Friday, February 17, 2017

PA Ed Policy Roundup Feb 17: An open letter on behalf of the cyber school community in Pennsylvania

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PA Ed Policy Roundup Feb 17, 2017
An open letter on behalf of the cyber school community in Pennsylvania



Do you know how much your PA School District spends on Charter Schools?  Find out here:
Total tuition paid to PA charter schools in 2014-15 was $1.48 billion
Education Voters PA February 2017 using PDE data



My vote for Betsy DeVos was a vote for our children's future: Pat Toomey
PennLive Op-Ed  By Pat Toomey on February 16, 2017 at 8:15 AM
Pat Toomey, a Republican from Lehigh County, is a United States Senator from Pennsylvania. He writes from Washington D.C.
No child should be forced to stay in a failing school.
Our new Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, insists that poor children trapped in failing public schools should have the same educational opportunities--and the same chance to escape crime and poverty--as middle class and wealthy children.   DeVos has dedicated nearly three decades of her life, her own money, and considerable personal energy toward empowering parents to create opportunities for their children.  Because of DeVos's work to expand charter schools, virtual schools, school choice, tuition tax credits, and education savings accounts, hundreds of thousands of children who were trapped in failing schools have been able to access a quality education.  DeVos refuses to give up on any child. She dedicated herself to children in Detroit's school system, which regularly makes news for having the lowest graduation rates and worst test scores in the nation.  The charter schools Mrs. DeVos aided produced real results for these children: It is no accident that among the top 25 schools in Detroit, over 80 percent are charter schools.

Thousands question Toomey about DeVos, Obamacare, Trump's travel ban
Trib Live by TOM FONTAINE  | Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, 5:36 p.m.
More than 15,000 people participated in an audio town hall meeting Thursday that U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey announced about 90 minutes before it began.  Toomey, a Republican from the Lehigh Valley, has drawn criticism in recent weeks for not being accessible enough to constituents. Some have complained about not being able to get through to Toomey's office or to leave messages for him on the phone.  "There have been an awful lot of busy signals," Toomey conceded during the town hall.  Toomey attributed the problem to "usually high call volume" from constituents with genuine concerns and people across the country who are "trying to make it impossible to get through" by conducting "organized, orchestrated efforts to block our phone system."  Toomey spokesman Steve Kelly said calls, emails and faxes to Toomey "are up at least ten-fold in all seven Pennsylvania offices and the Washington, D.C., office."

An open letter on behalf of the cyber school community in Pennsylvania: PennLive letters
Penn Live Letters to the Editor on February 16, 2017 at 4:00 PM, updated February 16, 2017 at 4:03 PM
Dr. Michael J. Conti, Chief Executive Officer of Agora Cyber Charter School
Patricia R. Rossetti, Chief Executive Officer of Pennsylvania Distance Learning Charter
Editor's note: The letter was written on behalf of and signed by representatives from the following schools: Achievement House Cyber Charter School; Agora Cyber Charter School; Central Pennsylvania Digital Learning Foundation; Esperanza Cyber Charter School; PA Distance Learning Charter School; PA Virtual Charter School; Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School; SusQ-Cyber Charter School
Early last week in Governor Wolf's budget address, he addressed the continual deficit in Pennsylvania, referencing previous cuts to education funding. During his tenure, Governor Wolf and the legislature have invested a historic amount into public school education. While he pledges to continue to make this his top priority in 2017, we cannot forget that cyber schools are in fact public schools, too.  As we work toward increasing general education funding, it is important that this does not come at the expense of cyber charter schools. With the Governor reiterating that he has no priority greater than educating our children, cyber schools are encouraged and believe the same.  Children are constantly encouraged to think outside the box - why do we as adults insist on educational methods that are squarely inside the box?  Our online schools are authorized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and are held to the same standards of accountability and transparency as traditional district schools. Together, cyber schools educate close to 40,000 students statewide, from every zip code and every school district. Critics may say cyber schools schools aren't challenging, but to these 40,000 students - we are certainly Schools That Teach. Without a doubt, online education has become a key part of the educational fabric here in Pennsylvania.

What's Happening With Virtual Charter Schools This Year?
Education Week Charters and Choice Blog By Arianna Prothero on February 16, 2017 8:50 PM | No comments
Only a handful of bills have been introduced in statehouses so far this year dealing with a small but controversial segment of the charter school sector: full-time online charter schools.
With legislative sessions now underway in many states, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of action so far around virtual charter schools—either in pushes to expand them or efforts to regulate them more.   That's interesting because the schools have had a higher profile lately due to the confirmation of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos—whose longtime support for virtual schools was aggressively questioned during a contentious confirmation process—and several recent reports on the sector, including an investigation by Education Week.  Last June, three national charter advocacy groups released a report calling for much stiffer regulation of virtual charter schools, most of which are run by for-profit management companies. That followed a major study released from Stanford University which found that attending an online charter school had an "overwhelmingly negative" impact on a student's academic growth. 

