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PA Ed Policy Roundup July 21: 95% graduate; but every year, Boys Latin loses at least 1/3 of its students

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PA Ed Policy Roundup July 21, 2017:
95% graduate; but every year, Boys Latin loses at least 1/3 of its students

The PA Ed Policy Roundup will be on vacation next week.
We’ll be back online July 31sth.

House to hold session amid swirling budget disagreements
AP News By MARC LEVY July 20, 2017
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania House of Representatives prepared to return to Harrisburg for an unusual weekend session amid a three-week stalemate with the Senate and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf over how to resolve a gaping hole in state government’s $32 billion budget plan.  Amid wider disagreements over taxes, gambling and liquor policy, House Republican aides worked Thursday to prepare a no-new-taxes package that would borrow roughly $1.5 billion and raid hundreds of millions of dollars more from off-budget programs.  The forthcoming legislation ordered up by House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, could leave Wolf to decide which off-budget programs to tap, and how much cash to divert from each, up to a certain limit.  Talks with the Senate and Wolf’s office were effectively on ice Thursday. House Republicans acknowledged that it was unclear whether their huge, albeit fractured majority can pass any sort of revenue package without help from Democratic lawmakers, who are backing Wolf’s bid to secure a $700 million to $800 million tax package.  Wolf has maintained that some sort of tax increase is necessary to avoid another downgrade to a credit rating battered by the state’s entrenched post-recession deficit. Another downgrade would make it more expensive for the state to borrow money.

“Every year, Boys Latin loses at least one-third of its students, and never replaces them.”
- It's a lot easier to have high college acceptance and persistence rates when you don't have to educate everyone who shows up on your front steps.
- It's a lot easier to have high college acceptance and persistence rates when kids who can't cut it in your program decide it's a "beautiful thing" to leave.
- Why does a school like Boys Latin, which skims the cream, get all sorts of extra funding while the Philadelphia public schools, which must educate everyone, remain chronically underfunded?
I have no doubt the staff of Boys Latin is full of dedicated, caring professionals who are working hard every day to give their students a great education. But I see very little in their model that could be scaled up.”

When "Miracle" Charter Schools Shed Students
Jersey Jazzman Blog Thursday, July 20, 2017
As I noted, NBC's Sunday Night with Megan Kelly broadcast a story earlier this month about Boys Latin Charter School, a "successful" charter school in Philadelphia which claims to have ten times the college completion rate of its neighboring high schools.  To his credit, reporter Craig Melvin didn't swallow the claims of the school whole, and pushed back on the idea that Boys Latin serves an equivalent student population to those surrounding high schools. But he did miss two important points:    First, and as I documented in the last post, Boys Latin raises funds outside of the monies it collects from public sources. The amounts add up to thousands of dollars per pupil per year.  As Bruce Baker notes in this (somewhat snarky) post, you really can't make a comparison between two schools and call one "successful" without taking into account the differences in resources available to both. Philadelphia's public school district has been chronically underfunded for years. It's hardly fair for Boys Latin to collect millions in extra revenue, then brag about their college persistence rate compared to schools that don't have enough funding to provide an adequate education.

“HB 97 does not address the continued abysmal academic performance of the state’s cyber charter schools — none of which have met the minimum proficiency standard on the state’s school performance profile.
HB 97 strips local control from school districts and ties the hands of school boards. If HB 97 becomes law, local school boards would be prohibited from requesting any information from charter applicants beyond the information in a state-created application form; local school boards would be subjected to the whim of charter operators to amend their charter; and local school board decisions regarding charter applications and renewals would be at the mercy of the state’s Charter Appeal Board, which would be stacked with charter school supporters.”
#HB97: Senators protect charter schools at expense of local districts
Public Opinion Online Opinion by Susan Spicka Published 9:32 a.m. ET July 20, 2017
Susan Spicka is Executive Director, Education Voters of PA
At 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 9, while many Pennsylvanians were asleep, the PA Senate passed a controversial charter school bill with the support of Franklin County Senators Alloway and Eichelberger.  HB 97, a bill backed by the deep-pocketed charter school industry, is touted by its supporters as “reform.” However, this bill offers no benefit to taxpayers or students in Franklin County and fails to fix many of the most egregious problems in Pennsylvania’s charter school law.
In Franklin County, taxpayers spend more than $6.6 million on cyber charter school tuition bills every year. Under PA law, school districts (i.e., local taxpayers) are responsible for 100% of charter school tuition payments.  The original version of HB 97 would have reduced school district overpayments to cyber charter schools by using a formula to more accurately calculate the actual cost of cyber education. This recalculation would have offered $27 million in immediate relief to cash-strapped school districts that have been forced to make deep cuts and raise local property taxes to balance their budgets.

