Thursday, November 9, 2017

Keystone State Education Coalition PA Ed Policy Roundup Nov. 9, 2017: Post-election wrap

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PA Ed Policy Roundup Nov. 9, 2017: Post-election wrap



Save the Date: Pitt Johnstown to host Funding Lawsuit Panel at Murtha Center on campus November 15th at 7:00 pm



The 5 things we know about Election 2017 | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Penn Live By John L. Micek jmicek@pennlive.com Updated Nov 8, 11:00 AM; Posted Nov 8, 7:29 AM
Good Wednesday Morning, Fellow Seekers.
We're still rubbing the sleep from our eyes from an off-year election that, in the end, punched well above its weight. There were surprises up and down the Pennsylvania ballot last night. So to get your day started, here's five takeaways from the night that was.


Pa. voters pass property tax amendment
By Katie Meyer, WITF November 8, 2017
Along with electing a number of judges Tuesday night, Pennsylvania voters agreed to a ballot measure that will amend the constitution to let municipalities stop charging property taxes. It’s a step forward in an ongoing fight to lower the commonwealth’s controversial, high property tax rates. But it’s not likely to have a practical impact anytime soon. Under previous constitutional language, local governments could only exempt up to 50 percent of their median home value from property taxes. Now, they can technically exempt all homeowners. But Terry Madonna, a political analyst from Franklin and Marshall College, noted that can’t happen until there’s a new source of revenue — and that involves action from the legislature. “If the legislature moves, it would have to be a fairly complex piece of legislation that would provide for what the school boards would use to substitute for the loss of the property taxes,” Madonna said.

“It’s clear Pennsylvania should be reforming its property tax laws — but the confusingly worded question on Tuesday’s ballot does not reform anything. All it does is give the Pennsylvania legislature incredible power to remove the single greatest source of education funding in the state. And in light of the recently reinstated Supreme Court of Pennsylvania lawsuit, it’s clear we cannot trust the legislature to provide a fair and equal education funding system — even if property taxes are available to be spent. Instead of granting broad power to the state legislature like we did Tuesday, we should be demanding detailed tax reform from the bottom up that ensures all Pennsylvania children receive equal education, regardless of the county their parents own property in. “
Editorial: PA ballot question doesn’t solve property tax problem
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If you voted Tuesday in Pennsylvania’s election, you were presented with an interesting ballot question — should the state legislature allow local taxing authorities to exempt 100 percent of any family’s primary residence value when collecting taxes? Pennsylvania voted yes by a margin of 54 to 46 percent, effectively taking the first step toward significant property tax reform. This would allow the legislature to write a law eliminating property taxes. But while eliminating the property tax could aid individual families in the short-term, the ballot question has the potential to seriously harm the long-term stability of the Commonwealth. Public schools in Pennsylvania — a state known as the “Wild West” of property tax laws —  are among the most contentiously funded in the nation, which creates real problems. In fact, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court  recently reinstated a controversial case that claims Pennsylvania’s system for funding public schools violates both the state constitution’s equal protection provision and its guarantee of a “thorough and efficient system” of education. At the root of the public school funding issue in Pennsylvania is the property tax. According to The Notebook, a Philadelphia-based independent news source, the effective tax rate across Pennsylvania varies greatly by county with no discernible pattern and results in massive school funding disparities. To make matters worse, the average effective tax rate in Pennsylvania is one of the highest in the nation. This means some counties have superb schools, while others have seriously underfunded ones — and in Pennsylvania this has little correlation to the type of neighborhood the school is in. Schools in socio-economically similar counties are vastly different — the Inquirer reported the city of Reading spent roughly $6,500 per pupil during the 2015-16 school year, compared to Lower Merion Township’s $17,000 per pupil. Reading and Lower Merion both have property tax rates in the top 20 percent across the state.


