Thursday, November 17, 2016

PA Ed Policy Roundup Nov 17: “Legislators must reach across the aisle and work together to craft bills that can pass”

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PA Ed Policy Roundup Nov 17, 2016
“Legislators must reach across the aisle and work together to craft bills that can pass”



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.
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)



About two weeks ago the Berks County superintendents visited Harrisburg to advocate on behalf of our students, schools and communities. There were several issues addressed with our senators and representatives, including pension reform, the state budget, cybercharter schools and standardized testing. These four issues are heavily impacting all schools across the commonwealth. Our elected officials need to act.  … If we are truly interested in creating solutions for our state, then our legislators must reach across the aisle and work together so that progress can be made in crafting bills that pass.
Superintendents' Forum: Legislature needs to act on key issues facing schools
Reading Eagle Wednesday November 16, 2016 12:01 AM
The Pennsylvania Legislature is granted, by voters, "the right and responsibility to act on our behalf, expect them to be knowledgeable of the issues facing our citizens, and to do their best to lead us into the future," according to the Pennsylvania Capitol website maintained by the General Assembly.  Now that the 2016 elections have come to a close, it is time for the citizens of Pennsylvania to call on our legislators to complete the jobs they were elected to accomplish. We must hold our legislators to the standard they espouse.  This past year we waited nearly nine months for Pennsylvania to pass a budget. According to state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, the budget impasse resulted in Pennsylvania schools and intermediate units being forced to borrow about $1 billion while incurring approximately $40 to $50 million in interest and fees. This is unacceptable for our full-time legislators. We must expect more. Our schools expect more. Our communities expect more. Our students deserve more.

“But let's not kid ourselves.  It's not exactly the most critical issue facing the state.  Not when the red ink continues to rise.  Not when public schools continue to struggle under an underfunded system that still tilts away from the neediest districts. And not when that "ticking time bomb" in the budget process - the massively underfunded public employee pension plans - get closer to detonating every day.”
Time to get serious - about serious issues - in Pa.
Delco Times Heron’s Nest Blog by Editor Phil Heron Thursday, November 17, 2016
Here's something to ponder as you head to your local beer distributor to buy a six-pack.
No, that's not a typo. You can do that now.  You can also buy a six-pack at many local supermarkets. Even a bottle of wine.  But you can't buy beer at the Wawa or 7-Eleven. Unless you happen to live out in Concord, where Wawa is starting to dabble with beer sales at one of their wine stores.  Pennsylvania is slowly but surely crawling out of the Dark Ages.
But it still has serious problems, issues that need to be addressed by our solons in Harrisburg.

Trump, a Common Core foe, considering Core supporters Michelle Rhee and Eva Moscowitz for education secretary
Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss November 16 at 7:30 PM 
When Donald Trump was running for president, he said repeatedly that the Common Core State Standards initiative has been a “total disaster” and he would get rid of it if he landed in the White House.  And when he was duking it out with a gaggle of Republicans for the GOP presidential nomination, he went after former Florida governor Jeb Bush, a key Core supporter and a leader of corporate education reform, by calling him a “very, very low-energy” person who could put to sleep the people watching him speak.  Yet on Wednesday, asked during an interview on MSNBC to name women and people of color being considered for the Trump Cabinet, Trump spokesman Jason Miller offered the names of two women who have been allies of Bush and who have been Core supporters: Michelle Rhee and Eva Moskowitz.

Blogger note: The DeVos’ American Federation for Children has been active in PA politics; in 2012, they contributed $1.25 million to the Students First PAC to fund pro school choice candidates in PA.
“DeVos, 58, is a staunch supporter of charter schools and vouchers, which supporters argue give parents and students more freedom to seek a higher-quality education but critics view as an effort to privatize education at the expense of public schools.  DeVos is also a billionaire power broker with deep political ties at the state and national level. She served as a Republican National Committeewoman in the 1990s and was twice elected chair of the Michigan Republican Party, most recently from 2003 to 2005. Her husband, Amway heir Dick DeVos, ran unsuccessfully for Michigan governor in 2006.”
Trump eyes Betsy DeVos for education secretary
Jonathan Oosting, Detroit News Lansing Bureau1:24 p.m. EST November 16, 2016
Lansing — Republican President-elect Donald Trump is reportedly considering west Michigan mega donor and school choice advocate Betsy DeVos to serve as his U.S. secretary of education.  DeVos is among a handful of candidates for the cabinet post, according to reports from The HillThe Washington Post and POLITICO, which cite sources close to the Trump campaign or his transition team.  A family spokesperson declined comment on the reports.

