Thursday, September 17, 2015

PA Ed Policy Roundup Sept 17: Wolf offers concessions on liquor stores, pensions; GOP moves stopgap budget

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PA Ed Policy Roundup for September 17, 2015:
Wolf offers concessions on liquor stores, pensions; GOP moves stopgap budget


On GOP Presidential Debate: "Three hours and no questions directly related to education."
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VIDEO: Governor Wolf Budget Update, 9/16/2015
Governor Tom Wolf Published on Sep 16, 2015 YouTube runtime 5:39

VIDEO: Corman highlights need for stop-gap budget
The PLS Reporter Author: Alanna Koll/Wednesday, September 16, 2015 runtime: 4:59
Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre), along with President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) and Senate Appropriations Chairman Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) discuss why they are moving forward with a stop-gap budget. 

Wolf offers concessions on liquor stores, pensions
Calls his proposals ‘historic reforms’ while criticizing GOP
By Kate Giammarise / Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau September 16, 2015
HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday that he had offered major compromises on two key issues in the budget impasse, proposing private management of the state-owned liquor store system and a new pension system for future state and public school employees that would save money.  But in doing so, the Democratic governor unleashed another attack on Republican legislative leaders, calling them inflexible and uncompromising as they took steps toward passing a short-term spending plan that he is almost certain to veto.  Mr. Wolf said he would agree to lease the liquor stores to a private entity while retaining state ownership of the system and offered a plan with a 401(k)-style component for state and school employees.  “Today, I put on the table historic reforms on pensions and liquor ... two things that they say are very important to them,” he said in a late afternoon Capitol news conference.  “And what do I get in return? Nothing. I got nothing on [natural gas] severance tax. Nothing. I got nothing on education. Nothing. I got nothing on property tax relief. And I got nothing ... on how we are actually going to balance this budget.”

Wolf puts new offer on table, blasts Republicans for mischaracterizing talks
Penn Live By Jan Murphy | jmurphy@pennlive.com  Email the author | Follow on Twitter on September 16, 2015 at 5:11 PM, updated September 16, 2015 at 6:19 PM
Gov. Tom Wolf put an offer on the table on Wednesday to try to break the 85-day  state budget stalemate that included some reforms that he said Democrats have been loathe to consider.  He offered to contract out the state's wholesale and retail liquor system to a private manager and reform the state's pension systems to alter the plan for new hires.  In return, Wolf said he asks them to come back with a proposal for how to pay for what he wants in education and "how we're going to put Pennsylvania's fiscal house in order."  "We proposed something here that Democrats would never in the past propose and we expect something in return," Wolf said.    Wolf expressed outrage over the way Senate Republican leaders characterizedthose developments from Wednesday's budget negotiations and its plan to proceed with moving a stopgap budget this week.  "If you need any, any reminder, today is a startling example of how broken Harrisburg is," Wolf began. "This is really ridiculous. ... They just basically said today we just wasted three months. "

"Wolf's savings projection is also pumped up by another element that has drawn opposition from the Republicans in the recent past: a $3 billion bond issue that would infuse new cash in the Public School Employees Retirement System.  The point of that effort, supporters say, is to pare down still-growing, yearly taxpayer-funded state and school district contributions into the school and state workers' retirement systems."
Wolf Administration officials say latest pension reform plan would save $20.3 billion
Penn Live By Charles Thompson | cthompson@pennlive.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on September 16, 2015 at 6:41 PM, updated September 16, 2015 at 10:39 PM
Gov. Tom Wolf formally rejected a Senate Republican reform to the state's major public pension plans Wednesday, but offered his own new version that he said would save significantly more.  Spokesmen for the majority Republican legislative leaders said they need time to reviewWolf's latest plan, as well as a separate one tolease the state-owned liquor store system to a private manager.  "We asked for time to think about it," said Jennifer Kocher, spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Centre County.  It's not immediately clear that Democratic legislators will flock to these plans, either.

