Wednesday, March 25, 2020

PA Ed Policy Roundup for March 25: SB751: PA emergency school code bill set for vote in the House today

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PA Ed Policy Roundup for March 25, 2020

Trump, Congress agree on $2 trillion virus rescue bill
Inquirer by Lisa Mascaro, Andrew Taylor and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press, Updated: March 25, 2020- 4:58 AM
WASHINGTON — The White House and Senate leaders of both parties announced agreement early Wednesday on unprecedented emergency legislation to rush sweeping aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. The urgently needed pandemic response measure is the largest economic rescue measure in history and is intended as a weeks- or months-long patch for an economy spiraling into recession and a nation facing a potentially ghastly toll. Top White House aide Eric Ueland announced the agreement in a Capitol hallway shortly after midnight, capping days of often intense haggling and mounting pressure. It still needs to be finalized in detailed legislative language. “Ladies and gentlemen, we are done. We have a deal,” Ueland said.

Yesterday SB751 (Aument) was amended in the PA House Appropriations Committee to include the emergency provisions proposed by House Ed Committee Chair Sonney and Senate Ed Committee Chair Langerholc.  Those appear on pages 28 through 34 of the bill.

Pa. teachers to be paid in full despite school closure
Penn Live By Jan Murphy | March 23, 2020 Updated 5:33 PM
Public school teachers worried about whether missing at least three weeks of school due to Gov. Tom Wolf’s school closure order would cost them a paycheck or two or impact their pension can breathe a sigh of relief. The state Legislature has your back. In an emergency school code bill that the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is set to vote on Wednesday, it ensures that anyone employed by a school on March 13 – the day the governor issued his school closure order as part of the coronavirus mitigation effort – shall be paid the same as they would have if the pandemic had not occurred. Additionally, it guarantees school employees will not see their pension credit or contributions reduced in any way either. The measure also includes a waiver from the state’s mandate that a school year include a minimum of 180 instructional days. These changes were amended on Tuesday by the House Appropriations Committee into a Senate-passed school bill that alters the teacher and principal evaluation system to reduce reliance on student performance measures, starting in 2021-22. The committee met on the first day the House operated under temporary rules that allow members to vote remotely to give them the opportunity to obey social distancing rules during the COVID-19 outbreak. About two-thirds to three-quarters of members chose to make use of that option judging by the number who showed up on the House floor.

Pa. school districts prepare for possibility of students not returning to classrooms
Penn Live By Christine Vendel | Updated 5:51 AM; Today 5:15 AM
Some Pennsylvania school districts on Tuesday announced plans to move forward with remote instruction, one day after the governor extended the school-building shutdown due to the coronavirus. Derry Township school officials announced the boldest action: They said they would start moving forward through their curriculum by “distance learning” starting on March 30. That means teachers plan to pick up where they left off and finish course requirements for all students without students having to get back into the classroom. “Many of the particulars are still being ironed out,” said district Spokesman Dan Tredinnick, “but we expect to have guidance out to families no later than Thursday.” Harrisburg school officials, meanwhile, are starting a survey Wednesday: asking parents if they have access to technology to see if the district can restart classes online. District officials previously said they only had enough laptops to serve the high school population. In Middletown, school officials are planning to hand out iPads to all elementary students next week. Older students already have school-issued devices at home. But the district said teachers will not be grading assignments, at least for the next two weeks. The Philadelphia School District superintendent said Tuesday the district planned to buy thousands of devices to be able to offer more rigorous virtual instruction since half of students said they didn’t have access to technology at home, according to public news station WHYY.

Coronavirus highlights inequity among Lehigh Valley schools, as students with least stand to lose most during closure, advocates say
As some Lehigh Valley school districts prepare to start online classes Monday because the coronavirus has forced schools to remain closed until at least April 6, advocacy groups ask that special education, English language learners and low-income students be given ample resources so they don’t fall further behind academically. After Gov. Tom Wolf extended the closure Monday, the Education Law Center in Philadelphia sent him a letter signed by 70 groups, seeking guidance on such things as how districts will serve all children, including special education students, who require individualized programs, and English language learners, who need more support. “We are gravely concerned that children, particularly children with disabilities, English learners, and children living in poverty will be irrevocably harmed if they do not receive services that address their educational needs while schools are physically closed due to COVID-19 for an extended period of time," the letter states. Districts are not required to do any lessons but may post mandatory or optional assignments. Some Lehigh Valley districts that are able to give every child a laptop will require online lessons starting Monday, while others, like Allentown, say they can’t impose such a mandate because they don’t have the resources to provide an equitable education for all students. “While some well-funded schools are offering access to virtual learning and modified instruction for students with disabilities, many students in underfunded districts are receiving no educational services at all," said Maura McInerney, legal director of the Education Law Center. "Once again, the students who need the most are receiving the least, forcing them to fall even further behind their peers.”

