Tuesday, October 6, 2015

PA Ed Policy Roundup Oct 6 Chester schools to seek special funding from Pa., cut charter fees

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PA Ed Policy Roundup October 6, 2015
Chester schools to seek special funding from Pa., cut charter fees


"In the 145-page document, the three largest charter schools serving the district -- Chester Community Charter School, Chester Charter School for the Arts and Widener Partnership Charter School -- agreed to a reduction in payments for special-education students, from $40,000 per student to $27,028.72 per student. That fee change would be locked in for the next 10 years."
Chester schools to seek special funding from Pa., cut charter fees
WHYY Newsworks BY LAURA BENSHOFF OCTOBER 6, 2015
In the midst of hearings to determine the fate of Chester Upland, arguably Pennsylvania's most financially distressed school district, representatives from the state and local charter schools held private negotiations on cutting charter school payments.  The fruits of those dealings are a compromise and a new financial recovery plan.  In the 145-page document, the three largest charter schools serving the district -- Chester Community Charter School, Chester Charter School for the Arts and Widener Partnership Charter School -- agreed to a reduction in payments for special-education students, from $40,000 per student to $27,028.72 per student. That fee change would be locked in for the next 10 years.  The state had been seeking a reduction to $16,000 per student, the amount recommended by a bipartisan special education funding commission, in order to save Chester Upland around $22 million a year.  The document, called a financial recovery plan, laid out a comprehensive proposal for pulling Chester Upland back from its $24.4 million deficit and returning it to financial solvency. In addition to the reduction in fees, the three charters have agreed to waive the state's unpaid bills from the previous school year, reducing the deficit by $8.6 million.  And Gov. Tom Wolf's administration has promised a permanent increase to the state's contribution to the Chester Upland School District, as well as a means to erase the remaining fund deficit.

"Currently receiving more than $40,000 per student, the three charters have agreed to accept $27,028 per student."
Chester Upland reaches tentative deal with charters that cuts special ed reimbursements
By Vince Sullivan, Delaware County Daily Times POSTED: 10/04/15, 11:31 PM EDT
MEDIA COURTHOUSE >> The Chester Upland School District filed an amended financial recovery plan Friday that seeks to establish negotiated tuition reimbursements with charter schools serving district students.  The plan, filed in Delaware County Court of Common Pleas on Friday afternoon, resulted from several weeks of discussions between the district, the state and some of the larger charter schools educating Chester Upland students. In the plan, the three brick-and-mortar charter that serve CUSD students agree to accept a reduced reimbursement for special education students.  Currently receiving more than $40,000 per student, the three charters have agreed to accept $27,028 per student.  The agreement would pay the charter schools more than had been proposed in Chester Upland’s original financial recovery plan filed in August, in which the district offered to pay $16,000 per special education student. That was rejected by Delaware County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Chad F. Kenney, who said that plan wasn’t enough to address the district’s $28 million deficit.

Hearing before judge on Chester Upland School District’s latest recovery plan set
By Vince Sullivan, Delaware County Daily Times POSTED: 10/05/15, 11:36 PM EDT
MEDIA COURTHOUSE >> Common Pleas President Judge Chad F. Kenney has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday morning to hear testimony about the most recent recovery plan for the financially-distressed Chester Upland School District.  Filed Friday by the district with the support of Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the plan includes an agreement with three brick-and-mortar charter schools on reduced tuition payments for special education students attending those charters. It also includes forgiveness of debt owed by the district to the three charters from the 2014-2015 school year.  In a previous plan filed in August, the district had asked the court to reduce the special education tuition reimbursements paid by Chester Upland from $40,000 per student to $16,000 per student. That request was denied by Judge Kenney, and a subsequent plan was withdrawn because the district and charters were negotiating the agreement.  If the newest plan is approved, the district would pay about $27,000 per special education student. 

