Wednesday, March 15, 2017

PA Ed Policy Roundup March 15: Did your state rep’s vote on HB250 make Betsy DeVos proud?

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PA Ed Policy Roundup March 15, 2017:
Did your state rep’s vote on HB250 make Betsy DeVos proud?



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Did your state rep’s vote make Betsy DeVos proud?
Education Voters PA Posted on March 14, 2017 by EDVOPA
Budgets are about priorities and yesterday 147 members of the PA House made it clear that funding scholarships for students to attend unaccountable private/religious schools is one of their top budget priorities this year. They made school privatizer Betsy DeVos proud.
See how your state representative voted on HB 250.   The PA House voted overwhelmingly in favor of HB 250, which would increase funding for private school scholarships to $180 MILLION/year by providing $55 million in NEW tax breaks for businesses that contribute to the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs. HB 250 also provides an additional $20 million for educational improvement and pre-K organizations (a total increase of $75 million for the EITC and OSTC programs).
Read our Myth busting PA’s EITC and OSTC programs fact sheet to learn more about how these programs funnel tax dollars into private/religious schools with NO fiscal or academic performance accountability.
Before HB 250 becomes law, the PA Senate will need to approve it and then it will need Governor Wolf’s signature or, if he vetoes it,  a veto override in both houses. In addition, in order to pay for $75 million in new EITC/OSTC tax credits, state lawmakers will need to either cut $75 million from other programs/services in the budget or raise revenue.  We have time to educate our senators and our communities about these programs through legislative visits and letters to editor in local newspapers to help suppress the appetite for HB 250 in the Senate.

Did you catch our snow day postings?
Tax Credits: Pennsylvania’s $125 million voucher program:
Private/religious schools that receive EITC/OSTC funding may discriminate against and refuse to enroll any student for any reason, including disability, race, socioeconomic status, religious affiliation, and sexual orientation.
PA Ed Policy Roundup March 14: HB250: This is what privatization of our public schools looks like; ask your state senator to support your community’s public schools
Keystone State Education Coalition Tuesday, March 14, 2017

HB250: Lancaster County House Republicans help pass bill boosting school choice tax credit programs
Lancaster Online ALEX GELI | Staff Writer March 14, 2017
Lancaster County House Republicans on Monday joined a bipartisan vote to expand tax credit programs that promote school choice.  Democratic state Rep. Mike Sturla was the lone local lawmaker who opposed the legislation, proposed by House Speaker Mike Turzai, which passed by a 147-39 vote. The bill will move to the Senate.  House Bill 250, proposed by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), would boost state funding Educational Improvement Tax Credit program from $125 million to $175 million. It would also increase the amount of tax credits available under the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit program from $50 million to $75 million.  Both programs give state tax breaks to businesses that make contributions to educational programs, whether it’s to support private school scholarships, an innovative educational program or preschool scholarship programs.  Critics of the bill have said it is an unfair way to channel funding from public schools to private  and religious schools.  However, public schools with an educational foundation or a community preschool program can also benefit from increased tax credit program funding.  Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed 2017-18 budget did not include any increases in tax credit programs, so "any additional tax credit expenditures would need to be paid for by increasing revenue or cutting other discretionary programs," Wolf spokesman J.J. Abbott said.

Erie School Board to consider fair-funding case
School district could join lawsuit that is now before state Supreme Court.
Go Erie By Ed Palattella / ed.palattella@timesnews.com March 15, 2017
The Erie School District is considering going to court over its budget crisis.  The School Board on Wednesday night is expected to vote on whether to join a 2014 lawsuit in which six school districts and several other plaintiffs are challenging Pennsylvania's system of funding public schools.  Commonwealth Court dismissed the suit in 2015, ruling that the challenge involves political questions that the General Assembly rather than the courts must decide.  The plaintiffs appealed, the state Supreme Court heard oral arguments in September and a decision is pending.  If the Supreme Court reverses Commonwealth Court, the case would go back to Commonwealth Court for a hearing on the core claim — whether the state's system of funding is unconstitutional because poorer school districts generally receive less state money than wealthier school districts.  The Erie School Board will decide whether to authorize the school district's solicitor, Tim Wachter, to explore whether the district can join the suit as a plaintiff if the case returns to Commonwealth Court.  If the Erie School District were added at that stage, the district could provide evidence and testimony to Commonwealth Court on why the district believes the state funding system is treating it unfairly. The plaintiffs want the courts to declare the current system unconstitutional, which would require the General Assembly to rework it.  "I think we strengthen the plaintiffs' case," Erie schools Superintendent Jay Badams said. "We are a district that is inadequately funded."

