Monday, December 2, 2019

PA Ed Policy Roundup for Dec. 2: Pa.’s largest charter school wants to take over grades K-8 in Chester Upland

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PA Ed Policy Roundup for Dec. 2, 2019

Pa.’s largest charter school wants to take over grades K-8 in Chester Upland
WHYY By Laura Benshoff December 2, 2019
In what would be a first in Pennsylvania, a charter school is pushing to take over all traditional kindergarten through eighth grade education in its home district. Chester Community Charter School (CCCS) already educates the majority of elementary and middle school students in the Chester Upland School District, located south of Philadelphia. Now, the operator has asked a Delaware County judge to approve a plan for converting the remaining K-8 buildings to charter schools. Since the first charter school in the country opened in 1992, enrollment in these privately-run, publicly-funded schools has grown to more than three million students nationwide. Still, total takeovers of public school districts by one or more charter operators are rare. If successful, the petition would make Chester Upland one of the most charterized school districts in the country, among the likes of New Orleans, Washington, D.C., and Flint, Michigan. Here’s what’s on the table, and how this situation compares to other districts that have undergone conversion.

“Then there is the question of academic performance. Some years ago the Pennsylvania Department of Education cited Chester Community Charter for perceived cheating on standardized test scores, not in some rogue teacher’s classroom, but at three different grade levels. The state then took over the task of doing the standardized testing at Chester Community Charter, whereupon the test scores plummeted, where they remain to this day, trailing most of those struggling district-run schools.”
Letter to the Editor: Some questions about Chester charter schools
Delco Times Letter by Will Richan, Chester Nov 29, 2019
When assessing a proposal of any kind, it is useful to consider the source.
Take, for example, Chester Community Charter School’s bid, due in court on Dec. 4, to put the Chester Upland School District’s schools out of the business of educating elementary school children. That school doesn’t propose to do all the educating, but does plan to expand if the petition is granted. Charter schools are allowed to hire private, for-profit companies to manage their affairs. So it is that Chester Community Charter is managed by CSMI. Who created Chester Community Charter in the first place? A gentleman named Vahan Gureghian. And who founded CSMI? You guessed it, the same Mr. Gureghian. In August, Gov. Tom Wolf announced a number of executive actions regarding charter schools. They included, “require that charter school board of trustees and operating companies – like school district school boards – are free from conflicts of interest and prohibit them from making decisions that provide a financial benefit to themselves, friends, and/or family members.”

PSEA Flyer November 22, 2019
This rally will occur on the eve of an important court hearing on the future of the district’s public schools. The Chester Community Charter School has filed a petition with the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas asking a judge to convert all Chester Upland public schools for prekindergarten through eighth-grade students to charter schools under the district’s Financial Recovery Plan.

Abington School District got $25 million from Stephen Schwarzman. It’s still enduring the fallout.
Inquirer by Maddie Hanna, Updated: November 29, 2019- 3:18 PM
At first glance, a $25 million gift might seem like a godsend for a school district. But 18 months later, the criticism and suspicion unleashed over the Abington School District’s acceptance of a donation from billionaire Stephen Schwarzman continue to ripple. As of Monday, the school board will have five new members — a majority of the nine-member board. The only incumbent to retain his seat in November’s election was the lone board member who voted against the record-setting gift. Four of the new arrivals effectively ran as a slate, pledging new transparency in a district roiled by what some complained had been a closed-door process. Coursing beneath the surface are the same kinds of sharp political divides that have entangled local boards and agencies nationwide. In her unsuccessful bid for reelection, departing school board vice president Susan Arnhold decried the board’s critics as “a room full of party activists” who "decided a $25 million gift was unacceptable because they didn’t like the politics of the donor.” Schwarzman, a Republican, is a prominent friend and donor to President Donald Trump. The incoming slate won with the backing of local Democrats. And at least some saw the Schwarzman donation as something more than a generous gift from an alumnus. “It really felt like Abington was serving as a trial balloon for privatizing public education,” said new board member Tamar Klaiman, a district parent and researcher at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. It’s not clear whether the new board members could or would alter how the gift is spent. The district entered into a contract with Schwarzman’s foundation, and construction of a $100 million high school addition and renovation project is underway.