Wolf's plan would outsource state liquor system to private manager
Penn Live By Jan Murphy | jmurphy@pennlive.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on September 16, 2015 at 7:54 PM, updated September 16, 2015 at 10:52 PM
After months of hearing Gov. Tom Wolf show no interest in Republican-backed proposals to privatize the state's liquor system, the Democratic governor has come up with an idea that would move the state in that direction.  His plan would stop short of moving the system out of the liquor business but instead would retain ownership and hand over management to a private company.  The idea, while intriguing to the leader of most vocal opponents to privatization, was blasted outright by the Republican leader who has been championing the idea of selling off the liquor system for the last few years.  Until now, Wolf has shown a willingness to modernize the state's liquor system that focused mainly on making buying wine and spirits more convenient for consumers.  On Wednesday, as part of a broader state budget offer that also included elements of the Republicans' pension reform plan, Wolf proposed leasing out the management of the retail and wholesale liquor system through a competitively bid process.

Offers rejected, more offers made, as budget negotiators continue finger-pointing during budget stalemate
The PLS Reporter Author: Jason Gottesman/Wednesday, September 16, 2015
After four weeks of consideration, the governor Wednesday told legislative leaders in a face-to-face meeting that he would not accept their offer of an additional $300 million for basic education in exchange for the governor agreeing to a modified defined contribution-like pension reform plan.  According to Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre), this puts negotiations at square one.  “It’s unfortunate that it took four weeks to get around to rejecting our offer, but it did, so be it,” he said. “We’re going to have these discussions and hopefully we can continue to move closer.”  He said Republicans will continue to negotiate with Gov. Wolf to bring his spend number down to “a reasonable number” that doesn’t require broad-based tax increases while also working toward reforms with regard to pension plans and liquor sales.  Sen. Corman added his entire caucus is united in holding the line on not increasing taxes.  “It’s just sad,” he said about the offer’s rejection. “Just think about what that would’ve done for schools.”  According to Gov. Tom Wolf, however, Sen. Corman’s remarks about what happened at the meeting are just the beginning of the story.

"Minority Appropriations Chairman Vincent Hughes said the GOP proposal was bad when it was introduced earlier this year by Rep. Bill Adolph and it remains bad now.  The proposal makes false revenue assumptions, doesn't restore cuts to public education, doesn't restore funding for social service programs and does move the state forward, he said.   "I really think we need to get down to the business of negotiating a state budget," Hughes said. "We need to have a full state budget in front of us that we can put in front of the people."
GOP Senators moving forward with stop-gap budget over cries from Gov. Wolf, Democrats
Penn Live By Christian Alexandersen | calexandersen@pennlive.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on September 16, 2015 at 6:16 PM, updated September 16, 2015 at 10:43 PM
Gov. Tom Wolf and Democratic lawmakers say they're against passing a stop-gap budget. But the Republicans controlling the Pennsylvania General Assembly are doing it anyway.
The Senate Appropriations Committee voted in favor of moving along a Republican-crafted stop-gap budget on Wednesday. The proposal -- which includes $11 billion in spending -- provides four months of funding for state agencies, full-year federal funding and full-year funding for other state special funds.  Wolf said at a press conference Wednesday that he was against the stop-gap proposal and would veto it if it got to his desk.  They want to see how far they can push me. They can't -- Gov. Tom Wolf

Wolf vows to veto GOP's stopgap budget plan
WHYY Newsworks BY MARY WILSON SEPTEMBER 17, 2015
The tone of Pennsylvania budget talks hit a new low this week as the governor promised to veto a stopgap measure meant to get state funding flowing to entities facing their own fiscal cliff due to the months-long standoff.   GOP Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman said a deal still seemed distant after a Wednesday meeting with Democrats and the governor. As a result, he said, Republicans would go ahead with a short-term proposal to fund schools and social services through October.  "Why can't they have some money while we're continuing to negotiate?" Corman said during an impromptu press conference on the steps of the Capitol rotunda. "I don't understand why anyone would be opposed to that."  Gov. Tom Wolf responded by promising to veto the Republicans' bill.