Letters from the Editor: Pa.’s natural gas industry taxed enough
Delco Times Opinion by David Spigelmyer, Marcellus Shale Coalition, Pittsburgh, Pa. POSTED: 07/20/17, 9:36 PM EDT | UPDATED: 4 HRS AGO
To the Times:
We’re disappointed in the lack of leadership from several lawmakers – and some editorial pages – who continue to call for massive energy tax increase that’ll cost jobs and harm Pennsylvania’s economic competitiveness (“How fiscal follies rule in Harrisburg,” Jul. 16).  Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry is already taxed. Period. The impact tax structure is a national model for success as its generated more than $1.2 billion in new revenue, benefitting every county and investing hundreds of millions in statewide environmental programs. Last year alone, Pennsylvania’s impact tax on drillers – which is paid on top of every other business tax in the Commonwealth – was the equivalent of a 9.16% effective rate on production.  When compared to other states, Pennsylvania’s impact tax was the highest effective rate in the nation, generating more revenue in 2016 than the severance tax in Ohio, West Virginia, Colorado and Arkansas – four of the top energy producing states – combined. Think about that. In fact, states whose budgets heavily depend on severance tax revenues have suffered in recent years as the energy market continues through a historic downturn that’s resulted in deep and painful job loss.

Gerrymandering: Politicians are choosing their voters. So, what about it?
Centre Daily Times Letter by BY CARL EVENSEN JULY 20, 2017 10:16 PM
Democracy is in crisis. Only 20 percent of the country approves of the way Congress is doing its job.  There appears to be no compromise, no general agreement, no civility. Voting turnout is down, and too often the candidate with the most votes doesn’t get elected. What’s happening? The strength and integrity of our electoral process has become more vulnerable. Stories of Russian cyberattacks and meddling, aging voting machines, outdated software and our own indifference undermine integrity. But there is another cause that’s real, proven, growing and the most immediate. It is partisan gerrymandering: when the majority party draws boundaries (districts) that concentrate supporters of the opposition into a few voting districts (“packing”) or spreads them thinly across many districts (“cracking”). The way the lines are drawn determines who controls the governing body, shapes legislative priorities and behavior and defines which bills get passed into law and which never receive a vote.

York City board approves hearing officer for Thackston revocation
York Dispatch by Junior Gonzalez, 505-5439/@JuniorG_YD Published 9:35 a.m. ET July 20, 2017 | Updated 5:12 p.m. ET July 20, 2017
The York City school board quietly appointed a hearing officer Wednesday night for the upcoming charter revocation hearings for Helen Thackston Charter School.  Ellen C. Schurdak, an attorney with the Bethlehem, Lehigh County, law firm King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul LLC, will oversee the public proceedings that are set to begin in a matter of weeks.  The board meeting, which lasted less than 20 minutes, did not include discussion of the appointment, which was approved unanimously with other consent agenda items.

Pensions, special education and debt: why are these three school districts raising taxes much higher than their peers?
Penn Live By Nora Shelly Posted on July 20, 2017 at 8:15 AM
Most central Pennsylvania school districts raised taxes an average of 2 percent in their 2017-18 budgets, but there are a few districts where property owners are seeing much larger increases in their tax bills.  Residents of West Perry, South Middleton and Central Dauphin school districts in particular will see their property taxes increase 5 to 7 percent.  Under law, school boards can't raise taxes above a state-determined index unless they hold a public referendum. In practice, however, such referendums are rare because districts can apply to the state for exceptions that allow them to raise rates above the index if their rising costs are driven by pension system payments, special education, or debt services.

