Monday, September 19, 2016

PA Ed Policy Roundup Sept 19: In 27 other states, state supreme courts have overturned school-financing systems

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PA Ed Policy Roundup September 19, 2016
In 27 other states, state supreme courts have overturned school-financing systems



Southeastern PA Regional 2016 Legislative Roundtable: William Tennent High School (Bucks Co.) SEP 22, 2016 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Auditor General DePasquale slated to be Keynote Speaker
School Leaders from Northampton, Lehigh, Bucks, Montco, Chesco, Delco and Philadelphia Counties encouraged to attend.



“The Morning Call's parent company, Tronc, has refused to divulge who paid for the ads or the mailer, which was distributed by Tronc-owned Tribune Direct.
That has opened the newspaper to public criticism while highlighting the proverbial wall that is supposed to exist between a newspaper's editorial and business operations.”
Should The Morning Call reveal who bought mystery mailer, ads?
By Sara K. Satullo | For lehighvalleylive.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on September 18, 2016 at 7:01 AM, updated September 18, 2016 at 7:10 AM
When a mysterious mailer blasting a local public school landed in mailboxes this summer, The Morning Call newspaper found itself in a tough position.This fledgling Catasauqua charter school denies authorizing, paying for or sending out this mailer.  It was covering a controversial riddle that it could, theoretically, solve.  The Innovative Arts Academy Charter School never authorized or paid for the mailer that promoted the charter school and cast Liberty High School students as drug users. And it also didn't sanction tamer promotional ads that ran in the Allentown newspaper, school leaders said.  The fledgling charter school's own board of trustees demanded answers on who was responsible for the materials, as did state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale and the Bethlehem Area School District. The school's CEO resigned, teachers quit, students withdrew and the start of school was delayed.

Success Starts Here: PA advocates aim to improve public school system's image
WITF Written by Katie Meyer, Capitol Bureau Chief | Sep 15, 2016 3:51 PM
 (Harrisburg) - Several public education advocacy groups are trying to shift the negative press around Pennsylvania's public school system.  The project, dubbed Success Starts Here, will consist mainly of an advertising campaign.  The commonwealth's public schools have had a rough year or so, publicity-wise. Many were hit hard in the 2015/16 budget impasse, and have struggled financially. Some cut back on services, staff and class offerings.  Just this week, the state Supreme Court heard a case on uneven distribution of school funding across the commonwealth.  But Nathan Mains, executive director of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, said Success Starts Here wants to sway that narrative.  "We have a responsibility to share with everybody across the state the positives that are going on," he said. "People are more apt to read about the negatives that occur occasionally."

Area doctors to make literacy part of office visits
Times Tribune SARAH HOFIUS HALL, STAFF WRITER / PUBLISHED: SEPTEMBER 19, 2016
Doctors at Scranton Primary Health Care Center soon will ask their young patients if they can read in addition to how they feel.  The center joined a literacy initiative led by community members who believe reading is not only key to achievement and accomplishments, but also to health.  “We want to give them a better comfort level with books and reading,” said Joseph Hollander, executive director of the center. “Literacy is a health issue. ... It definitely has a correlation with future success.”  Last year, a group of area educators, including several from the University of Scranton, started the National Reading Crisis Project — a multiyear effort to target health care professionals, educators, families and community agencies. Since then, the group held seminars, received support and became part of the Scranton Education Improvement Organization, a nonprofit group that is part of the state’s educational improvement tax credit program.

