Wednesday, April 26, 2017

PA Ed Policy Roundup April 26: House passes #HB97 charter reform 108-84; on to the Senate

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PA Ed Policy Roundup April 26, 2017:
House passes #HB97 charter reform 108-84; on to the Senate


Blogger comment: Please thank your State Reps who voted against HB97 and continue to engage your State Senators with concerns on this legislation
Roll Call Vote on House Bill 97
PA House Website April 25, 2017

House takes 'first step towards modernizing Pennsylvania's outdated charter law'
Penn Live By Jan Murphy | jmurphy@pennlive.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on April 25, 2017 at 7:44 PM, updated April 25, 2017 at 7:47 PM
The House of Representatives on Tuesday sent a charter school reform bill to the Senate renewing the perennial effort to strengthen the state's 20-year-old charter law that state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale calls among the "worst in the nation."  Time will tell if this latest effort, which passed the House by a 108-84 vote, has a different outcome than ones tried during the past five years.  Senate Education Committee Chairman John Eichelberger, R-Blair County, said he has been keeping tabs on the bill's development in the House and views it generally favorably although there are further tweaks he'd like to see made to ensure it's fair to cyber charter schools.  "I appreciate their work and think it's been good work," Eichelberger said. He said his committee will bring the bill up for consideration.  The law that created these independent public schools opened the door to public school choice in Pennsylvania and led to the creation of what is now 162 brick and mortar charter schools and 14 cyber charter schools. But this separate system of public education has been controversial from the outset and provoked a lot of grumbling about funding from both charters and school districts.

Charter School Reform Legislation Approved by Pennsylvania House
Opposition to the reform package argue that the overhaul doesn't go nearly far enough to rein in charter spending. Strong divisions remain among the Philadelphia delegation as well.
NBC10 By Brian X. McCrone April 25, 2017
Charter school reform was approved by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives despite some staunch opposition, which called for more regulations and financial oversight than the current proposal would enforce.  An overhaul of charter school laws in Pennsylvania passed narrowly Tuesday in the state House of Representatives, sending the newest attempt in a series to update a two-decade old code to the state Senate.  Adding members to the state's charter oversight board, capping a surplus that charters could hold in reserve and changing the funding formula for cyber charters highlighted the legislation introduced by Republican Rep. Mike Reese. he bill passed 108-84 despite staunch opposition from traditional education advocacy groups and some Democrats, who didn't think the reform package went far enough in certain aspects like the surplus cap. Democrat Rep. James Roebuck of Philadelphia had amendments rejected before the vote took place.  Roebuck hoped the reforms would include stronger regulations governing charter school building leases and borrowing.

Reese Charter Education Reform Passes House
PA House GOP Website 4/25/2017
HARRISBURG – A bill authored by Rep. Mike Reese (R-Westmoreland/Somerset) aimed at improving charter and cyber charter education in Pennsylvania was passed by the House on Tuesday.   Reese said House Bill 97 meets two important objectives by strengthening school choice but also improving the formula used to fund charter and cyber charter education.
“It was groundbreaking when Pennsylvania established a charter education system 20 years ago, but the law has grown to be somewhat outdated,” Reese said. “This legislation strengthens the fiscal, transparency and academic aspects of charter school operations and will create more of a level playing field in comparison to traditional public schools.”
The bill proposes that charter schools use an academic performance matrix and that teacher evaluations be performed, which is similar to traditional public schools. It also aims to increase enforcement of current truancy laws. Charter schools meeting these objectives will be eligible for longer charter periods. Also included is language to improve public transparency and auditing requirements.
House Bill 97 also addresses a long-standing problem with the cyber charter funding formula by expanding the deductions that school districts use when calculating their per-pupil expenses paid to cyber charter schools. The deductions are estimated to save public school districts roughly $27 million annually.
The legislation calls for a Charter School Funding Advisory Commission to be assembled and work toward identifying further corrections. The commission will include members of the Pennsylvania House and Senate and various education professionals with equal representation from both charter entities and school districts.
Reese explained that revising cyber education funding is imperative.  “There are several flaws in the way we fund cyber charter schools and every day these flaws go unaddressed an unnecessary burden is placed on traditional public schools and taxpayers in general,” Reese added.
The bill, which passed with a bipartisan vote of 108-84, will now be considered by the Senate. During the 2015-16 legislative session, a similar bill was approved by bipartisan votes in the House and Senate but a final version was not advanced before the session expired.


