Saturday, September 12, 2015

PA Ed Policy Roundup Sept 12: Local school officials seeing immediate, potential long-term impact from state budget stalemate

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PA Ed Policy Roundup for September 12, 2015:
Local school officials seeing immediate, potential long-term impact from state budget stalemate



Make your voice heard at Education Action Day, Sept. 21
School directors and administrators from across the state will be converging on the State Capitol on Monday, Sept. 21 for Education Action Day – your opportunity to push for a state budget and pension reform. Join PSBA in the Main Capitol-East Wing under the escalators at 10 a.m. A news conference will be held from 11 a.m.-noon, and from 1-3 p.m. you may visit with legislators. There is no charge for participation, but for planning purposes, members are asked to register their attendance online below. We look forward to a big crowd to impress upon legislators and the governor the need for a state budget and pension reform now!



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



“The state’s delay in passing a budget only aggravates the current education inequities in Pennsylvania,” Charlie Lyons, spokesman for the Campaign for Fair Education Funding, said in statement. “It is the students with the greatest needs that are most affected by the failure to pass a budget, since the schools facing the most challenges rely more on state dollars and have fewer local revenues to fill the gaps.  “It’s long past time for both sides to come together to enact a fair funding formula and to pass a budget that increases education funding by at least $410 million to address the impact of prior cuts and begin implementing the new formula so all students have an opportunity for success no matter where they live.”
Local school officials seeing immediate, potential long-term impact from state budget stalemate
Pottstown Mercury By Jarreau Freeman, jfreeman@21st-centurymedia.com, @JarreauFreeman on Twitter POSTED: 09/11/15, 1:17 PM EDT
FRANCONIA >> Educators from across the state are scheduled to rally in Harrisburg Sept. 21 to urge legislators to end the budget impasse — Souderton Area School District might be joining the crusade.  School board member Donna Scheuren asked Superintendent Frank Gallagher to attend the event and represent the district at an August board meeting, to which he nodded in agreement.  Other districts will be involved in the event, such as the Spring-Ford Area School District, which has led the charge with backing from the Pennsylvania School Boards Association that’s calling this rally an Education Action Day.  The event is twofold, explained PSBA spokesman Steve Robinson: it will give educators the opportunity to discuss the impasse, as well as call on legislators for pension reform.  The state budget, which is supposed to be passed by June 30 each year before the start of the new fiscal year (July 1), is more than two months overdue as Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican-controlled Legislature struggle to reach an agreement.  Issues such as the education funding, pensions and a severance tax on natural gas drilling to fund education are some of the roadblocks facing a final budget approval.
With the 2015-16 school year now in progress, this delay could have long-term effects on school districts and various educational programs throughout the commonwealth. Without a budget, schools are being denied more than $1 billion in state funding.

'Quiet crisis' as Pennsylvania's budget stalemate grinds on
York Daily Record by Associated Press UPDATED:   09/12/2015 09:11:22 AM EDT
HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania state government's budget season is typically hectic, with raucous rallies echoing through the Pennsylvania Capitol, lobbyists packing the corridors and top lawmakers and governor's aides rushing to closed-door meetings.  This year's is starkly different, two-and-a-half months into an entrenched stalemate between freshman Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and leaders of the Legislature's huge Republican majorities.  The Capitol is empty and quiet.  "I've not heard anything new about the budget," said Gene Barr, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. "When I talk to people about it, I get a lot of shrugs and 'hey, we're waiting' and 'not there yet.'"  Lawmakers have hardly been in session since July 1 and budget talks are intermittent. Meanwhile, the governor's office and legislative leaders are saying little about their discussions or how they are trying to bridge their differences over tax policy, spending and the state's public pension, school funding and liquor store systems.

Lots of talk, no breakthrough moments yet on Pa. budget stalemate
Penn Live By Charles Thompson | cthompson@pennlive.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on September 11, 2015 at 6:14 PM
Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf is looking for the magic keys that will unlock the doors to a big state budget deal with Pennsylvania's Republican-dominated General Assembly.  This just in: He hasn't found it yet.  Wolf has continued his peach season series of out-of-the-Capitol, face-to-face meetings and phone calls with legislative leaders so conversations can be had in relative political seclusion – i.e. unannounced to the press.  Sources familiar with the progress of those talks say there has been continued movement from the administration in concept. But until more details are filled in it's hard to say whether there's been actual progress.  The roadblocks, however, seem as high as ever.

