Wednesday, August 9, 2017

PA Ed Policy Roundup Aug 9: Education Savings Accounts: PA Senate GOP Pushing Vouchers Again

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Blogger Opinion:
Pennsylvania has the greatest school spending inequity between wealthy and poor school districts of any state in the country.  Last year’s basic education funding formula was a major step in acknowledging that, but without significant and sustained additional state investment it will be 20 years before that inequity is mitigated.  Instead of addressing that, GOP leaders in the senate are introducing yet another vehicle to siphon off funds from those very same underfunded public schools.

Listen to Grapple: Underfunded public schools
Keystone Crossroads  AUGUST 7, 2017 Audio Runtime 19:53
Imagine living in a city where the public schools have been underfunded for years, and school officials threaten to close all of its high schools and bus students out to the surrounding suburban school districts.  This was the nightmare scenario in Erie, a city of about 100,000 residents, in the far northwestern corner of Pennsylvania.  School buildings are crumbling, spending on extra-curricular and sports programs has been slashed, and there's a $10 million school budget deficit. The state came in with a one-time bailout of cash to keep Erie schools afloat, but the district still faces similar struggles.  For now, school district officials have backed off closing all four of the high schools. Instead, they're planning on consolidating and shutting down two of the high schools for the 2017-2018 school year.  On episode 15 of Grapple, we take you to Erie and hear from parents, teachers, students, and school officials — about how years of budget cuts and underfunding impact a school community.  Erie's story raises broader questions about education equality, and to what extent kids can be successful when they go to schools with limited resources.

Critics say Education Savings Accounts proposed in Pa. are just vouchers by another name
ELIZABETH BEHRMAN Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Lbehrman@post-gazette.com 4:48 PM
AUG 8, 2017
School vouchers have failed multiple times to get enough support in Pennsylvania, but some GOP legislators are hoping a new school choice program may be the next accompaniment to charter schools and scholarship tax credits: Education Savings Accounts.   Sen. John DiSanto, R-Dauphin County, announced Tuesday that he intends to introduce legislation in September to create a program that will allow students in Pennsylvania’s struggling school districts to use state money for private school tuition, tutoring services and other pre-approved education expenses. 
“I believe the ESA really is a lifeline for at-risk youth and low-income families that, based on where they live, do not have the opportunity to have educational options,” Mr. DiSanto said. 
Under his proposal, parents who choose not to send their child to their neighborhood public school would receive the equivalent of what the state spends per pupil, which would be deducted from their home school district’s subsidy.

Education savings accounts widen Pa. school choice options for more students, senator says
Penn Live By Jan Murphy jmurphy@pennlive.com Updated on August 8, 2017 at 5:39 PM Posted on August 8, 2017 at 3:36 PM
Education savings accounts are about opportunity. They are giving more students a chance at an education that best meets their needs instead of forcing them to attend a low-achieving public school.  That's how Sen. John DiSanto, R-Dauphin County, explained legislation he will be introducing in September to bring to Pennsylvania this latest version of a state-funded school choice program beginning to pop up in other states around the nation.  His proposal would make flexible state-funded accounts available to students who live in attendance areas of the state's lowest performing schools. The money in those accounts could be used for a variety of pre-approved education-related expenses including attending a private or parochial school. More details about the proposal are below.

Education Savings Accounts: Here's how lawmakers are trying to 'rebrand' school vouchers: Susan Spicka
Penn Live Guest Editorial By Susan Spicka Posted on May 23, 2017 at 6:45 AM
Making taxpayers foot the bill for private and religious school tuition payments has emerged as a top priority among leaders in the Pennsylvania Legislature.  But ensuring all students in Pennsylvania's public schools have a shot at a decent education has not been priority.
On Wednesday, state Sen. John Eichelberger, R-Blair, the chairman of the Senate Education Committee, will co-chair a public hearing about "education savings accounts" or ESAs.  These are a new generation of school vouchers on steroids that have been supported by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and enacted in other states.  These accounts provide parents with a pre-loaded debit card filled with taxpayer dollars that have been removed from public schools. Parents may use this card to pay for their children's educational expenses, including private school tuition, tutors, college savings, and more.   These education savings accounts do not improve educational opportunities for all students.  Instead, they are an underhanded attempt to re-brand extremely unpopular school voucher programs that remove taxpayer dollars from public schools and use them to provide subsidies to families that choose to send their children to private and religious schools.