PSBA concerned with House passage of HB 97
Today, the State House of Representatives passed House Bill 97 in an effort to reform charter schools in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, HB 97 falls short in addressing issues with charter schools related to academic performance, accountability, transparency and funding that are so critically needed.  School directors are concerned with the many ways HB 97 misses the mark of substantial reform, including adding more members to the Charter School Appeal Board and tipping control to charter schools; expanding charter renewals to 10 years; and establishing a Charter Funding Commission that lacks the proper focus and direction.
“The charter school law is now 20 years old and showing signs of its age,” said PSBA Executive Director Nathan Mains. “It's time to stop the financial hemorrhaging charters are causing in school funding. In our recent State of Education report, charter funding was the second most mentioned budgetary concern among districts. Why do we refuse to listen to those who know best about the impact charters have on public education?”
Charters are a part of the public education landscape, but true transparency and accountability are needed. HB 97 does not address these issues fully. We look forward to working with the State Senate to amend HB 97 into a piece of legislation that works for all involved.

Education Advocates Call Charter-School Reform Bill Flawed
House Bill 97 continues a financial incentive for charters to underserve severely disabled children.
Public News Service April 25, 2017
HARRISBURG, Pa. – Legislation to reform charter schools in Pennsylvania could come up for a vote any day now, but education advocates say the bill doesn't fix the problem. House Bill 97 could be the first major reform of the state's charter-school law since it was enacted 20 years ago.   But, while it makes some improvements, such as creating a standard student-enrollment application, Kristina Moon, staff attorney at the Education Law Center, says it falls far short of being meaningful reform.  "This misses an opportunity to fix some serious problems that we see with the failure of charter schools to provide quality education in a transparent way that allows the authorizing school districts to hold them accountable," she explained.
Supporters of the bill say it mandates greater financial disclosure, increases transparency and strengthens accountability for charter-school operators.  But according to Moon, HB 97 would create a system for evaluating students, teachers and administrators at charters that would be separate from the system used in other public schools.  "We see this as a big problem because it would prevent families from accurately comparing the school options that are available for their students if there are two different systems," she added.   She says the law also doesn't fix provisions that allow charters to exclude most students with serious disabilities, leaving it up to the regular public schools to provide for their needs.    She says vague language in the bill appears to allow charters to expand into multiple buildings without district approval.  "It deprives the local school board of capping enrollment for charter schools that are not equitably serving all students in the district or providing a quality education," she said.   The Education Law Center says a responsible charter-school law would empower local districts to strategically control charter-school growth as a means to increase options and improve educational outcomes.

Pennsylvania: More on the Disastrous HB 97 for Charter $$$$$
Diane Ravitch’s Blog By dianeravitch April 25, 2017 //
Lawrence Feinberg of the Keystone State Education Coalition writes about HB 97, which is being considered today:
HB97 is on the House calendar for today.
Instead of insisting on an omnibus charter reform bill, the legislature should consider a stand-alone, separate bill creating a charter school funding commission modelled after the successful Basic Education Funding Commission and Special Education Funding Commission, with a task of work limited to charter school funding issues and comprised solely of legislators and executive branch members.  This would be a significant first step in untying the Gordian knot that PA charter reform has become.
HB97 would stack the state’s Charter Appeals Board in favor of charter proponents.
HB97 would increase the terms of charter authorizations and renewals; shouldn’t taxpayer’s elected officials be able to review and approve the expenditure of tax dollars annually?
HB97 does virtually nothing to address the total lack of transparency for public tax dollars spent by charter management companies.
Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts never authorized the 13 chronically underperforming cyber charters and many districts offer cyber programs at significant savings to taxpayers yet all 500 districts are required to send tax dollars to cyber charters.  The legislature should consider a separate piece of legislation dealing solely with cyber charter issues.

A closer look at charter renewal recommendations
The notebook by Dale Mezzacappa and Greg Windle April 25, 2017 — 4:26pm
There is a graphic at the bottom of this story summarizing the recommendations and ratings school-by-school.
As Harrisburg considers significant changes to the state's 20-year-old charter law, Philadelphia's Office of Charter Schools has released detailed renewal reports on most of the 26 charters that the School Reform Commission will consider next week.   Any changes in the charter law will have a huge impact in Philadelphia -- more than 80 of the 160-plus charter schools in Pennsylvania are in the city.  Of the 21 with completed recommendations, only one, Alliance for Progress, was renewed for 5 years without conditions and one, Laboratory Charter of Communications and Languages, was recommended for nonrenewal. The other 19 were approved with conditions that were not specified.  The reviews use three rankings, from highest to lowest: “Meets standard,” “Approaches standard,” and “Does not meet standard.” And the charters were given rankings in three areas: academics, operations, and finances.

