Wednesday, September 2, 2015

PA Ed Policy Roundup Sept 2: Test question: If a charter school has 3000 students and 24% are special ed, and the school makes a MINIMUM of $14,000 per special ed student over cost, what is the minimum amount of profit made in a year?

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PA Ed Policy Roundup for September 2, 2015:
Test question: If a charter school has 3000 students and 24% are special ed, and the school makes a MINIMUM of $14,000 per special ed student over cost, what is the minimum amount of profit made in a year?



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
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3K CCCS students; 24% Sp.Ed = 720 students @ min profit of $14K each = $10,080,000 per year


'Trade secret' -
"Randi J. Vladimer, an attorney representing the charter school, said in the appeal, filed Monday in Delaware County Common Pleas Court, that the management company's records were not covered by the Right to Know Law because it was a private business.  She also argued that the Office of Open Records made a technical error in the timing of its decision that invalidated it. Further, she said the records were a "trade secret or confidential information" that could hurt the management company's competitive position if disclosed."
Reprise Inky June 2009: Charter files to halt release of its records The Delco school and its management firm said The Inquirer's request for data was invalid.
By Dan Hardy INQUIRER STAFF WRITER POSTED: June 11, 2009
The Chester Community Charter School has filed a court appeal to a recent Pennsylvania Office of Open Records ruling that gave The Inquirer access to a wide range of financial records from the management company that operates the school.  The Delaware County school, the state's largest charter, and Charter School Management Inc., a private, for-profit management company, have repeatedly denied requests by the newspaper for details about how millions of dollars in public money were spent and how much the company and its owner, Vahan H. Gureghian, were making. Because Charter School Management Inc. is a private business that hires all school employees and manages the school's finances, it has been able to keep many aspects of its financial operations secret, in contrast to most charters, which have to disclose more information in nonprofit reports.

From Judge Chad Kenney's ruling regarding the Chester Upland School District:
"The Charter Schools serving Chester-Upland Special Education students reported in 2013-2014, the last reporting period available, that they did not have any Special Education students costing them anything outside the zero (0) to twenty-five thousand dollar ($25,000.00) range, and yet this is remarkable considering they receive forty thousand dollars ($40,000.00) for each one of these Special Education students under a legislatively mandated formula  This means the legislative formula permits the Charters to pocket somewhere between fourteen thousand ($14,000.00) and forty thousand dollars ($40,000.00) per student over and above what it costs to educate them.  While this discrepancy needs to be seen in most instances as the operators of Charters taking advantage of legal mandates, it is clear that the Legislature did not mean for its averages to produce such windfalls to the Charter School industry in a distressed district."
Is this any way to run a school district?
Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss August 31 at 8:55 AM  
Back in 2012, the long-beleaguered Chester Upland School District in Pennsylvania ran out of money — literally — and the unionized teachers and staff agreed to work without pay. (When it made national news, first lady Michelle Obama invited a Chester Upland teacher to sit with her at the State of the Union speech that year.) Well, it’s happened again — at least the part about the district being out of cash and all of the teachers, support staff, bus drivers and other adults in the system agreeing to work for free when the 2015-16 academic year starts on Wednesday.
“We knew we had to do it, again,” said John Shelton, who has been an educator in the district for 23 years and now is dean of students at a district middle school. “With great pain, we agreed to work as long as our families allow us to.”
Why does this keep happening?

This District Has No Money, So Teachers Are Working Without Pay
If that's not dedication, what is?
Rebecca Klein Education Editor, The Huffington Post Posted: 09/01/2015 05:12 PM EDT
When teachers at the Chester Upland School District in Pennsylvania return to their jobs Wednesday for the first day of school, they will not be making minimum wage. In fact, they will not be making any money at all.   Educators and support staff at Chester Upland School District voted last week to work without pay so that district schools may continue to serve children amid a severe budget crisis. When they come into school Wednesday, teachers will have no idea when they will receive their first paycheck.  "When situations such as this arise, we have to step up and do what we have to, to make sure our students are learning and being taken care of," local elementary school teacher Dariah Jackson told The Huffington Post. "We have to put our students first. The children of the community deserve a public school system."
Chester Upland School District, located in Delaware County and currently under state control, serves over 13,000 students, according to the latest information from the National Center for Education Statistics. Over 80 percent of its students are black.