Pa. General Assembly stands pat with leadership choices for 2017-18
Penn Live By Charles Thompson | cthompson@pennlive.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on November 16, 2016 at 8:48 PM
Two years after retirements and internal purges led to significant changes in the leadership of the Pennsylvania General Assembly's two majority legislative caucuses, we're back to stability.  In internal elections held over the last two days, House and Senate Republicans and Democrats returned all incumbents to their existing leadership posts for the 2017-18 session.  The sole new face in the top spots was the House GOP's election of Rep. Stan Saylor, R-Red Lion, as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. Saylor will replace Rep. William Adolph, R-Delaware County, who is retiring.  Here's the lineup:

Pennsylvania House GOP holds leadership elections, celebrates 'historic' majority
BY KATIE MEYER, WITF NOVEMBER 16, 2016
The Pa. state House held leadership elections Tuesday in preparation for the impending end of the legislative session. Republican leaders new and old said they're looking forward to having their largest majority in decades next session.  Most of the major changes in the House's majority GOP leadership are due to retirements—the chamber's appropriations chair William Adolf, of Delaware County, is stepping down, as is Susquehanna County Caucus Chair Sandra Major.  They'll be replaced by Stan Saylor of York County and Marcy Toepel of Montgomery County, respectively.  Members voted unanimously for House Speaker Mike Turzai of Allegheny County, and Majority Leader Dave Reed, of Indiana County to maintain their seats.

“At a state level, Roy has emerged as a fighter for public education. He hasn't shied away from criticizing how the law allows charters to funnel money away from public schools. In an era of high-stakes testing, Roy has continuously stressed students and teachers should be judged on more than just a test score.
"It wasn't on my agenda to be outspoken as a superintendent," Roy said. "But the winds have been so against public education that it compelled me to be more outspoken."
Bethlehem schools chief Roy named Pennsylvania 'Superintendent of the Year'
Superintendent Joseph Roy has been named as Superintendent of the Year for Pennsylvania.
Jacqueline Palochko Contact Reporter Of The Morning Call November 16, 2016
Bethlehem Area Superintendent Joseph Roy was looking over resumes for an assistant principal position when he received a phone call.  Roy, an outspoken champion of Bethlehem's schools and students for the last seven years, had been named Pennsylvania's Superintendent of the Year.  The news came in October, and Roytook a moment to reflect on the honor, given by the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators. In March, he will be honored with 49 other state honorees — one of whom will be named national "Superintendent of the Year."

SEN. SCOTT WAGNER: New Legislative Session Offers Clean Slate
Pottstown Mercury Letter POSTED: 11/15/16, 4:37 PM EST | UPDATED: 1 DAY AGO
State Sen. Scott Wagner is a Republican who represents portions of York County in the Pennsylvania Senate.
The historic 2016 general election is behind us, and a new year awaits us. That includes a new two-year legislative session beginning in January. Just as you may look at a new year as a chance to make positive changes through resolutions, I am looking at the new session as a clean slate for the legislature to effect real change for Pennsylvanians.  The opportunities that await us are numerous. I remain focused on important reforms like reining in spending, addressing the pension crisis, and ultimately, eliminating property taxes. However, there are additional ways to reform Pennsylvania and set us on a more successful path.  One area of opportunity and a continued priority for me is workforce development. While we often hear about job creation efforts, we cannot forget that plenty of jobs are going unfilled because employers cannot find workers with the necessary skills. As a business owner, I am very aware of the ever-growing skills gap in the labor force being created by retiring baby boomers, the push for students to pursue four-year colleges rather than trade schools, and advancing technology.

5 new charter schools apply to open in Philly
Inquirer by Kristen A. Graham, Staff Writer Updated: NOVEMBER 17, 2016 — 3:01 AM EST
Five new charter schools have applied to open in Philadelphia.  If approved, the schools would add more than 3,000 students to charter rolls in the city.  There are currently 86 charters in the city.  The proposed schools are: Friendship Whittier Charter, which would serve 695 pre-K-5 students in the Allegheny West section of the city; KIPP Parkside Charter, which would educate 770 K-8 students in West Parkside; Metropolitan Philadelphia Classical Charter, which proposes a 674 K-12 student body in Cedarbrook; Deep Roots Charter, which wants 540 K-8 students in Harrowgate; and Wilbur Wright Aerospace and Aviation Academy, which would serve 600 high school students in Strawberry Mansion.  All of the operators but one would be new to the Philadelphia charter scene. KIPP currently operates five schools in Philadelphia. It previously applied to operate a school in Parkside, but was turned down by the SRC this year.