“Erie's children are being set up for failure by systemic underfunding. Those certainly are not pressing issues in Rivera's home school district in Lancaster County, where per-student spending is about one-third more than here in Erie.
Nor is that the case in Gov. Tom Wolf's York County school district, which also spends about one-third more per-student. Unlike Rivera, Wolf has visited Erie. He knows the dire financial straits we are in. If he cares for the children of the Erie School District and our future, he will find the money to send our way.
This is a not a case in which we can hope to rival the Lower Merion School District, which spends $28,000 per student. To mirror that, the state would have to give Erie an extra $184 million a year. We know we cannot hope for the school modernization program, the state-of-the-art science labs, top-notch recreation and sporting facilities or multimedia and technological amenities that Lower Merion offers its students.  But is it really too much to receive an ongoing commitment from the PDE to provide the financial assistance necessary to keep classrooms open and provide for basic educational needs?”
Pennsylvania government owes Erie students fair shake: Sen. Dan Laughlin
Go Erie Opinion by Senator Dan Laughlin March 15, 2017
Pennsylvania Sen. Dan Laughlin, of Millcreek Township, a Republican, represents the 49th District.
Other than Erie schools Superintendent Jay Badams, I don't think there is another person living here who was more disappointed in the decision by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to basically send the Erie School District on a three-month-long fool's errand. If the PDE's solution was to just raise taxes and close schools, then why did the district need to spend time and money preparing an economic recovery plan?  It is frustrating that the department apparently disregarded the tremendous efforts already undertaken to correct years of state underfunding, such as closure of three elementary schools and a reduction by nearly a quarter of the school staff.  Instead, in a bold display of bureaucratic indifference, the PDE rejected Erie's recovery plan and sent the school district back to the drawing board to develop a revised proposal — with barely more than the directive to raise taxes on families, many of whom are already struggling to keep their homes.

Report Finds PA School Funding Inadequate, Unfair
Pennsylvania schools with the fewest white students receive $2,000 a year less per pupil, according to a new report.
Public News Service March 15, 2017
PHILADELPHIA – Years of underfunding Pennsylvania's public schools has led to inequalities affecting low-income districts and communities of color, according to a new report.   The Education Law Center report, entitled "Money Matters in Education Justice," says the Keystone State ranks 46th in the nation for state share of revenue for public schools. And Pennsylvania is one of only 14 states with a regressive funding system, giving the fewest resources to the poorest schools with the highest needs.   According to Deborah Gordon Klehr, the Education Law Center executive director, that has led to glaring racial disparities in education funding.  "Schools with large populations of students of color receive less per-pupil funding overall than schools with a larger white-student population, and they're also shouldering higher local tax burdens," she said.
The report cites research showing that schools with the fewest white students receive almost $2,000 a year less per pupil.  Last year, the state adopted a fair-funding formula designed distribute state education dollars more equitably. But, as Klehr points out, that formula only applies to new state spending.  "Of the $5.9 billion that the state spends on basic education funding, only about 6 percent of that is sent through the formula," she added. 

Property tax reform must address education funding
Morning Call Letter by Sarah M. Andrew, Bethlehem March 14, 2017
Many letters supporting the Property Tax Independence Act are forgetting one important thing: our children. If we are committed to educating our children, public schools must be funded. The school tax provides a guaranteed source of local funding coupled with local control through our elected school boards.  Among other flaws, the proposed law eliminates school tax on commercial properties, which provide 51 percent of the tax base for the Bethlehem Area School District. This corporate tax burden is then shifted to you and me through higher income and sales tax, and new sales taxes on essential items such as food, clothing, child care and medicine.  Seniors and people on fixed incomes need property tax relief, not a shell game. The only way we can achieve real tax relief is to address the rising state-mandated costs of public education, including required pension contributions and charter school tuition payments. The proposed law does nothing to address these costs, but it does cede local control of our tax dollars to Harrisburg.  I don't love paying taxes, but I know that my property tax provides opportunity for the next generation of leaders in my community. Education is their right, and our duty.