Guest Column: Lawmakers, it’s time to stand up for Chester Upland students
By Maria Weatherly, Times Guest Columnist POSTED: 09/01/15, 10:43 PM EDT
Maria Weatherly is a math teacher at Chester High School and a resident of Chester.
Ask any educator why he or she chose this line of work, and you’ll hear stories about the value of a public education or the hope for a better tomorrow.  And you’ll hear about the students — the hundreds of lives one educator can change for the better over the course of a career.
That is why the teachers and support professionals who serve Chester Upland’s kids unanimously agreed to keep working just hours after we were told that the school district couldn’t afford to make payroll in two weeks.  You read that right. Unanimously. Not one of us said “no” to dispatching buses, picking up kids, and opening the school house doors, even though we may not get paid. We all said “yes.”  We’ve always put our students first. And we always will. The big question now is, will our lawmakers in Harrisburg do the same?  Will they put words into action? Will they put politics aside and do the right thing for the students in Chester Upland and across the commonwealth?  Will they walk the walk?

Chester Upland receiver wants state to help distressed school district
By Vince Sullivan, Delaware County Daily Times POSTED: 08/31/15, 8:41 PM EDT
CHESTER >> Dr. Francis Barnes believes the state should step in and help relieve the financial burdens crushing the Chester Upland School District so that the struggling district can stay open for the coming school year.  In a Sunday statement emailed to members of the media, the state-appointed receiver said that an $8.7 million debt owed to charter schools educating Chester Upland students needs to be paid before meaningful progress can be made.  After a two-day hearing last week in front of Delaware County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Chad F. Kenney, the judge ruled against proposals from Barnes and the state Department of Education that would reduce the tuition reimbursements made to charter schools from district funds.
A special-education student in a charter school brings with them a reimbursement of $40,000 from the district, which Barnes proposed to reduce to about $16,000. Another proposal would have capped the tuition reimbursement for a cyber charter students at $5,950.  In his decision, Kenney cited the past-due charter payments as the reason for his denial of the proposal. He said that because this debt wasn’t addressed in the plan as part of a $22 million deficit, the plan would not resolve the district’s financial woes. Without the judge’s approval, Barnes estimated that the district would run out of money and cease operations in December.

Blogger's note: not so sure about the" Do More" portion of the posting that follows this chart….you decide.
PA School Performance Profiles: How does Chester Community Charter School (K-8), Pennsylvania's largest brick and mortar charter, compare with Chester-Upland School District's elementary and intermediate schools?
Source: http://paschoolperformance.org/                         2012/13 2013/14
School                                                                                    SPP Scores
Chester Community Charter School (K-8)                         48.9    51.3
Chester Upland School of the Arts (PreK-5)                     56.3     53.6
Chester Upland Columbus Elementary (PreK-5)              52.0    
Chester Upland Main Street School (PreK-5)                   51.5     58.5
Chester Upland Showalter Intermediate (6-8)                   43.2     40.1
Chester Upland Stetser Elementary (PreK-5)                   59.0     58.4
Chester Upland Toby Farms Intermediate (6-8)                48.6     43.0

Charter Schools in Chester Upland Get Less, Do More
Chester Community Charter School website Posted on Aug 31, 2015 by Amy
Statement by Dr. David Clark, CEO, Chester Community Charter School
The Chester Community Charter School (CCCS) shares in the financial pain of the Chester Upland School District. The financial crisis now facing the District has meant CCCS has been completely unfunded by both the District and the Commonwealth, since June 25th. In fact, CCCS has not been paid by the District since March 19th, despite the legal requirement that the District pay the school each month. CCCS opened its doors to its students, yesterday, for the start of the 2015-2016 school year, in spite of the lack of funding.  It is unfair and inaccurate for the Receiver to characterize the Chester Upland School District’s financial woes as a result of charter school payments.  While charters educate more than 55 percent of the District’s students, they only receive 45 percent of the District’s funding. In fact, based on the amended recovery plan filed by District’s Receiver last week, the District plans to spend a total of $23,645 per student in District-operated schools, as opposed to the $16,782 total funding per student received by charter schools.  It is also inaccurate for the Receiver to imply that its schools are more greatly impacted by this crisis than the charters because the District continues to receive local tax revenue, which it has not shared with the charters.

