Tuesday, April 19, 2016

PA Ed Policy Roundup April 19: Who’s Supporting PA School Funding Lawsuit?

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PA Ed Policy Roundup April 19, 2016:
Who’s Supporting PA School Funding Lawsuit?

Rally in Harrisburg with the Campaign for Fair Education Funding on May 2nd 12:30 Main Rotunda!
Public schools in Pennsylvania are a far cry from the “thorough and efficient” system of education promised guaranteed under our state constitution. That’s why we want YOU to join Education Law Center and members of the Campaign for Fair Education Funding in Harrisburg on May 2nd! Buses of supporters are leaving from Pittsburgh and Philadelphia - please register below so we can help you arrive on time for the 12:30 press conference in the Main Rotunda! Questions? Email smalloy@elc-pa.org for more details.

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EdVotersPA: Look who supports the school funding lawsuit & learn how you can support it, too!
Blog/Commentary Posted on April 18, 2016 by EDVOPA
The PA Supreme Court will hear argument for the school funding lawsuit this year, perhaps as early as in May.  Throughout Pennsylvania, our schools have not received adequate and equitable funding to meet our children’s educational needs.  But our Constitution says, “The General Assembly shall provide for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of public education to serve the needs of the Commonwealth.  The state government is breaking its own law and our kids are suffering.  Public education advocates have a very important role to play in demanding action and then holding state lawmakers accountable for ensuring that all schools receive adequate and equitable funding to meet our children’s educational needs.

Debate over school funding goes on in Harrisburg
Bucks County Courier Times By Gary Weckselblatt, staff writer Monday, April 18, 2016 5:30 am
Let's call it the battle of the spreadsheets, with two sides seeking the political advantage in the fight over school subsidies.  First, Republicans pushed their numbers with the Basic Education Funding Commission's popular fair funding formula, which showed about 350 of the state's 500 districts making monetary gains.  That was countered last week by Gov. Tom Wolf's chart, which illustrated what twice the amount of additional school funding — from $200 million to $400 million — would have meant to district budgets.  Then came Wednesday's House and Senate votes, where veto-proof majorities passed a fiscal code bill that requires new school monies to be allocated using the BEFC formula. If the governor signs it into law, all of the players can then begin talking about the 2016-2017 state budget, with 10 weeks to get the job done.  "This continued political situation is counterproductive," said Curtis Dietrich, superintendent of North Penn School District. "The Basic Education Funding Commission engaged in a very worthy process and came out of it with a formula we'd like to see implemented posthaste.

End Harrisburg’s school-funding Hunger Games
The notebook Commentary by Susan Spicka April 18, 2016 — 1:30pm
Susan Spicka is the interim executive director of Education Voters Pennsylvania.
Over the last five years, Harrisburg has mastered the art of pitting school districts, parents, and students against each other in order to draw attention away from the damage that state policies and the lack of adequate education funding have inflicted on children, schools, and communities throughout the commonwealth.  In the 2015-16 budget, lawmakers tossed out a handful of crumbs in new state dollars to school districts desperate for funding. They then encouraged school districts and parents to fight over these crumbs by telling Pennsylvanians that there would be winners and losers in the budget, depending on how this new money was distributed.  Creating a Hunger Games for school funding and manipulating school districts and parents to fight for crumbs have been critical parts of a brilliant political strategy for lawmakers who don’t support funding education. So many school districts and parents have been focused on who gets more and who gets less that most have failed to notice that every single school district in Pennsylvania is a loser with this budget, no matter how the funding is distributed.