Whose properties are on the “Billionaire’s Row” list of the highest taxed estates in Palm Beach? President Trump, the Koch Brothers, Howard Stern, Rod Stewart, Steve Wynn, Jeffrey Lurie, Stephen Schwartzman… and Vahan Gureghian’s recently sold $50 million estate.
Palm Beach homes: 59 owners billed at least $500,000 in local property taxes, a new record
Palm Beach Daily News By Darrell Hofheinz Posted Nov 27, 2019 
#12. Reiwa LLC, administered by an attorney in West Palm Beach
Tax: $854,300
1071 N. Ocean Blvd.; Reiwa LLC bought in June from the estate from a trust affiliated with attorney and businessman Vahan Gureghian and his attorney wife, Danielle
Total Market Value: $50.72 million
Taxable Value: $50.72 million
#31. Stephen Schwarzman, private equity specialist, and wife Christine
Tax: $648,098
1768 S. Ocean Blvd.; owned through a limited liability company
Total Market Value: $38.38 million
Taxable Value: $38.38 million

“Every child counted equals more than $30,000 in benefits to him or her and the community over the next 10 years. Many of these funds are allocated to programs that serve the hundreds of children that pass through our waiting room on a daily basis. Tragically, the 2010 census missed over 2 million children under the age of 4. The number of young children being missed has increased for the past 40 years.”
As 2020 Census approaches, Philly pediatric doctor warns of hard-to-count kids | Opinion
Daniel R. Taylor, For the Inquirer December 2, 2019
Daniel R. Taylor is an associate professor at Drexel University College of Medicine and director of community pediatrics and child advocacy at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.
As I look out at the bustling waiting room of our outpatient pediatrics practice in North Philadelphia, I am reminded why I went into pediatrics. I see an infant held gently under his arms, nose to nose with his father, eyes locked with mirrored smiles. I see a toddler on his mother’s lap being read to, his fingers pointing out the animals in the book, asking in Spanish “que es?” I see such promise, such joy, and know with the right supports, that these kids, in this moment, have the chance to lead healthy, productive lives in pursuit of the American dream. I also see children who historically are invisible to society when it comes to the U.S. Census. Some of the most impactful health interventions in pediatrics over the past century have a basis in ensuring that children have their basic needs met with health care, access to food, equitable education, safe housing, anti-poverty efforts, quality affordable childcare and home visit programs, and supports for maternal health. Every 10 years, as dictated by our Constitution, the United States takes on the colossal task of counting every person living in America. An accurate census count is vital for the distribution of over $800 billion in federal funds each year. Pennsylvania received $39 billion in 2016 for over 55 programs alone, as guided by the 2010 census.

In Leechburg, an elementary school stands against a tide of poverty
In the Kiski Valley, mill closures helped push half the kids into poverty, forcing a principal and his staff to change their thinking.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette December 2, 2019
David M. Keibler wanted his dissertation to mean something more than a fancy title and degree.
The Alle-Kiski Valley community he served had crashed from stable jobs to few jobs — from widely comfortable to suddenly not. A grim uptick in poverty had created new hardships that parents, students and teachers alike were ill-equipped to handle. As the David Leech Elementary principal saw it, his veteran staff lacked resources to contend with poverty in a region that had long thrived. He wanted them to understand the complexities of the changes they saw among students and their families. “It would just be the constant beat-down of those kids like, ‘Why don’t you have your homework done,’” Mr. Keibler said of his staff’s frustrations. “Or ‘What’s going on?’ Or ‘You don’t care.’ ‘The parents don’t care’ or ‘They don’t come to meetings. They don’t return calls.’ “So once they understand [poverty], now we can take a different approach.” For his dissertation — the last leg of a heavy doctoral lift that demanded late nights and time away from his wife and three daughters — Mr. Keibler chose to examine the area in which he believed the school could do the most good: child poverty, and how his teachers perceive it. Armed with his 78-page report, he set out to equip them with the tools to give as many students as possible a chance in a messy, changing, often unforgiving world. “You could look at the curriculum, you could look at assessments, all of those things,” he said. “But really the driving force in our community was that change, and the teachers didn’t understand what was happening and how we overcome that.”

