Tuesday, January 5, 2016

PA Ed Policy Roundup Jan 5: PDE #PABudget Distribution Restores $58M of Corbett's $224M in Charter Reimbursement Cuts via RTL Grants

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PA Ed Policy Roundup January 5 2016:
PDE #PABudget Distribution Restores $58 million of Corbett's $224 million in Charter Reimbursement Cuts via RTL Grants

Blogger note: Charter reimbursement line item cuts during the Corbett administration reportedly amounted to $224 million; $110 million of that was cut from the Philadelphia School District.  Funding distribution details provided by PDE yesterday include about $58 million in Ready to Learn Block Grants being used to restore some of those charter reimbursement cuts, which typically impacted high poverty districts the most.

PDE Excel Spreadsheet: Basic Education Funding and Ready to Learn Block Grant Distribution Details by School District

"Ready to Learn Block Grant: The first $192 million was distributed to districts in the same amount they received in 2014-15.  The remaining ($58 million) appropriation was used to restore the charter reimbursement program that was eliminated under the previous administration."
PDE EDUCATION BUDGET: Basic Education Funding and Ready to Learn Block Grant Distribution Details
PA Department of Education Website January 4, 2015
Upon enactment of House Bill 1460 as accepted by the Governor, we began the fair restoration of the most essential and significant components of severe education funding cuts under the previous administration.  These components are consistent with the proposed formula in the 2015-16 Executive Budget, and are part of the agreed-to hybrid funding formula that would have been fully enacted as part of the bipartisan framework budget agreement.
Basic Education Funding: While the Governor only accepted the first six months of the appropriation, the distribution assumes a restoration of the vetoed amount.  As a base, each district received the same amount it received in 2014-15.  The $100 million remaining in the appropriation was used as follows: nearly $50 million was distributed to restore Education Assistance Program funding eliminated under the previous administration; $12 million was directed to the Chester-Upland School District to comply with the Financial Recovery Plan and settlement agreement as approved by the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas; $3 million was directed to Wilkinsburg Borough School District as required for their transition of high school students to Pittsburgh School District; and the balance was distributed as a pro-rata restoration of the Basic Education Funding cuts under the previous administration.

$3.3 Billion in Payments to Schools, Counties and Human Service Organizations Will Be Available Beginning Tomorrow
Pennsylvania Treasury sent approximately 16,400 expedited payments in half the usual time
PA Direct News Service PA Treasury January 4, 2015
The Pennsylvania Treasury today announced it has completed sending out all of the 16,400 expedited payments totaling nearly $3.3 billion and that school districts, counties and human service organizations could begin to receive their delayed state payments as soon as tomorrow. Treasury worked with governor’s Office of the Budget to expedite these payments and completed processing them in approximately half the usual time.  Treasury staff also worked over the holiday weekend to begin processing an additional 35,000 payment requests and expects those to begin to be available at the end of this week. All delayed payments should be available within two weeks.

The check is (literally) in the mail to Pa. school districts, contractors, human service organizations; and other state budget news
Penn Live By Charles Thompson | cthompson@pennlive.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on January 04, 2016 at 7:52 PM, updated January 04, 2016 at 9:58 PM
Know that feeling you get when a tax refund lands in your bank account?  Accountants for schools, non-profits and businesses that supply or do work for the state relate are about to experience something like it.   Pennsylvania Treasurer Timothy Reese said school districts, contractors and suppliers and other state aid recipients will begin receiving payments tied up by the protracted budget stalemate as early as Tuesday.  Reese, in a release issued Monday, said his staff has worked with Gov. Tom Wolf's budget office to identify and pre-audit thousands of individual payments so they could hit the ground with disbursements as soon as possible.

