Wednesday, July 5, 2017

PA Ed Policy Roundup July 5: Please continue to engage PA legislators on #HB97 and federal legislators on healthcare/Medicaid

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PASA Update on Status of HB97 Charter School Bill
PA Association of School Administrators Website July 3, 2017
Last week, the Senate Education Committee unexpectedly brought up for a vote HB 97a charter school bill that makes comprehensive changes to the charter school law.
With a 7-5 vote, the bill was amended and approved in committee to strip out the immediate savings for school districts (all $27 million for 2017-18 and the savings for 2018-19, which would have been generated by modifications to the cyber charter tuition calculation). The amendment did several other things, including modifying the makeup of the Charter Funding Commission to mirror that of the Basic and Special Education Funding Commissions, requiring charter schools to provide school districts with proof of residency for students prior to payment, and requiring charter schools to provide PDE with proof that an invoice was sent to a school district (and that the school district had an opportunity to pay) before asking for a subsidy deduction. (This also requires PDE to notify the school district prior to making the subsidy deduction.) The Senate has yet to take a final vote on the amended bill.
These changes to the bill resulted in questions from the House about their ability to find the votes to pass the bill on concurrence. Negotiations are underway on this issue and will continue over the weekend. It is not clear if an agreement can be reached, if the House can lift any or all of the Senate’s changes – and whether the governor would veto the bill.

PASA recommends the following changes in charter school law:

*The funding formula for charter school entities must be changed to reflect the actual cost needed to educate students in these alternative environments.

*The cost of special education students attending charter school entities must reflect the actual cost to instruct the students through the IEP process.

*Over-identification of special education students by charter school entities must be addressed.

*Professional educators in charter school entities must meet the same certification requirements as educators in traditional public schools.

*Charter schools must be evaluated by the same measures as traditional public schools to ensure the public can compare the effectiveness of all educational entities supported by public tax dollars.

*Public school districts must have the authority to properly oversee and evaluate charter schools.

*The Charter School Appeal Board must consist of neutral, bi-partisan members that will be objective in the hearing process.

*Billing discrepancies between school districts and charter school entities should be reconciled between the two agencies.  The process of automatic withholding of subsidies from school districts based on a charter school entity claim must cease.

*Charter school entities must display the same level of transparency with their finances that are required of traditional public school districts.

*The enrollment and selection process of charter school entity students must be transparent and free of any form of discrimination.

*More scrutiny and review must be applied to cyber charter school entities as their academic performance is significantly lower than brick-and-mortar charter schools and traditional public schools.

Clock ticking on $2B search to balance Pennsylvania budget
Delco Times By Marc Levy, The Associated Press POSTED: 07/03/17, 11:16 AM EDT 
HARRISBURG >> The clock is ticking on Pennsylvania lawmakers grappling with the state government’s biggest shortfall since the recession to come up with the $2 billion-plus they say they need to balance a shortfall from the just-ended fiscal year and a projected deficit in the just-started fiscal year.  No agreements were reported Monday, three days after the Republican-controlled Legislature sent the main appropriations bill in a $32 billion budget package to the desk of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. Wolf has 10 days to sign the bill through midnight July 10, or let it become law without his signature. He has not said what he will do if lawmakers don’t agree before then on how to raise the money.  It is the second straight year the Legislature sent an on-time, bipartisan spending bill to Wolf, but with no plan to pay for parts of it. Last year, Wolf let the plan become law without his signature when the 10-day signing period expired — despite questions about whether the move was constitutional — and lawmakers delivered a $1.3 billion funding package three days later.

Baer: Pa.'s predictable budget process
Philly Daily News by John Baer, Political Columnist Updated: JULY 5, 2017 — 5:00 AM EDT
Pennsylvania lawmakers are headed back to Harrisburg to pretend to care about your tax dollars and the state’s fiscal future.  They should be off on their usual, and sooo well-deserved, extended summer break.   Hey, when you’re in session 60 to 70 days each year, you need a couple of months just to recharge. How do you think they maintain such high-performance levels?  Ah, but now, having delivered to Democratic Gov. Wolf a $32 billion spending package for the fiscal year starting last week, the GOP-controlled crowd needs to figure how to pay for its plan. So, its vacay’s delayed.  Oh, the suspense. Where to find $2 billion-plus to fill budget holes and fix deficits? Whatever shall we do?  New taxes? Republicans don’t want that. Deep cuts in services? Wolf won’t have that. Borrow ourselves into oblivion? Republicans oppose big borrowing, don’t they? And Wolf demands “long-term financial stability.”  I, for one, can’t imagine higher drama than all 253 members of the largest full-time legislature in America dragged away from summer fun just to do their jobs.  I also can’t shake that picture of neighboring Gov. Christie sitting on a shutdown beach, symbolizing what too much of public service has become: me first.
An example of which appears in the Pennsylvania spending plan.  As lawmakers face wrenching fiscal decisions, they somehow found it in their hearts to increase spending for their own care and feeding by $13 million, a 5 percent bump to $325 million.