Charter Schools Neither 'Silver Bullet' Nor 'Apocalyptic,' Research Indicates
Education Week Politics K-12 Blog By Andrew Ujifusa on November 27, 2019 1:40 PM
A new review of charter schools based on a broad range of studies paints a complicated picture of their performance, and says that much of both the hype and the fear that surround them don't match the reality of their impact.  "Nearly three decades into the charter school movement, what has research told us about charter schools?" is a working paper from four researchers published on a website hosted by Brown University's Annenberg Institute. Reviewing a host of recent research published in peer-reviewed journals, the paper says that on issues such as racial segregation, serving students with disabilities, and traditional public school finances, charter supporters and critics both have evidence and questions they should consider that don't match their chosen narratives. And crucially, the paper also says that a lot more research is needed into charter schools' instructional practices and school environments, as well as their effectiveness as a turnaround strategy, given a relatively small sample size in places like Tennessee and New Orleans. 

School property tax options ready for review by Pennsylvania lawmakers
Party leaders in the state Legislature will be asked to figure out how many rank-and-file lawmakers support various plans to cut or get rid of school property taxes as a months-long study of the topic concludes. State Sen. David Argall, a Schuylkill County Republican and head of an informal group of lawmakers that did the study, said its work is largely done. The final product is a short list of options on how to shift the burden of financing a big piece of school districts’ operating costs from property taxes to other taxes, according to Argall. He said it will go to House and Senate party leaders so they can “take a head count” on preferences of their lawmakers. He declined to give details. Lawmakers close to the process indicated the stakes are high in figuring out how to address the thorny issue. With state senators scheduled to be in Harrisburg only one day in December, it will be nearly impossible for any plan to make significant progress in the Legislature this year. Argall previously said he favored House or Senate discussions to occur before next year, when the presidential campaign is likely to exacerbate political tensions. “It will have to be January,” said state Sen. Judy Schwank, a Berks County Democrat and member of the work group. “We have some good, workable proposals. Obviously, they will need some tweaking. Some progress has been made.”

Turzai: Pa. Republicans have improved the state
Post-Gazette Letter by Mike Turzai, Speaker Pennsylvania House of Representatives NOV 28, 2019 12:00 AM
Brian O’Neill never lets a fact get in the way of his stories (Nov. 17, “Just to Mix Things Up, Let Our Reps Vote”). He is a partisan operative. Under my leadership, our majority has successfully improved our region and state: The House passed full privatization of wine and spirits four times. The Senate sent my legislation, providing for total privatization, to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk. He vetoed it. The House then sent my legislation, providing for wine and expanded beer sales in stores, which was signed as Act 39. We have stopped Gov. Wolf’s calls for cradle-to-grave tax increases, focusing instead on growing the economy. When Republicans retook the House majority in 2011, Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was nearly 8%. It has been cut in half to 4% today. Last year’s state revenues increased by 6.4%, with zero increased taxes. We enacted lawsuit abuse and workers’ compensation reform, eliminated the capital stock and franchise tax, reformed corporate taxes and commercial banking, and reduced debt. We promote jobs in energy and manufacturing. Our tax credit attracted a petrochemical facility to a brownfield in Beaver County, with 6,500 skilled tradespersons working on the largest construction site in North America. We provide record funding for our public schools and individuals with intellectual disabilities. Pennsylvania’s teachers earn the second-highest average salary in the nation. While paying over $2.5 billion annually towards school employees pensions, meeting the actuarial standard, we reformed public pensions moving forward. We have significantly expanded school choice. One size does not fit all.

Pa. teachers have it wrong: Turzai’s Harrisburg vouchers bill will help kids | Opinion
By Marc LeBlond Capital-Star Op-Ed Contributor November 29, 2019
Marc LeBlond is a senior policy analyst for the Commonwealth Foundation, a free-market favoring think-tank in Harrisburg.
A Nov. 17 Capital-Star op-ed attacking House Speaker Mike Turzai’s emergency scholarship bill for Harrisburg students seemed to come from an alternate dimension. The teachers’ union president and other authors who attacked HB 1800 imagine that Harrisburg School District is right on the cusp of becoming an educational paradise. Things are a little bit different in this dimension. For generations, Harrisburg students have been subject to a school district that is unaccountable to parents, to basic standards of governancecivility, and academics, and to the students themselves. Simply pumping more money into that system and waiting won’t fix it. The authors fear that Turzai’s bill will allow students to “fall through the cracks” because district bureaucrats aren’t controlling children’s education. But these students have already fallen into the pit created for them by those very bureaucrats.

