Tuesday, September 15, 2020

PA Ed Policy Roundup for September 15: CDC: children under 10 in child care facilities shown to transmit COVID to their household members

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PA Ed Policy Roundup for September 15, 2020
CDC: children under 10 in child care facilities shown to transmit COVID to their household members

Why are cyber charter tuition rates the same as brick and mortar tuition?

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“The Wolf administration will file an appeal and seek a stay to temporarily block the decision, the Democratic governor’s spokesperson, Lyndsay Kensinger, said. The ruling “is limited to the business closure order and the stay-at-home orders issued in March ... as well as the indoor and outdoor gathering limitations.” The decision does not apply to other mitigation orders currently in place, including the mandate to wear masks in public, Kensinger added.”
Wolf’s COVID-19 business closures, limit on gatherings unconstitutional, federal court rules
Inquirer by Angela Couloumbis of Spotlight PA, Jeremy Roebuck of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Sarah Anne Hughes of Spotlight PA and Justine McDaniel of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Updated: September 14, 2020- 11:02 PM
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HARRISBURG — Delivering a blow to Gov. Tom Wolf’s strategy for responding to the coronavirus pandemic, a federal judge on Monday ruled that key components of the governor’s mitigation strategy are unconstitutional, including decisions to temporarily shut down businesses and limit how many Pennsylvanians can gather in one place. “The court believes that defendants undertook their actions in a well-intentioned effort to protect Pennsylvanians from the virus,” U.S. District Judge William S. Stickman IV wrote in the 66-page ruling. “But even in an emergency, the authority of government is not unfettered. The liberties protected by the Constitution are not fair-weather freedoms — in place when times are good but able to be cast aside in times of trouble.”
Stickman found that the Wolf administration’s policy limiting indoor and outdoor gatherings and events to 25 and 250 people, respectively, violates “the right of assembly enshrined in the First Amendment.” The Pittsburgh-based judge also found Wolf and Health Secretary Rachel Levine’s stay-at-home and business closure orders to be unconstitutional. The ruling came two weeks after a federal judge in Philadelphia took the opposite stance in a case focused solely on business closure orders, setting the stage for the battle to continue at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Judge: Pennsylvania’s pandemic restrictions unconstitutional
AP News By MICHAEL RUBINKAM September 14, 2020
Gov. Tom Wolf’s pandemic restrictions that required people to stay at home, placed size limits on gatherings and ordered “non-life-sustaining” businesses to shut down are unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Monday. U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, sided with plaintiffs that included hair salons, drive-in movie theaters, a farmer’s market vendor, a horse trainer and several Republican officeholders in their lawsuit against Wolf, a Democrat, and his health secretary. The Wolf administration’s pandemic policies have been overreaching, arbitrary and violated citizens’ constitutional rights, Stickman wrote in his ruling. The governor’s efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus “were undertaken with the good intention of addressing a public health emergency,” Stickman wrote. “But even in an emergency, the authority of government is not unfettered.” Courts had consistently rejected challenges to Wolf’s power to order businesses to close during the pandemic, and many other governors, Republican and Democrat, undertook similar measures as the virus spread across the country. Wolf has since lifted many of the restrictions, allowing businesses to reopen and canceling a statewide stay-at-home order. But over the summer, his administration imposed a new round of statewide pandemic restrictions on bars, restaurants and larger indoor gatherings in response to rising infection rates in some virus hot spots. The state has also imposed a gathering limit of more than 25 people for events held indoors and more than 250 people for those held outside. A spokesperson for Wolf said the administration was reviewing the decision.

5 takeaways on federal ruling finding Wolf’s coronavirus shutdown orders unconstitutional
A federal court in Pittsburgh has ruled that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s coronavirus shutdown orders that required people to stay at home, closed non-essential businesses and placed limits on public gatherings were unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge William S. Stickman IV said in a ruling that Wolf’s actions violated constitutional due process and equal protection. He found that an “arbitrary, ad hoc process” was used to deem businesses “life-sustaining” or not. “Good intentions toward a laudable end are not enough to uphold governmental action against a constitutional challenge,” Stickman wrote. Here are five takeaways on the ruling:

