Friday, September 2, 2016

PA Ed Policy Roundup Sept 2: Summer’s Fading; Charter Conversation Warming Up

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PA Ed Policy Roundup September 2, 2016:
Summer’s Fading; Charter Conversation Warming Up

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.

Philadelphia City Council

Pa. Governor Orders Up New Charter Oversight Office to Focus on Virtual Schools But That’s Not All
The74 by MARK KEIERLEBER mkeierleber September 1, 2016
When Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced a new division within the state education department last week geared specifically to help and improve the state’s charter schools, both charter advocates and skeptics were surprised.  They didn’t know the announcement was coming, and even less what to expect.  The news dropped during a moment of intense scrutiny for the commonwealth’s charter school sector, though Executive Deputy Secretary David Volkman said planning for the new four-person team has been in the works since 2015.  There was the John Oliver sketch on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight”, which placed a spotlight on fraud and financial mismanagement by charter operators, including in Pennsylvania. There was a report by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association outlining a need for more strict accountability and transparency in charter schools.  And the state auditor general, a leading skeptic in Pennsylvania’s charter school debate, released an audit that criticized the state’s “faulty” charter school law and the state education department’s “inconsistent, confusing, and conflicting” process to handle payment disputes between charters and local school districts.
Perhaps hitting closest to the new division’s focus, however, was a federal tax fraud case. On the same day the governor’s office announced the change within the education department, the founder and former CEO of a Pennsylvania online charter school pleaded guilty to diverting more than $8 million from the school.

Why Philadelphia charter schools have sparked recent controversy
Daily Pennsylvanian By CHARLOTTE LARACY August 31, 2016
Charter schools, a mainstay in Philadelphia and other big cities, have become one of the few national issues embraced by politicians on both side of the aisle, including President Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Cory Booker and Donald Trump. But recent studies by civil rights organizations like the NAACP and a scathing piece by comedian John Oliver on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” have questioned the effectiveness of charters nationally. The Movement for Black Lives, a group of 50 organizations assembled by Black Lives Matter, recently called for a moratorium on charter schools, stating they have worsened segregation by how the schools choose and discipline students. Seventy percent of black charter school students nationally attend “intensely” minority charter schools, about twice as many as the number of intensely segregated black students in traditional public schools, according to a 2009 study by the University of California, Los Angeles’ Civil Rights Project. Graduate School of Education professor Sigal Ben-Porath said charter schools often perpetuate segregation in Philadelphia in the hopes of closing the achievement gap, but result in a “back to basics” style of learning that focuses on improving standardized test scores and less on art and music.

Why are national civil rights groups calling for a moratorium on charter school expansion?
NAACP and Movement for Black Lives point to concerns over transparency and management
The notebook by Darryl Murphy September 1, 2016 — 8:04am
As students prepare to head back to school in Philadelphia, the often-contentious public conversation about charter schools has reignited, with calls for a moratorium on their expansion by both the NAACP and the Movement For Black Lives coalition. Both organizations contend that charter schools are part of an effort to privatize education at the expense of poor, urban Black and Latino communities.  The groups complain that charters divert funds from schools that need them, lack transparency, and lack community involvement. This approach, according to the NAACP’s resolution passed in August, “puts students and communities at risk of harm, public funds at risk of being wasted, and further erodes local control of public education.”  To become policy, the resolution would require approval by the NAACP's national board in the fall.
In recent years, charter schools have become a hot-button issue because they are privately managed, but funded with public dollars. Those looking for reasons for the controversy need to look no further than Philadelphia, where charters and the School District must share a pot of money inadequate to the city's educational needs.