ELC and 70 other Organizations Urge Gov. Wolf to Maintain Educational Equity During School Closures
In a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf and state Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera, the Education Law Center and more than 70 other community, parent, and child advocacy organizations across Pennsylvania called for an executive order and rigorous guidance to schools, requiring them to provide educational services to all children, including individualized programs to meet the needs of students with disabilities and appropriate supports for English learners. In the letter (news release here), advocates express grave concern that children, particularly children with disabilities, English learners, and children living in poverty, will be “irrevocably harmed” if they do not receive adequate educational services while schools are closed due to COVID-19 for an extended period.

‘Equity concerns’ aside, Philly to buy laptops for needy students for virtual classes
WHYY By Avi Wolfman-Arent Dale Mezzacappa March 24, 2020
Based on guidance from the federal government, the School District of Philadelphia is proceeding with a plan to offer more rigorous virtual instruction during the coronavirus shutdown —  a reversal from last week when it said equity concerns hampered its ability to provide mandated, graded learning. The new plan can only go into place by providing laptops and broadband access to all students as the district prepares for longterm school closures, Superintendent William Hite said during a conference call on Tuesday. The unprecedented effort involves giving out devices currently used only in schools, as well as working with corporations and others to procure more as needed. This could amount to tens of thousands of devices at an undetermined cost. Based on a survey that had 83,000 student responses, Hite said more than half of the district’s students have access to technology at home. The survey did not include smartphones. “We are looking into acquisition and distribution over the next couple of weeks,” Hite said. While the task may seem impossible, the New York City Department of Education distributed 175,000 laptops, Chromebooks, and iPads over the last few weeks and began online learning Monday.
Hite said that officials will provide more details on cost at a school board meeting on Thursday.

Cyber charters in Pa. keep teaching amid confusion in coronavirus shutdown order
WHYY By Melanie Bavaria March 24, 2020
While most parents across Pennsylvania prepared for the disruption of another week without school, Courtney Hock looked forward to getting her family back into a normal routine. The coronavirus shutdowns have thrown her Lancaster County family into a state of uncertainty. Courtney’s hours at the brewery in Palmyra where she works as a restaurant manager have been cut. Her husband, Chance Kolakowsli, has been laid off from his construction job. But one area of relief for Courtney is that her daughter’s routine will stay largely intact. Her daughter, Mena, is a fourth grader at Commonwealth Charter Academy, a cyber charter school that does virtual instruction with students across the state. Like any other Monday, Mena woke up by 8 a.m. and did some math facts before preparing for her first live class with a teacher at 9 a.m. Philly says it’s moving toward online education as fast as it can — buying thousands of devices for students who need them. After a week of getting used to the new social-distancing reality of education, cyber charters are considerably less impacted by the coronavirus closures than their brick-and-mortar counterparts. Last week, teachers at cyber charters — who typically work from a shared office — prepared from home and did not offer live classes. But, as of Monday, some cyber charters like CCA are now “full speed ahead” including live classes, according to President and CEO Maurice Flurie.

PDE: “Let us be clear: no school in the Commonwealth is authorized to reopen at this time.”
PA Department of Education Update Regarding Cyber Charters March 19, 2020
Dear Cyber Charter Chief School Administrator:
On March 15, we communicated with each of you to relay important updates; underscore the Governor’s directive that all public schools are closed (an order that now extends to private schools); and outline protocols for communicating with the Department (PDE) as we navigate an extraordinary public health challenge. We write today to follow up on our commitment to provide regular updates given our responsibility as the statewide authorizer of public cyber charter schools. Since Monday, several cyber charter schools have indicated through social media, parent communications, and other means that they have reopened, or intend to reopen, instructional programming. In certain cases, an “approval from the Department” has been referenced in these plans. To be clear, under the current order from the Governor, no school in Pennsylvania is permitted or authorized to reopen. Your school, like all other public schools, may plan for and pursue continuity of education; however, PDE does not approve local continuity of education plans.