PIAA to address judge’s ruling Wednesday
Beaver County Times by Times-News staff September 14, 2020
The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association did not have an immediate reaction to a federal judge’s ruling that could loosen the limits Gov. Tom Wolf has placed on sporting events, including high school sports. “We haven’t had a chance to have a legal review of the opinion and will discuss this with the Board at their next meeting,” PIAA Executive Director Robert Lombardi said in an email to the Times-News on Monday afternoon. The PIAA Board of Directors are set conduct a virtual meeting Wednesday. U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV ruled as unconstitutional several of Wolf’s orders pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the state guidance that placed size limits on gatherings. Wolf’s order limited indoor events to 25 people, and limited outdoor events to 250 people. The judge’s ruling comes three days after the opening day for many Pennsylvania high school sports teams, including most of the football teams in western Pennsylvania. High schools throughout the state developed safety plans during the summer, as mandated by the governor’s guidance, and schools put those plans into effect during the weekend, including limits on people at sporting events. Schools were limited to 250 total people at games for sports such as football and soccer. That limit included athletes, coaches, game officials and fans. As a result, crowd sizes were limited at football games Friday and Saturday. The indoor limit of 25 almost rules out fans attending and girls volleyball or water polo matches this fall.

Transmission Dynamics of COVID-19 Outbreaks Associated with Child Care Facilities — Salt Lake City, Utah, April–July 2020
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -  Early Release / September 11, 2020 / 69
Adriana S. Lopez, MHS1; Mary Hill, MPH2; Jessica Antezano, MPA2; Dede Vilven, MPH2; Tyler Rutner2; Linda Bogdanow2; Carlene Claflin2; Ian T. Kracalik, PhD1; Victoria L. Fields, DVM1; Angela Dunn, MD3; Jacqueline E. Tate, PhD1; Hannah L. Kirking, MD1; Tair Kiphibane2; Ilene Risk, MPA2; Cuc H. Tran, PhD1 (View author affiliations) View suggested citation
What is already known about this topic?
Children aged ≥10 years have been shown to transmit SARS-CoV-2 in school settings.
What is added by this report?
Twelve children acquired COVID-19 in child care facilities. Transmission was documented from these children to at least 12 (26%) of 46 nonfacility contacts (confirmed or probable cases). One parent was hospitalized. Transmission was observed from two of three children with confirmed, asymptomatic COVID-19.
What are the implications for public health practice?
SARS-CoV-2 Infections among young children acquired in child care settings were transmitted to their household members. Testing of contacts of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases in child care settings, including children who might not have symptoms, could improve control of transmission from child care attendees to family members.

Pa. hasn’t updated science education standards since 2002. New plan would be first to acknowledge climate change
WHYY By Avi Wolfman-Arent September 15, 2020
A proposed update to Pennsylvania’s standards for science education could transform how public school students learn science — and expose them to more information on climate change. The new standards — which are still subject to regulatory review and approval by the state legislature — were advanced by the Pennsylvania State Board of Education last week. For years, a coalition of Pennsylvania science teachers pushed state leaders to update Pennsylvania’s Science and Technology Standards and its Environment and Ecology Standards, documents that broadly govern what students are expected to know at each grade level. They also determine the content of state tests that measure students’ scientific acuity. The standards were last updated in 2002, and advocates say they no longer reflect the best methods of teaching science education.

Scranton School Board approves 218 furloughs
Times Tribune BY SARAH HOFIUS HALL STAFF WRITER Sep 14, 2020 Updated 5 min ago
As students learn online and most district buildings remain closed, the Scranton School Board reluctantly approved the furloughs of 218 employees Monday night. The 6-2 vote came after speakers stressed the role those employees play, especially the 140 paraprofessionals who work directly with students. “It’s not something that anyone takes lightly,” Director Ro Hume said before the vote. “It’s awful.” School directors said they valued those employees but must make a fiscally responsible choice for the struggling district. The district expects to save about $280,000 per month. “We have to make hard decisions,” Director Michelle Dempsey said. “My head and my heart are not aligned.” The employees, furloughed effective Sept. 30, are: all 140 paraprofessionals, six intervention specialists, two level 2 intervention specialists, four part-time maintenance, one licensed practical nurse (Prescott/Willard), one clerk at South Scranton Intermediate and 64 crossing guards. Superintendent Melissa McTiernan may call back those employees when necessary. School directors said they hope to recall those employees once students return to school buildings. Students will learn remotely though at least mid-November. The furloughed workers will lose their health insurance on Sept. 30. An agreement from 2010 provides a 30-day grace period for prescription coverage.