School officials thwarting property tax reform | Letter
Express-Times Letters to the Editor by Brian Fake Upper Mount Bethel Township Updated on July 20, 2017 at 9:01 AMPosted on July 20, 2017 at 9:00 AM
The Property Tax Independence Act, HB/SB 76, is legislation proposing to replace school property taxes, dollar for dollar, with a broader sales tax and increased personal income tax. Its purpose is to put controls on school districts that continue to raise taxes well beyond the rate of inflation or the ability of homeowners to pay.  The bill protects homeowners from property seizure and eviction for unpaid property taxes, which happens to 10,000 Pennsylvanians each year. They include widows, disabled veterans and the sick living on fixed incomes, who have to choose between paying their taxes and keeping their homes, or buying medicine and preserving their health. It's a fair bill that fully funds school districts while protecting the vulnerable.

Vo-tech students on path to top-rung colleges, even Ivy League
Inquirer by Kathy Boccella, Staff Writer  @Kathy_Boccella | Updated: JULY 20, 2017 — 5:04 PM EDT
Matt Love was a puzzle no one knew how to solve.  He had been traumatized by his father’s drowning death a week before his fourth birthday. By second grade, he was bored and acting out, so unruly that the private school he attended asked him to leave halfway through the year. Told her son probably would never amount to much, Joyce Love home-schooled him, waiting until eighth grade to send him back to the classroom, this time at a public middle school in Gloucester Township.  It did not go well.  The socially awkward boy was bullied. And while his mother pleaded with administrators to challenge him academically with honors courses, they instead placed him among low achievers, many with behavioral problems.  Failing at school “destroyed my self-esteem,” said Love, now 18, a shy teen with braces who lives with his mother and younger brother, Tyler, in a neat Cape Cod in Blackwood, with a wishing well out front. College seemed out of the question, so his teachers suggested a familiar track for kids without academic aspirations: vocational school. At Camden County Technical Schools, he and his mother decided he would learn HVAC repair, prepping for a career working on heating and air-conditioning ducts. It was a fateful decision, but not in a way anyone could have imagined.

Kenney, Hite announce Block by Block Party with Minecraft
Inquirer by Adia H. Robinson, STAFF WRITER Updated: JULY 20, 2017 — 5:58 PM EDT
On Thursday, Mayor Kenney and Philadelphia School Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. announced the Block by Block Party, a partnership among the city, the School District, Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY), and the University of the Sciences.  And then they played some Minecraft.  The Block by Block Party will bring 1,500 children to USciences on Sept. 16 and 17 to play the game in which children build their own worlds and go on adventures. Tickets are $35 for gamers and $20 for those who just want to attend the block party, where there will be vendors, arts, crafts, and scientific demonstrations.  “This event will raise funds for a new grant program to bring innovative technology to district schools, as well as support PCCY,” Hite said at the announcement.  Kenney spoke about the popularity of the game among his favorite constituents, children.  “Educators across the country and worldwide are noticing that Minecraft has the power to help our kids learn,”  he said. “They learn things like natural sciences, construction skills, math, problem solving, and, the best of all, they explore their own creativity.”

Philly District officials honored in D.C. with sustainability award
by the Notebook July 20, 2017 — 3:47pm
Since introducing its first-ever sustainability plan called GreenFutures in 2016, the School District of Philadelphia has been working to improve the health and wellness of its schools, students, and staff. On Wednesday that work was honored when representatives from the District received the U.S. Department of Education’s 2017 Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Award during a ceremony in Washington, D.C.  The District is one of just nine school districts nationwide to receive this recognition, which highlights the work of schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.  “The District made significant efforts this year to make our schools more sustainable,” said Superintendent William Hite in a statement. “We are grateful to the support of our dedicated partners and staff that helped make this exciting award possible.”

Legendary football coaches say Catholic/private school teams are problem
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by MIKE WHITE 11:28 PM JUL 20, 2017
What if I told you some of the greatest coaches in the history of WPIAL football got together for lunch and shared stories, opinions and laughs? OK, so it might not make for a “30 for 30” edition, but it was “10 for 49.”  Seated around a few tables inside the restaurant at the Grand View Golf Course Monday were 10 of the WPIAL great ones — some retired, some still active coaching. It was a unique lunch, and it had nothing to do with the food. Between the 10 coaches were 49 WPIAL football championships. Every coach won at least three and some grabbed sandwiches with a hand that had a championship ring.  Oh yeah, there were also 2,535 wins between this group, three of the four winningest coaches in WPIAL history and seven of the top 14. Their ages ranged from late 40s to 80s.