Republicans Senators to propose stop-gap budget to fund schools, social services
Penn Live By Christian Alexandersen | calexandersen@pennlive.com  Email the author | Follow on Twitter  on September 11, 2015 at 4:10 PM, updated September 11, 2015 at 4:11 PM
The long budget impasse between Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican lawmakers may finally be broken in Pennsylvania next week. At least, temporarily.  Republican Senators plan to introduce a stop-gap budget proposal when they come back into session on Wednesday, Sept. 16. The stop-gap budget will provide a portion of the state's yearly funding for social service providers and schools.  Senate Republican Caucus Spokeswoman Jennifer Kocher said she's not sure what form the stop-gap budget will take -- whether it will be an all new proposal, an already-proposed bill or a combination of both.  "We're still ironing the final details along the way," Kocher said.  The stop-gap budget comes more than two months after Wolf vetoed the Republican-crafted budget proposal. As a result, state agencies and services have slowly begun running out of money to operate.  While Republican leaders have indicated that the governor's administration has been kept in the loop about the stopgap planning, Wolf's office has been coy about their reaction to date.  "The governor has made no decisions on a stop-gap [budget plan] and has no details on what it is [Republican legislative leaders] are proposing," said Wolf Spokesman Jeff Sheridan.

"Along with budget concerns, superintendents remain frustrated with standardized testing, specifically with changes made to tests taken in the spring. With the switch to a more rigorous curriculum and a new standard for proficiency, school districts statewide saw significant declines in passing rates on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests. Those results have yet to be released publicly, but some districts saw proficiency declines of as much as 80 percent."
Superintendents call for changes to testing, funding
Scranton Times Tribune BY SARAH HOFIUS HALL Published: September 12, 2015
ARCHBALD — From standardized testing requirements to paying the bills during the budget impasse, area educators looked to local legislators for help on Friday.
At a superintendents’ meeting at the Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit, regional school leaders discussed some of the issues that are taking time — and money — away from education.  Joined by Sen. John Blake, D-22, Archbald, and Reps. Mike Carroll, D-118, Avoca, Frank Farina, D-112, Jessup, and Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-114, Taylor, superintendents called for a resolution to the budget impasse, now in its third month. Senate and House leadership plan serious budget negotiations on Monday, and pension reform has remained an obstacle, Mr. Blake said.  Along with having to take out loans to pay bills during the impasse, some districts have received downgrades to their bond ratings. Districts also struggle to make future pension payments without state funding. The Public School Employees’ Retirement System warned that late payments will be subject to a 6 percent penalty.  The NEIU has an $800,000 payment due and will be out of cash in six weeks, Executive Director Robert McTiernan said. Carbondale Area does not have the money to make its payment, Superintendent Joseph Gorham said.

Letter to the editor: There’s only one solution for Chester Upland’s dilemma: More state funding
Delco Times Letter By Michael Churchill, Times Guest Columnist 09/11/15, 6:58 PM EDT
Michael Churchill is of counsel for the Philadelphia-based Public Interest Law Center
In 2012, the state took over the Chester Upland School District and had Delaware County President Judge Chad Kenney appoint a receiver in order to resolve its financial problems. Nothing changed. Last week, Judge Kenney asked the state what they were going to do to actually fix the financial problems so they would not recur year after year.
What was remarkable about the judge’s request was that it seemed to be the first time anyone had demanded that the state provide some real answers about what could and should be done with the perennial deficits.  To give the state some credit, it had recognized earlier this summer that nothing could be done without fixing the twisted formula which pays charter schools $40,000 for each special-education student when the schools’ own numbers showed they had no students who cost even as much as $25,000 and where the state estimated that the average cost was $17,000. In August, it asked Judge Kenney to lower the special-education tuition rate paid by the district to the charters to $17,000 per student, saving $22.4 million this year. Judge Kenney, however, said not until he had a comprehensive solution to Chester’s financial problems.
That has put the state on the hot spot about what a true solution would cost. Given how they stumbled for answers, it appears officials had been trying to avoid adding up the numbers. Unfortunately, everyone is still in denial about the scope of the state’s obligation to the students in Chester or any other recovery district.  As Judge Kenney pointed out, the Financial Recovery Act states that the “commonwealth shall ensure the delivery of effective educational services to all students” in a recovery district. Effective educational services must mean ones that will enable students to meet state standards. Currently, less than 25 percent of Chester’s students meet state standards. Clearly substantial enhancement of services is necessary.

