Michael Roth is the principal of Olney Elementary School. He has worked as an administrator in traditional and charter public schools.
WITF Written by Katie Meyer, Capitol Bureau Chief | May 25, 2017 10:08 PM
(Harrisburg) -- A bipartisan group of legislative leaders has been working on a major proposal to change how state employee pensions are structured. The commonwealth's roughly $70 billion unfunded pension liability has been dogging lawmakers for years. But the plan most likely to move forward won't attempt to reduce that debt significantly. Instead, leaders say the measure will look similar to one they attempted to pass last session, which disintegrated without a vote because Democrats refused to support it. It would give state employees a few retirement options to choose from, including a 401k-style plan and two defined benefit/defined contribution hybrids. Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, who's sponsoring it, has long held that the point of this reform should be to shift some risk away from taxpayers and onto state employees.
NAOMI NIX Naomi@the74million.org nsnix87 May 24, 2017
On a recent Monday morning, Chyna Foster was touring the halls of West Catholic Preparatory High School on Philadelphia’s working-class West Side. Dressed in her uniform — a gray skirt and blue cardigan — she offered a “Good morning, Sister” to a teacher, passing portraits of alumni who had made their mark on the school since its founding in 1916. A friend and relative of many alums, Foster, 17, had little doubt she would enroll at West Catholic rather than her neighborhood high school when she graduated from middle school three years ago. But had it been just two years earlier, Foster might not have been able to follow in their footsteps. In 2012, the school was one of nearly 50 put on the chopping block by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in the face of a 35 percent drop in Catholic school enrollment over the previous decade. At West Catholic, the building that had once held about 3,000 students had just 236. But today, due to the efforts of entrepreneurs and educators — and a surprising willingness by the archdiocese to hand control of every high school and more than one-quarter of its K-8 schools to two nonprofits — things have turned around dramatically.
Standard Speaker by KENT JACKSON / PUBLISHED: MAY 26, 2017
TRIBUNE-REVIEW by MATTHEW MEDSGER | Thursday, May 25, 2017, 10:09 p.m.
“Superintendent Stephen Butz noted that contributions to the state retirement system (PSERS), health care and charter and special education costs as major expense drivers. Those three areas alone add up to $20 million.”
Southeast Delco approves final budget with tax increase
Senate Education Committee Meeting MONDAY - 6/5/17 10:00 a.m., Hearing Room 1, North Office Building
Nominations for PSBA Allwein Advocacy Award due by July 16th
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.
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
*Leadership for Learning
*Professional and Community Leadership