Friday, November 11, 2016

PA Ed Policy Roundup Nov 11: Crushing defeat leaves Mass. charter-school movement in limbo

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PA Ed Policy Roundup for November 11, 2016
Crushing defeat leaves Mass. charter-school movement in limbo


Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrLk4vdY28Q


Regional Basic Education Funding Formula Workshops
PASA, PSBA, PAIU, PARSS, the PA Principals Association and PASBO are traveling around the state to conduct regional workshops for school leaders to provide them with more information on the new basic education funding formula. Register below to attend a regional workshop to learn more about the new formula and what it means for your school district and for the state. Please note that capacity is limited at each location and registration is required. A webcast option is also available. These regional workshops are being supported by a grant from the William Penn Foundation.
Monday, November 14, 2016 @ 6:00 pm: Colonial IU 20
(6 Danforth Drive, Easton, PA 18045)
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 @ 9:00 am: Luzerne IU 18
(368 Tioga Ave, Kingston, PA 18704)
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 @ 6:00 pm: Chester County IU 24
(455 Boot Road, Downingtown, PA 19335)
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 @ 9:30 am: Webcast


“As we pause to think about the veterans who served this country, we should also be searching for solutions to maintain the future strength of the armed forces they so ably served. Today's children are tomorrow's leaders both in the civilian workforce and the military. One of the most effective tools for assuring their citizen-readiness is high-quality early childhood education.”
State Rep. Dan McNeill and retired Rear Admiral David W. Kunkel: Quality pre-K programs build essential foundation for children
PA could follow Defense Department's substantial commitment to early learning
Morning Call Opinion November 10, 2016
On this Veterans Day, we take time to honor the men and women among us who served in the Armed Forces. From World War II to present-day engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan — whether they served in war or peace — our veterans went where their nation needed them and served with honor and integrity. They are deserving of our gratitude.  Of course the Army GIs, the Navy sailors and aviators, the Marines, the Coast Guardsmen, or the Air Force fliers of World War II might not recognize the high-tech trappings of today's military, but they know they can shake hands with men and women who bring the same heart and dedication to service that they did. Even as the military changes, the dedicated people needed to carry out their duties remains constant.

Election Day squeakers: Nine races for General Assembly seats won by a narrow margin
Penn Live by Jan Murphy | jmurphy@pennlive.com November 10, 2016

Start your engines: State Sen. Scott Wagner, R-York County, is running for governor
Penn Live By Charles Thompson | cthompson@pennlive.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on November 10, 2016 at 3:29 PM, updated November 10, 2016 at 9:36 PM
This post was updated at 9:35 p.m. to correct an error in the second paragraph. Sen. Wagner intends to formally announce in early 2017.
Because politics never stops, we have our first entry in the 2018 Pennsylvania gubernatorial race.
Sen. Scott Wagner, a York County Republican, told a local television station Thursday that he is planning to run and expects to make a formal announcement of his candidacy in early 2017.
Wagner, 61, is currently serving his first full term in the state Senate.  But his impact at the Capitol - both in terms of pushing for leadership changes in the GOP caucus and helping to replace Democrats with fiscally conservative Republicans - has already been greater than that of many career legislators.

“The objectives of the community school strategy nationwide are to improve student-teacher relationships by allowing the teachers to focus on students’ educational needs while the community school partners tend to students’ life needs.”
Erie Community Schools
Erie Reader BY JIM WERTZ WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2016 AT 4:15 PM Published in: Vol. 6, No. 23
This fall Erie’s Public Schools rolled out its pilot of the community schools strategy. More than $1.5 million in seed funding was provided through the collaborative efforts of the Erie Community Foundation, the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority, the Susan Hirt Hagen Fund for Transformational Philanthropy, and the United Way, with additional funds coming from the district and its corporate partners.  The community school strategy is predicated upon the belief that public education is the foundation of a democratic society, and this year five schools were selected to be matched with corporate partners, which will help fund the initiative, and community or “lead” partners that will implement the community schools strategy in select schools.

