Monday, April 4, 2016

PA Ed Policy Roundup April 4: 80% of Low Income 4th Graders Do Not Read Proficiently

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PA Ed Policy Roundup April 4, 2016:
80% of Low Income Fourth Graders Do Not Read Proficiently



PSBA Advocacy Forum & Day on the Hill
APR 4, 2016 • 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Join PSBA and your fellow school directors for the third annual Advocacy Forum on April 4, 2016, at the State Capitol in Harrisburg. 

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Media advisory: School directors gather at State Capitol on Monday to discuss pension reform, BEF formula and on-time 2016-17 state budget
MEDIA ADVISORY - News Conference: School directors gather at State Capitol to discuss pension reform, Basic Education Funding formula and on-time 2016-17 state budget
When: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Monday, April 4, 2016
Where: East Wing Rotunda, State Capitol
Dozens of school directors from across Pennsylvania will gather at the State Capitol on April 4 to meet with legislators and discuss several issues of concern, including the following:
  • The ongoing need for pension reform
  • Adoption of the Basic Education Funding formula
  • PlanCon reimbursement funding
  • Reimbursements to districts for interest payments due as the result of borrowing money during the budget impasse
  • Passing a 2016-17 state budget by the deadline of June 30
As part of the day, a news conference will be held in the East Wing Rotunda at 11:30 a.m. PSBA Executive Director Nathan Mains will have a few opening comments and then turn things over to several school directors to discuss issues listed above. Speakers will include the following:

He said arts grants and even the state meteorologist may have to go. And he proposed ending higher-education grants for students studying "poetry or some other Pre Walmart major."  Roae also left no doubt as to his view of their role: "Everything needs to be flat funded or cut. People elected us to cut spending, not raise taxes."
Harrisburg GOP begins budget strategizing
Inquirer by Angela Couloumbis, HARRISBURG BUREAU Updated: APRIL 3, 2016 — 1:08 AM EDT
HARRISBURG - One warned of an "intense three-month run" looming in the Capitol.  A few called for introducing tax-cut bills as a preemptive strike against a governor who wants the opposite.  Another pitched a flat funding formula for public schools and ending other programs, such as grants to college students whose "major is poetry or some other Pre Walmart major."  The comments and proposals emerged in private emails Republican legislators sent last week to their colleagues, as they strategized how to win the budget battle with Gov. Wolf.  The string of emails, obtained by The Inquirer, began with a two-page memo of talking points distributed to all House Republicans by the spokesman for House Majority Leader Dave Reed. It urged legislators to devote "just 30 minutes a day" on public outreach to deliver the GOP message and counter Wolf and the Democrats.

Lawmakers need mandatory training, not school board members (letter)
If anyone needs to undergo training in Pennsylvania, it’s those who took nine months to meet a deadline and pass a state budget.
York Daily Record by Eric Wolfgang, Guest Columnist 3:40 p.m. EDT April 1, 2016
Eric Wolfgang is a Central York School Director
House Bill 1906, which mandates training for new school directors during their first year in office, has it backwards. If anyone needs to undergo training in Pennsylvania, it’s those who took nine months to meet a deadline and pass a state budget.  There’s no denying that school directors have a complex job that requires a wide body of knowledge. And they are doing that job effectively. Look at how creatively they weathered the nine-month budget impasse and continued to provide quality education despite the failure of the state to provide the funding owed them.

“He said vetoing the fiscal code freezes $150 million in additional funds for schools that was provided in the budget, and the budget bill specifically outlines that the new money cannot be distributed without enacting the fiscal code. The fiscal code distributed the money according to the recommendations of the bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission, which came up with the agreed-to formula, according to Scarnati.”
Scarnati: Wolf’s fiscal code veto will have local impact
The Bradford Era Posted: Saturday, April 2, 2016 10:00 am
HARRISBURG – On Friday, Sen. Joe Scarnati, R-Brockway, warned of the negative effects of Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of the state’s fiscal code will have within the region.  Scarnati explained that the state’s bipartisan fiscal code was passed by the Senate and House of Representatives in conjunction with the general appropriation budget act. The fiscal code works with the budget by serving as the map for spending state funds.  “The fiscal code is an integral part of the state budget and necessary for accurate disbursement of budgetary funds,” Scarnati said. “After nine months of failing to sign a complete budget — we are once again seeing the Governor play games with Pennsylvanians’ hard-earned tax dollars.”  The state’s budget went into effect at midnight Sunday after the Governor chose not to veto or sign the bill. However, the Governor vetoed the state’s fiscal code, which serves as the instruction manual for how the money in the budget is to be distributed, according to Scarnati.