Expanding homestead exclusion 'a piece of the puzzle' for tax reform
Trib Live by STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS | Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, 12:54 a.m.
Candidates in Tuesday's general election had enough on their minds without guessing what it could mean if Pennsylvania homeowners were exempt from property taxes. But they're certain they will need more information before deciding how they feel about the success of a ballot question that could lead to just that. The ballot question asked voters if they want to amend the state constitution to authorize local taxing authorities, such as school districts, to use the state's homestead exemption program to exempt homeowners from all property taxes on their primary residences. Commercial property taxes would not be affected. But before homeowners start celebrating, they should realize that property taxes will still exist even though the referendum passed with just under 54 percent of the vote. The General Assembly would have to approve ways to make up for the billions of dollars in revenue that would be lost with the reduction or elimination of property taxes, which pay to operate schools and municipal governments. And finding such alternatives will be no easy task, given that the main options would be increasing the personal income tax or the sales tax.

Pa. voted for property tax relief: What it means, how it works, what's next
Penn Live By Jan Murphy jmurphy@pennlive.com Updated Nov 8, 10:10 PM; Posted Nov 8, 11:52 AM
Voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment that opens the door to property tax relief for homeowners. But here's the catch: It doesn't mean property taxes will suddenly go away. The referendum allows the Legislature to pass a law that exempts residents from paying taxes on their homes. Before that can happen, state lawmakers need to figure out a way to fund school districts, municipalities and counties currently funded by property taxes. State laws will have to change and provide replacement revenue. Specifically, what the proposed amendment to Article VIII of the constitution would do is exclude up to 100 percent of the property value from being taxed by a municipality, county or school district.

Pa. voters passed new rules for property taxes. So, now what?
By WHYY Staff November 8, 2017  Listen 4:31
Pennsylvania voters Tuesday approved a ballot question that opens up the possibility of lowering or eliminating property taxes across the state. The referendum frees state legislators to pass a law allow taxing authorities (counties, municipalities, and school districts) to exempt residents from paying any tax on their primary residences. Previously, state law capped that exclusion at 50 percent of an area’s median home value. Advocates have said that the longstanding reliance on property taxes, a primary source of school funding, hurts homeowners on fixed incomes. But current revenue levels cannot be eliminated until lawmakers first find a replacement, which likely would require more state legislation. Sales and income taxes are the usual suggestions.
Ryan Briggs, of City & State PA joined NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller to discuss the possibility of lowering or eliminating property taxes across the commonwealth.

Is Pa.'s House speaker running for governor or not? Soon we'll know
Penn Live By Jan Murphy jmurphy@pennlive.com Updated Nov 8, 4:22 PM; Posted Nov 8, 4:22 PM
For months now, there's been talk that House Speaker Mike Turzai may enter the contest for the Republican nomination in the 2018 gubernatorial race. According to his political consultant Jeff Coleman of Harrisburg, we soon will know if there is something to it.  "By the time people sit down for their Thanksgiving celebration, it will be clear what he intends to do and how he intends to approach it," Coleman told PennLive on Wednesday. He said the countdown that the nine-term Allegheny County Republican put in place for himself to make a decision is on. Turzai has been calling party leaders, committee members and House members to consult with him about whether to jump into what would become at least a four-person race to be the GOP nominee to challenge incumbent Gov. Tom Wolf next November, Coleman said. Already, Sen. Scott Wagner of York County and political newcomers Paul Mango and Laura Ellsworth, both of Allegheny County, have already declared their candidacy.

“People smell blood, they smell opportunity,” said David Landau, chairman of the Delaware County Democratic Party. Democrats there beat Republicans in a County Council election for the first time. Leading up to the vote, they planted signs that read: “Bring Back Sanity.” In Chester County, Democrats won four countywide row offices for the first time since 1799. In Bucks County they captured four of five row offices, winning those positions for the first time in decades.”
Trump backlash in suburbs raises fears for Republicans in Pa., N.J. congressional races
Inquirer by Jonathan Tamari, Washington Bureau  @JonathanTamari |  jtamari@phillynews.com Updated:  NOVEMBER 8, 2017 — 8:05 PM EST
WASHINGTON — It wasn’t just the election losses that had Republicans worried Wednesday — it was how they lost. Facing a backlash to President Trump, Republicans absorbed bruising defeats from the suburbs of Washington to those surrounding Philadelphia and counties near New York — in some cases losing local offices the GOP has held for decades. Metropolitan suburbs are at the heart of the 2018 midterm races that will determine control of Congress. Democrats need to flip 24 seats to take over the House, their best shot at gaining power in Washington. The key races include five just outside Philadelphia in places that mirror the prosperous, highly educated regions that delivered resounding Democratic  victories Tuesday. Losing Virginia’s marquee governor’s race was one thing, but lower-key county losses made emphatic statements that gave Republicans pause.