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“In 27 other states, state supreme courts have overturned school-financing systems, largely without cataclysm.  The advocates for judicial intervention in school funding should get their full trial. Pennsylvania’s funding disparities have grown profound. The legislative and executive branches have failed too long in addressing the disparity, and the education landscape in the state has changed more than enough to warrant it.  As area resident Tracey Hughes, who joined the lawsuit as a parent, said, the state’s argument is essentially that there are only two branches of government.  This protracted debate is exactly the reason we have a third.”
Our Opinion: Give school districts their day in (Commonwealth) court
Times Leader Editorial SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2016 - 12:45 PM
Attorneys representing parents and Pennsylvania school districts – including Wilkes-Barre Area – appeared before the state Supreme Court on Tuesday to argue for judicial intervention in the school-funding debate.  In Luzerne County – where public school districts have cut programs, halved kindergarten, and attempted to switch to four-day school weeks – this case matters.  The problem: Because school district budgets are so reliant on local property taxes, how much a district spends for each student depends on where that student lives. Among Pennsylvania’s 500 districts, per-pupil spending ranges from $9,800 to $28,400.  The lawsuit contends that the state is not fulfilling its constitutional duty to “provide for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of public education,” and that the disparities violate “equal rights protections.”
Attorneys for the state didn’t deny the disparity. How could they? Rather, they argued that judges have no place in resolving it.  “No individual child has any specific right to an education at all” under the constitution, argued John Knorr, of the state Attorney General’s office. The constitution requires the state only to set up a system, “and there it remains until the people of Pennsylvania tell us otherwise.”  That has been the position of state courts for decades. Similar lawsuits were dismissed as matters beyond judicial review.

Editorial: A tale of two school districts
Delco Times POSTED: 09/18/16, 5:12 AM EDT | UPDATED: 2 HRS AGO
Call them the “haves” and “have-nots” of Pennsylvania education.  You want to know about what’s wrong with the way public education is funded in this state? It was on full display this week right here in the Philadelphia suburbs.  On one hand you have the William Penn District here in Delaware County. For years they have struggled with a system that enforces a lesser education opportunity on students simply because of their zip code.  It’s simple math really. The towns in William Penn – Aldan, Colwyn, Darby Borough. East Lansdowne, Lansdowne and Yeadon – are all facing struggling economies. Their tax base has eroded over the years. Since Pennsylvania insists on sticking with the property tax as the basic building block of funding public education, the field is already stacked against these kids and families. That’s because the tax rates in these towns don’t raise nearly as much revenue as similar tax rates do in towns just a few miles away with robust economies.  Towns like Lower Merion, for instance. We’ll get to them in a minute.

 “School superintendents and state legislators from the region met Sept. 8 to discuss the situation and its implications. They plan to reconvene at least once a month to track the situation and work on solutions.  On Badams’ agenda are calls for the Legislature to make the state’s school funding system more equitable for poor urban districts, and to address charter school funding, which will cost the Erie district about $23 million in 2016-17.”
Our view: Erie schools still face funding crisis
GoErie Editorial September 19, 2016 02:01 AM
ERIE, Pa. -- The $4 million emergency legislative allocation that closed the Erie School District’s yawning budget gap at the last minute earlier this summer defused a crisis but didn’t solve the underlying problems.  If was a relief, but not a resolution.  The leaders of the Erie region’s biggest public school system already know that crisis will repeat itself in the next budget cycle absent some larger solution. The structural problems in how that system is funded are unresolved, and they’ve created predictable financial shortfalls on a scale that overwhelms local options for dealing with them.  It’s welcome that Erie schools Superintendent Jay Badams is not waiting until budget time to raise that alarm. It’s welcome also that what the Erie district is up against has become a regional discussion.

EDITORIAL: Fairness of Pa. school funding deserves a hearing
Pottstown Mercury Editorial POSTED: 09/18/16, 5:51 PM EDT | UPDATED: 9 HRS AGO
First the good news.  It has not exactly been a secret for some time now that the system Pennsylvania uses to fund public education has been a mess.  It’s pretty simple. The state was shortchanging education by failing to adequately fund public schools, and the money it did pony up was being unfairly doled out.  To the surprise of absolutely no one, those most in need were the ones getting the short end of the stick. The state had created an uneven playing field, where students were accorded a lesser education for no other reason than their zip code. It was Pennsylvania’s very own version of the haves and have-nots. Districts in areas with struggling economies, unable to raise revenue through tax hikes as their more well-to-do neighbors did, lagged.  To the surprise of just about everyone, the Legislature finally got around to doing something about it.