"The Department of Education said that money from an increase in the main K-12 education line would be used to restore the Education Assistance Program, which provided money for tutoring; to help Chester-Upland School District in Delaware County comply with a financial recovery plan; and to assist the Wilkinsburg School District in the transition of high school students to Pittsburgh Public Schools."
School districts starting to get state’s long-delayed funding
The Wolf administration announced Monday how education money from the new partial state budget would be distributed, and school districts could begin receiving it as early as today.
By Karen Langley and Mary Niederberger / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette January 4, 2016 4:25 PM
HARRISBURG — The Wolf administration announced Monday how education money from the new partial state budget would be distributed, and school districts could begin receiving it as early as today.  School districts will receive, as a base, a sum equivalent to their first six months of funding from last year, said Jeffrey Sheridan, spokesman for Gov. Tom Wolf. The Democratic governor last week signed into law $23.39 billion worth of state spending, reducing through line-item vetoes the remainder of what had been a $30.26 billion Republican-crafted budget

Money to flow to Pennsylvania schools, counties and nonprofits impacted by budget stalemate
Steve Esack Contact Reporter Of The Morning Call January 4, 2016 10:20 pm
PA schools, counties and nonprofits to get tax money again while businesses get a tax break
State and federal tax money should start flowing as early as Tuesday to the cash-strapped school districts, counties and human services organizations that suffered the brunt of the protracted budget fight between Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican-controlled Legislature.  The unlocked money equals an estimated $3.3 billion in 16,400 payments that had not been processed since July 1, according to the state Treasury.
Out of those back payments, $117 million will start flowing to the 16 school districts in Lehigh and Northampton counties.

Here's the payout your school district gets from the partial 2015-16 state budget
Penn Live By Jan Murphy | jmurphy@pennlive.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on January 04, 2016 at 5:04 PM
Gov. Tom Wolf's signing last week of a partial state budget brought sighs of relief from school district officials on the verge of closing schools or having to borrow money to keep them open.  His enactment of the $23.4 billion budget allows nearly $2.8 billion to flow out in direct state aid to school districts as well as block grant funds to pay for educational initiatives.  While this will help districts through the immediate crisis, failure to provide additional funding within a couple months is expected to give rise to another round of financial woes for schools.  How much more they receive will be part of the ongoing budget negotiations between Wolf and state lawmakers along with when to begin applying a new formula for distributing new basic education dollars.

General Assembly continues wait-and-see approach as leaders look for a budget solution
The PLS Reporter Author: Jason Gottesman/Monday, January 4, 2016
Pennsylvania’s Capitol continued in its holiday lull on the first business day of 2016, with legislators scarcely seen around the halls as legislative leaders in both chambers continue to search for a final answer on how to move forward with obtaining a full FY 2015-2016 budget.
While both chambers are expected in ceremonial non-voting session tomorrow—the first Tuesday in January—as required by the Pennsylvania Constitution, neither the House nor the Senate is scheduled to return to voting session in the current week.  Despite both chambers remaining on six-hour call, the House could convene as early as next week - though that was not set in stone Monday - and the Senate has no plans to return to voting session on budget-related matters as they await action from the House on the so-called Code bills that reside in that chamber.

Pennsylvania revenues continue to stay ahead of last year's pace
Penn Live By Jan Murphy | jmurphy@pennlive.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on January 04, 2016 at 5:50 PM, updated January 04, 2016 at 5:51 PM
Pennsylvania's tax collections for the first six months of the fiscal year continued to run ahead of last year's pace, according to Gov. Tom Wolf's Department of Revenue.  The revenue report shows the state collected $13.4 billion from July 1 through Dec. 31, which is about $100 million more than it took in during the same time span the prior year.  That money will go toward supporting the $23.4 billion partial state budget thatGov. Tom Wolf signed last week.

Pa. budget talks could hit tougher sledding in election year
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's top priority in his first year in office has been to secure a historic funding boost for public education.  Six months past the state budget deadline, there still doesn't seem to be a clear path to an agreement with the Republican-held House and Senate that would deliver on the governor's pledge.  And the prospect may dim even more in 2016.  Right before Christmas, after close to half a year without state aid, schools and human service agencies across the state were getting desperate, and some school districts warned they might not be able to reopen after the holiday.  That prospect built a political pressure-cooker that seemed ready to force a compromise, giving Wolf a major victory — allocating a boost of more than $400 million for public schools.  But some key tenets of the larger "framework" plan were still shaky, and on the eve of the Christmas holiday, the prospect of resolution once again dissipated when House Republican leaders refused to bring it to a vote.