Impacts of state budget impasse still emerging
The Bradford Era By AMANDA JONES Era Correspondent amandajonesera@yahoo.com Posted: Friday, April 1, 2016 10:00 am
COUDERSPORT — Though a budget has been passed by the state, a related Fiscal Code has not been passed, which is causing headaches for school districts and other entities.  Potter County Commissioner Doug Morley addressed the issue during a commissioners meeting held on Thursday, stating, “There is still a piece out there that’s significant. It’s not the big money, but it is important money.”  The Fiscal Code deals more with one-time expenditures, such as the Plancon (Planning and Construction) money pledged to school districts for capital improvements. Many districts across the state depend on the payments, and may have to raise property taxes in order to keep up with loan payments on projects completed more than a decade ago.

“The spending plan for 2015-16 increased some funding for schools, but money for construction reimbursements as part of the state Planning and Construction Notebook, along with pension reform and a basic education funding formula, were not included. Additionally, the piper must be paid and huge interest payments on the nearly $1 billion borrowed to keep schools open will come due.  The Pennsylvania School Boards Association has sued the state to get reimbursements to schools for those costs. All of these costs need to be considered in the coming weeks and included in a 2016-17 final state budget”
Schools withstand state budget mess
Times Tribune BY NATHAN MAINS Published: April 2, 2016
A collective sigh of relief was accompanied by celebrations when Gov. Tom Wolf announced recently that he would not sign the 2015-16 budget, but let it become law by not vetoing it.
The impending crisis for schools and social service agencies has passed for the moment. But there is no time for prolonged jubilation because there are fewer than 100 days until the June 30deadline for the 2016-17 state budget and there is much to do.  Schools will enter the 2016 academic year in a wounded state. Months of funding delays required them in the current school year to borrow money, delay payments and purchases and cut programs. If the governor and General Assembly think schools can weather another eight-month budget impasse, they are sorely mistaken. Many districts drew down fund balances they had saved for years for pension costs and building maintenance and construction or just “rainy day” issues facing their district.
Well, guess what … it’s been raining for the last 8½ months and now there is little left in the event of another budget impasse.

No guarantees with school funding
Public Opinion by Vicky Taylor, vtaylor@publicopinionnews.com7:18 p.m. EDT March 31, 2016
FRANKLIN COUNTY - The good news was in for local school districts Monday morning. Gov. Tom Wolf had let the latest addition to the state budget pass by default when he didn't sign the legislation. Then came the blow when Wolf vetoed the financial code attached to the bill.  Districts ended the week on edge, hoping for the best yet dreading more bad news on the state front.  The veto of the fiscal code leaves up in the air the question of who will decide how the basic education funding left to be distributed will be divided up between the state's school districts, and who will make the decision on how much each district will get.

Kids Are Behind on This Key Indicator of Success
80% of Low Income Fourth Graders Do Not Read Proficiently
FirstBook Blog Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 by Samantha McGinnis
What if your dreams were out of reach before you could even dream them?
For 80% of fourth graders who do not read proficiently, this could be the case.
A child’s ability to read in fourth grade is a key indicator to their future success. From their academic achievement to the job opportunities available to them in the future, a lot is on the line. Many start the critical year behind in their reading skills and many don’t have access to books or even items snacks and school supplies. This makes it even more difficult to catch up.  Do you serve children in need? You can access books, school supplies and other essentials to help kids learn from the First Book Marketplace. Together, we can empower kids to catch up, stay ahead and follow the dreams they’re just starting to imagine.

Early Reading Proficiency in the United States
A KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation January 29, 2014
Proficient 4th-grade readers are more likely to be high school graduates and be economically successful adults. Although reading proficiency rates have improved over the past decade, large disparities still exist. This KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot outlines those disparities and recommendations to overcome them.

Inquirer editorial: Wolf veto may give him more leverage
Inquirer Editorial Updated: APRIL 4, 2016 — 3:01 AM EDT
Whether it was his intent or not, one consequence of Gov. Wolf's veto of legislation that details how state allocations must be spent could give him more leverage to get his next budget passed.  Wolf last week let a $30 billion budget become law without his signature to end a nine-month stalemate with the Republican-led legislature. But he vetoed the accompanying fiscal code because its distribution of $200 million in new education funds shortchanges strapped school districts like Philadelphia's. Wolf believes the veto gives him the authority to allocate those funds as he sees fit, but Republicans may challenge that in court.