Across region, mixed results for schools in state budget deals
There's been plenty of drama in state capitols this year as lawmakers face tight budgets and the specter of elections looming next year. As always, one of the main topics of conversation was public education.  Now that the financial dust has mostly settled, we take a look at how school budgets fared around the region.

State budget's $100 million more for education will bring $3.6 million to Lancaster County schools
Lancaster Online by SAM JANESCH | Staff Writer July 4, 2017
Lancaster County school districts will get nearly $3.6 million more combined in basic education funds under the state budget Gov. Tom Wolf and the Legislature agreed to last week.  Schools here would see an average 1.9 percent increase over the previous year, according to an analysis of how the $100 million in additional statewide basic education funding would be applied using the recently implemented distribution formula.  The Democratic governor and Republican lawmakers have not yet finalized how to pay for the 2017-18 budget. However, the two sides agreed before Friday’s deadline on how to spend for the next year.  Under the spending plan, Conestoga Valley School District will see the most significant jump in the county — 5.4 percent more than last year’s $4,047,132. The School District of Lancaster will see the largest increase in number, a $1.6 million increase bringing its total to $61.5 million.  Cocalico School District will get the smallest bump in both total dollars and percentage — $21,037, or 0.3 percent more than last year.  The amount each school district will receive under the plan is based on calculations by the Democratic House Appropriations Committee. It does not include other state education subsidies such as special education funding.  Here are the figures for each district:

At one some point, and we hope it's soon, Pennsylvania needs to solve its school funding woes for good
Lancaster Online Editorial by The LNP Editorial Board Jul 2, 2017
THE ISSUE: The Great Recession that played havoc with school district budgets is in the rearview mirror, though the recovery remains slow. And while both the state Legislature and Gov. Tom Wolf agree that public schools need more state money, the long-term fiscal outlook for school districts isn’t good. As Sunday LNP — and The Caucus, an LNP Media Group watchdog publication focusing on state government — reported last week, ballooning pension costs are among the school budget stressors that aren’t likely to abate any time soon.  We imagine some of our readers — especially those who pay school taxes — pulled out the tiniest of violins after reading this headline in last week’s Sunday LNP: “Money at the root of school problems.”  But as LNP staff writer Sam Janesch detailed, the money woes besetting school districts across Pennsylvania are real. And serious.  And their dilemma isn’t likely to be solved by the budget that was expected to pass in the state Legislature on Friday, the last day of the commonwealth’s fiscal year.  As The Associated Press reported, the $32 billion spending package contained $100 million more in basic education funding, and hundreds of millions more for pension obligations.  It also authorizes $30 million more for early childhood education funding, an increase we laud.  Overall, it was a good start — and bipartisan, too — but as columnist John Baer predicted last week, it’s basically “a no-big-taxes/no-big-solutions, maintain-the-fiscal-pain plan.” It also didn’t include the revenue piece, which is no small matter.

“For decades, school districts have relied on Medicaid to help cover costs for special education services like those and more.  “Vision screenings, hearing screenings, managing their asthma and diabetes,” adds Sasha Pudelski with the School Superintendents Association. She said Medicaid gives school districts up to $4 billion a year.”
How budget cuts to Medicaid affect schools
Marketplace By Reema Khrais July 03, 2017 | 4:40 PM
Before her third birthday, Addie Ellis was diagnosed with a rare disorder known as Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome. Despite being nonverbal, Addie, who’s now 13, has always been with her peers, learning alongside them in a regular classroom.  “She has shown us things that really, as a nonverbal child, it would be easy not to ever have pulled those things out,” said her mom, Terri Hart-Ellis.   At her school in Milwaukee, Addie has a one-on-one aide, and, over the years, has also received services like physical, occupational and speech therapy. For decades, school districts have relied on Medicaid to help cover costs for special education services like those and more.  “Vision screenings, hearing screenings, managing their asthma and diabetes,” adds Sasha Pudelski with the School Superintendents Association. She said Medicaid gives school districts up to $4 billion a year.  Cuts to Medicaid have been at the center of the fight over health care, and one little-noticed target would be schools. When lawmakers return to Washington, D.C., next week, they’ll pick the issue back up. Both the House and Senate’s current plans would cut Medicaid spending to the poor and disabled by hundreds of billions of dollars.  “It’s going to be impossible to imagine a scenario with less money from the federal government, school districts being able to maintain reimbursement,” Pudelski said.  And districts are required to provide special ed services. So to make up for losses, some superintendents said they might have to cut back on nurses or after-school programs like art and sports.

