Tuesday, December 6, 2016

PA Ed Policy Roundup Dec 6: Commentary: We must hold cyber charters accountable

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PA Ed Policy Roundup Dec 6, 2016
Commentary: We must hold cyber charters accountable



If you are a school leader in southeastern PA, I look forward to seeing you at this workshop this evening at the Chester County Intermediate Unit
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)



Commentary: We must hold cyber charters accountable
Philly Daily News Commentary by Lawrence A. Feinberg Updated: DECEMBER 6, 2016 3:01 AM
Lawrence A. Feinberg is a fifth-term school director in Haverford Township. He is the chairman of the Delaware County School Boards Legislative Council and serves on the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association.
WHAT WOULD persuade state lawmakers to bring greater accountability to the nation's troubled cyber charter sector?  In reading several news and commentary pieces covering the policy positions of the Trump administration's choice for secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, my impression is this: that parental choice is paramount, regardless of resulting academic performance or fiscal transparency, and that taxpayers who are footing the bill should have virtually no say, via their locally elected school boards, in how their tax dollars are spent. I was particularly struck by the fact that 80 percent of charters in Michigan are run by for-profit organizations, in no small part due to lobbying and contributions by the DeVos family. In Pennsylvania, for-profit charters have been a wellspring of fraud, waste and abuse of tax dollars.  What does accountability look like? I am beginning my 18th year as a member of a locally elected, volunteer school board. About twice a month, at public board meetings that have been advertised in advance, we review and vote upon pending disbursements of our neighbors' tax dollars. The meeting agendas are public and posted in advance. Members of the public have an opportunity to speak on any topic of concern. Local press provides coverage. We review and vote on check registers, spending our neighbors' tax dollars. Each year, members of the school board complete and submit detailed financial disclosure forms to the state. Our meetings are televised and streamed on our website. They are run in strict accordance with the state's sunshine laws.

Getting to work: The Every Student Succeeds Act holds promise
Post Gazette By the Editorial Board December 5, 2016 12:00 AM
The new federal education law gives states more latitude in deciding how to gauge school performance. As Pennsylvania sets standards for performance and accountability, it should consider language that would rate schools partly on how well their curricula, especially career and technical education programs, match local employers’ needs. The state should take this opportunity to build up the school-to-work pipeline, a step with the potential to strengthen the Pennsylvania economy.  Last week, the U.S. Department of Education issued final regulations for the Every Student Succeeds Act. The ESSA replaces the No Child Left Behind Act, the deficiencies of which included the unrealistic — and unmet — goal of 100 percent student proficiency in reading and math by 2014.   The ESSA requires continued assessment of student math and reading skills, and the results will continue to inform school performance, though the structure and number of exams may change. The law’s defining feature, however, may be the flexibility that states have to incorporate other criteria into analyses of school performance. These include access to advanced courses, school climate and college and career readiness.

Philly SRC: Should it stay or go?
Some say it's time to abolish the controversial School Reform Commission and switch to local control.
The notebook by Connie Langland December 5, 2016 — 10:46am
Gov. Wolf endorsed the abolition of the School Reform Commission in his 2014 campaign. Education advocates have been pushing for a return to local control since 2001.
Like three dozen other speakers, Antione Little had just three minutes to speak his mind at a recent meeting of the School Reform Commission.  And soon enough, he got to his main point — the very existence of the SRC.  “We want local control,” said Little, a public schools advocate and laborers’ union official.    “We want a voice like people in every other community in this state have. No more colonial rule. The 15 years of state control have seen our schools go from bad to worse. Enough is enough!”  Dozens of teachers, parents and activists joined in, shouting: “Enough is enough! Enough is enough! Enough is enough!”  In the months after the SRC was set up in 2001, there was lots of shouting, too. The move was a compromise between then-Mayor John Street and the Republican-controlled legislature, which had wanted to turn over management of the District to a private company.  The District got $75 million from the state, $45 million from the city and a $317 million bond issue to weather an ongoing financial crisis. In return, the city’s nine-member school board, appointed by the mayor, was disbanded and replaced by the SRC. Three members were appointed by then-Gov. Mark Schweiker, a Republican, and two by the Democratic mayor.  The body now oversees a $2.8 billion annual budget, with 55 percent state funding.  Nationally, states have intervened in the last 25 years to varying degrees as urban districts struggled with funding and academic performance.