GOP presses Wolf on education funding priorities
Delco Times By Kevin Tustin, ktustin@21st-centurymedia.com@KevinTustin on Twitter
POSTED: 04/18/16, 9:19 PM EDT | UPDATED: 2 MINS AGO
State Republican lawmakers Monday morning called for Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf to sign the recently passed fiscal code from both chambers of the Legislature that would boost funding for Delaware County school districts, and hundreds of other school districts in the state.  State Sen. Tom McGarrigle, R-26, of Springfield, Rep. Bill Adolph, R-165, of Springfield, and Rep. Jamie Santora, R-163, of Upper Darby, held a press conference at Westbrook Park Elementary School in Upper Darby emphasizing the need for Wolf to approve the distribution of $10.47 billion in education and other human services spending as mandated in House Bill 1589, the fiscal code.  Delco’s 15 public school districts are looking at a bump of $6.3 million in basic education subsidies alone for 2015-16.

Democrats stand up for their school districts in opposing Wolf funding plan
Pennsylvania's protracted budget negotiation ended nearly a month ago, but the fight continues over how $150 million in new education spending will be divided amongst the state's 500 school districts.  Gov. Tom Wolf's plan to restore funding to districts hurt most by past cuts suffered a major blow last week. And now he faces another critical veto decision.  Wolf's "restoration" funding plan prioritizes districts still suffering from disproportionate funding cuts under his predecessor, Gov. Tom Corbett.  Philadelphia, Chester-Upland and Pittsburgh fare especially well in that plan, and all districts would see an increase, but the overwhelming majority of districts would get a bigger boost under the new student-weighted funding formula plan as passed by the legislature.  Wolf vetoed that last month. Last week, however, lawmakers passed it again within a larger fiscal code bill — this time with veto-proof majorities in both the House andSenate.
In interviews with several Democratic state senators, one reason stood out.  "At the end of the day, it would have been difficult for any legislator to vote against their own best interests as it relates to their school districts," said John Blake, D-Lackawanna.

“Let us pause to actually reflect on what actually happened here, in this place, because it doesn’t happen often enough,” Leach said.  The senator then offered a path to the way things can be – but too often are not.  “We stopped being Democrats and started being caregivers,” Leach said. “We stopped being Republicans and started being patients. We stopped being liberals and started being problem solvers. We stopped being conservatives and started being compromisers. We stopped being politicians and started being human beings.”
Editorial: The way government is supposed to work
Delco Times Editorial POSTED: 04/18/16, 9:14 PM EDT | UPDATED: 57 SECS AGO
 “This is what government is supposed to look like.”
Just let that notion sink in for awhile.  We’ve gotten accustomed to the opposite when it comes to politics.  It doesn’t matter if it’s Washington, D.C., or Harrisburg. Somewhere along the line, we lost sight of the purpose of government – serving the public. Instead what we all too often have amounts to little more than political bloodsport. It’s as if Vince Lombardi had hijacked the nation’s political agenda. “Winning is not everything, it’s the only thing.”  Compromise? That magic elixir in which the public’s business is conducted and things actually are accomplished? A quaint notion we used when talking about Republican President Ronald Reagan and Democratic House Speaker Tip O’Neill.

Editorial: Here we go again?
Intelligencer Editorial Posted: Monday, April 18, 2016 12:15 am
Maybe public school superintendents are worth all that money they get paid after all.
Essentially, they’re like CEOs at big private companies with lots of financial responsibilities, from huge payroll obligations to equally huge capital expenditures, not to mention debt payments.  Unlike CEOs at big private companies, however, where budgets are completed on time and incoming revenue is relatively stable and reliable, public school superintendents are reliant on a state Legislature that rarely completes a budget on time and almost never allots funding in a stable or reliable way.  This year, the state budget was nine months late. It was due to be completed June 30, 2015, but was not resolved until just a few weeks ago. Meanwhile, school districts and every other government entity that relies on state funding was forced to borrow money or cut services ... or both.  But the past is past, right? Better days are ahead.
Not so much.

