Thursday, July 6, 2017

PA Ed Policy Roundup July 6, 2017: #PABudget Still Not Finished; Keep your Eye on #HB97 Charter Expansion Bill

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Blogger note: #HB97 Charter Expansion bill is in the Senate Appropriations Committee.  If your state senator is a member of that committee please consider contacting them regarding the charter bill.

PASA Update on Status of HB97 Charter School Bill
PA Association of School Administrators Website July 3, 2017

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.

Pennsylvania's budget still not finished
Legislative leaders and staffers met behind closed doors Wednesday to negotiate tax, bond borrowing and other bills that will enable the state to spend money in the nearly $32 billion 2017-18 budget bill lawmakers approved Friday.
Morning Call by Steve Esack  Contact Reporter Call Harrisburg Bureau July 5, 2017 2:45 p.m.
The 4th of July fireworks have come and gone and Pennsylvania still lacks a way to pay for its $32 billion, four-day-old spending plan.  Closed-door negotiations are ongoing in the Capitol among the Legislature’s political bosses, their top aides and Gov. Tom Wolf’s staff as rank-and-file lawmakers are back in their home districts. If a deal is struck, the lawmakers will be given six hours to drive to Harrisburg for votes on tax, bond borrowing, gambling expansion, financial transfers and other bills that enable the state to spend taxpayer money outlined in the budget. “There’s certainly general conversations going on to engage with the General Assembly,” Wolf spokesman J.J. Abbott said.  On Wednesday, House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, emailed lawmakers in his chamber to report for session at 11 a.m. Friday. “At this point, the floor leaders and governor’s office are still meeting on key issues,” Turzai wrote.

Pennsylvania lawmakers told to stay away as budget talks continue
Post Gazette by ANGELA COULOUMBIS AND KAREN LANGLEY Harrisburg Bureau 8:32 PM JUL 5, 2017
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania's Capitol hallways looked deserted Wednesday, even though the state is nearly a week into the new fiscal year without a complete budget.  Budget negotiators on Wednesday said that talks are continuing, but Gov. Tom Wolf and Republicans who control both legislative chambers have yet to strike a deal on a plan to pay for the nearly $32 billion in spending approved last week.  As they hash it out, legislative leaders have told House and Senate members to stay put in their districts, at least through Thursday. And it remains a question mark whether they will return to the Capitol on Friday.  In the meantime, Mr. Wolf, a Democrat, has until day's end Monday to decide whether to sign, veto or withhold his signature from the $31.99 billion spending bill that the legislature approved late last week. If he does nothing, it would become law after midnight Monday.

Overly optimistic projections lead to $1 billion deficit reality for Pa.
The last month of the fiscal year was a decent one for Pennsylvania, revenue-wise, with returns coming in slightly higher than expected. But it comes at the end of a year of unexpectedly dismal earnings.  The commonwealth ended 2016-17 with its revenues over a billion dollars below projections. Its expectations for the new fiscal year are more modest.  The three primary tax categories are sales, personal income, and corporate income taxes. All three finished well under initial estimates; sales taxes missed the mark by 2 percent, personal income taxes by 3 percent, and corporate income taxes by 6.6 percent.  The state revenue department confirms that this means the commonwealth is starting the 2017-18 fiscal year short $1.1 billion, plus another $400 million that it ended up spending over initial budget projections.  That leaves a shortfall of a $1.5 billion going into this fiscal year. And a spokesman for the revenue department said the state will also need to find an additional billion to "balance out future year budgets, not just this fiscal year."

How much money will your school district get?: Pa. budget 2017-18
Penn Live BY JAN MURPHY Updated on July 6, 2017 at 5:46 AM Posted on July 6, 2017 at 5:45 AM
The $32 billion state spending plan that is awaiting Gov. Tom Wolf's signature t includes $7.1 billion for basic education and special education funding.  You can look here to see about how much of that money will be going to your school district, and how much of an increase that is  from 2016-2017.   Database: How much money will your school district get in Pa.'s 2017-18 budget?  The data also reflects the amount of Ready to Learn block grant money a district will receive to use for initiatives aimed at raising student performance such as preschool, full-day kindergarten and customizing instruction with the use of technology.

