Wednesday, January 25, 2017

PA Ed Policy Roundup Jan 25: DeVos’s Christian college peers provide well stated reasons to oppose her nomination

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PA Ed Policy Roundup Jan 25, 2017
DeVos’s Christian college peers provide well stated reasons to oppose her nomination


Just a heads-up that the PA Ed Policy Roundup may be posting intermittently between now and next Wednesday.



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Here’s a list of phone numbers for all members of the Senate Health, Education Labor and Pensions Committee, which is scheduled to vote on Betsy DeVos’ nomination on Tuesday January 31.

“2) Many of us entered Calvin College directly from Christian high schools and spent our entire elementary and secondary school years in these institutions, as did Mrs. DeVos. While we appreciate the opportunity to thrive and learn that is provided by these educational systems, we recognize that the vast majority of K–12 students are educated in the public school system. Because of this, we believe that any individual who is nominated to be Secretary of Education should have a strong commitment to public education, which Mrs. DeVos does not.
3) We believe that Mrs. DeVos’s commitment to education is limited to her advocacy of and financial contributions to religious and charter schools. Having the financial resources to promote one’s ideological point of view and endorse elected officials who share that ideology is not equivalent to the preparation that comes from being an educator or educational administrator.”
Hundreds of students, alumni from DeVos’s Christian college oppose her selection as education secretary
Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss January 24 at 6:37 PM 
Hundreds of students and alumni from Calvin College, the Christian school that is the alma mater of Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos, have signed a letter saying they oppose her nomination by President Trump to be secretary of education, according to the school’s student newspaper, Chimes.  Calvin College, founded in 1876, has an enrollment of about 4,000 students. According to its website, it is “a top-ranked college in Grand Rapids, Michigan that prepares students to be Christ’s agents of renewal in the world. Through rigorous academic study and intentional Christian community, you will learn to think deeply, act justly and live wholeheartedly in everything that you do.”  The letter, initiated by an alumnus of the college, has more than 700 signatures and was still accepting them before it was to be sent to members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, who are scheduled to vote on DeVos’s nomination on Jan. 31, Chimes said. A committee vote had been scheduled for this week but was postponed after DeVos stumbled at her confirmation hearing on Jan. 17, displaying a lack of understanding of basic education issues.

Budget Day is Feb. 7 — Keep updated on the latest information from PSBA
Gov. Tom Wolf will be presenting his proposed 2017-18 state budget before a joint session of the General Assembly on Feb. 7 at 11:30 a.m. PSBA staff will be in the halls of the Capitol that day talking with legislative leaders to keep you updated on the latest and what it may mean for your school entity. During his speech, watch for live tweeting from @PSBA. Shortly after the governor’s speech, PSBA will be interviewing key legislators on our Facebook page using Facebook Live. If you are unable to watch it live, videos will be available on the Facebook page to watch at your convenience. Of course, PSBA also will be providing more in-depth analysis through its Legislative Report and a budget webinar — stay tuned for details. One final opportunity to network and hear more about the proposed state budget will be available through one of PSBA’s Winter Town Hall Meetings being held in February and March at a location near you. This is a complimentary PSBA event.  Click here for dates, locations and registration information.

Ron Cowell at EPLC always does a great job with these policy forums.
RSVP Today for a Forum In Your Area! EPLC is Holding Five Education Policy Forums on Governor Wolf’s 2017-2018 State Budget Proposal
Forum #1 – Pittsburgh Thursday, February 23, 2017 – Wyndham University Center – 100 Lytton Avenue, Pittsburgh (Oakland), PA 15213
Forum #2 – Harrisburg Area (Enola, PA) Tuesday, February 28, 2017 – Capital Area Intermediate Unit – 55 Miller Street (Susquehanna Room), Enola, PA 17025
Forum #3 – Philadelphia Thursday, March 2, 2017 – Penn Center for Educational Leadership, University of Pennsylvania, 3440 Market Street (5th Floor), Philadelphia, PA 19104
Forum #4 – Indiana University of Pennsylvania Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – 1011 South Drive (Stouffer Hall), Indiana, PA 15705
Forum #5 – Lehigh Valley Tuesday, March 28, 2017 – Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21, 4210 Independence Drive, Schnecksville, PA 18078
Governor Wolf will deliver his 2017-2018 state budget proposal to the General Assembly on February 7. These policy forums will be early opportunities to get up-to-date information about what is in the proposed education budget, the budget’s relative strengths and weaknesses, and key issues.  Each of the forums will take following basic format (please see below for regional presenter details at each of the three events). Ron Cowell of EPLC will provide an overview of the Governor’s proposed budget for early education, K-12 and higher education.  A representative of The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center will provide an overview of the state’s fiscal situation and key issues that will affect this year’s budget discussion. The overviews will be followed by remarks from a panel representing statewide and regional perspectives concerning state funding for education and education related items. These speakers will discuss the impact of the Governor’s proposals and identify the key issues that will likely be considered during this year’s budget debate.
Although there is no registration fee, seating is limited and an RSVP is required.

