Saturday, February 20, 2016

PA Ed Policy Roundup Feb 20: Community Schools: Transforming Struggling Schools into Thriving Schools

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PA Ed Policy Roundup February 20, 2016:
Community Schools: Transforming Struggling Schools into Thriving Schools



RSVP Today for EPLC’s Education Policy Forum Series on Governor Wolf’s 2016-17 State Budget Proposal in Pittsburgh
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - Pittsburgh



The Keystone State Education Coalition will be compiling a list of current and former school board members and educators who have decided to run for state office for the first time in the primary election April 26th.  Please let us know  of any such candidates.  Thanks!


New filings set stage for Pennsylvania legislative campaigns
AP State Wire By MARK SCOLFORO February 20, 2016
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - It happens every four years in the world of Pennsylvania politics, and it looks like 2016 will be no different - legislative races will be overshadowed by the presidential contest and Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey's re-election campaign.  But the current political dynamic in Harrisburg, with a Democratic governor and Republican House and Senate, has sown a year of gridlock and a budget standoff that's at seven months and counting.  This week was the deadline for legislative candidates to file election paperwork. The large number of unchallenged incumbents, along with the composition of districts that in many places make a cross-party challenge fruitless, suggest Pennsylvania is likely to continue to see divided government for the next two years.

"Webb and Reagan figure prominently in a new report on successful community schools initiatives nationwide, released last week by the Center for Popular Democracy, which frames community schools as a way for policy makers to move past a single-minded focus on driving up test scores.  The report particularly lauds Webb and Reagan’s discipline policies built on restorative justice, early college partnerships, daycare programs and mobile clinics for student mothers, new mental health and trauma support programs, on-campus English classes for parents, and new band, orchestra and dance troupes.  From 2010 to 2015, Webb went from the lowest-performing middle school in Austin ISD, based on its test scores, to one of its best."
Years Into Austin’s Community Schools Experiment, National Policy Catches Up
The Texas Observer by Patrick Michaels February 18, 2016
When Allen Weeks helped organize the first Save Texas Schools rally nearly five years ago, he had a few school crises on his mind.  The “bookish former track coach” who the Observer named a 2011 “Tyrant’s Foe” was one of thousands at the Capitol who hoped their combined voices could beat back the multibillion-dollar cuts lawmakers had proposed, and would soon pass, for the state’s public school budget. But Weeks was also in the midst of a more narrowly focused effort: rallying support and building community connections in his Northeast Austin neighborhood to save two nearby schools from closure.  The fight over school funding is still ongoing; we’re entering year four of the lawsuit prompted by those funding cuts. Meanwhile, students who were in kindergarten when the Legislature made that $5 billion cut are now nearly in junior high. They’ve grown up knowing only a public school system where teacher layoffs and crowded classrooms are the norm.

New Federal Education Law Boosts Community Schools
Coalition for Community Schools, Institute for Educational Leadership December 10, 2015
COMMUNITY SCHOOLS PROMINENT IN EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT
WASHINGTON, DC – The new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that President Obama signed into law today includes the Full Service Community Schools program, marking a big win for community school supporters. The bill also contains provisions that advance the community schools strategy, including the requirement for indicators beyond academics in state and district accountability systems; supportive programs including Promise Neighborhoods and 21st Century Community Learning Centers; and a new set of tools and resources to boost results-focused school-community partnerships for young people’s success, including integrated student supports, needs assessments, and professional development for educators to work more effectively with families and communities.

Community Schools: Transforming Struggling Schools into Thriving Schools
The Center for Popular Democracy 02/10/2016
For at least a decade, the dominant idea about how to improve outcomes for children and youth has focused on control and compliance; holding adults accountable for raising test scores. This approach has proved least effective for our most vulnerable students. In our search for silver bullets, reformers and policymakers alike have overlooked strategies that have long shown promise and for which there is mounting evidence of success. Community schools is one of these strategies.