PhillyTrib Editorial: Pennsylvanians lose in state budget
Philadelphia Tribune Editorial Posted: Friday, April 1, 2016 12:00 am
Governor Tom Wolf has vetoed a bill that passed along with the state budget, citing several concerns including how it divides money for schools.  Wolf said the legislation has a school funding distribution formula he considers one of the most unfair in the country and that bond borrowing would be expanded without addressing the state’s structural deficit.  House Republican spokesman Steve Miskin said no decision has been made about whether to seek to override Wolf’s veto.  The governor’s veto follows his decision last week to allow a House-passed version of this year’s state budget to become law without his signature.  Wolf was forced to allow a disappointing and shortsighted budget to pass after a state-record nine-month budget impasse that threatened to close public schools.  In the end, Wolf had to succumb to Republican obstruction in Harrisburg similar to what President Barack Obama faces in Washington. The governor was also abandoned by fellow Democrats in the legislature who were willing to pass an inadequate budget rather than go toward the end of the fiscal year with no budget at all.

FAQs about the $75 million CUT in state funding to schools in the 2015-2016 Republican budget
Education Voters PA Posted on March 31, 2016 by EDVOPA
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In the 2015-2016 Republican budget, many members of the General Assembly failed to deliver state funding owed to school districts and demonstrated that they are unwilling to pass a responsible budget that pays for the state’s obligations to public schools and meets the needs of Pennsylvania’s children.  
In the 2015-2016 budget, lawmakers eliminated $305 million in construction reimbursement payments that the state was and remains obligated to make to PA’s school districts through the Planning and Construction Workbook (PlanCon) program. PlanCon is a longstanding program that provides school districts with partial reimbursement for qualified new construction and renovation projects.  School districts are obligated to make construction payments with or without state reimbursement from the PlanCon program. The loss of $305 million in state funding represents a substantial decrease in money available to support academic programs and services for students.  

“The number of Southwest Pennsylvania parents who elect to exclude their children from the annual PSSA tests has been increasing during the past few years, and opt-out supporters say that trend is expected to continue since last year's disappointing scores, when the tests were aligned with the more “rigorous” PA Core standards.  In Pennsylvania, all a parent has to do is visit the school and view the tests — which districts have to make available in the weeks leading up to the exams — sign a confidentiality notice and provide a written statement that they don't want their child to take the test for religious reasons. They aren't required to elaborate.”
Standardized-testing opponents predict increase in opt-outs
TribLive BY ELIZABETH BEHRMAN  | Sunday, April 3, 2016, 10:40 p.m.
Debra Srogi's son has taken the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment test only once, and she vows he won't take it again.  As a third-grader at Whittier Elementary School, he was losing sleep and interest in school as he stressed over the PSSA tests, Srogi said. He scored well, but Srogi decided last year to join a growing number of parents who “opt out” of having their children take the state standardized tests.  She went to the school to look at the test and told the principal her son would not be sitting for the examination based on her religious objections.  “I couldn't make heads or tails of it, and I have a biology degree,” said Srogi, who lives in Elliott.

“Legislators like charters because they're popular with parents. Many members of the teachers union believe they're popular with legislators because they help dismantle the powerful teachers union (charters are operated independently and don't require union teachers).  They were formed originally to provide a place for educational innovation that could be scaled up into more traditional public schools. But that hasn't happened. Instead, the original charter law has managed to inflict financial damage on one system in order to build another. On the eve of charters' 20th anniversary in the state, we should all push for a clear-eyed look at how to make both kinds better.”
KEEPING UP WITH CHARTERS
Profile database a good first step but reforms are long overdue
Philly Daily News Editorial Updated: APRIL 4, 2016 — 3:01 AM EDT
THE ADVENT of charter schools was supposed to assure that a zip code doesn't have to be destiny, by giving Philadelphia parents a choice of education alternatives. But there's "choice," and then there's "informed choice." The lack of comprehensive information about individual charters and their performance has been scarce.  That's why the School District of Philadelphia's release of profiles of all charter schools operating in the city last week was so welcome - and long overdue.  Since the state law authorized charters in 1997, these alternatives to traditional public schools have grown virtually unchecked, with little oversight and a need for more accountability. The city's 83 charters enrolling nearly 70,000 students represent the second largest district in the state. The state (and city) has poured billions of dollars into them. The Pennsylvania Department of Education oversees charters, but wields a light touch in that oversight; witness the spotty range of compliance in the annual reports charters are supposed to send the department each year.