Pennsylvania government continually misses annual budget deadline, so lawmaker proposes 2-year budget
Lancaster Online SAM JANESCH | Staff Writer January 25, 2017
During the last 10 years, lawmakers missed their deadline to pass the annual state budget seven times. For at least one state senator from Lancaster County, that’s a sign the deadline should be moved. State Sen. Ryan Aument, of Landisville, is proposing for a second time to put Pennsylvania on a two-year budget cycle instead of the annual spending plan due by June 30 every year. He said the move would save both time and resources while helping to avoid a stalemate like the nine-month budget battle in 2015-16 that left school districts, counties and human service agencies starved of state funds for the longest time in modern history. Aument introduced the idea in the Legislature in early 2016 though it did not make any moves after entering the Appropriations Committee, which typically reviews all new proposals related to state spending. He said any momentum it built died when the 2016-17 budget was agreed on more quickly — even though it was still 13 days late. Some lawmakers have said they expect the budget negotiations between Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican-controlled Legislature to drag on longer again this year.

“Pennsylvania and its 500 school districts are paying $5.9 billion in combined retirement fund contributions this year, about a six-fold increase since 2010.”
Pennsylvania pension reform advocates to Legislature: Don't forget the debt
Penn Live By Charles Thompson | cthompson@pennlive.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on January 24, 2017 at 5:58 PM, updated January 24, 2017 at 9:09 PM
A trio of the Capitol's most visible and independent pension reform advocates condemned the Pennsylvania Legislature's inaction on pension reform in the 2015-16 legislative session.
Barry Shutt, keeper since last year of a digital pension debt clock outside the Capitol's main public cafeteria, said his ticker - currently at $74 billion in unfunded liabilities - has added about $10 billion since he started. It is, Shutt said, "the cost of doing nothing." But reform advocates also carried another message Tuesday to Gov. Tom Wolf and lawmakers sure to revisit the issue in the 2017-18 legislative session: If and when you do do something, don't forget the debt. Lawmakers working the pension issue last session largely focused on transferring the risk of funding future retirement benefits to public-sector employees within the systems, and away from the taxpayers who employ them.

Our view: Region's school leaders rally to Erie's cause
Go Erie Opinion Posted at 2:01 AM
School loyalties sometimes stir an unattractive brand of tribalism.  Witness the irrational hostility triggered by fierce athletic rivalries. Or the disdain some suburban residents express for urban schools and their students.  That is why it is important to note an angle of the Erie School District funding crisis that is embedded in the drama of the district's plight: the extraordinary support extended by surrounding school districts' leaders.  Would a solution for Erie's financial problems serve their self-interest? By all means. Even so, there are other ways these leaders could have responded. They should be lauded for the foresight and principle they have consistently adopted. The Erie district has slashed staffing and programming to the bone to address chronic funding shortfalls. Even with an influx of $4 million in emergency state funding for 2016-17, the district projects a $10 million deficit for 2017-18.  If relief is not forthcoming through a $31.8 million financial recovery plan now under review in Harrisburg, Erie schools Superintendent Jay Badams has said, the district might again look to closing its four high schools and paying tuition to send city students to schools in surrounding areas.

Local school district superintendents to meet today
Your Erie By RYAN EMERSON | remerson@wjettv.com Published 01/25 2017 05:42AM
ERIE, Pa. Local school district leaders are coming together this morning to fight for more funding for Pennsylvania schools. Superintendents from Corry, Iroquois, Girard, and Conneaut Area School Districts will discuss current challenges their schools face. Among their concerns: the difficulty working on their respective budgets due to financial problems across the commonwealth.
The meeting is scheduled for 10a.m.; a full report is coming up on Jet 24 Action News at noon.

