Monday, October 9, 2017

PA Ed Policy Roundup Oct. 9: PA Cybers have 48% Graduation Rate

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PA Ed Policy Roundup Oct. 9, 2017:


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Reclaiming Our Democracy: The Pennsylvania Conference to End Gerrymandering Saturday, October 14th, 2017  9:00am-5:00pm Crowne Plaza Harrisburg, PA



“Lang had a grand piano shipped in pieces and assembled on Holme’s modest stage early Friday. It was, 7-year-old Daniel Cheeseman said, maybe the best day of his life. Daniel is a brand-new piano student, and was the boy with enough courage to ask Lang if he was the best pianist in the world. Lang was nice and funny, Daniel said. “I think he was great,” Daniel said. “He is so cool.”
Pianist Lang Lang gives nearly $1M for piano education in Philly
Internationally acclaimed pianist Lang Lang has donated almost $1 million to six Philadelphia schools for music education. He was at Thomas Holme Elementary in the Northeast.
Inquirer by Kristen A. Graham, Staff Writer  @newskag |  kgraham@phillynews.com Updated: OCTOBER 6, 2017 — 1:18 PM EDT
Lang Lang, the internationally acclaimed pianist, knew he had to get pianos into Philadelphia classrooms. “Philadelphia for me is a second home,” he told a rapt audience of second graders at Thomas Holme Elementary School on Friday. “I felt always very emotionally attached to the city of Philadelphia.”  The children sat at state-of-the-art keyboards in the school’s brand-new piano lab, made possible by a grant from the Lang Lang International Music Foundation. The Chinese musician has invested nearly $1 million in six Philadelphia schools, equipping them with not just the pianos but funds to support them for three years. When he was a teenager, Lang studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he developed both an appreciation for cheesesteaks and hoagies and a sense of frustration that the city’s schools did not all have robust art and music programs. “I felt pretty sad,” said Lang. “Music and art should be part of the regular system.”

“The results of unequal funding are easy to see. Travel to any city public school and you will encounter a mix of aging infrastructure and lack of books. Some schools have had to raise their own funds just to provide children with libraries. The plaintiffs in William Penn v. Pa. argue, in essence, that it’s not fair or even possible for children to be assessed under current conditions. The funding gap, at its most simple, is the result of the state’s over-reliance on local funding. Under current practice, wealthier school districts can provide funding for their students through local property taxes. In 2015, a study by the U.S. Department of Education found Pennsylvania had the most inequitable distribution of funding of any state in the nation.”
School funding should win when it goes to court
Chestnut Hill Local Posted on October 6, 2017 by Pete Mazzaccaro
Last week, parents of public school children and advocates for those schools won a big victory in a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision that will test the state’s current funding system. The case, “William Penn School District et. al. v. Pa. Department of Education,” was filed in 2014 by six public school families, the William Penn School District  Panther Valley, Lancaster, Greater Johnstown, Wilkes-Barre Area and Shenandoah Valley, the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools and the NAACP Pennsylvania State Conference. It argued that current funding structures violated the state constitution, which broadly promises efficient funding for public schools. The petitioners in the case argued that there’s nothing at all efficient about the current system and that state funding formulas “are irrational, arbitrary and not reasonably calculated” to provide all students with the instruction they need to pass state academic testing standards. The Supreme Court’s ruling will allow the case to go to court, putting the state on the defensive. Education funding advocates are thrilled with the chance and argue that the state’s current practices are indefensible. “This ruling is a victory for students, for families, and for sustained organizing by communities over decades of struggle,” said at-large Councilwoman Helen Gym in a statement this week. Gym made school funding a cornerstone of her 2015 election campaign. “I look forward to the next stage – a trial – in which the people will speak. We will testify to our experiences of shuttered schools, buildings in disrepair, poorly resourced classrooms, and a legislature that has failed time and again in its central duty to fund our schools equitably.”