“All 86 charter schools in the city have been feeling a pinch since Uri Monson, the School District’s chief finance officer, told them in February that the district’s monthly payments would be reduced for the rest of the academic year.  State law contains a formula that determines the rate charter schools receive based on how much the district spent to educate its students the previous year.  An audit of the district’s books showed that the district had been overpaying charter schools more than $340 per student in regular classes and more than $1,000 for every special education student.  The district is reducing monthly payments to recover the money.”
Universal, Kenny Gamble's charter school company, in financial hot water?
Inquirer by Kristen A. Graham & Martha Woodall - Staff Writers Updated: APRIL 25, 2017 — 5:04 PM EDT
Universal Companies, the Kenny Gamble-founded firm that runs seven charter schools in Philadelphia, appears to be in financial trouble.  Two months before the end of the school year, Universal laid off school staff and central office workers. And it recently sent a memo to employees saying that it needed to alter remaining employees’ pay schedule, pushing back a week’s salary with a promise to repay it before the end of the summer.  Company officials later rescinded the memo, which cited a recent Philadelphia School District edict withholding payments to all 86 charter schools in the city, and said changes were necessary to “ensure the stability of company operations” and “avoid greater near-term disruptions to employees.”  Devon Allen, a Universal spokesman, said the memo was “an accident” that was “issued in error.”  Officials confirmed the layoffs, but declined to specify the number of workers let go. They also would not disclose how employees’ pay would be adjusted.  Eve Lewis, a Universal vice president, said in a statement that the company “has made the necessary adjustments to staff based on the district’s recovery of funds. Classroom instruction was not affected by staff adjustments.”  Universal also abruptly stopped running a school it had been managing in Milwaukee, months after it ceased operating two other charter schools there.

Future of Laboratory Charter School in Philadelphia could be in doubt
WHYY Newsworks BY AVI WOLFMAN-ARENT APRIL 26, 2017
In a year where an unusually high number of charter schools face review, the School District of Philadelphia released renewal recommendations for 21 schools late Monday.  Of those 21, the district's charter school office recommended a standard five-year renewal for 20 schools.  But officials recommended that the School Reform Commission not renew Laboratory Charter School of Communication and Languages, which serves 637 children in three locations — Overbrook, Wynnfield, and Northern Liberties. The charter school office found strong academic performance at Laboratory Charter, but cited financial and organizational concerns in its report.  A recommendation of non-renewal is typically the first step in closing a charter school. If the SRC follows through on that recommendation and votes not to renew Laboratory Charter, the school can appeal to a state review board.

Bellefonte Area School District could see tax hike
Centre Daily Times BY BRITNEY MILAZZO bmilazzo@centredaily.com April 25, 2017
Residents in the Bellefonte Area School District could see a tax increase of up to 2.1 percent for the 2017-18 school year.  But that number is not yet set in stone, district Director of Fiscal Affairs Ken Bean said.  “We’re still analyzing numbers,” Bean said.  In order to have no tax increase, Bean said the district would need an extra $474,869.  According to a document from Bean, the proposed final budget, so far, calls for $50.25 million in expenditures.  That includes funding for four new positions; $19 million that could go toward salaries; health insurance estimated at at $6 million; Rogers Stadium future ADA project at $250,000; future capital projects at $250,000; $2.3 million in charter school funding — a $400,000 increase from the current school year; $1.82 million in tuition for Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology; and bond payments of more than $3 million.  The proposed final budget will be in the hands of the nine-member school board at the next board meeting May 9. By state law, a final budget must be adopted by June 30.  The current year’s budget is $48.825 million.