School schedules are all over the place. More families are opting for homeschooling.
Inquirer by Maddie Hanna and Kristen A. Graham, Posted: September 14, 2020
Katy Rene knew she didn’t want to send her 6-year-old into a classroom this year, given that she and her husband rely on their parents — who are more vulnerable to the coronavirus — to help care for their children while they work. But Rene wasn’t excited by the prospect of her daughter spending hours in front of a screen for virtual learning, having watched her disengage during Zoom kindergarten classes this spring. So she decided to homeschool. “It really is very flexible,” said Rene, who un-enrolled her child from the Pennridge School District in Bucks County. The pandemic has driven an increasing number of parents around the region and the country to give new consideration to homeschooling, spurred by uncertainty about school schedules and aversion to virtual learning programs. Tracking the growth of homeschooling is difficult. In Pennsylvania, officials say they don’t have data for the current school year, while in New Jersey, the state doesn’t track it at all.

Coronavirus positivity rate increases in Montgomery and Chester counties
HARRISBURG — Montgomery County continues to experience upticks in its coronavirus positivity rate and Chester County’s rate surged to a “concerning” rate, according to the latest data from the Pennsylvania Department of Health. For the seven-day period Sept. 4 to Sept. 10, the percent-positivity rate for Montgomery County was 3.3 percent, according to the state’s COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard. That reflected an increase from the 3.1 percent-positivity rate the county recorded for the previous seven-day period Aug. 28 to Sept. 3.
Meanwhile, Chester County saw its percent-positivity rate increase to 6.5 percent for the period ending Sept. 10, up from 3.5 percent the previous week, according to state data. Gov. Tom Wolf routinely identifies those counties with positivity rates above 5 percent as counties with “concerning percent-positivity.” Health officials believe having a positivity rate less than 5 percent indicates a county is controlling the spread of the virus and keeping it suppressed. According to state data, for the most recent seven-day period ending Sept. 10, other neighboring counties recorded the following percent-positivity rates: Berks (4.9%); Delaware (4.4%); Bucks (4.0%); Lehigh (3.2%), and Philadelphia (3.2%). Like Montgomery and Chester counties, Delaware, Lehigh and Bucks also experienced increases in their percent-positivity rates during the most recent seven-day period.

Student or staff member at Elizabethtown Area High School tests positive for COVID-19
Lancaster Online by ALEX GELI | Staff Writer September 14, 2020
A student or staff member at Elizabethtown Area High School has tested positive for COVID-19. according to a post on the school district's website. This marks the sixth Lancaster County public school to report a confirmed case of the virus. Cases have been also been reported at Manheim Central Middle School, La Academia Partnership Charter School, Brownstown Elementary School, Conestoga Valley High School and Donegal Intermediate School. The latter two are closed to students this week because of the virus. Elizabethtown High School isn't closing; however, individuals who were in close contact with the person who tested positive have been directed to quarantine for 14 days, and locations in the school where the person visited have been blocked off for cleaning and sanitizing. "Our highest priority is the safety of our students, staff, and community members," the online statement reads. "Rest assured, we will remain vigilant in following the health protocols we have in place to keep our schools open for in-person instruction." The district has contacted the Pennsylvania Department of Health for further guidance.

State College School District says three students have COVID-19
An email to parents said “contact tracing showed there were no close contacts by these students connected to district schools.”
WITF by Anne Danahy/StateImpact Pennsylvania SEPTEMBER 15, 2020 | 4:56 AM
(State College) — Three students in the State College Area School District — one high school student and two elementary students — have tested positive for COVID-19, according to an email from the district superintendent to families Monday evening. The email said the high school student has not been in any district building this school year. The other two are Mount Nittany Elementary students. The email said “contact tracing showed there were no close contacts by these students connected to district schools.” “Looking ahead, we presume that it’s likely we’ll have more positive tests in our district among our students, faculty and staff,” the email from Superintendent Bob O’Donnell said. “We wish the best for the affected families and hope for swift recoveries,” O’Donnell said. The news comes as Centre County has the highest incidence rate of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents in Pennsylvania in the past seven days, according to the state Department of Health.

