Post Gazette Letter by IRA WEISS Oakland September 6, 2016 12:00 AM
By the Editorial Board August 27, 2016 12:00 AM
WITF Written by Katie Meyer, Capitol Bureau Chief | Sep 2, 2016 8:25 PM
(Pennsylvania) -- The National Labor Relations Board recently ruled a virtual charter school in Pennsylvania should be classified as a private corporation, not a public institution. The decision only directly impacts that one school, but it could have farther-reaching legal implications. That ruling, which affected Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School, was prompted by unionization efforts by its employees. Private organizations are subject to National Labor Relations rules, while public ones are subject to state labor regulations. These decisions are highly individual. And the board's distinctions between private and public organizations are so specific they're dealt with on a case-by-case basis. But Todd Ziebarth, senior vice president at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, said the ruling isn't entirely insular.
Post Gazette By Carolyn Thompson / Associated Press September 6, 2016 12:08 AM
How Much Heft Will the Next President Really Wield on K-12?
Education Week Politics K12 Blog By Andrew Ujifusa on September 6, 2016 8:15 AM
We've told you over and over again: education is not a front-burner issue in the 2016 presidential campaign. And with the Every Student Succeeds Act on the books, many folks believe the next president simply won't be in a position to put a significant stamp on federal K-12 policy. But is that sentiment right? We talked to two education policy wonks about that question. One, Chad Aldeman of Bellwether Education Partners, said it's not. The other, Texas attorney and No Child Left Behind Act architect Sandy Kress, said there may be some truth to it—but he's not sure what difference that will ultimately make.
Chester Finn, the Death of Democracy, and Opposites Day
Curmuducation Blog by Peter Greene Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Behind the paywall at Wall Street Journal, Chester Finn (honcho emeritus of the Thomas Fordham Institute), Bruno v. Manno (Walton Foundation), and Brandon Wright (Fordham) are happy to announce the death of one more piece of democracy in this country.
The trio reports that charter schools are spearheading a "quiet revolution" in local control. Because,like Reed Hastings (Netflix), they are happy to see the local elected school board die.
One of the country’s largest online charter schools is locked in a legal battle over whether it should be required to prove its students actually spend time in its virtual classrooms in order to collect taxpayer funding. The Ohio-based Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow claims that tying its funding to whether or not its students attend class could put the 17,000-student school — and the state’s many other online charters — out of business. Its lawsuit against the state of Ohio offers a glimpse into the murky world of online charter schools, which have been resisting government attempts to more closely track their students and hold the schools accountable for poor results. Critics claim that at some of the country’s largest online schools, students get credit for going to class if they log in for just a minute a day. ECOT took in $100 million in public money last year to educate more than 17,000 Ohio students, from kindergarten through twelfth grade, using its online classrooms.
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
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 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.
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