“More than $4 million of $6.9 million in increased expenses is due to unfunded state and federal mandates, according to Superintendent Dr. James Scanlon.  Scanlon attributed the proposed tax hike, in part, to a $2.7 unfunded mandate for pension expenses, a 10 percent increase over the current year’s budget.  State required expenses for special education students might jump $1.3 million, or 9.4 percent.  “Unfortunately the increase in mandated special education and pension makes it nearly impossible to avoid a tax increase without making cuts to our programs,” Scanlon said.”
Substantial tax hike proposed for West Chester Area School District
Daily Local By Bill Rettew Jr., brettew@dailylocal.com POSTED: 04/25/17, 4:30 PM EDT
WEST GOSHEN >> The West Chester Area School Board passed a proposed $244 million budget, for the 2017-18 school year, with a spending increase of 2.9 percent, during Monday’s meeting, at Spellman Administration Building.  Chester County property owners might realize a tax increase of 3.4 percent. Delaware County WCASD taxpayers might pay 3.9 percent more.  Average Chester County property owners might pay $127 more and Delaware County property owners in the district could be on the hook for an additional $163.  More than $4 million of $6.9 million in increased expenses is due to unfunded state and federal mandates, according to Superintendent Dr. James Scanlon.  Scanlon attributed the proposed tax hike, in part, to a $2.7 unfunded mandate for pension expenses, a 10 percent increase over the current year’s budget.  State required expenses for special education students might jump $1.3 million, or 9.4 percent.  “Unfortunately the increase in mandated special education and pension makes it nearly impossible to avoid a tax increase without making cuts to our programs,” Scanlon said. “We have worked very hard to keep our non-mandated operating expenses as low as possible.”
The district’s biggest expense is salary and benefits for 1,400 employees. The budget for staffers includes a 1.7 percent yearly increase, or about $2.1 million.

Sued once over school tax increases, Lower Merion calls for another hike above state cap
Inquirer by Kathy Boccella, Staff Writer  @Kathy_Boccella |  kboccella@phillynews.com Updated: APRIL 25, 2017 — 1:06 PM EDT
After being sued for raising property taxes above the state cap last year, the Lower Merion School District — which lost the case — is proposing to do the same to fund next year's budget.  On Monday night, about 200 people packed district headquarters in Ardmore to hear administrators make a brief pitch for their $266 million budget proposal for 2017-18, a 2.7 percent increase over the current school year. The tax rate would rise 2.99 percent, meaning a homeowner with a property at the median assessed value of $250,000 -- an estimated market value of $445,000 -- would pay an additional $205.  Last August, a Montgomery County judge ordered Lower Merion to roll back its 2016-17 property tax increase from 4.4 percent to 2.5 percent, the maximum  permitted by the state without a special exception. The lawsuit had been brought by a group of township residents who alleged that the district had hidden large surpluses while raising taxes sharply since 2006. Last week, a Commonwealth Court panel dismissed the district's appeal, citing a procedural problem.

US News & World Report: Lancaster County home to 8 of the best high schools in Pennsylvania
ALEX GELI | Staff Writer
Lancaster County is home to eight of the best high schools in Pennsylvania, according to U.S. News & World Report.  Related: See complete Pennsylvania high school rankings
The publication released its annual Best High Schools rankings Tuesday. It considered 20,487 eligible schools in the U.S., including 675 in Pennsylvania.  The magazine awards gold, silver and bronze medals to schools based on college preparedness, standardized test scores and graduation rates.  Although no Lancaster County schools were awarded a gold medal – reserved for the top 500 in the country – five earned silver medals and three earned bronze medals. Silver medalists  Silver medal-earner Penn Manor High School, which has made the list for three consecutive years, ranked the highest of all county schools — 26th in Pennsylvania and 1,049th nationally.  Penn Manor Superintendent Mike Leichliter said the rankings reflect the improvements made over the years to serve students from all economic backgrounds.

PSBA 2016-17 State of Education Report
PSBA April 2017 Underwritten in part by the Pennsylvania Public Education Foundation.
The past few years have been challenging for public education. A nine-month state budget impasse, soaring pension costs, the adoption of common core academic standards, the enactment and soon to be implemented state plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act are just a few of the more recent developments which have all been accompanied by a greater emphasis on accountability to the public supporting the state’s public schools. The annual State of Education report is intended to be a barometer of not only the key indicators of public school performance, such as standardized test scores, but also the timely challenges that public schools are facing and how they are coping with them. For the inaugural State of Education report, chief school administrators (CSAs) from school districts, career and technical centers (CTCs), and intermediate units (IUs)1 were surveyed; information from publicly available data sources were compiled; and opinions from the public were obtained to gauge Pennsylvanians’ perception of public education. While the goal of the report is to provide a high-level overview of some of the key indicators of the state of public education, some of the key challenges facing public education were further explored not only on a statewide basis, but by examining the responses and data for differences between rural, urban and suburban school districts. As integral pieces of Pennsylvania’s public education system, responses and data related to issues impacting intermediate units and career and technical centers were also examined. https://www.psba.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/SoE-report-041217.pdf