The Business of Charter Schooling: Understanding the Policies that Charter Operators Use for Financial Benefit
National Education Policy Center by Bruce D. BakerGary Miron December 10, 2015
This research brief details some of the prominent ways that individuals, companies, and organizations secure financial gain and generate profit by controlling and running charter schools. To illustrate how charter school policy functions to promote privatization and profiteering, the authors explore differences between charter schools and traditional public schools in relation to three areas: the legal frameworks governing their operation; the funding mechanisms that support them; and the arrangements each makes to finance facilities. They conclude with recommendations for policies that help ensure that charter schools pursue their publicly established goals and that protect the public interest.
Four major policy concerns are identified:
1.     A substantial share of public expenditure intended for the delivery of direct educational services to children is being extracted inadvertently or intentionally for personal or business financial gain, creating substantial inefficiencies;
2.     Public assets are being unnecessarily transferred to private hands, at public expense, risking the future provision of “public” education;
3.     Charter school operators are growing highly endogenous, self-serving private entities built on funds derived from lucrative management fees and rent extraction which further compromise the future provision of “public” education; and
4.     Current disclosure requirements make it unlikely that any related legal violations, ethical concerns, or merely bad policies and practices are not realized until clever investigative reporting, whistleblowers or litigation brings them to light. 

Guest Column: The other side of the virtual charter school story
Delco Times By Tillie Elvrum, Times Guest Columnist POSTED: 09/01/16, 9:54 PM EDT
Tillie Elvrum is president of the Washington, D.C.-based, a national alliance of parents that supports and defends parents’ rights to access the best public school options for their children.
 A recent guest column in your paper by Lawrence Feinberg about public virtual charter schools was filled with half-truths that have been regurgitated time and time again. We really aren’t surprised, then, that lawmakers in Harrisburg are pursuing funding cuts for these schools that serve as a lifeline to children across Pennsylvania.  So let’s address his points and examine public virtual charters with a more fair perspective.  Virtual schools spend money on advertising: Pennsylvania state law requires virtuals to be statewide schools open and accessible to all students, no matter where they live. However, school districts don’t allow virtual schools to contact their students. Until districts change this unfair policy virtuals will be forced to spend money on advertising to satisfy the law.  For-profits are unique to virtuals: This defies common sense and is laughable. The $14 billion textbook industry isn’t giving away its curriculum for free to school districts. Things like school construction, supplies, desks, and food services are paid to for-profit companies. Singling out one company over another isn’t painting a clear picture.

Cyber education is not a drain on public schools
Post Gazette Letter September 2, 2016 12:00 AM
By TILLIE ELVRUM, President,, Colorado Springs, Colo.
The writer is a former Pennsylvania cyber charter school parent.
The Post-Gazette’s Aug. 28 editorial “Charter School Caper” once again shows your editorial board’s bias against charter schools. In it, you call for more supervision of charters and cite Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s call for an overhaul of the state’s charter school law. Meanwhile, those of us in the charter school community are still awaiting your editorial that will call for reforms in traditional public schools in the wake of the Penn Hills audit done by Mr. DePasquale earlier this year.  In his Penn Hills audit, Mr. DePasquale found the district had an $18.8 million deficit, according to the Post-Gazette, and called the findings “shocking” and among the worst in his time as auditor general.  And let’s put to rest the idea that virtual charters are a financial drain on districts. Of Pennsylvania’s 1.7 million students in public schools, only about 40,000 attend virtual schools. State spending on virtuals amounts to less than 1 percent of all public school spending in the state.  Oversight of virtuals is something parents take great pride in, too. The great thing about charter schools is parents have the ultimate accountability. If we don’t like the school, we can choose to go elsewhere. That’s how it should be all for public schools. It’s common sense that seems to go ignored by many, including the Post-Gazette.

Letter to the Editor: Auditor General got it wrong on charter schools
Delco Times Letter by Dr. David Clark POSTED: 09/01/16, 9:54 PM EDT
Dr. David Clark, Chief Executive Officer, Chester Community Charter School
To the Times:
The school choice movement in Pennsylvania has been the victim of such continual and unjust maligning that I am, regrettably, no longer shocked to read the fictional accusations spewed by many of our commonwealth’s policymakers. Indeed, when Auditor General Eugene DePasquale recently accused Chester Community Charter School of improperly receiving lease reimbursements, it was not simply another falsehood in the long and abusive pattern, but a reprint of assertions debunked years ago.  When the Auditor General released his novel of a report on charter schools back in 2013, even the Pennsylvania Department of Education dissented and stated the lease reimbursements to CCCS were fair and, in fact, an element of the charter school law dating to 2001. They are an essential element of the funding formula created by the charter school law — a formula that allows public charter school students to be funded at a mere 65 percent to 75 percent of what is going to other students in the same districts.
Yet for reasons unclear to me, the Auditor General recently rereleased these same flawed findings.