Charter School Management Website
CSMI’s operating philosophy is infused with the notion that the obstacles to providing a decent education for children can be overcome with the right mix of creativity, commitment, perseverance and an open-mind to rejecting a status quo culture of low expectations.  CSMI was founded on the belief that schools would perform better if educators were freed from non-academic responsibilities so they could focus exclusively on teaching.  We provide educators with the extensive support, training, curricula and equipment that are consistent with the goal of helping students attain the highest levels educational achievement.

"The owner is a trust linked to Philadelphia lawyer and charter-school entrepreneur Vahan Gureghian and his lawyer wife, Danielle. Three years ago, she told town officials the house was the couple’s dream home, but their plans appear to have changed."
North End mansion listed at $84.5M
Under-construction house has bowling alley, 242 feet of beachfront
Palm Beach Daily News By Darrell Hofheinz 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.  With about 35,000 square feet of living space, inside and out, the house should be ready for occupancy some time next season, according to listing broker Christian J. Angle of Christian Angle Real Estate.  Angle’s sales listing showed up Friday in the Palm Beach Board of Realtors MLS. The roughly H-shaped floor plan includes six bedrooms in the main part of the house plus a pair of two-bedroom guest apartments with ocean views. The house stands a third of a mile north of the Palm Beach Country Club.

Wolf tries new budget talks tactic: smaller, quiet meetings
Philly.com MARC LEVY, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS POSTED: September 1, 2015, 5:28 PM
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gov. Tom Wolf is shifting strategy as a state government budget stalemate stretches into a third month, abandoning heavily attended meetings with lawmakers and aides in the Capitol in favor of smaller, more private meetings without staff.
Wolf held private meetings Tuesday in his official residence with top Republican lawmakers, including Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman and House Majority Leader Dave Reed.
"The path that negotiations have been on have not been productive," Wolf's spokesman Jeff Sheridan said. "I think there's been a lot of people in the room, a lot going on outside the room."

Wolf looks to 'private conversations' to break budget impasse - but the public will end up the losers; Analysis
Penn Live By John L. Micek | jmicek@pennlive.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on September 01, 2015 at 3:13 PM, updated September 01, 2015 at 4:27 PM
Having found an annual rite of budget season "counterproductive" -- the closed-door, big-table negotiating session that ends with participants rushing out to face a phalanx of reporters and violate the sanctity of the confessional -- the Wolf administration says it wants to move to "private" conversations with lawmakers to end the more than two-month-old standoff.  "The governor is moving to private conversations with Republicans and Democrats alike," administration spokesman Jeffrey Sheridan said Tuesday. "It's time to get serious about negotiations. The governor feels he can have more productive conversations in private."  After 16 budget seasons, I'll be the first to admit that there's a definite element of theater to the way budget talks are traditionally structured. And each side knows its appointed role.  Gov. Tom Wolf Discusses Tuesday's Budget Meeting And House's Plan To Hold Override Votes Of His Budget VetoWolf shares his thoughts on where the state budget talks were left following Tuesday's meeting with legislative leaders.  Reporters camp out -- sometimes for hours -- hoping for any scrap of news that advances the public's (and, hence, their own) understanding of a process that, when it's not being maddeningly Byzantine in its particulars, is ridiculously glacial in its pace.

Here's how a principled shale tax can break the budget stalemate: Gene DiGirolamo and Steve Stroman
State Rep. Gene DiGirolamo, a Bucks County Republican, chairs the House Human Services Committee; Steve Stroman is the director of Penn's Woods Conservation Advocates, and resides in York County.
PennLive Op-Ed on September 01, 2015 at 10:45 AM By Gene DiGirolamo and Steve Stroman 
As the budget stalemate in Harrisburg drags into its 10th week, it is clear to most observers that a reasonable natural gas severance tax will be a key element of the final compromise.  Such a severance tax is smart public policy, fair to the industry, makes substantial investments in our citizens and natural resources, and can attract the support of Gov. Tom Wolf, Republican legislative leaders, and both Democratic and Republican members of the General Assembly. 
Our perspective is informed in very general terms by our work on House Bill 1363. We developed this bi-partisan severance tax legislation in conjunction with Republican Tom Murt of Montgomery County, and Democrats Harry Readshaw of Pittsburgh and Pam DeLissio of Philadelphia

