Thursday, March 16, 2017

PA Ed Policy Roundup March 16: Trump Budget: Massive Cuts to Ed Dept.; Big Push for School Choice

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PA Ed Policy Roundup March 16, 2017:
Trump Budget: Massive Cuts to Ed Dept.; Big Push for School Choice


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
http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

$140 Million for 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 including the following:
• Assistive technology devices
• Audiology services
• Hearing-impaired services
• Nursing services
• Nurse practitioner services
• Occupational therapy services
• Orientation, mobility and vision services
• Personal care services
• Physical therapy services
• Physician services
• Psychiatric services
• Psychological services
• Social work services
• Specialized transportation services
• Speech and language services
https://www.psba.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/ACL_ACCESS-program-jeopardized.pdf

Trump seeks to slash Education Department but make big push for school choice
Washington Post By Emma Brown and Danielle Douglas-Gabriel March 16 at 12:01 AM 
The Trump administration is seeking to cut $9.2 billion — or 13.5 percent — from the Education Department’s budget, a dramatic downsizing that would reduce or eliminate grants for teacher training, after-school programs and aid to ­low-income and first-generation college students.  Along with the cuts, among the steepest the agency has ever sustained, the administration is also proposing to shift $1.4 billion toward one of President Trump’s key priorities: Expanding charter schools, private-school vouchers and other alternatives to traditional public schools. His $59 billion education budget for 2018 would include an unprecedented federal investment in such “school choice” initiatives, signaling a push to reshape K-12 education in America.  The president is proposing a $168 million increase for charter schools — 50 percent above the current level — and a new $250 million private-school choice program, which would probably provide vouchers for families to use at private or parochial schools. Vouchers are one of the most polarizing issues in education, drawing fierce resistance from Democrats and some Republicans, particularly those in rural states.  Trump also wants an additional $1 billion for Title I, a $15 billion grant program for schools with high concentrations of poor children. The new funds would be used to encourage districts to adopt a controversial form of choice: Allowing local, state and federal funds to follow children to whichever public school they choose.

“School Choice - Trump is also pitching a $1.4 billion boost for school choice, which budget documents call a down payment on Trump's campaign promise to pour $20 billion into expanding student options.  The charter school grant program, currently funded at $333 million, would get a sizeable increase of $168 million. The program helps states and charter organizations start up, replicate, and expand schools, with a special focus on helping Charter Management Organizations with a track record of success open new campuses.  Trump is also proposing a new, $250 million private school choice initiative that could provide vouchers for use at private schools, including religious schools.  As part of the school choice push, the budget would include a $1 billion increase for Title I grants for disadvantaged students, currently funded at nearly $15 billion. But that money would come up with a twist: States and districts would be encouraged to use the funds for a system of "student-based budgeting and open enrollment that enables federal, state, and local funding to follow the student to the public school of his or her choice."
Trump Budget Would Make Massive Cuts to Ed. Dept., But Boost School Choice
Education Week Politics K12 Blog By Alyson Klein on March 16, 2017 7:00 AM
President Donald Trump first budget seeks to slash the Education Department's roughly $68 billion budget by $9 billion, or 13 percent in the coming fiscal year, whacking popular programs that help districts offer after-school programs and hire and train teachers.  At the same time, it seeks a historic $1.4 billlon federal investment in school choice, including new money for private school vouchers and charter schools, as well as directing $1 billion to follow students to the school of their choice.   But the proposal would scrap two big programs. The largest is Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants, or Title II, which is currently funded at $2.25 billion and helps states and districts hire and provide professional development for teachers. The budget proposal would also get rid of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, which is funded at more than $1 billion currently and finances after-school and extended-learning programs. Trump's budget says both programs are spread too thin to be effective.  The federal spending plan still needs to go through Congress for approval, and cuts of this magnitude will almost certainly be a tough political lift. And it could be months before lawmakers decide which of these cuts to accept or reject. The proposal would set spending levels for federal fiscal year 2018, which begins Oct. 1 and generally impacts the 2018-19 school year.

