Tuesday, May 30, 2017

PA Ed Policy Roundup May 30: Are you planning to attend May 31st School Funding Press Events?

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PA Ed Policy Roundup May 30, 2017:
Are you planning to attend May 31st School Funding Press Events?



Allegheny County: 10:00 a.m., West Mifflin High School, LGI Room - 91 Commonwealth Avenue, West Mifflin, PA 15122

Bucks County: 10:00 a.m. at Centennial School District Board Room, 433 Centennial Road, Warminster, PA  18974.

Delaware County: 10:00 a.m. at Southeast Delco Kindergarten Center, 1 School Lane, Glenolden, PA  19036.

Montgomery County: 10:00 a.m. at Pottstown High School - 750 N Washington St, Pottstown, PA 19464.

Lehigh County: 5:30 p.m., Corner of 7th and Hamilton, Allentown



If you are a member of the press please consider covering events in your area.  If you are a public education advocate please consider attending to show your support.
PA Ed Policy Roundup May 27: Campaign for Fair Education Funding May 31st Press Events with Local School & Community Leaders

Two page summary of ed funding issues by the Campaign for Fair Education Funding
The State of Education Funding in PA
Education Voters PA Posted on May 21, 2017 by EDVOPA

“A lot of those positions are maybe not given the proper thanks that is due to them,” Pennsylvania School Boards Association spokesman Steve Robinson told LNP. “They’re looking into sometimes challenging finances that require them to really take a look at things and make some tough decisions.”  Jonathan Lutz, Columbia’s Republican committee chair, broke it down further.  “I don’t think anybody wants to take the blame for raising property taxes,” he said.  “You’re doing things that impact your next-door neighbor, the guy down the street, the guy that you see every week at the grocery store,” Lutz told LNP. “People don’t want to go to the grocery store and have to answer questions about property tax issues.”
Serving on a local school board is difficult and thankless, but still necessary
Lancaster Online by The LNP Editorial Board May 30, 2017
THE ISSUE - Several school board vacancies in Lancaster County remain unfilled after the May 16 primary election. As LNP reported May 23, there simply weren’t enough candidates to fill the vacancies in Columbia Borough, Manheim Central, Pequea Valley and Solanco school districts. For example, one Republican and no Democrat sought the nominations for a pair of two-year seats up for election this year in Columbia. Other school board openings with no candidates were a four-year seat and a two-year seat in Manheim Central, a four-year seat in Pequea Valley and a four-year seat in Solanco.
It’s a demanding, often thankless job. But someone has to do it. Finding that someone is becoming increasingly difficult.  Unless it’s Manheim Township, where controversy over the planned construction of a new middle school has aroused the passions of candidates and voters alike, or the School District of Lancaster, which had a competitive race, there doesn’t seem to be much appetite for serving on a local school board. That’s a shame.  Why the lack of interest?  As LNP staff writer Alex Geli reported, apathy is one answer. The other is fear, fear of being scrutinized for difficult decisions that affect taxpayers. 

The gerrymander clock continues to tick | Editorial
BY EXPRESS-TIMES OPINION STAFF Updated on May 28, 2017 at 9:33 AMPosted on May 28, 2017 at 6:30 AM
Hello? Was anyone in Harrisburg and Trenton listening last week when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down two cases of racial gerrymandering in North Carolina? In separate cases, the high court said two congressional districts were so packed with black citizens that it actually weakened the voting clout of blacks.  Over-concentrating voters along racial lines -- even if it starts out as a remedy against diluting minority representation -- is unconstitutional. It's a way of "packing" like-minded voters into districts as a political strategy -- and that's never good news for the people getting packed.  Fair redistricting requires a sense of balance, and we can only hope the Supreme Court applies this kind of constitutional thinking to partisan gerrymandering as well as racial gerrymandering. An upcoming case from Wisconsin is going to provide such a test.  Legislative leaders in Pennsylvania and New Jersey need to stay ahead of the gerrymandering curve, no matter how the Supreme Court rules. 

What gifts did local Pa. lawmakers accept in 2016?
Penn Live BY JAN MURPHY  jmurphy@pennlive.com Updated on May 30, 2017 at 1:24 AM Posted on May 29, 2017 at 2:48 PM
Seven state lawmakers and a former state senator from southcentral Pennsylvania were among those legislators who received more than $145,000 in freebies in 2016 that were reported on recently filed financial disclosure statements.  Combined, the gifts that local lawmakers reported receiving totaled more than $12,100. However, Rep. Greg Rothman, R-Cumberland County, returned a $312.99 wedding gift he had been given from a registered lobbyist, so deducting that brings the aggregate total of reported gifts closer to $11,850.  State law requires officials to disclose the value of gifts worth at least $250, except from family members or friends. They also must report transportation, lodging and hospitality worth at least $650 from a given source over the year.