Supreme Court appears in favor of ruling against racial gerrymandering in GOP-controlled states
Trib Live by TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE | Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, 9:27 p.m.
WASHINGTON — A Supreme Court majority on Monday appeared to lean in favor of Democrats in Virginia and North Carolina seeking to rein in what they call racial gerrymandering by Republican-controlled legislatures in those states.  Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who is likely to hold the deciding vote, said he was troubled that Republican leaders drew new election maps by moving more black voters into districts that already had a majority of African-American residents and usually favored black candidates.  Civil rights lawyers and Democrats have contended these “packed” districts have the effect of diluting or weakening the political power of black and Latino voters in other districts and statewide.

Is U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan going to challenge Sen. Bob Casey in 2018?: Monday Morning Coffee
Penn Live By John L. Micek | jmicek@pennlive.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on December 05, 2016 at 8:20 AM
THE MORNING COFFEE
Good Monday Morning, Fellow Seekers.
Reminding us it's never too early to plan ahead for the next campaign, we turn our attention this rainy first day of the working week to U.S. Sen. Bob Casey.  That's Casey ... With a "C." You remember him ... eyebrows? ... son of the late governor?  Still not ringing a bell? You're not the only one.  Over two terms in the U.S. Senate, the Scranton Democrat has kept a relatively low profile even as he's built a steady legislative record and batted away challenges from would-be Republican opponents.  Could that be about to change?  Maybe.  As our friends at City & State Pa. report, Pennsylvania Republicans are talking up U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7th District, as a potential GOP opponent for Casey in a little less than two years' time.

At Pa. Society, party fights are brewing
Inquirer by Chris Brennan, Political Columnist, Staff Writer  @ByChrisBrennan Updated: DECEMBER 5, 2016 — 9:21 AM EST
Think of the Pennsylvania Society, the swank political soiree in New York starting Friday, as an obligatory holiday trip to visit bickering in-laws.  The squabbling families are the state Republican and Democratic Parties.  There will be forced laughter at unfunny jokes, blown tempers about dumb disputes, and, every few years, maybe a drunken donnybrook.  It's tradition, you see.  And traditions in Pennsylvania politics are becoming endangered.  The posh party has been held every year since 1899 at the Waldorf-Astoria, but will have to relocate in 2017 due to scheduled renovations.  Donald Trump, the keynote speaker at the Republican Party's kickoff lunch for the 2015 Pennsylvania Society, last month broke a 28-year GOP drought by winning the Keystone State on his way to taking the presidency.  Gov. Wolf, a Democrat, broke a tradition of eight-year cycles for governors (two terms for a Republican, then two terms for a Democrat) that had held since 1954 by defeating Republican Tom Corbett's 2014 bid for a second term.  Will the next tradition, the "midterm" edge, be next to fall? Such elections favor the party out of power in the White House.  Will that hold in 2018, when Wolf bids for a second term and U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr., another Democrat, seeks a third term?

Clock ticking, city seeks more kids for pre-k
Inquirer by Julia Terruso, Staff Writer Updated: DECEMBER 6, 2016 — 1:08 AM EST
The city has filled only about half of the newly created pre-K seats it is funding, with one month to go until the program's January start.  As of Monday, 1,150 families had started the enrollment process for 2,000 available spots. Enrollment opened Oct. 20.  "We know from the district's pre-K and kindergarten registration that a lot of families wait until the last minute," said Deana Gamble, spokeswoman for the city's Office of Education.  "So we're not overly concerned at this point, but we're still actively reaching out to families to encourage them to sign up."  With the weeks that remain, officials are ramping up outreach efforts and seeking volunteers to canvas neighborhoods to spread word about the program, which they originally predicted would have an overflow waiting list.

Erie School Board approves plan
Cost of recovery now at $31.8 million a year
GoErie By Ed Palattella ed.palattella@timesnews.com Posted Dec 5, 2016 at 8:40 PM
The final version of the Erie School District's financial recovery plan is also its largest.
The School Board on Monday night unanimously approved sending to Harrisburg a plan that asks for an annual increase in state aid of $31.8 million.  The figure is $3 million higher than what the district contemplated putting in the plan a week ago and about $1.8 million more than what the district included in its preliminary financial recovery plan on Nov. 22.  The final amount of $31.8 million factors in additional expenses, such as the salary increases included in the tentative contract the school district's teachers' union approved on Thursday night, officials said. The School Board on Dec. 14 is expected to approve that deal, whose terms have remained confidential.  Erie schools Superintendent Jay Badams said the district's state-appointed financial adviser, Public Financial Management Inc., of Philadelphia, asked the district to place the additional expenses in the final version of the state-mandated financial recovery plan.

