Wednesday, March 21, 2018

PA Ed Policy Roundup March 21: More than 90 PA candidates submit paperwork to run for Congress


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More than 90 PA candidates submit paperwork to run for Congress


Come out and join the discussion Friday morning at the MCIU
Uncharted Territory: Montgomery County PCCY Charter Report Release and Panel Discussion Friday March 23, 9:00AM - 10:30AM at MCIU
Montgomery County Intermediate Unit Friday March 23, 9:00AM - 10:30AM, 2 WEST LAFAYETTE STREET, NORRISTOWN, PA 19401
Panelists:
Frank Gallagher, Ed. D., Superintendent of Souderton Area School District
Dr. John George, Executive Director, Montgomery County Intermediate Unit
Rep. Kate Harper, 61st Legislative District
Rep. Steve McCarter, 154th Legislative District
David Loeb, Report Author, Research Associate, PCCY
Tomea Sippio-Smith, Education Policy Director, PCCY



2018 PSBA Advocacy Day April 16, 2018 Harrisburg
Join PSBA and your fellow school directors for the annual Advocacy Day on Monday, April 16, 2018, at the State Capitol in Harrisburg. PSBA is partnering with Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units to have a stronger voice for public education. Hear how advocacy makes a difference in the legislative process and the importance of public education advocacy. This event is free for members; registration is required.
Register online here: 
http://www.mypls.com/Default.aspx?tabid=3753



“The board unanimously voted to oppose state Senate Bill 2, which would create education savings accounts for students in the state's lowest performing districts.
The bill is proposed as a tuition voucher program. It would take public school funding for students living within the bottom 15 percent of the state's districts and allow parents to use it to pay for private school, tutors and other educational expenses.”
SB2: Deer Lakes School Board OKs $210,000 in pool repairs, will oppose school vouchers
Trib Live by EMILY BALSER  | Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 11:06 p.m.
The Deer Lakes High School swimming pool will be getting some much-needed upgrades in the coming year. The district has hired Ecol-O-Pak Systems to do $210,000 worth of repairs to the pool, including installing a new stainless-steel guttering system. Officials said the current gutter is tile and is prone to leaks.

“The resolution references Pennsylvania House Bill 194, which seeks to ban the possession, use, control, sale, deliverance, transfer or manufacture of certain assault weapons. Exceptions in the bill are made to members of the U.S. armed forces, including law enforcement and public safety officers, while performing their official duties. The bill, introduced in January, has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.”
HB194: Upper Dublin School Board calls for stricter gun laws
By Rob Heyman For Digital First Media Mar 20, 2018 Updated 21 hrs ago
UPPER DUBLIN >> One month after the mass shooting that claimed the lives of 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., the Upper Dublin School Board has formalized its support for stricter gun laws. The board passed a resolution March 12 calling on state and national lawmakers to pass legislation that enhances firearm regulations, including those targeting assault weapons. Board President Art Levinowitz called the board’s singular position on the controversial issue of gun control “significant.” The resolution was crafted by board member Sara Rothman, who serves as the board’s vice president.

I’VE KNOWN GUN VIOLENCE
Philly’s 7th Ward Blog BY SHARIF EL-MEKKI MARCH 16, 2018
I’ve known gun violence. Intimately.
An in-law was gunned down at his front door by police responding to a “Black burglar.” He was fortunate to live. In college, my roommates were threatened by shotgun-toting White student. When my Black roommates complained to the Pennsylvania State Police, the police chose not to investigate. One of my favorite students ever was murdered by someone who had a gun and didn’t have control of his anger. The man I replaced in my first job as principal had actually been shot in the halls of one of our local high schools. Oh yeah, and months after graduating college, I was shot and left for dead. So, yes, I want gun reform. In fact, I’m demanding it. But it’s more complicated than it seems. This might surprise you, but I’m not wholly against guns. In fact, I own multiple guns. But I believe our current gun laws do not keep us safe and perpetuate a vicious cycle of violence that disproportionately affects our communities of color. I believe that politicians have been bought off by an overly powerful gun lobby and they’re selling us out.