Support fair education funding
Pocono Record Letter by Janet K. Weidensaul Posted Apr. 18, 2016 at 1:37 PM
In response to your April 10 Opinion, “Gov. Wolf right to fight discrimination,” I agree. Now it's time for Gov. Wolf to focus on discrimination against 180 severely underfunded school districts. School funding is one of the toughest and most important issues facing Pennsylvania. Frankly, there is no reason four school districts should get $102.5 million of new education funding against 496 school districts splitting the remaining $97.5 million. By any definition, that's discrimination in the highest order.  So many facets of our commonwealth — jobs, culture, community, quality of life — are dependent upon and shaped by the education we provide our children. In Monroe County, we see the devastating negative impacts of severe underfunding of our schools every day. I believe every citizen in this county and across this state should be knocking on the door of every state senator, representative and the governor asking them to take action now, adopt the bipartisan “Basic Education Commission Report.” First, to the 180 school districts that are underfunded; then, to all districts under the new Basic Education Funding formula.

Mike Stack: A man with a plan?
by John Baer, Daily News Political Columnist Updated: APRIL 18, 2016 — 3:01 AM EDT
HERE'S SOMETHING I never thought I'd write. Mike Stack has a good idea.
Not that it's new or original. But give him credit, he's publicly pushing it.
The Northeast Philly ward leader from an old-school political family, former 14-year state senator and current second-ranking state official as lieutenant governor, is advocating a fix for Pennsylvania's horrible, no-good budget process.  Wait, what? Pennsylvania has a lieutenant governor? And he's from Philly?  Oh yeah. More than that, Stack's a card-carrying member of the Screen Actors Guild. If you have a high-tolerance for bad theater, you can watch him emote as he presides over the Senate, a duty of his office - the presiding part, not the emoting part. Just don't bother bringing popcorn. You won't want to watch too long.
But back to his good idea, the focus and timing of which is more than slightly suspect (more on that in a bit).  Last week, outside his Harrisburg office overlooking the Capitol Rotunda, Stack stood with a few senators from both parties to call for a two-year budget.  Under Gov. Wolf and the current (ugh) Legislature that's effectively what we've got. But Stack's talking about switching the process from budgeting for one year to budgeting for two.

Editorial: Much to gain in two-year budget cycle
Times Tribune BY THE EDITORIAL BOARD Published: April 19, 2016
Pennsylvania legislators know that the commonwealth doesn’t need all 253 of them. They often go out of their way to prove it by failing to accomplish the only thing that the state constitution requires them to do — adopt a budget on time.  Even though the state constitution doesn’t require much of them, the legislators often can’t get it done.  Yet they have constructed a fiction under which they claim that Pennsylvanians must fund the nation’s largest full-time and second-most expensive Legislature because of the depth and complexity of public business.  Fortunately, a constitutional change not only would end the annual budget circus but even further illustrate the feasibility of switching to a smaller, part-time Legislature.  Along with several state senators of both parties, Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, a Philadelphia Democrat and former state senator, recently endorsed converting to a two-year budget cycle.  Doing so greatly would benefit school districts, local governments and hundreds of social service agencies, which actually would be able to adopt their own budgets with certainty about state appropriations.

Columbia and Elanco school board consider a joint superintendent for next year
Lancaster Online by KARA NEWHOUSE | Staff Writer April 19, 2016
The superintendent offices of Columbia Borough and Eastern Lancaster County school districts are about 30 miles apart.  But they could share a nameplate next year.
Columbia’s Acting Superintendent Kenneth Klawitter on Monday night proposed that the board share a district leader with Elanco in the 2016-17 school year.  Columbia’s former superintendent, Carol Powell, left in December, 18 months into a three-year contract. Klawitter will serve through the end of the school year. He previously was Columbia superintendent from 1999 to 2006 and acting superintendent for the 2013-14 school year.  Klawitter raised the idea of sharing a leader with Elanco during a joint meeting of the school board and Columbia Borough Council. Elanco Superintendent Robert Hollister also floated the concept with his school board Monday night.
If the school boards decide to act on the idea, it could have financial and program benefits for both districts, the district leaders said. The shared position would be unique in Lancaster County and one of only two such structures in Pennsylvania.