Seth Grove: A timeline of state budget dysfunction (column)
York Daily Record Letter By Rep. Seth Grove UPDATED:   09/16/2015 09:43:26 PM EDT
Rep. Seth Grove is a Republican from Dover Township.
After only eight months in office, Gov. Tom Wolf has brought the dysfunction of Washington, D.C. to Pennsylvania. Even Former Gov. Ed Rendell, whose administration was known for late budgets, never vetoed an entire budget proposal. Unlike Gov. Wolf, Gov. Rendell understood the impact of a full veto on Pennsylvanians. From school districts to human services organizations, they are all being crushed by Gov. Wolf's decision to veto the entire budget.  Now over 70 days into Gov. Wolf's budget impasse, the General Assembly has been forced to look at passing a stopgap budget in order to assist Pennsylvanians in need — due, in part, to House Democrats voting against overriding some of Gov. Wolf's vetoed budget line items. Unfortunately, as the timeline below shows, Gov. Wolf has adopted President Obama's form of governing as he refuses to even respond to our compromise of 300 million additional education dollars.

"Voters in Pennsylvania want less posturing and more efforts to solve the state's problems."
Wolf, lawmakers need to stop messing around and finish the budget: Brenda Finucane
PennLive Op-Ed  By Brendan Finucane on September 16, 2015 at 2:00 PM, updated September 16, 2015 at 2:03 PM
Brendan Finucane is  Professor of Economics at Shippensburg University
Simply stated, Pennsylvania needs a structurally sound balanced budget that achieves what polls show people want - increased school funding with a severance tax and property tax relief.  And when do we need it? Now would be a good time!  Instead, we're getting delaying tactics from some Legislative leaders in Harrisburg who appear to be trying to duplicate the gridlock and dysfunction that the Republican-controlled Congress in D.C. has perfected since 2010.  Here in Pennsylvania, we can, and we must, do better.  Rather than negotiating a compromise budget deal, Republican leaders this week will try to push stopgap funding for schools and some programs through the Senate. The House may try something similar next week.  Legislature leaders say short-term funding is necessary. The budget stalemate already caused the state to miss its first payment to school districts and put some funding for community services on hold.  The situation is ironic: these same legislators voted to cut funding for many of these programs over the past four years and now refuse to raise revenue to restore funding and avoid more downgrades to the state's credit rating.

Take a wild guess: When will Gov. Wolf and the Legislature agree on a final budget?
LANCASTERONLINE | Staff by Associated Press September 16, 2015
The Pennsylvania Senate is returning to Harrisburg for the first time in two months as majority Republicans look to start advancing a short-term spending package to break a budget stalemate.  But seriously: Don't get your hopes up.  Gov. Tom Wolf appears to be in no mood to break the 11-week-old budget impasse by signing onto a short-term spending plan that the Legislature's big Republican majorities are preparing to advance.  The first-term Democrat said during a regular appearance on Pittsburgh radio station KDKA-AM that he would sign a "reasonable" stopgap spending plan. But he went on to say that he had no drop-dead date in mind for signing a short-term plan to release funding to school districts and an array of safety-net services, and that he would sign such a plan only if he already had a general budget agreement with lawmakers.  So here's the question: If the governor and our legislators can't even agree on a short-term plan, what hope is there they'll come together on a final state budget anytime soon?  Keep in mind the year 2003, when a nine-month budget standoff between then-Gov. Ed Rendell and the General Assembly lasted until late December. It ended wen lawmakers passed a three-part package raising personal-income taxes for the first time since 1991.

"Gov. Tom Wolf’s policy and planning chief and top representative John Hanger, was on hand to explain what Wolf is looking for in a new budget, and what he hopes to achieve from it.  Hanger maintained that education is a top priority for Wolf, and that he is aiming to undo the damage that has been done to education funding in the last four years with a more “honest, balanced budget.”  “We can’t have any stability in any part of this budget unless it’s honestly balanced, where the revenues match the expenses,” Hanger said."
William Penn residents complain about state education funding
By Nick Tricome, Times Correspondent POSTED: 09/15/15, 10:17 PM EDT
YEADON >> Residents, William Penn School District board directors and faculty, and state and local officials gathered at the Penn Wood High School Cypress Street Campus last Thursday night to discuss the ongoing state budget crisis.  The forum was put together by Yeadon Borough, Building One Pennsylvania (a branch of a national organization that advocates for fair funding of toward education, housing, transportation and infrastructure) and members of the school district.  One of the goals of the forum, as outlined by borough Mayor Rohan Hepkins, was to educate residents on how schools are funded in Pennsylvania, and why the steep property taxes they face are allegedly a result from an unfair funding structure from the state.  Hepkins also wanted the forum to be a chance to hear from state legislators themselves, as well as prod them to pass a “fair and adequate budget, while providing real property tax relief that is suffocating our residents,” and tell residents how they can help in the push for a better budget.