Number of Girls Taking AP Computer-Science Exam More Than Doubles
Education Week By Rachel Lerman, The Seattle Times July 19, 2017
More girls than ever took an AP computer-science exam this year, Seattle nonprofit announced Tuesday, calling the results “incredible.” crunched the numbers from the AP College Board, which shows that 29,708 girls in the U.S. took an Advanced Placement computer science exam this year, more than double the number from 2016.  Girls made up about 27 percent of the 111,262 students who took an AP computer-science exam in 2017.  The number of minorities underrepresented in the tech industry—black, Latino, and Native American—who took the exam nearly tripled from last year, reaching 22,199 students this year. That was about 20 percent of the total., which develops curriculum and trains teachers to teach computer-science courses, heralded the results.  The technology industry has struggled with diversity issues for decades, a fact that increasingly has been brought to light in recent years.  Part of’s mission is to bring coding education to women and minorities who are underrepresented in the industry.

DeVos tells conservative lawmakers what they like to hear: More local control, school choice
Washington Post By Emma Brown July 20 at 5:05 PM 
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos blasted Washington, teachers unions and “defenders of the status quo” Thursday as she pledged to shrink the role of the federal government in U.S. schools and colleges.  “This drives the big-government folks nuts, but it’s important to reiterate: Education is best addressed at the state, local and family levels,” DeVos said, winning applause from lawmakers gathered in Denver for the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Conference (ALEC), an influential group known for promoting conservative policy goals nationwide.  DeVos has long been an ardent proponent of giving states more power over education, but some conservatives questioned her local-control credentials in recent weeks as the Education Department began reviewing state plans to implement a sweeping new federal law, the Every Student Succeeds Act.  State officials viewed some of the department’s feedback as overreaching and nitpicking criticism seemingly out of line with DeVos’s pledge to get Washington out of the way. In her remarks Thursday, she assured state legislators from across the country that she had no intention of overstepping and was actively seeking ways to shrink the federal footprint in education.  “The time of inefficient, top-down, one-size-fits-all mandates is over,” DeVos said. “This approach does not work, it has not worked, and it will never work.”

Remarks from Secretary DeVos to the American Legislative Exchange Council
U.S. Department of Education Website JULY 20, 2017
Thank you, Lisa, for the kind introduction.
It's good to be here at ALEC, with so many friends and quality leaders shaping policy across all 50 states. A special thanks to my fellow Michiganders, thanks so much for joining us and for your hard work in the Great Lakes State.  I'm no stranger to state-based advocacy; it was a primary focus of mine for 30 years before I entered public service.  After my husband Dick and I acknowledged our philanthropy could only directly help a limited number of kids, we jumped into the policy arena to empower as many students and parents as possible. It was the only way to help foster the fundamental – and necessary – shift in how we approach education in America.
This advocacy has led to some... let's call it... "excitement" on the Left. You're certainly no strangers to organized protests by defenders of the status quo. But, it's the first time in recent history I've been to an event where the protesters aren't necessarily here just for me! But I consider the "excitement" a badge of honor, and so should you. Our opponents, the defenders of the status quo, only protest those capable of implementing real change. You represent real change.  You have led the way in helping states across the nation craft innovative solutions to today's problems: in healthcare, taxes, regulations, entitlements, and importantly, education.
Instead of seeking today's headlines, you've played the long game. We've all benefitted from this patient approach. Through your leadership, your respective states have truly become the laboratories of democracy our Founders intended. Thank you for putting their vision into practice.