Wanted: More teachers for students learning English
York Daily Record by Angie Mason , amason@ydr.com7:34 a.m. EST November 17, 2016
York County is seeing more students who don't speak English as a native language, but schools are finding fewer educators certified to teach them.  The number of students who are learning the English language has been growing, mostly in the York City School District but also in some suburban districts, at a smaller scale.  At the same time, there are fewer teachers obtaining the English as a second language, or ESL, certification, needed to provide additional services to those students. It's one area of shortage the state is seeing as fewer people show interest in becoming educators.  "The need for (ESL) certified teachers is really … important, not only for urban school districts, but I think suburban districts are starting to see that as well," said Debbie Hioutis, coordinator of special programs in the York City School District.

Sentencing rescheduled again for Elaine Trombetta Neill
Beaver County Times By Kirstin Kennedy kkennedy@timesonline.com November 16, 2016
PITTSBURGH -- More than three years after pleading guilty to filing a false income tax return, Elaine Trombetta Neill, sister of convicted Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School founder Nick Trombetta, is yet to be sentenced.  Neill's sentencing date has been scheduled and continued eight times since the original date, according to online court records.  After pleading guilty Oct. 8, 2013, Neill, of Center Township, was scheduled for sentencing Jan. 17, 2014. The date was moved to July 2014, then continued seven more times. The most recent motion for continuance was filed Nov. 10. A federal judge on Monday granted the motion, continuing the sentencing to Feb. 17, 2017.  Then-prosecutor James Wilson alleged Neill used a company set up by her brother, One2One, as a "conduit through which Dr. Nicholas Trombetta could channel money to himself, his sister, his mother and other persons."  Neill pleaded guilty to filing a false 2010 tax return.   A call to Neill's attorney, Robert Leight, was not returned Wednesday. Officials at the U.S. attorney's office did not offer comment.

PHLpreK receives grants from William Penn, PNC Foundation
Philly Trib by Tribune Staff Report Nov 12, 2016
The PHLpreK program, the city’s initiative to increase affordable pre-K for thousands of children, got a $200,000 boost from two philanthropic partners last week.  The William Penn Foundation awarded the Mayor’s Office of Education Fund with a $176,00 grant, and the PNC Foundation provided $27,500. Both will be used to help bolster workforce development in the early childhood education sector.  Through Mayor Jim Kenney’s PHLpreK program, over 6,500 additional slots for students will be added over the next five years. The first phase of the initiative will begin in January with 2,000 more openings.  Kenney said businesses and beneficiary support is critical to the success of PHLpreK.

Young Scholars finds benefits of dismissal system that uses mobile app
Centre Daily Times BY BRITNEY MILAZZO bmilazzo@centredaily.com NOVEMBER 16, 2016 7:19 PM
A Centre Region school is using a mobile application system aimed at making student dismissal a little more organized, while also making sure each student is accounted for by the time the school day ends.  But while student safety is one of the main goals at Young Scholars of Central Pennsylvania Charter School, administrators also said the new system comes with challenges. Some challenges include making sure users understand the app, operating around school construction and working with developers to improve app features.  Chairman of the school’s Behavior Interventions Committee Bill Ewing said those kinks will likely be worked out with a little more practice, and a lot of cooperation.

“Since 2008, The Pittsburgh Promise has awarded more than 7,100 scholarships worth more than $91 million. About 1,600 Pittsburgh Public Schools graduates have earned some sort of credential after school and 2,800 are still enrolled.”
Pittsburgh Promise reaches out to those who didn't use scholarship money
By Molly Born / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette November 17, 2016 12:00 AM
Two years after high school graduation, Jessica Bethune wound up working at Piercing Pagoda at the Century III Mall in West Mifflin wondering what to do next.  Health problems led the 2014 Pittsburgh Allderdice graduate to drop out of Slippery Rock University after one semester. Adrift, the 20-year-old considered going back to school but was unsure of what to pursue or how to get there.  Then in September Ms. Bethune, of Lincoln Place, saw a brochure in the mail from The Pittsburgh Promise, a gentle reminder that her high school GPA and attendance record had earned her a scholarship she could still use and an invitation to apply for an eight-week pilot program to help her ease back into school — or at least get excited about it again.  Just five weeks in, she decided to become an ultrasound technician, with the eventual goal of studying diagnostic medical stenography.  “We’re all kind of working toward the same thing,” she said of the program, “and you know that you’re not the only one in this position, trying to figure out what to do.”

