Thursday, December 1, 2016

PA Ed Policy Roundup Dec 1: New study links PA charter school growth with loss of district resources

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PA Ed Policy Roundup Dec 1, 2016
New study links PA charter school growth with loss of district resources



If you are a school leader in southeastern PA, I look forward to seeing you at this workshop.
Southeastern PA Regional Basic Education Funding Formula Workshop
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 @ 6:00 pm: Chester County IU 24
(455 Boot Road, Downingtown, PA 19335)



Pennsylvania Every Student Succeeds Act Public Tour
First in a series of Public Events:
Friday, December 2- Pittsburgh- 9:30 am- Community College of Allegheny County
Community College of Allegheny County Main Campus in the Tom Forester Student Service Center Auditorium 808 Ridge Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15212



New study links Pa. charter school growth with loss of district resources
The report released Wednesday focused on public school districts that have experienced the largest shifts of students to charters.
By Elizabeth Behrman and Molly Born / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette December 1, 2016 12:11 AM
An Economic Policy Institute paper out this week has linked rapidly growing charter schools in some urban districts to a lack of resources and budget shortfalls in traditional school systems, leading to greater inequities for children overall.  The report released Wednesday, by Bruce D. Baker, professor in the Department of Educational Theory, Policy and Administration at Rutgers University, focused on public school districts that have experienced the largest shifts of students to charters — public schools run by private entities — including Philadelphia and Chester Upland.  In the 2015-16 school year, there were 132,840 Pennsylvania students enrolled in charter schools, more than half of them in Philadelphia, according to the state Department of Education. More than 150 brick-and-mortar charter schools and 14 cybercharters operate in the commonwealth.

Exploring the consequences of charter school expansion in U.S. cities
Economic Policy Institute Report • by Bruce Baker November 30, 2016
Bruce D. Baker is a professor in the Department of Educational Theory, Policy and Administration at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in New Brunswick.
Executive Summary: This report highlights patterns of charter school expansion across several large and mid-size U.S. cities since 2000. In this report, the focus is the loss of enrollments and revenues to charter schools in host districts and the response of districts as seen through patterns of overhead expenditures. I begin by identifying those cities and local public school districts that have experienced the largest shifts of students from district-operated to charter schools, and select from among those cities illustrative examples of the effects of charter school expansion on host district finances and enrollments.

The Right Way to Assess Charter Schools
The American Prospect by RACHEL M. COHEN NOVEMBER 30, 2016
How do they affect all the city's children?
On November 8, Massachusetts residents went to the polls not only to cast their vote for president but also to weigh in on a hotly debated question regarding charter schools. The ballot initiative—which proposed lifting the state’s cap to allow establishing up to 12 new charters or expanding existing charters annually—had generated a heated battle for months, with voters inundated by mailings and advertising from both sides. About $34 million was spent on these efforts, making them easily the most expensive ballot initiative campaign in state history. Teacher unions provided nearly all the money to fight the measure, while out-of-state donors and Boston’s business community shelled out most of the money in support.  The debate mostly went like this: Supporters of the ballot measure, known as Question 2, argued that charter schools in Boston have proven extremely effective for disadvantaged students. They pointed to research studies that show students who attended Boston charter schools, compared to students in Boston’s traditional public schools, were more likely to graduate high school in five years, more likely to attend and complete college, and less likely to enroll in remedial education. In addition, researchers found attending Boston charters led to significant gains in state tests, AP tests, and the SAT.  Supporters of charter expansion also pointed to long charter school waiting lists as evidence that families, especially poor families, desperately seek better school options. If the ballot measure failed, proponents insisted, it would be because wealthy white suburbanites were too selfish, or short-sighted, to let low-income African-Americans escape their failing public schools. Polls conducted throughout the campaign did reveal higher support for charter school expansion among black and Latino voters.

Who's leaving the Legislature? Pa. lawmakers, with one exception, who are done after today
Penn Live Filmstrip Jan Murphy | jmurphy@pennlive.com November 30, 2016

The other Pa. recount - 18 votes up, a state House candidate heads to court, report: Wednesday Morning Coffee
Penn Live By John L. Micek | jmicek@pennlive.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on November 30, 2016 at 8:12 AM
THE MORNING COFFEE
Good Wednesday Morning, Fellow Seekers.
While Green Party candidate Jill Stein'three-state presidential recount push may be sucking up all the available headline oxygen, another really close election is headed for court.  As our friends at The Inquirer report this morningWest Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta leads incumbent Rep. Dan Truit, a Republican, by 18 votes. She claims that 15 provisional ballots thrown out on Election Day should count. And on Thursday, she's going to try to convince a judge she's right.