DeVos faces withering criticism in House hearing
Inquirer by MARIA DANILOVA, The Associated Press Updated: MARCH 20, 2018 8:03 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) - Education Secretary Betsy DeVos faced tough questions from House Democrats on Tuesday on gun control, racial bias and civil rights as she sought to defend funding cuts for her agency. DeVos' testimony in front of the House Appropriations subcommittee got so tense at certain moments that the chairman made a point of thanking DeVos for her poise when he concluded the meeting. DeVos, already reeling after a series of rocky, high-profile interviews, unveiled some details of a federal commission on school safety that she will be chairing. The commission, formed after the Florida high school shooting in which 17 people were killed, will comprise herself as well as the heads of the Homeland Security, Health and Human Services and Justice departments.

“But the focus should be on a bipartisan-sponsored bill (Senate Bill 22) from Sens. Lisa Boscola (D., Lehigh) and Mario Scavello (R., Monroe). It, along with a mirror-bill in the House (House Bill 722), sponsored by Rep. Steve Samuelson (D., Northampton) with more than 100 bipartisan co-sponsors, would allow a citizens commission to draw lines for both legislative and congressional districts.”
SB22/HB722: Now's the time to press for real Pa. redistricting reform | John Baer
Philly Daily News by John Baer, STAFF COLUMNIST  baerj@phillynews.com Updated: MARCH 21, 2018 — 5:00 AM EDT
This week’s pair of same-day court actions on Pennsylvania gerrymandering — one-two jabs to the jaw of the state’s rigged-fight politics – set the stage for a title bout on lasting reform in choosing elected representatives. After rounds of pricey, protracted litigation, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District and the U.S. Supreme Court cleared a path for less-partisan congressional districts for the 2018 and (barring some future legal bombshell) 2020 elections. Huge wins, no doubt, for anyone interested in fairer representative democracy. But there’s more that can be done. Yes, the rulings let stand a January state Supreme Court decision that 2011 congressional district maps (ranked among the nation’s most gerrymandered), drawn by a Republican-run legislature, were unconstitutionally partisan in favor of the GOP. Yes, the rulings also let stand new maps, controversially drawn by the Democratic-controlled state Supreme Court. But the rulings did not address the bigger picture and the bigger problem. They did not address the process that led to their actions: Politicians picking their own districts.

“The public hearing will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 27 in Hearing Room One, North Office Building, Harrisburg.”
SB22/HB722: Senate State Government Committee to Hold Public Hearing on Redistricting Legislation
PA Senate GOP Website Posted on Mar 20, 2018
(Harrisburg) – Senator Mike Folmer (R – 48), as chair of the Senate State Government Committee, will hold a public hearing on a number of bills to change how Pennsylvania’s redistricting process is conducted. Senate Bill 22 (Senators Boscola and Scavello), Senate Bill 243 (Senator Leach), Senate Bill 464 (Senator Blake), and Senate Bill 767 (Senator Costa) are all proposed amendments to the Pennsylvania Constitution to change the process for how election lines are drawn. “Redistricting changes have long been a goal of mine and I had planned to hold a series of hearings on bills that have been referred to the Senate State Government Committee, however, lawsuits over the 2011 maps were filed and I was previously forced to put these hearings on hold,” said Folmer. Senator Folmer hopes the public hearing on possible redistricting changes will help to identify ways to better promote openness, transparency, and accountability, which have long been goals of his.

Morning Call by Laura Olson and Steve Esack Contact Reporters Call Washington Bureau March 20, 2018, 7:15 p.m.
More than 90 Pennsylvanians have filed paperwork to run for the state’s 18 U.S. House seats, a tally that widely outpaces past election cycles. Tuesday was the deadline for congressional candidates to submit the 1,000 district voter signatures necessary to qualify for the May 15 primary ballot. The flood of congressional hopefuls comes as national Democrats are hoping activists spurred by frustration with the Trump administration can help them regain control of the U.S. House. This year’s candidates have persevered in one of Pennsylvania’s oddest, most litigious election years in recent memory.

State House GOP leader Reed opts against Congress run, re-election
WITF Written by The Associated Press | Mar 20, 2018 12:08 PM
 (Harrisburg) -- The majority leader of the state House is quitting elective politics, blaming his aborted candidacy for the U.S. House on a new map that put him in the same district as an incumbent congressman from the same party. Republican state Representative Dave Reed of Indiana County says he made the decision because he doesn't want to challenge GOP Congressman Glenn Thompson. Reed's in his eighth term and isn't seeking re-election to the state House. He says he doesn't have plans for a new job but has eight months to figure that out. Reed says the state of American politics is "more divisive and more negative" than he'd like.
As House Republican leader, he's head of a caucus that controls the chamber, 121 to 82.