District's bid to outsource substitute teachers falters
the notebook By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Sep 11, 2015 10:43 PM
The Philadelphia School District's push to outsource substitute teaching services has thus far been a major disappointment.  The Cherry Hill based Source4Teachers promised to fill 90 percent of absences, but it's rate through the first week of school hasn't come close.  Finding enough subs has been a problem in the district for years, where the fill-rate averaged about 60 percent. It was that number that pushed district leaders to ink a $34 million contract in June with Source4Teachers.  That group promised to lift the fill-rate to more than 75 percent on day one of classes and 90 percent by January.  But, after a week of classes with the private firm in charge, district officials say they are "concerned.
The fill-rate has plummeted to just 11 percent — alarming principals across the district.
"I'm hopeful that the percentage increases dramatically next week, because it's been a challenge this week," said Tim McKenna, principal of Central High School, a magnet school that typically has been able to cover 100 percent of its absences.  On Friday, the school had seven absences and zero subs to cover, which means other teachers had to scramble.
So was outsourcing a bad idea?

PA: Sub Privatizing Bombs
Curmuducation Blog by Peter Greene Friday, September 11, 2015
Philadelphia schools joined the ranks of school districts that figured they could save a buck by sub-contracting their substitute teaching work to a private company. Then, Philadelphia schools joined the ranks of school districts that found out they'd made a mistake.  Philly gave the contractor a $34 million contract, and then-- well, back before school started, they had barely 10% of the bodies they needed. I didn't run the story at the time because it was before the start of school, and sub rosters always grow once people decide they really aren't getting a job this fall. But now the school year is started, and Philly still has a measly 300 subs on the roster. The company says it has maybe 500 in the pipeline. The school district says once the year gets going, the demand is in the neighborhood of 1,000 per day.  The district hired the company after only being able to get a "fill rate" of about 66%. The company is not even close to that-- and if they don't hit 90% by January, it will start costing them money. They are mystified. Reporter Kristen A Graham quotes one of the honchos

“We must close or transform charters that consistently underperform."
Better Isn't Good Enough: The Path to Improving Philadelphia's Charter School Sector
Position Paper by Philadelphia School Advocacy Partners and Philadelphia Charters for Excellence September 2015

Schools are starving for arts education
the notebook By Donna Cooper and Maud Lyon on Sep 11, 2015 03:33 PM
On Sept. 16, the drama surrounding education funding will take center stage as the Philadelphia Theatre Company, The Wilma Theater, and Arden Theatre Company will partner to stage a reading of School Play, a theater piece about Pennsylvania’s education crisis that was commissioned by Public Citizens for Children & Youth (PCCY).  The evidence is clear: When we fail to provide access to arts and culture for Philadelphia students, we put them at a severe disadvantage not just now, but also in a ripple effect that will continue the rest of their lives. That is the story that School Play tells.  This free, one-night-only performance at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre is jointly produced by PCCY and GroundSwell, the arts advocacy and community engagement program of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. Theater artists and administrators will participate, along with young people from local theater education programs. Tickets are available here.  The event falls during National Arts in Education Week, designated by Congress in 2010. The goal of National Arts in Education Week is to support equal access to the arts for all students and to showcase the role that arts education plays in students’ academic and long-term success, particularly to elected officials and education leaders across the country.