"It does not take a rocket scientist to recognize the damage that the lack of a state budget has inflicted upon all government-related activities in Pennsylvania.
For starters, consider the money borrowed or drawn from “rainy day funds” by schools, counties, and businesses and the interest that has been paid — or the interest that has been forgone in reserve funds so costs could be met."
The hidden costs of Pennsylvania's long-running, seemingly entrenched, budget impasse
Lancaster Online by The LNP Editorial Board February 19, 2016
THE ISSUE - The tone of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s Feb. 9 budget address and the negative responses of Republican legislative leaders did not bode well for a resolution of our state’s budget crisis. The impasse has been fueled by the unyielding positions of both Wolf and the Republican-controlled state Legislature. Wolf signed a partial state budget of $23.4 billion Dec. 29.
Two words encapsulate the stands occupied by both sides of the commonwealth’s long-running budget divide: “blame” and “intransigence.”  While this seemingly endless drama occupies our attention, overlooked is the toll the lack of a budget has upon the operation of government itself. The commonwealth has suffered and will continue to suffer long-term damage to its ability to effectively serve our citizens — not to mention the damage inflicted on its reputation and debt ratings.  Government is a business: money in, money out; plans made, plans executed; employees hired, employees managed; budgets funded, services provided.  For many of us, state-provided human services and supports are critical and we depend upon a properly created and implemented budget. Then there is the state funding for 500 school districts, 67 counties, and countless government-related departments and agencies.

"The state devoted slightly more than $700 million to the state's two largest pension systems in the 2010-11 budget.  These obligations grew to more than $2 billion in the last fully enacted state budget, and within the next four years, pension costs are expected to climb to more than $3.5 billion. It goes without saying that if these costs were better controlled, we wouldn't be facing a $1.9 billion deficit today."
Taxes should be a last resort, but for Gov. Wolf, they're the first option: Jake Corman
PennLive Op-Ed  By Jake Corman  on February 19, 2016 at 11:00 AM, updated February 19, 2016 at 11:04 AM
State Sen. Jake Corman, a Republican from Bellefonte, Centre County, is the Senate Majority Leader. 
Last week, Gov. Tom Wolf claimed that Pennsylvania's current $1.9 billion budget deficit was an unparalleled crisis that could only be solved by passing enormous tax hikes on Pennsylvania families or enacting draconian cuts to schools and social services.  It is beyond disappointing that the governor bypassed the opportunity to embrace bipartisan solutions and meaningful government reforms.  Instead, he chose to continue to push a false narrative about the choices facing our state.  In truth, the most serious crisis we face today is one of Governor Wolf's own creation.  Due to the governor's line-item vetoes, our schools are staring down a $3.1 billion shortfall, rural hospitals are still operating without state funding for critical services, and prisons are grappling with the issue of having only half of their funding released.  These are all significant concerns, but they are problems that we can solve immediately if the governor is willing to cooperate. It would be a shame if he continued to let innocent Pennsylvanians suffer for the sake of his own political gain.

Against all odds, ‘we are a school on the rise’
At a cash- and resources-short Southwest Philadelphia school, teachers and staff do more than educate. They feed, they clothe, they beg, they cheerlead – all to help give disadvantaged students a future.
Inquirer By Kristen A. Graham / Staff Writer, kgraham@phillynews.com Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016
The tiny girl walked into the Mitchell Elementary School counselor's office dressed only in pants and a tank top. Outside, it was 39 degrees.  "My teacher sent me to get a sweater," she whispered. "I'm cold."  Nancy Hoover, the counselor at the school in Southwest Philadelphia, didn't blink. She fished something warm from one of her beat-up filing cabinets. A few minutes before, she'd outfitted an older girl with pants and a shirt to replace the ill-fitting uniform the girl had worn to school.  Funding Philadelphia schools, for better or worse, is about much more than providing basic academic needs.  This month, Gov. Wolf made his 2017 budget proposal — whose outcome will have an enormous impact on Philadelphia schools. Mayor Kenney's is due in a few weeks. Most days of the week, politicians have something to say about the state of the cash-poor Philadelphia School District.