“In that letter to Editorial page editors, Duvall Flynn said it's the NAACP's official position that "schools do not underperform, children do," and "many of Pennsylvania's children score low on state mandated tests [underperform] because the Pennsylvania legislature does not provide sufficient funds," for such essential needs as libraries, guidance counselors and other "curricula offerings."
"Schools that 'under-serve' students are forced into these situations of despair by our senators and state representatives through the budgets they pass and how state funds are distributed across the school districts," she wrote.”
'Inner city youth is code for poor children of color,' Pa. NAACP prez says: Thursday Morning Coffee
Penn Live By John L. Micek | jmicek@pennlive.com  Email the author | Follow on Twitter  on March 16, 2017 at 8:07 AM, updated March 16, 2017 at 8:09 AM
THE MORNING COFFEE
Good Thursday Morning, Fellow Seekers.
If you thought that the passage of a few weeks meant that Pennsylvania black leaders had forgotten about a state lawmaker's controversial remarks about the academic performance of some minority students, think again.  A week before a scheduled March 22 sit-down with Senate Education Committee Chairman John Eichelberger, the leader of the Pennsylvania State Conference of the NAACP wasn't mincing words about the effect an uneven playing field has on the lives of minority students across the state.  And in a letter sent to Editorial Page editors across the state, NAACP President Joan Duvall Flynn said it's plain to her that the term "'inner-city youth' has become code for 'poor children of color," and that "Young people bearing this label frequently find it more difficult to achieve their aspirations."  "Because they have suffered the economic violence of underfunded schools, they often have to pay for remedial college courses at the college level," she wrote. "College costs more and takes longer for them to complete than for students properly funded during their basic education." 

Erie School District to pursue fair-funding lawsuit
School Board also votes to allow closing of high schools to alleviate budget crisis.
Go Erie By Ed Palattella / ed.palattella@timesnews.com Posted Mar 15, 2017 at 8:52 PM
The Erie School District is moving ahead with strategies to try to solve its budget crisis both sooner and later.  The Erie School Board on Wednesday night unanimously voted to have the district try to join a fair-funding lawsuit that a number of school districts have already brought before the state Supreme Court.  And in a move with more immediate ramifications, the School Board also unanimously voted to make the closing of any of the district's four high schools a possibility in the coming school year.  The approval was necessary for the district to reduce the number of high schools from four to two to help offset a projected $10 million deficit in the 2017-18 academic year, which starts July 1.  The vote over the lawsuit is meant to try to make deeper changes. The suit, which the state is opposing, claims the state's funding system unfairly benefits wealthier school districts over poorer districts, such as Erie's.  The case started in 2014 and is likely to take years to resolve. The Erie School District hopes its outcome will force the state to rework its funding system.

“Because the next census begins April 1, 2020, the clock is ticking to eliminate the practice of gerrymandering so that Pennsylvania’s redistricting map can be fairly redrawn in late 2021 or early 2022. Fair Districts PA is committed to energizing support around a state constitutional amendment that would eliminate gerrymandering. Pennsylvania Senate Bill 22 creates an independent redistricting commission that would address the causes of unfairness and Fair Districts PA is looking to help it become law, he said. For full details on the plan or to volunteer with the group, visit https://www.fairdistrictspa.com/.”
Group seeks support to tackle Pa. gerrymandering
Pottstown Mercury By Eric Devlin, The Mercury POSTED: 03/15/17, 2:52 PM EDT
POTTSTOWN >> In an effort to combat what it calls “voter suppression” and change what it claims is a rigged election system, an advocacy group was recently in Pottstown looking to generate support.  Warren Cohn, a volunteer with the nonpartisan group Fair Districts PA, gave a presentation Sunday to a crowd of about 30 people at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church aimed at ending the process of gerrymandering in Pennsylvania. The group is trying to energize support for a proposed state constitutional amendment to reapportion and redistrict the commonwealth through an independent commission ahead of the 2020 United States census.  Under the current system, whichever party controls the state Legislature after a U.S. census is completed gets to draw political boundaries for state legislative seats and Congressional districts. Republicans got the opportunity to draw favorable boundaries after the 2010 census, much to the chagrin of Democrats.  The presentation in Pottstown was sponsored by the Mountain Movers of Chester and Montgomery Counties. The group plans to host a series of similar discussions on topics like health care, education, the environment, immigration and possibly full town hall meetings with elected officials.

