The 2018 campaign season has a seen an unusual spate of legislative retirement announcements. And while they're not close to setting any records, these races do have the potential to reshape the upper levels of legislative leadership. In the state House, for instance, Majority Leader David Reed, R-Indiana, opened a leadership vacuum with his announcement that he'll run for the 9th Congressional District seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster. Reed won't run for re-election to his House seat. And as our friends at City & State Pa. report this morning, the 50-member state Senate, where Republicans currently enjoy a 34-16 veto-proof majority, is going through convulsions of its own. Five seats there, notably some in the moderate Philadelphia suburbs, are currently in play. And in a year in which Democrats are hoping to make some inroads, they're definitely worth watching. Herewith: A quick rundown of those races.
Wendell Pritchett is chair of the educational nominating panel and provost of the University of Pennsylvania.
Trib Live by JAMIE MARTINES | Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, 1:21 p.m.
President Trump spoke for one hour, 20 minutes and 31 seconds (including applause) to deliver his first State of the Union address Tuesday night, and spoke directly about education policy very briefly — for one sentence, or two if you want to be charitable. And he didn’t mention school choice, which is surprising, given that he has said it is his chief educational priority. This is what Trump said in regard to education policy: As tax cuts create new jobs, let us invest in workforce development and job training. Let us open great vocational schools so our future workers can learn a craft and realize their full potential. There was nothing about school choice, graduation rates, student loans, standardized test scores, curriculum standards. And as Post reporter Moriah Balingit noted here, he didn’t include schools when he talked about rebuilding America’s infrastructure, saying: “We will build gleaming new roads, bridges, highways, railways and waterways across our land.”
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The government of Turkey is seeking to discredit a network of U.S. charter schools linked to exiled cleric Fetullah Gulen.
Politico By LIZ ESSLEY WHYTE February 01, 2018
PSBA Closer Look Series Public Briefings
The Closer Look Series Public Briefings will take a deeper dive into concepts contained in the proposed Pennsylvania State Budget and the State of Education Report. Sessions will harness the expertise of local business leaders, education advocates, government and local school leaders from across the state. Learn more about the fiscal health of schools, how workforce development and early education can be improved and what local schools are doing to improve the State of Education in Pennsylvania. All sessions are free and open to the public.
Connecting Student Success to Employment
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel – Pittsburgh Green Tree Feb. 27, 2018, 7-8:45 a.m.
More than eight out of 10 students taking one or more industry-specific assessments are achieving either at the competent or advanced level. How do we connect student success to jobs in the community? What does the connection between schools and the business community look like and how can it be improved? How do we increase public awareness of the growing demand for workers in the skilled trades and other employment trends in the commonwealth? Hear John Callahan, PSBA assistant executive director, and Matt Smith, president of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, give a free, public presentation on these topics followed by a Q&A period.
A Deeper Dive into the State of Education
Crowne Plaza Philadelphia – King of Prussia March 6, 2018, 7-8:45 a.m.
In the State of Education Report, 40% of schools stated that 16% to 30% of students joining schools at kindergarten or first grade are below the expected level of school readiness. Learn more about the impact of early education and what local schools are doing to improve the State of Education in Pennsylvania. A free, public presentation by local and legislative experts will be followed by a Q&A period.
Public Education Under Extreme Pressure
Hilton Harrisburg March 12, 2018, 7-8:45 a.m.
According to the State of Education Report, 84% of all school districts viewed budget pressures as the most difficult area to manage over the past year. With so many choices and pressures, school districts must make decisions to invest in priorities while managing their locally diverse budgets. How does the state budget impact these decisions? What investments does the business community need for the future growth of the economy and how do we improve the health, education and well-being of students who attend public schools in the commonwealth in this extreme environment? Hear local and legislative leaders in a free, public presentation on these topics followed by a Q&A period.
Registration for these public briefings: https://www.psba.org/2018/01/closer-look-series-public-briefings/
Registration is now open for the 2018 PASA Education Congress! State College, PA, March 19-20, 2018
Don't miss this marquee event for Pennsylvania school leaders at the Nittany Lion Inn, State College, PA, March 19-20, 2018.
Learn more by visiting http://www.pasa-net.org/2018edcongress
Visits with legislators will be conducted earlier in the day. More information will be sent via email, shared in our publications and posted on our website closer to the event.