UPCOMING IFO PRESENTATIONS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY TAX REFORM
PA Independent Fiscal Office April 25, 2017 | Presentations
Throughout May, Director Matt Knittel and Deputy Director Mark Ryan will make five presentations on the potential implications of school district property tax reform. The events are sponsored by the Pennsylvania Economy League and will take place at various locations across the state. The full presentation will be posted on May 4th. Click on the links below for additional detail:
READING                  Thursday May 4th 7:30-9:00am
WILLIAMSPORT       Friday May 5th 12:00-1:30pm
YORK                        Thursday May 11th 12:00-1:30pm
WILKES-BARRE        Friday May 12th 12:00-1:30pm
LEHIGH VALLEY       Friday May 19th 12:00-1:30pm

Lawmakers want to walk away from Pa.'s graduation testing requirement before it ever takes effect
Penn Live By Jan Murphy | jmurphy@pennlive.com  Email the author | Follow on Twitter  on April 25, 2017 at 4:03 PM, updated April 25, 2017 at 4:13 PM
Momentum is building in the Pennsylvania Legislature to drive a stake through the heart of a controversial state rule now set to take effect in 2018-19 that requires high school students to pass the Keystone Exams, or a state-approved alternative, to graduate.  A growing bi-partisan group of lawmakers from the House or Senate prefer to leave it up to individual school districts whether they wanted to use a high-stakes test to determine graduation eligibility.  They also have an interest in making other reforms to the state's standardized testing policies. Among them:
·         Bar public schools from buying prep tests to predict a student's ability to succeed on the state exams;
·         Push back the administration of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessments given in grades through eight to three weeks before Memorial Day and require results to be in school administrators' hands by Aug. 15;
·         Limit the use of the PSSAs and Keystone Exams for academic growth calculations and federal accountability purposes;
·         Expand the opt-out provisions beyond the current religious objections and allow parents to hold their children out of testing for health or philosophical concerns as well.
·         Allow local school districts - not the state - decide if passing the Keystone Exams should be a graduation requirement.

New Pennsylvania rules aim to get students vaccinated sooner
Trib Live by EMILY BALSER  | Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 11:54 p.m.
New school vaccination rules that take effect in August will require Pennsylvania children to be fully vaccinated within the first five days of school.  Parents who don't comply will have to provide a medical plan from a doctor outlining when the child will have all vaccinations, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.  “If you can't get in within those five days, that's OK. We just want to know that you and your pediatrician have a plan to catch your kid up,” said Loren Robinson, the state's deputy secretary of health promotion and disease prevention. “Most of this relates to kindergarten registration, because that's when kids are really getting a lot of the vaccines.”  Parents previously had up to eight months to get their children vaccinated.  The changes are being implemented to ensure more accurate reporting of who is vaccinated to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and to reduce the potential for outbreaks, Robinson said.

Helen Gym Wins Emily’s List “Rising Star” Contest!
Diane Ravitch’s Blog By dianeravitch April 25, 2017 //
I am delighted to share with you that Helen Gym won the Emily’s List “Rising Star” contest.
Helen has fought for the children and public schools of Philadelphia, first as a parent leader, now as a member of the City Council.  Helen is smart, fearless, eloquent, and dedicated. She is a tireless fighter for justice and the common good.
This was part of the Emily’s List description of Helen:
“Helen is a progressive champion for the people of Philadelphia,” said Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List. “Her support for quality public education, immigrant rights, and sustainable investments in neighborhoods shows her deep commitment to improving the overall quality of life in her city. EMILY’s List is proud to recognize Helen’s dedication to public service as the EMILY’s List community nominates her for the Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award.”
Elected in 2015, Helen Gym became Philadelphia’s first Asian American woman elected to city council. She won her at-large seat after 20 years of grassroots organizing on behalf of Philadelphia’s public education system and immigrant communities. In her first year, she won historic investments toward universal pre-K and youth homelessness, and expanded resources for public schools. Helen is now leading the charge nationally around sanctuary cities and immigrant rights – and becoming a leading voice for cities resisting and winning with a progressive agenda.
Thanks to all who voted for this wonderful, courageous leader.
Congratulations, Helen!  I am adding Helen to the Honor Roll of this blog!