Pennsylvania is shying away from controversial A-F grading system for public schools
Lancaster Online by ALEX GELI | Staff Writer Mar 15, 2017
As states look to recalibrate their accountability measures under the new federal K-12 law, some are rethinking their grading system for public schools.  At least 17 states have or are developing an A-F grading system for their schools, similar to what students see on their report cards.  Proponents of the system, including the Foundation for Excellence in Education – founded by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush – say it is important to grade schools in an easy and understandable way for the public.  Critics, however, say affixing each school with a letter grade oversimplifies what it means to be a quality school and that the program relies too heavily on standardized test scores.  Pennsylvania has not considered an A-F grading scale for schools. Instead, Education Secretary Pedro Rivera unveiled a proposal last year to replace the state's annual School Performance Profiles, implemented in 2013. The profiles assign each school a percentage grade, rather than a letter grade.   “Our current system of accountability is far too reliant on standardized tests and not focused enough on skills students need to be successful,” Rivera told The Associated Press in December.  Currently, up to 90 percent of a school's annual score is based on standardized test scores.  Dubbed the Future Ready PA Index, the new system could debut sometime this year, Rivera said.

Sen. Corman won’t challenge Gov. Wolf in 2018
Centre Daily Times BY SARAH RAFACZ srafacz@centredaily.com March 15, 2016
Jake Corman isn’t running for governor in 2018.  The Pennsylvania Senate majority leader told the Centre Daily Times on Wednesday that he gave a lot of thought to the governor’s race, but ultimately he decided not to challenge Gov. Tom Wolf in the next election.  To be a candidate for governor while try to negotiate with Wolf on the issues would create unnecessary tension, Corman, R-Benner Township, said.  He said some in his caucus have suggested waiting for a Republican governor before tackling pension reform.  “It’s a big problem, and it needs (to be) solved now,” Corman said.  If Wolf benefits politically from what the legislature accomplishes, so be it, he said.  Corman — in his second term as majority leader — enjoys the job, he said, adding that he thinks it’s important to not use the position as a “springboard” to something bigger.

Editorial: Property tax relief must be done right
York Dispatch Published 7:07 p.m. ET March 15, 2017 | Updated 12 hours ago
·         Many are in favor of property tax relief legislation.
·         We agree.
·         The plan must be implemented correctly or could do more harm than good.
School property tax-relief legislation defeated in the Senate in 2015 is being reintroduced by a Republican senator from Schuylkill County who says he is championing the effort on behalf of taxpayers.  Those taxpayers, he said, should not have to worry about being taxed out of their homes.  Sen. David Argall also responds to concerns around the legislation, including worries by school administrators that, under the plan, there might be challenges around annual budgeting.  Furthermore, under the plan, a school district’s debt must be paid off before residents feel the full impact of the property relief.  Still, the bill is popular with many, specifically senior citizens, who say the property-tax burden is becoming impossible to shoulder.  The key to any well-intended legislation is in the details. As local superintendents told a panel in February, they aren’t opposed to property tax relief, either — they just want it done right so they aren’t faced with unintended shortfalls they have no funding to cover.

Inequities in Pennsylvania’s Charter Sector: Segregation by Disability February 2017
Education Law Center Report February 2017
The legislative intent of Pennsylvania’s Charter School Law (“CSL”) is to create and improve public school options for all pupils, including students with disabilities and other vulnerable student populations.1 Notwithstanding a few notable exceptions, that has not been the story of Pennsylvania’s experiment with charter schools. Instead, the charter sector, on the whole, has and continues to serve disproportionately fewer of Pennsylvania’s vulnerable students than traditional public schools. Economic disadvantage is one proxy for vulnerable students, but there are other proxies as well, including: student with disabilities, English Language Learners, students experiencing homelessness, and students in the dependency and delinquency systems. For instance, data from the PolicyLab at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia suggests that the traditional public schools in the School District of Philadelphia serve much greater concentrations of students in “deep” poverty as compared to Philadelphia’s charter sector.2 Vulnerable students require different kinds of services—and resources—to meet their unique challenges. Notably, based on a comprehensive review of the most recent School Performance Profiles (“SPPs”) and PennData, it is not at all apparent that Pennsylvania’s charter sector is performing any better than traditional public schools even while serving fewer of our most vulnerable student groups.3