“As Education Secretary Betsy DeVos seeks to expand school choice nationwide, including online, Pennsylvania serves as a case study in the shortcomings of the virtual charter school model.”
DeVos champions online charter schools, but the results are poor
Pennsylvania's virtual charters have a 48 percent graduation rate.
Politico By KIMBERLY HEFLING 10/08/2017 07:06 AM EDT
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has touted online learning as a school-choice solution for rural America, saying that virtual charter schools provide educational options that wouldn’t otherwise exist. But in Pennsylvania, an early adopter where more than 30,000 kids log into virtual charter schools from home most days, the graduation rate is a dismal 48 percent. Not one virtual charter school meets the state’s “passing” benchmark. And the founder of one of the state’s largest virtual schools pleaded guilty to a tax crime last year. As DeVos seeks to expand school choice nationwide, including online options, Pennsylvania serves as a case study in the shortcomings of the virtual charter school model, or cyber charter schools, as they are known there. The state’s 14 virtual charter schools have flourished in rural communities over the last 15 years — so much so that Pennsylvania, along with Ohio and California, now account for over half the enrollment in the nation’s full-time virtual charters, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter SchoolsBut as the virtual schools have expanded, so have questions about their effectiveness. Large swaths of Pennsylvania kids leaving a brick-and-mortar school for one of the virtual charter alternatives went to one with lower math and reading performance, according to research based on the 2009-2010 school year compiledby the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s Center for Rural Pennsylvania. Success in these schools depends on a child’s ability — or a parent’s enforcement — to stay on task with no teacher in the room, researchers say.

If you think early childhood education is just snacks and nap time, you haven't been paying attention | John L. Micek
Penn Live By John L. Micek jmicek@pennlive.com Updated on October 6, 2017 at 11:45 AM Posted on October 6, 2017 at 10:33 AM
On a fine, early fall morning in 2005, my wife and I made the most difficult choice we'd yet made as parents. A mere three months into our daughter's life, we packed her into her baby carrier, drove the 10 minutes or so to the other side of the Susquehanna River, and handed her over to a daycare provider we'd chosen with more precision than the planning for the Normandy invasion. I held my wife's hand as she tearfully handed our daughter over. The knot in my throat was palpable. And every minute we did it, we questioned our motives and chastised ourselves as parents. But as a dual income household, where every spare dollar counted, there was no other choice. A decade later, it's a decision I've never regretted.

“Put another way, the budget stalemate may prompt a borrowing, to be repaid with interest because lenders don’t work for free, and the state may have to pay unusually high interest on that loan because the aforementioned stalemate also precipitated a credit downgrade.”
State of distress: The inexcusable failure to fund the state budget
THE EDITORIAL BOARD Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 12:00 AM OCT 9, 2017
This is no way to run a state government. 
Pennsylvania’s Legislature has failed to produce a revenue package to support the 2017-18 budget, so more than three months after the fiscal year began, a frustrated Gov. Tom Wolf has announced plans to borrow $1.25 billion to help keep the (more responsible) wheels of state government turning. Mr. Wolf, a Democrat, proposed the borrowing because the GOP-controlled Legislature has failed at what is arguably the most important task it has each year, and House Republicans are the key culprits at this point. If lawmakers envision a contentious budget process, they should start earlier than usual with the aim of meeting the June 30 deadline. This time, the House and Senate passed a spending plan of nearly $32 billion on June 30, but they could not agree on the mix of revenues needed to cover those costs. More than three months on, they still can’t agree, hence Mr. Wolf’s plan to borrow $1.25 billion against liquor revenues. Borrowing may be a way to meet pressing financial obligations but it also gives breathing room to legislators who don’t deserve it. In addition, it costs money for a state that doesn’t have enough of it — that’s what the standoff is all about — and it comes after a Standard & Poor’s credit downgrade that could affect interest rates.