Pa. Congressional candidates answer the bell; generation-high number of filings for May 15 primary
Penn Live By Charles Thompson cthompson@pennlive.com Updated Mar 20, 9:04 PM; Posted Mar 20, 8:55 PM
A latter-day record field of 94 people want to represent you in in the U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvanians, and you probably have four factors to thank for that:
·         President Donald J. Trump.
You already know the history about extra enthusiasm for the out-of-power party in mid-term elections. Stir in the Trump factor, and need we say more?
·         A high number of open seats.
Six of the Congressmen elected in 2016 have either announced their retirement or have already left office, creating open seats for a full one-third of the state's population. With no incumbent's edge, succession battles ensue.
·         The new maps.
You're probably tired of hearing about it.
But the evidence suggests that the new maps imposed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has already created a sense of greater competition out there that is resulting in more choice at the polls.
·         Energized women.
For a variety of reasons, women are getting motivated to play a greater role in electoral politics, and this campaign cycle in Pennsylvania appears to be no exception.

Pa.'s new congressional map: Find your district and see who's running in the 2018 election
Inquirer by Jonathan Lai & Holly Otterbein - Staff Writers MARCH 20, 2018 6:35 PM EDT
The Pennsylvania congressional map to be used for the 2018 elections for U.S. House of Representatives is set at this point, after the U.S. Supreme Court and a panel of federal judges on Monday denied two separate Republican challenges to the map. Candidates had until 5 p.m. Tuesday to file their papers to run. The map was drawn by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court after it overturned the previous map as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander, saying it favored Republicans in violation of the state constitution. Those court actions sparked a nasty political and legal fight, including attacks on the court as partisan and two requests that the U.S. Supreme Court step in. Find our full coverage here.

Nearly 100 people are running for Congress in Pa. Here's how the races are shaping up.
Inquirer by Jonathan Tamari, Holly Otterbein & Andrew Seidman - Staff Writers Updated: MARCH 20, 2018 — 6:25 PM EDT
Nearly 100 people filed to run for Congress in Pennsylvania by the deadline Tuesday, a surge that reflected the political volatility in the state and nation. Democrats across the country have been raring to send a political message to President Trump in November, and the landscape is especially wide open in Pennsylvania, where a wave of incumbents are leaving office and new congressional maps increased the number of competitive battlegrounds. In all, 59 Democrats and 35 Republicans filed to run for the state’s 18 House seats as of 5:40 p.m., or 40 minutes after the deadline, according to the Department of State.  That was a few dozen more than the peak of the last major election wave, the 75 candidates who registered to run in what became the GOP landslide of 2010.

Op-ed: Philly deserves a more public school board structure
Instead of nine members all chosen by the mayor, why not let citizens and City Council have input?
Billy Penn Opinion by ISAIAH THOMAS MAR 19 2018  ·  1:30 P.M.
Isaiah Thomas is a coach, educator and mentor from Philadelphia, and a Billy Penn Who’s Nexter. He is a former director of community affairs for the City Controller’s Office. He currently serves as cochair of the Mayor’s Commission for African American Males, cofounder of the Thomas & Woods Foundation, and athletic director and coach at Sankofa Freedom Academy.
This is a historic moment for the Philadelphia School District. On July 1, the state-imposed School Reform Commission (SRC) will be dissolved, and control of the district will finally be returned to the city after 16 years. But there’s an unfortunate element to this much-awaited change: The school board is not being structured to give the public a real voice. I commend the citizens who fought so hard for local control. Parents, children and many organizations across Philadelphia have been advocating for years to have a say in public education in this city. Since my City Council run in 2014, I also have been advocating for the end of the SRC and the return of local control. Now is our time. But I cannot support a body that doesn’t give the public a strong, influential voice in choosing its members. Recently, Mayor Kenney created a nominating panel to ultimately recommend 27 potential members for the nine-member school board. After receiving those initial recommendations, Kenney reached out for more — especially requesting parents of district school kids be included — and an additional 18 names were submitted. That helps, but still doesn’t address the main problem: the mayor gets the final say on the board’s makeup, with no outside input.
https://billypenn.com/2018/03/19/op-ed-philly-deserves-a-more-public-school-board-structure/?utm_source=Billy+Penn&utm_campaign=f8ad162311-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_03_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_112c003bb3-f8ad162311-139135813