Our view: Charter school rules need to be reworked
Times Leader Editorial POSTED ON MAY 27, 2017 BY TIMESLEADER
The new report released this week on the impact of charter schools should be clarion call telling state legislators it is past time for a serious and honest reworking of the state’s charter school law.  Originally designed as public schools free of many state regulations, the charter system has strayed too far from the idea’s best intentions. The new report, issued by the Pennsylvania Legislative Budget and Finance Committee, spells out recurring problems and sensible solutions.  For starters, the funding system for charter schools needs an overhaul, to assure that they are getting the money they need, but not money in excess. The analysis noted in particular that charter schools tend to get far more money for special education services than they report actually spending. Wither those tax dollars?  The state must also pick up a bigger share of charter costs, particularly cyber charter schools, which are authorized by the state, not a local district, yet siphon local district money.

PA: Report Shows Charter Financial Impact
Curmuducation Blog by Peter Greene Friday, May 26, 2017
Pennsylvania's Legislative Budget and Finance Committee has released a report looking at "Public [sic] Charter Schools Fiscal Impact on School Districts." The findings of the joint committee underscore what many have already been saying-- charter schools, particularly in a badly regulated state like Pennsylvania, are hurting public schools.  The report is 105 pages long, so I'm going to be focusing on just some of the highlights here.
How PA Stacks up Against US: The committee looked to compare PA to its chartery brethren and sistern, so it looked across all forty-three states that allow charter schools. In particular, they noted some differences in charter laws.

School districts have small reserves
Standard Speaker BY KENT JACKSON / PUBLISHED: MAY 29, 2017
The Commonwealth Foundation found that reserve funds held by Pennsylvania school districts hit a record last year and asked when releasing its report, “Is your school district hoarding cash?”  In the Hazleton Area School District, the answer is no.  Hazleton Area carried a fund balance of $7.07 million, which was 4.8 percent of its expenditures a year ago.  In its report on hoarding, the foundation used 20 percent of expenditures as a threshold.  Statewide, 220 of 500 school districts or 44 percent of them had reserves over that mark.  In Northeast Pennsylvania, however, a smaller portion — 27 percent of the schools — had reserves of that size. Specifically, 10 of 37 school districts in Luzerne, Lackawanna, Carbon and Schuylkill counties held reserves in excess of 20 percent of their expenditures.  The Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials recommends that districts maintain reserves of 5 to 10 percent of expenses to cover unexpected bills.  When the state took nine months to distribute aid to schools during a budget impasse two years ago or put a moratorium on paying PlanCon funds to reimburse new construction, fund balances helped schools carry on, Jay Himes, executive director of the association, said.  Schools with fund balances save money when borrowing because the reserves give them higher bond ratings, qualifying them for lower interest rates, Himes said.  Districts also put money aside for upcoming expenses, such as new schools or repairs.

Bipartisan work underway in Pa. on pensions; bill likely won't pay down debt
BY KATIE MEYER, WITF MAY 27, 2017
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.

Blogger note: none of the pension reform legislation being considered by the legislature addresses the shorter term spike in school district pension costs.  In a recent PSBA survey nearly 85% of school districts said that pension costs were the single biggest source of budget pressure, with employer pension contributions up 257% between 2010-11 and 2014-15.
Zippo lights the way on pension reform: Nathan Benefield
PENNLIVE OP-ED By Nathan Benefield Updated on May 29, 2017 at 8:04 AM
Nathan Benefield is vice president and COO of the Commonwealth Foundation, a conservative think-tank in Harrisburg.
The state Senate recently took the first steps toward passing a significant overhaul of Pennsylvania's troubled public pension systems.  Far from entering unchartered waters, Senate Bill 1's critical change, a 401(k)-style pension component, has been tested and approved in the private sector and in other states.  For decades, private-sector companies have been transitioning from traditional pension plans for employees to defined contribution plans like 401(k)s.  In fact, fewer than 5 percent of Fortune 500 companies retain a traditional pension, while more than 80 percent offer a 401(k)-style plan exclusively.  Recently, Zippo--the iconic Pennsylvania-based lighter manufacturer--also announced this transition.

