This probably isn't the news that Pennsylvania Republicans wanted to wake up to on the start of a new working week. On Sunday, confirming recent rumors, GOP U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, decided to call it a career instead of running for re-election in a redrawn district that includes the Democrat-friendly city of Reading and a chunk of Chester County. He's the second, suburban Philadelphia Republican to decide against running for re-election, and the 39th House Republican overall, to opt against a re-election bid in a mid-term season that's expected to heavily favor Democrats. Earlier this year, GOP U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan decided against seeking re-election after being implicated in a sexual misconduct scandal involving a former staffer. His former 7th District seat, which includes Delaware County, has also been redrawn. That leaves U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-1st District (old 8th District) as the only suburban Philly Republican left standing among the old gang of three. And he may be feeling very lonely indeed, these days.
Education Week Politics K12 Blog By Andrew Ujifusa March 26, 2018
The March for Our Lives may have riveted the nation over the weekend, but the next few months will determine if the nationwide demonstrations translate into action on gun control for the movement’s student leaders. Students who spearheaded Saturday’s massive march in Washington and hundreds of other events around the country are looking to put their shoulders into the push for stricter gun laws, such as a ban on selling semi-automatic rifles similar to the AR-15 used in several school shootings. That political activism is taking a variety of forms—but likely won’t get the same spotlight Saturday’s events attracted, and could face increasing opposition as the months wear on. And their work will enter the blocking-and-tackling phase of any successful political groundswell: turning people out to vote and electing lawmakers who will pursue the definitive policy changes they want.
The board voted 6-2 at Monday's meeting to not accept the grant.
Jacqueline Palochko Contact Reporter Of The Morning Call March 26, 2018
In a heated meeting, the Stroudsburg Area School Board voted against accepting a nearly $5,000 grant from the NRA for its rifle team, with one school director calling it “dirty money.” At Monday’s school board meeting, the board voted 6-2 to not accept a $4,730 grant from the NRA. An AP analysis published earlier this month showed that the NRA has given more than $7 million in recent years to 500 schools through grants. Stroudsburg High School has never received this grant before. Members of the rifle team applied for it. Two students who spoke to the board before the vote said their equipment dates from the 1970s. Reaction was split from the audience, which was crowded with parents, students and members of the rifle team. Members of Monroe County United, a local nonprofit, were also there and opposed the grant.
John Page is a member of the board of the Souderton Charter School Collaborative
In 1975, Congress promised to cover 40% of the average cost to educate a child with disabilities. Congress later amended the law to say that the Federal Govt would pay a “maximum” of 40% of per-pupil costs. Today, the Federal Govt pays less than half of what it originally promised in 1975.
(IDEA Series) Broken Promises: The Underfunding of IDEA National Council on Disability, February 7, 2018
Linda Brown, Symbol of Landmark Desegregation Case, Dies
New York Times By NEIL GENZLINGER MARCH 26, 2018
Linda Brown, whose father objected when she was not allowed to attend an all-white school in her neighborhood and who thus came to symbolize one of the most transformative court proceedings in American history, the school desegregation case Brown v. Board of Education, died on Sunday in Topeka, Kan. She was 75. Her death was confirmed on Monday by a spokesman for the Peaceful Rest Funeral Chapel in Topeka, which is handling her funeral arrangements. He did not specify the cause. It is Ms. Brown’s father, Oliver, whose name is attached to the famous case, although the suit that ended up in the United States Supreme Court actually represented a number of families in several states. In 1954, in a unanimous decision, the court ruled that segregated schools were inherently unequal. The decision upended decades’ worth of educational practice, in the South and elsewhere, and its ramifications are still being felt.
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
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.
PASA Women's Caucus Annual Conference "Leaders Lifting Leaders"
May 6 - 8, 2018 Hotel Hershey
**REGISTRATION NOW OPEN**
*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
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.