Women rule in elections for Pa. appeals courts
Inquirer by Liz Navratil, HARRISBURG BUREAU Updated: NOVEMBER 8, 2017 — 6:41 PM EST
HARRISBURG — It was an encouraging development for those who advocate for more women in government. In Tuesday’s election, women swept Pennsylvania’s statewide judicial races, a bipartisan show of power in the one corner of state politics with anything approaching gender parity: the appellate bench. Women candidates won all six appeals court seats up for grabs. (Voters also retained two female jurists, as well as one male judge.) While women have had success winning seats on the Commonwealth, Superior and Supreme Courts, they remain distinct minorities elsewhere in government. All three state row offices are held by men. Women represent less than a quarter of the legislature, and the percentage of women in the lower courts is only slightly higher.

Erie School Board winner makes history
GoErie By Ed Palattella Posted at 2:01 AM November 9, 2017
Tyler Titus is first transgender person elected to public office in Pennsylvania.
Newly elected Erie School Board member Tyler Titus was an unlikely candidate for two reasons. The 33-year-old clinical therapist is a transgender male who was running for a public position in Pennsylvania, where an openly transgender person had never been elected to any office statewide. And Titus, a Democrat, got booted from the primary ballot in March. Ruling on a voter’s challenge, Erie County Judge William R. Cunningham ruled that Titus had not filed his financial disclosure forms for his candidacy at the Erie School District offices, as required, though he had filed them at the Erie County Courthouse, as is also required. Titus was undeterred. He launched a write-in campaign in the primary and won a Democratic nomination on May 16. “Fighting for equitability and social justice are beliefs sewn into my fabric. This isn’t just something I do, this is who I am,” Titus said in an email in March, in which he vowed to stay in the race after his removal from the ballot. “I am a minority,” he said. “I am a transgender male who has had to fight to be seen my entire life. I know injustice because I live it every day. I know the tenacity it takes to stand against the masses and demand to be heard.” Titus got heard on Tuesday.

Poconos charter school founder violated ethics law, commission finds
Peter Hall Of The Morning Call November 8, 2017
The embattled founder of a now-closed Monroe County charter school has been ordered to pay restitution after the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission found he violated ethics laws by recommending jobs and a raise for family members. In a decision Tuesday, the commission found the former Pocono Mountain Charter School’s CEO, the Rev. Dennis Bloom, had a conflict of interest when he recommended to the school’s trustees a 2006 pay raise for his wife, who was employed as assistant CEO. He violated the Ethics Act’s provision against conflicts of interest again when he recommended his son and daughter for part-time jobs at the school in 2006 and 2007, the commission found. It also faulted Bloom for filing incomplete financial interest statements between 2007 and 2010. The commission said, however, there was no violation of the Ethics Act in Bloom’s recommendation that the school commit to an expansion project for which a company he owned would serve as general contractor.

“In exchange for a greater say in the operation of Philadelphia schools, Pennsylvania agreed to provide additional funding to help the district stave off its budget crisis. Yet in the last decade, the amount of state money distributed to Philadelphia schools — about $1.5 billion — has remained nearly the same, when adjusted for inflation. In terms of per-pupil subsidy, Philadelphia ranked No. 225 among the Commonwealth’s 501 districts in the 2015-16 school year; in 2010, it was No. 139.”
For Philly schools, state control didn't mean more state dollars, data show
Inquirer by Maddie Hanna, Staff Writer  @maddiehanna |  mhanna@phillynews.com Updated: NOVEMBER 8, 2017 — 5:27 PM EST
In announcing the city’s move to take back control of Philadelphia schools, Mayor Kenney said last week that the state wasn’t upholding its end of the bargain to address the district’s chronic funding woes. The point of the School Reform Commission “was, well, these legislators don’t trust us spending their money,” Kenney said during a meeting with the Inquirer and Daily News editorial boards. But, he said, since the commission was created 16 years ago, “we’ve lost money.” An analysis of data from the state Department of Education showed that the commission’s creation in 2001 hasn’t altered a situation that predated it: Philadelphia has received less state school aid than its standing as one of Pennsylvania’s poorer communities would merit — if that money were distributed according to need.