Pennridge High School students plan more Saturday detention protests to call for stronger gun control
Pennridge High School students turned what was supposed to be punishment for holding a student walkout into another form of protest against gun violence.
Moprning Call by Binghui Huang and Jacqueline Palochko Contact Reporters March 20, 2018
Pennridge High School students — calling themselves #Pennridge 225 — are turning what was supposed to be punishment for holding a student walkout last week into another form of protest against gun violence. On Saturday, 46 students — the first group of about 225 Pennridge High students — showed up to serve detention for ignoring the district’s warning that they should not participate in a national walkout on the one-month anniversary of the shooting deaths of 17 students and staff at a Parkland, Fla., high school. Instead of sitting in their seats, the detention servers pinned the names of gun violence victims on their clothing. They linked arms and sat in a circle as classmates placed flowers in the center. A video of the students sitting on the floor of their school cafeteria on Saturday has been spreading on social media, prompting messages of support from prominent gun control advocates and celebrities, including Chelsea Clinton, actor Patton Oswald and Lauren Hogg, sister of David Hogg, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student who has become a leading student voice in the call for stronger gun laws.
http://www.mcall.com/news/education/mc-nws-pennridge-students-detention-protest-20180318-story.html

Pennridge High School students churning out guitars and ukuleles
Intelligencer By Chris English  Posted at 5:00 AM March 21, 2018
In a special elective in its second year, students make electric guitars and ukuleles in a starting class and acoustic guitars in an advanced class. Philip Warnke digs country music and pictures himself maybe playing in a band someday. If that happens, the senior at Pennridge High School in East Rockhill won’t have to worry about where to get instruments. He will already have them. Philip is one of 55 students at the school fashioning their own electric and acoustic guitars and ukuleles in a special elective taught by technology education teacher Matt Peitzman. Students make electric guitars and ukuleles in a beginning class and acoustic guitars in an advanced class, Peitzman said. Both are taught simultaneously in the same 50-minute daily session that lasts a semester.  “When I learned about this, I just thought it would be very interesting to make an instrument and see how it turned out,” Philip said. Peitzman said he got the idea for the classes one day while perusing the Internet and running across a site called guitarbuilding.org. To get the program running, the school board approved purchases totaling about $9,200 for a special computer-controlled routing machine and various hand tools like fret files, he said. School board member Joan Cullen said the expense was well worth it. “I was thrilled to see something like that added to our curriculum because it encourages students to use their minds in a different way and experience the satisfaction of creating something useful with their hands,” she said.
http://www.theintell.com/news/20180321/pennridge-high-school-students-churning-out-guitars-and-ukuleles

Plum School District to close elementary school, shift grades and cut kindergarten to half day
TRIBUNE-REVIEW by MICHAEL DIVITTORIO | Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 9:48 p.m.
The Plum School Board approved a plan Tuesday night to close Regency Elementary School, cut kindergarten to a half-day program and reconfigure its three remaining elementary buildings. The vote was 7-2 at a special meeting at Oblock Junior High School. School Directors Rich Zucco and Jim Rogers dissented. The board minority said they wanted to keep full-day kindergarten. So did several parents like Jennifer Clontz, who spoke prior to board action. “Taking away from the groundwork of their education, cutting it in half is essentially permanently damaging their future,” Clontz said. There will be no lunch or recess, only educational instruction, for kindergartners. Acting Superintendent Gail Yamnitzky said not cutting the kindergarten program would have resulted in teacher furloughs in other grades.
http://triblive.com/local/plum/13444467-74/plum-school-district-to-close-elementary-school-shift-grades-and-cut-kindergarten