Pa. pension fund officials hoping for better-than expected investment returnsInvestment returns are only one piece of the pension pie
Central PA Business Journal By Jason Scott, March 14, 2017 at 3:00 AM
Officials with the state pension fund for school employees said strong investment returns in 2016 leave them "optimistic" that the pension fund will exceed expected returns by the end of the current fiscal year in June.  The Public School Employees' Retirement System, or PSERS, said Friday that it finished the calendar year with a 10.7 percent investment return. PSERS assumes a 7.25 percent rate of return each year.  All major asset classes saw growth last year, officials said. The strongest returns came in energy, commodities and infrastructure investments.  "In addition, the first two months of 2017 have continued a positive trend," said James Grossman Jr., chief investment officer for PSERS. "We remain optimistic about the current fiscal year."  Over a three-year period from the end of 2016, PSERS reported a return of about 5.8 percent. The fund was up 7.4 percent for the five-year period.  PSERS is the 20th largest state-sponsored public pension fund in the nation. At the end of 2016, the fund had net assets of about $51.3 billion and membership of about 257,000 active school employees and about 225,000 retirees.
Between PSERS and the State Employees' Retirement System, or SERS, the unfunded pension liabilities in Pennsylvania were estimated at $74 billion in January. Other estimates peg the figure at more than $60 billion.

Philly district aims to hire 1,000 teachers, launches ad blitz
Inquirer by Kristen A. Graham, Staff Writer  @newskag |  kgraham@phillynews.com Updated: MARCH 15, 2017 — 5:18 PM EDT
You may have spotted them already: radio ads, electronic billboards, and digital videosfeaturing smiling Philadelphia teachers with happy city kids.  “Make an impact today. Teach here,” they proclaim in spots on sports talk, oldies, and light pop stations and others, and on billboards in the city, New Jersey, and the Pennsylvania suburbs, and elsewhere.  The Philadelphia School District just rolled out a 12-week, $160,000 campaign aimed at hiring 1,000 new teachers for the 2017-18 school year — enough to replace those who retire and resign at the end of the current term, and to build a supplemental teacher corps so vacancies can be filled quickly, even after school begins.  Officials said they would focus on hiring teachers for kindergarten through third grade, secondary math and science, special education, music, and foreign languages, as well as those certified to teach bilingual Spanish classes. Those with dual certification in special ed, math, and science are also sought.
They’re also looking for nurses and counselors.  Starting salary for brand-new teachers and counselors is $45,360; nurses, $51,113.

District announces teacher hiring push
It launched an ad campaign with a goal of hiring up to 1,000 new teachers.
The notebook by Dale Mezzacappa March 15, 2017 — 3:58pm
The School District unveiled a major teacher-recruitment campaign on Wednesday, complete with billboards and TV and radio advertising, to hire up to 1,000 teachers for the next school year.  The push is part of an effort to begin hiring earlier so that more jobs are filled when the next school year starts. The District also wants to strengthen partnerships with local universities to help provide teachers, re-establish a teacher residency program, and "expand work with alternate route programs" that often provide a more diverse group of applicants.  One goal is to recruit more teachers of color. According to District data, about half the teachers in the District are white females, about 20 percent are black females, another 20 percent are white males, and less than 5 percent are Black males. About 3 percent are Latino and 2 percent Asian.  Superintendent William Hite in a statement said it is "a great time to teach and work" in the District, citing $440 million in new investments in schools made over the last two years, after a period of drastic cuts brought on by a reduction in state aid.

Layoffs at Khepera Charter School
Inquirer by Martha Woodall, Staff Writer  @marwooda |  martha.woodall@phillynews.com Updated: MARCH 15, 2017 — 5:55 PM EDT
The financially troubled Khepera Charter School in North Philadelphia laid off from nine to 11 staffers Friday because of financial woes.  Those let go included two classroom teachers and several teaching assistants, and could account for as much as a quarter of the school's staff, sources connected to the school said.  Khepera officials did not respond to emails or phone messages seeking comment Wednesday.  “Laying off people in the middle of the year is not a good idea,” said Barbara Gordon, a staff representative for AFT Pennsylvania, the union that represents Khepera’s 16 teachers, including the two laid off. “You break the continuity for the students.”  Gordon said Khepera had combined its two fifth- and sixth-grade classes into one class each.  DawnLynne Kacer, executive director of the district’s charter office, said charter schools are not required to report layoffs unless they involve school leaders. Khepera, she said, had not told her office about the layoffs last week.  She said past financial instability at Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners and Wakisha charter schools led to the sudden midyear closings of those schools.  Walter D. Palmer, founder and former board president of the school that bore his name, became Khepera's CEO last fall. 