READING WHILE BLACK
A Read-In at the U School is designed to kick-start reading in a population of non-readers
Philadelphia Citizen BY ROXANNE PATEL SHEPELAVY FEB. 19, 2016
At the U School, one of the city’s two-year-old small high schools of choice, humanities teacher Sam Reed sees everyday what the future might look like for his mostly black, mostly poor students in Philadelphia, where only 65 percent of public school students graduate high school and more than half of the adult population is low-literate. Many of Reed’s 9th and 10th graders start high school reading well below their grade level. Some never pick up a paper book, or choose to read anything not assigned. For some, reading is such a struggle that pleasure never comes into it.  That’s why Reed organized today’s African American Read-In at the U School, turning the North Philly high school into a mini-literary festival for one day. Part of a national movement led by the National Network of Teachers of English, the Read-In was created 27 years ago to encourage reading among African American students during Black History Month, particularly by celebrating the works of black writers. Over a million readers nationwide are expected to participate this year, and then report back on their results. In Philadelphia, the U School, whose student population is 80 percent black, is the only school officially participating.

Hanger departs Wolf administration, other top level staff changes made
The PLS Reporter Author: Jason Gottesman/Friday, February 19, 2016
Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday that Secretary of Policy and Planning John Hanger has left the administration and has been replaced by Deputy Secretary of Policy and Planning Sarah Galbally.  According to Friday’s announcement, Hanger is leaving in order to spend more time with his wife and daughter who currently reside in Worchester, Massachusetts, where his wife is a top administration official with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  “John’s service to my administration has been invaluable, and it is difficult to see John leave his current position. I have known John for many years and I am glad that John will continue to provide me the benefit of his counsel and expertise in the years ahead," Gov. Wolf said of Hanger's departure.
"Sarah has been a key advisor for more than two and a half years. She has served ably as John’s deputy, and I look forward to continuing to work with her in her new role."

John Hanger, a key adviser to Gov. Tom Wolf, leaves the administration
Penn Live By Wallace McKelvey | WMckelvey@pennlive.com  Email the author | Follow on Twitter on February 19, 2016 at 10:43 AM, updated February 19, 2016 at 12:58 PM
John Hanger, a key adviser to Gov. Tom Wolf, is leaving the administration after a year dominated by wrangling over the state budget.  On Friday, Hanger told PennLive that he had no immediate plans for another job. His decision to step down as Wolf's secretary of policy and planning was based on the need to spend more time with his wife and daughter in Massachusetts, he said.  "It's difficult commuting and being in a very distant relationship," he said. "My first goal is to literally spend a number of months not doing that and we'll see from there."  Hangar previously led the state's Department of Environmental Protection in 2009 and 2010, under former Gov. Ed Rendell, in the midst of the Marcellus Shale gas boom. In his most recent position, he was tasked with advancing Wolf's policies, including aseverance tax on shale drilling. That tax faced serious opposition from the Legislature and remains part of Wolf's most recent budget proposal.

Top aide leaving Wolf administration
WHYY Newsworks/State Impact BY MARY WILSON, WITF NEWS FEBRUARY 19, 2016
Former DEP Secretary John Hanger is stepping down from his job as Governor Tom Wolf's Secretary of Planning and Policy.  John Hanger, a top policy adviser and rhetorical brawler for Governor Tom Wolf, is stepping down from his post, the administration announced Friday.  Hanger said he’s leaving the governor’s office to spend more time with his family in Massachusetts, where his wife has worked since 2010. Keeping two homes and a demanding job, he said, have worn on him.  “My back is giving out,” said Hanger. “I’m not the kind of person, frankly, that can throttle back very well.”  Throughout the state budget impasse, Hanger was seen as the governor’s in-house flamethrower. Just last month, during an interview on WITF’s Smart Talk, Hanger referred to the Legislature as irresponsible and called GOP House Speaker Mike Turzai part of the “radical right.”  “I don’t apologize for obviously advancing the governor’s positions strongly and hopefully clearly,” said Hanger. “That’s part of the job here.”