The Great Charter Schools Debate
With charter school legislation on the ballot this year, the fight between the pro-charter and anti-charter faithful is reaching a fever pitch. Here’s what you need to know.
By Rachel SladeBoston Magazine | September 2016
This fall, it’s going to get ugly in Massachusetts. We’re prepping for a projected $30 million public fight with all the attendant invective and hyperbole, so keep the kids away from the TV. That’s what I hear again and again as I travel from the State House to Roslindale schools, from noodle shops in Jamaica Plain to downtown nonprofits, Brighton coffee shops, Harvard professors’ offices, and drab union halls in Dorchester. The proverbial poo’s gonna fly, people warn me. And none of this has anything to do with Trump’s comb-over.  In November, Massachusetts voters will decide whether the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) can raise the cap on the number of charter schools allowed, or increase enrollment in existing charters in underperforming districts. If the referendum is approved, the city of Boston—which currently has 27 Commonwealth charter schools that operate independently of the district and educate about 14 percent of the student population—will likely see an increase in charters over the next several years. It’s an advance that charter advocates firmly champion but opponents see as another little push in the direction of a very steep cliff.

Lower Merion school tax hike brought down by aviation lawyer
Inquirer by Kathy Boccella, Staff Writer Updated: SEPTEMBER 2, 2016 — 1:08 AM EDT
To those he has vanquished in court - the aviation giants that have paid hundreds of millions of dollars to his crash-victim clients, the critics he has sued for libel, and most recently the Lower Merion School District, ordered this week to revoke a tax hike - it may come as a surprise that lawyer Arthur Alan Wolk loves puppies.  "She's the sweetest thing on the planet," Wolk said, fussing over his new 13-week-old golden retriever during a phone call Wednesday from his vacation home in Del Mar, a beach town near San Diego.  The pup is a replacement for his beloved Boo, who died March 1 at age 9. "I'm still grieving for her," said Wolk, 72 and semiretired. He wrote about Boo's early years in a book, Recollections of My Puppy, and donated the proceeds to the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society.  Yet the persona Wolk projects in a courtroom is less playful golden than pugnacious pit bull - an image he has underlined with the lawsuit against the Lower Merion school system, a taxpayer victory thought to be unprecedented in Pennsylvania. Wolk, who lives in Gladwyne, argued that the district misled township residents into believing a large tax increase was needed to avoid a deficit this year when school officials were actually hiding millions in surpluses.

Read judge's order to kill school tax hike
Inquirer by Joseph N. DiStefano, Staff Writer  @PhillyJoeD Updated: SEPTEMBER 1, 2016 — 4:51 PM EDT
As Kathy Boccella reported in Thursday's Inquirer, Montgomery County Judge Joseph A. Smyth "ordered the Lower Merion School District to revoke this year's tax hike, saying the district misled taxpayers by projecting large budget deficits to justify raising taxes... when it actually had socked away millions."  Read Judge Smyth's decision, in a case brought by Gladwyne lawyer Arthur Wolk and two other taxpayers, here:

Editorial: School boards get lesson in economics
Delco Times Editorial POSTED: 09/01/16, 9:53 PM EDT | UPDATED: 38 SECS AGO
A ruling by a Montgomery County judge this week should send shivers down the spine of every school board member in Delaware County – and the rest of the state as well.   Judge Joseph A. Smyth ordered the Lower Merion School District to rescind the 4.4 percent tax hike it enacted, and told it any hike must be capped at 2.4 percent.  But he actually said a lot more than that. Basically, the judge agreed with lawyer Arthur Wolk, who filed a class-action lawsuit against the district and its budget practices last February. In short, Wolk believes the district was “cooking” the books.  And the judge agreed with him.  The judge said the district was misleading taxpayers by projecting big deficits, thus necessitating tax hikes, at a time when it actually was stashing away huge budget surpluses. And he says it’s been doing it for years.  Of course, the school district sees it differently and vowed to appeal the ruling. We wouldn’t expect anything else.