88 keys to bringing music back to Philly schools
the notebook By Brianna Spause on Sep 11, 2015 02:28 PM
Jazz pianist and singer Tony DeSare serenaded a small crowd in front of the Sounds of Philadelphia Mural in South Philly on Wednesday to launch a new School District campaign to innovate music education in city schools.  The free performance at the Philadelphia Horticultural Society’s Pop-Up Garden at Ninth and Wharton Streets kicked off Keys for Philly Kids, the fundraising arm of a new District initiative that seeks to bring music programs into schools that lack them and take a more modern approach to music classes, beyond band, orchestra, and chorus.  “The Keys for Philly Kids campaign will help us move our music programs into the 21st century with a major focus on engaging the 80 percent of kids that don’t traditionally enroll in an instrumental music program,” said Frank Machos, the District’s director of music education.

Secretary of Education Introduces Governor's STEM Competition: Improving Pennsylvania through STEM; Open to PA High School StudentsCompetition to be held in May 2016; up to $3,000 in scholarships to be awarded
PDE Press Release HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --
Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera today announced the opening of the Governor's 2016 STEM Competition, this year named "Improving Pennsylvania through STEM", and invitedPennsylvania's high school students to participate.  The annual themed competition is open to public, nonpublic and private school students in grades 9-12 to showcase their skills and expertise in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
"The Governor's STEM Competition is truly unique and worthwhile because these are the fields that will provide the high-priority, in-demand jobs of tomorrow," said Secretary Rivera. "By encouraging students to engage in activities that hone their skills in these areas, we're not only encouraging them to set themselves up for future success but to also have fun while learning. This competition provides a great opportunity for students to forge deeper connections with their communities while increasing knowledge and strengthening their skill sets."  Teams of five students will be selected from each interested school and will explore STEM opportunities available in their local communities. Students will engage with their local communities to learn about STEM-related careers and the skills necessary to be successful. To culminate the experience, students will be asked to present their findings and explain the practical applications of their device to a panel of judges. The challenge will test teams' communication, problem solving, and critical thinking skills while providing a unique opportunity to share their creativity with students from across the state. Approximately 170 teams (limit one team per high school) are expected to participate.

Activists urge Comcast to contribute toward tech education
ROBERT MORAN, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER LAST UPDATED: Saturday, September 12, 2015, 1:06 AM POSTED: Friday, September 11, 2015, 7:33 PM
About 80 activists marched Friday afternoon from City Hall to the Comcast Center to call on the cable and media giant to contribute funds to improve technology education in Philadelphia schools.  "Comcast got the tower, but the people have the power," the marchers chanted as they proceeded west on John F. Kennedy Boulevard to Comcast's corporate headquarters.  The group rallied peacefully outside the city's tallest skyscraper and then delivered a sign to the company that read: "Comcast, we need affordable Internet for all, tech education in all public schools, protections for workers and consumers."  Specifically, the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools and the Comcast Corporate Accountability Project called for Comcast to contribute as much as $35 million to fund a new technology teacher and modernize computer equipment in every school.

Taxpayers spent $23,500 on taxi rides for Pittsburgh charter school's students, audit finds
Trib Live By Melissa Daniels Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, 12:57 p.m.
A Pittsburgh-based charter school spent nearly $240,000 in tax money over four years to transport five special education students to and from school, including $23,504 to pay for taxi rides for one student, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Thursday.  City Charter High School officials say they had no other option, as the students' school districts were unable to provide busing.  The audit said the school failed to keep records of the students' trips and didn't formalize the arrangement in a contract. DePasquale said his major concern is the lack of transparency about how the money was spent.  “Sometimes things cost more, sometimes things cost less,” DePasquale said. “But you've got to, at first, account for the money.”

Back to school: Almost 20 million kids are getting free lunch
CNN By Jordan Malter   @jmalt87 September 10, 2015
School lunch: Is $1.50 a child enough?
About 50 million children returned to school this week, and nearly 20 million of them are getting free lunch.  The number of children fed through the National School Lunch Program has expanded dramaticallyin the last few decades. This is partly due to the growing number of children living in poverty. In 2013, 21% of kids were living in poverty compared with 15% in 2000, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.  But administrative changes have also impacted those numbers. While families typically had to report their income every year to qualify, now whole school districts can decide to provide universal coverage -- meaning free lunch for every student. Major cities like Chicago, Dallas and Philadelphia have decided to do just that in an attempt to reduce paperwork and any stigma associated with the free lunches.