PA budget includes an extra $45 million for early childhood initiatives
Intelligencer by Joan Hellyer, staff writer July 5, 2017
Pennsylvania's estimated $32 billion budget for 2017-18 includes an extra $45 million for early childhood funding initiatives above previous spending levels.  Most of the additional funding will be used to serve more than 3,300 extra students enrolled in prekindergarten programs throughout the state. Plus, about $5 million of it will be used to increase evidence-based home visiting services.  The remaining $10 million in extra funding will be used to serve about 1,800 children in Pennsylvania who are on the waiting list to get a child care subsidy from the state. The subsidy, which amounts to about $5,555 per child this fiscal year, helps parents and caregivers pay for quality child care.  To qualify for a child care subsidy, a family of four must have $49,200 or less in annual income, according to the human services website.  In Bucks County, a bit more than 2,600 children receive the child care subsidy and more than 670 kids are on a waiting list, said Rachel Kostelac, a spokeswoman for the human services department. About 200,000 preschool children receive the subsidy across the state.

“The statewide Safe Schools Targeted Grants program by the Department of Education has a $3.9 million budget. Schools are eligible for an individual grant of $60,000 for a school resource officer or $40,000 for a school police officer.”
$32 Billion State Budget Renews Security for Jewish Day Schools
Jewish Exponent By  Rachel Kurland July 5, 2017
What has been a contentious will-they, won’t-they battle in the Pennsylvania General Assembly has now given many a brief sigh of relief.  A threat to cut funding for school security in the 2018 fiscal year — specifically reaching Jewish day schools across the state — has now been put back in the education section of the budget.  “In the wake of bomb threats, religiously motivated vandalism and other anti-Semitic attacks, the Pennsylvania legislature should be looking to increase and expand the Safe Schools Targeted Grants program, rather than eliminate it,” wrote Arielle Frankston-Morris, director of Teach PA, a project of the Orthodox Union. The general appropriations budget reached $32 billion June 30.  Pennsylvania House and Senate Appropriations Committees, Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative leadership agreed to the budget, which was passed by the House and Senate 173-27 and 43-7, respectively.

Gerald Zahorchak | Lawmakers must realize they have to invest in schools, students
Tribune Democrat By Gerald Zahorchak Jun 25, 2017
Gerald Zahorchak of Johnstown is interim chairman of Pitt-Johnstown’s education division. He formerly was superintendent of Greater Johnstown School District and Pennsylvania Secretary of Education.
Pennsylvania’s economy and well-being are at great risk, especially when it comes to preparing the future for our No. 1 resource: people.  Sadly, hundreds of Pennsylvania school districts are at, or near, financial failure.  Districts are suing the commonwealth over the constitutional responsibility for school funding. It should not take a lawsuit to force the necessary investment in all children.  Students in many districts do not have access to the same quality education as students who reside in wealthier districts. What happens if, due to inadequate state funding, schools close their doors?  The fact is that the inequity in school funding is a failure, and the many underfunded schools are victims, not failures, of the inadequate funding.  All should fear the outcomes related to the failure of the state’s school system to educate all children to grade level. These are terrible outcomes: less in payroll and related taxes, less consumption and less productivity, as well as the increase of the collective burden on many of our state-funded systems, e.g. health and prisons.  Once (2002-2009) in the commonwealth’s history, students achievement was rising year after year; Pennsylvania was the only state making gains, for all tested students and subgroup populations, on the state and national assessments. During that time, the state enacted, by law, new funding targets to ensure every school district would have the necessary money to ensure all students’ success.

Editorial: No deficit of delusion
Facing a legislative election in 2016, state legislative leaders scrupulously avoided the wrath of voters by unscrupulously passing a fraudulent state budget that, they claimed, was “balanced.” Final numbers from the fiscal year that ended June 30 demonstrate the legislators’ penchant for legerdemain. Now lawmakers are trying to figure out how to fill the hole they dug last year.  Total revenue collections increased by 2.5 percent over the previous fiscal year, which would be good news but for the budgetary context. To make the budget appear to be balanced, legislators plugged in an anticipated revenue projection of a whopping 6 percent.  That is the same bogus method that the legislators use to make the state’s pension calamity appear less severe than it is.