PA Set to Lose Another Congressional Seat
PoliticsPA Written by Nick Field, Managing Editor November 29th, 2016 
Pennsylvania is on track to lose another Congressional seat.
According to Nathan Gonzalez of Roll Call, PA is scheduled to lose one district in the upcoming 2020 Census. He is basing his report on a 2015 analysis by the Election Data Services.   As we noted last year, the commonwealthhasn’t survived a Census without losing at least one seat since 1920.  Of course, losing a seat in Congress also means losing an electoral vote. PA would drop from 20 to 19 electoral votes, which would make the 2024 presidential election the first since the 1800 contest between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson where PA would be worth less than twenty electoral votes.  Other states set to lose a seat include: Alabama, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, New York, Rhode Island and West Virginia.  Meanwhile, Texas is set to gain three seats and Florida two. Arizona, Colorado, North Carolina and Oregon would each gain one.

'Judicial Meddling' at Heart of Lower Merion Schools' Tax Appeal: Advocates
'This case strikes at the heart of local control of education programming,' one advocacy group wrote to Commonwealth Court, which is slated to hear an appeal Dec. 15.
NBC Philadelphia By Brian X. McCrone November 29, 2016
Lower Merion School District is at the center of a lawsuit that some education advocates claim is about the governing power of local school boards. Lawyers for Pennsylvania education institutions, including the state teachers’ union and three associations for school administrators, have described it as “staggering” and “judicial meddling.”  A ruling by a Montgomery County judge in August threw out Lower Merion School District’s most recent tax increase and, in turn, ignited debate across the educational landscape. At stake, according to briefs filed in Commonwealth Court in recent weeks, is the independent governing power of local school boards.  The showdown pitting the affluent Montgomery County district against a handful of residents, led by local attorney Arthur Wolk, will emerge back in court Dec. 15 in Harrisburg. The district’s appeal is asking the higher court to overturn Judge Joseph Smyth’s decision, which forces Lower Merion to rescind its 4.4-percent tax increase.  “It has the potential for untold disruption to public education across the Commonwealth,” the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) and two other statewide organizations wrote in support of the appeal by Lower Merion.

Wilkes-Barre Area appeals assessed value of Mohegan Sun Pocono
Citizens Voice by JAMES HALPIN / PUBLISHED: DECEMBER 1, 2016
PLAINS TWP. — The Wilkes-Barre Area School District on Wednesday appealed the $152.5 million assessed value of Mohegan Sun Pocono, setting the stage for a high-stakes court battle over how much in taxes the casino will pay.  The district’s filing, by attorney Raymond Wendolowski, comes a week after casino officials filed a similar appeal of the Luzerne County Board of Assessment Appeals decision to leave the assessment unchanged, arguing the move was “improper, unsatisfactory and unlawful.”  The cash-strapped school district, which seeks to benefit from taxing one of the county’s most valuable properties, maintains the valuation was too low. The casino, which stands to owe nearly $800,000 in additional property taxes per year if the assessed value holds, asserts the value is too high.

CLC Charter School students showcase new foods, marketing ideas
Centre Daily Times BY BRITNEY MILAZZO bmilazzo@centredaily.com November 30, 2016
Eighth-grade student Jefferson Hill created a treat that could be a perfect dessert for some who likes a combination of ice-cream flavors.  He mixed homemade mint chocolate chip and chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream into a Popsicle-like goodie he called Frosty Pop. It even came with a drip guard to prevent the ice cream from creating too much of a mess.  It was part of a combined seventh and eighth grade project at Centre Learning Community Charter School designed to let students create a new food, gather customer and competitor analysis and create a marketing campaign as if they were to sell the product to a grocery store.  On Wednesday, the project came to fruition when they held a Food and Beverage Show and Conference, which showcased the students’ food in the school’s multipurpose room.

Conservative youth organizing group launches watchlist of academics
Two professors from Temple and two from the University of Pennsylvania were singled out for "advancing leftist propaganda."
The notebook by Darryl Murphy November 30, 2016 — 2:43pm
In a move reminiscent of 1950s McCarthyism, the conservative youth organizing group Turning Point has launched a new website – Professor Watchlist – whose stated mission is “to expose and document college professors who discriminate against conservative students and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom.”  The site lists more than 100 professors from across the country based on statements they made in and out of the classroom that oppose conservative ideals. Four local professors made the list.  The website contends that it aims to “fight for free speech and the right for professors to say whatever they wish,” but argues that students, parents, and alumni should know about the incidents and professors that “advance a radical agenda.”