Bethlehem Area wants to add this techy grad requirement
By Sara K. Satullo | For lehighvalleylive.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on November 08, 2016 at 8:00 AM, updated November 08, 2016 at 8:10 AM
Recognizing today's technology driven world, the Bethlehem Area School District is adding computer sciences as a high school graduation requirement.  The administration proposes adding a half-credit computer sciences course as a grad requirement for all high school students starting with the incoming freshman class of 2021.  And the district is also working with Northampton Community College to create a high school math course aimed at ensuring district graduates don't need college remedial math courses.  The school board will vote on the new plan as part of the district's 2016-17 high school program of studies later this month.

‘Laying the groundwork’: UPJ and local schools launch K to 12 coding initiative
Tribune Democrat By David Hurst dhurst@tribdem.com November 11, 2016
A collaboration between the college, three school districts and local partners is launching a pilot program aimed at eventually teaching the skill and other computer literacy essentials to K to 12 students in all corners of the Cambria-Somerset region, he announced Thursday.  It’s the first step in a long-term initiative. Project partners hope it will teach young minds valuable critical thinking skills now, while paying even greater dividends decades down the road, creating a homegrown pipeline of talented programmers and fellow computer-savvy graduates.  “Skills like coding are not skills you develop late in life. You build them from the foundation level, laying a very strong base so you can scaffold onto it in later years,” Spectar said.  Countries like South Korea and Germany have made computer literacy a requirement in their schools and affluent big city American prep schools are doing the same.

Eyes on the SRC – November 15, 2016
Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools by Karel Kilimnik November 9, 2016 appsphilly.net 
November’s meeting is the first to be chaired by Joyce Wilkerson, sworn in by Mayor Kenney on November 3 and appointed as Chair by Governor Wolf. Ms. Wilkerson was Chief of Staff for Mayor John Street and has extensive experience in government. She stated publicly that she favors or a return to local control.  The resolutions for November embody recurring themes, fully supported by the SRC, of Superintendent William Hite’s administration. One is the issue of the resolutions that have been appearing and disappearing since last April. Resolutions for renewals of Mastery Clymer, Mastery Shoemaker, and Mastery Gratz are posted—as they have been every month since April. The SRC has tabled, postponed or withdrawn these resolutions, without explanation, for seven months.

Teachers stage informational picket outside Aspira's Olney Charter
Inquirer by Martha Woodall, Staff Writer Updated: NOVEMBER 11, 2016 — 1:08 AM EST
Unionized teachers at Olney Charter High School, who have been negotiating with Aspira Inc. of Pennsylvania for more than a year, held a noontime informational picket Thursday to press for a salary schedule to stem staff turnover.  "We want a fair and stable salary schedule and a fair contract," said teacher Elizabeth Cesarini, who was among approximately 50 staffers who demonstrated.  Cesarini, who teaches students who are learning English, said the Alliance for Charter School Employees has proposed a standard pay structure with wages based on years of experience. Aspira wants a merit-based salary system.  "We're pleased to have reached tentative agreements in a significant number of contract areas," Aspira said in a statement. "We are now discussing economics, and we plan to continue negotiating in good faith."

State rules: no ethics violation for SRC's Simms
by Kristen Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer  @newskag Updated: NOVEMBER 10, 2016 4:48 PM
The State Ethics Commission has spoken: School Reform Commission member Sylvia Simms committed no violation when she advocated for, then voted to give a Philadelphia School District school to a charter organization.  In a letter dated Oct. 24, the commission said there was "insufficient evidence to support a finding of probable cause" and so it would not open a full investigation.  The allegation centered on Simms' actions regarding Wister Elementary, a district school through the end of the 2015-16 school year. Simms, in an eleventh-hour reversal of Superintendent William R. Hite Jr.'s recommendations, moved to give Wister to Mastery Charter Schools. She said she did so because she was moved by parents' concern and nothing more.
Simms' sister works for a firm that has contracted with Mastery.  School district attorneys had previously said that Simms had no conflict of interest and could vote on the Wister charter conversion.