Stop Berating Black and Brown Parents Over Charters (and Give Your Twitter Fingers a Rest)
A Teacher’s Evolving Mind Blog by Nate Bowling OCTOBER 5, 2017
I read too many edu arguments for my own good. It’s a known issue in my household.
The argument I find most cringe-inducing is the fight over charter schools. With the news that Secretary DeVos is coming to Seattle, I’d like to put this out there for folks.
If there's one lesson that I have learned over the last few years, it’s that you're never going to convince a black or brown mother to change her mind about where to send her child by demonizing her choices, calling her a “neo-liberal,” or labeling her a “tool of privatizers.” And since black and brown parents are the primary target of most charter operators, this presents a conundrum I want to help my (mainly white) progressive friends work through.
Before I go further, a few caveats: I’ve worked in public schools since 2006. This is by choice. I have been offered roles in teaching, as a principal, and on the board of charter operators in my state. I have declined. I consider myself a “charter agnostic.” I believe the traditional public school is the right venue for the kind of work I want to do and the student population I desire to work with. But, I don’t begrudge the choices others make for their own children. Now that my cards are on the table, I want to give y’all some advice:

Blogger comment: Folks upset with EITC/OSTC vouchers being three months late seem to have no problem with kids in high poverty districts waiting 20 more years for fair funding….
House GOP: Wolf breaking law by stalling educational tax credits
York Dispatch by David Weissman, 505-5431/@Dispatch David Published 12:29 p.m. ET Oct. 5, 2017 | Updated 2:23 p.m. ET Oct. 5, 2017
The majority of Republican House members signed a letter urging Gov. Tom Wolf to prioritize issuing approval letters for a tax credit program that helps fund private schools. The letters should have been sent out last month, according to state law, but the administration has stated it won't issue the tax credits until the budget — already more than three months late — is finalized. The Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs grant tax credits to businesses in exchange for contributing up to $750,000 to local scholarship or educational improvement organizations. The programs, which help fund a majority of the state's private schools, were started after several failed attempts by former Gov. Tom Ridge to implement a taxpayer-funded school voucher program.

Republicans petition Wolf to distribute education tax credits
WITF Written by Katie Meyer, Capitol Bureau Chief | Oct 6, 2017 9:09 PM
(Harrisburg) -- Days after negotiations to balance Pennsylvania's late budget collapsed completely, lawmakers, the governor, and their staffers are still trading barbs over social media--and in more formal ways, too. Nearly 80 House Republicans have signed a petition demanding Wolf issue approval letters to businesses for tax credits that go toward scholarships. The money is past-due under state law. Both the Republicans and Democratic Wolf administration blame the problem on budget discord.  The Educational Improvement Tax Credit and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit go to businesses, which in turn give up to $750,000 to scholarship and education programs in their areas.  The language that governs the credits was most recently updated in 2016, after Wolf delayed the payments during the previous year's nine-month budget standoff. It says the administration should send letters approving the funds by August 15. But Representative Seth Grove, a conservative York County Republican, said his--and other--constituents don't have approval yet. "Getting those letters signed and approved and doing everything those nonprofits need to do becomes very, very difficult the later those letters go out," he said. The administration has said it delayed this year because the budget is unbalanced again. But in an updated statement, spokesman JJ Abbott said Wolf "hopes to begin sending letters next week, even though House Republicans have failed to send a tax code to the Governor's desk to date." Budget talks aren't expected to resume for at least another two weeks.

Letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in Response to the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s ESSA Consolidated State Plan
Senate Education Committee Chairman Senator John Eichelberger’s website October 4, 2017
HARRISBURG (October 4, 2017) — Senator Eichelberger today sent a letter to United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in response to the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s ESSA Consolidated State Plan recently submitted to the United States Department of Education.
To read the letter, CLICK HERE and click the image to enlarge.

American public pensions suffer from a gaping hole
Providing for workers’ retirement is crowding out other spending
The Economist  Print edition | Finance and economics Oct 5th 2017
SCHOOLS in Pennsylvania ought to be celebrating. The state gave them a $125m budget increase for 2017-18—enough for plenty of extra books and equipment. But John Callahan of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association says all the increase and more will be eaten up by pension costs, which will rise by $164m this year. The same happened in each of the previous five years; cumulatively the shortfall adds up to $586m. The pupil-teacher ratio is higher than in 2010. Nearly 85% of the state’s school boards said pensions were their biggest source of budget pressure. A similar squeeze is happening all over America. Sarah Anzia, at the University of California, Berkeley, examined 219 cities between 2005 and 2014 and found that the mean increase in their real pension costs was 69%; higher pension costs in those cities were associated with falls in public-sector employment and capital spending. The problem is likely to get worse.