“The new “watchlist” is essentially a new species of McCarthyism, especially in terms of its overtones of “disloyalty” to the American republic. And it is reminiscent of Cointelpro, the secret F.B.I. program that spied on, infiltrated and discredited American political organizations in the ’50s and ’60s. Its goal of “outing” professors for their views helps to create the appearance of something secretly subversive. It is a form of exposure designed to mark, shame and silence.”
I Am a Dangerous Professor
New York Times Opinion by George Yancy THE STONE NOV. 30, 2016
George Yancy is a professor of philosophy at Emory University, the author of “Black Bodies, White Gazes” and “Look, a White!” and a co-editor of “Pursuing Trayvon Martin.”
Those familiar with George Orwell’s “1984” will recall that “Newspeak was designed not to extend but to diminish the range of thought.” I recently felt the weight of this Orwellian ethos when many of my students sent emails to inform me, and perhaps warn me, that my name appears on the Professor Watchlist, a new website created by a conservative youth group known as Turning Point USA.  I could sense the gravity in those email messages, a sense of relaying what is to come. The Professor Watchlist’s mission, among other things, is to sound an alarm about those of us within academia who “advance leftist propaganda in the classroom.” It names and includes photographs of some 200 professors.  The Watchlist appears to be consistent with a nostalgic desire “to make America great again” and to expose and oppose those voices in academia that are anti-Republican or express anti-Republican values. For many black people, making America “great again” is especially threatening, as it signals a return to a more explicit and unapologetic racial dystopia. For us, dreaming of yesterday is not a privilege, not a desire, but a nightmare.

Professor Watchlist Is Seen as Threat to Academic Freedom
New York Times By CHRISTOPHER MELENOV. 28, 2016
A new website that accuses nearly 200 college professors of advancing “leftist propaganda in the classroom” and discriminating against conservative students has been criticized as a threat to academic freedom.  The site, Professor Watchlist, which first appeared Nov. 21, says it names those instructors who “advance a radical agenda in lecture halls.”  “We aim to post professors who have records of targeting students for their viewpoints, forcing students to adopt a certain perspective, and/or abuse or harm students in any way for standing up for their beliefs,” wrote Matt Lamb, an organizer of the site.  The Professor Watchlist is a project of Turning Point USA, a nonprofit organization that says its mission is to educate students about “true free market values.  Charlie Kirk, its founder and executive director, wrote in a blog post that “it’s no secret that some of America’s college professors are totally out of line” and that it was time to expose them.

“The new administration would do well to understand that voters are rejecting failed privatization policies. Parents don't want to be forced to search for alternatives - they want fair and equitable funding for quality public schools in their own communities.”
Commentary: Public education could face major threats in a Trump presidency
Inquirer Commentary by Lisa Haver Updated: DECEMBER 1, 2016 — 3:01 AM EST
Lisa Haver is a retired teacher and co-founder of the Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools.
THE ELECTION of Donald Trump as president had an instantaneous effect when students in several schools became targets of racial and ethnic intimidation. High school students in Bucks County found swastikas and anti-gay slurs painted on walls; one girl found a note in her backpack telling her to "go back to Mexico." African-American freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania were sent text messages with the greeting "Heil Trump" announcing the next "N-Lynching." Immigrant and Muslim children wondered whether they would be rounded up like criminals and jailed or deported.  Whether or not the hate crimes continue, the long-term effects of a Trump presidency could cause irreparable harm to one of the bedrocks of our democracy: an open and equitable system of public education. Trump has made several pronouncements about wanting to break up the "government schools monopoly," viewing it through the only perspective he understands, that of a corporate CEO. His outspoken support for more charters and "school choice" would not be a complete departure from his two predecessors, whose No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top initiatives made millions for edu-vendors and testing companies while doing little to narrow the achievement gap for poor and minority students. Trump, though, talks of diverting billions of public dollars to private schools via voucher programs, despite overwhelming evidence that they have done nothing to improve educational opportunities for most students.