Lancaster County schools consider online learning despite risks for underrepresented students
Lancaster Online by ALEX GELI | Staff Writer March 25, 2020
Remote learning may be coming to Lancaster County schools sooner rather than later.
With the statewide schools shutdown extending through at least April 6 and the spread of coronavirus showing no signs of slowing, local school officials are considering what educational options they can pursue and, in some cases, deciding to implement online instruction despite the myriad obstacles it presents for underrepresented students. In accordance with federal laws, schools that incorporate online learning must figure out a way to equitably serve students, for example, those lacking internet access, students with disabilities and students for which English is a second language. “We are asking them to (put forth) an honest effort and do the best they can with every student,” Brian Barnhart, executive director for the Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13, told LNP | LancasterOnline Tuesday. Barnhart is assisting the 22 school districts in Lancaster and Lebanon counties – minus Octorara Area, which belongs to the neighboring intermediate unit – with transitioning to online learning. He said schools have come up with innovative solutions, such as distributing laptops and mobile hotspots and even parking school buses equipped with Wi-Fi near internet dead zones. Some districts, like Elizabethtown Area and Manheim Township, have already announced plans to shift to remote instruction for all students – by March 30 and April 6, respectively. Both districts are giving out school-issued devices to their students to try and minimize connectivity issues. But that doesn’t solve the issue of serving students with special needs.

Here's which Lancaster County schools are implementing online instruction amid coronavirus shutdown
Lancaster Online by ALEX GELI | Staff Writer March 25, 2020
Editor's note: This article accompanies a larger story about the challenges school districts will face in going to online instruction. You can read the main story here. A number of Lancaster County schools have announced they’re considering remote instruction amid the schools shutdown over the coronavirus, or COVID-19. Here’s what area school districts have planned, according to the districts’ websites.

COVID-19 in Philly: School superintendent says school year could be over
By John N. Mitchell  Special to the Capital-Star March 24, 2020
John N. Mitchell is a reporter and columnist for the Philadelphia Tribune, where this story first appeared.
PHILADELPHIA — The third marking period of the school year, which has already ended, could be the end of the school year, School District of Philadelphia Superintendent William Hite said Tuesday. “I do envision ending this school year with an asterisk. We just concluded the third marking period. Two states have already indicated that their school years, for all intents and purposes will end based on the third marking period,” Hite said. “I could envision something like that happening here in Pennsylvania if this goes much longer.” Hite also announced a plan to get internet service and Chromebook laptops to students in the 130,000-student school district to resume graded instruction as soon as possible, targeting early April as the time when students will have laptops. Hite said that district administrators are still exploring the the possibility of having graduation ceremonies and maybe even proms. However, under the current restrictions — the city and the four surrounding counties are under a stay-at-home order from the governor, and gatherings of groups of more than 10 are currently not permitted — the superintendent admitted that it would be difficult to conduct any events with large groups. “We would like to think that at some point we will have graduation activities or have activities available to seniors to experience a prom if this doesn’t go on for a much longer period,” Hite said. “But if it does, we have to come up with other ways to think about this. Many of the universities have had to postpone things like graduations and we would look to that type of model just so they could experience the graduation. We would want them to experience that. We don’t know what that looks like at this time.”

The coronavirus crisis is an education crisis | Editorial
by The Inquirer Editorial Board, Updated: March 25, 2020- 5:28 AM
The wholesale damage that the coronavirus is inflicting is enormous and indiscriminate. No corner of life is untouched, and virtually no system remains undamaged. Our system of public education is especially vulnerable to long-term damage, especially in areas with large pockets of poverty like Philadelphia. Monday, Pennsylvania’s education secretary announced statewide school closures would be extended to April 6. That means a giant hole not only in the education of our children, but in the many other essential services the system provides. There is no age where that won’t have long-term repercussions – whether it’s high school juniors or first graders learning to read, or students with special needs. While many districts around the region were able to seamlessly move to online instruction, only about half of Philadelphia district students have access to technology. That translates into roughly 100,000 students who are not up to speed, and unable to partake of distance learning options.