Report: 80 percent of at-risk Lancaster County children miss out on high-quality pre-k programs
Lancaster Online by ALEX GELI | Staff Writer October 6, 2017
Four-fifths of eligible Lancaster County children don’t attend high-quality, publicly funded pre-k programs, a new report says. The report, produced by the Pennsylvania Principals Association in partnership with the Pre-K for PA Campaign, reveals that many of the most at-risk students — those from low-income households — are missing out on pivotal pre-k opportunities. That’s despite near-unanimous public support of pre-k services among elementary school principals. To minimize that, officials are requesting state funding increases of $62 million annually for five years to expand pre-k access statewide. “Pre-k works,” said Joan Benso, president and chief executive officer of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, a founding member of the Pre-K for PA Campaign. “Decades of research has proven it and this survey adds the validation of Pennsylvania’s elementary principals.” Surveyed were 1,300 principals, 99 percent of which said high-quality pre-k was an important tool for preparing children for kindergarten, particularly children more at-risk of falling behind.

Reading, writing, arithmetic, and now coding for youngest learners
Inquirer by Kathy Boccella, Staff Writer  @Kathy_Boccella |  kboccella@phillynews.com Updated: OCTOBER 5, 2017 — 4:45 PM EDT
Teacher Brian Adams stood at a whiteboard and explained the basics of computer programming to 19 rapt students. “You’re going to log onto your devices, get on your account, and you’re going to go through each of the steps,” he instructed. “I know it’s your first time, so if you need me, just raise your hands.” His tiny students popped up from the floor of their classroom at  Conshohocken’s Ridge Park Elementary School and sat at desks with tablets or computers, opened the program, then clicked on arrows to make a colorful fuzz ball move around the screen. They were first graders, barely done learning their ABCs, but their Montgomery County school was launching them into a new orbit of computer coding that it is hoped won’t end until they land a high-tech job, or at least one that requires programming skills. “You were just a programmer,” Adams told the room of 5- and 6-year-olds as they finished the game from the online learning site Kodable, whose tagline is, “Learn to code before you know how to read.” Over the next few weeks, he said, the class will create a “loop” of oft-repeated basic commands and debug errors in the code. The Colonial School District is cited by officials as a regional leader in a race to reinvent classroom education, to make kids as fluent in computer algorithms as in English, and to prepare them for an economy in which many of the fastest-growing job categories already require knowledge of computer programming.

Telling scores: Achievement gaps in city schools are dispiriting
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette THE EDITORIAL BOARD 12:00 AM OCT 9, 2017
Racial and ethnic gaps in student achievement have persisted over many years in American public schools. That does not mean we should consider them to be unavoidable. Last week, the Pittsburgh Board of Public Education released a report on the results of assessment tests that students took in the spring. Board President Regina Holley was right to state that the achievement gaps between white and black students shown in the report are “unacceptable.” The results for fifth-grade students in English language arts and reading stand out. Thirty percent of black students scored at a proficient or advanced level in that subject, while 64 percent of white students scored at those levels. Students are placed in one of four categories based on their scores: below basic, basic, proficient or advanced. Similarly, the scores for third-graders in reading and language arts show a 27 percent gap between white and black students in the proficient and advanced levels. Ms. Holley demanded a response from staff of the school district concerning their efforts to close these wide gaps in reading achievement. To its credit, the district was able to report that many scores of elementary students showed an improvement over the previous year, and these improvements were shared by all racial groups. Gains were strongest in language arts, with smaller gains in math and science.