Mt. Pleasant Area could lay off 5 teachers amid $1M budget shortfall
Trib Live RENATTA SIGNORINI  | Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 1:09 p.m.
Five teachers at Mt. Pleasant Area Junior-Senior High School could be furloughed next school year as district officials look to bridge a budget shortfall, Superintendent Tim Gabauer said.  Other positions may be eliminated through attrition as officials contend with declining enrollment, he said. School directors this week approved an early retirement incentive plan that would require a minimum of five employees to accept.  “Each and every year, the budgeting process becomes more and more difficult for public schools,” Gabauer said. “Due to the fact that our district enrollment has decreased nearly 10 percent over the last 10-year period, it is critical that we become more efficient as an organization.”  District officials have identified teaching positions in music, physical education, family and consumer science, math and English that could be eliminated for the 2017-18 school year but cautioned the plan could change. The proposal would save about $225,000, business manager Allison Willis said.

INDIANA AREA: Directors vote to reduce teaching staff
Indiana Gazette by CHAUNCEY ROSS on March 14, 2017 10:59 AM
The Indiana Area school board on Monday ordered a round of teaching staff cuts for the 2017-18 school year, a step that would trim expenses by about $550,000 and help close an estimated $1.7 million shortfall in the coming budget.  The school directors accepted the administration’s recommendation to replace 11 of the 17 teachers who have announced their retirements or resignations from the district.  The board approved elimination of five positions, most in the secondary schools, and replacement of one retiree with a part-time teacher.  The directors passed the proposals on divided votes that mirrored the board’s split over the elementary school renovation and construction project. Board members Walter Schroth and Julia Trimarchi Cuccaro generally opposed most of the reductions.  Before directors considered the staff reductions, District Superintendent Dale Kirsch reported on the class loads carried by secondary teachers in the science, English, math and social studies departments and explained how the remaining teachers could absorb the classes left by the departing faculty. In some instances, he said, teachers may have to teach classes in both the junior and senior high buildings.  Saving money through attrition has been a longstanding practice at the district. Kirsch said the district has eliminated 30 teaching positions in the last five years by not filling vacancies.  Kirsch also shared results of a statewide survey of school district business officers on budgeting and staffing.The full report is available online.
https://www.indianagazette.com/news/indiana-news/indiana-area-directors-vote-to-reduce-teaching-staff,26047826/

New law could protect fast-acting school bus drivers
By Sara K. Satullo | For lehighvalleylive.com  Email the author | Follow on Twitter  on March 16, 2017 at 7:00 AM, updated March 16, 2017 at 7:42 AM
A Lehigh Valley lawmaker is continuing his effort to protect school bus drivers who use an Epi-Pen on students experiencing an allergic reaction on the bus.   State Rep. Justin Simmons, R-Lehigh/Montgomery/Northampton, is again sponsoring legislation giving civil immunity to school bus drivers who administer epinephrine auto-injectors to students having an allergic reaction. Qualified drivers must first complete a state developed training program and follow school policies.  The bill was overwhelmingly approved by the state House of Representatives Monday, according to a news release. Now it goes to the Senate for review, where a similar law has twice died after passing the House.

Charter School Growth Report
National Association of Charter School Authorizers
Our nation’s 1,015 charter school authorizers are essential to expanding the number of quality public schools across the country. Authorizers make daily decisions that shape the quantity and the quality of charter schools—directly impacting three million children currently attending charter schools and potentially millions more.  Given their important role in approving new schools and closing failing ones, it’s critical to explore how authorizers are impacting charter school growth and enrollment as a whole.  By taking an inside look at the numbers, this analysis seeks to do just that. Is the slowdown on charter school growth related to a lower approval rate for charter applications?  Do states that add more authorizers see more growth? Explore our key findings on charter school openings, closings, and authorizers below.

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.

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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