Blogger note: Governor Wolf is slated to present his 2016-2017 budget on February 9th.
Partial state budget raises odds of work on 2 plans at once
Trib Live By Brad Bumsted Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, 11:18 p.m.
HARRISBURG — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf faces the prospect in February of introducing his budget plan for next year with this year's budget still unresolved, analysts said Monday.
After a six-month standoff with the Republican-controlled Legislature, Wolf last week signed a partial $23.4 billion 2015-16 budget with differences remaining over about $8 billion for state prisons, basic education and state-related universities, including Penn State University and the University of Pittsburgh. There's no agreement on new revenue he sought for public schools.  “It seems now there's less leverage to get a compromise on this, particularly with some of the pressure off,” said J. Wesley Leckrone, a political science professor at Widener University in Chester.

Area school boards have until Thursday to make taxing decision
Bucks County Courier Times by Joan Hellyer, staff writer Posted: January 4, 2016 5:45 am
A handful of local school boards, including those in Bristol and Morrisville in Bucks County, and Souderton in Eastern Montgomery County, will decide this week whether they want to promise to not raise property taxes for next school year above their respective district's Act 1 index rate.  The state's property tax relief law known as Act 1 requires school boards to make that decision by Thursday. It has to be made a few weeks sooner than usual this year because Pennsylvania's Primary Election is in April instead of May. The primary was moved up so voters can have more of a say in the 2016 presidential election, officials said.  That has put pressure on the governing bodies of districts across the state to determine how much of a tax increase might be needed to help cover 2016-2017 operating expenses. The Act 1 rate is the maximum percentage of a property tax hike that a district can impose without seeking state education department approval for various exceptions or asking for voter permission during the primary to raise taxes above the index, officials said.

Schools, counties get funding, but state budget stalemate continues
Reading Eagle By Liam Migdail-Smith Monday January 4, 2016 12:01 AM
Pennsylvania now has a partial budget halfway through its fiscal year.  Funding is set to be issued for schools, counties and service agencies. That money has been held up during the six-month impasse, prompting layoffs and service cuts at agencies and threatening to shutter some schools.  But the stalemate between Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican-controlled Legislature is a long way from over. And the sides must return to negotiations for a full spending plan.  If the flurry of activity in Harrisburg the past few months has left you puzzled, you're not alone. Pennsylvania's budget process is confusing as is. But this year's unprecedented drama has heaped on an extra dose of disarray.  So while there's a lull in the drama, let's take a look at what happened, the details behind it and what's next. It boils down to five P's.

Hammering the obvious - lawmakers pass budgets faster if there are consequences, report: Monday Morning Coffee
By John L. Micek | jmicek@pennlive.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on January 04, 2016 at 8:21 AM
Good Monday Morning, Fellow Seekers.
Welcome to the start of the first, full working week of 2016. We hope your holiday was a good one, spent among family and friends. But much like the mob, state politics is inescapable. So let's dive right into it shall we?  We begin this morning with a reminder that actions have consequences.  For instance, touch a hot stove, you'll get burned. Play for the Eagles, and you live with the knowledge that you may never wear a Super Bowl ring.  Most of us learn from these lessons and move on.  The same holds true, it seems, for 49 other General Assemblies across this great land of ours. There, lawmakers have learned, state budgets tend to pass faster if there are consequences for inaction.  That's the result of a study by the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership, one of innumerable nonprofits affected by Pennsylvania's 1,345-day-long budget impasse.

Brian O'Neill / Harrisburg's harrowing budget mess: You'll laugh, you'll cry
Opinion By Brian O'Neill / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette January 3, 2016 12:00 AM
What’s funnier? That Pennsylvania’s attorney general is no longer an attorney or that the state budget isn’t ready for serving, even after 253 legislative chefs and one governor added and subtracted ingredients for more than six months?  Let’s go with the latter.
As I write on the last dreary afternoon of 2015, the budget seems no closer to completion than it did last summer. There is no shortage of people to blame, and your choice of villains may depend as much on party affiliation as the facts at hand. But it seems as if our state leaders (pause for laughter) are jealous of all the attention Donald Trump has been getting and are saying, “Hey, look over here in little ol’ Harrisburg! We can be outrageous, too!”  Gov. Tom Wolf wrote to the Republican legislative leaders Tuesday, after using his line-item veto on some budget items that morning, saying “there is no reason why the House and Senate shouldn’t be called back to session to get back to work and implement the bipartisan budget agreement.”