Wolf Administration seeks to sweeten long-shot tax increase package in Pennsylvania with targeted property tax cuts
Penn Live By Charles Thompson | cthompson@pennlive.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on October 05, 2015 at 9:20 PM, updated October 05, 2015 at 9:22 PM
Pennsylvania Democrats are dangling a spoonful of property tax relief as the sugar to help a major tax increase vote go down in the Republican-controlled state House of Representatives this week.  The House, on Wednesday, is tentatively scheduled to consider a series of tax hikes Gov. Tom Wolf has said is necessary to balance the state's budget and end years of stagnant funding for schools.  With Wolf in need of at least 18 Republican votes, and maybe more, to carry the day,  sources from both parties and the governor's office confirmed to PennLive Monday that a limited property tax relief plan has been placed back on the table in hopes of getting several moderate Republicans and some reluctant Democrats past an initial 'no" on any increase in the state's 3.07 percent personal income tax.  No details had been set in stone as of Monday night.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf: Deal on taxes is necessary to avoid worse consequences
Delco Times By Marc Levy and Mark Scolforo, The Associated Press 10/05/15, 12:11 PM EDT
HARRISBURG >> Gov. Tom Wolf warned Monday that steep cuts in education spending and higher borrowing costs are among the inevitable consequences if he cannot persuade enough lawmakers to support higher taxes to pay for a long-term budget deficit he inherited.  The first-term Democrat issued the warning as Pennsylvania state government’s budget impasse is certain to reach its 100th day later this week.  In a briefing for reporters at his official residence in Harrisburg, Wolf would not say whether he has been able to attract any Republican support for a tax plan he supports. There are just two days left before the plan could see a floor vote in the GOP-controlled state House of Representatives.

Budget Vote Could Shape Pennsylvania Education for Years
Past cuts to school funding have hit poor school districts in Pennsylvania the hardest.
Public News Service by Andrea Sears October 6, 2015
HARRISBURG, Pa. – On Wednesday the state House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a package of revenue sources that could help restore past cuts to education funding.  Budget cuts imposed on education in 2011 have made educational inequality worse in the state.  According to Deborah Gordon Klehr, executive director of the Education Law Center, Pennsylvania now has the widest gap between rich and poor districts of any state in the nation.  "The revenue bill is not by itself the solution to our funding crisis," she says, "but it is a necessary step toward closing the gap between the wealthiest and poorest school districts."  Even if the revenue bill passes, it still doesn't guarantee that any increase in funds will go to education – that depends on passage of a budget bill.

Gov. Wolf appeals to lawmakers' 'patriotism, civic pride' to accept his proposed tax increases
Steve Esack Contact Reporter Morning Call Harrisburg Bureau October 5, 2015
HARRISBURG — With the passage of the state budget four months overdue, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf appears out of options when it comes to getting the Republican-controlled Legislature to pass his "broad-based tax" proposals that could affect workers' paychecks and consumers' purchases.  So Wolf on Monday said he will rely on lawmakers' patriotism and civic pride for approval when they take up his budget proposal Wednesday — or they can make steep cuts to public schools and social services next fiscal year.  Tax increases are necessary, Wolf told reporters, to cover $1.9 billion in rising mandatory costs in human services, pensions, debt payments, corrections and other categories in the 2015-16 fiscal year that started July 1. Those rising costs will push the state's budget to $31 billion, but the Legislature's Independent Fiscal Office estimates the state will draw $29.8 billion in existing tax revenue, creating a $1.2 billion deficit by June 30.

"Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was."
With Wolf tax vote looming, here's how the truth became a casualty in the 2015 budget debate: Analysis
By John L. Micek | jmicek@pennlive.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on October 05, 2015 at 12:58 PM, updated October 05, 2015 at 1:07 PM
So there's this old Talking Heads song that leaps to mind these days every time I hear Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative Republicans sparring over their respective budget proposals.  It's called "Crosseyed and Painless." And it comes from the Heads' genius 1982 LP "Remain in Light," (or "That one with 'Once in a Lifetime,' on it," for the rest of you.).  Part of the lyric goes like this:
"Facts are lazy and facts are late
 Facts all come with points of view
 Facts don't do what I want them to."
If there's one thing that's been mind-numbingly consistent about Budget Impasse 2015,it's the single-mindedness with which both sides have manipulated the math and juggled the numbers to make their arguments.  'We still have a $2.3b deficit' with GOP Budget, Gov. Tom Wolf saysGov. Tom Wolf makes the hard sales pitch for his $4.8b tax increase.  On Monday, we were treated to another round of Budget Math 101 and the tangoing began anew.