Southern Lehigh finds at-risk students in full-day kindergarten making gains
Charles Malinchak Special to The Morning Call March 14, 2017
Is Southern Lehigh's full-day kindergarten pilot program successful?
Measurable success is leading the Southern Lehigh School District to consider making its pilot full-day kindergarten program for at-risk students permanent.  The program was introduced in September, enrolling students who were found to need extra help to meet minimum learning standards and be academically prepared to enter first grade.  In a presentation to the school board Monday night, Assistant to the Superintendent Kristen Lewis said an evaluation of the program shows significant gains in students improving their abilities.  "Our results show this program has exceeded our expectations. These students are doing significantly better," she said.  The system used to evaluate the 30 students in the full-day program is the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills, which was developed at the University of Oregon.  The DIBELS evaluation, Lewis said, shows 3 percent of the students entering the program in September were at or above the benchmark of skills, but by January the number went up to 50 percent.

“Mr. Peduto will appoint up to 15 people to the group, including representatives for parents, Pittsburgh Public Schools and the philanthropic community, according to the legislation. A mayoral panel has encouraged universal pre-K access for all 3- and 4-year-old city residents, along with strategies to strengthen the programs themselves. Both goals will be on the task force’s agenda.”
Council approves task force to look into affordable preschool
By Adam Smeltz / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette March 14, 2017 8:33 PM
As early as December, Pittsburgh could have a blueprint for broadening access to pre-kindergarten programs.  City Council voted 9-0 Tuesday to create an early childhood task force charged with fostering an affordable preschool plan. Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak said she would like the effort to finish by year’s end.  “Right now, we don’t have enough high-quality slots in the City of Pittsburgh to accommodate the need” for pre-K education, said Ms. Rudiak, who sponsored the legislation with Council President Bruce Kraus.  Mayor Bill Peduto is expected to sign the bill, administration spokesman Timothy McNulty said. Mr. Peduto, who is running for re-election this year, has called early childhood education one of his main focal points in 2017.  “It’s a one-time investment for a huge return down the road,” Mr. Kraus said. The task force should look in part at drug and alcohol awareness, and its work will help steer future policy decisions, he said.

East Penn school administrator forecasts rising pension costs
Margie Peterson Special to The Morning Call March 14, 2017
The good news for East Penn taxpayers is that the school district's debt service will drop dramatically in 2018-19. The bad news is pension costs continue to rise by millions over the next five years.  At Monday's school board meeting, East Penn Business Administrator Robert Saul offered the school directors a long-range fiscal and capital plan, which projected expected revenues and expenditures in the next five years.  According to the projections, retirement costs are predicted to go from $17.6 million this school year to $24.59 million in 2021-22.  Saul was asked how many years the Public School Employees' Retirement System costs are expected to rise.  "Do you know how far out it goes before it flattens?" School Director Charles Ballard asked.  Saul said that information isn't available from PSERS.  "The plan is based on assumptions and we use our best information available," Saul said.  On the other hand, debt service — what the district pays each year on bonds — drops from $13.1 million in 2017-2018 to $10.1 million in 2018-19 and decreases again in 2021-22.  District payments to charter schools are projected to increase from $4.5 million this year to $5.3 million in five years.

Students seem to prefer charter schools dominated by members of their race, Pa. study finds
WHYY Newsworks BY AVI WOLFMAN-ARENT MARCH 15, 2017
Few topics in education inspire more debate than school choice and school integration.
A new study co-authored by Penn State professors combines the two and reaches an eye-raising conclusion: When Pennsylvania students move from traditional public schools to charters, they tend to choose charters that are more racially homogeneous than the schools they left behind.  Black students, in other words, pick charters that are more heavily African-American than their former public schools. The same goes for Latino students.  Students choose these schools, the study authors found, even when nearby charters weren't as disproportionately dominated by members of their own race.  "Findings indicate that, holding distance and enrollment constant, black and Latino students are strongly averse to moving to charter schools with higher percentages of white students," the study's authors wrote. "White students are more likely to enroll in such charter schools."  The findings, published Monday in the academic journal Education Policy Analysis Archives, were based on a data set of more than 8,000 Pennsylvania students who first attended charters in the 2011-12 school year. More than three-quarters of the students in the analysis went to charter schools in Philadelphia.