Betsy DeVos Urges States to Take Reins on K-12 Policy
Education Week By Jackie Zubrzycki on July 20, 2017 5:46 PM
Denver At a conference of the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos encouraged states to take the lead in creating new, more-flexible education policies and pledged that the U.S. Department of Education would focus on clearing away regulations and obstacles to state autonomy.  Along the way, DeVos criticized the American Federation of Teachers and the previous administration's Education Department, which she said had issued inappropriate regulations. She also put in a strong plug for her signature issue of school choice—but said that the federal government would not mandate a particular approach.   "States are best equipped to solve the unique problems each of them faces," she said to an audience of state legislators, lobbyists, representatives from private companies, and other members of ALEC, which prepares model legislation and policies. "My job is to get the federal government out of the way so you can do your jobs."

NAACP Leaders Meet This Week. What Will They Say About Charter Schools?
Education Week Charters and Choice Blog By Arianna Prothero on July 20, 2017 4:12 PM
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People kicks off its annual convention on Saturday, and school choice advocates will be watching to see if the venerable civil rights group will change its hardening posture toward charter schools.  This time last year, NAACP state leaders took the extraordinary step of calling for a ban on opening any new charter schools. Soon after, the Movement for Black Lives (a coalition of groups that includes Black Lives Matter) announced its own push for a moratorium on charter schools.  The back-to-back announcements were a public relations blow to the charter movement, a visible segment of which devotes itself to serving low-income, mostly black and Latino students. The anti-charter stance of the civil rights groups also further exposed rifts in support among African Americans for charter schools.
This friction has surfaced periodically since then, as the NAACP conducted a nationwide "listening tour" to hear from families, teachers, and other community members in cities with large numbers of charter schools, such as New York, New Orleans, and Los Angeles.  A report on the findings from the listening tour will be released during the group's upcoming meeting.

2017 Pennsylvania Arts and Education Symposium
November 2, 2017 - Radisson Harrisburg Hotel & Convention Center
Submission Deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 28, 2017
The Pennsylvania Arts Education Network Steering Committee invites arts educators, artists, and arts advocates to submit education and advocacy session proposals for the 7th Annual Pennsylvania Arts and Education Symposium to be held on Thursday, November 2, 2017, at the Radisson Harrisburg Hotel & Convention Center.   Proposed Sessions should be for 60 minutes.  Presenters may express a preference for a morning session (starting approximately 10:00 am) or afternoon session (starting approximately 2:00 pm).
The Symposium Planning Committee will review all proposals. The final decision for inclusion in the Symposium will be made by the Committee.  If invited to present, Session presenters must register for the Symposium at the "Very Early Bird Rate" ($50.00) by September 15, 2017.

The deadline to submit cover letter, resume and application is August 25, 2017.
PSBA seeking experienced education leaders: Become an Advocacy Ambassador
PSBA is seeking applications for six Advocacy Ambassadors who have been involved in day-to-day functions of a school district, on the school board, or in a school leadership position. The purpose of the PSBA Advocacy Ambassador program is to facilitate the education and engagement of local school directors and public education stakeholders through the advocacy leadership of the ambassadors. Each Advocacy Ambassador will be an active leader in an assigned section of the state, and is kept up to date on current legislation and PSBA position based on PSBA priorities to accomplish advocacy goals.  PSBA Advocacy Ambassadors are independent contractors representing PSBA, and serve as liaisons between PSBA and their local and federal elected officials. Advocacy Ambassadors also commit to building strong relationships with PSBA members with the purpose of engaging the designated members to be active and committed grassroots advocates for PSBA’s legislative priorities.  This is a 9-month independent contractor position with a monthly stipend and potential renewal for a second year. Successful candidates must commit to the full 9-month contract, agree to fulfill assigned Advocacy Ambassador duties and responsibilities, and actively participate in conference calls and in-person meetings

September 19 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Hilton Reading
Berks County Community Foundation
Carol Corbett Burris: Executive Director of the Network for Public Education
Alyson Miles: Deputy Director of Government Affairs for the American Federation for Children
James Paul: Senior Policy Analyst at the Commonwealth Foundation
Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig: Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and the Director of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership at California State University Sacramento
Karin Mallett: The WFMZ TV anchor and reporter returns as the moderator
School choice has been a hot topic in Berks County, in part due to a lengthy and costly dispute between the Reading School District and I-LEAD Charter School. The topic has also been in the national spotlight as President Trump and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos have focused on expanding education choice.  With this in mind, a discussion on school choice is being organized as part of Berks County Community Foundation’s Consider It initiative. State Sen. Judy Schwank and Berks County Commissioners Chairman Christian Leinbach are co-chairs of this nonpartisan program, which is designed to promote thoughtful discussion of divisive local and national issues while maintaining a level of civility among participants.  The next Consider It Dinner will take place Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at 5 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pa. Tickets are available here.  For $10 each, tickets include dinner, the panel discussion, reading material, and an opportunity to participate in the conversation.