“The findings are outlined in a study titled "Student Enrollment Patterns and Achievement in Ohio's Online Charter Schools," published today in the academic journal Educational Researcher. They closely mirror a nationwide 2015 study of cyber charter school performance by Stanford University's Center for Research on Education Outcomes, which found that more than two-thirds of the country's 200 or so cyber charters perform worse than comparable traditional schools.”
Online Charter Students in Ohio Perform Far Worse Than Peers, Study Finds
Education Week Digital Education Blog By Benjamin Herold on February 16, 2017 6:55 AM
Students in Ohio's burgeoning full-time online charter schools perform far worse on state assessments than similar students in brick-and-mortar charter and regular schools, according to a new study from researchers at New York University and the RAND Corporation.  The schools, which deliver instruction entirely or primarily via the internet, tend to attract lower-income, lower-performing white students, then fail to provide those children with the supports they need, the study concluded.   "Students in Ohio e-schools are losing anywhere between 75 days and a full school year of learning compared to their peers in traditional public schools and brick-and-mortar charter schools," Andrew McEachin, a policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, said in an interview.  "If kids are in e-schools for a long time, they're likely going to fall very far behind their peers."
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/DigitalEducation/2017/02/online_charters_ohio_perform_worse.html?cmp=SOC-SHR-twitter

Rewarding Failure: An Education Week Investigation of the Cyber Charter Industry
With growing evidence that the nation's cyber charter schools are plagued by serious academic and management problems, Education Week conducted a months-long investigation into what is happening in this niche sector of K-12 schooling. The result is a deep-dive account of what's wrong with cyber charters. Education Week uncovered exclusive data on how rarely students use the learning software at Colorado’s largest cyber charter, the questionable management practices in online charters, and how lobbying in scores of states helps keep the sector growing.

http://www.edweek.org/ew/projects/rewarding-failure-cyber-charter-investigation.html

The IFO compiled data for Appropriations Committee members in advance of Tuesday’s budget hearings.
Tweet from the Independent Fiscal Office February 16, 2017
Document here: https://goo.gl/IbLOA5 .

Bill would end Keystones for vocational students
Morning Call February 16, 2017
A proposed Pennsylvania bill would replace Keystone high school exams with industry-based competency certification for career and technical education students.  House Bill 202 would create an alternative pathway for CTE students to demonstrate readiness for high school graduation. If passed by the legislature, it would remove the statutory requirement for the Keystone exams, eliminating all but one of the areas tested by the Keystones.  Career and technical education provides high school students with vocational training to prepare themselves for the transition from high school to the work force.  "We are putting out a student who can be prepared to get self-sustaining wages," Monroe County Career and Technical Institute Director Carolyn Shegelski said.

Upper Dublin School Board opposes property tax elimination
Board, teachers, support staff issue joint resolution
Ambler Gazette By Linda Finarelli lfinarelli@21st-centurymedia.com @lkfinarelli on Twitter Feb 14, 2017 Updated Feb 15, 2017
UPPER DUBLIN >> A resolution opposing legislation proposed in Harrisburg to eliminate school property taxes was unanimously approved by the school board Monday night.  The resolution, which will be sent to state legislators, is a joint effort by the board, the Upper Dublin Education Association and the Upper Dublin Education Support Personnel Association. It’s being circulated around the state,” board President Art Levinowitz said, but “I know of no other district that worked with the teachers and support staff for a joint resolution.”  A Senate bill to replace property taxes with an increase in both the state personal income and sales taxes, expanding the latter, was narrowly defeated last year, but “there is a strong indication it could pass the Senate” this year, Levinowitz said.  The property tax would remain in place to pay off a district’s debt, but borrowing money for facilities projects would be subject to voter referendum.