Gateway teachers union authorizes leaders to call strike
MATT MCKINNEY Pittsburgh Post-Gazette mmckinney@post-gazette.com MAR 20, 2018
6:42 PM
Members of the Gateway teachers’ union Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to authorize its leaders to call a strike if contract talks with the district continue to flounder. The Gateway Education Association confirmed the results of a strike authorization vote Tuesday afternoon. The union voted 238 in favor and two against striking, as 99 percent of union members voted in favor of the authorization. President Mark Spinola said the vote does not mean a strike is imminent, but could happen if the sides do not make progress on contract negotiations that have been ongoing since January 2017.The union’s four-year contract expired in August 2017.
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2018/03/20/Gateway-teachers-union-authorizes-leaders-to-call-strike/stories/201803200166


A Winning Political Issue Hiding in Plain Sight
New York Times by David Leonhardt MARCH 18, 2018
In Alabama’s recent special Senate election, the progressive group Priorities USA was looking for ways to lift African-American voter turnout. So Priorities tested several different advertisements, to see which ones made people want to vote. There was no shortage of potential ad material in Alabama. Roy Moore, the Republican nominee, had a trail of bigoted statements and alleged sexual molestation. Doug Jones, the Democrat, had prosecuted Ku Klux Klansmen for murder. Priorities tested each of these themes and others, too: Moore’s ties to white supremacists; Moore’s closeness to President Trump; Jones’s endorsements from civil-rights leaders. Yet none of these tested as well as a 15-second ad that never mentioned Moore. “My kids are going to do more than just survive the bigotry and hatred,” a female narrator says, as the video shows a Klan march and then a student at a desk. “They’re going to get an education, start a business, earn a good living, make me proud. Education is my priority. That’s why I’m voting for Doug Jones.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/18/opinion/education-campaign-issue.html

Betsy DeVos Fights Dems on Vouchers, Safety, Civil Rights in Budget Hearing
Education Week Politics K12 Blog By Andrew Ujifusa on March 20, 2018 1:38 PM
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos sparred with House Democrats over the Trump administration's proposed budget's support for private school choice, and its cuts to programs related to civil rights, safety, and after-school.  In the Tuesday House appropriations subcommittee hearing, DeVos said the administration's fiscal 2019 budget proposal would maintain its support for disadvantaged students, while also attempting to ensure greater opportunities for them through a new, $1 billion school choice program. She also highlighted $200 million in funds for science, technology, engineering, and math education, made available through the current Education Innovation and Research program, as well as level funding for the Title I program focused on disadvantaged sudents ($14.9 billion), as well as for special education ($12.8 billion). The budget proposed by the Trump administration would cut $3.6 billion from the Education Department, a 5.3 percent reduction that would lower the department's total spending to just over $63 billion. 
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2018/03/betsy_devos_fights_democrats_on_vouchers_safety_civil_rights_in_budget_hearing.html

Democrats Grill DeVos On Guns, Schools And Money
NPR by CLAUDIO SANCHEZ March 20, 20184:51 PM ET
Democrats got their shot at Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday, when she testified before a House committee about her department's proposed budget. The hearing followed widespread criticism of DeVos for lackluster performances on 60 Minutes and the Today show earlier this month. She remains one of the most unpopular members of President Trump's Cabinet and continues to anger Democrats over many issues. Republicans at the hearing, not surprisingly, were more supportive, praising DeVos for her efforts to shrink the size of the federal bureaucracy, her support for charter schools and vouchers, and for her stance that states should decide whether teachers should carry guns. But from Democrats, there was criticism — and scorn. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., started off by taking aim at DeVos' proposed 5 percent cut in education spending for 2019. "You are turning your back on public schools," DeLauro said. "You admitted in your interview on 60 Minutes that you have yet to visit a single struggling school and said you support arming teachers, an idea most teachers oppose."
https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2018/03/20/595236524/democrats-grill-devos-on-guns-schools-and-money?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=npred