Kenney highlights pre-K, community schools in inauguration speech
the notebook January 4, 2016
Mayor Jim Kenney prepared the following speech for his inauguration Monday as the 99th mayor of Philadelphia. These remarks were written in advance of his speech. Portions relating to education are in bold.
 “First, thank you to my parents and my children for their support today and on all days.
Thank you also to the Council president and City Council for having me -- and a special congratulations to our new members. I look forward to working together in the years to come.  And, finally, thank you to Gov. Rendell, Mayor Street, Mayor Green, Mayor Goode, Mayor Nutter, Justice Dougherty and all our tremendous city workers. The collective decades of service to Philadelphia in this room today is truly awesome. So, please, everyone, join me in giving our city’s leaders and workers a round of applause

Clarke: Neighborhood schools can be focal point for communities again
Read the City Council president's prepared inauguration day remarks.
the notebook January 4, 2016
Following are City Council President Darrell Clarke's prepared remarks for the inauguration of Mayor Jim Kenney and Philadelphia's other newly elected officials.  Clarke departed from his prepared speech during the ceremony to speak at greater length about community schools and the promise of using that model to revitalize neighborhood schools and their communities. He described a recent trip by city and school officials to Cincinnati to visit community schools as "awesome."  The portion of his prepared remarks relating to education is in bold. 
Good morning, everyone. I would like to thank you for taking the time to be here today to watch your democracy in action. I hope it is a memorable, enlightening, and enjoyable experience. Thank you.  To my colleagues – some old friends and some new friends – it is my honor to continue serving the people of Philadelphia as president of City Council. Thank you for trusting me with this privilege.  

New Chester mayor will stay on as state rep during budget crisis
Delco Times POSTED: 01/04/16, 2:42 PM EST 
HARRISBURG, Pa. >> The newly sworn-in mayor of Chester has decided he will also keep his job as a state representative, at least for the time being.  Democrat Thaddeus Kirkland took the oath Monday as chief executive of the city of 34,000, just a week after he rescinded his Dec. 8 letter of resignation from the state House.  In a two-sentence letter to House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, Kirkland said on Dec. 28 he will continue to be a state representative “until further notice.”  Kirkland, a Democrat, was first elected to the House in 1992.  House Democratic spokesman Bill Patton said state law allows mayors to simultaneously serve in the General Assembly. In 2010, state Rep. Mario Civera stayed in the Legislature for four months after taking a seat on the Delaware County Council.

"That unconventional approach has had big results. When Anderson took over in 2012, the school district was close to losing accreditation. Jennings had a score of 57 percent on state educational standards. A district loses accreditation if that score goes below 50 percent.  Two years later, that score was up to 78 percent, and in the past year rose again to 81 percent, Anderson says. She points to a 92 percent four-year graduation rate, and a 100 percent college and career-placement rate."
The Superintendent Who Turned Around A School District
NPR.org by NPR STAFF Updated January 4, 201610:12 AM ET Published January 3, 20164:30 PM ET
We often hear about school districts that struggle with high poverty, low test scores and budget problems. But one district has faced all of these and achieved remarkable results.  In just over three years, Superintendent Tiffany Anderson, who oversees the Jennings School District in Jennings, a small city just outside St. Louis, has led a dramatic turnaround in one of the worst-performing systems in MissouriAnderson has embraced a holistic approach to solving the problems of low-performing students by focusing on poverty above all else, and using the tools of the school district to alleviate the barriers poverty creates.  "We serve the whole child," Anderson tells NPR's Michel Martin. "The leverage point for me is the school system."  The school district of 3,000 students has taken unprecedented steps, like opening a food pantry to give away food, a shelter for homeless students and a health clinic.  "My purpose is to remove the challenges that poverty creates," she says. "You cannot expect children to learn at a high level if they come in hungry and tired."