Education savings accounts are an idea whose time has come | Opinion
Penn Live Guest Editorial By Daniel Garza Updated on August 8, 2017 at 8:08 AM Posted on August 8, 2017 at 8:00 AM
When it comes to education, Pennsylvanians aren't getting their money's worth.  Per-student funding in Pennsylvania is the 9th highest in the country, about $3,500 higher than the national average, according to a recent study. Yet in many parts of the state, including in our biggest city, academic achievement disparities remain.   This trend is particularly troubling for minority families. Today, approximately 10 percent of all K-12 students in the state are Hispanic and their number is projected to grow.  But according to a report by the RAND Corporation, the share of white students achieving proficiency or above exceeds the share of African-American and Latino students by as much as 38 percent.  According to RAND, African American and Latino students in Pennsylvania are behind their white counterparts by the equivalent of about three years of learning.

AFT Pennsylvania Website August 8, 2017
Today, Sen. John DiSanto, R-Dauphin County, announced plans to bring so-called education savings accounts to Pennsylvania. These are tuition vouchers by another name.  His plan would give parents of students in under-performing schools state-funded bank accounts to spend on their children's education, including using the state tax money at parochial schools or for other pre-approved education-related expenses. Parents would be required to pull their children out of their public school, he said at a news conference.  AFT Pennsylvania opposes any iteration of school vouchers and has fought hard to keep vouchers out of Pennsylvania.  Today, President Ted Kirsch released the following statement about DiSanto's proposal:
"Education savings accounts are tuition vouchers by another name, and research shows that vouchers, education tax credits and education savings accounts have failed everywhere they have been tried.  “These gimmicks destabilize public schools, which serve the majority of children in the United States. They promote discrimination because private schools and for-profit operators don't follow federal civil rights laws. They siphon state funding from public schools, particularly in rural communities and urban centers that cannot afford to raise property taxes to make up lost state revenues. And so-called school choice programs are not accountable or transparent about who they serve and how they spend public tax dollars.  “The U.S. Department of Education has found that test scores declined among students who participated in the Washington, D.C., Louisiana and Ohio voucher programs.  “Let’s not waste time going down this road again – when 20-years of research has shown privatization schemes such as these fail to raise student achievement.  "All students and communities deserve good, neighborhood public schools with the resources to address children’s needs. That’s where we should focus our attention and invest our tax dollars.”

“Arizona was among the first states in the country to adopt an education savings account program. This week, the grassroots organization Save our Schools Arizona is challenging the program's expansion, which was signed into law four months ago.  Eligibility for the state's education savings account program was previously limited to low-income or disabled students, or those who attended the state's lowest performing schools. But the expansion would allow all of the state's 1.1 million public school students to join the program by 2022, according to The Arizona Republic.  Save Our Schools Arizona said it collected over 75,000 signatures, enough to put the program on hold while signatures are vetted, and enough to get the law on the ballot in November 2018.”
Education savings accounts could be coming to Pa.
TRIB Live by JAMIE MARTINES  | Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
As one of the earliest adopters of education savings accounts moves towards rolling back the program, Pennsylvania could be a step closer to adopting it.  Sen. John DiSanto, R-Dauphin County, announced plans for legislation Tuesday to create education savings accounts for students attending the state's lowest performing schools. Students would be able to use the accounts to pay for expenses such as private school tuition, higher education tuition, textbooks and industry certifications.  The education savings accounts would be funded by the state. Expenses would be approved by the Department of Education.