West Shore School Board approves long-awaited teacher's contract; union to vote Monday
Penn Live By Tricia Kline | Special to PennLive on November 10, 2016 at 8:47 PM, updated November 10, 2016 at 8:52 PM
LEWISBERRY—After two and a half years of negotiating and a threat of a strike by district teachers, the West Shore School Board voted unanimously today to approve a collective bargaining agreement for a six-year contract with district educators.  The 576-member West Shore Education Association had plans to review the agreement tonight, and will vote on the contract on Monday.  According to a recent press release, it appears the latest agreement may finally be what everyone has been waiting for.  After a lengthy bargaining meeting earlier this month, the release read, "the negotiating teams were able to hash out a tentative agreement they believe meets the needs of the students, professional staff, and the community."

Listen: Stevens grad Sherri Linetty talks about the machining trade on Women in STEM podcast
LANCASTERONLINE | Staff November 10, 2016
In 2007, Sherri Linetty was the first woman graduate at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology to receive the Technology Competency Award, which recognizes the highest GPA in each field. For this week's Women in STEM episode, Linetty speaks with reporter Kara Newhouse about how she got into this traditionally male-dominated field and what she loves about working with metals. She also discusses:
-The need to introduce young people to manufacturing trades earlier.
-Using negative experiences as motivation to excel.
-Why working with your hands doesn't mean you can't get French manicures.
In recommendations, Linetty suggests checking out the book "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand.

A novel way to fund Pennsylvania schools
Trib Live Opinion BY COLIN MCNICKLE | Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, 7:42 p.m.
“Men are entitled to equal rights — but to equal rights to unequal things,” said 18th- and early 19th-century British statesman Charles James Fox.  Might a form of that counterintuitive sentiment be the key to resolving Pennsylvania's long-running debate over “equitable funding” for the Keystone State's system of public education? Two researchers at the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy see it as a possibility.  Richer school districts, because of their more robust tax bases, can spend more per pupil. Poorer districts, with more anemic tax bases, spend less. They rely on the state to close the gap. But it is seldom, if ever, “equalized.”  Poorer districts long have complained that the commonwealth has failed to abide by the state Constitution's mandate to see to “the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of public education to serve the needs of the Commonwealth.”  That's the crux of the argument made by the William Penn School District in a case now before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. It argues that the state's education funding formula is “arbitrary, irrational and inequitable.”

Crushing defeat leaves charter-school movement in limbo
By James Vaznis BOSTON GLOBE STAFF  NOVEMBER 10, 2016
A majority of voters in nearly every Massachusetts community — including all the state’s cities — rejected the ballot question to expand charter schools, exceeding the worst-case scenario of supporters who hoped it would at least pass in urban areas.  The trouncing puts the future of the charter-school movement into limbo and raises questions about whether supporters should have taken the issue directly to voters to get around a legislative stalemate, resulting in the nation’s most expensive ballot question campaign ever.  “This may have been a Hail Mary pass that shouldn’t have been made,” said Michael Petrilli, president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a policy institute supportive of charter schools. “I would have a hard time finding any argument that charters came out ahead on this one.”  And supporters may have lost the chance to go back to the Legislature to pursue another lift in the state’s cap on charter schools — at least anytime in the near future — as legislative leaders expressed little appetite to take it up again.   “The public has spoken loud and clear on this one,” Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, who opposed the ballot question, said Wednesday. “It will be very difficult for them to get any attention given how strongly the vote was.”

WaPo Editorial: Unions win and students lose in Massachusetts
Washington Post Editorial By Editorial Board November 10 at 7:28 PM
MASSACHUSETTS HAS long enjoyed a reputation as a national leader in education. A pioneer of school reform, it boasts a record of impressive student achievement. It was sad to see that reputation tarnished with the rejection in Tuesday’s election of a measure that would have allowed for an expansion of public charter schools.  The state’s existing charter schools have delivered strong academic results, and thousands of parents are on waiting lists in the hope of getting their children into one of these schools. Unfortunately, those facts got lost in a campaign of disinformation waged by the philosophical foes of charters, primarily the public teachers unions that see the issue in terms of threats to unionized jobs.