Lack of state budget, rising pension costs put pressure on school districts
By Pennsylvania Business Daily Report Tuesday, Sep 15, 2015 @ 6:57pm
Rising pension costs, coupled with a statewide budget impasse that is almost 80 days old, has put local Pennsylvania school districts in a hefty money crunch as they await state education funding.  “School districts across Pennsylvania are opening their doors for a new academic year without a state budget and the funding they need to operate,” Pennsylvania School Boards Association Director of Government Affairs John Callhan Sr. said. “The state already owes school districts for two missed subsidy payments.”  So far, school districts have received zero state education funding dollars for fiscal year 2015-16. Several, in fact, plan to increase their debt load in order to pay their bills and make payroll so that the state’s more than 1.8 million students continue learning. Others are considering a variety of plans to deal with the budget stalemate.  
Additionally, Callhan told Pennsylvania Business Daily that “school boards are making contingency plans to deal with anticipated cash flow deficits.”

Badams 'considering' school shutdown in Erie, asking teachers to work without pay
By Erica Erwin  814-870-1846 Erie Times-News September 16, 2015 04:58 PM
ERIE, Pa. -- Erie schools Superintendent Jay Badams said he is "seriously considering" exploring temporarily shutting down the district or asking district employees to work voluntarily without pay in light of the ongoing state budget impasse.  "It's really bothering my conscience" that the district will have to open a $30 million line of credit to continue operating if the budget is not passed by the end of the month, Badams said today.  The line of credit comes at a cost: about $40,000 in origination fees alone.  "That's a teacher's salary," Badams said.  Badams has called a special meeting of the Erie School Board for noon on Monday at the district's administration building, 148 W. 21st St., to discuss whether the district should open the line of credit or explore other options, including a shutdown or asking employees to work voluntarily.

State Board of Education special committee recommends denying application for township transfer
Penn Live By Tricia Kline | Special to PennLive on September 16, 2015 at 4:33 PM, updated September 16, 2015 at 9:41 PM
HARRISBURG—A special committee of the State Board of Education this morning voted unanimously to recommend the full board disapprove an application requesting the transfer of approximately 300 students in Washington Township from Dover Area schools to the Northern York County School DistrictThe full board of the State Board of Education is scheduled to meet and take action on the issue at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the State Board office, 333 Market St., in the first floor Honors Suite.  Chairman of the State Board Larry Wittig, who attended the special committee meeting this morning, said the State Board, as a whole, "takes very seriously the recommendations of the committee," and that the individuals appointed to oversee the Washington Township issue, "are exceptionally judicial in how they approach this."  "I have the utmost confidence that any recommendation that comes from them has been thoroughly vetted," he said.

Nonrenewal hearing for a Philly Renaissance charter
the notebook By David Limm on Sep 16, 2015 02:06 PM
Update: The School District announced Wednesday afternoon that the hearing on nonrenewal of Universal Bluford Academy will be rescheduled for October. A date has not been set.
A nonrenewal hearing will be held this week for one of the city's first schools to be "Renaissanced" under the District's turnaround model that converts neighborhood schools to charters.  On Sept. 17 and 18, the School Reform Commission will conduct a public hearing on the District's recommendation to begin nonrenewal proceedings for Universal Bluford Charter School, a K-6 school in West Philadelphia. Last year, the school enrolled 600 students.  
In May, the SRC voted 4-1 against renewing the school's five-year charter, triggering the charter nonrenewal-and-revocation process. The hearing is only the second in a multi-step and potentially long process, which might or might not result in a school's closing.  The District's case against Bluford centers on its findings that the school failed to meet performance and growth benchmarks and that some of its operating procedures ran afoul of the terms laid out by the school's charter.

Radnor teachers end moratorium on writing college recommendations
WHYY Newsworks BY LAURA BENSHOFF SEPTEMBER 16, 2015
Last week, Radnor, Pennsylvania, teachers working without a contract said they would refrain from writing college recommendation letters until October.  That move sent a shock wave through Radnor High School's senior class, who wrote to the school board asking for a speedy resolution to the contract talks and urging the teachers union "to drop its protest strategy of withholding our recommendation letters."  On Wednesday, the Radnor Township Education Association relented, releasing a statement that teachers would "commence [the] recommendation letter writing process immediately," but that the tactic was "the most immediate way to generate awareness and ask for awareness of parents and students."