"He said broad-based tax hikes are needed now to make up for years of what he called dishonest budgeting on top of inadequate funding of schools.  The presentation quoted former Gov. Tom Corbett's budget secretary Charles Zogby, who toward the end of his tenure repeatedly issued warnings that the state was operating with a bare-bones budget, with little left to cut."
Wolf seeking bipartisan support ahead of Wednesday vote
BY MARY WILSON OCTOBER 5, 2015
Gov. Tom Wolf is attempting to reframe Pennsylvania's budget debate ahead of a tax vote planned for Wednesday in the House.  Calling it a "once-in-a-generation vote," Wolf said Monday he continues to try to cobble together support for broad-based tax increases.  "Doing nothing now is going to result in a huge cut for education. I think that probably is the key element here," said Wolf at a press briefing at the Governor's Residence in Harrisburg. "And if people didn't like what they saw four or five years ago, they're going to hate next year. Because we simply have come to the end of the line using these one-time fixes."  During the briefing, Wolf methodically outlined the state's growing mandated spending, which he said has created a structural deficit of at least $2.3 billion – and that's before the additional spending the governor wants for education and other programs.

"On this vote on Wednesday, we can't afford Republicans and Democrats - we need Pennsylvanians," the Democratic governor told reporters Monday during an invitation-only news conference in the governor's residence. "We need people . . . who are looking beyond narrow partisanship."
Wolf: Time for 'truth' about state finances
ANGELA COULOUMBIS, INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU LAST UPDATED: Monday, October 5, 2015, 12:42 PM
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf on Monday called the legislature's planned vote this week on his budget proposal, which includes tax increases to support funding boosts for education, "a once-in a generation vote."  Republican legislative leaders, frustrated with the protracted budget stalemate, said last week that they will bring to a vote Wolf's nearly $30 billion proposal - one that would raise the state sales and personal income taxes - if only to show the administration that it has no support.  Republicans said they are opting for this tactic because they are fed up with hearing the Democratic governor say he believes he has support among rank-and-file members for his budget proposals, which included raising personal income and sales taxes to finance property-tax relief and bring in more money for schools.
The House is scheduled to vote Wednesday.

Wolf appeals to lawmakers to support tax increase: 'This is a once-in-a-generation vote'
Penn Live By Charles Thompson | cthompson@pennlive.com  Email the author | Follow on Twitter  on October 05, 2015 at 12:44 PM, updated October 05, 2015 at 4:06 PM
With a possible House floor showdown looming on his $1.8 billion tax increase package, Gov. Tom Wolf took to Power Point Monday to make his case to the public for why more dollars are needed for state government.  House Republican leaders have given Wolf until Wednesday to see if he can muster support for the tax increases the Democratic governor believes he needs to realign Pennsylvania's budget and increase aid to education.  Here are the top takeaways from Wolf's public pitch at the Governor's Residence in Harrisburg:

Gov. Wolf makes his case, but Republicans aren’t impressed
The PLS Reporter Author: Jason Gottesman/Monday, October 5, 2015
The rationale behind Gov. Tom Wolf’s insistence on broad-based tax increases and relentless pursuit of other revenue-generating options was laid bare Monday in a briefing with the news media at the Governor’s Residence.  A version of his revenue plan is anticipated to be voted on in the House Wednesday.  “The biggest, overwhelming appeal here is to say on this vote on Wednesday we can’t afford Republicans and Democrats, we need Pennsylvanians,” he said of the appeal he’s making to lawmakers in an attempt to urge support for his revenue plan. “We need people who are looking out for the interests of Pennsylvania and looking beyond the narrow partisanship that looks at year-to-year budgets.”  Gov. Wolf said recent budget history is rampant with dishonest budgeting that continued into the current fiscal year with a budget bill he said would have left at least a $2.289 billion structural deficit for the 2016-2017 fiscal year before any mandated spending increases.

PA BUSINESS COUNCIL SURVEY: PA VOTERS SUPPORT PA CORE, KEYSTONE EXAMS & GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS CONCERNED ABOUT EDUCATION FUNDING
PA Business Council Press Release October 5, 2015 CONTACT: David W. Patti, 717-232-8700/717-329-7207
 (HARRISBURG) A poll of 700 active Pennsylvania voters shows continuing support for more rigorous academic standards, and very strong support for new statewide exams and tougher graduation requirements according to the Pennsylvania Business Council (PBC) Foundation, sponsors of the research. The PBC Foundation has been tracking Pennsylvanian’s thoughts on education topics like Common Core and the Keystone Exams since 2012. “Education—widely defined – remains a high concern among Pennsylvanians,” reported PBC President & CEO David W. Patti, “and education funding was the second most frequent response” when respondents were asked to identify “the most important issue facing Pennsylvania today … the issue that concerns them most.” Many Pennsylvanians answered that “jobs” and “the economy” worry them too, said Patti. “And the link between a good education and a good job is well-understood. People with a good education were far less likely to lose their jobs and income in the Great Recession.” The PBC Foundation poll shows that while support for “Common Core Standards” has eroded slightly, there are still more respondents who support Common Core than oppose Common Core in Pennsylvania.