Lancaster district appeals ruling allowing refugee students into public school
Inquirer by Michael Matza, Staff Writer Updated: DECEMBER 6, 2016 — 1:08 AM EST
A lawyer for the Lancaster City School District told a federal appeals court Monday that a lower court erred last summer when it paved the way for five refugee children with limited English proficiency to attend the city's public high school instead of the for-profit school to which they were assigned.  The case has national significance because allegations that older refugee children have been systematically denied enrollment in public schools, or funneled to inferior alternative programs, have been leveled in more than 20 school districts across the country. In Lancaster, the school district assigned the five - all 17 or older, and born in places such as Somalia and Sudan - to Phoenix Academy, an accelerated-credit-recovery school designed for students who are academically behind.

Danville Area School District again tells coaches they may not pray with players
Penn Live By John Beauge | Special to PennLive on December 02, 2016 at 4:42 PM, updated December 06, 2016 at 1:50 AM
DANVILLE -- The Danville Area School District recently reminded coaches in writing that they may not participate in student-led prayers before an athletic event.  The district took the action after receiving a letter Nov. 23  from the Freedom from Religion Foundation about a report that football coaches regularly participate in prayer circles with players, Superintendent Cheryl Latorre said Friday.  Coaches had been advised in August not to participate in pre-game religious activities with players, she said.  The issue resurfaced when a volunteer coach in September took a video of football players praying before a game and it appeared on Facebook, the superintendent said.

Trump's choice for education secretary sparks debate
Inquirer by Martha Woodall, STAFF WRITER Updated: DECEMBER 5, 2016 — 12:02 PM EST
The education world is sharply divided over President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of a school-choice champion for secretary of education.  Supporters of charter schools and publicly funded vouchers have celebrated Trump's choice of Betsy DeVos, 58, to lead the department that helps shape national education policy. But public school advocates warn that DeVos could undermine public education if she is confirmed by the Senate.  DeVos, a philanthropist, Republican donor, and former head of the Republican Party in Michigan, has never worked in a school. But as chairwoman of the American Federation for Children, she has gained national prominence for her fierce support for school-choice.  After she was nominated by Trump, DeVos stepped down from the federation. She said in a statement that she was "very excited to get to work and to talk about my thoughts and ideas on making American education great again. The status quo is not acceptable. I am committed to transforming our education system into the best in the world."  She has declined interviews and said it was not appropriate to expound on her views until the Senate confirmation process begins.


A look at Betsy DeVos’ charitable giving
Politico Morning Education By MICHAEL STRATFORD 12/05/16 10:00 AM EST
With help from Caitlin Emma and Benjamin Wermund
WHERE BETSY AND DICK DEVOS HAVE FUNNELED THEIR PHILANTHROPY: Beyond the millions of dollars that the DeVos family has spent bankrolling Republican candidates across the country, Betsy DeVos and her husband, Dick, also have given away tens of millions of dollars of their fortune through a philanthropic foundation they started in 1989.  Much of the billionaire couple’s charitable giving reflects their conservative political views and Christian beliefs — and looking at where they’ve chosen to funnel money may also offer some clues about the causes that Betsy DeVos may seek to champion as Donald Trump’s education secretary.  The foundation’s most recent tax forms, which were completed several weeks ago and obtained by POLITICO after a request, show that the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 2015 doled out more than $10 million to a wide range of organizations — and pledged an additional $3.2 million in grants to be paid out in future years. Here are some of the highlights:

PISA 2015 Results in Focus: Get the key findings
OECD Education  – free pdf http://bit.ly 2gfEqXH 