Pa. Supreme Court reinstates principal accused in cheating scandal
The notebook by Dale Mezzacappa October 6, 2017 — 4:47pm
The state Supreme Court has ordered the Philadelphia School District to reinstate a principal who was fired due to cheating at her school on the PSSAs, or state achievement tests. The justices denied the District's appeal of a Commonwealth Court ruling in favor of Michelle Burns, who was principal of Tilden Middle School when test booklets were tampered with to change wrong answers to correct ones.  Both an arbitrator and Commonwealth Court had concluded that although the cheating occurred, there was insufficient evidence that Burns knew about it. Last year, the court ordered that Burns receive back pay, minus a 60-day suspension ordered by the arbitrator in 2015 for failing to adequately supervise test administration and security. The cheating took place at least between 2009 and 2011, when the state conducted a forensic analysis of test booklets for such irregularities as wrong-t0-right erasure patterns that were statistically improbable. Dozens of city schools and scores of others around the state were found to have some irregularities, but relatively few educators have been punished as a result of the scandal.

Education Funding Opinion Reflects Change in Court, Offers Opportunities for Advocacy
Pennsylvania Appellate Advocate Blog By: Dennis Whitaker October 4, 2017
Depending on one’s world view, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision on September 28, 2017 in William Penn School Dist. v. Pa. Dep’t of Ed., 46 MAP 2015 was either a major step forward for education equality, or the work of an activist court that threw out more than 150 years of jurisprudence. Wherever on the continuum you fall, there is little doubt that the Court’s decision to allow Petitioners to press their constitutional claims against education funding at trial is a major departure from past practice. Simply put, the Supreme Court reversed a unanimous Commonwealth Court en banc decision in which that court, relying on its own precedent and that of the Pennsylvania and United States Supreme Courts, held that Petitioners’ claims that the current state education funding mechanism violated the Education and Equal Protection provisions of the Pennsylvania Constitution was a non-justiciable political question best left to the legislative branch. Now, on remand to Commonwealth Court, the focus shifts from whether Petitioners presented a justiciable claim to (1) defining the confines of a constitutional right to “a thorough and efficient system of public education”; (2) if the General Assembly has, through the current school funding mechanism, imposed a classification whereby the distribution of state funds deprives economically disadvantaged school districts of the resources necessary to provide a constitutionally adequate education; and (3) what level of scrutiny should be applied in evaluating that right. We make no pretense of a deep dive into the 86-page majority decision authored by Justice Wecht and joined by Justices Todd, Donohue, Dougherty and Mundy, nor Chief Justice Saylor’s 48-page dissent joined by Justice Baer. Instead, we seek to provide an overview sufficient to alert those whose interests may be impacted and if so to suggest potential paths of action on remand to Commonwealth Court.

“The Trump administration has also raised the possibility of banning transgender people from military service and has rescinded an Obama administration guideline advising schools to let transgender students use their bathroom of their choice.”
Trump Justice Dept ends transgender workplace protections
6ABC By SADIE GURMAN and DAVID CRARY Friday, October 06, 2017 06:08AM
WASHINGTON -- Federal civil rights law does not protect transgender people from discrimination at work, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a memo released Thursday that rescinds guidance issued under the Obama administration. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 bars workplace discrimination between men and women but does not extend to gender identity, Sessions said. The Justice Department will take that position in "all pending and future matters," the memo said. Sessions called the interpretation a "conclusion of law, not policy," and said the move should not be construed to condone mistreatment of transgender people. "The Justice Department must and will continue to affirm the dignity of all people, including transgender individuals," Sessions wrote in the memo to the nation's federal prosecutors. But LGBT-rights advocates assailed the reversal as the latest in series of Trump administration actions targeting their constituency.

Betsy DeVos' First Semester: A Status Report
NPR by ANYA KAMENETZ October 8, 20178:22 AM ET
It has been more than six months since Betsy DeVos was confirmed as education secretary after one of the most contentious Cabinet nomination battles in memory, and so we thought it worth an update on her major moves so far — and the public response.
School choice - DeVos is most associated with one idea: school choice. In particular, she has a record of supporting options other than traditional district public schools, such as charter schools, virtual schools, vouchers for private schools and home schooling. She has signaled that support as secretary by often visiting private and charter schools. However, going all the way back to her confirmation, DeVos didn't actually advocate a stronger federal role in any area of education, including in expanding school choice. "The future of choice does not begin with a new federal mandate from Washington!" as she put it recently in a speech at Harvard University.