Why Trump’s Education Pick Scares Unions
Betsy DeVos favors school choice and helped pass Michigan’s first charter-school bill.
Wall Street Journal by JASON RILEY Nov. 29, 2016 7:15 p.m. ET
After Donald Trump nominated Betsy DeVos to become education secretary, teachers union honcho Randi Weingarten tweeted: “Trump has chosen the most ideological, anti-public ed nominee since the creation of the Dept of Education.” Since what’s good for the unions is often bad for the schools, and vice versa, Ms. Weingarten’s apoplexy is reason to cheer.  Ms. DeVos is chairwoman of the American Federation for Children, an organization dedicated to helping parents choose the best school for their kids. Ms. Weingarten leads the American Federation of Teachers, which is focused on what’s best for the adults.  Detractors say Ms. DeVos is opposed to public education. But she told an interviewer in 2013 that her definition of educational choice includes schools of all kinds. “What we are trying to do is tear down the mindset that assigns students to a school based solely on the zip code of their family’s home,” she said. “We think of the educational choice movement as involving many parts: vouchers and tax credits, certainly, but also virtual schools, magnet schools, homeschooling, and charter schools.” In the early 1990s, Ms. DeVos and her husband, a former president of Amway, were involved in passing Michigan’s first charter-school bill.

Blogger note: Have an opinion about the appointment of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education?  Call these three senators today.
1. Senator Lamar Alexander, Chairman, U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
Washington, D.C. Phone:(202) 224-4944
2. Senator Toomey's Offices
Washington, D.C. Phone: (202) 224-4254
Senator Casey is a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
3. Senator Casey’s Offices
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Betsy DeVos' Husband Says She'd Build on Advocacy Work as Education Secretary
Education Week Politics K12 Blog By Andrew Ujifusa on November 30, 2016 12:03 PM
The husband of Betsy DeVos, the nominee for U.S. Secretary of Education under President-electDonald Trump, said in a radio interview Wednesday that she would have a chance as education secretary to improve "an area where we are not doing our very best,"  Dick DeVos Jr. also said his wife had never met Trump personally before meeting with him after the election.  Betsy DeVos has not granted any interviews since she became Trump's nominee for education secretary Nov. 23. But in a discussion with Michigan's Big Show host Michael Patrick Shiels, her husband said the possibility of his wife becoming education secretary wasn't something he or his wife (a long-time school choice advocated who until her nomination chaired the American Federation for Children) could have easily predicted.   "It happened rather quickly, actually. Interestingly enough, she never submitted her own name. And apparently, others suggested she may be a good fit," DeVos Jr. told Shiels. "So conversations ensued."  Noting that she must still be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Dick DeVos also said leading the department would allow her to continue her work in education advocacy. She and her husband are also long-time major donors to Republican Party candidates and conservative causes. 

DeVos Has a Friend in Campbell Brown, Founder of Education News Site, The 74
Education Week Education and the Media Blog By Mark Walsh on November 29, 2016 12:49 PM
President-elect Donald Trump's selection of school choice advocate Betsy DeVos to be his secretary of education puts The 74, the website founded by former TV journalist and Campbell Brown, in an awkward position when it comes to the site's identity. Is it an independent education news and opinion site, as Brown, herself a supporter of school choice and teacher tenure reform, has maintained, or is it an electronic pamphleteer for DeVos and her causes?  The disclaimer on one of the site's first pieces after DeVos was named on Nov. 23 lays out the close connections between DeVos, Brown, and their organizations.  "The Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation provides funding to The 74, and the site's Editor-in-Chief, Campbell Brown, sits on the American Federation for Children's board of directors, which was formerly chaired by Betsy DeVos. Brown played no part in the reporting or editing of this article. The American Federation for Children also sponsored The 74's 2015 New Hampshire education summit," says the statement at the bottom of the story by Kate Stringer with the headline: "Trump Picks His Education Secretary: The First 6 Things to Know About Betsy DeVos."

It’s Really Hard to Destroy Public Schools From Washington
New York Magazine By Ed Kilgore  November 30, 2016
Donald Trump had two obvious, Republican-compatible ways to go in choosing a secretary of Education. He could pick someone from the world of state education policy who could comfortably supervise the elimination of any significant federal role in schools. Or he could pick a conservative ideologue who is hellbent on privatizing public education through vouchers or unaccountable charter schools that are de facto private schools.  In Betsy DeVos, Trump chose someone behind door number two. In conjunction with her husband, she has conducted a long, intense guerrilla war against what Dick DeVos calls “government schools.”  But as education wonk Kevin Carey shrewdly observes, the Department of Education is inadequate to the task of the privatization of public education:  [A]ny effort to promote vouchers from Washington will run up against the basic structures of American education.  The United States spends over $600 billion a year on public K-12 schools. Less than 9 percent of that money comes from the federal government, and it is almost exclusively dedicated to specific populations of children, most notably students with disabilities and students in low-income communities. There are no existing federal funds that can easily be turned into vouchers large enough to pay for school tuition on the open market.