Opponents of School Spending Accounts Claim Victory in Arizona
Programs that give parents tax dollars to choose education options have been growing in recent years
Wall Street Journal By Tawnell D. Hobbs Aug. 7, 2017 12:51 p.m. ET (paywall)
TEMPE, Ariz.—A group aiming to stop the expansion of an Arizona program that gives parents state taxpayer money to pay for private schools or other education claimed an early victory Monday.  Save Our Schools Arizona said it had gathered more than 100,000 signatures of registered voters, exceeding the 75,321 required to halt expansion of the Empowerment Scholarship Account program, scheduled to take effect Wednesday.

Education Savings Accounts: Massive Expansion of Arizona School Choice Program Could be Blocked
Education Week Charters and Choice Blog By Arianna Prothero on August 8, 2017 11:43 AM
A few months after Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed a major expansion of the state's most ambitious private school choice program into law, the program is on the verge of being blocked.  A group that aims to halt the expansion says it has collected enough signatures for a petition to stop the new law from taking effect.  Save Our Schools Arizona says it has more than 100,000 signatures—enough to put the expansion on hold so that voters can directly weigh in on the law at the ballot box next year. The Associated Press reports that's 25 percent more signatures than required.

NEVADA LEGISLATURE FAILS TO FUND STATE’S EDUCATION SAVINGS ACCOUNT PROGRAM
Heartland Institute By Teresa Mull AUGUST 8, 2017
Nevada lawmakers failed to reach a deal to fund the state’s education savings account (ESA) program, and the thousands of families who signed up for ESAs will have to wait another two years to know their fate.
Ongoing Challenges, Uncertainty - ESAs give parents access to state tax money allocated for their children’s public education, to spend on alternatives such as private school tuition, homeschooling textbooks, educational therapies, and tutoring. Nevada enacted its ESA program in 2015 and launched it in January 2016. The program is considered to be universal because students need only have attended a Nevada public school for at least 100 days to qualify.  The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada filed a lawsuit against the program in August 2015, alleging it violated the state constitution’s Blaine amendment, which prohibits direct state funding of sectarian schools. The Nevada Supreme Court deemed the ESA program constitutional in September 2016, but it ruled the legislature had to develop a different mechanism to fund the ESAs.

Pre-K access, teacher race, and more: Five notable facts about Pa. public schools
WHYY Newsworks BY KEVIN MCCORRY AUGUST 9, 2017
Last week, the Pennsylvania Department of Education released a draft of its plan to comply with the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  Under the new law, states were given more leeway in how to set education policy and spend federal public school dollars. The most notable news within the report was the announcement that PDE plans to unveil a new school quality metric in 2018 that it believes will foster a more holistic student experience, one less narrowly focused on state standardized tests.  But within the 133 page report there were a few other noteworthy facts about Pennsylvania public schools that caught our attention.

Pennsylvania State House Is Called On To Tax Gas Drilling For Public Education
CBS Philly August 8, 2017 2:56 PM By Steve Tawa
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –– While the State Senate in Harrisburg has approved a plan to balance the state budget, in part by taxing drilling for natural gas, the revenue package remains in limbo, awaiting House action.  Supporters of the extraction tax are leaning on House members, to get it done.  Local politicians, labor leaders and community activists are calling on the Pennsylvania House to return from recess and pass a tax on natural gas extracted from the Marcellus Shale formation.  They met outside the Richard Wright Elementary School in Philadelphia’s Strawberry Mansion section, the home district of State Representative Donna Bullock.  “We have allowed big corporations to continue to take natural resources out of our land, and not put back in,” she said. As Philadelphia Federation of Teachers President Jerry Jordan points out, the Commonwealth isn’t the only state that’s drilling for gas, but it is the only state in the nation that does not place an extraction tax on corporations.  “The shale drilling business is booming,” he said. “It’s time to share the wealth, with Pennsylvania’s school children.”