Editorial: Toomey's on wrong side
by The Inquirer Editorial Board Updated: JULY 2, 2017 — 3:01 AM EDT
You can't blame Pennsylvanians wondering who Sen. Pat Toomey represents. He's a ring leader of the effort to replace the Affordable Care Act with a Republican proposal that would jeopardize the lives and livelihoods of thousands in this state. That suggests Toomey's allegiance lies elsewhere.  Perhaps it's with the Club for Growth, the pro-business group Toomey once headed, which pumped more than $5 million into his reelection campaign. "We are proud of our efforts and delighted with Pat's victory," a Club spokesman said. "He's the embodiment of a pro-growth fighter who has held firm to the principles of economic liberty while representing a blue state." Well, the health care of many in that blue state will be in trouble if Toomey and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) rescue their bill after the holiday recess. McConnell wants to use a legislative tactic requiring only a simple majority for passage, but the Republicans have just a two-vote majority and at least six were still opposed to the bill late last week.  There's a lot to dislike, especially the bill's impact on Medicaid. Gov. Wolf says the bill would cost Pennsylvania $2 billion in Medicaid funding it gained when enrollment was increased under Obamacare. A state facing a $3 billion deficit can't easily replace that money.

Joseph J. Roy, a superintendent in Bethlehem, Pa., who was Pennsylvania’s 2017 superintendent of the year, joined Democratic Sen. Bob Casey at a recent news conference to highlight what a reduction in the annual $600,000 his district receives in Medicaid funding would mean.  “It’s a major impact on us, and it’s kids who are most vulnerable,” Roy told POLITICO. “They have mental health issues or physical issues that require assistance, and they are the ones that receive services.”  “It just seems completely wrong,” Roy said.
Red-state school leaders vent frustrations with GOP health bill
They say Medicaid funding cuts would hamper their ability to serve low-income and special education students.
Politico By KIMBERLY HEFLING  07/03/2017 05:24 AM EDT
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s health care bill is getting failing grades from red-state school leaders — even in his home state of Kentucky.  Fleming County Schools Superintendent Brian Creasman was taken aback when he discovered the bill would make cuts that could devastate his ability to provide health services to needy and disabled kids.  Here in rural Kentucky, the heart of Trump country where three out of four voters cast ballots for Donald Trump and many regard McConnell as their political protector, Creasman initially thought the bill’s potential cuts to school districts must be a misunderstanding.  Only they weren’t.  About $4 billion in annual Medicaid spending goes to U.S. schools to pay for school nurses, physical, occupational and speech therapists, and school-based screenings and treatment for children from low-income families, as well as wheelchairs and even buses to transport kids with special needs.

At parades and protests, GOP lawmakers get earful about health care
Post Gazette by DAVID WEIGEL, MURRAY CARPENTER AND JULIA O'MALLEY The Washington Post 9:03 PM JUL 4, 2017
EASTPORT, Maine - For the 15th year, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, spent July 4 marching through this town of 1,331, a short boat rimde away from Canada. She walked and waved, next to marching bands and Shriner-driven lobster boats. Her constituents cheered - and then asked whether she would vote against repealing the Affordable Care Act.  “There was only one issue. That’s unusual. It’s usually a wide range of issues,” Collins said in an interview after the parade. “I heard, over and over again, encouragement for my stand against the current version of the Senate and House health-care bills. People were thanking me, over and over again. ‘Thank you, Susan!‘ ‘Stay strong, Susan!‘ “  Collins, whose opposition to the Better Care Reconciliation Act helped derail last week’s plans for a quick vote, is being lobbied to smother it and make Congress start over. Republicans, who skipped the usual committee process in the hopes of passing a bill quickly, are spending the Fourth of July recess fending off protesters, low poll numbers and newspaper front pages that warn of shuttered hospitals and 22 million people being shunted off their insurance. It was a bill, Collins said, that she just couldn’t vote for.