Penns Valley Area school board approves 2017-18 preliminary budget
Centre Daily Times BY BRITNEY MILAZZO bmilazzo@centredaily.com February 15, 2017
The nine-member Penns Valley Area school board on Wednesday unanimously approved the 2017-18 preliminary budget, which calls for a $1,695,317 increase from the current school year.  District Business Manager Lynn Naugle said the $27,811,169 proposal includes an 8.46 percent, or $353,000, increase in retirement contributions; and 12.43 percent, or $306,000, increase in medical insurance.  She also said she planned for an increase in charter school funding by $42,000.  Those are costs that result from “contracts and state mandates, and are therefore fixed costs,” Naugle said,  A report from the district said the proposal also calls for a 1.45 mill increase, or 3.1 percent tax increase that aligns with the Act 1 index set by the state.  However, Naugle said those figures aren’t set in stone. She said she expects changes leading to a final budget, which must be passed by June 30.

Philly SRC approves expansion for charter to serve immigrant students
Inquirer by Kristen A. Graham, Staff Writer  @newskag |  kgraham@phillynews.com Updated: FEBRUARY 16, 2017 — 9:03 PM EST
The School Reform Commission on Thursday night approved the expansion of a high-performing charter school that will create a program to serve students new to the country.  Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School, a K-8 campus on the edge of Chinatown, will eventually add 369 students. One hundred of those will learn in a “newcomer program” for recent immigrants.  The unanimous approval of FACTS’s expansion brought cheers, hugs, and high-fives from the school’s supporters.  “Supporting and welcoming immigrants and refugees is more important than ever,” said Ellen Somekawa, the school’s executive director. “We were started in part because the needs of immigrants and refugees were so poorly met.”  The school, which focuses on honoring students’ cultures, building community, and delivering an arts-rich education, does not currently serve English-language learners at the most basic levels.  FACTS, at 10th and Callowhill Streets, initially applied to open a new charter school, but the SRC denied that application and encouraged FACTS to instead pursue expansion. After the commission voted in favor of the expansion, the school formally withdrew its request for a new charter.

Students, parents upset over transfer of Kensington Health Sciences principal
District's plan to overhaul 11 struggling schools draws ire. The SRC also approves an expansion for FACTS charter school.
The notebook by Greg Windle February 16, 2017 — 10:21pm
, parents and teachers showed up at Thursday night's School Reform Commission to protest the sudden transfer of the principal at Kensington Health Sciences Academy as part of a plan to overhaul 11 struggling schools.  Also at the meeting, the SRC approved expansion for FACTS charter school, one of the most successful in the city, allowing it to serve more students who are new to the country and have the most limited English skills.  The FACTS vote was unanimous and uncontested,  but the District's latest turnaround actions stirred passions from students and community members.  School turnaround is based on the idea that it is possible to transform low-performing schools in high-poverty neighborhoods by replacing personnel, investing more resources, coming up with different instructional strategies, or combining these options.
At Thursday’s  meeting, parents, students and staff from Kensington -- one of the schools slated for overhaul -- complained that Principal James WIlliams was forced out as part of the plan.

District faces dilemma in prioritizing massive facilities needs
The notebook by Greg Windle February 16, 2017 — 4:06pm
Students at Mayfair Elementary will be moving out of their cramped trailer-classrooms in the fall after the District completes an expansion of the school, paid for out of the last bond issue, which will also cover a litany of other repairs to schools around the city.  Alice Hollingshed volunteered to teach her 3rd-grade class in the original trailer 18 years ago, “not knowing I’d be here so long.” Since then, three more trailers have been added.  When the school was built in 1949, it held about 500 students, said principal Guy Lowery. The current enrollment is 1,460.  Why has it taken so long for the School District to address a clear facilities problem at a school like Mayfair? The short answer is that the needs are massive and the money is scarce. And until now, the District hasn’t had a clear roadmap for identifying the most urgent facility-related issues in each school and setting priorities for how to tackle them.  Now it does, through its Facility Condition Assessment.  The assessment, released in January, found that the District has accumulated a whopping $4.5 billion in deferred maintenance — repairs and replacements that had been postponed indefinitely.

Among those mandates are a required $19.35 million contribution to the Pennsylvania School Employees Retirement System for 2017-18 and $13.78 million in charter school tuition payments. The PSERS contribution is a $1.85 million increase from this school year. The state will eventually reimburse the district half its PSERS contribution.
Bensalem school board to work on $11 million budget gap for 2017-2018
Bucks County Courier Times By Chris English, staff writer February 16, 2017
Bensalem Township school board members and district administrators face a monumental task in trying to close a projected $11 million difference between revenue and expenses for 2017-18, school district Director of Business Operations John Steffy said at Wednesday night's budget work session meeting.  His presentation showed $141 million in projected revenue for next school year and $154 million in expenses.  Steffy said he was not including in the budget gap $2 million in "contingency" expenses that is put into the budget every year in case of an unforeseen emergency. Still, the budget gap is big, Steffy said.  "There is a lot of work to do to address the shortage," he said. "It will be very difficult in light of the state mandates."