City residents can comment on schools' 'ham-handed' budget proposal
The public will get a chance next week to ask Pittsburgh Public Schools officials about the district’s $665.6 million budget proposal and the suggested real estate tax increase that comes with it. A public hearing for the budget will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at the Pittsburgh Public Schools building at 341 Bellefield Ave. in Oakland. The 2020 general fund budget proposal calls for a 2.3% property tax increase – a millage rise from 9.84 mills to 10.07 mills – or an additional $23 on every $100,000 of assessed real estate value. This is the first time in five years that the school district is seeking to increase taxes. “We don’t take this proposed tax increase lightly,” said Ronald Joseph, the district’s chief financial officer. “It’s something that we feel is the first step in our process to being able to improve our financial position, and that’s how we’re approaching it.”

School budget talks start in Upper Darby
UPPER DARBY— The Upper Darby School Board is eyeing another effort to mitigate its tax increase for 2020-21. A resolution is expected to be presented to the board to go forward with the accelerated opt-out budget timeline that holds the board to not raise taxes over its state-issued Act 1 index rate of 3.8 percent in the next school year budget. The board has taken the opt-out option over the past few years. The opt-out option means no preliminary budget will be presented to the board in the start of 2020. A proposed final budget will be presented in April and scheduled for adoption in May. A final budget will be adopted in June. Specifics about any part of a potential 2020-21 budget were not presented by district Chief Financial Officer Craig Rogers at a Nov. 26 board committee meeting, but he said now that an audit of 2018-19 district finances has been completed, his office can start focusing on the budget. If the board goes the regular budget schedule, it would have to ask the state for a referendum exception that would bypass a voting referendum in the May primary asking voters for permission to raise taxes over their Act 1 index. Exceptions include retirement contributions, special education funding and debt services.

‘Catch me if you can’: Lehigh Valley schools enforce residency with students
It often begins with a tip. Sometimes a school bus driver will notice a child doesn’t come out of a house but instead gets dropped off in a car at the stop. Maybe bounced mail comes back to district administrators saying a family doesn’t live at that address. A neighbor calls a school to say the kids next door are going to the wrong district. A chatty child lets it slip to a teacher that the drive to school is a long one. And if school officials determine a family is falsifying an address to send a child to a specific school, the student is disenrolled — essentially kicked out and forced to attend his or her proper school. For years, parents and guardians have used relatives’ addresses to direct children to districts with better reputations in academics or sports compared to the schools in their neighborhood. It’s not a new phenomenon that students breach school district boundaries. But as educational dollars seem increasingly scarce, districts are spending resources to crack down on students who are using false addresses.

Council Rock looking at later start times, longer lunch periods at high schools
Bucks County Courier Times By Chris English Posted at 6:01 AM December 2, 2019
A half-hour added to lunch without lengthening the school day would give high school students a much needed brain break, the school district superintendent said.
Two big changes could be coming to both Council Rock School District high schools in the 2021-22 academic year, and another might follow a few years later. Superintendent Robert Fraser said in a recent interview and in messages to residents that district officials are working toward instituting later start times and longer lunch periods at Council Rock High School North in Newtown Township and Council Rock South in Northampton. The hope is that both measures could be implemented by the start of the 2021-22 school year, he said. Council Rock is among many school districts across the region and country looking to implement later secondary school start times, a practice being recommended by many organizations as a way to get students in that age category more sleep and improve their academic performance, among other benefits. The district would also like to start middle school students later, if possible, Fraser said.

Personal finance courses get a boost in Pennsylvania schools
AP News November 29, 2019
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania will require public schools to allow students to apply personal finance class credits toward high school graduation requirements. Gov. Tom Wolf signed the bill this week and it will take effect in the 2020-21 school year. Under the new requirement, a student who successfully completes a high school course in personal finance will be allowed to apply up to one credit to satisfy social studies, math, business education or family and consumer science requirements for graduation. Advocates say personal finance courses should be encouraged to help high schoolers learn to make wise financial choices.