One big fix for the city schools: more racial integration
Post Gazette Opinion by  ROB CULLEN 12:00 AM MAY 28, 2017
Rob Cullen is a master’s student studying public policy at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College 
Haven’t I read this before? That thought kept popping into my head as I went over “Expect Great Things,” the new strategic plan from Pittsburgh Public Schools. Of course I hadn’t — it was only released a few weeks ago — but it’s easy to see why it felt so familiar.   There was the blandly optimistic title. (Other strategic plans released in the past decade have been called “Excellence for All,” “Getting to All,” “Whole Child, Whole Community” and “Empowering Effective Teachers.”) There were the recommendations from outside experts, in this case the Council of the Great City Schools (past plans have solicited opinions from RAND, a New York University sociologist and yes, even the Council of the Great City Schools). There were the strategies themselves — developing more rigorous curriculum, addressing the racial achievement gap and providing better support for teachers have all turned up before.   But most disappointingly, there was the word that wasn’t mentioned — not in this plan or any other the district has released in recent years. It’s an idea that could be one of the most effective ways to actually achieve the Great Things that PPS says we should expect: integration.

“(We) would like to see the state fund public education, especially in Upper Darby and all of the districts that are underfunded,” Mitchell said. “I urge our residents, and taxpayers and staff members to continue to advocate with your state legislators for what is due to our communities and our students.”
Upper Darby school board OK’s proposed budget
Delco Times By Kevin Tustin, ktustin@21st-centurymedia.com@KevinTustin on Twitter
POSTED: 05/29/17, 10:30 PM EDT | UPDATED: 3 SECS AGO
Upper Darby >> The proposed $199 million final budget for 2017-18 with the first tax increase in two years was unanimously approval by the Upper Darby School Board.
Adopted during a special May 23 session following a public May 18 presentation of the plan, the proposed final budget raises taxes 2.99 percent and uses approximately $7 million of the fund balance. Additional staff and security personnel have been added in the budget, while not cutting existing programs or staff.  Public comment was non-existent before the board voted, but a bulk of the school directors – save for an absent Manjit Singh – addressed concerns of the district’s financial sustainability and how to be fair to the taxpayers in what is reported to be the 13th-most underfunded school district in the state.  “I’m still concerned with the tax increase to our residents,” said director Maureen Carey. “It’s a struggle, but yet, I’m not looking to cut any programs for our children … I hope we can continue to do what’s best for our students and our community even though (taxes are) a lot. Taxes here are extremely high.”  If the tax increase holds to the board’s June 20 adoption of a final budget, the millage rate will increase to 36.2689. A house assessed at $100,000 will see their tax bill increase $105 to $3,627 in school taxes alone.  Carey would later add that the lack of appropriate funding from the state and the taxing options become frustrating.  “I’m just very challenged by all of this. There’s a great feeling of frustration on my part, personally, as a board member, that I can’t seem to help children and the community here in Upper Darby,” she said.

Report: Rural school districts face higher than average transportation costs
Bradford Era By ALEX DAVIS Era Reporter a.davis@bradfordera.com May 26, 2017
At some school districts across the region, transportation is costing more than the state average of $820 per student.  The Center For Rural Pennsylvania recently released information on school district transportation expenditures per student from 2015-16, pulling data from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.  Only a few school districts across the region are ranked at spending $1,000-plus per student, and those are the Oswayo Valley School District and the Northern Potter School District in Potter County and the Smethport Area School District in McKean County.  Meanwhile, the Bradford, Kane, Port Allegany and Coudersport school districts spent less than $750 per student on transportation.  “The results are not surprising at all,” Bradford Area School District Superintendent Katharine Pude told The Era on Friday. “Our district is 253 square miles with two separate bus runs needed to transport both elementary and secondary students. In urban districts, many students are able to walk to school and there is not a need for the extensive transportation costs.”

Hopewell Area 'remakes learning'
Beaver County Times By Katherine Schaeffer kschaeffer@timesonline.com May 30, 2017
HOPEWELL TWP. -- Third-grader Aubrey Cumpston is passionate about coding.
Leaning over a table in Hopewell Elementary School’s Makerspace room Wednesday morning, Aubrey demonstrates how to control a gumball-sized robot as it glides along a colorful path traced across a piece of white paper.   “See the top of it? It can scan the line,” she says, gesturing to the Ozobot, which uses a sensor to follow a winding route drawn with special markers.  The Ozobots are just one interactive element of Hopewell Elementary’s Makerspace, a newly converted classroom that teachers can use to encourage students to explore the intersection of science, technology, engineering, the arts and math, or STEAM.  The Makerspace, completed two weeks ago, functions as a sort of hybrid science lab, art room and computer lab where students can pursue long-term projects that incorporate their interests, information from several curriculum areas and a variety of real-world skills.