Pennsylvania first lady in Bristol Borough to discuss governor's pre-K education funding plan
Bucks County Courier Times By Thomas Friestad, staff writer February 17, 2017
Amid a crowd of several dozen preschoolers at Radcliffe Learning Center, Pennsylvania first lady Frances Wolf read from a colorful pair of children's books. However, it's a different story she and her husband, Gov. Tom Wolf, hope to tell once the state's 2017-18 budget passes.  Frances Wolf toured the pre-K child care center in Bristol Borough Thursday morning and spoke with educators about the governor's proposed $75 million increase in early childhood education spending.  This sum marks a roughly 40 percent increase in spending on two preschool programs: Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts, which offers free preschool for at-risk children; and the Head Start Supplemental Assistance program, which expands preschool services for low-income youth. The proposed total for the programs is $271 million, up from $196.5 million on the 2016-17 budget.

Auditor General slams 'sloppy oversight' in audit of Moon Area schools
Eugene DePasquale's audit of Moon Area School District largely focused on the “poor judgment” and “lack of oversight” for former Superintendent Curt Baker.
By Elizabeth Behrman / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette February 17, 2017 12:00 AM
The former superintendent of the Moon Area School District frequently acted without appropriate oversight from the school board, resulting in wasted tax dollars and potential risks to student safety, according to a state audit released Thursday.  Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale called the actions of former board members and former superintendent of the school district “alarming.” Under their leadership, the district paid nearly $900,000 for construction change orders — on work that remained unfinished — with insufficient paperwork, spent an additional $450,000 in leave benefits for staff during an extended winter break in 2015-16, and allowed administrators and support staff to spend more than $300,000 on district credit cards in violation of district policy, the audit found.  “This kind of sloppy oversight of district resources is completely unacceptable and moves money away that should be used for the education of our children,” Mr. DePasquale said during a news conference.  His audit largely focused on the “poor judgment” and “lack of oversight” for former Superintendent Curt Baker.
Mr. Baker said

Boosters and parents are paying for more as school athletics budgets tighten
Beaver County Times By Andrew Chiappazzi chiappazzia@timesonline.com February 16, 2017
Like any parent with kids involved in sports, John Wolf’s life is constantly in motion. The Riverside athletic director and girls basketball coach’s oldest son, Kolby, plays baseball at West Virginia Wesleyan. His two daughters, Sydney and Marley, are on the Riverside basketball team. And Avery, Wolf’s youngest son, plays junior high sports.  It’s a busy life, one that has helped Wolf to understand the demands of high school sports from multiple perspectives. As districts manage tighter finances and athletic budgets stay stagnant, booster organizations and community fundraisers are becoming a more integral part of school sports.  While many parents and boosters are happy to help, there is a concern that the financial burden will be too much for families not in the wealthiest districts.  “I’ve been in education and coaching for a while and I’ve seen that pendulum swing. Hopefully it will start to swing back where the state can trickle down more money to us,” Wolf said. “Certainly things in the classroom and computers and technology should come ahead of athletics, but obviously athletics are a big part of the high school experience.”  As the Times detailed in November, school administrators are hesitant to cut sports, citing the need for well-rounded students and the life lessons athletics offer. Quarterback clubs and basketball boosters have been around for decades, but in the age of football summer camps and fall basketball leagues, parents are funding items that they’ve never had to pay for in the past.


What Works Can Hurt: Side Effects in Education
Yong Zhao’s Blog 17 FEBRUARY 2017 99 NO COMMENT
This medicine can reduce fever, but it can cause a bleeding stomach. When you buy a medical product, you are given information about both its effects and side effects. But such practice does not exist in education.  “This program helps improve your students’ reading scores, but it may make them hate reading forever.” No such information is given to teachers or school principals.  “This practice can help your children become a better student, but it may make her less creative.” No parent has been given information about effects and side effects of practices in schools.  “School choice may improve test scores of some students, but it can lead to the collapse of American public education,” the public has not received information about the side effects of sweeping education policies.  Educational research has typically focused exclusively on the benefits, intended effects of products, programs, policies, and practices, as if there were no adverse side effects. But side effects exist the same way in education as in medicine. For many reasons, studying and reporting side effects simultaneously as has been mandated for medical products is not common in education.