The award winning documentary Backpack Full of Cash that explores the siphoning of funds from traditional public schools by charters and vouchers will be shown in three locations in the Philadelphia suburbs in the upcoming weeks.
The film is narrated by Matt Damon, and some of the footage was shot in Philadelphia. 
Members of the public who are interested in becoming better informed about some of the challenges to public education posed by privatization are invited to attend.
At all locations, the film will start promptly at 7 pm, so it is suggested that members of the audience arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the start of the screening.   
Backpack Full of Cash hosted by State Senator Maria Collett, and State Representatives Liz Hanbidge and Steve Malagari
Monday, December 2, 2019
Wissahickon Valley Public Library, Blue Bell 650 Skippack Pike Blue Bell, PA 19422
Backpack Full of Cash hosted by Montgomery County Democracy for America (Montco DFA)
Thursday, December 5, 2019
Jenkintown Library (Park and enter at rear.)
460 York Road (across from IHOP) Jenkintown, PA 19046
Backpack Full of Cash hosted by State Representatives Mary Jo Daley, Tim Briggs, and Matt Bradford
Monday, January 6, 2020
Ludington Library 5 S. Bryn Mawr Avenue Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Charter Schools; Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Church, state separation issue has been addressed, central Pa. school official says
The Freedom From Religion Foundation claims the violation occurred before the high school football team’s first two games of the season.
PA Post by John Beauge/PennLive NOVEMBER 28, 2019 | 8:35 AM
(Sunbury) — The superintendent of the Shikellamy School District questions why the Freedom From Religion Foundation wants an investigation into an issue he says has been addressed.
Superintendent Jason S. Beadle Wednesday was reacting to a Nov. 22 letter that accuses the district of violating the constitutional principle of separation between church and state.The non-profit organization based in Madison, Wis., claims the violation occurred before the high school football team’s first two games of the season when coaches appeared to be praying with players.

Defenders of Public Education Speak Before the Philly BOE, November 21, 2019
Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools December 1, 2019 
Click on the individual’s name to read a transcript of his or her testimony.

Trump administration backs Maryland Christian school in voucher fight
Politico By MICHAEL STRATFORD  11/27/2019 10:00 AM EST
Presented by the Walton Family Foundation
With help from Catherine Boudreau
The departments of Justice and Education on Tuesday sided with a private Christian school that’s fighting Maryland’s decision to kick it out of a state voucher program over its anti-LGBTQ views. The Trump administration filed a “statement of interest” backing the federal lawsuit filed by Bethel Christian Academy, which accuses Maryland education officials of unconstitutionally discriminating against the school based on its religious beliefs.

 “The article’s claim that “hundreds of thousands” of students are on “waiting lists” to enroll in charters links to a five-year-old press release by a charter advocacy group, the National Alliance for Charter Schools. In fact, there has never been verification of any “waitlist” for charters. Although there are surely charters that do have waitlists, just as there are public schools that have long waitlists, there is no evidence that hundreds of thousands of students are clamoring to gain admission to charters. That claim appears to be a marketing ploy.”
The New York Times Is Spreading Charter School Lies
Jacobin Magazine BY DIANE RAVITCH December 1, 2019
The New York Times is still fawning over them, but the charter school experiment has been an abject failure. People are clamoring for well-funded public schools, not billionaire pet projects. Many people have written to me to complain about an article that appeared Wednesday on the front page of the New York Times, saying it was pro-charter propaganda. The article claims that black and brown parents are offended that the Democratic candidates (with the exception of Cory Booker, now polling at 1 percent) have turned their backs on charter schools. This is not true. Black parents in Little Rock, Arkansas are fighting at this very moment to stop the Walton-controlled state government from controlling their district and resegregating it with charter schools. Jitu Brown and his allies fought to keep Rahm Emanuel from closing Walter H. Dyett High School, the last open-enrollment public high school on the South Side of Chicago; they launched a thirty-four-day hunger strike, and Rahm backed down. Jitu Brown’s Journey for Justice Alliance has organized black parents in twenty-five cities to fight to improve their neighborhood public schools rather than let them be taken over by corporate charter chains.
Black parents in many other districts — think Detroit — are disillusioned with the failed promises of charter schools. Eve Ewing wrote a terrific book (Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side) about resistance by parents, grandparents, students, and teachers in the black community to Rahm Emanuel’s mass closings of public schools to make way for charter schools; Ewing called their response “institutional mourning.” When Puerto Rico teetered on the verge of bankruptcy, parents, teachers, and students rallied against efforts to turn the island’s public schools over to charter chains.