Are charter schools the new subprime loans? (Think ‘The Big Short’)
Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss January 4 at 1:00 PM  
With “The Big Short” doing well in theaters — a film about the near collapse of the financial system because of the bursting of a housing and credit bubble — here’s a piece that asks the simple question: “Are charter schools the new subprime loans?” The post by Jennifer Berkshire refers to a new study by four academics titled, “Are We Heading Toward a Charter School ‘Bubble’?: Lessons From the Subprime Mortgage Crisis.” This is a Q & A with Preston C. Green III, the lead author of the report and the John and Carla Klein Professor of Urban Education at the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education. Berkshire, a freelance journalist and public education advocate, worked for six years editing a newspaper for the American Federation of Teachers in Massachusetts. She writes the EduShyster blog, where this firstappeared. (The other three authors of the report are Bruce Baker of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; Joseph Oluwole of Montclair State University; and Julie F. Mead of the University of Wisconsin at Madison
Jennifer Berkshire: It’s unusual to see the words “hair-raising” and “academic study” in tandem, but your new study merits that marriage. You and your co-authors make the case that, just as with subprime mortgages, the federal government is encouraging the expansion of charter schools with little oversight, and the result could be a charter school “bubble” that blows up in urban communities. Do I have it right?

"Let’s state a simple fact: there is NO EVIDENCE that Common Core will improve education or test scores. It was launched in 2010. It has been tested in many states, and test scores have collapsed. Why the stubborn insistence that it will raise American test scores compared to the rest of the world or prepare all students for college and career? There is no evidence for this stubborn belief."
Fortune: Proof That Business Leaders Know Nothing about Public Education
Diane Ravitch's Blog By dianeravitch January 4, 2016
While I was supposedly taking a break from blogging, the biggest story of the Christmas break appeared in Fortune and reverberated in blogs and on Twitter. It demonstrates how little business leaders know about public education and why they should spend their time creating jobs in this country and sticking to what they know.  The Fortune article is a fascinating account that begins with a dinner in 2014 between Bill Gates and Charles Koch of the infamous Koch brothers. Gates thought he could persuade Koch to drop his opposition to the Common Core standards. Koch was not interested. He told Bill to call someone in his office. Fail! Only a billionaire could tell off another billionaire like that.  The article shows something that it doesn’t mean to show. Businessmen know nothing about education. Neither does the writer. The article repeats every well-worn cliché about our “failing” schools and about how the Common Core standards will raise our test scores to the top of the world.

Success Academy Principal Who Created ‘Got to Go’ List Takes Leave
New York Times By KATE TAYLOR JAN. 4, 2016
The principal at a Success Academy charter school who created a “Got to Go” list of difficult students is taking a personal leave of absence, a Success Academy spokeswoman said on Monday.  Critics of Success Academy, the high-performing New York City charter school network, have said its high test scores are partly a result of weeding out underperforming and disruptive students. The existence of the list, reported by The New York Times in October, appeared to support the accusations.  At a news conference that month, Success Academy’s founder, Eva S. Moskowitz, said the list was an anomaly and that it existed for only three days in 2014 before the principal, Candido Brown, was chastised for it. Mr. Brown apologized, saying he was doing what he thought was needed to fix an unsafe school and that the list was his idea alone.  Still, nine of the 16 students on the list eventually left the school, Success Academy Fort Greene, in Brooklyn.  In December, four parents whose children were on the list filed suit in federal court in Brooklyn against the school. 

Common Core Keeps Getting Bashed on the Campaign Trail
Education Week Politics K-12 By Andrew Ujifusa on January 4, 2016 7:50 AM
If you thought the recent lull in K-12 talk on the presidential campaign trail meant candidates had forgotten how to throw shade when it comes to the Common Core State Standards, think again.   In a speech last Tuesday in Waterloo, Iowa, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., excoriated the federal government under President Barack Obama for, among other things, "trying to take over our schools with common core."  "I will repeal every single one of his illegal, unconstitutional executive orders that he has put in place, and I'll do it on my first day in office ... that means we are stopping any and all work on imposing common core on this country," Rubio told the crowd. 

