PRESIDENT, CARBONDALE AREA SCHOOL BOARD
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MAY 10, 2017 BY Stephen Herzenberg Keystone Research Center TIMESLEADER
Titusville Herald By Sydney Sample Herald Staff Writer Posted May 10, 2017 5:00 am
The spring season has been a time of number crunching for the Titusville Area School District. In a statement released by the district, it was noted that the administration and financial committee were able to reduce the originally contained deficit of $1,126,000 to $517,694. It was cited in the same statement that the new figure was achieved after several meetings. The proposed budget is presently at $32,365,690 in expenditures, against $31,241,996 in projected revenues. Even though there will still be a tax hike for those in the district, the amount comes in under the Act 1 index allowable amount. Business manager Shawn Sampson relayed to board members that the district is looking at a tax increase of $213,803. While it is an increase, Sampson said in an interview that it is $100,000 less than the maximum Act 1 index, of $317,000. Titusville Area School District administration and the financial committee worked the tax hike in to lower the deficit to $517,694. It is projected that Crawford County will see an increase of 1.14 mills (2.9 percent); Venango County — 0.28 mills (1.7 percent); and Warren County — 1.32 mills (2.7 percent). One mill equals $1 for every $1,000 in a property’s assessed value. The district released in the statement that the “major items impacting this budget are the continued increase in the district’s required contribution to the pensions, health insurance cost, and special education cost (which the state and federal government continue to underfund).”
Betsy DeVos was asked to address education reporters at their annual convention. She said no.
Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss May 12 at 2:00 PM
President Trump listens as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during a meeting with parents and teachers at the White House on Feb. 14. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)
Every U.S. education secretary has found time to address the Education Writers Association convention, and the organization was hoping that Betsy DeVos would agree to do the same thing at its 2017 convention in Washington. It’s not happening. Caroline Hendrie, EWA executive editor, said the association invited DeVos to speak at the convention right after she was confirmed by the Senate as education secretary on Feb. 7 (which, you may remember, happened only after Mike Pence broke a tie in the Senate, becoming the first vice president in history to do so for a Cabinet nominee). When no response was forthcoming, Hendrie said the invitation was renewed several times, but it was not until late April that a staff member at the Education Department called to decline. Why? According to Hendrie, “They couldn’t make it work for her schedule.” The Education Department did not respond to a query about why they couldn’t make it work. The conference, at the new FutureEd think tank at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy, is scheduled for May 31 to June 2, Wednesday through Friday. Though DeVos does not often have public events on Fridays, she does on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
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Education Law Center/Youth United for Change May 2017
This is a short survey developed by Youth United for Change and the Education Law Center, which we're asking community members statewide - including students, parents, school staff, and others connected to public schools - to complete. The survey asks respondents to share their story to inform legislators about what their school/district needs and how cuts to education have impacted their education. While we'd prefer responses by April 30th, the survey will remain live at least until June. We'd be incredibly appreciative if you could share the survey with your networks - by including the link in your monthly newsletter, sharing via your social media postings, or as its own e-blast - to help as many people as possible share their stories. We expect the survey will take respondents less than 5 minutes to complete and can be completed anonymously.
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Nominations for PSBA Allwein Advocacy Award
The Timothy M. Allwein Advocacy Award was established in 2011 by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association and may be presented annually to the individual school director or entire school board to recognize outstanding leadership in legislative advocacy efforts on behalf of public education and students that are consistent with the positions in PSBA’s Legislative Platform. In addition to being a highly respected lobbyist, Timothy Allwein served to help our members be effective advocates in their own right. Many have said that Tim inspired them to become active in our Legislative Action Program and to develop personal working relationships with their legislators. The 2017 Allwein Award nomination process will begin on Monday, May 15, 2017. The application due date is July 16, 2017 in the honor of Tim’s birth date of July 16.
Electing PSBA Officers; Applications Due June 1
All persons seeking nomination for elected positions of the Association shall send applications to the attention of the chair of the Leadership Development Committee, during the months of April and May an Application for Nomination to be provided by the Association expressing interest in the office sought. “The Application for nomination shall be marked received at PSBA Headquarters or mailed first class and postmarked by June 1 to be considered and timely filed.” (PSBA Bylaws, Article IV, Section 5.E.).
Open positions are:
All terms of office commence January 1 following election.
- 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
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
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