Local educators, school officials discuss bill that could allow employees to carry firearms on school premises
Centre Daily Times BY BRITNEY MILAZZO June 30, 2017
Local school districts have policies in place to keep guns off school grounds, but a proposal passed by the Senate on Wednesday, with a vote of 28-22, would allow guns to be permitted on school property.  Senate Bill 383 would enable school employees who are licensed to carry firearms to possess weapons on school premises to provide “for protection and defense of pupils.”  However, the decision to establish such a policy would be in the hands of the school boards that oversee the school districts.  But many local educators aren’t in favor of a school code that would support the legislation.    “We haven’t really talked about it, but basically our administration had a look at each other and just rolled their eyes,” Philipsburg-Osceola Area Superintendent Gregg Paladina said. “I don’t think teachers should carry guns — I think it’s a bad idea. … I think the more guns you put in peoples’ hands in school could potentially cause a problem. If we’re going with weapons, we’ll put it in the hands of trained police officers, but not school educators or administrators.”  A provision of the bill would require school staff who plan to be armed to go through a similar type of psychological evaluation to that of law enforcement officials.  The bill still needs to be approved by the House of Representatives.

Despite controversy and criticisms, charter schools remain a popular option
ELIZABETH BEHRMAN AND LIZ NAVRATIL Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 12:00 AM JUL 2, 2017
Third in an occasional series.
Deirdre Keller’s third-grade class started the day putting the final touches on the field day games they were creating for a school-wide competition to see whose game would be played at the big event at the end of the school year.  They spent an hour outside testing their games and getting feedback from their classmates before heading back inside for a break and a cheese stick. Then, it was time for a class favorite: the edible school yard.   The class split into three groups for their lesson in the school gardens planted next to the main entrance. One group planted flowers, one group pulled weeds and one group used fresh-squeezed lemons and mint from the herb garden to make lemonade, which the entire class shared at the end of the lesson. The groups rotated between the garden beds so each student got a chance to perform each activity, which helped them put into real-life practice some of the things they learned about grids, annual and perennial plants and sustainable agriculture. 

Pass the charter school bill
Inquirer Commentary by Tashia Fauntroy & Kelly Jones Updated: JUNE 30, 2017 — 9:58 PM EDT
Tashia Fauntroy and Kelli Jones are parents of children at Mastery Charter Schools’ Clymer, Cleveland and Picket campuses.
As parents of children who benefit greatly from attending highly successful charter schools, we are disappointed that any of Philadelphia’s state representatives would vote against the charter school bill (HB 97) being debated in Harrisburg. No matter how well charter schools perform, some people allow their fear of change to prevent them from accepting a new model for education — even if it works better for children.  Tens of thousands of families in Philadelphia would love to send their children to high-performing charter schools, but those schools simply aren’t available to them. This legislation would create a system that encourages the growth of quality schools. It ensures that the school district can close low-performing charters, but also makes it easier for top performers — like the Mastery schools our children attend –to have longer contract periods, 10 years instead of the current five. That stability would make it easier to raise funds to improve school buildings.  We often hear the argument that charter schools take away money from traditional schools. That is simply not true. Charters serve 35 percent of the city’s students, but receive only 29 percent of the funding. If everyone listened to the core facts, forgetting which side they are on, we could find common ground.

Schools mixing art and science to create STEAM
Inquirer by Kathy Boccella, Staff Writer  @Kathy_Boccella | Updated: JULY 2, 2017 — 7:05 AM EDT
Playing with blocks in kindergarten isn’t what it used to be. That becomes quickly clear in a new lab at Drexel Hill’s Holy Child Academy, where 5-year-old Sophie Munch is using her iPad to steer a Sphero, a tiny round robot, through the tunnels and under the bridges of a long, child-built maze of wooden blocks.  At a nearby computer, two sixth graders are honing their multimedia publishing skills through Photoshop, turning an image of their science teacher blue and grafting hair onto his balding head.  The scene pleases Margaret Fox-Tully, head of school at the private K-8 Catholic academy. She sees the room’s mix of creative projects, blending science, art, and design, as one giant leap in the development of skills her students will likely need for the futuristic workforce that awaits them in the 2030s.

Schools rethink meal-debt policies that humiliate kids
Morning Call by Morgan Lee Associated Press July 4, 2017
Teaching assistant Kelvin Holt watched as a preschool student fell to the back of a cafeteria line during breakfast in Killeen, Texas, as if trying to hide.  "The cash register woman says to this 4-year-old girl, verbatim, 'You have no money,'" said Holt, describing the incident last year. A milk carton was taken away, and the girl's food was dumped in the trash. "She did not protest, other than to walk away in tears."  Holt has joined a chorus of outrage against lunchroom practices that can humiliate children as public school districts across the United States rethink how they cope with unpaid student lunch debts.  The U.S. Agriculture Department is requiring districts to adopt policies this month for addressing meal debts and to inform parents at the start of the academic year.