Trump expected to order study of federal role in education
Washington Post By Emma Brown April 26 at 12:05 AM 
President Trump is expected to sign an executive order Wednesday that would require Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to study how the federal government “has unlawfully overstepped state and local control,” according to a White House official.  Trump has repeatedly pledged to downsize the Education Department and its role in U.S. schools and colleges. The order he plans to sign is “intended to return authority to where Congress intended — state and local entities,” the White House official wrote in an e-mail.  The GOP has long been home to lawmakers who felt that the federal government should not be involved in public education. But complaints of federal overreach intensified during Barack Obama’s administration as the Education Department wielded billions of dollars in stimulus funds — and promises of relief from the much-reviled No Child Left Behind law — to push states toward adopting new teacher evaluations and Common Core academic standards.  A bipartisan 2015 law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, transferred much authority over public schools from the federal government to the states. But many on the right are looking for signs that the Trump administration will push further to unwind the federal role in education.

Trump to Issue Executive Order Calling for Local Control of K-12
Education Week Politics K12 Blog By Alyson Klein on April 25, 2017 10:17 PM
President Donald Trump plans to issue an executive order directing U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to conduct a study to "determine where the federal government has unlawfully overstepped overstepped on state and local control," a White House official said, The executive order is "intended to return authority to where Congress intended—state and local entities."  One such study is unlikely to have a dramatic impact on K-12 education policy.  But the directive is a way for the Trump administration to make it clear it supports local control of schools.  The executive order also seems to be a not-so-veiled shot at the Obama administration, which used $4 billion in Race to the Top funding to entice states to adopt the Common Core State Standards, teacher evaluations using test scores, and more. President Barack Obama's education department also offered states waivers from many mandates of the much-maligned No Child Left Behind Act, in exchange for adopting other policies, such as using dramatic strategies to turnaround low-performing schools.


PSBA Spring Town Hall Meetings coming in May!
Don’t be left in the dark on legislation that affects your district! Learn the latest from your legislators at PSBA Spring Town Hall Meetings. Conveniently offered at 10 locations around the state throughout May, this event will provide you with the opportunity to interact face-to-face with key lawmakers from your area. Enjoy refreshments, connect with colleagues, and learn what issues impact you and how you can make a difference. Log in to the Members Area to register today for this FREE event!
  • Monday, May 1, 6-8 p.m. — Parkway West CTC, 7101 Steubenville Pike, Oakdale, PA 15071
  • Tuesday, May 2, 7:30-9 a.m. — A W Beattie Career Center, 9600 Babcock Blvd, Allison Park, PA 15101
  • Tuesday, May 2, 6-8 p.m. — Crawford County CTC, 860 Thurston Road, Meadville, PA 16335
  • Wednesday, May 3, 6-8 p.m. — St. Marys Area School District, 977 S. St Marys Road, Saint Marys, PA 15857
  • Thursday, May 4, 6-8 p.m. — Central Montco Technical High School, 821 Plymouth Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
  • Friday, May 5, 7:30-9 a.m. — Lehigh Carbon Community College, 4525 Education Park Dr, Schnecksville, PA 18078
  • Monday, May 15, 6-8 p.m. — CTC of Lackawanna Co., 3201 Rockwell Avenue, Scranton, PA 18508
  • Tuesday, May 16, 6-8 p.m. — PSBA, 400 Bent Creek Boulevard, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
  • Wednesday, May 17, 6-8 p.m. — Lycoming CTC, 293 Cemetery Street, Hughesville, PA 17737
  • Thursday, May 18, 6-8 p.m. — Chestnut Ridge SD, 3281 Valley Road, Fishertown, PA 15539
For assistance with registration, please contact Michelle Kunkel at 717-506-2450 ext. 3365.

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!

Pennsylvania Education Leadership Summit July 23-25, 2017 Blair County Convention Center - Altoona
A three-day event providing an excellent opportunity for school district administrative teams and instructional leaders to learn, share and plan together
co-sponsored by PASA, the Pennsylvania Principals Association, PASCD and the PA Association for Middle Level Education
**REGISTRATION IS OPEN**Early Bird Registration Ends after April 30!
Keynote speakers, high quality breakout sessions, table talks on hot topics, and district team planning and job-alike sessions will provide practical ideas that can be immediately reviewed and discussed at the summit and utilized at the district level.
Keynote Speakers:
Thomas Murray
, Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education
Kristen Swanson, Director of Learning at Slack and one of the founding members of the Edcamp movement 
Breakout session strands:
*Strategic/Cultural Leadership
*Systems Leadership
*Leadership for Learning
*Professional and Community Leadership 
CLICK HERE to access the Summit website for program, hotel and registration information.

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

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