The74 by MARK KEIERLEBER firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
National Education Policy Center by Bruce D. Baker, Gary Miron December 10, 2015
Post Gazette Letter September 2, 2016 12:00 AM
The writer is a former Pennsylvania cyber charter school parent.
By Janice Crompton / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette September 2, 2016 12:00 AM
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.
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:
Program and registration information are available here.
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.
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