Kenney's move to regain control of schools designed to bolster activists | Dom Giordano
Philly Daily News Opinion by Dom Giordano, Daily News Columnist  @DomShow1210 Updated: NOVEMBER 8, 2017 — 7:32 PM EST
Last week, Mayor Kenney fired his state baby sitters and seized control of the Philadelphia public schools. As a conservative, I deeply support local control of schools. However, the state baby sitters were there because of a compromise funding deal worked out during the Mayor Street years. Philadelphia got more state money, but also got the baby sitters, because the belief was local officials couldn’t be fully trusted to run their schools efficiently. The New York Times reported in late December 2001 that the deal to have the state essentially control Philadelphia public schools was due to the need for more state money to fund the schools. Republican Gov. Mark Schweiker’s contended that such unprecedented measures were necessary because more than half of the city’s students failed to achieve a basic level of comprehension on state reading and math tests. Street told the Times, “We don’t believe we can have a world-class city with a second-class public education system.” So, what has changed to dramatically upend this compromise? Will the city of Philadelphia be able to better able to fund its schools?  Have reading and math scores risen dramatically? How will Philadelphia suddenly cover the $1 billion deficit the school system is projecting over five years?

“The two goals of the effort are for every elementary school student K-5 to have music education, and for 6-12 [graders] to have a significant increase in participation,” said Machos. After three years, the hope is to have “a framework in place to sustain our programs and an opportunity to reset music education in the city.”
Music in schools gets an assist from Grammy organization
Inquirer by Peter Dobrin, Culture Writer  @InquirerPeter |  pdobrin@phillynews.com Updated: NOVEMBER 8, 2017 — 2:28 PM EST
The Grammy Music Education Coalition has launched a fund-raising initiative aimed at benefiting music programs in the school districts of  Philadelphia, New York City, and Nashville. Locally, the effort provides an assist to the School District of Philadelphia’s efforts to cover expense for items like musical instruments and recording equipment. GMEC hopes to raise $5 million over three years for Philadelphia, with that money going toward both the district as well as programs run by partner education and outreach organizations, said GMEC executive director Lee Whitmore. Philadelphia’s wish list of items to enhance music programs could cost up to $60 million, said Frank Machos, executive director of the School District’s Office of the Arts and Academic Enrichment. Although no specific fund-raising goal has been set, Machos says half of the funding could come through philanthropy, with the other half covered by the School District and state sources.

Pittsburgh Public Schools board approves arbitrator's report on union contract
MOLLY BORN Pittsburgh Post-Gazette mborn@post-gazette.com 7:07 PM NOV 8, 2017
The Pittsburgh Public Schools board voted Wednesday to accept an independent fact-finder's report on the future contract between the district and teachers union. How members of Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers voted Wednesday won't be released until Thursday, but if enough reject the arbitrator's findings, it will likely send both sides back to the negotiations table. After months of talks, district and union each brought their outstanding issues to mediator Lewis Amis on Oct. 19, and he made several determinations based on their accounts. The school board approved the report 7-2 Wednesday, with Moira Kaleida and Sylvia Wilson voting against it. "I do feel that we are really not so far apart, and this something that can be resolved at the bargaining table," Ms. Kaleida said before the vote.

Finding funding formula fairness
Intelligencer Editorial Posted Nov 8, 2017 at 4:07 PM
We run the risk of stereotyping here, but it’s a fact that fewer students from low-income families go on to college than their more well-off friends given the astronomical cost of a college education these days. And so school districts with higher populations of low-income kids naturally send a higher percentage of students to area technical schools. Regardless of who attends and in what numbers what a godsend the technical schools are. This is particularly true of the highly rated comprehensive Bucks County Technical High School in Bristol Township, which receives students from six Lower Bucks school districts all of which have a say in the school’s operation. Perhaps the greatest challenge for an institution with so many masters is figuring out how to split the bill. For many years the costs at BCTHS have been parceled out on the basis of the number of seats occupied by a district as well as a district’s size. This meant that a larger district with a small population of students attending the school might actually pay more than a small district with a larger population of students. Whether it was intended or not, the arrangement reflects the it-takes-a-village-to-raise-a-child mentality some folks ascribe to. Back before the state-manufactured pension crisis began driving school district budgets and local tax rates through the roof, this disparity didn’t cause much angst or opposition. Those days are gone.