Pennsylvania House unanimously backs proposal to delay the 2020 primary due to the coronavirus
Inquirer by Jonathan Lai and Chris Brennan,  March 24, 2020 Updated: 21 minutes ago
The Pennsylvania state House on Tuesday approved a bipartisan proposal to postpone the state’s 2020 primary by five weeks, until June 2, and allow counties to consolidate polling places without court approval amid concerns about the rapidly spreading novel coronavirus. Representatives unanimously approved the changes in an amendment to a preexisting Senate bill, increasing the prospects the legislation will be on its way to Gov. Tom Wolf for his signature by the end of the week. The proposal also would make several permanent changes to election law, most notably allowing county officials to begin counting absentee and mail-in ballots by 7 a.m. on election days to speed up the posting of returns. “With elections only a month away, and positive coronavirus tests increasing daily, we are at a crossroads,” Rep. Kevin Boyle (D., Philadelphia) said on the House floor before the vote. He noted the risk of infection to voters and poll workers, especially older citizens: “Pennsylvania must be realistic regarding the impact of the virus on the April 28 election.”

Pa. lawmakers gather at Capitol despite remote voting and calls for ‘social distancing’
Inquirer by Gillian McGoldrick of LNP | LancasterOnline, Updated: March 24, 2020- 5:32 PM
This story was produced as part of a joint effort among Spotlight PALNP Media GroupPennLivePA Post, and WITF to cover how Pennsylvania state government is responding to the coronavirus. Sign up for Spotlight PA’s newsletter.
HARRISBURG — Despite emergency measures to allow lawmakers to vote remotely and avoid contact with one another, many in the state House did not heed health officials’ calls to stay home and gathered Tuesday for their first session focused on the coronavirus. About 70 House members — about 50 Republicans and 20 Democrats, with some sitting side by side — were on the floor to consider several bills, including one to postpone Pennsylvania’s primary until June 2. A smaller number worked from their Capitol offices. Public health officials, including Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, have urged people to stay at least six feet apart whenever possible and limit gatherings to no more than 10 people. On Monday, Gov. Tom Wolf issued a “stay-at-home” order for seven Pennsylvania counties, with an eighth added Tuesday. Both the state House and Senate have passed temporary rules that allow members to cast their votes from home. Currently, there are 198 lawmakers serving in the 203-member House because of vacancies and one member’s serving in the military. Only House leaders and committee chairs are required under the new rules to come to the Capitol in person, but members were not barred from attending.

“EdWeek interviewed several superintendents for their insights on how the role is changing. They represent districts of different sizes, geographic diversity, located in different states that closed schools on different time-frames. But one thing they share is a commitment to adapting to difficult new times for public schools.”
'Know and Trust Your Judgment': Being the Superintendent in the Coronavirus Crisis
Education Week By Stephen Sawchuk on March 24, 2020 2:43 PM
Nearly all the nation's schools may be closed, but it has not stopped tens of thousands of superintendents from working round the clock to arrange social services and meals for students and stand up some kind of distance learning program. Just as with principals, superintendents are being pushed to become rapid innovators, problem-solvers, and troubleshooters as they try to adapt to the realities of the coronavirus pandemic. They have always been, in some sense, the public face of their school system. But now the pressure is on them to an even greater extent.
It's not so much that the job duties themselves have changed: Superintendents are still the key executives and decisionmakers. It's more that, like a filter put on a snapshot, their work is a more intense and focused, and it's certainly being closely scrutinized. The pandemic is requiring them to exercise their most important leadership muscles—the ones that separate the very best superintendents from the just-sort-of-OK ones. "You have to rely heavily on your leadership skills, and you have to know and trust your judgment, and I want to say your informed judgment," said Samantha Fuhrey, the superintendent of the Newton County, Ga. district, who was one of four finalists for the national Superintendent of the Year. "You do that anyway, but because this is such a huge issue for communities, you have to be even more judicious about the things you say, how you say them, and the level of transparency you provide to your community." 

