan during two sessions with Republicans last week in which he offered a change to benefits for future state and school employees that would include a "stacked hybrid" plan of the type championed by House Republican members in the 2013-14 legislative session.

Republicans ‘disingenuous’ to knock pension offer, Wolf says
Pottstown Mercury By Marc Levy, The Associated Press POSTED: 08/18/15, 9:12 AM EDT
HARRSIBURG >> Republican legislative majority leaders are “disingenuous” to criticize a compromise offer on how to reduce Pennsylvania’s long-term public pension debt when they have not made similar moves to end a seven-week-old budget stalemate, Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday.  Negotiations are at a crawl in the budget stalemate, and major safety-net services advocacy groups including the United Way are asking Wolf and lawmakers to break the stalemate to approve stopgap funding and end growing service cuts for the needy, neglected and disabled.  For now, Republicans and Democrats are not discussing a stopgap human services funding bill, and talks are revolving around ways to cut Pennsylvania’s long-term pension debt. Wolf’s compromise offer to Republicans last week fell flat, with top GOP lawmakers saying that it falls well short of what they are seeking.

"Many charter schools underperform the public schools from which they draw students. (In fact, some charter schools are among the lowest-performing schools in the state.) While quality charter schools can provide a viable alternative, not all charter schools provide quality education. It doesn’t make sense that traditional school districts should subsidize school choice when that choice is inferior to the public school option.  Where does the almost $200 million taken from public schools and given to charter schools go? The answer is: high salaries for charter school administrators, political lobbying, and paid television ads that say that charter schools are free. Obviously they are not free! They are being paid for by the taxpayers and by the children in traditional public schools, including those with special needs who are receiving fewer services because of charters schools."
Time for oversight, reform of Pa. charter schools
Lancaster Online Opinion by RHEA STARR | Special to LNP August 18, 2015
Like Gary M. Levinson (“Make property tax reform a priority,” Letters, July 13), I received my property tax bill with an increase over last year. I am a retiree who, with my husband, lives on our Social Security and a small savings.  I don’t like to see my tax money wasted. Besides our failure to spend money on early childhood education — which studies show saves $7 in future spending for every dollar spent today — here is how I see it wasted.  Charter schools in Pennsylvania receive 100 percent of their public funding from public school systems. When a student enrolls in a charter school, the student’s home school district must pay tuition to the charter school for that child. This forces districts to cut programs and services for students who remain in their schools.  We taxpayers now spend more than $1.4 billion annually on charter and cyber charter schools’ tuition bills, in addition to paying to operate all of Pennsylvania’s traditional public schools.

"A test version of the application shows a display for each of the buses used in the household and the vehicle's estimated arrival time. Buses running behind schedule would appear red, while those on time would show up as green. For security reasons, district officials decided not to provide the public with access to real-time GPS tracking of the buses."
New Parkland app lets parents track buses
The transportation program would allow the district to track the locations of its fleet and could let parents know whether their children’s buses are running on time.
By Sarah M. Wojcik Of The Morning Call August 18, 2015
Peter Balestrini was just another parent waiting for a late bus when inspiration for a new transportation program for the Parkland School District first took root.  With three daughters in the district — at elementary, middle and high schools — Balestrini said predicting bus arrivals was often a frustrating enterprise.  "I thought, there's got to be a better way here," he said.  Balestrini, a chief solutions architect at Computer Aid Inc., a global information technology headquartered in South Whitehall Township, took the idea to work and began to imagine a transportation tracking program accessible in different modes to both the district and parents. Balestrini pitched the product to Parkland administrators.  A year later, Parkland is poised to begin a slow rollout of the program, tentatively dubbed Safe Transport, in its 150-bus fleet. District officials will test the parent portion of the program before the company makes it available to approved parents and guardians of the district's more than 10,000 bus riders, Balestrini said.  What parents would see on their smartphones would look a lot different than the information accessible by administrators.

Want more teachers? Pay more
Recruiting workers to a field is easy if you’re willing to offer the market wage
Aljazerra Opinion by Dean Baker   @DeanBaker13 August 17, 2015 2:00AM ET
Last week the New York Times ran a long piece calling attention to school districts across the country that are having a difficult time attracting new teachers. The piece reported that many school districts are relaxing standards in order to get teachers, in some cases hiring teachers who have not yet completed their training. Others have increased the intensity of recruiting, making more effort to court good applicants. It also reported on some districts going to Puerto Rico or even Spain in search of teachers.  The one tactic that is not mentioned is higher pay. While the piece notes that many recent college grads are opting for higher-paying alternatives to teaching, it does not discuss why school districts are not raising wages as a way to pull some of these people back into teaching.  This is not the first time that we have seen assertions about labor shortages even though wages don’t appear to be growing. It is a regular theme in reporting on the economy. Times columnist Thomas Friedman has repeatedlycomplained that employers can’t get qualified workers due to inadequate training. Last year Slate told its readersthere is a shortage of truck drivers. And The Wall Street Journal ran a long piece on the shortage of skilled workers in manufacturing.  The traditional way to attract qualified workers is to offer higher wages. This is the basic logic of supply and demand. If the price rises, or in this case the wage, then it will also increase the supply.

New Statewide Education Standards Require Teachers To Forever Change Lives Of 30% Of Students
The Onion NEWS IN BRIEF August 7, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, IL—In an effort to hold classroom instructors more accountable, the Illinois State Board of Education unveiled new statewide education standards Friday that require public school teachers to forever change the lives of at least 30 percent of their students. “Under our updated educator evaluation policy, teachers must make an unforgettable, lifelong impact on at least three of every 10 students and instill a love of learning in them that lasts the rest of their lives,” said chairman James Meeks, adding that based on the annual assessments, if 30 percent of students don’t recall a particular teacher’s name when asked to identify the most influential and inspiring person in their lives, that instructor would be promptly dismissed. “We are imposing these standards to make certain that a significant proportion of students in any given classroom can someday look back and say, ‘That teacher changed the course of my life, making me who I am today, and there’s no way I could ever repay them.’ Anything less is failure.” Meeks also confirmed the implementation of another rule aimed at ensuring that no more than 40 percent of a teacher’s students end up in prison.


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!
Details:
  • 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 www.pascd.org <http://www.pascd.org/>

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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