Ruling that overturns property tax hike could trigger additional legal challenges
HARRISBURG, Pa. - A recent court ruling overturning an exemption granted by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to a school district could prompt taxpayers in other parts of the state to file similar legal challenges, education experts said Thursday.  The ruling by a Montgomery County judge overturned a property tax increase exemption that the department granted to the Lower Merion School District, saying it had plenty in reserves to cover the costs that required a tax hike. It is under appeal in Commonwealth court.  Under state law, the exemption can be granted to districts that show their current budget cannot cover additional costs for pensions and special education. The ruling reverts Lower Merion's property tax increase back to 2.4 percent, the maximum allowed under state law.  "If you have big sums of money accumulated in reserves and you're also requesting more from taxpayers, that's where things don't add up," James Paul of the Commonwealth Foundation, which supports the ruling, said.  Education officials called the ruling unprecedented, saying it's the first time they can remember a judge taking this kind of action on a tax increase imposed by a school district.

In Philly schools, attendance up
Inquirer by Kristen A. Graham, Staff Writer Updated: SEPTEMBER 2, 2016 — 1:08 AM EDT
More Philadelphia public school students are attending school most of the time, Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said Thursday.  Almost 4,000 more students were marked present 95 percent of the time in the 2015-16 school year than reached that mark in the prior year, Hite said at a news conference.  The percentage of city schoolchildren showing up for school 95 percent of the time jumped to 42 percent, from 39 percent in 2014-15 and 38 percent the year before. Philadelphia's schools, like many urban districts, have historically struggled with chronic absenteeism. Hite said the percentage of students who miss more than 10 percent of school days was down by 10 percent. District officials could not immediately make the actual figures available.

Attendance rising at Philly schools
School attendance is up in Philadelphia, at least according to the school district’s preferred metric.  About 4,000 more Philadelphia students attended school 95 percent of the time last year, the district said Thursday.  During the 2015-16 school year, 42 percent of district students attended school 95 percent of the time. That’s up 3 percentage points from 2014-15 and 4 percentage points from 2013-14.  “Nothing is more critical than our young children attending school,” said Superintendent William Hite. “When children attend school, they learn to read.” An array of research — including at least one study conducted in Philadelphia — shows strong ties between school attendance and student outcomes. Most states and districts track a statistic known as "average daily attendance," which calculates the total number of students against the total number of school days. Under Hite, the district has focused instead on students reaching the 95 percent threshold. The superintendent believes that figure does a better job showing how many students miss a significant chunk of the school year.

Which Lehigh Valley schools have the best graduation rates?
By Eugene Tauber The Morning Call September 1, 2016
If the primary function of a school is to educate students for 13 years, the primary proof of its success is the high school diploma.  The Pennsylvania Department of Education tracks graduation rates for each high school and school district. Graduation rates, like most education statistics, are not as simple as they might appear. There are students moving from building to building and district to district. The state attempts to track all this using a “cohort” of students that is attributed to each school. This report is based on the five-year cohort report for 2014-2015. The national graduation rate is currently 82 percent according to the National Center for Education Statistics. In Pennsylvania the rate is 87.1 percent. Of the Lehigh Valley’s 17 districts, four of them fall below the state average: Easton, Bethlehem, Pen Argyl and Allentown, in descending order.

Fighting for an education should not be part of the American experience
Lancaster Online Editorial by The LNP Editorial Board September 2, 2016
THE ISSUE: The School District of Lancaster is appealing a federal court ruling allowing refugee students to attend McCaskey High School instead of an alternative school. Six refugees had filed suit against the district, which places students who are 17 and older with limited credits in an accelerated program so they can graduate by their 21st birthday. All six students fell into that category. (One student was never enrolled.) The policy is not unique to refugees. But the refugee students in this case said learning at the alternative school was “impossible.”
Qasin Hassan and the others fled places and living conditions most of us would have a difficult time reconstructing in our worst nightmares.  Hassan, now 17, left his home country of Somalia after terrorists murdered his father.  He is here now, in Lancaster, fighting for what he thought came with the privilege of American citizenship — a decent education. And he is not in the fight alone.  Hassan is among six refugee students who sued the school district this summer. In their suit the students said the district failed to meet its legal obligations by delaying or denying them enrollment, and subsequently placing them in an alternative school where language barriers made it “impossible” to learn.