Massachusetts votes against expanding charter schools, saying no to Question 2
Mass Live By Shira Schoenberg | sschoenberg@repub.com Follow on Twitter on November 08, 2016 at 10:24 PM, updated November 08, 2016 at 10:33 PM
In a devastating loss for supporters of charter schools, Massachusetts voters on Tuesday voted against a ballot question that would have allowed the state to approve up to 12 new or expanded charter schools a year, outside of an existing cap.  With 40 percent of precincts reporting, the No on 2 effort was ahead, 62 percent to 38 percent. The Yes on 2 campaign sent out a statement conceding at 10:15 p.m.  The vote was deeply personal to voters like Harneen Chernow, the mother of two Boston public school students, who held a No on 2 sign at a West Roxbury polling place.  "I'm very concerned about the impact this question, if it passes, will have on the finances of Boston public schools," Chernow said. "It was designed to add more schools without adding more resources."  "Librarians have been cut, athletics have been cut, some of the foreign languages have been cut, some of the guidance counselors and support that help cement a school community have been cut," Chernow said. "We're very concerned about what this will mean in terms of continued cuts in the schools."

“the initiative intends to raise approximately $157 million a year for public schools by imposing a 3 percent surcharge on Maine income above $200,000 per year.”
Maine votes to hike tax on high earners to boost school aid
Bangor Daily News By Christopher Cousins and Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff Posted Nov. 09, 2016, at 1 p.m. Last modified Nov. 09, 2016, at 6:59 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Question 2, which sought to tax high-earners for the benefit of Maine’s public schools, has emerged victorious.  Question 2, also known as the Stand Up For Students campaign, is the result of a citizen-initiated petition that was certified as successful by Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap in March of this year.  Backed by the Maine Education Association, the union that represents the state’s public school teachers, the initiative intends to raise approximately $157 million a year for public schools by imposing a 3 percent surcharge on Maine income above $200,000 per year.   “It’s amazing to think that over 300,000 Mainers are telling us we need to fund our schools better and that we need the wealthy to pay their fair share of taxes,” said John Kosinski, who led the Yes on 1 campaign. “That’s going to make public education in Maine stronger. Even the opposition to Question 2 agreed that we are underfunding our public schools.”  The referendum proposes to create a dedicated account for the revenues, which would be targeted to classroom instruction — not infrastructure or administration — in an effort to bring state government’s contribution to the total cost of public K-12 education in Maine to 55 percent. Opponents have dismissed the dedicated account as impossible to maintain because each new legislature must approve state government’s two-year budgets, which include state aid to education.

Make Schools Safe Again: Why Donald Trump Must Speak Out NOW Against Surge in School Bullying
STEVE SNYDER  Steve@the74million.org TheSnydes November 10, 2016
Editor’s Note, 2 p.m. Nov. 10:
We knew America was divided by this election. We knew campaign tensions had carried over to America’s classrooms. (Just last week, we canvassed schools across Los Angeles that reported spikes in bullying — harassment that echoed the words and themes of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.)  But we had no idea just how bad things would get for minority students. Or how quickly.  Yesterday, reporters at The 74 started seeing scattered reports of school bullying, intimidation and violence. We decided today to begin compiling accounts from across the country. The volume and intensity of what we’re now finding, though, has left us astonished.
We’ve compiled more than 50 of these terrifying episodes, and are adding additional incidents every few minutes. You can see them all here (warning: most contain extremely disturbing language and imagery). To get notified when we’ve done a big update, please sign up to receive our newsletter.   What we’re seeing: Students are terrified that they will be humiliated. Or attacked.  They’re afraid their parents will be deported. Or that their families will be ostracized. 
They’re scared their teachers won’t be able to protect them.  Meanwhile, superintendents are working to assure minority families that they will keep their schools safe for these children. Students shouldn’t hide at home.  Everyone seems aware this free-floating anger and chauvinism could build and spiral out of control.  Everyone but our newly elected president.
Presidents set the tone. They establish priorities and expectations in what they choose to address — or to decry. The bully pulpit has the power to both normalize and stigmatize.
Disturbingly, candidate Trump allowed vile outbursts to go unchecked at his rallies. He said he could act presidential when the time came, and it has come.  He must speak out for decency and civility by addressing this escalating crisis. He must tell the nation, especially young people, that acts of bullying and intolerance are not what he or this country is about. They will not be tolerated. Classrooms, hallways and playgrounds are safe spaces; they belong to every student equally.