Student suicides: How does the city respond?
An interview with the city’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Child and Adolescent Services.
The notebook by Paul Jablow May 29, 2017 — 1:11pm
In a recent period of less than two weeks, three Philadelphia students completed suicide. While the incidents all took place away from their schools and appeared to be unrelated, they focused attention on how the schools and the city deal with the fallout when these occur.  In an interview, Kamilah Jackson, a psychiatrist who is the city’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Child and Adolescent Services in the department of Community Behavioral Health/Department of Intellectual disAbility Services discussed the issue.  Following are edited excerpts from her remarks.


New AASA Report: Public Loss, Private Gain
Public Loss Private Gain: How School Voucher Tax Shelters Undermine Public Education
Authors: Sasha Pudelski, assistant director, policy and advocacy, AASA, The School Superintendents Association and Carl Davis, research director, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP).
Public Loss, Private Gain: How School Voucher Tax Shelters Undermine Public Education is a new report by AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), which exposes how state and federal tax policy promotes the privatization of education funding, while simultaneously draining public coffers to enable savvy taxpayers to turn a profit. Seventeen states divert a total of over $1 billion per year toward private schools via school voucher tax credits. When combined with a federal tax loophole, nine of these states’ credits are so lucrative that they allow some upper income taxpayers to turn a profit (at federal taxpayer expense) on contributions they make to fund private school vouchers, all while leaving less resources available for federal investments in education. Simply put, wealthy taxpayers are benefiting from a federally sanctioned voucher tax shelter. Download the report, here.

Maryland slashes 'overtesting' of students, addressing bipartisan concerns
Delmarva Now by Gray Hughes , rghughes@delmarvanow.com Published 1:32 p.m. ET May 25, 2017 | Updated 16 hours ago
On May 25, Gov. Larry Hogan signed into law the More Learning, Less Testing Act, limiting testing to 2.2 percent of the year in Maryland public schools — 23.8 hours each school year in elementary and middle school and 25.7 hours in high school. An exception is eighth grade, where testing is limited to 2.3 percent of the school year — 24.8 hours.  "Today is a huge step in rolling back the disruptive and counterproductive over-testing culture in our schools," said Maryland State Education Association President Betty Weller in a release. "By eliminating more than 700 hours of unnecessary district-mandated testing across the state, our kids will get back days — and in some cases weeks — of instruction time to learn well-rounded skills and gain valuable problem solving ability. We thank legislators for their leadership on this issue and for listening to educators, parents, and students."  Both the House of Delegates and the Senate passed the act unanimously.

Infographic: Medicaid’s Role for Children with Special Health Care Needs
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation May 24, 2017

Trump budget would abandon public education for private choice
Trump’s effort to reshape school financing reflects a vision of education that is not public at all
Salon.com by DEREK BLACK, THE CONVERSATION MONDAY, MAY 29, 2017 07:29 AM EDT
The Trump administration has announced its plan to transform education funding as we know it. The new budget proposal takes aim at a host of elementary, secondary and higher education programs that serve needy students, redirecting those funds toward K-12 school choice in the form of vouchers, tax credits and charter schools.  Public schools that enroll a large percentage of low-income students stand to lose significant chunks of their budget, as well as a number of specialized federal programs for their students. At the same time, the Trump budget will incentivize families to leave not only these schools, but public schools in general.  As a scholar of education law and policy, I note that my recent research on state voucher and charter programs shows that the loss of both money and core constituents proposed by this new budget could throw public education into a downward spiral.

Paul Ryan’s Favorite Charter School
How a Democratic education reformer became a conservative darling.
Politico Magazine By KYLE SPENCER  May 29, 2017
When House Speaker Paul Ryan arrived on a Harlem block earlier this month, the boyish-looking Wisconsinite was greeted by a crowd of irate New Yorkers brandishing homemade signs. One called him a “monster.” Another suggested he had “blood on his hands.”  “How do you sleep at night?” several protesters shouted, alluding to the House’s recent vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  It was a predictable greeting from a historically black neighborhood in a city that went overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton.  What wasn’t so predictable was that the pro-life, social conservative was there to tour a school run by one of the city’s most high-profile Democrats—Eva Moskowitz, the CEO and founder of Success Academy Charter Schools, one of the fastest-growing charter school chains in the country. Moskowitz, who voted for Clinton, is a former council member and an admirer of progressive-icon Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Raised by two lefty professors, she has made it her life’s work to lift poor children of color out of poverty, often portraying herself as a civil rights activist.  Responding to critics who insisted she had no business entertaining the Republican speaker of the House, Moskowitz told me that she had not invited him. “He reached out to our offices and asked if he could come.” And in a letter to her mostly black and Latino parents, some of whom expressed deep reservations about the visitor, she wrote, “We live in a complex and divided time, with many issues needing thoughtful debate and positive change.”