Pa. high court's tax ruling could affect school budgets
Inquirer by Kathy Boccella, Staff Writer  @Kathy_Boccella | Updated: JULY 5, 2017 — 5:18 PM EDT
In a ruling that ultimately could affect school budgets across the state, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered Montgomery County Court to reconsider a decision that allowed the Upper Merion Area School District to appeal the assessments of four apartment buildings. The owners of the complexes sued the district in May 2014 after the district appealed their assessments, which it argued were too low. After county court dismissed the case, Commonwealth Court concurred, saying a school district does not violate the state constitution’s “uniformity clause,” which requires that all taxes be uniform, when it seeks to increase revenue by appealing certain high-valued properties that it considers under-assessed.  Although state tax stipulates that except for new construction and certain improvements, assessments can be set only through a mass countywide appraisal, Pennsylvania courts have repeatedly ruled that school districts are permitted to appeal selectively. In 2011, the legislature passed Act 93, which agreed with the courts and says: “A change in assessment resulting from an appeal … shall not constitute a spot assessment.”

Pennsylvania's guns-for-teachers bill hailed, panned
Trib Live by JAMIE MARTINES AND NATASHA LINDSTROM | Saturday, July 1, 2017, 10:09 p.m.
A bill in the Pennsylvania Legislature to let school districts arm teachers has plunged local educators into the debate over guns.  "Each and every community has different circumstances, challenges and resources to best prepare for emergency situations and protect their students, staff and visitors," said Timothy Gabauer, superintendent at the Mt. Pleasant Area School District, which serves about 2,000 students. Mt. Pleasant has its own district police force, consisting of two full-time and one part-time officers.  The state Senate passed S.B. 383 in a 28-22 vote last week.  The state House will not take up the bill until this fall at the earliest, House Republican spokesman Stephen Miskin said.  Gov. Tom Wolf said in April he would veto it.

EDITORIAL Teachers should keep their guns at home
Observer Reporter Editorial July 5, 2017
It’s summertime, so imagine you’re planning a vacation and the country you’re thinking of traveling to has a lot going for it – opportunities for outdoor adventures, if that’s what captures your fancy, museums, shopping, bustling cities, bucolic countrysides, you name it.  There’s one catch, though – everyone walks around armed, like the denizens of lawless towns in old Westerns. You would probably think that, wow, a place like that must be pretty tense and unstable, like some kind of anarchic banana republic, and decide to spend your tourist dollars elsewhere.  But that’s the United States that some people envision – a place where everyone is packing heat, where everyone is in a state of heightened alert no matter where they are or what they are doing, because a mass-shooter or terrorist could be lurking just around any corner. This sort of fear-mongering has become the primary business of the National Rifle Association, and now some lawmakers want to take this misguided idea into our schools.  By a 28-22 vote last week, the Pennsylvania Senate approved a measure that would allow teachers, administrators and other employees to bring their guns with them to school. They would have to be trained to use the weapons and undergo the same type of psychological evaluations that are applied to police and other law-enforcement officers. Six Republicans sensibly dissented, but Camera Bartolotta and Guy Reschenthaler, senators from our region, were not among them.

New law allows vo-tech students to skip Keystone Exams
Students enrolled at Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School, pictured here, and other vo-techs are now exempt from the state's Keystone Exam graduation requirements under a new bill.
Michelle Merlin Contact Reporter Of The Morning Call July 5, 2017
Pennsylvania students looking for a career in carpentry, automotive repair, cosmetology or other trades won’t have to pass a statewide academic test to graduate.  Gov. Tom Wolf has signed a bill that allows career and technology students to rely on their trade exams to graduate, instead of the Keystone Exams, which are expected to be a graduation requirement starting in the 2018-19 year.  Instead of the Keystones, students could pass the NOCTI (National Occupational Competency Testing Institute) or NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) exams, which are tailored to their particular trade and include a written, multiple-choice section as well as a performance component. Nearly all seniors enrolled in career and technical schools are already required to take the tests.

New state law amends assessment, graduation requirements for technical education students
Centre Daily Times BY BRITNEY MILAZZO JULY 05, 2017 7:56 PM
Many local educators are applauding changes made at the state level to help career technical education students succeed.  Last month, Gov. Tom Wolf signed House Bill 202, also known as Act 6, into law. It amends the requirement for CTE students to take and pass the Keystone Exam in order to graduate; Instead, they’ll have to demonstrate competency based on grades and alternate assessments or industry-based certifications.  Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology President Richard Makin said CPI students will still be expected to take the Keystone Exam but will have other means of demonstrating readiness for high school graduation.