"I think if everyone locked themselves in the Governor's Residence for a weekend and were willing to come up with a deal on those three things, they could do it within a weekend."
Auditor General DePasquale has plan for solving budget impasse
Penn Live By Jan Murphy | jmurphy@pennlive.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on September 01, 2015 at 11:14 AM, updated September 01, 2015 at 2:41 PM
Arriving at a solution to the state budget impasse has eluded Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative leaders for 63 days now, but Auditor General Eugene DePasquale thinks it should be simple. 
He explained his plan in a mere 41 seconds at a Capitol news conference on Tuesday where he announced his auditors will begin to calculate the cost of the impasse on a school district as part of the routine district audits his office does.  "Find out some compromise on the shale tax. Use that money for education. Find a bit extra money to get the governor closer to his spend number [on education], which I think he clearly won the election based on education. Then work out a fiscal responsible pension reform plan that I think all the parties can buy into and help save money and protect retirees.  "On the liquor store side of it, all I can tell you is that consumers want more convenience and there's a way to find a compromise to do that as well," he said.

"It is somewhat ironic that the fight over more funding for education is actually costing school districts money," DePasquale said.
Auditor general: Pa. school audits will reflect budget impasse
Pocono Record By Associated Press Posted Sep. 1, 2015 at 4:36 PM Updated at 9:06 PM
HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania audits of its school districts will highlight unscheduled expenses resulting from the state government's budget impasse now in its third month, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Tuesday.  DePasquale, the state's elected fiscal watchdog, cited a survey that showed many school districts are at least considering tapping their reserves, delaying vendor payments or taking out short-term loans as the 2015-16 school year begins with state subsidies frozen.  The survey by the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials, based on responses from about one-third of the state's 500 school districts, was released last week.  A new state budget was due July 1. But Republicans who control the Legislature and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf remain at odds over issues including taxes, education spending, public pensions and liquor sales.

Philly: Hoping for a year without reductions, closures, and cuts
Despite budget uncertainty, Superintendent Hite says he’ll push for “great schools close to where children live.”
the notebook By Dale Mezzacappa  on Sep 1, 2015 01:54 PM
No state budget. Continuing labor strife. Conflict with City Council. Courts that block the School Reform Commission’s moves to control charter expansion. Student proficiency rates that tanked in the wake of a new, more difficult state test.  Despite these challenges, Superintendent William Hite, starting his fourth year in Philadelphia, says he is optimistic that he can move forward with an agenda for 2015-16 focused on expanding opportunity for all students – what he is calling “ensuring equity.”  In an interview, Hite said he hopes this will be the year to settle the teachers’ contract and get the District’s charter office operating at full speed to make sure that all charter seats are “high quality.”  Overall, he said, “Things feel different this year. This is the first time we are talking about opening schools without having to reduce, cut or close something.”  Under Gov. Wolf, he said, “There is real talk about providing school districts with the resources they need and restoring drastic cuts” imposed under his predecessor, Gov. Tom Corbett.  Although schools are planning to operate under the insufficient status quo, Hite noted that every principal has proposed a wish list budget should Harrisburg significantly increase education spending.  But if the Harrisburg standoff goes on too long, -- until mid-October, Hite said -- it could result in $1 million in borrowing costs. He also raised the possibility of being unable to borrow at all due to the District’s precarious finances.