Apply Now for EPLC's 2017-2018 PA Education Policy Fellowship Program!
Education Policy and Leadership Center
Applications are available now for the 2017-2018 Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP).  The Education Policy Fellowship Program is sponsored in Pennsylvania by The Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC). Click here for the program calendar of sessions.  With more than 500 graduates in its first eighteen years, this Program is a premier professional development opportunity for educators, state and local policymakers, advocates, and community leaders.  State Board of Accountancy (SBA) credits are available to certified public accountants. Past participants include state policymakers, district superintendents and principals, school business officers, school board members, education deans/chairs, statewide association leaders, parent leaders, education advocates, and other education and community leaders. Fellows are typically sponsored by their employer or another organization.  The Fellowship Program begins with a two-day retreat on September 14-15, 2017 and continues to graduation in June 2018.

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.

Using Minecraft to Imagine a Better World and Build It Together.
Saturday, September 16, 2017 or Sunday, September 17, 2017 at the University of the Sciences, 43rd & Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia
PCCY, the region’s most influential advocacy organization for children, leverages the world’s greatest video game for the year’s most engaging fundraising event for kids. Join us on Saturday, September 16, 2017 or Sunday, September 17, 2017 at the University of the Sciences, 43rd & Woodland Avenue for a fun, creative and unique gaming opportunity.

Education Law Center’s 2017 Annual Celebration
ELC invites you to join us for our Annual Celebration on September 27 in Philadelphia.
The Annual Celebration will take place this year on September 27, 2017 at The Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia. The event begins at 5:30 PM. We anticipate more than 300 legal, corporate, and community supporters joining us for a cocktail reception, silent auction, and dinner presentation.  Our annual celebrations honor outstanding champions of public education. This proud tradition continues at this year’s event, when together we will salute these deserving honorees:
·         PNC Bank: for the signature philanthropic cause of the PNC Foundation, PNC Grow Up Great, a bilingual $350 million, multi-year early education initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life; and its support of the Equal Justice Works Fellowship, which enables new lawyers to pursue careers in public interest law;
·         Joan Mazzotti: for her 16 years of outstanding leadership as the Executive Director of Philadelphia Futures, a college access and success program serving Philadelphia’s low-income, first-generation-to-college students;
·         Dr. Bruce Campbell Jr., PhD: for his invaluable service to ELC, as he rotates out of the chairman position on our Board of Directors. Dr. Campbell is an Arcadia University Associate Professor in the School of Education; and
·         ELC Pro Bono Awardee Richard Shephard of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP: for his exceptional work as pro bono counsel, making lasting contributions to the lives of many vulnerable families.Questions? Contact Tracy Callahan or 215-238-6970 ext. 308.

STAY WOKE: THE INAUGURAL NATIONAL BLACK MALE EDUCATORS CONVENING; Philadelphia Fri, Oct 13, 2017 4:00 pm  Sun, Oct 15, 2017 7:00pm
TEACHER DIVERSITY WORKS. Increasing the number of Black male educators in our nation’s teacher corps will improve education for all our students, especially for African-American boys.  Today Black men represent only two percent of teachers nationwide. This is a national problem that demands a national response.  Come participate in the inaugural National Black Male Educators Convening to advance policy solutions, learn from one another, and fight for social justice. All are welcome.

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

Save the Date: PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference October 18-20, Hershey PA

Registration now open for the 67th Annual PASCD Conference  Nov. 12-13 Harrisburg: Sparking Innovation: Personalized Learning, STEM, 4C's
This year's conference will begin on Sunday, November 12th and end on Monday, November 13th. There will also be a free pre-conference on Saturday, November 11th.  You can register for this year's conference online with a credit card payment or have an invoice sent to you.  Click here to register for the conference.

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