House bill allows property tax break for senior citizens who volunteer in schools
The bill passed the house on Monday and is waiting for vote in the senate.
By Lynn Ondrusek  Pocono Record Writer  Posted Apr. 16, 2016 at 7:36 PM
A state House of Representatives bill will allow districts to give senior citizens a tax break if they volunteer for the district.  House Bill 791 will allow public school districts to establish a program to allow older residents, over the age of 60, to volunteer in the school district and receive a real estate tax credit in exchange for their service, according to the bill.  “It has been shown that senior tax reduction volunteer exchange programs provide much needed relief to senior citizens, who often struggle to meet the rising cost of property taxes, and helps schools meet an increasing demand for a variety of human skills and services,” the bill says.

Millersburg Area School District listens to parents express concerns about proposed cuts
Abc27 By Mark Hall Published: April 19, 2016, 3:20 am
MILLERSBURG (WHTM) – The Millersburg Area High School Auditorium was nearly filled to capacity on Monday night, after last week’s announcement of proposed budget cuts.
Many residents said they were blindsided last week by a plan that would cut programs and staff for next year.  Public comment lasted more than three hours. During which, many expressed concern that the district says cuts are needed because of lower enrollment, less revenue and increasing expenses including salaries, health insurance, and pensions.

Letters: It's a soda tax, not a grocery tax
Inquirer Letter by Dr. Barbara W. Gold, board vice chair, Food Trust, Philadelphia APRIL 18, 2016 — 3:01 AM EDT
Soda is not, nor should it be, a staple of the family grocery budget. As I have been telling my pediatric patients and their parents for years, a soda is a candy bar in a can. It is a treat to be enjoyed on special occasions.  The beverage industry lobbyists are wrong when they say the proposed 3-cents-an-ounce tax on sugary drinks will drastically impact families and shoppers, claiming there would be a large spike in grocery prices. It's just not true. Under this proposal, the cost of a loaf of bread would not change. Nor would the cost of meat, fish, dairy items, household supplies, fruits and vegetables, baked goods, frozen foods, or any of a thousand other items that families recognize as real groceries.  Instead, the proposal seeks to direct a fraction of the beverage industry's multibillion-dollar annual profits to pay for expanded pre-K programs and community schools for Philadelphia's children and to revitalize parks, libraries, and recreation centers.  Scare tactics are dishonest. It's a tax on sugary drinks, not a grocery tax.

Teachers' union, 'WithinReach' back Kenney's universal pre-K proposal
As the presidential primary approaches, Mayor Jim Kenney garners support from his friends in the education field for the soda tax, which he hopes will fund universal pre-K, citywide.
Metro US by Jenny Dehuff April 18, 2016
As Mayor Jim Kenney continues to build his coalition of backers for his universal pre-K campaign, he’s making strides with his friends in the teacher's union.  Folks from the WithinReach Campaign and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT) joined Kenney Monday at LaSalle University to discuss how cities and states can lead the way in implementing pre-K for all working families.  Currently, more than 17,000 children in the city do not have access to pre-K, and statistics show 68 percent of Pennsylvania children younger than age 6 have both parents in the workforce. 
If the mayor is successful in getting his three-cents-per-ounce soda tax passed, he plans to put those revenues towards universal pre-K.

“Green is being represented by the Fairness Center in Harrisburg, which describes itself as a "nonprofit public interest law firm offering free legal services to those facing unjust treatment from public employee union leaders." The center has ties to the conservative Commonwealth Foundation.”
Green goes to court to regain post as Philly SRC chair
Inquirer by Martha Woodall, Staff Writer Updated: APRIL 19, 2016 — 1:08 AM EDT
Bill Green, a member of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission, is going to court to try to regain his position as chairman after all.  He said he was filing a Commonwealth Court suit that would challenge Gov. Wolf's legal authority to remove him as chair of the five-member SRC in March 2015.  Green said he was taking the action "to contribute more effectively to our collective work" and protect "the independence and mission" of the SRC.  "Last spring, I indicated that I would fight my illegal removal in court," Green says in an opinion piece published in Tuesday's issue of the Inquirer.  "People I respect, including teachers, colleagues, and citizens, urged me to give the new governor a chance, fearing a lawsuit at that time might exacerbate tensions in Harrisburg and risk the funding that Philadelphia's public school students urgently need. I agreed not to go to court at that time.  "In the year since, it has become painfully clear that the governor's strategies, tactics, and unwillingness to compromise have not been successful.  "I now ask the courts to rule on a simple matter of law with no facts in dispute: Namely, does the governor have the power to remove the chair of the SRC without following the law?"