“We are presented with two huge sets of data about education in the world as well as myriad interpretations. We saw the 2015 TIMSS data last week. And the influential international assessment program PISA has announced to release its 2015 results on December 6th. Without any doubt, pundits, journalists, and policy makers around the world will be commenting on the results, attempting to draw conclusions and make recommendations for educational policy and practices”
Don’t Read Too Much Into It: What Brexit and U.S. Election Surprises Can Teach Us about PISA
Yong Zhao 5 DECEMBER 2016 417 NO COMMENT
The results of the Brexit referendum and U.S. presidential election will go down in history as the biggest surprises of 2016. The final results defied all predictions. The polls were wrong, as were the pundits. Though they predicted that the majority of Brits would vote to remain in the EU, more ended up voting to leave. Though they predicted a win for Clinton, Trump is the one moving into the White House this January. “From the US election to Brexit…the polls set voters and pundits up for a fall,” writes Siobhan Fenton, a correspondent for the UK newspaper The Independent.  There is plenty of head-scratching and hand-wringing over the fact that so many experts got it so wrong, but a generally agreed-upon conclusion is that the data these experts had absolute confidence in somehow fooled them or simply “died.” “I’ve believed in data for 30 years in politics and data died tonight. I could not have been more wrong about this election,” said GOP strategist and NBC analyst Mike Murphy the about the U.S. election on Twitter.  These two back-to-back spectacular failures of data-driven predictions remind us that data can be deceiving, misleading, and sometimes just quits working. Blind faith in data can have disastrous and long-lasting consequences; “…it [the failure of polls] serves as a devastating reminder of the uncertainty in polling, and a warning about being overconfident even when the weight of surveying evidence seems overwhelming,”writes the Economist shortly after the U.S. presidential election.

“Here’s what the models show: Generally speaking, the smartest countries tend to be those that have acted to make teaching more prestigious and selective; directed more resources to their neediest children; enrolled most children in high-quality preschools; helped schools establish cultures of constant improvement; and applied rigorous, consistent standards across all classrooms.  Of all those lessons learned, the United States has employed only one at scale: A majority of states recently adopted more consistent and challenging learning goals, known as the Common Core State Standards, for reading and math. These standards were in place for only a year in many states, so Mr. Schleicher did not expect them to boost America’s PISA scores just yet.”
PISA: What America Can Learn About Smart Schools in Other Countries
New York Times by Amanda Ripley DEC. 6, 2016
Every three years, half a million 15-year-olds in 69 countries take a two-hour test designed to gauge their ability to think. Unlike other exams, the PISA, as it is known, does not assess what teenagers have memorized. Instead, it asks them to solve problems they haven’t seen before, to identify patterns that are not obvious and to make compelling written arguments. It tests the skills, in other words, that machines have not yet mastered.  The latest results, released Tuesday morning, reveal the United States to be treading water in the middle of the pool. In math, American teenagers performed slightly worse than they usually do on the PISA — below average for the developed world, which means they scored worse than nearly three dozen countries. They did about the same as always in science and reading, which is to say average for the developed world.  But that scoreboard is the least interesting part of the findings. More intriguing is what the PISA has revealed about which conditions seem to make smart countries smart. In that realm, the news was not all bad for American teenagers.

Does Trump's Win Mean the Honeymoon Is Over for GOP, School Groups?
Education Week Politics K12 Blog By Alyson Klein on December 5, 2016 7:52 AM
Last December, Republicans and advocates for education practitioners—including teachers' unions—teamed up to shrink the federal footprint on K-12 education, with the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act.    The law maintained some "guardrails" for historically disadvantaged groups of students but not nearly as many as some in the civil rights community would have liked. And it included some pretty big blows for "reform-minded" Democrats, such as a section restricting the U.S. Secretary of Education's role on teacher evaluation, standards, school turnarounds and more. Those provisions read like a personal rebuke to former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who stretched his executive muscles using waivers and competitive grants.  Teachers' unions, who were also pretty annoyed at Duncan for using federal authority to push policies like teacher evaluation tied to test scores, didn't seem put off by those prohibitions. In fact, the National Education Association gave the provisions' chief architect, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., a "Friend of Education" award, along with Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., his partner on ESSA.    Flash forward one year later: Donald Trump, who said he wants to direct $20 billion in federal funding to a giant school choice program, has been elected president. And he's picked an education secretary, billionaire donor Betsy DeVos, who has been advocating for school choice for decades—a sign he's serious about the proposal.


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
Washington, D.C. Phone: (202) 224-6324
Toll Free: (866) 802-2833

PHLpreK Now Enrolling!
Philadelphia Mayor's Office of Education
Did you know that quality early childhood education sets our children up for success? It reduces the need for special education, raises graduation rates, and narrows the achievement gap. These benefits ripple throughout our schools, neighborhoods, and local economy.
That’s why the City of Philadelphia is expanding free, quality pre-K for 6,500 three- and four-year-olds over the next five years. In fact, the first 2,000 pre-K seats are available now. Families should act fast because classes begin on January 4th at more than 80 locations.
Please help us spread the word. Parents/caregivers can call 844-PHL-PREK (844-745-7735) to speak with a trained professional who will help them apply and locate quality pre-K programs nearby.  For more information, visit www.PHLprek.org

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:
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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