With policy chief John Hanger's exit, Wolf's 'team of rivals' is no more: John L. Micek
By John L. Micek | jmicek@pennlive.com  Email the author | Follow on Twitter  on February 19, 2016 at 12:15 PM, updated February 19, 2016 at 3:59 PM
In a building full of sharp elbows, John Hanger possessed some of the sharpest. But you wouldn't know it to look at him.  Wonkish to a fault, the Wolf administration's Policy Czar could come off as a tad rumpled and academic in person. But if you spent more than a couple of minutes in conversation with Hanger, it wouldn't take long for the gloves to come off.  And they'd come off hard.  The GOP he'd tell you, had been co-opted by "extremists" who weren't interested in compromise. If you really wanted to get him going, you could ask him about state Sen. Scott Wagner, R-York. Then, Hanger would start declaiming like an Old Testament prophet.
The feeling was mutual. Republicans despised Hanger and complained that his corrosive rhetoric was one of the biggest obstacles to getting a deal on Pennsylvania's long-delayed state budget.

PSBA: How late is the full 2015-16 budget?

Charter official gets probation in $6 mil. scheme
Inquirer by Martha Woodall, STAFF WRITER. Updated: FEBRUARY 19, 2016 — 12:45 PM EST
Joan Woods Chalker, a veteran educator who admitted helping charter founder Dorothy June Brown defraud the schools of more than $6 million, was sentenced in federal court Friday to three years probation.  She also was directed to pay $69,156 restitution, as she'd promised in her plea agreement.  "I'm extremely sorry for what I did," Chalker, 78, told Judge R. Barclay Surrick. "I greatly regret it."  Chalker, who has a doctorate in education, said she hadn't intended to hurt any of the children or the schools where she worked.  She had pleaded guilty to three counts of obstruction of justice and testified against Brown in a federal fraud trial that ended in a hung jury in 2013.

Countdown to the Every Student Succeeds Act
PSBA website February 18, 2016
  • December 10, 2015 – President Obama signs the ESSA, a major revamp of No Child Left Behind
  • August 1, 2016 – NCLB waivers expire and ESSA transition begins
  • 2017-2018 school year – State plans implemented nationwide
  • NOW is the time to roll up our sleeves!
To this end, PSBA has established a study group of stakeholders to provide recommendations to the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Legislature in four subject areas addressed by the ESSA:

Seeking input on state of Philly schools, City Council gets an earful
Testimony: $300 million budget cut in 2011 has had lasting consequences
BY HAYDEN MITMAN  PhillyVoice Staff FEBRUARY 18, 2016
City Council members on Tuesday listened to parents, employers and experts discuss the state of city schools, specifically to learn the impact of a $300 million cut in state funding in 2011 under the watch of former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett.  They got an earful.
For almost five hours, council's Education and Children and Youth committees heard testimony about many of the issues that affect the school district, mostly due to budget cuts.
Councilwoman Helen Gym, chair of the Children and Youth committee, said the meeting was the first in a series of four community hearings that will be held through next month. During Thursday's hearing, four panels of attendees detailed the lingering impact of those cuts.
Karyn Lynch, the district's chief of student support services, opened the meeting by saying the district is doing as much as it can with its budget. 

White House picks Philly for anti-truancy pilot
Inquirer by Kristen A. Graham and Susan Snyder, STAFF WRITER Updated: FEBRUARY 19, 2016 — 3:41 PM EST
For as long as Principal James Williams can remember, the freshman class at Kensington Health Sciences Academy has struggled with showing up to school every day.  That is, until two weeks ago, when the school joined a White House initiative aimed at addressing chronic absenteeism in schools in 10 cities around the U.S.  Once the school's worst-attending class, 90 percent of Kensington Health Science's freshman showed up to school Thursday, besting the school average of 83 percent attendance.  "There's no comparison," said Williams. "Our freshman class now has the highest attendance by far, and we attribute that to the relationships and the programs we have now."  In a news conference Friday, White House officials touted Philadelphia's efforts - and those in Austin, Boston, Columbus, Denver, Miami, New York, Providence, San Antonio and Seattle.