S.C. to Send Wi-Fi Enabled School Buses Around State for Online Learning
Education Week By Evie Blad on March 23, 2020 2:13 PM
South Carolina education officials on Monday were to start placing hundreds of school buses equipped with Wi-Fi in low-income neighborhoods around the state to serve as mobile hotspots for students. The idea of delivering internet connectivity to students via buses is not new—the Austin Independent School District in Texas, for example, is putting Wi-Fi on hundeds of its buses to smooth the way for remote learning. But South Carolina is widening its focus statewide in seeking to use Wi-Fi-enabled buses during extended closures caused by the coronavirus. As of Monday, school districts in South Carolina had submitted requests for 550 buses, said state Department of Education spokesman Ryan Brown, and somewhere around 300 were ready to be deployed. "We're going to place the buses in high-poverty and rural areas," said Brown. "They'll be in areas where they can be accessed easily. Parents can drive up or students can ride their bikes and access the internet within a certain range." Schools are closed in South Carolina through March 31, but Brown said he expects that to be reevaluated this week with an eye toward extending that date. The state education department started putting the buses into neighborhoods now so students "who don't have internet connectivity can download materials" ahead of classes restarting in some form, he said.

House Coronavirus Bill Would Direct Billions to Schools, Fund Remote Learning
Education Week By Andrew Ujifusa on March 23, 2020 9:41 PM
Stimulus legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to cope with impact of the coronavirus pandemic would create a $50 billion fund to stabilize states' education budgets, including a minimum of roughly $15 billion specifically for K-12 school districts. In addition, the House's Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act would loosen rules under the E-Rate program in order to help schools and other organizations provide internet-connected devices and mobile broadband internet access to students. And it would provide $200 million to Project SERV grants, which assist schools that are affected by natural disasters and community violence, as well as additional money for Head Start.  The bill would "provide emergency funds for our schools and universities," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a Monday announcement.  The $50 billion State Fiscal Stabilization Fund for education in the House Democrats' bill would be available until September 2022. The fund is $30 billion bigger than the proposed education fund in the Senate coronavirus legislation from Republicans that was introduced late last week,which has been the subject of intense negotiations since, including at least two failed procedural votes as of late Monday.  There's intense demand from the K-12 community for Washington to provide a significant stimulus for schools, in order to help them weather the impacts of the coronavirus on the economy, tax revenues, and upcoming state budgets. But there's a long way to go before House and Senate agree on a "Phase III" stimulus package to send to President Donald Trump. 

PSBA FAQ Sheet Regarding Closure of School Due to Coronavirus
PSBA has compiled answers to your most pressing questions surrounding school closures due to the #coronavirus outbreak. View this resource here:

PSBA establishes channel to answer COVID-19 questions
In light of statewide school closings and as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve, PSBA is here to provide support to members and answer questions regarding how schools will operate, meet instructional requirements and provide services both now and in the future. Please send your questions to with your name, district and contact information. A member of PSBA staff will respond directly or will funnel your inquires to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. PSBA will act as your voice and ensure you receive the answers and information you need to make decisions at this crucial time.

PSBA: Coronavirus Preparedness Guidance
In the last few weeks, the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), which causes the respiratory illness COVID-19, has become a topic of concern nationwide. Although the virus is not widespread in Pennsylvania at this time, that status could change. Being proactive is key to prevention and mitigation. Below, you will find a list of resources on all aspects of preparedness, including guidance on communication planning, policy, emergency management and disease control. Use these resources to help you make decisions regarding the safety and health of those in your school district.