Pennsylvania special education funding formula a relic
Watchdog.org By Evan Grossman  /   March 31, 2016  /   News  /   No Comments
Pennsylvania’s school funding formula has flaws, but no part of it is as flimsy as the logic behind its special education funding.  Rather than being based on hard numbers of students who require more intensive — and costly — instruction, the state’s special-ed funding formula is largely based on assumptions that may or may not bear any resemblance to reality.   Since the late 1980s, the majority of Pennsylvania’s special education funding assumes that 16 percent of each district’s students have a learning disability. And so, for more than 30 years, Pennsylvania schools have been funded according to that ratio, regardless of the percentage of a district’s students in special education classes.

Study: They're teaching pre-K, for janitor's pay
Inquirer by Julia Terruso, Staff Writer Updated: APRIL 2, 2016 — 1:07 AM EDT
Ladrina Powell ran into an attendance problem with teachers at her West Philadelphia prekindergarten center this winter.  "They kept coming in and asking me, 'Can I be late tomorrow?' 'I have to go down to the city . . . or my electricity is getting shut off,' " Powell said. "Then I'm short a teacher, but can I blame them? They can't pay their bills."
Powell, director of Community Preschool & Nursery, which serves 71 children, has nine staffers, none with teaching degrees. Most earn about $10 an hour; the least experienced get $7.25.  "My plight is, we all want high quality, and the standards are constantly rising for quality. But the money isn't, and it's hard to find quality teachers with degrees with a salary that's starting so low," Powell said.  An 18-month study of Philadelphia's early-childhood education workforce, funded by the William Penn Foundation and released Friday, makes those same points.

Pa. GOP wants state churning out poorly educated worker drones
Philly Daily News Attytood Blog  by Will Bunch Updated: APRIL 3, 2016 — 9:55 PM EDT
Now that Pennsylvania's 2015 (or was it 2013?...I've lost track after all this time) budget fiasco is finally behind us, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the GOP-dominated houses of the State Legislature have a fresh new start -- to think up new ways to keep Pennsylvania beating on, like boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly toward the 19th Century.  Not surprisingly, Republican lawmakers in Harrisburg who got elected on a platform of "jobs, jobs, jobs," when left to their druthers -- like their counterparts in Washington and in other statehouse around the country -- turned their attention not to opening up the labor market but to shutting down the reproductive rights of Pennsylvania women. Maybe the move to restrict women's right to choose -- limiting non-emergency abortions to the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, down from the current 24 -- is not surprising, considering that Pennsylvania ranks near the bottom of states in female legislators.

The end of “no excuses” education reform?
A Philadelphia charter school CEO leads the way as more schools question the get-tough school model
Huffington Post by SARAH GARLAND March 27, 2016
Several students sit around a conference table at Simon Gratz High School in North Philadelphia on a surly winter’s day, the kind that makes even the school’s drafty classrooms seem welcoming. They are there to give their assessment of the school – and they’re not afraid to be blunt.  “I like this school, but I kind of don’t,” says Chynah Perry, age 15, a thin girl with straight posture and stylish black-rimmed glasses. “It’s strict. Real strict.”  Quaseem Foxwell, a linebacker on the football team, says several of his friends left the school because of the tough rules. Yet he defends the strictures. He says he improved his own behavior after a heart-to-heart with his teachers and administrators. “When I came here and got into a fight, they told me I could get kicked out, or I could talk to the teachers and some of the deans,” he says. “The strict rules are all for a reason.”  All this might be a normal, harmless conversation except for the person sitting a few chairs away listening in, whom the students seem oblivious to: Scott Gordon, the chief executive officer of Mastery Charter Schools, the private nonprofit that runs Simon Gratz.