White House wants to pair 1 million students with mentors to reduce absenteeism
Washington Post By Emma Brown February 19 at 12:35 PM  
The White House announced Friday that it plans to tackle the problem of poor school attendance by connecting 1 million at-risk students with mentors over the next five years.  The mentorship program, part of Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, is starting in 10 cities. It aims to reach 250,000 children in grades six through nine over the next two years, and then to expand to students in grades K-12 and in additional cities.  “This is a solvable problem. We have evidence that we can attack this and figure out how to help kids come to school,” said Robert Balfanz of Johns Hopkins University, which is overseeing the initiative in partnership with the U.S. Education Department. “By mobilizing all this person power we can make a huge difference.”  The 10 participating cities are Austin; Boston; Columbus, Ohio; Denver; Miami-Dade; New York; Philadelphia; Providence, R.I.; San Antonio; and Seattle.  The mentors will be people who work in or are somehow linked to schools, officials said, including coaches, teachers, security guards and AmeriCorps members. They will get extra training and meet with students three times each week.

What Went Wrong With Teach For America
The Progressive by Peter Greene 2016
Peter Greene has been a classroom secondary English teacher for over thirty-five years. He lives and works in a small town in Northwest Pennsylvania, and blogs at Curmudgucation.
Teach for America is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Twenty-five years may not seem like much, but TFA  has changed a great deal since Wendy Kopp first turned her Princeton paper into a real organization, and those changes help explain why some folks are throwing anniversary bouquets but others are throwing less fragrant and attractive projectiles.  What’s the fuss? Why would anyone object to a program to put America’s best and brightest college grads in underserved classrooms? After all—if it’s a good and noble thing to join the Peace Corps straight out of college to go serve the poor and needy on foreign shores, why not direct a similar effort to people in need in our own country?  From the beginning, TFA tapped into the most noble and inspiring images of teaching, the idea of standing in front of a group of young people and really Making a Difference. Who wouldn’t want to make the world a better place, to step into the classrooms that strapped districts couldn’t fill on their own?

 ‘School choice’ is an idea whose time has passed
nondoc.com By John Thompson - February 19, 2016
Dr. John Thompson is an award-winning historian and an award-winning inner-city teacher. 
For more than 25 years, I have cautiously supported school choice — at least in terms of homegrown charter schools offering alternatives to local families.  Oklahoma City has been fortunate. We have excellent private schools and charters serving lower-poverty and alternative-school populations, and we even have a few outstanding higher-poverty charters serving as many at-risk students as they can handle. But, the first generation of competition-driven school improvements went hand-in-hand with the outmoded 1990s gentrification and the urban revitalization that sought to lure sports teams and convention centers from one city to another.
Urban charters, like other schools embracing win-lose policies, helped some children gain access to a better education while leaving others behind in even worse conditions. Thus, choice helped create schools with more brutal concentrations of kids who have endured extreme trauma from generational poverty. And, we must not forget, many charters and private schools have failed in their own right — imposing education malpractice, increasing segregation and opening the doors to corruption.

Education Bloggers Daily Highlights 2-20-16

Record number of astronaut wannabes apply to NASA – 18,300
Applicants double the previous record
NASA promoted openings on social media
Odds of getting picked are small – only 8-14 will be chosen
Centre Daily Times BY MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer
Space travel never looked so good.
NASA announced Friday it received a record number of applicants – some 18,300 – for its next astronaut class. That’s more than double the previous record of 8,000 for the first space shuttle astronaut class in 1978. This time, NASA hit social media hard to promote the openings.  The odds of getting picked are small; only eight to 14 Americans will be chosen. NASA expects it will take 1 1/2 years to whittle down the list.  Like the eight-member Class of 2013, the future astronauts will train to fly to the International Space Station on capsules under development by SpaceX and Boeing, as well as on NASA’s Orion spacecraft intended for deep-space exploration.
The two-month application period closed Thursday.