Pensions, gambling among issues as PA lawmakers return
AP State Wire By MARK SCOLFORO September 18, 2016
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania lawmakers are heading back to work after a summer break from the Capitol of more than two months, and they're facing decisions on expanding gambling, the budget deficit, the state's opioid addiction crisis and changes to large pension plans for teachers and state government employees.  What's on tap in the General Assembly this fall:

“Both chambers scheduled a limited number of session days until the Nov. 8 election. The House lists 12 voting days; the Senate, which returns Sept. 26, lists nine days. Days can be added or subtracted from the schedule.”
State lawmakers return for fall session
Times Tribune BY ROBERT SWIFT, HARRISBURG BUREAU CHIEF SEPTEMBER 19, 2016
HARRISBURG — House lawmakers start the fall legislative session today with action to tackle the opioid abuse epidemic topping the agenda.  Gov. Tom Wolf and lawmakers have been calling attention in recent months to the need for new laws and initiatives to prevent a steady rise in drug-related overdose deaths in Pennsylvania.  However, the clock is ticking to enact new legislation.

Gerrymandering reform needs a boost in Pa. | Editorial
By Express-Times opinion staff  on September 18, 2016 at 6:00 AM, updated September 18, 2016 at 9:27 AM
As we inch closer to the presidential election, some good-government critics will single out the Electoral College as a flaw in the process, neutralizing the cumulative voting weight of millions of voters on the losing sides in both red states and blue states. In most cases, all of a state's electoral votes are cast in favor of the presidential candidate who wins the statewide popular vote.  Unfair? It's debatable.  But if Americans want to do something about the distortion of their collective voice, they'd do better to focus on gerrymandering, the process by which government insiders redraw congressional and state legislative districts to favor one party or the other.  Pennsylvania is one of the worst offenders in assigning voters to strangely shaped, distorted districts to get a predictable outcome at the polls. 

ACLU files emergency motion to allow all refugees into Lancaster high school
Penn Live By Wesley Robinson | wrobinson@pennlive.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on September 16, 2016 at 4:45 PM, updated September 16, 2016 at 4:52 PM
The ACLU of Pennsylvania has filed an emergency motion against the School District of Lancaster (SDOL) that seeks to force the district to enroll all refugee students ages 17 to 21 in traditional high school rather than an alternative school.  If the ACLU's motion is granted, the School District of Lancaster would have to admit more than 90 refugees into the district from privately-run Phoenix Academy. In a news release, the ACLU pointed to the Aug. 26 ruling ordering the school to admit the original six students who filed suit against the district into McCaskey High School, adding that the ruling from District Judge Edward Smith encouraged the district to apply the court's ruling to all refugee students of similar circumstances.  Noting email exchanges involving a local refugee resettlement agency and district officials illustrating a lack of desire for widespread change, the ACLU also said the district's actions show it has no intention of honoring the court's legal reasoning. Without intervention from the law, the the students continue to suffer irreparable harm from the enrollment delays and exclusion from the high school, the ACLU contends.  The emergency motion comes two days after the SDOL filed its own motion for a stay on the August ruling as well as a motion to expedite the appeal it formally filed Sept 2

Lancaster maintaining "status quo" for refugee enrollment, despite court's advice
WITF Written by Emily Previti, epreviti | Sep 16, 2016 6:01 PM
The School District of Lancaster isn't waiting to resume enrollment practices for student refugees at the center of an ongoing legal battle.   "We are proceeding status quo until our appeal is heard," one administrator told a refugee resettlement caseworker questioning a student's placement in light of a recent court order.  Their email exchange was part of a 91-page court filing Friday by attorneys who sued the district on behalf of six student refugees earlier this summer and now say the district is violating the partial ruling on the case handed down three weeks ago. The district denies that.  A federal orderd the district had to transfer students named in the lawsuit to a program perceived as better for students with limited English proficiency and offer the option to other refugees already enrolled.  In his Aug. 26 decision, the judge encouraged the district to apply the same reasoning to new students. But he deferred a formal ruling on that and other broader questions to proceedings expected to start next week.

Pine-Richland eyed as target of federal lawsuit for transgender bathroom protocol
By Karen Kane / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette September 16, 2016 12:00 AM
A national law firm that advocates for the LGBT community said a federal suit will be filed against Pine-Richland School District for putting into place this week a "sex-specific" protocol that requires transgender students to use bathrooms that match their biological gender or, as an alternative, to use a unisex bathroom.  "We'll see them in court," said Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, an attorney with Lambda Legal, based in New York City.  He said the school district distinguished itself Monday by becoming the only district in Pennsylvania to have adopted such a "discriminatory" resolution — one that was passed on a 5-4 vote.  "They created a problem where none existed before,"  Mr. Gonzalez-Pagan said.  The new resolution overturns a longtime practice that allowed transgender students to use the bathroom of the gender with which the student identifies.