Explore the data: Lancaster County has 310 private schools, and growing
Lancaster Online by TIM BUCKWALTER | Data Journalist September 2, 2016
Lancaster County has more than 83,000 students in elementary through high school, and 16,000 of them — or nearly one in five — attend a private or parochial school.  That’s according to data from the state Department of Education, which tracks enrollment at public and private schools statewide.  It’s no secret that the county has an array of private schools, but it may surprise some that there are more than 300 of them, due in large part — but not solely — to the county’s substantial and growing Amish and Mennonite populations.  Over nine years, private school enrollment here grew by about 5 percent (800 students), even as public school enrollment ebbed by about 5 percent (3,700 students), an LNP analysis of state data finds.  The number of private schools increased by about 30, from 280 to 310, during that time.  Most of the county's private schools are small. All but 33 have fewer than 100 students. Average enrollment is 51, and the median is 28.  The figures are for 2014-15, which is the most recent year for which private-school data is available.  There were 67,619 public school students here and 15,943 in private schools that year.

“School Solicitor Daniel Fennick has written to Tribune Direct asking who authorized the mailer and to the Bethlehem postmaster asking to a file a complaint over someone posing as the school.  When Petrillo resigned, she raised concerns about "unethical" practices and Atiyeh's involvement with the school and its board. Atiyeh, who last week hung up on a reporter, has refused to discuss the matter.”
Inside look: Check out Innovative Arts Academy on Tuesday
By Sara K. Satullo | For Email the author | Follow on Twitter on September 01, 2016 at 2:27 PM, updated September 01, 2016 at 2:40 PM
Innovative Arts Academy Charter School is holding an open house Tuesday, Sept. 6 -- the day it was set to open for the school year.  The fledgling Catasauqua charter school postponed its school start date to Tuesday, Sept. 12, after its CEO Loraine Petrillo quit Aug. 25 amid ethical concerns about the school's finances and relationship with its landlord Abe Atiyeh, who owns the school at 330 Howertown Rd.  The school's board of trustees appointed Steve Gabryluk as CEO on Tuesday night. Gabryluk, a longtime teacher and administrator in the Pennridge School District in Bucks County, is a well-known name in Lehigh Valley basketball circles, having coached for many schools.

West Mifflin Area to be honored for increasing diversity in AP classes
By Janice Crompton / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette September 2, 2016 12:00 AM
More than 100 low-income and minority students at West Mifflin Area High School have enrolled for the first time in Advanced Placement classes this school year.  That’s because of an initiative aimed at increasing the availability of more rigorous curriculum to a broader spectrum of students. As one of only 50 districts nationwide to participate in the program — called the Lead Higher Initiative — West Mifflin Area will be honored this month.  Created in April, the initiative is consortium of nonprofit organizations and is sponsored in part by, which provided $1.8 million in seed funding to spark the program. Its goal is to increase access to Advanced Placement and other challenging curriculum by100,000 low-income students and students of color over the next three years.

Gerrymandering: How Our Elections Are Really Rigged - Part Two
Lehigh Valley Ramblings Blog Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Blogger's Note: This is a continuation of a series on gerrymandering in Pennsylvania. Yesterday's story was an explanation of the problem. Today's entry is a review of bipartisan legislation aimed at ending the practice. Tomorrow, Common Cause's Barry Kauffman has some suggestions on what you can do. On Friday, I'll let you where some other local legislators stand on this issue.  
Democrat Lisa Boscola is without question very popular in her state senatorial district. Her constituents may actually love her. The leaders in the state house and senate? Not so much. "I swear, if there was a bridge you could build to New Jersey, they'd put me there," she only half-jokes.  That bridge might be under construction right now. Boscola is the prime sponsor of a senate bill (SB484) that would eliminate gerrymandering in Pennsylvania by establishing an independent citizens' commission to draw the boundary lines for Congressional and state legislative seats every ten years. A companion bill in the state house (HB 1835) has been offered by State Representative Dave Parker, a Republican from Monroe County.  Both Boscola and Parker were among the panelists at Friday's crowded gerrymandering conference at the Unitarian Universalist Church.