Commentary: Wolf was wrong on SRC firing
Inquirer Opinion By Bill Green Updated: APRIL 19, 2016 — 3:01 AM EDT
Bill Green is a member of Philadelphia's School Reform Commission.
In an effort to contribute more effectively to our collective work, I am taking action to return to my appointed position as chair of the School Reform Commission.  I expect and understand that this will elicit a chorus of boos from some, and want to explain both the legal basis and the reason for taking action now.  First, some background.
Gov. Wolf opposes all new charters, as do the powerful teachers' unions that lavished $1.6 million to elect him.  Wolf purported to remove me as chair in March 2015, shortly after the SRC had voted to approve five new charter schools - and voted down 34 others. Under the state legislation that authorized a cigarette tax to provide funding for Philadelphia's schools, the SRC was required to accept new charter applications, something it had not done in seven years.   In advance of the vote on 39 applications, the governor instructed me to vote down any new charters. Some leaders of the General Assembly directed us to approve at least 16 new charters.  Rather than bowing to political pressure, the SRC performed its umpire-like role as charter authorizer, calling balls and strikes based on the quality of applications and on state law. (State law does not permit funding availability to serve as a basis for denying a charter application.)

Principals announced for four city turnaround schools
Inquirer by Martha Woodall, Staff Writer Updated: APRIL 19, 2016 — 1:08 AM EDT
The principals of two city elementary schools slated for academic overhauls will remain to lead the efforts, the School District of Philadelphia announced Monday.  Two other elementary schools targeted for district-run turnarounds will get new leaders.  "We are excited to welcome two new school leaders and retain two veteran principals in support of our new turnaround model," Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said in the announcement.  "Effective school leadership is key to this work," he said. "We could not be more pleased to have found administrators who share our vision for student progress, staff collaboration, parent engagement, and community involvement."

PSSA opt-outs: School administrators, parents struggle to understand impact
Lancaster Online by KARA NEWHOUSE | Staff Writer April 18, 2016
When Marianne Smith decided to opt out her son from the state's standardized tests last year, she found the process easy.  So she was surprised to get a phone call from a school district administrator about her plan to do the same thing this year.  Jennifer Reinhart, chief accountability officer for the School District of Lancaster, said she called 11 parents from Buchanan Elementary School in early April to discuss what a spike in opt-outs could mean for the school.  The calls were intended to inform, "not to persuade them to switch," Reinhart said.  But Smith said it felt like an "intimidation tactic."  The calls are one way Lancaster County schools are reacting as opt-outs rise across Pennsylvania, instilling fear among administrators about its potential impact.

Going for the goal: Two students tell stories of making a path to college
The notebook by Dale Mezzacappa April 18, 2016 — 1:32pm
Quaymir Cephas knows he hasn’t lived up to his potential.
Without knowing that it matches the research findings on what student characteristics deter college completion, he rattles off his own story: mediocre grades, spotty class attendance, a tendency to get in trouble, failure to take full advantage of available supports. Those included his counselor and a College Success Center at University City High School that provided tutoring, mentoring, college trips, and a community of students with college aspirations.  Cephas, a reflective person, blames himself, not the school, which was going through a chaotic period and closed down entirely the year after he left.  “They did all the teaching that they could do,” he said. “The child has to decide what kind of person he grows up to be.”  Cephas never thought seriously about going to college until he had a conversation with a classmate who was going to Clark Atlanta University in Georgia.  “He was saying, ‘You’re crazy. Us both having the same grades, I know you can do just as good as I’m doing.’”