Why do billionaires care so much about charter schools?
L.A. Times Op-Ed by Harold Meyerson May 27, 2017
The billionaires, apparently, we shall always have with us — even when we decide how to run the state-funded schools where they rarely send their own kids.  In the Los Angeles school board elections earlier this month, a number of billionaires, including Eli BroadNetflix founder Reed Hastings and two Walton family siblings, poured millions into the campaigns of two charter-school advocates. These billionaire-sponsored candidates defeated two badly outspent opponents who took a more cautionary stance on expanding charters, lest they decimate the school district’s budget. In total, pro-charter groups outspent teacher unions, $9.7 million to $5.2 million. (In the 2016 state legislative campaigns, the charterizers outspent the unions by a far larger margin, $20.5 million to $1.2 million.)  Though a number of the billionaires who’ve involved themselves in the charter cause are conservatives and Republicans, the actual election battles they join almost always pit Democrat against Democrat — in part because nearly all big cities are now overwhelmingly Democratic. In California, where Republicans’ numbers have ebbed past the point of power, the lion’s share of billionaires’ legislative campaign contributions have gone to more centrist Democrats, who not only are reliable votes on charter issues but also often oppose environmental and other measures advanced by their more progressive colleagues.

This is what Betsy DeVos thinks about people who oppose her school-choice vision
Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss May 29 at 1:45 PM 
During the Obama administration, Education Secretary Arne Duncan got pretty steamed at people who opposed his school reform efforts, especially his support for the Common Core State Standards. In 2013, for example, he went after Core critics, telling a group of state schools superintendents:  “It’s fascinating to me that some of the pushback is coming from, sort of, white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were, and that’s pretty scary.”  That same year, he said the Core “has become a rallying cry for fringe groups” — without noting that critics had come from all across the political spectrum. He frequently denounced the “status quo” as indefensible and criticized opponents as wanting to maintain that status quo.  Now we have a new education secretary, Republican Betsy DeVos, and she is taking attacks on people who disagree with her to a whole new level. She, too, has denounced the status quo as unacceptable and has suggested that those who oppose her want to maintain it. She said at the Brookings Institution in March:  The reflexive question asked, often politely, by critics of choice is why should we not simply fix the broken schools first? If only schools received more funding, they say, the schools could provide a better learning environment for those being left behind.
I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but we should not pretend that the status quo is acceptable.  Actually, most critics of school choice don’t say that more money is the sole answer to improving troubled public schools. They are certainly concerned that many districts are actually starved for funds — just look at Oklahoma, where some schools are operating only four days a week because of financial woes — but they have long said that the standardized test-based accountability systems that were the focus of the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have severely harmed public education.  Many DeVos critics agree with her about the failure of some of the “reform” programs of the past — but they don’t buy her solution, seeing the push to spend taxpayer dollars on nonpublic and religious education as simply a way to privatize public education.


Public hearing on the Keystone Exams: West Chester June 2nd 12:30 pm
Senate Education Committee Meeting FRIDAY - 6/2/17 12:30 p.m., West Chester University, Business and Public Management Center, 50 Sharpless Street, West Chester

Public hearing on graduation requirements as tools for assessments and accountability June 5th 10 am Capitol
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:
·         2017-19 Central Section at Large Representative – includes Regions 4, 5, 6, 9 and 12  (for the remaining two years of a three-year term)
·         2018-20 Western At Large Representative – includes   Regions 1, 2, 3, 13 and 14 (three-year term)
In addition to the application form, PSBA Governing Board Policy 302 asks that all candidates furnish with their application a recent, print quality photograph and letters of application. The application form specifies no less than three letters of recommendation and no more than four, and are specifically requested as follows:
o    One from superintendent or school director of home entity
o    One from a school director from another school district
o    Other individuals familiar with the candidate's leadership skills
PSBA Governing Board Policy 108 also outlines the campaign procedures of candidates.
All terms of office commence January 1 following election.

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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