PENNSYLVANIA EDUCATION POLICY FORUM
“Western Region Forum Series” – Thursday, February 25, 2016
Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center – 100 Lytton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Continental Breakfast – 8:00 a.m. Program – 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
An Overview of the Proposed 2016-2017 State Budget and Education Issues Will Be Provided By:
Representative of The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center
Ron Cowell, President, The Education Policy and Leadership Center
Statewide and Regional Perspectives Will Be Provided By:
Karina Chavez
, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education
Dr. Jeffrey Fuller
, Superintendent, Freedom Area School District
Cheryl Kleiman, Staff Attorney, Education Law Center
Nathan Mains, Executive Director, Pennsylvania School Boards Association
RSVP for the Pittsburgh forum by clicking here.
While there is no registration fee, seating is limited and an RSVP is required.

'Beyond Measure' to be shown Feb. 24 at Bucks County Community College
Bucks County Courier Times Joan Hellyer, staff writer Sunday, February 14, 2016 11:45 pm
The general public is invited to a free screening of "Beyond Measure," a documentary about education reform, on Feb. 24 at Bucks County Community College, organizers said.  The movie, from Vicki Abeles, director of the award-winning film "Race to Nowhere," begins at 7 p.m. in the Zlock Performing Arts Center on the BCCC campus at 275 Swamp Road in Newtown Township.
In "Beyond Measure," Abeles examines public schools across the country that are working to "create a more equitable, empowering, student-centered education culture from the ground up," event organizers said.  The college’s Department of Social and Behavioral Science, Future Teachers Organization, and Amy McIntyre, founder of the Council Rock Parents Facebook page, are sponsoring the free event.  Register online at tinyurl.com/BCCCBeyondMeasure. For more information call 215-504-8545 or send an email to Kate.DAuria@bucks.edu.

Blogger note: this conference is SOLD OUT
Attend the United Opt Out Conference in Philadelphia February 26-28
United Opt Out: The Movement to End Corporate Reform will hold its annual conference on Philadelphia from February 26-28.

The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center will host its Annual Budget Summit on Thursday, March 3, 2016 9:00 - 3:30 at the Hilton Harrisburg.
PA Budget and Policy Center website
Join us for an in-depth look at the Governor's 2016-17 budget proposal, including what it means for education, health and human services, and local communities. The Summit will focus on the leading issues facing the commonwealth in 2016, with workshops, lunch, and a legislative panel discussion.  Space is limited, so fill out the form below to reserve your spot at the Budget Summit.
Thursday, March 3, 2016 Hilton Hotel, Harrisburg Pennsylvania
The event is free, but PBPC welcomes donations of any size to help off-set costs.

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

PenSPRA's Annual Symposium, Friday April 8th in Shippensburg, PA
PenSPRA, or the Pennsylvania School Public Relations Association, has developed a powerhouse line-up of speakers and topics for a captivating day of professional development in Shippensburg on April 8th. Learn to master data to defeat your critics, use stories to clarify your district's brand and take your social media efforts to the next level with a better understanding of metrics and the newest trends.  Join us the evening before the Symposium for a “Conversation with Colleagues” from 5 – 6 pm followed by a Networking Social Cocktail Hour from 6 – 8 pm.  Both the Symposium Friday and the social events on Thursday evening will be held at the Shippensburg University Conference Center. Snacks at the social hour, and Friday’s breakfast and lunch is included in your registration cost. $125 for PenSPRA members and $150 for non-members. Learn more about our speakers and topics and register today at this link:

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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