The push for Common Core
Trib Live Opinion By Robert Holland Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, 9:00 p.m.
Federal officials coerced states into adopting national Common Core standards and testing. Period.  The evidence is compelling. In an essay for the fall issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review, the director of the manipulative scheme known as Race to the Top cheerily tells in detail how it all went down.  Joanne Weiss, who also served as U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan's chief of staff, probably figured all of her readers would be fellow academics seeking to use government to enforce their social agendas. Otherwise, she might not have boasted so openly about “forced alignment,” “high-stakes policymaking,” and “binding memorandums of understanding” required of local school districts as part of the mega-billion bribery scheme launched in 2009.  All the Bill Gates-financed puff pieces about Common Core being purely voluntary for states and a creation of the nation's governors should go straight into the nearest trash bin.

"The emphasis on standardized testing has made the tests the focus instead of the learning. A one-year moratorium is not the answer. Pennsylvania should revamp the evaluation system with less emphasis on tests and more on classroom learning."
Editorial: PSSAs: Emphasis on standardized testing has gone too far
Delco Times Editorial POSTED: 10/05/15, 11:38 PM EDT | UPDATED: 2 HRS AGO
For a few years, measuring education performance using standardized tests was all about making “adequate yearly progress.”  But don’t look for any “progress” in the newest crop of Pennsylvania standardized test scores — and not just because the scores are all lower.
Even the Pennsylvania Department of Education admits “it is not useful to directly compare students’ scores on the new assessment to students’ scores from previous assessments.”
That’s because the most recent test is radically different than the test given the year before. Further, halfway through the process, the department changed the “cut score,” making it even harder to score well.  Or, as Pottsgrove School Board President Justin Valentine said at a recent board meeting, it is like being “told a home run is 305 feet and having them change it to 350 feet in the middle of the game.”

"In a policy brief published last year, Ed Fuller, executive director of the Department of Education Policy at Penn State’s College of Education — wrote that school profile scores are more closely tied to things like poverty and a parent’s education than to school effectiveness.  “The SPP scores are more accurate at identifying the percentage of economically disadvantaged students in a school than at identifying the effectiveness of a school,” Fuller wrote in his brief which matched data about the economic demographics of students with their school’s scores.  “It’s actually kind of stunning just how strong the correlations is,” Fuller told The Mercury last year. “It explains so much.”
PSSA scores are new baseline, no progress here
By Evan Brandt, The Mercury POSTED: 10/05/15, 9:04 AM EDT 
The statewide PSSA scores released last week show two Owen J. Roberts elementary school buildings with the highest percentage of advanced scores in the region, and Pottstown elementaries with the lowest percentage.  At 55.7 percent and 47.3 percent respectively, OJR’s West Vincent Elementary School had the highest school-wide number of “advanced” scores — the highest rating on the PSSA — in both English and math.  With 85.7 percent, Vincent Elementary School took the prize in most “advanced” science scores school-wide.  By contrast, Pottstown’s Barth Elementary School had 3.9 percent, the region’s fewest “advanced” scores in English.  Rupert Elementary School had the fewest “advanced math” scores, with 3.5 percent, and with 22 percent, Barth, Franklin and Rupert — tied for lowest number of “advanced” science scores.  Similarly, the “advanced” scores in English, math and science were scarcest at Pottstown Middle School — 6.5 percent, 1.9 percent and 12 percent, respectively.  By contrast, the highest percentage of “advanced” scores were divided up among middle schools in the Phoenixville, Perkiomen Valley and Spring-Ford school districts, depending on how you count Spring-Ford’s unique Intermediate, 7th Grade Center and 8th Grade Center arrangement.