SRC stalls again on four contested Philly charter schools
Newsworks by Avi Wolfman-Arent and Darryl Murphy September 15, 2016 — 10:39pm
Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission has again delayed action on four turnaround charter schools that the District has recommended for non-renewal.  This is the  second time Philadelphia’s top education officials have tabled decisions on the schools, which are all part of the city’s Renaissance schools initiative. Renaissance schools are District schools converted into charter schools, with the expectation of a quick academic turnaround.   In May, Olney Charter High School and John B. Stetson Charter School of the ASPIRA network, and Audenried Promise Neighborhood Partnership Charter School and Vare Promise Neighborhood Partnership Charter School of the Universal Network were recommended for non-renewal by the District’s charter school office. The District cited poor academic performance, as well as financial and organizational instability in its calls for non-renewal.  The four schools have been in limbo since then, with the SRC’s five members unable to reach consensus on their fate. The schools were listed on the commission’s resolution agenda for Thursday's SRC meeting, and it appeared initially that there might be some definitive action.   Instead, after a brief public discussion, SRC Chair Marjorie Neff withdrew all four resolutions.

“More than 407,500 Philadelphians live in poverty, about 26 percent of the population — the highest poverty rate among the nation’s 10 biggest cities. The sheer enormity of need strains the city in innumerable ways, from massive social spending to stunted tax revenue to schools. City teachers educate kids suffering from traumas that teachers in suburban districts rarely encounter. The poverty rate among Philadelphia children is a terrifying 36 percent. Many of those children are heirs to a lineage of destitution that stretches back generations.”
Generational Poverty: Trying to Solve Philly’s Most Enduring Problem
Mattie McQueen is desperately poor. So were her parents, her grandparents and her great-grandparents. So are her children and her young grandchildren. Is there a way out?
PhillyMag BY STEVE VOLK  |  SEPTEMBER 17, 2016 AT 9:00 PM
Mattie McQueen was about five years old when her mother offered a surprise: “Let’s all go for ice cream.”  McQueen and three of her siblings scrambled out to Mom’s old blue station wagon. They talked, on the way, about what flavor of ice cream they’d get, till Mattie noticed they weren’t traveling the usual route to Dairy Queen.  “Don’t worry,” her mom replied. “We’re going for ice cream.”  Minutes later, she parked and led them into an office waiting room. “I’ll be right back,” she said.  She didn’t come back. That night, the children were placed in foster care.  Mattie McQueen is 52 years old now, but this story still brings on the tears. McQueen is a big woman, round all over, with straight black hair cropped just above her shoulders, and when she cries, all of her shakes. Throughout her life, she’s been on the move, from Bridgeton, New Jersey, to North, South and West Philly, and through a series of relationships that left her with five kids of her own. “I wanted to do right by them,” she says, “but early on, I was in and out of taking care of them.”

Wil Del Pilar: Pa. working to increase number of substitute teachers
Wil Del Pilar is deputy secretary for the Office of Postsecondary and Higher Education in the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Morning Call Opinion by Wil Del Pilar September 16, 2016
What is PA doing to increase substitute teachers?  In a recent article on the substitute teacher shortage in Pennsylvania, The Morning Call explained the current predicament of many schools: the need to keep classrooms staffed and learning consistent for students, while the pool of available educators continues to decrease.  The Pennsylvania Department of Education has been closely monitoring the decline in the number of college students enrolling in education majors and those applying for and earning teaching certificates at both the state and national levels.  Sadly, the challenges around school staffing are not exclusive to Pennsylvania, but the department has taken steps to try to address the supply of the teachers and substitute teachers in the commonwealth.  A bill to ease the substitute teaching shortage was signed into law and incorporated into the school code this summer. SB 1312, introduced by Sen. Lloyd Smucker from Lancaster County, allows college students who have completed 60 credit hours and who are enrolled in a teacher preparation program at a four-year college in Pennsylvania to substitute for up to 20 days in any school district in the commonwealth.