Map: How Per-Pupil Spending Compares Across U.S. School Districts
Education Week Published Online: April 18, 2016
An Education Week Research Center analysis of federal data shows spending levels per student in most U.S. school districts for fiscal year 2013. The school finance analysis comes from Education Week's Quality Counts 2016, which provides details on how states allocate funding to public schools and grades them, taking into account overall spending and the equity with which that funding is distributed among districts.  This map, using Research Center data, was produced by NPR for a series on public school spending across the states.

Educators at Raleigh conference condemn HB2
Group says it won’t return until law is repealed
NAACP leader says HB2 is anti-children, anti-family and anti-women
Transgender students say they’re more worried about safety
News & Observer BY T. KEUNG HUI khui@newsobserver.com April 16, 2016
RALEIGH  - The controversy over the passage of House Bill 2 spread to a public education conference Saturday, where event organizers and speakers called the new law hateful and said it discriminates against the gay community.  About 500 activists from around the country are attending the Network for Public Education’s (NPE) National Conference this weekend at the Raleigh Convention Center. Some groups have canceled events in North Carolina to protest HB2, but NPE printed labels for attendees to hand out saying they won’t return to the state until the law is repealed.  “It’s very late in the day to be making a decision about canceling because all of you would have lost money that you put down for plane fare,” said NPE President Diane Ravitch, an author and education historian. “We thought, you know it takes more courage to be there and to fight against them than to stay home.”  Under HB2, people can use only restrooms and locker room facilities at schools and public agencies that match the gender on their birth certificate. Some schools have been allowing transgender students to use multi-occupancy restrooms and locker rooms of the gender they identify with as opposed to the one on their birth certificate.

Brown Bag Discussion Series on Community Schools with the Mayor's Office of Education
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Rally in Harrisburg with the Campaign for Fair Education Funding on May 2nd 12:30 Main Rotunda!
Public schools in Pennsylvania are a far cry from the “thorough and efficient” system of education promised guaranteed under our state constitution. That’s why we want YOU to join Education Law Center and members of the Campaign for Fair Education Funding in Harrisburg on May 2nd! Buses of supporters are leaving from Pittsburgh and Philadelphia - please register below so we can help you arrive on time for the 12:30 press conference in the Main Rotunda! Questions? Email smalloy@elc-pa.org for more details.

Electing PSBA Officers – Applications Due by April 30th
All persons seeking nomination for elected positions of the Association shall send applications to the attention of the chair of the Leadership Development Committee during the month of April, an Application for Nomination to be provided by the Association expressing interest in the office sought. “The Application for nomination shall be marked received at PSBA Headquarters or mailed first class and postmarked by April 30 to be considered and timely filed. If said date falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, then the Application for Nomination shall be considered timely filed if marked received at PSBA headquarters or mailed and postmarked on the next business day.” (PSBA Bylaws, Article IV, Section 5.E.).
Open positions are:
In addition to the application form, PSBA Governing Board Policy 302 asks that all candidates furnish with their application a recent, print quality photograph and letters of application. The application form specifies no less than two and no more than four letters of recommendation, some or all of which preferably should be from school districts in different PSBA regions as well as from community groups and other sources that can provide a description of the candidate’s involvement with and effectiveness in leadership positions. PSBA Governing Board Policy 108 also outlines the campaign procedures of candidates.
All terms of office commence January 1 following election.

Join the Pennsylvania Principals Association at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at The Capitol in Harrisburg, PA, for its second annual Principals' Lobby Day.
Pennsylvania Principals Association Monday, March 21, 2016 9:31 AM
 To register, contact Dr. Joseph Clapper at clapper@paprincipals.org by Tuesday, June 14, 2016. If you need assistance, we will provide information about how to contact your legislators to schedule meetings.
Click here for the informational flyer, which includes important issues to discuss with your legislators.

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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