Standardized Keystone Exams face elimination under proposal
Trib Live by JAMIE MARTINES  | Monday, July 3, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
A reprieve from standardized testing could be in sight for the state's students.  Lawmakers are considering a bill — sponsored by the minority chairman of the Senate Education Committee, Chester County Democrat Andrew Dinniman — that seeks to end the Keystone Exams and replace them with the SAT.  “It's to end high-stakes testing, because there are many bright students who do well in courses but simply can't take tests,” Dinniman said.  The bill would eliminate the Keystone Exams, which are administered in algebra I, literature and biology. It also would end the use of any graduation exams in the state.  Local districts would be allowed to determine criteria for graduation, but they would not be allowed to use a single test or series of tests to determine whether a student can graduate, Dinniman said.

U.S. House passes bill introduced by Rep. Thompson to help strengthen career technical education
Centre Daily Times BY BRITNEY MILAZZO JULY 05, 2017 7:46 PM
In an effort to strengthen career and technical education, a local congressman helped draft a bill that would reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.  U.S. Reps. Glenn Thompson (R-Howard Township), co-chairman of the House Career and Technical Education Caucus, and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Illinois) introduced the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. It was passed last month by the House of Representatives.  “(The) vote is a win for the American worker,” Thompson said in a statement. “Given the dramatic evolution of our nation’s workforce, it is imperative that we create clear pathways to education and training for students interested in pursuing careers in high-demand industries and technical fields.”  Calling the act, “a well-engineered, bipartisan re-authorization aimed at permanently closing our nation’s skills gap,” Thompson said the bill will “work to restore rungs on the ladder of opportunity for every American regardless of age or background.”
The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act provides federal support to state and local career and technical education programs.

As Lehigh Valley districts face cafeteria debt, feds serve up new rule on unpaid school lunches
Sarah M. Wojcik Contact Reporter Of The Morning Call July 5, 2017
At its peak this past school year, Northampton Area School District amassed $10,305 in school meal debt — the equivalent of more than 4,000 unpaid lunch entrees.  Frustrated, the school board adopted a policy in April to try to get the figure down, according to Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik.  Elementary and middle school students would continue to get alternate meals that meet nutritional requirements after five non-paid lunches. But high schoolers would be cut off altogether after five non-paid meals.  How schools handle meal debt has become a topic of discussion across the country. A 2014 federal report found 39 percent of districts nationwide hand out cheap alternative meals with no nutritional requirements and up to 6 percent refuse to serve students with no money.  That’s why the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it will require districts to adopt policies this month addressing meal debts, including coming up with a better way to inform parents about the rules at the beginning of the school year.

SRC to vote Thursday on downsized proposal for new special education program
Advocates say it is an improvement, but they still have concerns.
The notebook/Newsworks by Avi Wolfman-Arent and Dale Mezzacappa July 5, 2017 — 5:58pm
The School District of Philadelphia has significantly downsized its plans for a new special education program after advocates and lawmakers raised objections.  But those advocates aren’t ready to completely support the revised proposal, which is scheduled for a School Reform Commission vote on Thursday morning.  The debate centers on a small number of students with emotional disabilities, but highlights larger disagreements about how the District should educate some of its most challenged and vulnerable students.  The current proposal creates an Alternative Special Education Program to serve 100 students starting in September. The program would temporarily be run by a company called Catapult Learning Inc. at a cost of $10 million over the next three years and focus on emotionally disturbed students. During that period, Catapult would train District staff to eventually take over the program.  That’s a major change from the original vision that District officials laid out in mid-June.