Lead testing of water in schools is finished
The overall picture in the District looks better, but some recent findings are alarming.
The notebook by Greg Windle November 8, 2017 — 3:06pm
Although the overall picture of lead in the District’s drinking water looks better than the first round of testing indicated, some recent findings at individual schools are alarming, particularly in water used for food preparation. Now that the testing is complete, the results for each outlet at every school are available online. Of more than 200 schools that were tested, 47 percent had no water outlets testing above the District’s lead action level of 10 parts per billion (ppb). Outlets that tested higher than this level were shut off immediately. Nearly one in five schools, 19 percent, had just one outlet above that level, 10 percent had two outlets above it, and 23 percent had three or more outlets shut off for high lead levels. The District began testing in the summer of 2016, and a new round of testing will be done every five years.

How students and advocates joined forces for clean water
The notebook by Greg Windle November 8, 2017 — 3:07pm
Last year, activists and advocates on the Philadelphia District’s Green Future Healthy Schools committee worked with City Council members, led by Councilwoman Helen Gym, to lobby the District to adopt stricter standards for water access and safety. Those efforts led to legislation requiring that every school have a minimum number of water fountains based on enrollment and that the District regularly test for lead in the drinking water using a stricter standard than the previous testing. The District gave each school three modern water fountains called “hydration stations,” which provide cold filtered water. But although activists and advocates say they’ve accomplished most of their immediate goals, they still have a lot of work to do in organizing students to ensure compliance and expand the existing infrastructure. One of those groups, the Food Trust, began this work two years ago as part of the Get Hype Philly program, which convenes “youth summits” that bring together students from 70 Philly schools to prioritize issues in their communities.


“According to a 2016 investigation published by Education Week, more than $14.5 million in lobbying activity by online for-profit charter operators has taken place in states where the spending must be disclosed. The publication additionally reported that K12 brought in some $873 million in fiscal year 2015, 80 percent from schools it managed. Officials with the $5.5 billion conglomerate Pearson, which owns Connections, would not say how much revenue its cyber schools generate.”
Inside the $1 Million Fight to Hold South Carolina’s For-Profit Virtual Charter Schools Accountable
The74 November 2017
When South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster stepped onto the stage at Charter Schools USA’s annual summit in August, it was to thunderous applause. Alternately smoothing his tie and shielding his eyes from the floodlights, he told a couple of folksy jokes before pivoting to the message he’d come to deliver. The Rust Belt’s economic losses are the South’s gains, McMaster said, noting how saddened he was by the boarded-up buildings he saw on his trip to Cleveland the year before to nominate Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention. He was sorry about the city’s decline, he said, but South Carolina is booming. The state needed more charter schools, McMaster told the cheering audience, and he planned to push for laws to make it easier for them to open. “And I assure you,” he added, “there’s a lot of politics involved often in getting things set up, and whatever politics I can bring to bear is on the side of the charter schools. Wherever we can set them up, we want more, because we know that they work.”

Yes, the Republican tax bill would help rich parents send their kids to private school
Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss November 8 at 3:52 PM 
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has publicly praised the recently unveiled Republican tax legislation, saying certain provisions will help further the cause of school choice and the practice of using public funds to pay for private and religious school tuition. But public school advocates are concerned about those provisions, saying they will help rich people who don’t need help and will harm traditional public schools, where the vast majority of America’s schoolchildren are enrolled. This piece explains that concern. It was written by Richard D. Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation, a Washington-based nonprofit. Kahlenberg focuses on education, civil rights and equal opportunity, and he has been called “the intellectual father of the economic integration movement” in K-12 schooling. He is also an authority on teachers’ unions, private school vouchers, charter schools, turnaround school efforts, labor organizing and inequality in higher education. Kahlenberg is also the author of six books, the most recent being “A Smarter Charter: Finding What Works for Charter Schools and Public Education” (with Halley Potter). The following essay appeared on the foundation’s website, and I was given permission to publish it.