Shock Waves Reverberate From Wash. State Charter Ruling
Education Week By Andrew Ujifusa Published Online: September 11, 2015
The Washington State Supreme Court’s ruling earlier this month holding the state’s charter school law unconstitutional has sent shock waves through Washington’s educational establishment, handed charter critics a high-profile victory, and left the schools’ supporters scrambling to keep the state’s small, relatively young charter school sector alive.  In its 6-3 ruling in League of Women Voters v. Washington, the court found that the law approved by voters through a 2012 ballot measure, Initiative 1240, improperly designated charters as “common schools,” and that the schools were not therefore entitled under the state constitution to certain state funds they presently draw on.  Despite the prominent setback for charters, it might be difficult for skeptics of the autonomous, publicly funded schools to create any momentum outside Washington from the decision. For example, in the majority opinion, the justices relied heavily on state precedent regarding the definition of common schools set down in a 1909 state high court ruling. In addition, translating a victory in one state into other states’ legal and political systems won’t necessarily be easy.  All the same, the court’s Sept. 4 ruling delivered a clear rebuke to the state’s charter law that might provide charter critics elsewhere some ammunition.

Andy Spears: Is Tennessee Sick of the (Low) Achievement School District?
Diane Ravitch's Blog By dianeravitch September 11, 2015 //
Corporate education reform specializes in grandiose promises, hype, and spin. No reformer was bolder than Chris Barbic. Reflecting his self-confidence, he took over Tennessee’s Achievement School District and predicted he could raise the bottom 5% of the state’s schools into the top 25% in only five years.  After only four years, Barbic quit. He said that turning around neighborhood schools was harder than he expected. It is easier to have a choice school where the school chooses, although Barbic didn’t say that.  Gary Rubinstein was first to analyze the ASD data, and he found that after three years, the original six schools had not improved. Barbic’s ambitious goal was out of reach.


Tune in this Sunday, Sept. 13 at 3 p.m.: EPLC’s “Focus on Education” Show on PCN – PA Auditor General Eugene DePasquale will discuss public education finance reform and 2) representatives of the PA School Boards Association will discuss the work of school boards and school board directors
Part 1: Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale will discuss public education finance issues.
Part 2: The work of school boards and school board directors, featuring: Steve Robinson, Senior Director of Communications, Pennsylvania School Boards Association Kathy Swope, President-Elect, PA School Boards Association and President, Lewisburg Area School Board
All EPLC “Focus on Education” TV shows are hosted by EPLC President Ron Cowell.

SCHOOL PLAY - It's a touchy subject
Suzanne Roberts Theatre Philadelphia Wed. Sept. 16th 7:00 p.m.
School Play explores our attitudes toward public education using the real voices of Pennsylvanians from across the Commonwealth
The performance will be held next Wednesday, September 16th at 7:00 pm at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre (480 S. Broad St., Philadelphia).  Tickets are free.  People can go to this link to RSVP: http://www.pccy.org/event/school-play-performance/

Help fund the statewide tour of a live documentary play about the struggle to save public education in Pennsylvania.
After standing-room-only shows at Philadelphia’s National Constitution Center in April, we’re taking this compelling play about the precarious state of public education back to the people who lent us their voices and stories. This October, we’re traveling across the state, putting on free performances to spark conversations and engage citizens.  School Play is a work of grassroots theatre, woven from the narratives of hundreds of Pennsylvanians affected by our state’s school funding crisis. The play is entirely crowd-sourced; the script is derived from the words of students, parents, educators and legislators, and is available online for anyone to perform.  Artists Arden Kass, Seth Bauer and Edward Sobel created School Play out of our personal concern for our kids and our communities. The result is a funny, sad, straight-talking documentary theatre piece, told through the words of real people.  You can read more about School Play here, here, here and here.

Register Now for the Fifth Annual Arts and Education Symposium Oct. 29th Harrisburg
Thursday, October 29, 2015 Radisson Hotel Harrisburg Convention Center 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Act 48 Credit is available. The event will be a daylong convening of arts education policy leaders and practitioners for lively discussions about important policy issues and the latest news from the field. The symposium is hosted by EPLC and the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network, and supported by a generous grant from The Heinz Endowments.

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/>

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 open Aug. 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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