The former Sectional Meetings have been converted to a webinar format. PSBA will be hosting six webinars (starting today), presented by an expert on critical and timely topics related to #Coronavirus (COVID-19).
PSBA: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Schools: Webinar Series
As PSBA announced in an email on March 12, the former Sectional Meetings have been converted to a webinar format to comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations. Each of the six upcoming virtual sessions will be offered as a one-hour webinar: a 45-minute presentation by an expert on critical and timely topics; communication practices during the coronavirus pandemic; the business of boards during shutdown; facilities restoration and clean-up, and other essential topics. Each session will include 15 minutes of direct Q&A at the conclusion of the 45-minute content presentation.
Members are welcome to register for any of the six complimentary webinars.
All webinar sessions are 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 Prepare. Don’t Panic. Responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Medical Guidance for Schools
 Raghavendra Tirupathi, MD, FACP – Medical Director, Keystone Infectious Diseases; Chair, Infection Prevention, Wellspan Chambersburg & Waynesboro Hospital and member of the Pennsylvania Medical Society
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Legislative Updates
John Callahan, PSBA Chief Advocacy Officer
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 Topic 1: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Communication Practices: How to Address Your School Community and the Media
 Annette Stevenson PSBA Chief Communications Officer & Liam Goldrick, Donovan Group
Topic 2: The Business of School Boards: Operations & Meetings During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Shutdown
Stuart L. Knade, PSBA Senior Director of Legal Services & Heather Masshardt, Director of Policy Services
Thursday, March 26, 2020 An Update from PIAA: Addressing Coronavirus (COVID-19) Concerns
 Dr. Robert A. Lombardi, PIAA Executive Director
Monday, March 30, 2020 Facilities Restoration: Coronavirus Clean-up
 SERVPRO, expert presenter
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Risk Mitigation: Strategy for Operational Continuity and Reducing Adverse Impacts
 CM Regent Insurance, expert presenter

Blogger note: support Governor Wolf’s proposed charter reforms:
Reprise: PA Ed Policy Roundup for Feb 10, 2020
1. Adopt resolution for charter funding reform
2. Ask your legislators to cosponsor HB2261 or SB1024
3. Register for Advocacy Day on May 11th

Adopt: the 2020 PSBA resolution for charter school funding reform
In this legislative session, PSBA has been leading the charge with the Senate, House of Representatives and the Governor’s Administration to push for positive charter reform. We’re now asking you to join the campaign: Adopt the resolution: We’re asking all school boards to adopt the 2020 resolution for charter school funding reform at your next board meeting and submit it to your legislators and to PSBA.

Cosponsor: A 120-page charter reform proposal is being introduced as House Bill 2261 by Rep. Joseph Ciresi (D-Montgomery), and Senate Bill 1024, introduced by Senators Lindsey Williams (D-Allegheny) and James Brewster (D-Allegheny). Ask your legislator to sign on as a cosponsor to House Bill 2261 or Senate Bill 1024.

Register: Five compelling reasons for .@PSBA .@PASA .@PAIU school leaders to come to the Capitol for Advocacy Day on May 11th:
Charter Reform
Cyber Charter Reform
Basic Ed Funding
Special Ed Funding

All school leaders are invited to attend Advocacy Day at the state Capitol in Harrisburg. The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA), Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units (PAIU) and the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA) are partnering together to strengthen our advocacy impact. The day will center around meetings with legislators to discuss critical issues affecting public education. Click here for more information or register at
School directors can register online now by logging in to myPSBA. If you need assistance logging in and registering contact Alysha Newingham, Member Data System Administrator at

PSBA Board Presidents Panel April 27, 28 and 29; Multiple Locations
Offered at 10 locations across the state, this annual event supports current and aspiring school board leaders through roundtable conversations with colleagues as well as a facilitated panel of experienced regional and statewide board presidents and superintendents. Board Presidents Panel is designed to equip new and veteran board presidents and vice presidents as well as superintendents and other school directors who may pursue a leadership position in the future.

PARSS Annual Conference April 29 – May 1, 2020 in State College
The 2020 PARSS Conference is April 29 through May 1, 2020, at Wyndham Garden Hotel at Mountain View Country Club in State College. Please register as a member or a vendor by accessing the links below.

Register today for the 2020 PASA/PA Principals Association PA Educational Leadership Summit, August 2-4, at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square 
(hosted by the PA Principals Association and the PA Association of School Administrators). Participants can earn up to 80 PIL hours (40 hours for the Summit and - for an additional cost of $50 - 40 hours for EdCamp) for attending the conference and completing program requirements. Register early to reserve your seat! The deadline to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount is April 24, 2020.   
Click here to register today!

Network for Public Education 2020 Conference in Philly Rescheduled to November 21-22
NPE Website March 10, 2020 7:10 pm
We so wanted to see you in March, but we need to wait until November!
Our conference will now take place on November 21 and 22 at the same location in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Please read the important information below.
Registration: We will be rolling over our registration information, so there is no reason to register again. You will be automatically registered for the November dates. If you cannot attend in November, we ask that you consider donating your registration to absorb some of the costs associated with rescheduling the conference. If you feel you cannot make such a donation, please contact:

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