‘School of choice’ programs help students find best fit
Some school districts that serve residents of Centre County offer a school of choice program that allows students who attend district schools to go to a non-assigned school within the district. These requests are OK’d, pending eligibility and classroom space.
Centre Daily Times BY BRITNEY MILAZZO bmilazzo@centredaily.com SEPT 17, 2016 11:29 PM
State College Area School District administrators know two general reasons why families of students in the district use the Optional Assignment Program.  They include housing situations and child care needs, district spokesman Chris Rosenblum said.  The district’s Optional Assignment Program is a similar program to what some other local districts offer, colloquially called “school of choice.”  It’s an option for families of students to request the placement of a school other than where they’re assigned within the district where they reside.  But it comes with pros and cons.
http://www.centredaily.com/news/local/education/article102566452.html

PA Constitution Article III, Section 15: Public School Money Not Available to Sectarian Schools
No money raised for the support of the public schools of the Commonwealth shall be appropriated to or used for the support of any sectarian school.

“Blogger comment: Pennsylvania’s EITC and OSTC programs were carefully crafted to circumvent Article III Section 14 of the PA constitution and divert public tax dollars to private and religious schools with no fiscal or performance accountability. Furthermore, the scholarship organizations that distribute the funds get to keep 20% of the money.  Comparable programs in Florida only direct 3% of the funds to those organizations.”
Programs help kids leave poorly ranked schools to go elsewhere
Centre Daily Times BY BRITNEY MILAZZO bmilazzo@centredaily.com SEPTEMBER 17, 2016 11:35 PM
There’s an initiative through the commonwealth that gives businesses a tax break for helping fund school tuition for students.  Through the Education Improvement Tax Credit and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Creditprograms managed by the state Department of Economic Development, the School Choice program allows businesses to obtain tax credits in exchange for donating money to students who leave low-achieving schools in the commonwealth to get educated elsewhere.  Those scholarship funds are given to qualified students to attend a school of their choice outside of the school district where they reside.  It’s different than a term many educators call “school of choice,” which allows eligible students at a public school district to attend a different school within the district than the school originally assigned to them in their geographical area.

West Shore teachers authorize strike
Staff, York Daily Record 9:34 p.m. EDT September 16, 2016
Teachers in the West Shore School District could go on strike after voting to authorize a walkout, according to a news release from the Pennsylvania State Education Association and the West Shore Education Association.  The teachers have rejected the school board's latest contract offer, the news release states.  "They also voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike," it states.  A strike could be called at any time. The association would have to provide 48 hours notice, the news release states.


ESSA Guidance Issued on 'Evidence Based' School Improvement
Education Week Politics K12 Blog By Alyson Klein on September 16, 2016 10:00 AM
The Every Student Succeeds Act represents a whole new ball game when it comes to school improvement: States and districts will get to come up with interventions and turnaround strategies, as long as they have evidence to back up their approaches.  That's a big departure from the law's predecessor, the No Child Left Behind Act.  But fixing-up long-foundering schools, and even helping struggling groups of students in otherwise good schools, is notoriously difficult work.  So what's the best way for states and districts to approach school improvement in the ESSA era? And what does it mean for an intervention to be "evidence-based" anyway?  The U.S. Department of Education has developed guidance to help states, districts, and schools grapple with those questions. (Importantly, guidance is nonbinding, so local officials should consider this what the feds see as best practices, not a list of musts.)

A Peek at the Senate Bill to Reauthorize Career and Technical Education Law
Education Week Politics K12 Blog By Andrew Ujifusa on September 16, 2016 2:50 PM
Following the House of Representatives' lead, there's a new bill in the Senate to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.  But what's in it? And will it get the same smooth ride next week (when there's a hearing scheduled for the bill) that the bipartisan House rewrite received this week? It's early, but the answer to the last question appears to be no.  Here are a few highlights of the Senate version of the Perkins reauthorization:

“In New York City, although the charter-school student population represents just under 7 percent of the district’s total enrollment, charter schools accounted for nearly 42 percent of all suspensions, according to the latest available state data, from 2014.”
Where Charter-School Suspensions Are Concentrated
Many cities are rethinking how they discipline students, but old practices remain in some neighborhoods.
The Atlantic by GEORGE JOSEPH   SEP 16, 2016
Shanice Givens’s son, Cyrus, was 6 years old when administrators at his charter school, Success Academy in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, put him on a list of students they wanted to push out. “They’d suspend him for not having on shoes, for not having his shirt tucked, for going to the bathroom,” says Givens. “So he lost courage and a will to want to do better.”  According to Givens, Cyrus was suspended 30 times that school year. Success Academy spokesperson Ann Powell says the kindergartner was suspended only seven times. Either way, that’s a lot of suspensions for a 6 year old. Today, city leaders are increasingly pushing to reform school-discipline practices to minimize suspensions for students like Cyrus, heeding calls from activists and researchers who say excessive discipline can fuel rises in student dropout rates and push young people into the criminal-justice system.