“I speak from experience. In the mid-90s, as Philadelphia's Superintendent of Schools, I recommended the approval of more than 30 charter schools because I thought it would improve educational opportunity for our 215,000 students. The last 20 years make it clear that I was wrong.”
Why I was wrong about charter schools | Hornbeck
Courier Journal Opinion by David Hornbeck, Guest Contributor Published 12:50 p.m. ET March 13, 2017
David W. Hornbeck was Maryland State Superintendent of Schools from 1976 to 1988 and Philadelphia Superintendent from 1994 to 2000). Consultant, Kentucky legislature, 1989-1990. 
In 1989, I had the privilege of helping the Kentucky legislature design the most courageous and comprehensive education reform act in America.  Although I served as Maryland’s state superintendent of schools for 12 years and as superintendent of the Philadelphia School District for six years, the results Kentuckians have achieved since passing and sustaining KERA are my most fulfilling professional accomplishment.  Kentucky's children have made more progress than those of any other state in the nation. The quality of life for hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians is better because you carefully crafted legislation that resulted in schools that work for their communities, families and children. You not only enacted KERA but for 27 years, with both Democratic and Republican leadership putting children first, you have sustained the essential elements of KERA. That sort of stable bipartisan leadership is sadly rare. You have kept your eye on what’s important, the children, which has led to Kentucky’s track record of success.

Smethport district votes to oppose elimination of property tax
Bradford Era By FRAN DE LANCEY Era Correspondent delancey401@yahoo.com March 14, 2017
SMETHPORT — The Smethport Area School Board went on record Monday unanimously opposing the elimination of the property tax proposal the state legislature is now considering.
In approving a resolution, the board, with two members absent, cited the property tax as the primary and stable source of funding for the district, and noted its elimination would seriously impact expanding or enhancing district programs and extracurricular activities.  To replace the property taxes, the bill now in consideration in Harrisburg would increase the personal income taxes from 3.07 percent to 4.95 percent and hike the sales tax from six to seven percent, with the loss of many exemptions to this tax, such as food and clothing.

Pittsburgh Public Schools honored by national organization
By Molly Born / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette March 15, 2017 12:00 AM
A nonprofit that promotes high standards for teachers this month named Pittsburgh Public Schools one of the best U.S. school districts in which to work.  The National Council on Teacher Quality, based in Washington, D.C., named the school system one of eight “Great Districts for Great Teachers.” Pittsburgh joins Boston, New York City, Denver, Washington, D.C., Broward County, Fla., Pinellas County, Fla., and Gwinnett County, Ga., in receiving the nonprofit’s first such designation.  Often “there’s a lot of negative rhetoric when we talk about school districts, so we wanted communities to know their districts are taking good steps and doing good things they should celebrate,” said Kency Nittler, the nonprofit’s manager for teacher trends.  The council, which advocates for change in teacher policies and tries to increase the number of effective teachers, narrowed more than 120 large districts to between 50 and 60 that then were analyzed. A “listening tour” that included interviews with district leaders and teachers followed for 10 to 20 finalists. PPS was the smallest of the eight honored in terms of the number of teachers and students.

Education Roundup: Recruitment fair for Black male educators
Philly Trib by Ryanne Persinger Tribune Staff Writer Mar 13, 2017
The annual Career Fair for Black Male Educators for Social Justice will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 25, at Mastery Charter School’s Shoemaker Campus, 5301 Media St.
The event is being held by The Fellowship: Black Male Educators for Social Justice, an organization dedicated to advancing the development, recruitment and retention of Black male educators in Philadelphia’s public schools.  On the Eventbrite website, the group states: “There is a serious shortage of Black male educators in our schools, and all our children are worse of for it. Maybe you’re the answer. Whether you’re an experienced Black male educator looking for a new challenge, a college student weighing career paths or working in another field you just don’t find fulfilling, come to our career fair and hear about your options, meet with mentors and talk directly with people looking to hire.”  Confirmed employers include the School District of Philadelphia, EducationWorks, Mastery Charter Schools, KIPP New Jersey, Khepera Charter School, Independence Mission Schools, Marvin’s Education Services, Relay Teacher Pathways, KIPP Philadelphia Schools and Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School.

“The difference between public schools and private schools is that public schools have a responsibility to all children. That doesn’t mean we have a responsibility only to those who comply, who are motivated, who are well-fed and eager to learn, or even who are intrinsically driven to overcome their obstacles. All students means just that — every growling stomach, every temper tantrum, every child, no matter how inconvenient and ugly the burdens they carry.  In public school, we have a responsibility to the tough kids, too. And where they don’t know how to do something, we must teach them. It behooves us as a society to do so. In a democratic republic where we elect our legislators and government officials, an informed and thinking citizenry is critical.”
Teacher: What school ‘choice’ looks like from my classroom
Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss March 7 
School “choice” — the movement to encourage alternatives to traditional public schools — is the watchword in education today because President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos are big supporters and have said they want to see it expanded.  Those paying attention to the debate know the general outlines: Supporters say parents should be able to choose their children’s schools, and critics say that choice harms traditional public schools, which educate most of America’s children, and that the movement is aimed at privatizing public education.  Sarah Yost is a National Board-certified teacher of English language arts in her 12th year in education, and she has her own view on school choice and how it affects students like hers. Yost has taught in high-poverty schools and served in a hybrid teacher-leadership role for four years in Louisville. She currently teaches eighth grade at Oldham County Middle School in Kentucky. Here’s her piece on school choice.