“There are mandated increases in expenditures, including PSERS contributions from 30.03 percent to 32.57 percent (8.46 percent year-over-year increase) and a large increase in special education, according to the district. In fact the district has budgeted over $1 million in increased spending for special education outside services.”
Phoenixville school board OKs $92.7M draft budget, 5.62% tax hike
Daily Local By Eric Devlin, edevlin@21st-centurymedia.com@Eric_Devlin on Twitter POSTED: 01/24/17, 3:13 PM EST | UPDATED: 11 HRS AGO
PHOENIXVILLE >> Increasing costs and mandates from Harrisburg continue to force school districts across Pennsylvania into a bind as they look for ways to prevent raising taxes. In Phoenixville, officials approved the preliminary budget, which, if it were to go into effect now, would have property owners dipping further into their wallets. The school board unanimously approved the 2017 preliminary budget of $92.7 million, which calls for a 5.62 percent tax hike Thursday night. The budget includes a millage rate increase of 1.64 mills from the current rate of 29.16 mills to the proposed 30.80 mills. A 5.62 percent real estate tax hike equates to an increase of $221 to the median taxpayer with a $135,000 home assessment. A mill is equal to $1 for each $1,000 of assessed property value. The budget includes $92.7 million in expenditures and $91.4 million in revenue, according to the district. To cover the difference, the budget uses $500,000 from the Public School Employees Retirement System (PSERS) reserve and $725,000 from fund balance. The budget also seeks $1.5 million in exceptions from the Act 1 index from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for debt, special education and retirement.

Hundreds turn out to ask for better services for immigrant students in Philly schools
Inquirer by Kristen A. Graham, Staff Writer  @newskag Updated: JANUARY 25, 2017 1:08 AM
Immigrant students and parents need help, they told city and Philadelphia School District officials Tuesday night - more and better services, and protection from bias.  Estelle Hernandez, a Mexican immigrant with three children in public schools, said children whose first language is not English are often subject to harassment. Her own daughter and her friends fell prey to it recently, at lunchtime. "Two American girls told them they did not belong in this country, and that they had to leave," Hernandez said. "And they were hurt physically at the end of the school day. I'm afraid for the safety of my child because she is an immigrant." More than 200 people crowded into a Community College of Philadelphia auditorium Tuesday to sound off at a town hall sponsored by City Councilwoman Helen Gym and the Philadelphia School District.

Peters Township School Board members wary of Property Tax Independence Act
Observer Reporter By Harry Funk January 23, 2017
McMURRAY – Although Peters Township School District received a favorable audit report, school board members are expressing concerns about financial implications for the future. At last week’s board meeting, certified public accountant John Zivkovic of Hosack Specht Muetzel & Wood LLP reported his firm’s issuance of an unqualified opinion with regard to the single audit for the 2015-16 school year, meaning “we gave district a clean bill of health.” A single audit examines financial, internal control and compliance of a nonfederal entity that administers federal assistance money.  While filled with positivity, Zivkovic’s report led to a discussion about the district’s relative financial position if the state’s so-called Property Tax Independence Act goes into effect.  Now in the form of bills in the state Senate and House, the legislation seeks to replace school district property taxes and supplant them with other revenue sources, such as increasing the state personal income and sales taxes.

Reformster Jason Botel Added To USED
Curmuducation Blog by Peter Greene Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Jason Botel comes with the full reformy pedigree. He graduated from U of Penn in 1997 with a degree in English and went straight to work as a Teach for America recruit in Baltimore. He spent three whole years in the classroom, then went on to launch a Baltimore franchise of the KIPP school brand. He served as principal (on LinkedIN he calls it a "public school principal" job) while also serving as the KIPP Baltimore executive director. In that capacity he went head-to-head with the teachers union, arguing that they shouldn't actually be paid for extra days and hours spent teaching. Presumably if you went to work for KIPP you just accepted that you would do more work for less pay than your professional peers in public schools. From KIPP Botel moved on to become executive director of MarylandCAN, one of the network of fifty(ish) CANs that serve as lobbyists and financiers for the reformster movement, bolstered by all the big names like Gates and Walton. His job there was to be a soldier in the ongoing fight of charteristas trying desperately to get Maryland to unloose its restrictions and rules for charters(because, as we've all heard, the deal with charters is that they are all about accountability).

Editorial: Better school lunch logic
TRIBUNE-REVIEW | Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, 9:00 p.m.
The new GOP-controlled Congress should file changes wrought by a 2010 law where too many school lunches ended up under its provisions: in the trash.  Championed by self-appointed lunch-lady-in-chief Michelle Obama, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act imposed calorie caps and other diktats, which ironically left too many students hungry and tweeting “#ThanksMichelle” photos of meager, unappetizing meals. Fortunately, the 2010 law expired last year. And Congress should take three steps to improve school lunches before reauthorizing child nutrition programs, according to Heritage Foundation scholar Rachel Sheffield.  First, do away with top-down requirements that force students to take unwanted fruits and vegetables and dictate what schools must serve, returning menus to local control. Second, reverse free meals' expansion to all students in schools where at least 40 percent are eligible, which has distorted free meals' means-tested nature. And third, end a pilot program that gives low-income families debit cards to buy food during summer months, which Ms. Sheffield calls “a de facto expansion of the food stamps program,” noting the existence of another summer food program for children.  Once those steps are taken, the 2010 law's larger failures — little if any progress against childhood obesity, school-meal costs rising, student participation falling — can be addressed when Congress does reauthorize child nutrition programs.