Betsy DeVos said she would visit low-performing schools. ‘Will they let me in?’ she wondered.
Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss March 20 at 3:45 PM Email the author
Betsy DeVos on Tuesday said something somewhat astounding for a U.S. education secretary.
DeVos testified before a House appropriations subcommittee on Capitol Hill and was challenged on her 2019 budget proposal — with not only Democrats but Republicans opposed to some key provisions. They also challenged her on comments she made during a recent tough “60 Minutes” interview.
DeVos testified for more than two hours about a range of subjects, including:
·         Her view on whether the federal government should pay for programs to arm and train teachers even if most educators and parents don’t support it. (She wouldn’t say.)
·         What role the federal government should play in implementing the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act. (She was unclear.)
·         Whether she would meet with survivors of the Feb. 14 shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school when those students are in Washington this weekend for a march against gun violence. (She said she didn’t know her schedule but wanted to meet them at some time in Parkland.)
·         Whether she recognized that black students in public schools are disproportionately disciplined — 3.8 times as much as white students. (She said, “I’ve seen the data.”)
·         And whether, in light of gun violence, she had reconsidered her budget’s proposal to eliminate funding for after-school programs. (She said there is “no data to show that they are effective in what the stated goal has been” but was challenged by Rep. Katherine M. Clark (D-Mass.), who noted: “What do you mean there is no data? There is study after study after study.”)
She was also asked about several of her statements on “60 Minutes,” when CBS correspondent Lesley Stahl asked pointed questions about DeVos’s views of public education and at one point suggested that the education secretary visit underperforming public schools to learn about their problems. DeVos responded during that interview, “Maybe I should.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2018/03/20/betsy-devos-said-she-would-visit-low-performing-schools-will-they-let-me-in-she-wondered/?utm_term=.93f36034990c


2018 PSBA Advocacy Day April 16, 2018 Harrisburg
Join PSBA and your fellow school directors for the annual Advocacy Day on Monday, April 16, 2018, at the State Capitol in Harrisburg. PSBA is partnering with Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units to have a stronger voice for public education. Hear how advocacy makes a difference in the legislative process and the importance of public education advocacy. Government Affairs will take a deeper dive into the legislative priorities and will provide tips on how to be an effective public education advocate. There will be dedicated time for you and your fellow advocates to hit the halls to meet with your legislators on public education. This is your chance to share the importance of policy supporting public education and make your voice heard on the Hill. This event is free for members; registration is required.
Register online here: 
http://www.mypls.com/Default.aspx?tabid=3753

https://www.psba.org/event/2018-psba-advocacy-day/

NPE: Join us in a Day of Action April 20th to Stop Gun Violence in our Schools
Network for Public Education February 16, 2018 by Darcie Cimarusti
After the slaughter of students and staff in Parkland, Florida, the time for action has never been more urgent. The politicians sit on their hands as our children and their teachers are murdered in their schools. We will be silent no more! The failure to enact rational laws that bar access to guns designed for mass shootings is inexcusable. It is past time to speak out and act. Pledge your support to stop gun violence here. We call for mass action on April 20, the anniversary of the horrific shootings at Columbine High School. We urge teachers, families, students, administrators and every member of the community to engage in acts of protest in and around their schools. Create actions that work best in your community.  Organize sit-ins, teach-ins, walkouts, marches–whatever you decide will show your school and community’s determination to keep our students safe. One elementary teacher suggested that teachers and parents link arms around the school to show their determination to protect children.
https://networkforpubliceducation.org/2018/02/join-us-day-action-stop-gun-violence-schools/

PASA Women's Caucus Annual Conference "Leaders Lifting Leaders"
May 6 - 8, 2018 Hotel Hershey
**REGISTRATION NOW OPEN**

Featured Speakers...
*Dr. Helen Sobehart - Women Leading Education Across Continents: Lifting Leaders from Here to There
*Dr. Tracey Severns - Courageous Leadership
*Dr. Emilie Lonardi - Lead and Lift: A Call for Females to Aspire to the Superintendency
*Deputy Secretary Matt Stem - Update from the PDE

Registration: https://www.pasa-net.org/wcconf


MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD! Join the PA Principals Association, the PA Association of School Administrators and the PA Association of Rural and Small Schools for PA Education Leaders Advocacy Day at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at the Capitol in Harrisburg, PA.  
A rally in support of public education and important education issues will be held on the Main Rotunda Steps from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
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.
To register, send an email to Dr. Joseph Clapper at clapper@paprincipals.org before Friday, June 8, 2018.
Click here to view the PA Education Leaders Advocacy Day 2018 Save The Date Flyer (INCLUDES EVENT SCHEDULE AND IMPORTANT ISSUES.) 

SAVE THE DATE for the 2018 PA Educational Leadership Summit - July 29-31 - State College, PA sponsored by the PA Principals Association, PASA, PAMLE and PASCD.  
This year's Summit will be held from July 29-31, 2018 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, State College, PA.

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