Pittsburgh schools scramble for money amid Pa. budget impasse
Trib Live By Katelyn Ferral Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, 10:36 p.m.
As the budget debate persists in Harrisburg, school districts in the Pittsburgh region lean on loans and reserves to fund their schools without money from the state.  The Sto-Rox School District's board of directors approved a line of credit Aug. 20 to pay staff and continue operations beyond September, Superintendent Terry A. DeCarbo said. The district borrowed about $7 million to cover payroll through the first of the year.  The district is missing its state funds and has no reserve. It received property tax revenue, but it wasn't enough to cover salaries for its 200 employees, DeCarbo said.  “We would have been unable to meet our payroll after the month of September,” he said.  Wilkinsburg is relying on property tax revenue to carry its payroll. It has enough to pay employees through September at least, said Superintendent Daniel Matsook. After that, it might consider a short-term loan to pay salaries until state money arrives.  Brentwood Borough School District is relying on its fund balance to pay bills. Superintendent Amy Burch said without state funding, the district likely can support itself through December.

“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, stated in a press release. “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.”
Editorial: State budget standoff hits local classrooms
Delco Times Editorial POSTED: 09/01/15, 10:36 PM EDT
Two months past the deadline for a state budget, and little has changed since the July 1 start of a new fiscal year. Gov. Tom Wolf and the Legislature are no closer to resolution than they were at the start of summer.  What has changed is that children are heading back to school with no money from the state to support education.  In most districts, the shortfall isn’t missed in August because property tax payments are coming in, insuring good cash flow in school districts even without state subsidies. But that scenario of relying solely on local tax income emphasizes the inequities in Pennsylvania public education.  That’s not the case in struggling school districts such as Chester Upland. Classes resume in the perennially broke district today, no thanks to either Wolf or the Legislature. Without a state budget in place Chester Upland will not get the money it needs to pay teachers and staff. To their credit, teachers will continue to man the classrooms even while not getting a check for their efforts.

6 Lancaster County principals share their goals for the new school year
Lancaster Online by Kara Newhouse Staff Writer September 1, 2015
The day before school starts is magical, "like the night before Christmas," says Brian Malek, a principal in Penn Manor School District.  And like Santa's arrival, the school year brings with it many new things: shiny backpacks and fresh schedules for students, and — for those charged with educating our children — new goals and new challenges.  As the majority of Lancaster County schools opened in recent weeks, LNP asked six principals what they hoped to accomplish in 2015-16. Here's what they shared.

Erie School District students start the new school year
By Erica Erwin  814-870-1846 Erie Times-News September 1, 2015 12:23 PM
ERIE, Pa. -- So great was Aiden Duke's excitement that he could not stand still.
"I'm most excited about the playground," the 5-year-old kindergartner said, bouncing in time with his words as he waited for the front doors of Pfeiffer-Burleigh School to open. "It's so much fun. It's so much fun!"  Monday was the start of the 2015-16 school year for Aiden, his 6-year-old brother, August, and nearly 12,000 other Erie School District students. Most other school districts in the region started last week. Millcreek Township School District students return today and Girard School District, the last area district to ring in the school year, will start classes Sept. 9.

Plancon: PA backlog keeps Bristol Twp. schools, others waiting for millions in reimbursement
Bucks County Courier Times By ANTHONY DIMATTIA Staff writer Posted: Tuesday, September 1, 2015 4:00 am
The Bristol Township School District is awaiting an $800,000 check from the state, but when it will arrive is anyone’s guess.  The district, like hundreds of others across the state, is in the pipeline to be reimbursed for school construction projects.  “Districts have to wait because there’s a backlog and we’re one of those districts,” said John Steffy, Bristol Township School District business manager.  About 350 districts are waiting in line to get a chunk of the $306 million in this year’s state Planning and Construction process. Roughly 60 districts are already receiving funds, said Jessica Hickernell, a Pennsylvania Department of Education spokesperson.


Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 26 - September 1, 2015
Submitted by fairtest on September 1, 2015 - 1:04pm 
Though schools are still closed for the summer in many parts of the country, the weekly testing story count is already exploding. No doubt it's going to be a most exciting and productive year for assessment reformers.  Stay with us for weekly updates and be sure to check the news clip archives (http://www.fairtest.org/news/other) for articles you may have missed.


Save the Date: Make your voice heard at Education Action Day, Sept. 21
School directors and administrators from across the state will be converging at 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 then plan to meet with your elected officials from 1-3 p.m., scheduled by PSBA . There is no charge for participation, but for planning purposes, members are asked to register their attendance online, which will be available in the next few days. We look forward to a big crowd to impress upon legislators and the governor the need for a state budget and pension reform now!

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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