Stargazing: Venus, Saturn and crescent moon
Post Gazette By Dan Malerbo, Buhl Planetarium & Observatory January 5, 2016 12:00 AM
During the past few weeks, the moon has waxed from a thin right-hand crescent, visible in the western evening sky on Dec. 14, to a full moon on Dec. 25. The moon has now waned to a thin left-hand crescent that can be seen passing Venus and Saturn Wednesday and Thursday morning in the southeastern sky.  Look for the crescent moon Wednesday morning, one hour before sunrise, 7 degrees above dazzling bright Venus. Fainter Saturn will sit about 3 degrees to the lower left of Venus. By Thursday morning, the moon will have sunk closer to the horizon, passing Venus and sitting about 6 degrees to the left of Saturn.  Saturn will continue to rise higher in the morning sky this week, as Venus continues to sink toward the horizon. This will set up an extremely close conjunction between Saturn and Venus on Saturday morning when the duo of “morning stars” sit within a half degree of each other, 15 degrees above the southeastern horizon.

Remaining Locations:
  • Butler area — Jan. 9 Midwestern IU 4, Grove City (note: location changed from Penn State New Kensington)
  • Allentown area — Jan. 16 Lehigh Career & Technical Institute, Schnecksville
  • Central PA — Jan. 30 Nittany Lion Inn, State College
  • Delaware Co. IU 25 — Feb. 1
  • Scranton area — Feb. 6 Abington Heights SD, Clarks Summit
  • North Central area —Feb. 13 Mansfield University, Mansfield
PSBA New School Director Training
School boards who will welcome new directors after the election should plan to attend PSBA training to help everyone feel more confident right from the start. This one-day event is targeted to help members learn the basics of their new roles and responsibilities. Meet the friendly, knowledgeable PSBA team and bring everyone on your “team of 10” to get on the same page fast.
  • $150 per registrant (No charge if your district has a LEARN PassNote: All-Access members also have LEARN Pass.)
  • One-hour lunch on your own — bring your lunch, go to lunch, or we’ll bring a box lunch to you; coffee/tea provided all day
  • Course materials available online or we’ll bring a printed copy to you for an additional $25
  • Registrants receive one month of 100-level online courses for each registrant, after the live class

NSBA Advocacy Institute 2016; January 24 - 26 in Washington, D.C.
Housing and meeting registration is open for Advocacy Institute 2016.  The theme, “Election Year Politics & Public Schools,” celebrates the exciting year ahead for school board advocacy.  Strong legislative programming will be paramount at this year’s conference in January.  Visit www.nsba.org/advocacyinstitute for more information.

Save the Dates for These 2016 Annual EPLC Regional State Budget Education Policy Forums
Sponsored by The Education Policy and Leadership Center
Thursday, February 11 - 8:30-11:00 a.m. - Harrisburg
Wednesday, February 17 - 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Philadelphia (University of Pennsylvania)
Thursday, February 25 - 8:30-11:00 a.m. - Pittsburgh
Invitation and more details in January

PASBO 61st Annual Conference and Exhibits March 8 - 11, 2016
Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania

The Network for Public Education 3rd Annual National Conference April 16-17, 2016 Raleigh, North Carolina.
The Network for Public Education is thrilled to announce the location for our 3rd Annual National Conference. On April 16 and 17, 2016 public education advocates from across the country will gather in Raleigh, North Carolina.  We chose Raleigh to highlight the tremendous activist movement that is flourishing in North Carolina. No one exemplifies that movement better than the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, who will be the conference keynote speaker. Rev. Barber is the current president of the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, the National NAACP chair of the Legislative Political Action Committee, and the founder of Moral Mondays.

2016 PA Educational Leadership Summit July 24-26 State College
Summit Sponsors: PA Principals Association - PA Association of School Administrators - PA Association of Middle Level Educators - PA Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development 
The 2016 Educational Leadership Summit, co-sponsored by four leading Pennsylvania education associations, provides an excellent opportunity for school district administrative teams and instructional leaders to learn, share and plan together at a quality venue in "Happy Valley." 
Featuring Grant Lichtman, author of EdJourney: A Roadmap to the Future of Education, Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera (invited), and Dana Lightman, author of POWER Optimism: Enjoy the Life You Have... Create the Success You Want, keynote speakers, high quality breakout sessions, table talks on hot topics and district team planning and job alike sessions provides practical ideas that can be immediately reviewed and discussed at the summit before returning back to your district.   Register and pay by April 30, 2016 for the discounted "early bird" registration rate:

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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