New York Will Trim Common Core Exams After Many Students Skipped Them
New York Times By ELIZABETH A. HARRIS SEPT. 16, 2015
New York State’s standardized tests for third through eighth graders will be shortened this year, the education commissioner said on Wednesday, the latest retooling of a group of exams that have grown so unpopular that 20 percent of eligible children sat them out this past spring.  The commissioner, MaryEllen Elia, said at a meeting of the Board of Regents in Albany that some multiple choice questions would be shaved off the math assessments and a number of passages would be cut from the reading exams taken next year. A spokeswoman for the Education Department said that the tests would be shortened for students in each grade, and that they would be trimmed further in 2017.  This move is the second time tests have been shortened since they were introduced in 2013, when the state became among the first in the nation to align its tests with the Common Core standards, a set of rigorous learning goals designed to prepare students for college.

H.S. CLASS OF 2016 NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP CUT-OFF SCORES VARY BY STATE BUT ASSURE MOST AWARDS GO TO AFFLUENT FAMILIES; TEST SCORES DO NOT MEASURE “MERIT,” AS 850 SAT/ACT-OPTIONAL SCHOOLS DEMONSTRATE
National Center for Fair & Open Testing for further information: Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773 cell (239) 699-0468 for immediate release, Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Average SAT scores by family income for students in the high school class of 2015
National Center for Fair & Open Testing for further information: Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773 cell (239) 699-0468 for immediate release, Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The number of black teachers has dropped in nine U.S. cities
Washington Post By Lyndsey Layton September 15  
The number of black public school teachers in nine cities — including the country’s three largest school districts — dropped between 2002 and 2012, raising questions about whether those school systems are doing enough to maintain a diverse teaching corps, according to a new report to be released Wednesday.  The study by the Albert Shanker Institute, a think tank funded by the American Federation of Teachers, looked at teacher data from nine cities: Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Cleveland, New Orleans, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. The research found that each city saw a drop in the number of black teachers in traditional and charter schools.  The issue of teacher diversity is important because research has suggested that students who are racially paired with teachers — black teachers working with black students and Hispanic teachers working with Hispanic students — do better academically. Teachers of color also can serve as powerful role models for minority students, who are more likely to live in poor neighborhoods than white students and less likely to know other adults who are college graduates.

Taxpayers paid for charter school property, but they don’t own it
Washington Post By Emma Brown September 16 at 11:33 AM  
Taxpayers paid for the furniture, computers and other equipment that students used at 10 Ohio charter schools. But the public doesn’t own the things it paid for, according to the state Supreme Court.  The court ruled in a split decision Tuesday that the assets are instead the property of White Hat Management, the for-profit company that once managed the 10 schools. If the schools want their chairs and desks, they’ll have to buy them back, paying for them a second time with taxpayer dollars.  That might seem incredible, but that’s what the schools agreed to in their contracts with White Hat, and the contracts have to be honored, ruled Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger, writing for the majority.  “The schools were represented by their own legal counsel, and they agreed to provisions in the contracts,” Lanzinger wrote. Unless there is fraud involved, she wrote, “ ‘courts are powerless to save a competent person from the effects of his own voluntary agreement.’ ”


PSBA launches an alumni network
Are you a former school director or in your final term? Stay connected through the PSBA Alumni Network. Your interest in public education continues beyond your term of service as a school director. And as a PSBA alumnus, you have years of experience and insight into the workings of public education and school boards. Legislators value your opinions as a former elected official. Take that knowledge and put it to work as a member of the PSBA Alumni Network.
For a nominal yearly fee of $25 a year or $100 for a lifetime membership, you will receive:
  • Electronic access to the PSBA Bulletin, the leading public education magazine in Pennsylvania
  • Access to legislative information pertaining to public education and periodic updates via email.
To join, complete the registration below. For more details or questions, contact Member Engagement Director Karen Devine at Karen.devine@psba.org or (800) 932-0588, ext. 3322.

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:

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

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