“To say she’s a proponent of school choice is an understatement,” King said. “Her whole career has been school choice to the exclusion of the basic public education system, and I am just such a firm believer in public education that I can’t go that far.”  “Nobody argues that the public education system is perfect or can’t be improved, and I think that’s where the emphasis should be,” he added. “I’m a product of public schools. My parents went to public schools. My kids went to public schools. My dad used to say that public schools are the idea at the heart of democracy. I would hate to depart from that in a wholesale fashion, which is what she seems to intend to do.”
Sen. Angus King to vote against Betsy DeVos as education secretary
Maine's independent senator cites the Trump nominee's lack of commitment to public education but says he will support two other Cabinet nominees.
Press Herald BY COLIN WOODARD STAFF WRITER Posted January 24
Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine said Tuesday that he will vote against confirming Betsy DeVos as federal education secretary but will support two of President Trump’s other Cabinet nominees. DeVos, a billionaire Michigan philanthropist, is a champion of charter schools who favors the use of taxpayer dollars to pay for private and parochial school tuition. In an interview with the Press Herald on Tuesday, King said he was troubled by her lack of commitment to the public education system that the U.S. Department of Education oversees. 

Democratic Senators Peters, Gillibrand, Menendez, And Independent King Announce Opposition To DeVos. 
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The Detroit News (1/24) reports Sen. Gary Peters (R-MI) on Tuesday announced he will not “support the nomination” of Betsy DeVos. The Bangor (ME) Daily News (1/24, Cousins) reports Sen. Angus King (I-ME) said on Tuesday that he will oppose DeVos “because of her views in favor of school choice.” Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) “has not said how she will vote on DeVos.” The Hill (1/24, Firozi) reports Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) said that she will not support DeVos, announcing in a tweet, “I will be voting against her confirmation and I will urge my fellow Senators to do the same.” The New York Observer (1/24) reports Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) also announced his opposition.

Senate Democrats Pitch $75 Billion Plan to Repair and Build Schools
Education Week Politics K12 Blog By Andrew Ujifusa on January 24, 2017 4:32 PM
Seven senators have pitched an infrastructure improvement plan that includes $75 billion in federal money to "rebuild" the country's schools. The "Blueprint to Rebuild America's Infrastructure and Create 15 Million Jobs" released on Tuesday is short on details, but states that the $75 billion for U.S. public schools would create 975,000 jobs and create a "State-of-the-Art Environment" for students. "This addresses the urgent need for public school modernization funds, which the Secretary of Education can distribute on a formula basis to the public schools with the greatest and most urgent needs within economically-distressed and high-poverty communities," says a statement accompanying the plan. The $75 billion for schools is part of the $1 trillion the blueprint would spend on everything from shoring up roads and bridges to railroads and buses over 10 years. 

Diane Ravitch to Sen. Alexander: Yes, Betsy DeVos is an education extremist. Don’t confirm her as education secretary.
Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss January 24 at 1:32 PM 
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate committee that is voting on the nomination of Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos as President Trump’s education secretary, is the author of “The Little Plaid Book,” a list of rules and lessons for anyone seeking a leadership position. Rule 168 says, “Read whatever Diane Ravitch writes about education.” Ravitch worked as assistant education secretary under Alexander, who was education secretary in the administration of former president George H.W. Bush. Since Alexander wrote that, Ravitch has undergone a radical change in her views about education reform after seeing the consequences of school choice and standardized test-based accountability systems on students and teachers. An education historian and public school advocate, Ravitch became the titular leader of the movement against corporate school reform after the 2010 publishing of her book, “The Death and Life of the Great American School System.” In a previous post on The Answer Sheet,  Alexander made his case for why he supports DeVos and accuses DeVos’s critics of opposing her because they don’t like charter schools and vouchers and they don’t like the fact that she is wealthy.
[Sen. Alexander: Betsy DeVos is not an education extremist and should be education secretary]
In this post, Ravitch writes in an open letter to Alexander why she believes that DeVos is an education extremist and should not be confirmed.