Education Bloggers Daily Highlights 11/30/2016


Pennsylvania Every Student Succeeds Act Public Tour
The Department of Education (PDE) is holding a series of public events to engage the public on important education topics in Pennsylvania.  The primary focus of these events will be the Every Student Succeeds Act, the federal education law signed by President Barack Obama in late 2015. A senior leader from the department will provide background on the law, and discuss the ongoing
development of Pennsylvania’s State Plan for its implementation, which will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education in 2017.  Feedback is important to PDE; to provide the best avenue for public comment as well as provide an opportunity for those who cannot attend an event, members of the community are encouraged to review materials and offer comments at www.education.pa.gov/Pages/Every-Student-Succeeds-Act
Upcoming Public Events:
Friday, December 2- Pittsburgh- 9:30 am- Community College of Allegheny County
Community College of Allegheny County Main Campus in the Tom Forester Student Service Center Auditorium 808 Ridge Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Thursday, December 8- Erie- 2:30 pm- Tom Ridge Environmental Center (room TBA)

Friday, December 9- Lock Haven- 1 pm- Lock Haven University

Time and specific locations for the following events, TBA
Friday, December 16- Philadelphia
Wednesday, January 4- Quakertown
Tuesday, January 10- Scranton

“The “Success Starts Here” campaign is a multi-year statewide effort to share the positive news about public education through advertising, web, social media, traditional media and word-of-mouth with the goal of raising understanding of the value of public education in Pennsylvania. The campaign is led by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, but relies on the support of a wide variety of participating organizations.”
Share Your School’s Story: Success Starts Here Needs You!
Success Starts Here needs you! Show your support by sharing stories, using social media and applying window clings to all of your school buildings. Below are some links to resources to help you help us.
Not sure where to start? This simple tool kit will provide to you everything you need to get involved in the campaign, including ways to work with the media, social media tips, a campaign article to post, downloadable campaign logos, and photo release forms.
We know you have great stories, and it’s easy to share them! Just use our simple form to send your success story to be featured on our website. Help spread the word about how Success Starts Here in today’s public schools.
All school entities have been sent a supply of window clings for school building entrances. Need more? No problem! Just complete the online order form and more will quickly be on their way to you.

Webinar: PSBA Board President’s Forum DEC 7, 2016 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Join fellow board presidents and superintendents for the latest topics affecting public education in this new webinar series hosted by 2016 President Kathy Swope.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

PASBO is seeking eager leaders! Ready to serve on the board? Deadline for intent letter is 12/31.
PASBO members who desire to seek election as Director or Vice President should send a letter of intent with a current resume and picture to the Immediate Past President Wanda M. Erb, PRSBA, who is chair of the PASBO Nominations and Elections Committee.

Regional Basic Education Funding Formula Workshop
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, 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

PSBA Virtual New School Director Training, Part 1
JAN 4, 2017 • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
The job of a school board director is challenging.  Changing laws, policies, and pressures from your community make serving on your school board demanding, yet rewarding at the same time.  Most school directors – even those with many years of experience – say that PSBA training is one of the most important and valuable things they have done in order to understand their roles and responsibilities.  If you are a new school board director and didn’t have the opportunity to attend one of PSBA’s live New School Director Training events, you can now attend via your computer, either by yourself from your home or office, or with a group of other school directors.
This is the same New School Director Training content we offer in a live classroom format, but adjusted for virtual training.
Part 1
·         Role and responsibilities of the school board director.
·         How to work with PSBA’s member services team.
·         Your role as an advocate for public education.
·         The school board’s role in policy.
(See also: Part 2, Jan. 11Part 3, Jan. 18)
Fee: $149 per person includes all three programs. Materials may be downloaded free, or $25 for materials to be mailed to your home (log in to the Members Area and purchase through the Store/Registration link).
Register online: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6607237329490796034

PSBA Third Annual Board Presidents Day
JAN 28, 2017 • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM Nine Locations Statewide
Jan. 28, 2017 (Snow date: Feb. 11, 2017)
Calling all school board presidents, vice-presidents, and superintendents — Join us for the 3rd Annual PSBA Board Presidents Day held at nine convenient locations around the state.
This is a day of meeting fellow board members from your area and taking part in thought-provoking dialogue about the issues every board faces.  PSBA Past President Kathy Swope will start things off with an engaging presentation based on her years as board president at the Lewistown Area School District.  Bring your own scenarios to this event to gain perspective from other districts.  Cost: $109 per person – includes registration, lunch and materials. All-Access Package applies.  Register online by logging in to the Members Area (see the Store/Registration link to view open event registrations, https://www.psba.org/members-area/store-registration/)

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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