Most Oklahoma virtual charter schools' students don't graduate
Enid News By Ben Felder The Frontier December 1, 2019
Dressed in blue robes with gold-colored stoles around their neck, graduates of Epic Virtual Charter School walked across the stage at the Mabee Center arena in Tulsa earlier this year, shaking hands with school officials as they were handed a high school diploma. “This is just the beginning of the next chapter of your lives,” David Chaney, superintendent and co-founder of Epic, told the students before yellow and blue balloons fell from the rafters, signifying the culmination of hard work that had ended in high school graduation. But Epic’s graduation ceremony is an event not experienced by a majority of its students. In a state where the average graduation rate is 83%, just 40.2% of Epic’s students graduated on time last year, according to recently released school assessment data from the state Department of Education. Accounting for fifth- and sixth-year graduates, Epic’s rate remains near 40%. In fact, fewer than half of all students at three of the four virtual charter schools in Oklahoma graduated within six years, according to the same state data. Leaders of Oklahoma’s growing virtual charter school system promote it as an option of last resort for thousands of students not adequately served in traditional school environments, and despite low overall academic performance, they claim students demonstrate significant growth and eventually will be prepared to graduate. But low graduation rates bring into question the effectiveness of these computer-based public schools that now educate more than 25,000 students in nearly every community across the state. “It’s alarming,” State Super­intendent Joy Hofmeister told The Frontier. “It should cause those school districts and their sponsors to take a very fine-tuned focus to examining why the rate is so low.”

A Networking and Supportive Event for K-12 Educators of Color (teachers, school counselors, and administrators)! Thursday, December 12, 7:00-8:30 pm Villanova University, Dougherty Hall, West Lounge
You are cordially invited to this gathering, with the goal of networking and lending support and sustenance to our K-12 Educators of Color and their allies. This is your chance to make requests, share resources, and build up our community. Please feel free to bring a school counselor, teacher, or administrator friend! Light refreshments provided.
Where: Villanova University, Dougherty Hall, West Lounge (first floor, back of building)
Directions, campus and parking map found here
Parking: Free parking in lot L2. Turn on St. Thomas Way, off of Lancaster Avenue. You will need to print a parking pass that will be emailed shortly before the event to all who register.
Questions? Contact an event organizer: Dr. Krista Malott (, Dr. Jerusha Conner (, Department of Education & Counseling, and Dr. Anthony Stevenson, Administrator, Radnor School District (

PSBA Alumni Forum: Leaving school board service?
Continue your connection and commitment to public education by joining PSBA Alumni Forum. Benefits of the complimentary membership includes:
  • electronic access to PSBA Bulletin
  • legislative information via email
  • Daily EDition e-newsletter
  • Special access to one dedicated annual briefing
Register today online. Contact Crista Degregorio at with questions.

Save the Date: PSBA/PASA/PAIU Advocacy Day at the Capitol-- March 23, 2020
Registration will open on December 2, 2019

PSBA New and Advanced School Director Training in Dec & Jan
Do you want high-impact, engaging training that newly elected and reseated school directors can attend to be certified in new and advanced required training? PSBA has been supporting new school directors for more than 50 years by enlisting statewide experts in school law, finance and governance to deliver a one-day foundational training. This year, we are adding a parallel track of sessions for those who need advanced school director training to meet their compliance requirements. These sessions will be delivered by the same experts but with advanced content. Look for a compact evening training or a longer Saturday session at a location near you. All sites will include one hour of trauma-informed training required by Act 18 of 2019. Weekend sites will include an extra hour for a legislative update from PSBA’s government affairs team.
New School Director Training
Week Nights: Registration opens 3:00 p.m., program starts 3:30 p.m. -9:00 p.m., dinner with break included
Saturdays: Registration opens at 8:00 a.m., program starts at 9:00 a.m. -3:30 p.m., lunch with break included
Advanced School Director Training
Week Nights: Registration with dinner provided opens at 4:30 p.m., program starts 5:30 p.m. -9:00 p.m.
Saturdays: Registration opens at 10:00 a.m., program starts at 11:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., lunch with break included
Locations and dates

Congress, Courts, and a National Election: 50 Million Children’s Futures Are at Stake. Be their champion at the 2020 Advocacy Institute.
NSBA Advocacy Institute Feb. 2-4, 2020 Marriot Marquis, Washington, D.C.
Join school leaders from across the country on Capitol Hill, Feb. 2-4, 2020 to influence the legislative agenda & shape decisions that impact public schools. Check out the schedule & more at

Register now for Network for Public Education Action National Conference in Philadelphia March 28-29, 2020
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