Inside Betsy DeVos’s efforts to shrink the Education Department
Washington Post By Moriah Balingit and Danielle Douglas-Gabriel November 8 at 1:54 PM 
The seventh floor of the Education Department’s headquarters near the Mall used to bustle. Now, nearly a dozen offices sit empty and quiet. The department’s workforce has shrunk under Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who has said she wants to decrease the federal government’s role in education, including investigations and enforcement of civil rights in schools. In all, the department has shed about 350 workers since December — nearly 8 percent of its staff — including political appointees. With buyouts offered to 255 employees in recent days, DeVos hopes to show even more staff the door. At the same time, the Trump administration has moved slowly to fill key roles, making nominations for just eight of the 15 key positions that require Senate confirmation. The Senate, which has taken an average of 65 days to confirm nominees, has approved only two of those nominees, giving the department one of the worst track records among Cabinet-level agencies for filling senior positions, according to data from the Partnership for Public Service.



November School Leader Advocacy Training
PASA, PASBO, PSBA, the Pennsylvania Principals Association, the PARSS and PAIU are offering five, full-day School Leader Advocacy Training sessions at the following locations:
Wednesday, November 15 – Berks County I.U. 14 (Reading)
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Friday, November 17 – Westmoreland I.U. 7 (Greensburg)
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Cyber Charter School Application; Public Hearing November 20
Pennsylvania Bulletin Saturday, October 14, 2017 NOTICES - DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
The Department of Education (Department) has scheduled one date for a public hearing regarding a cyber charter school application that was received on or before October 2, 2017. The hearing will be held on November 20, 2017, in Heritage Room A on the lobby level of 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17126 at 9 a.m. The hearing pertains to the applicant seeking to operate a cyber charter school beginning in the 2018-2019 school year. The purpose of the hearing is to gather information from the applicant about the proposed cyber charter school as well as receive comments from interested individuals regarding the application. The name of the applicant, copies of the application and a listing of the date and time scheduled for the hearing on the application can be viewed on the Department's web site at www.education.pa.gov. Individuals who wish to provide comments on the application during the hearing must provide a copy of their written comments to the Department and the applicant on or before November 6, 2017. Comments provided by this deadline and presented at the hearing will become part of the certified record. For questions regarding this hearing, contact the Division of Charter Schools, (717) 787-9744, charterschools@pa.gov.

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education Cyber Charter School Application for Commonwealth Education Connections Cyber Charter School 2017
Charter School Application Submitted: September 27, 2017


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.
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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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Register for New School Director Training in December and January
PSBA Website October 2017
You’ve started a challenging and exciting new role as a school director. Let us help you narrow the learning curve! PSBA’s New School Director Training provides school directors with foundational knowledge about their role, responsibilities and ethical obligations. At this live workshop, participants will learn about key laws, policies, and processes that guide school board governance and leadership, and develop skills for becoming strong advocates in their community. Get the tools you need from experts during this visually engaging and interactive event.
Choose from any of these 10 locations and dates (note: all sessions are held 8 a.m.-4 p.m., unless specified otherwise.):
·         Dec. 8, Bedford CTC
·         Dec. 8, Montoursville Area High School
·         Dec. 9, Upper St. Clair High School
·         Dec. 9, West Side CTC
·         Dec. 15, Crawford County CTC
·         Dec. 15, Upper Merion MS (8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m)
·         Dec. 16, PSBA Mechanicsburg
·         Dec. 16, Seneca Highlands IU 9
·         Jan. 13, A W Beattie Career Center
·         Jan. 13, Parkland HS
Fees: Complimentary to All-Access members or $170 per person for standard membership. All registrations will be billed to the listed district, IU or CTC. To request billing to an individual, please contact Michelle Kunkel at michelle.kunkel@psba.org. Registration also includes a box lunch on site and printed resources.

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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