Penn Manor Education Foundation surpasses $1 million in classroom grants, scholarships
Lancaster Online PRESENTED BY AGAPE CARE November 16, 2016 MARGARET GATES | COLLABORATIVE CONTENT EDITOR
In her nine years teaching in the Penn Manor School District, Sara Masten has sought to ignite a passion for music — whether it’s introducing middle-schoolers to ukuleles and world percussion instruments or adding electric violins to the high school orchestra.  But none of that would be possible, she says, without the generosity of the Penn Manor Education Foundation.  “Without an organization like PMEF, we simply would not be able to provide our students with the quality education that they so deserve,” Marsten says.  PMEF was founded 16 years ago to enhance and enrich the educational experience for students and faculty in the district. Since it’s inception, the foundation has given more than $1 million in scholarships and classroom Venture Grants, says Anne Kinderwater Carroll, the foundation’s executive director.

Ambridge Area teachers union threatens strike
Beaver County Times By Katherine Schaeffer kschaeffer@timesonline.com November 16, 2016
AMBRIDGE -- The teachers union at Ambridge Area School District has been operating under an expired contract for almost a year and a half.  That situation prompted hundreds of district teachers to pack the high school auditorium to protest during Wednesday’s school board meeting.  Members of the Ambridge Area Education Association, clad in Ambridge maroon and grey, and many of them toting poster board signs emblazoned with slogans such as “Over 500 days without a contract,” filled the auditorium to implore the district to come to the table and finalize an agreement.

Taxpayers an afterthought in $76M school expansion | Editorial
Editorial By Express-Times opinion staff on November 16, 2016 at 2:44 PM, updated November 16, 2016 at 4:00 PM
Replace Palmer and Cheston elementary schools with new buildings. Put a new roof on the high school. Install air conditioning at Tracy and Forks elementary schools.  Those items make up the "front-burner" list of capital improvements the Easton Area School Board is looking to green-light in short order, a $76 million taxpayer investment. The total could rise to $100 million or more if the board decides, after the first phase, to replace the high school pool, renovate Cottingham Stadium, replace the turf field and track at the high school, pay for a new roof at the Easton Area Public Library, and move the Easton Area Academy, the district's alternative school, to the middle school.  That ambitious plan took up most of the school board's time at Tuesday's meeting. Given the items on the list — replacing two elementary schools (plus a roof and air-conditioning) — the $76 million estimate doesn't seem out of bounds.

Pittsburgh-born poet wins National Book Award
By Tony Norman / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette November 16, 2016 11:05 PM
A Pittsburgh native on Wednesday night won the 2016 National Book Award for poetry at a ceremony in New York.   Daniel Borzutzky was named winner for his latest collection, “The Performance of Becoming Human,” at the 67th National Book Awards ceremony and benefit dinner.   “Literature and poetry serve as a means of producing a social and historical memory,” he said as he accepted the award.   Mr. Borzutzky had heard he was a finalist for the National Book Award for poetry on Facebook. He knew something was up when friends began sending him emails and Facebook messages of congratulations when the list was still 10 finalists deep.
“The Performance of Becoming Human” is his third full-length collection of poetry.

Court could be asked to decide on Plum school board vacancy
Trib Live BY MICHAEL DIVITTORIO | Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, 4:33 p.m.
Filling a vacancy on the Plum school board could become an Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas decision.  District Solicitor Lee Price informed the board at a Tuesday committee of the whole meeting that no one has petitioned the court seeking appointment to Michelle Stepnick's seat, and the district could ask a judge to choose a new board member.  “I am offering potential solutions,” Price said, adding that because the board hasn't gotten five votes to make an appointment, “I don't think there's a downside in letting the court decide.”  Board members on Oct. 25 deadlocked at 4-4 on appointing resident Scott Coulson to replace Stepnick, who resigned prior to the start of a Sept. 27 meeting.