Network for Public Education Calls for a National Opt Out of High-Stakes Testing
Network for Public Education April 1, 2016 by Darcie Cimarusti
After careful thought and deliberation, the Network for Public Education is calling for a national Opt Out because of the harmful effects of annual high-stakes testing on children and schools.  We enthusiastically support those parents who refuse to have their children take the 2016 state exams.  The alleged purpose of annual testing, federally mandated since NCLB was passed in 2004, is to unveil the achievement gaps within schools, ostensibly to close them.  Twelve years later, there is no conclusive evidence that NCLB high-stakes testing has improved the academic performance of any student—particularly those who need the most help. All that has been closed by testing are children’s neighborhood schools.

Diane Ravitch: Why all parents should opt their kids out of high-stakes standardized tests
Washington Post Answer Sheet By Valerie Strauss April 3 at 10:43 AM  
The Network for Public Education, a nonprofit education advocacy group co-founded by historian Diane Ravitch, is calling for a national “opt out” of high-stakes standardized testing, urging parents across the country to refuse to allow their children to participate in this spring’s testing.  In a video released on the network’s website, Ravitch says families should opt out of state-mandated high-stakes testing in part because the scores provide “no useful information” about the abilities of individual students and are unfairly used to evaluate educators. She also notes that testing and test prep take up valuable class time that could be better put to use providing students with a full curriculum, including the arts.  “Opt out is the only way you have to tell policymakers that they’re heading in the wrong direction,” Ravitch says in the video, aimed at parents.

Ed. Department Releases Draft ESSA Regulations on Testing, Spending Issues
Education Week Politics K-12 By Alyson Klein on April 1, 2016 7:28 PM
By Alyson Klein and Andrew Ujifusa
Negotiators trying to craft rules on testing and spending for the Every Student Succeeds Act now have a starting point for discussion.  The U.S. Department of Education Friday released draft regulations on the two areas of the law that a panel of educators, advocates, and experts have been discussing: testing, and a spending portion of the law called "supplement-not-supplant" (which governs how local and state dollars interact with federal Title I spending for students in poverty).  You can check out the draft regulations on supplement-not-supplant here and the draft regulations on assessment here. (Want an issue-by-issue breakdown on assessment? Click here for the proposal on computer-adaptive testing, here for advanced math tests for 8th graders, here for the local high school test, here for assessments for students in special education, here for how testing for students with severe cognitive disabilities, here for tests for English-learners, and here for tests for English-language proficiency.
Not interested in spending your whole weekend reading regulations? Just want a few quick takeaways on each topic? We've got some bulleted information below on what jumped out to us when we took a quick look at the draft regs—and we'll update this post when we have more analysis and reaction to share.


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.

PSBA Advocacy Forum & Day on the Hill April 4th
APR 4, 2016 • 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Join PSBA and your fellow school directors for the third annual Advocacy Forum on April 4, 2016, at the State Capitol in Harrisburg. This year’s event will have a spotlight on public education highlighting school districts’ exemplary student programs. Hear from legislators on how advocacy makes a difference in the legislative process and the importance of public education advocacy. Government Affairs will take a deeper dive into the legislative priorities and will provide tips on how to be an effective public education advocate. There will be dedicated time for you and your fellow advocates to hit the halls to meet with your legislators on public education. This is your chance to share the importance of policy supporting public education and make your voice heard on the Hill. Online advanced registration will close on April 1, 4 p.m. On-site registrants are welcome.

Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA) 2016 Education Congress April 6-7, 2016
professional development program for school administrators
Focus: "The Myths of Creativity: The Truth about How Innovative Companies Generate Great Ideas"  Featured Presenter: Dr. David Burkus
April 6-7, 2016 Radisson Hotel Harrisburg in Camp Hill
The program will focus on how school leaders can develop and utilize creativity in education management, operations, curriculum and leadership goals. The second day will allow participants to select from multiple discussion/work sessions focusing on concepts presented by Dr. Burkus and facilitated by school leaders who have demonstrated success in creative thinking and leadership in schools across the commonwealth.
Deadline for hotel accommodations: March 15
See the PASA website for more information at: www.pasa-net.org/2016edcongress.

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:

Briefing: Public Education Funding in Pennsylvania
TUE, APR 12 AT 8:30 AM, PHILADELPHIA, PA
Join attorneys Michael Churchill, Jennifer Clarke and Dan Urevick-Ackelsberg for a briefing on:
  • the current budget impasse
  • the basics of education funding
  • the school funding lawsuit
  • the 2016-2017 proposed budget
 1.5 CLE credits available to PA licensed attorneys.  Light breakfast provided.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM (EDT)
WHERE: United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey - 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway 1st Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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.

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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