Philly District updates immunization requirements in line with new Pa. policy
High school seniors need an additional MCV vaccine. Children must get a fourth polio inoculation.
The notebook by Greg Windle August 8, 2017 — 2:49pm
The District announced new immunization requirements for all of its students Tuesday, designed in collaboration with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, which will apply starting this fall. The new requirements stress the importance of every student having current vaccinations. “Families need to make sure students are up-to-date on vaccines and all other requirements so that they are set to learn on the first day of school,” said Superintendent William Hite in a statement. “We cannot overstate the importance of making sure our students are attending school every day, on time, and that they are healthy and ready to learn when they are in school.” The change will bring the District's policy in line with the policy of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, which revised its immunization requirements for students this month.

New Pa. health rule: Get your kids vaccinated or they can't go to school
Inquirer by Rita Giordano, Staff Writer  @ritagiordano |  rgiordano@phillynews.com Updated: AUGUST 9, 2017 — 3:01 AM EDT
Parents, before you snap up those discounted notebooks, pencil-and-pen multi-packs, and that new hot-character backpack, do this first:  Get your kids immunized. Now.  Under new Pennsylvania state health rules, parents must see to it that their children have the required vaccinations by the first day of school.  “If you don’t do that, your child may not be able to start school. And more importantly, your child may not be protected against serious diseases,” said Philadelphia Health Commissioner Thomas A. Farley in a Tuesday joint news conference with city school Superintendent William R. Hite Jr.  Unlike the old eight-month grace period, the current rules allow children to be granted a waiver of up to five days to get a required dose of a vaccine. That deadline can be extended if a doctor provides a medical plan explaining when the vaccines will be provided.

Hopewell school leaders tout programs to Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera
Beaver County Times By Tom Davidson tdavidson@timesonline.com August 8, 2017
HOPEWELL TWP. -- Everyone's learning in the Hopewell Area School District.
It's stating the obvious, as that's what the aim of a school is. But in Hopewell, they're doing it in new, exciting ways that district leaders showed off to Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera during a Tuesday afternoon visit to the junior-senior high school.  "It's been very easy to be a leader here," Superintendent Michelle Miller told Rivera. "It's very exciting."  That excitement was palpable as other administrators and teachers shared an hour-long highlight reel of the good things happening in Hopewell.  The district benefits from a "good, positive, proactive, child-centered" school board that's given the district's educators the ability to find new ways to reach and teach students in this age of multimedia learning with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) that's the catchphrase of educators these days.

Region pulls in $1M in PA Pre-K Counts grants
By Evan Brandt, The Mercury POSTED: 08/08/17, 8:48 AM EDT | UPDATED: 2 HRS AGO
Four early education programs in the Greater Pottstown Area have received an additional $1 million through the new state budget which remains unbalanced.  According to a spreadsheet of the grant awards provided by State Rep. Thomas Quigley, R-146th Dist. programs in Chester and Montgomery counties have received a total of $1,020,000 in Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts grants. No grants were issued in Berks County.  Pre-K Counts provides quality half-day and full-day pre-kindergarten to eligible 3- and 4-year-olds and is designed for children who are at risk of school failure; living in families earning up to 300 percent of the federal income poverty level (such as a family of four earning $72,900); and, or who may also be English language learners or have special needs.  At $357,000, Pottstown School District received the region’s largest grant, which is in addition to the grant money it already receives from that program.  Owen J. Roberts School District has received a grant of $170,000.  The two others issued in Montgomery County are for the county’s Intermediate Unit, which provides services throughout the county and received $340,000; and Montgomery Early Learning Centers, which has five locations, including one at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Pottstown, and which received $153,000.