Judge hears sanctions request in Philly schools' $7.5 million camera case
Inquirer by Martha Woodall, Staff Writer Updated: NOVEMBER 17, 2016 — 1:08 AM EST
A federal judge Wednesday delayed ruling on whether to impose sanctions on former Philadelphia School District officials and the lawyers who represent them for failing to produce documents in a suit stemming from a $7.5 million no-bid contract for security cameras that was awarded to a small minority-owned firm in 2010.  During a hearing on the sanctions, lawyers from Tucker Law Group LLC, which represents district officials, said they had emailed 600 pages of documents in June to attorneys representing John Byars, a former district procurement director, in his civil rights and defamation suit.


Municipal Bond Analysts Seek Greater Transparency from Charter Schools
Diane Ravitch’s Blog By dianeravitch November 16, 2016 //
We are well aware that charter schools open and close, sometimes for academic reasons, sometimes for financial reasons. Unfortunately, some of these schools are financed with municipal bonds, which makes them a risky endeavor. The story below is behind a pay wall. I subscribed to The Bond Buyer so I could read it in full. It shows why the NAACP and other organizations are calling for charter school accountability and transparency. It is not good for either municipal finance or for children to have schools that close in the middle of the year without warning.  Racently, the National Federation of Municipal Analysts urged charter schools “to provide detailed financial, academic, and staffing information in primary and secondary disclosure documents.” This is the first time that the NFMA has made disclosure recommendations for charter schools.

Blogger note: Through the Center for Education Reform, Jeanne Allen has been a leading evangelist for school choice and charter schools for all for several years.  The Walton Family Foundation has been a major funder of CER.
What Massachusetts Can Learn From The Trump Victory
Medium.com by Jeanne Allen, Center for Education Reform November 16, 2016
The failure of Massachusetts voters to lift the artificial cap created to prevent more charter schools from educating vastly more children is tragic, yet not unexpected. I am not only disappointed in the outcome, but disappointed in the cause. The failure was not because the unions and opponents fought so hard, but because we failed to fight on the very front that caused the biggest upset in presidential history.  Donald Trump won the American people’s support because he recognized that beyond the cities and poor communities that often get the most attention from federal, state and local policymakers were a nation of people of all colors, at all income levels, who are left out of the equation.

When Public Goes Private, as Trump Wants: What Happens?
New York Review of Books by Diane Ravitch DECEMBER 8, 2016 ISSUE
Education and the Commercial Mindset
by Samuel E. Abrams
Harvard University Press, 417 pp., $39.95
School Choice: The End of Public Education?
by Mercedes K. Schneider
Teachers College Press, 204 pp., $35.95 (paper)William Eggleston/David Zwirner Books
William Eggleston: Untitled, circa 1983–1986; from the exhibition ‘The Democratic Forest,’ on view at the David Zwirner Gallery, New York City, until December 17, 2016. The catalog is published by David Zwirner Books. For more on Eggleston’s work, see Alexander Nemerov’s essay on the NYR Daily at www.nybooks.com/eggleston.
The New York Times recently published a series of articles about the dangers of privatizing public services, the first of which was called “When You Dial 911 and Wall Street Answers.” Over the years, the Times has published other exposés of privatized services, like hospitals, health care, prisons, ambulances, and preschools for children with disabilities. In some cities and states, even libraries and water have been privatized. No public service is immune from takeover by corporations that say they can provide comparable or better quality at a lower cost. The New York Times said that since the 2008 financial crisis, private equity firms “have increasingly taken over a wide array of civic and financial services that are central to American life.”
Privatization means that a public service is taken over by a for-profit business, whose highest goal is profit.

Trump's School Choice Expansion Plan May Face Uphill Battle
New York Times By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NOV. 16, 2016, 3:57 A.M. E.S.T.
WASHINGTON — School voucher programs in the nation's capital and Vice President-elect Mike Pence's home state of Indiana could serve as a blueprint for a Trump administration plan to use public money to enable disadvantaged students to attend the public or private school of their choice.  President-elect Donald Trump made clear that school choice would be an education priority. When Trump spoke at a Cleveland charter school in September, he pledged to funnel $20 billion in existing federal dollars into scholarships for low-income students. That idea would require approval from Congress, which last year passed a bipartisan overhaul of No Child Left Behind and is unlikely to alter it in the near future. Still, there are smaller-scale ways Trump could reshape public education.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 9 - 15, 2016
Submitted by fairtest on November 15, 2016 - 2:56pm 
The November 8 tidal wave swamped most other news, but a number of testing-related stories and commentaries still appeared over the past week. Perversely, the ugly election results may create new opportunities for assessment reform victories at the local, state, and even federal levels.  

Education Bloggers Daily Highlights 11/16/2016


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.
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)

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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