Trump bucks protocol on press access
AP Top News By KATHLEEN HENNESSEY November 11, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump is keeping Americans in the dark about his earliest conversations and decisions as president-elect, bucking a long-standing practice intended to ensure the public has a watchful eye on its new leader.  Trump on Thursday refused to allow journalists to travel with him to Washington for his historic first meetings with President Barack Obama and congressional leaders. The Republican's top advisers rebuffed news organizations' requests for a small "pool" of journalists to trail him as he attended the meetings.
The decision was part of an opaque pattern in Trump's moves since his victory Tuesday. He was entirely out of sight on Wednesday. His aides said he was huddled with advisers at his offices in New York. His team has not put out a daily schedule, or offered any detailed updates on how he has spent his time. They have not acknowledged phone calls or other contact with world leaders.
When Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a congratulatory telegram to Trump on Wednesday, Moscow spread the word. A phone call with British Prime Minster Theresa May was announced in London. The pattern was repeated for calls with leaders of Israel, Egypt, South Korea and Australia.  The White House typically releases statements on the president's phone calls with foreign leaders, providing some details about the conversation. Past presidents-elect have had early briefings with journalists, even in confusing first hours after Election Day.
But early signs suggest Trump is willing to break protocol when it comes to press access and transparency.

Can A President Trump Get Rid Of Common Core?
NPR by CORY TURNER November 10, 20166:00 AM ET
"Common Core is a total disaster. We can't let it continue."
So said presidential candidate Donald Trump in a campaign ad on his website.
To make sure there's no confusion about where he stands on the learning standards that are now used by the vast majority of states, Trump also tweeted earlier this year:  "Get rid of Common Core — keep education local!"  The question for President-elect Trump and for the millions of teachers, parents and students living in Common Core states is pretty simple:
Can he do it? Can he get rid of the Core standards?

Trump Might Want to Scrap the Education Department; How Doable Is That?
Education Week Politics K12 Blog By Alyson Klein on November 9, 2016 7:24 PM
Some Republicans have been trying to get rid of the U.S. Department of Education since President Ronald Reagan took office, when the agency was only about a year old.
Now, with Republican Donald Trump headed to the White House and a GOP-controlled House and Senate, Republicans have their best chance yet to scrap—or at least seriously scale back—the agency.  Trump talked about eliminating the Education Department on the campaign trail or cutting it "way way down," but didn't offer details about how he would do that, or what would happen to key programs if he did downsize.  For now, it looks like this idea remains on the table. Former Florida and Virginia state schools superintendent Gerard Robinson, who is now a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, said in an interview Wednesday that he expects that the new president will "streamline, at least" the Education Department. (Robinson is serving on Trump's transition team but spoke only on his own behalf.)

Every Student Succeeds Act Under Trump: Five Things to Watch
Education Week Politics K12 Blog By Alyson Klein on November 10, 2016 12:25 PM
The election of Donald Trump to the White House could be a major curve ball for implementation of the nearly year-old Every Student Succeeds Act. ESSA, which was passed in December, won't be fully in place until the 2017-18 school year.  The Obama administration has already proposed regulations to set the course for the law's implementation, which could look very different from here on out.

Senator Bernie Sanders on Trump’s Election
Diane Ravitch’s Blog By dianeravitch November 9, 2016
BURLINGTON, Vt., Nov. 9 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement Wednesday after Donald Trump was elected president of the United States:
“Donald Trump tapped into the anger of a declining middle class that is sick and tired of establishment economics, establishment politics and the establishment media. People are tired of working longer hours for lower wages, of seeing decent paying jobs go to China and other low-wage countries, of billionaires not paying any federal income taxes and of not being able to afford a college education for their kids – all while the very rich become much richer.  “To the degree that Mr. Trump is serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families in this country, I and other progressives are prepared to work with him. To the degree that he pursues racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies, we will vigorously oppose him.”