Here is Trump’s Education Ad for TV
Diane Ravitch’s Blog By dianeravitch September 17, 2016 //
Donald Trump’s campaign released an ad to show how unlimited choice would “make America great again.” If every parent could choose to send their child to a religious school, a charter school, a storefront school, or whatever, then everyone would get a great education!  Here is the ad.  Our students do not need certified teachers or principals. They do not need smaller classes. They do not need anything but choice.  Forget the fact that the research on charters shows they do not produce better results than public schools (unless they exclude low-performing students), and that voucher schools perform worse than public schools.


Education Law Center: Join us September 19: UC-Berkeley economist Rucker Johnson in Philadelphia
September 19: Please join us at 4:30 PM in the Mayor’s Reception Room in Philadelphia City Hall where economist and UC-Berkeley professor Dr. Rucker Johnson will discuss his recent national research which finds that sustained investment in education produces long-term economic benefits for communities. Mayor Kenney and Dr. Hite will also make brief remarks. This event is sponsored by the Education Law Center, The Mayor’s Office of Education, and Council President Darrell Clarke. Please spread the word and join us on the 19th! RSVP to Caitlyn Boyle: Caitlyn.Boyle@Phila.gov
To download the full invitation to the event, please click here.

Southeastern PA Regional 2016 Legislative Roundtable: William Tennent High School (Bucks Co.) SEP 22, 2016 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
PSBA website August 25, 2016
Take a more active role in public education advocacy by joining our Legislative Roundtable
This is your opportunity for a seat at the table (literally) with fellow public education advocates to take an active role in educating each other and policymakers.  Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, along with regional legislators, will be in attendance to work with you to support public education in Pennsylvania.  Use the form below to send your registration information!

EDUCATION LAW CENTER invites you to our ANNUAL CELEBRATION
Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 5:30 PM
The Crystal Tea Room, The Wanamaker Building
100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA
Honoring: Pepper Hamilton LLP, Signe Wilkinson, Dr. Monique W. Morris
And presenting the ELC PRO BONO AWARD  to Paul Saint-Antoine & Chanda Miller
of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Registration for the PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference Oct. 13-15 is now open
The conference is your opportunity to learn, network and be inspired by peers and experts.
TO REGISTER: See https://www.psba.org/members-area/store-registration/   (you must be logged in to the Members Area to register). You can read more on How to Register for a PSBA Event here.   CONFERENCE WEBSITE: For all other program details, schedules, exhibits, etc., see the conference website:www.paschoolleaders.org.

The Sixth Annual Arts and Education Symposium – October 27, 2016
The 2016 Arts and Education Symposium will be held on October 27 at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg Convention Center.  Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Arts Education network and EPLC, the Symposium is a Unique Networking and Learning Opportunity for:
·         Arts Educators
·         School Leaders
·         Artists
·         Arts and Culture Community Leaders
·         Arts-related Business Leaders
·         Arts Education Faculty and Administrators in Higher Education
·         Advocates
·         State and Local Policy Leaders
Act 48 Credit is available.
Program and registration information are available here.

REGISTER NOW for the 2016 PA Principals Association State Conference, October 30 - November 1, at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College.
PA Principals Association website Tuesday, August 2, 2016 10:43 AM
To receive the Early Bird Discount, you must be registered by August 31, 2016:
Members: $300  Non-Members: $400
Featuring Three National Keynote Speakers: Eric Sheninger, Jill Jackson & Salome Thomas-EL

SAVE THE DATE LWVPA Convention 2017 June 1-4, 2017
Join the League of Women Voters of PA for our 2017 Biennial Convention at the beautiful Inn at Pocono Manor!

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