"No value is being added, but lots of time and money is being wasted."
PA: Value-less Data
Curmuducation Blog by Peter Greene Monday, October 5, 2015
It's autumn in Pennsylvania, which means it's time to look at the rich data to be gleaned from our Big Standardized Test (called PSSA for grades 3-8, and Keytsone Exams at the high school level).  We love us some value added data crunching in PA (our version is called PVAAS, an early version of the value-added baloney model). This is a model that promises far more than it can deliver, but it also makes up a sizeable chunk of our school evaluation model, which in turn is part of our teacher evaluation model.  Of course the data crunching and collecting is supposed to have many valuable benefits, not the least of which is unleashing a pack of rich and robust data hounds who will chase the wild beast of low student achievement up the tree of instructional re-alignment. Like every other state, we have been promised that the tests will have classroom teachers swimming in a vast vault of data, like Scrooge McDuck on a gold bullion bender. So this morning I set out early to the states Big Data Portal to see what riches the system could reveal.
Here's what I can learn from looking at the rich data.

Whitmire: 5 Ways to Stop Bad Charters from Derailing Education Reform
The 74 by RICHARD WHITMIRE October 02, 2015
To be honest, the last two decades of school reform have proven to be somewhat of a disappointment. Hard to concede, but it’s true.  The intuitively attractive dream that big reductions in class size could turn things around went up in flames in California. The seemingly logical appeal of vouchers, that parental choice would lead to better schools, ran aground in Milwaukee.  And the idealistic hope that the federal government could bluster its way toward dramatic school improvement evaporated with No Child Left Behind.  To date, only one disruptor has significantly improved school outcomes for poor and minority students, who now make up roughly half of our schools: Charters.  Time to celebrate, right? Maybe not.

"Early supports seemed to make a difference: 80 percent of teachers who had a mentor in their first year stayed in teaching all five years, 16 percentage points more than teachers who did not have an early mentor. Similarly, 8 in 10 teachers who went through an induction program completed five years of teaching, 11 percentage points more than teachers who had not been inducted. Moreover, among those who left teaching at some point, the teachers who had had a mentor were nearly 10 percentage points more likely to come back than those who hadn't had someone to lean on in that first year."
Keeping New Teachers in, Bringing Back Those who Leave
Education Week Inside School Research By Sarah D. Sparks on October 1, 2015 3:40 PM
Support at the beginning can make a big difference in whether a new teacher stays long enough to become a veteran, finds a new federal study.  The Beginning Teacher Longitudinal Study began tracking about 155,600 new teachers in the 2007-08 school year, and three out of four were still teaching five years later. More than 3 in 5 of those were still teaching in the same school where they started.  One of the things I found interesting? How small a gap there really was between teachers in low- and high-poverty schools. The five-year turnover rate for schools that had more than half of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals was 20 percent, only 5 percentage points lower than the turnover rate for schools with lower-than-average poverty. However, the teachers who left those higher-poverty schools were more likely than other teachers to get out of the profession entirely.


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.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:  School Play is going on tour!  Click below for more information about tour dates in your county.  All performances are FREE!
School Play, a documentary-based live theatre piece, is here to put school funding center stage. Compiled from a series of interviews, the play premiered in Philadelphia in April, 2015 and is now available for free for performances around the Commonwealth.

"This will be an opportunity for the community to discuss its collective aspirations for our next superintendent. We hope you'll join us for an evening of learning and discussion about how we as a community can support our Board in its search for our schools next leader."
Getting a Great Superintendent
Pittsburgh, PA Wednesday, October 7, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
A+ Schools and its partners are hosting a community discussion about innovative talent search models that have attracted high quality leadership to key roles in the City of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Public Schools.  Come hear from Valerie Dixon, Executive Director and Founder of the PACT Initiative, Leigh Halverson, Strategic Project Advisor to the President, Heinz Endowments, Patrick Dowd, former school board member and Executive Director of Allies for Children, Robert Cavalier, Director, Program for Deliberative Democracy at Carnegie Mellon University, and Alex Matthews, former school board member discuss the key lessons they've learned from being part of selection processes for key leaders in our City.  

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 – 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:

Registration is open for the 19th Annual Eastern Pennsylvania Special Education Administrators’ Conference on October 21-23rd in Hershey. 
Educators in the field of special education from public, charter and nonpublic schools are invited to attend.  The conference offers rich professional development sessions and exceptional networking opportunities.  Keynote speakers are Shane Burcaw and Jodee Blanco.  Register at https://www.paiu.org/epaseac/conf_registration.php

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.

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/>

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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