Sen. Alexander: Betsy DeVos is not an education extremist and should be education secretary
Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss January 24 at 1:30 PM 
President Trump’s nomination of Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos as U.S. education secretary may well have resulted in the most contentious confirmation process among his Cabinet picks. DeVos’s supporters say she is a strong supporter of school “choice” who will not harm traditional public schools, while her critics say that her decades-long activism in education show that her priority is the privatization of public education. At her confirmation hearing last week, DeVos was peppered with tough questions from Democrats on the Senate education committee, and some of her responses were criticized for revealing a lack of understanding of basic issues in education. The hearing became further charged when Democrats repeatedly asked the committee chairman, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), for a second round of questioning and he declined. He has also declined to hold a second hearing, as requested by Democrats. One Republican on the panel expressed some concern about DeVos’s education vision at the hearing. [Six astonishing things Betsy DeVos said — and refused to say — at her confirmation hearing] Alexander has gone defensive, giving speeches and writing op-eds saying that DeVos is not an extremist, as her critics contend, but in the mainstream of education thought. This is an op-ed he wrote that was published on Medium, and I was given permission to republish it.

Could Betsy DeVos Move Beyond Confirmation Controversies As Ed. Sec.?
Education Week Politics K12 Blog By Alyson Klein on January 25, 2017 7:37 AM
Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump's pick to lead the U.S. Department of Education, has come under fire from K-12 groups that usually stay neutral when it comes to education secretary nominees. And educators around the country have questioned her grasp of key programs the department administers, including special education state grants.  But, DeVos has plenty of support from prominent Republicans in and outside of Congress, including heavy-hitters on K-12 policy like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the chairman of the education committee. She's likely to be confirmed. Given all the bitter feelings surrounding her confirmation, however, could DeVos still be an effective secretary? Or would she enter the post embattled and unable to get the education community—.and Democrats in Congress—behind her agenda? It depends on who you ask.

Republicans Rally Behind Betsy DeVos at School Choice Event, Wave Away Concerns
Education Week Politics K12 Blog By Andrew Ujifusa on January 24, 2017 4:02 PM
Washington - Republican lawmakers rallied to the defense of Betsy DeVos, President Trump's pick to be education secretary, at a Tuesday event here to promote school choice. They dismissed any concern about fellow GOP lawmakers dropping their support for DeVos, and downplayed the idea that DeVos' confirmation process has hurt her ability to run the U.S. Department of Education. Speaking at the U.S. Capitol at a gathering hosted by National School Choice Week, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the Senate education committee leader, praised DeVos' record on school choice, and criticized efforts to oppose her.  Afterward, he indicated to Education Week that he wasn't worried that attacks on DeVos' remarks about special education and guns in schools would linger at the department, saying, "The way the Democratic senators have been says more about them than it does about her."   At the event, as well as in a speech on the Senate floor and a blog post published at Medium on Tuesday, Alexander also sharply criticized Democrats' efforts to hamper DeVos' nomination. He said Democrats were having "a fit" over DeVos, despite her work to expand choice for disadvantaged children. He called opposition to DeVos' work to support vouchers and other choice programs a "pretty awful reason" to justify attempts at holding up her nomination.


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. He has stated that he will OPPOSE this nomination.
3. Senator Casey’s Offices
Washington, D.C. Phone: (202) 224-6324
Toll Free: (866) 802-2833

DELCO Education Funding Press Conference Fri, January 27, 2017 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM EST
by Delaware County Intermediate Unit
This press conference will discuss some of the key cost drivers school districts and the state of Pennsylvania face concerning education and offer some possible solutions to the burdens school districts and taxpayers face. It will focus primarily on pensions, cyber charter schools, and special education funding. Speakers will include several superintendents and school board members. Interested individuals from the public are welcome to attend.
Details and Registration here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/education-funding-press-conference-tickets-30894052944

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 for the 2017 PASA Education Congress, “Delving Deeper into the Every Student Succeeds Act.” March 29-30
Offered in partnership with PASA and the PA Department of Education March 29-30, 2017 at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg - Camp Hill, PA .    Approved for 40 PIL/Act 48 (Act 45) hours for school administrators.  Register online at http://www.pasa-net.org/ev_calendar_day.asp?date=3/29/2017&eventid=63

PA Educational Technology Exposition & Conference (PETE&C), February 12-15, Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.

PASBO 62nd Annual Conference, March 21-24, David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh.
Register now for the 2017 NSBA Annual Conference March 25-27 Denver
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!

Save the Date 2017 PA Principals Association State Conference October 14. 15, 16, 2017
Doubletree Hotel Cranberry Township,  PA


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