How Computers Turned Gerrymandering Into a Science
New York Times By JORDAN ELLENBERG OCT. 6, 2017
MADISON, Wis. — About as many Democrats live in Wisconsin as Republicans do. But you wouldn’t know it from the Wisconsin State Assembly, where Republicans hold 65 percent of the seats, a bigger majority than Republican legislators enjoy in conservative states like Texas and Kentucky. The United States Supreme Court is trying to understand how that happened. On Tuesday, the justices heard oral arguments in Gill v. Whitford, reviewing a three-judge panel’s determination that Wisconsin’s Republican-drawn district map is so flagrantly gerrymandered that it denies Wisconsinites their full right to vote. A long list of elected officials, representing both parties, have filed briefs asking the justices to uphold the panel’s ruling. Other people don’t see a problem. Politics, they say, is a game where whoever’s ahead gets to change the rules on the fly. It’s about winning, not being fair. But this isn’t just a politics story; it’s also a technology story. 


Reclaiming Our Democracy: The Pennsylvania Conference to End
Gerrymandering
Saturday, October 14th, 2017 | 9:00am-5:00pm Crowne Plaza Harrisburg, PA
Crowne Plaza Harrisburg-Hershey 23 S 2nd St.  Harrisburg, PA
Join us for a one-day redistricting conference in Harrisburg for volunteers, supporters, academics, press and legislators. Gubernatorial candidates, legislative leaders and national redistricting experts have been invited to speak about gerrymandering and the potential for reform.  In the afternoon there will be breakout sessions on redistricting issues of interest, including new gerrymandering standards and details on litigation in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and other states.
https://www.fairdistrictspa.com/events/2017/10/14/reclaiming-our-democracy-the-pennsylvania-conference-to-end-gerrymandering

Seventh Annual Pennsylvania Arts and Education Symposium, November 2, 2017 Camp Hill
The 2017 Pennsylvania Arts and Education will be held on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg Convention Center in Camp Hill.  See the agenda here.
Early Bird Registration ends September 30.
https://www.eplc.org/pennsylvania-arts-education-network/


The Road to College Success for Students from Underserved Communities
Philadelphia School Partnership Posted on October 2, 2017
Wednesday, October 18th 6:30-8pm National Constitution Center Kirby Theater
525 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19106
How do we prepare students for what comes after their college acceptance? How do we equip them with the skills they need to graduate and continue into the workforce? For years, author Richard Whitmire has crossed the country, analyzing how a variety of schools address this question. Join us as we sit down with him and Drexel Professor Paul Harrington to discuss how leading urban high schools are helping first-generation college goers beat the odds and achieve college success.
Please join us! RSVP to info@philaschool.org by October 6th!

Support the Notebook and see Springsteen on Broadway
The notebook October 2, 2017 — 10:57am
Donate $50 or more until Nov. 10, enter to win – and have your donation doubled!
"This music is forever for me. It's the stage thing, that rush moment that you live for. It never lasts, but that's what you live for." – Bruce Springsteen
You can be a part of a unique Bruce Springsteen show in his career – and support local, nonprofit education journalism!  Donate $50 or more to the Notebook through Nov. 10, and your donation will be doubled, up to $1,000, through the Knight News Match. Plus, you will be automatically entered to win a pair of prime tickets to see Springsteen on Broadway!  One winner will receive two tickets to the 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, show at the Walter Kerr Theatre. These are amazing orchestra section seats to this incredible sold-out solo performance. Don't miss out on your chance to see the Boss in his Broadway debut. Donate to the Notebook today online or by mail at 699 Ranstead St., 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19106.
http://thenotebook.org/articles/2017/10/02/springsteen-on-broadway

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 Is Open for the 2017 Arts and Education Symposium
Thursday, November 2, 2017 8:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
 Radisson Hotel Harrisburg Convention Center
Registration October 1 to November 1 - $60; Registration at the Symposium - $70
Full-Time Student Registration (Student ID Required at Symposium Check-In) - $30
Act 48 Credit Available

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

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


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