Charter schools’ ‘thorny’ problem: Few students go on to earn college degrees
Greg Toppo , USATODAY Published 4:37 p.m. ET March 14, 2017
Like many charter school networks, the Los Angeles-based Alliance College-Ready Public Schools boast eye-popping statistics: 95% of their low-income students graduate from high school and go on to college. Virtually all qualify to attend California state universities.
Its name notwithstanding, the network’s own statistics suggest that few Alliance alumni are actually ready for the realities — academic, social and financial — of college. The vast majority drop out. In all, more than three-fourths of Alliance alumni don’t earn a four-year college degree in the six years after they finish high school.  Publicly funded, but in most cases privately operated, charter schools like Alliance are poised to become a much bigger part of the USA’s K-12 public education system. Yet even as their popularity rises, charters face a harsh reality: Most of the schools boast promising, often jaw-dropping high school graduation rates, but much like Alliance, their college success rates, on average, leave three of four students without a degree.

Are school vouchers good for education? That debate is playing out in Indiana
NPR March 14, 2017 at 6:35 PM EDT
Indiana is one of nearly 30 states that offer vouchers or similar programs with the goal of allowing parents to use public funds for private schooling. When the state launched the program, it was designed for low-income students. But enrollment skyrocketed when the program was dramatically broadened by then-Gov. Mike Pence. Special correspondent Lisa Stark of Education Week reports.
JUDY WOODRUFF: But first: The Trump administration has made it very clear that it wholeheartedly supports school choice.  Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is a strong advocate of vouchers, which allow parents to use public tax dollars to pay for a private school education. Supporters say vouchers help students succeed, but opponents say they siphon away crucial public school resources.  Indiana has one of the largest voucher programs in the country.  And special correspondent Lisa Stark of our partner Education Week went to see how it’s working for our regular segment Making the Grade.

“Our organizations—which collectively represent the voice of our nation’s school system leaders—are deeply discouraged by and concerned with the Department’s decision to virtually eliminate stakeholder engagement, an abrogation of the law’s intent.   School superintendents and school board members have worked deliberately to infuse the voice of myriad stakeholders—including state education leaders, teachers, educators, parents and community members—in our ESSA work to date. The Department’s decision to no longer prioritize stakeholder engagement dismisses the intent of the underlying statute, disrupts the process, and discounts voices that are committed to ensuring all student receive a quality education.”
NSBA, AASA Joint Statement On The ESSA Implementation Process
Alexandria, Va. – March 14, 2017 – NSBA Executive Director & CEO Thomas J. Gentzel and AASA Executive Director Daniel A. Domenech released the following joint statement in response to the U.S. Department of Education’s new guide for states to use in the development of their education plans as required under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA):  “The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was decisive in its goal to return flexibility and decision making to the state and local level. The success of a bill like ESSA-one premised on state and local control—depends on stakeholder buy-in, and people (including education stakeholders) buy-in to that which they have a hand in crafting. To that end, ESSA was clear to require meaningful stakeholder engagement. Our organizations—which collectively represent the voice of our nation’s school system leaders—are deeply discouraged by and concerned with the Department’s decision to virtually eliminate stakeholder engagement, an abrogation of the law’s intent.   “School superintendents and school board members have worked deliberately to infuse the voice of myriad stakeholders—including state education leaders, teachers, educators, parents and community members—in our ESSA work to date. The Department’s decision to no longer prioritize stakeholder engagement dismisses the intent of the underlying statute, disrupts the process, and discounts voices that are committed to ensuring all student receive a quality education.  “Our organizations remain committed to making sure all stakeholders are meaningfully and appropriately engaged in the work of ESSA implementation and as such, we call on the Department to revise its ESSA template to reflect the best practices for stakeholder engagement to better match the law.”

PA’s School-Based ACCESS Program is jeopardized under proposed federal cuts to Medicaid
Pennsylvania public schools are currently at risk of losing millions of dollars in federal funding to help pay for mandated services for students with special needs.
A PSBA Closer Look March 2017
https://www.psba.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/ACL_ACCESS-program-jeopardized.pdf

Call your Congressman’s office today to let them know that Pennsylvania could lose over $140 million in reimbursement for services that school districts provide to special education students

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 #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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