New home school-classroom hybrid hits Bethlehem area
Michelle Merlin Contact Reporter Of The Morning Call June 27, 2017
A new kind of school is coming to the Lehigh Valley.  Providence Hybrid Academy is slated to open on the border of Bethlehem and Lower Saucon Township this fall. The academy — technically a nonprofit, not a school — is supposed to provide a communal education setting for home-schooled children twice a week.  Directors Rebecca Foley, who has a master’s in education leadership, and Angie Wakeman, a former English teacher at Liberty High school, came up with the idea after talking to members of their church and other parents.  Foley said they realized some parents were unhappy about their school choices, while others didn’t want their children in school all day while more districts switch to all-day kindergarten.   “A lot of us were looking at local Christian schools, but we couldn’t afford it....a lot of us knew home-schoolers, but weren’t thrilled with the idea of the huge commitment that goes into home schooling,” Foley said. “I thought it’d be great if there was a part-time school option that combines the best of home schooling and private school, but was affordable for families like us [that] don’t have $5,000 to $6,000 a year to send our kids to private school.”  She did some research and discovered hybrid schools, which allow children to attend school part-time. While Foley said there are co-op schools in the area, those generally require parents to stick around or volunteer.

Op-ed: Saving public education depends on transcending intractable politics
Jason Kaye is a writer and student advocate residing in Philadelphia.
In Washington, seldom are there unifying partnerships between Republicans and Democrats reaching across the aisle for the long-run benefit of America. A flourishing public education system, fostering adolescent development, is one of the civic pillars necessary to sustain a thriving democracy. Paradoxically, both student and "independent" parental voices are being silenced as partisan special interests have eclipsed control, circumventing broad-based community outreach. Unfortunately, millions of innocent children in the public school network end up trapped inside the vacuum of winner-take-all politics.  The voting public is a crucial component to educational system checks and balances, but not enough objective data is dispersed to community members to make informed decisions on public education policies. On the U.S. Department of Education website, most statistics from each state's overall high school graduation rates are based on data from the 2012-13 academic year. On individual websites for some of the largest urban school districts — e.g., Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta — the overall high school graduation rates for the preceding academic year are not available. Where is the breakdown of every individual high school's graduation rates? 

Chicago won’t allow high school students to graduate without a plan for the future
Washington Post By Emma Brown July 3 
CHICAGO — To graduate from a public high school in Chicago, students will soon have to meet a new and unusual requirement: They must show that they’ve secured a job or received a letter of acceptance to college, a trade apprenticeship, a gap year program or the military.  Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) said he wants to make clear that the nation’s third-largest school system is not just responsible for shepherding teenagers to the end of their senior year, but also for setting them on a path to a productive future.  “We are going to help kids have a plan, because they’re going to need it to succeed,” he said. “You cannot have kids think that 12th grade is done.”  Few would dispute that kids often need more than a high school diploma to thrive in today’s economy, but there is a simmering debate about the extent to which schools should be — and realistically can be — expected to ensure their graduates receive further training.  Emanuel’s plan, approved by the Board of Education in late May, has planted Chicago at the center of that debate.

School Districts Argue Kansas Needs to Boost Aid up to $1.5B
School districts suing Kansas over education funding argue that an increase approved by legislators this year is as much as $1.5 billion short of what's needed for the next school year.
AP By JOHN HANNA, AP Political Writer July 4, 2017, at 9:19 a.m.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — School districts suing Kansas over education funding argue that an increase approved by legislators this year is as much as $1.5 billion short of what's needed for the next school year and are asking the state Supreme Court to order lawmakers to provide more money by Sept. 1.  The four local districts' attorneys detailed their objections to a new school finance law in written arguments filed ahead of a Supreme Court hearing July 18. The new law phases in a $293 million increase in aid to public schools over two years and will remain in effect while the justices review it. It also creates a new per-pupil funding formula.  Attorney General Derek Schmidt's office contends the increase is sufficient for legislators to fulfill their duty under the state constitution to finance a suitable education for every child. The new law fully funds all-day kindergarten classes across the state and provides more money for programs to help low-performing students.  But the school districts' lawyers note that the State Board of Education proposed phasing in an $893 million increase in aid over two years and argued that past studies of educational costs suggest a boost of as much as $1.7 billion for the next school year alone. Those figures make the actual increase approved by lawmakers "not even close," they said in their arguments.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 28 - July 3, 2017
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Gerrymandering: Fair Districts PA Statewide Calendar of Events

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.

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.

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

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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