Teach the Teacher
Highly valued and well-educated teachers are the backbone of successful school systems around the world.
US News By Deidre McPhillips | Data Reporter Aug. 11, 2016, at 9:00 a.m.
Students, parents and policymakers may want to invest in some apples before heading back to school this year and be sure they're nice and shiny before handing them to teachers on the first day.  Teachers, more than most other aspects of a child's classroom experience, are key to determining a child's educational outcomes, said Brendan O'Grady, senior vice president of corporate and financial communication at Pearson, an international education publishing firm. When it comes to predicting success in school, more important than class size, mandated instruction time and other measurable factors is a "culture of education in which the teaching profession is held in very high regard," he said.  A panel of experts noticed the connection between qualitative societal attitudes toward education and quantitative performance when consulting with Pearson on The Learning Curve, an international study of education systems done in conjunction with The Economist's Intelligence Unit.

What Kids Wish Their Teachers Knew
New York Times By DONNA DE LA CRUZ AUG. 31, 2016
When Kyle Schwartz started teaching third grade at Doull Elementary School in Denver, she wanted to get to know her students better. She asked them to finish the sentence “I wish my teacher knew.”  The responses were eye-opening for Ms. Schwartz. Some children were struggling with poverty (“I wish my teacher knew I don’t have pencils at home to do my homework”); an absent parent (“I wish my teacher knew that sometimes my reading log is not signed because my mom isn’t around a lot”); and a parent taken away (“I wish my teacher knew how much I miss my dad because he got deported to Mexico when I was 3 years old and I haven’t seen him in six years”).  The lesson spurred Ms. Schwartz, now entering her fifth teaching year, to really understand what her students were facing outside the classroom to help them succeed at school. When she shared the lesson last year with others, it became a sensation, with the Twitter hashtag “#iwishmyteacherknew” going viral. Other teachers tried the exercise and had similar insights. Many sent her their students’ responses.

Trump: Promoting Patriotism, Choice, While (Maybe) Scrapping the Ed. Dept.
Education Week Politics K12 Blog By Alyson Klein September 1, 2016 at 4:00 PM
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told an American Legion convention Thursday that he wants school children to regularly say the pledge of allegiance, and learn patriotism. He's also recently said the nation could use the money it spends on undocumented immigrants on school choice.

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.

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!

2016 National Anthem Sing-A-Long - September 9th
American Public Education Foundation Website 
The Star-Spangled Banner will be sung by school children nationwide on Friday, September 9, 2016 at 10:00am PST and 1:00pm EST. Students will learn about the words and meaning of the flag and sing the first stanza. This will be the third annual simultaneous sing-a-long event created by the APEF-9/12 Generation Project. The project aims to bring students together – as the world came together – on September 12, 2001.

PA Supreme Court sets Sept. 13 argument date for fair education funding lawsuit in Philly
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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   (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

REGISTER NOW for the 2016 PA Principals Association State Conference, October 30 - November 1, at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College.
The Early Bird Discount Deadline has been Extended to Wednesday, August 31, 2016!
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

PSBA Officer Elections Aug. 15-Oct. 3, 2016: Slate of Candidates
PSBA members seeking election to office for the association were required to submit a nomination form no later than April 30, 2016, to be considered. All candidates who properly completed applications by the deadline are included on the slate of candidates below. In addition, the Leadership Development Committee met on June 24 at PSBA headquarters in Mechanicsburg to interview candidates. According to bylaws, the Leadership Development Committee may determine candidates highly qualified for the office they seek. This is noted next to each person’s name with an asterisk (*).  Each school entity will have one vote for each officer. This will require boards of the various school entities to come to a consensus on each candidate and cast their vote electronically during the open voting period (Aug. 15-Oct. 3, 2016). Voting will be accomplished through a secure third-party, web-based voting site that will require a password login. One person from each member school entity will be authorized as the official person to cast the vote on behalf of his or her school entity. In the case of school districts, it will be the board secretary who will cast votes on behalf of the school board.
Special note: Boards should be sure to include discussion and voting on candidates to its agenda during one of its meetings in September.

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