The moon on Monday will look unlike any other since 1948
By David Templeton / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette November 11, 2016 12:39 AM
The periodic “supermoon,” as described in recent years, is larger and brighter than the average full moon and certainly worth a skyward glance as it rises like a giant spotlight above the horizon. 
But on Monday, the Earth, moon and sun will conclude an orbital do-si-do that leaves them in almost perfect alignment, producing a supermoon unlike any other full moon in 68 years.  
NASA says we’re about to witness “an extra-supermoon,” which last occurred in 1948 and won’t recur until Nov. 25, 2034.  There’s a crazy scientific name for it — a perigee-syzygy moon. It occurs when the moon is on the opposite side of Earth from the sun while also at perigee, which is its closest orbital point to Earth.  The perigee-syzygy moment officially will occur at 8:52 a.m. Monday. That’s during daylight, so the best view will be moon rise on Sunday or Monday evening, with similarly sized nearly full moons occurring this weekend and a few days after.


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Regional Basic Education Funding Formula Workshops
PASA, PSBA, PAIU, PARSS, the PA Principals Association and PASBO are traveling around the state to conduct regional workshops for school leaders to provide them with more information on the new basic education funding formula. Register below to attend one of 8 regional workshops to learn more about the new formula and what it means for your school district and for the state. Please note that capacity is limited at each location and registration is required. A webcast option is also available. These regional workshops are being supported by a grant from the William Penn Foundation.
Monday, November 14, 2016 @ 6:00 pm: Colonial IU 20
(6 Danforth Drive, Easton, PA 18045)
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 @ 9:00 am: Luzerne IU 18
(368 Tioga Ave, Kingston, PA 18704)
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 @ 6:00 pm: Chester County IU 24
(455 Boot Road, Downingtown, PA 19335)
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 @ 9:30 am: Webcast

Public Forum: Who should run Philadelphia's schools? Thursday, Dec. 8, 6-7:30 p.m. Drexel University - Behrakis Grand Hall
Join us for a public forum featuring state, city and civic leaders sponsored by Philadelphia Media Network, the Philadelphia Public School Notebook and Drexel University's School of Education.
Creese Student Center 3210 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19104
It's been 15 years since the state took control of Philadelphia's schools and created the School Reform Commission. Since then, the SRC has been a polarizing presence in the city.
With the recent resignation of two members of the commission and the term of a third expiring soon, the future of the SRC and the issue of school governance is once again at the forefront of the civic dialogue. Is the SRC the only model to consider?  Should Philadelphia create an elected school board, or should the governing body be controlled by the Mayor? Are there models in other cities that could help us rethink our own school governance?   The Philadelphia Public School Notebook, Philadelphia Media Network -- owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and philly.com, and Drexel University's School of Education are hosting a public forum on this critical issue.
RSVP - Admission is free, but you must register in advance. Register now, and find out more about the panelists and other details at our registration page.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/who-should-run-philadelphias-schools-tickets-28926705555
NSBA Advocacy Institute 2017 -- Jan. 29-31, Washington, D.C.
Join school directors around the country at the conference designed to give you the tools to advocate successfully on behalf of public education.
  • NSBA will help you develop a winning advocacy strategy to help you in Washington, D.C. and at home.
  • Attend timely and topical breakout sessions lead by NSBA’s knowledgeable staff and outside experts.
  • Expand your advocacy network by swapping best practices, challenges, and successes with other school board members from across the country.
This event is open to members of the Federal Relations Network. To find out how you can join, contact Jamie.Zuvich@psba.org. Learn more about the Advocacy Institute at https://www.nsba.org/events/advocacy-institute.

Register now for the 2017 NSBA Annual Conference 
Plan to join public education leaders for networking and learning at the 2017 NSBA Annual Conference, March 25-27 in Denver, CO. General registration is now open at https://www.nsba.org/conference/registration. A conference schedule, including pre-conference workshops, is available on the NSBA website.

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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