New, $10M special-ed school for Philly kids draws fire
Inquirer by Kristen A. Graham, Staff Writer  @newskag | Updated: JULY 5, 2017 — 6:45 PM EDT
After an outcry from parents, advocates, and politicians, the School Reform Commission last month shelved a decision to spend up to $54 million to establish a school for up to 600 Philadelphia special-education students now attending private schools on the school system’s dime.  On Thursday, the SRC is scheduled to consider a scaled-back contract — $10 million for 100 students — but it is still drawing fire.  Opponents’ initial concern, they said last month, was that the Philadelphia School District was essentially building a segregated school.  The intent, school officials said, was to get city students out of placements in Wordsworth Academy Inc., a private provider that lost its license to operate a residential school after a teenager in its care died in a struggle with staffers. The teenager’s death was ruled a homicide. The SRC ended its contract with Wordsworth, which has filed for bankruptcy, on June 30.

In front of live audience, Toomey defends health care bill
Inquirer by MARC LEVY, The Associated Press Updated: JULY 5, 2017 — 9:29 PM EDT
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Questions about the U.S. Senate's health care legislation dominated an appearance by Pennsylvania's Republican Sen. Pat Toomey in front of a live audience Wednesday night, as he defended the bill as guaranteeing the survival of Medicaid against accusations that it would deliver devastating cuts.  Toomey cautioned that multiple bills will be required to get it right. He repeatedly insisted that it was unlikely that Congress would simply repeal former President Barack Obama's health care law without passing a replacement. And he touted a forthcoming addition to the bill that would commit $45 billion over the next 10 years to fight addiction treatment.  Toomey's appearance in the Harrisburg studios of WHTM-TV came as the legislation awaits a Senate vote. He also took questions on medical marijuana and Republican President Donald Trump, among other topics, but most questions focused on the health care bill he's defending.

Teachers' union considers hard line on charter schools
Greg Toppo , USATODAY Published 9:37 p.m. ET July 3, 2017 | Updated 10:54 a.m. ET July 5, 2017
The USA’s largest teachers’ union is poised to take a hard line against charter schools, publicly funded but often privately run K-12 schools that now educate about one in 16 public school students.  Meeting in Boston this week, the National Education Association (NEA) is expected to vote Tuesday on an overhaul of its policy statement on charter schools. A policy statement is the highest-level position the union can adopt on an issue. Though it is 160 years old, NEA has policy statements on fewer than a dozen issues.  The new statement is NEA’s first since it took up the matter in 2001. At the time, charter schools were something of a curiosity: They were less than a decade old and enrolled around 571,000 students. The statement took a wait-and-see attitude, recommending that educators evaluate charter schools on a case-by-case basis.

NEA's New Vision for Charters Looks a Lot Like Traditional Public Schools
Education Week By Stephen Sawchuk on July 4, 2017 7:15 PM
The nation's largest teachers' union endorsed a much tougher stance on charter schools, opposing "as a failed and damaging experiment" charters run by for-profit or nonprofit organizations.  Under its new policy, the National Education Association will accept only charters that look a lot more like traditional public schools.   The policy statement, approved by delegates to the union's annual convention July 4, allows the NEA to support only those charters that are authorized by school districts and are subject to the same open-records laws, safety rules, and accountability measures as other schools. It would effectively rule out any charters run by private entities, including those operated by major networks of charters, such as KIPP, Achievement First, or Uncommon Schools.  Via a significant amendment added during floor debate, the union now expects any charter authorized by a district with a teachers' contract to hire teachers who are also covered by a bargained contract (but not necessarily the same one).  And the NEA supports a moratorium on the authorization of any charters that don't meet these criteria.

NEA Policy Statement on Charter Schools
Adopted by the 2017 Representative Assembly July 4, 2017
Introduction Charter schools were initially promoted by educators who sought to innovate within the local public school system to better meet the needs of their students. Over the last quarter of a century, charter schools have grown dramatically to include large numbers of charters that are privately managed, largely unaccountable, and not transparent as to their operations or performance. The explosive growth of charters has been driven, in part, by deliberate and wellfunded efforts to ensure that charters are exempt from the basic safeguards and standards that apply to public schools, which mirror efforts to privatize other public institutions for profit.
Charters have grown the most in school districts that were already struggling to meet students’ needs due to longstanding, systemic and ingrained patterns of institutional neglect, racial and ethnic segregation, inequitable school funding, and disparities in staff, programs and services. The result has been the creation of separate, largely unaccountable, privately managed charter school systems in those districts that undermine support and funding of local public schools. Such separate and unequal education systems are disproportionately located in, and harm, students and communities of color by depriving both of the high quality public education system that should be their right.

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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