Times Tribune BY THE EDITORIAL BOARD / PUBLISHED: SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
PA House Cosponsorship Memoranda Representative James R. Roebuck, Jr. June 2015
As you are aware, Governor Tom Wolf set forth an ambitious Education funding agenda and as part of his historical proposal he hopes to implement reforms on the charter sector -- specifically, funding for cyber charter schools, which currently receive funding at levels on par with what is spent by a students' home district. In an effort to build upon the Governors leadership on this issue, I intend to introduce legislation that will make comprehensive changes to the Charter and Cyber Charter School Law. While I do support charter school entities, I believe major revisions are needed regarding the governance, financing and accountability of these public schools. I believe my legislation, which includes provisions passed in HB 530, coupled with the Governor’s proposal will result in significant savings to our school districts and provide much needed reforms to the Charter School law.
Capitolwire: Auditor General reiterates call for charter school law reform
Keystone Alliance for Public Charter Schools - Capitolwire.com By Carley Mossbrook Staff Reporter September 23, 2016
HARRISBURG (Sept. 22) – Pennsylvania’s top fiscal watchdog released another charter school audit Thursday he says bolsters his claims that the commonwealth’s charter school law is in dire need of reform. In his latest audit, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said his office uncovered what he called “intermingled relationships that put individual self-interests above student needs” within three Beaver County schools. “Our audits of PA Cyber [Charter School], the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, and, to a much lesser extent, Midland Borough School District, illustrate just how poorly our charter school law is protecting students and taxpayers and ensuring that education dollars help students learn, not help individuals profit,” DePasquale said at a news conference in the Capitol. DePasquale’s office found that Nicholas Trombetta, superintendent of the school district from 1995 to 2002, founded and served in leadership positions at both PA Cyber and the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, and founded and served as president of the management company contracted by the schools.
As part of the Keystone Crossroads' continued look at education funding in Pennsylvania, multimedia journalist Jessica Kourkounis set out across the state to speak to parents about how they were feeling. "I interviewed parents in cities and towns who are from varied circumstances and backgrounds. They are parents of public school children and charter school students. Some of their school's situations are more dire than others but they are all feeling that something needs to be done to address the complicated funding issues facing Pennsylvania. Every parent is looking for the same thing for their children in school; equality, safety, learning and preparation for their children's future."
Politicians trying to dump humanities education will hobble our economy
TeachHub.com By: Jordan Catapano
“What are they thinking?” might be something teachers ask about their school’s board of education. At times it might be challenging for teachers to understand what drives the decisions the school board makes; at other times, the school board can seem like a nebulous backroom body of political dealings that puts the teaching profession and actual student learning on the backburner. Because school board meetings typically take place at night – long after teachers and students leave – and because board members typically have jobs of their own that prevent them from regularly visiting during school hours, there might be a feeling of disconnect between teachers, the teaching profession, and their governing boards. Every school board is different. In an effort to help teachers become more acquainted with boards’ perspectives and decisions, here are a few insights into your average board that may prove helpful.
Philadelphia Business Journal by Nancy Moses Guest Columnist Sep 22, 2016, 3:55pm EDT Updated Sep 23, 2016, 9:26am EDT
Nearly 250 individual philanthropists, family members, private foundation leaders, and experts gathered in California’s Bay Area for The Philanthropy Roundtable’s 2016 National Forum on K-12 Philanthropy. Attendees had the opportunity to tour innovative local schools in Silicon Valley that are pioneering new personalized learning models, and participate in interactive workshops with the field’s leading experts and practitioners. They also heard firsthand from visionary leaders in K-12 philanthropy.
Coffee and Networking - 9:30 a.m. Program - 10:00 a.m. to Noon
An Overview of the EPLC Report on High School CTE will be presented by:
Dr. Lee Burket, Director, Bureau of Career & Technical Education, PA Department of Education
Jackie Cullen, Executive Director, PA Association of Career & Technical Administrators
Dan Fogarty, Director of Workforce Development & COO, Berks County Workforce Development Board
Kirk Williard, Ed.D., Director of Career, Technical & Customized Education, Chester County Intermediate Unit
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
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.
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