Betsy DeVos Sees Choice-Friendly Florida as a K-12 Model for the Nation
Education Week Politics K12 Blog By Alyson Klein on February 16, 2017 12:33 PM
By Alyson Klein and Andrew Ujifusa
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos may have helped to create the charter sector in her home state of Michigan. But in a recent interview she singled out another state—Florida—as offering a great blueprint for the country.  "I would point to Florida as being one that has had a variety of options for the longest period of time," DeVos told Frank Beckmann, a conservative radio talk show host on WJR, based in Michigan. She said the state, which has charters, also offers both a tax credit scholarship, something DeVos and company may push in Washington, potentially through legislation previously introduced by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican, and vouchers for students in special education.  Michigan hasn't been able to offer the same kind of voucher program as Florida because its state constitution prohibits public funds from being used for religious purposes. By contrast, Florida's vouchers for special needs students can be used at schools affiliated with religious institutions. Michigan, which also has charters, recently started experimenting with Education Savings Accounts, which allow parents and students to "put [their] own customized plan together" for education, DeVos said. 
"Florida is a good and growing example of what can happen when you have a robust array of choices," DeVos said Wednesday. She noted that 40 percent of the students in Florida go to schools that are different from the one they may be zoned for. The state has one of the nation's least-restrictive open enrollment laws.  

A New Direction on Education
Town Hall by Cal Thomas Posted: Feb 16, 2017 12:00 AM
American public school students fall well behind students around the world in math and science proficiency. This is not debatable. According to the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, both cited in The New York Times in 2012, "Fourth- and eighth-grade students in the United States continue to lag behind students in several East Asian countries and some European nations in math and science, although American fourth-graders are closer to the top performers in reading."  In California, the number of credentialed math and science teachers is actually declining, reports the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.  Newly installed Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, believes at least two factors have contributed to these and other problems in American education -- lack of school choice and the failure of top-down policies dictated by Washington.  During an interview in her office Monday, DeVos cited one example: "This department just invested $7 billion trying to improve failing schools and there were literally no results to show for it."


Public Education Funding Briefing; Wed, March 8, 2017 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM at United Way Bldg in Philly
Public Interest Law Center email/website February 14, 2017
Amid a contentious confirmation battle in Washington D.C., public education has been front and center in national news. But what is happening at home is just as--if not more--important: Governor Wolf just announced his 2017-2018 budget proposal, including $100 million in new funding for basic education. State legislators are pushing a bill that would eliminate local school taxes by increasing income and sales taxes. And we at the Law Center are waiting on a decision from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court as to whether or not our school funding lawsuit can go to trial.   How do all of these things affect Pennsylvania's schools, and the children who rely on them? Come find out!   Join Jennifer Clarke, Michael Churchill and me for one of two briefings on the nuts and bolts of how public education funding works in Pennsylvania and how current proposals and developments could affect students and teachers. (The content of both briefings will be identical.) 
The briefings are free and open to the public, but we ask that you please RSVP. 

NSBAC First 100 Days Campaign #Ed100Days
National School Boards Action Center
YOUR VOICE IN THE FIRST 100 DAYS!
There is no time like the present for public education advocates to make their voices heard. Misleading rhetoric coupled with budget cuts and proposals such as private school vouchers that divert essential funding from our public schools are threatening the continued success of our 50 million children in public schools. We need your voice to speak up for public schools now!
The first 100 days in the 115th Congress and the Trump Administration present a great opportunity to make sure our country’s elected leaders are charting an education agenda that supports our greatest and most precious resource -- America’s schoolchildren. And you can make that happen.

New PSBA Winter Town Hall Series coming to your area
Introducing a new and exciting way to get involved and stay connected in a location near you! Join your PSBA Town Hall meeting to hear the latest budget and political updates affecting public education. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and networking with fellow school directors. Locations have been selected to minimize travel time. Spend less time in the car and more time learning about issues impacting your schools.
Agenda
6-6:35 p.m.         Association update from PSBA Executive Director Nathan Mains
6:35 -7:15 p.m. Networking Reception
7:15-8 p.m.         Governor’s budget address recap
Dates/Locations
Monday, February 20     Forbes Road Career and Technology Center, Monroeville
Tuesday, February 21    Venango Technology Center, Oil City
Wednesday, Feb 22       Clearfield County Career and Technical Center, Clearfield
Thursday, February 23   Columbia Montour AVTS, Bloomsburg
Monday, February 27     Middle Bucks Institute of Technology, Jamison
Tuesday, February 28    PSBA, Mechanicsburg
Wednesday, March 1     Bedford County Technical Center, Everett
Thursday, March 2         West Side CTC, Kingston
Registration:

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.
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

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.

Register for the 2017 PASA Education Congress, “Delving Deeper into the Every Student Succeeds Act.” March 29-30

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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