Philly schools owe former employees $6.6M
Inquirer by Kristen A. Graham, Staff Writer  @newskag |  kgraham@phillynews.com Updated: AUGUST 8, 2017 — 5:28 PM EDT
The Philadelphia School District owes more than 2,300 former employees $6.6 million in back pay, the city controller said Tuesday.  The report was the latest attempt by Controller Alan Butkovitz to call out the district for the millions it owes past workers for unused leave time accrued during their tenure.  The issue doesn’t stem from a lack of funds, but a lack of staff to process the claims. The backlog dates to several years ago, when the district shed thousands of employees, including financial staff. It quadrupled the workload and halved the workers to process it, School District chief financial officer Uri Monson said.  “We’ve got to solve this problem,” Monson acknowledged Tuesday. “It’s a bad way to operate, but it’s not for lack of effort.”  When teachers and other staff retire or quit, they’re entitled to termination pay for their unused leave time. Within 75 days, the district is supposed to cut a check for workers under 55 or, for those over that age, deposit the money into a tax-sheltered annuity. In some cases, the district still owes money to workers who left as far back as 2001.

Millcreek township, school district OK tax deal
GoErie By Valerie Myers Posted Aug 8, 2017 at 12:45 PM Updated Aug 8, 2017 at 6:34 PM
Millcreek Community Hospital and related properties that previously were tax exempt will pay 50 percent of what they would have paid in property taxes for the next decade. Millcreek Township supervisors and the Millcreek Township School Board have signed off on a deal to get payments in lieu of taxes from Millcreek Community Hospital and other properties affiliated with its parent organization, LECOM Health. The township will receive $32,838 each year for 10 years from the hospital and related properties, which previously had been tax exempt. Payments will begin with the 2017 tax year, township Treasurer Mark Zaksheske said. Township supervisors approved the settlement agreement Tuesday. Millcreek Township School District will receive about $143,000 annually beginning with the 2017-18 school year, said David Rhodes, an attorney representing the school district. School directors approved the settlement agreement Monday.

Silent Deer Lakes teachers make sure mass presence speaks volumes
Trib Live BRIAN C. RITTMEYER | Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, 8:36 p.m.
Deer Lakes School District teachers fill the library at the district's high school for a school board meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017. Teachers union President Kevin Cochran (left) said it was a show of solidarity after their contract expired at the end of June.  Deer Lakes teachers staged a show of silent solidarity before the district's school board Tuesday evening, following the expiration of their contract ahead of the start of the new school year.  They filled the high school library, where the school board did little more than review the agenda for its voting meeting next week.  The last contract between the district and the Deer Lakes Education Association ran out at the end of June. It had taken more than a year and the threat of a strike to reach.  Students are scheduled to return to classes in a little more than two weeks, on Aug. 24.  Teachers association President Kevin Cochran said teachers wouldn't address the board during the meeting, and they did not.  No one spoke during the public comment period.   “We're just here to show solidarity and to move the process forward,” he said. The district and union have been in contract talks since January.

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Save the Date! NSBA 2018 Advocacy Institute February 4-6, 2018 Marriott Marquis, Washington D.C.
Registration Opens Tuesday, September 26, 2017

PSBA Officer Elections: Slate of Candidates
PSBA Website August 2017
PSBA members seeking election to office for the association were required to submit a nomination form no later than June 1, 2017, to be considered. All candidates who properly completed applications by the deadline are included on the slate of candidates below. In addition, the Leadership Development Committee met on June 17 at PSBA headquarters in Mechanicsburg to interview candidates. According to bylaws, the Leadership Development Committee may determine candidates highly qualified for the office they seek. This is noted next to each person's name with an asterisk (*).

The deadline to submit cover letter, resume and application is August 25, 2017.
PSBA seeking experienced education leaders: Become an Advocacy Ambassador
POSTED ON JUL 17, 2017 IN PSBA NEWS
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

CONSIDER IT: SCHOOL CHOICE AND THE CASES FOR TRADITIONAL PUBLIC EDUCATION AND CHARTER SCHOOLS
September 19 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Hilton Reading
Berks County Community Foundation
Panelists:
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.

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 tcallahan@elc-pa.org 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.
http://myemail.constantcontact.com/PASCD-Conference-Registration-is-Now-Open.html?soid=1101415141682&aid=5F-ceLtbZDs


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