Hempfield is testing its luck with students' health [column]
Lancaster Online Opinion by DARRYL STEPHENS | Special to LNP | LancasterOnline September 15, 2020
Statistically, 15 Hempfield students attending the first day of school likely would have tested positive for COVID-19. Perhaps as many as 60. None of them were identified, because no one, so far as we know, actually was tested. Hempfield is not the only school district adopting a wait-and-see approach to public health. Without testing, how will our public schools prevent an outbreak? In the Hempfield School District, most students have opted to attend in person, five days a week. This successful effort would seem to adhere to the advice of the American Academy of Pediatrics to do everything possible to enable in-person learning for our children. There are many good reasons to support our students returning to school in person. The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof presented some of these rationales in an op-ed that appeared in the Sept. 6 Sunday LNP | LancasterOnline (“Kids with few resources need to be in school”). There also need to be appropriate safeguards. First among them, according to Kristof, is “aggressive testing.” However, Hempfield students are not being tested for COVID-19.

Parents deserve to watch their kids play ball
Bucks County Courier Times Opinion By Mike Reese September 15, 2020
State Rep. Mike Reese, R-59, represents parts of Westmoreland and Somerset counties.
At some point in life, you, the readers, have walked through a school gymnasium, walked by a high school football stadium, or competed yourself in these venues. You understand the size and capacity of these very large areas. I suspect the governor has been inside these venues as well more than a few times in his life, which is why his “very strong guidance” limiting these venues — regardless of size — to what amounts to an unrealistic number of participants and attendees is so disturbing. Further, the acknowledgment from the Department of Health and the Department of Education that they used zero data to draft their “guidance,” only after a right-to-know request was filed, shows the administration takes the trust of the people for granted. Stopping adults from doing activities is one thing but taking away the dreams of our kids is something else entirely. The governor’s recommendation to shut down high school sports and extracurricular activities only makes sense if you totally remove reason from the equation. The Wolf Administration’s cookie-cutter limits of no more than 25 people for indoor events and no more than 250 people for outdoor events just does not work for school sports and other school-related activities.

Senator Killion to health department officials: 'Let our kids play'
Pottstown Mercury by MediaNews Group Sep 14, 2020 Updated 17 hrs ago
CHADDS FORD — Senator Tom Killion, R-9th, of Middletown, on Monday requested the Chester County Health Department, which also is overseeing the pandemic response in Delaware County, rescind its recommendation that school and youth sports not be played until 2021. “Now six months into challenges posed by COVID-19, it is clear we are well past a point-of-crisis,” wrote Killion in his letter to Chester County Health Director Jeanne Casner. “By all metrics, our Commonwealth and Chester and Delaware counties have the virus in check.”  Citing available statistics, Killion noted a decline from the peak of the pandemic in new cases and hospitalization as a prime rationale for proceeding with school and youth sports. “472 people are hospitalized across Pennsylvania, including 13 in Chester County and 14 in Delaware County, with COVID-19. The 472 hospitalizations statewide represent a more-than 80 percent decrease in hospitalizations from the peak of the pandemic in the spring,” wrote Killion. Killion noted he has received hundreds of calls, emails and social media messages from parents frustrated with the cancellation of sports and the physical, emotional and social benefits children are missing.

“It should be pointed out that representatives of the schools that had more than 250 people in attendance did not feel they were breaking any orders from Gov. Tom Wolf or health departments. The Allegheny County Health Department’s rules for sporting events are for outdoor facilities to have no more than 250 people, with pods of a maximum of 100. Some schools were considering the two sides of a stadium as different facilities.”
Some Pa. schools aren't waiting for state decision; they're allowing fans at football games
York Dispatch by MIKE WHITE Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (TNS) September 14, 2020
The legislative bill that gives Pennsylvania high schools the power to decide the number of fans at sporting events is still up in the air. Some Pennsylvania schools, however, are not waiting for a decision on the bill. They’ve already made their own decisions on attendance. High school football in the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League started Friday. While some schools did not allow spectators because of COVID-19 concerns, some games had more people than the state’s gathering limit of 250 for outdoor events. Upper St. Clair and West Mifflin were among the schools that had more than 250 fans, not counting the players, coaches and officials. Upper St. Clair played at home against Bethel Park and Upper St. Clair athletic director Kevin Deitrick said about 390 fans attended. A total of 410 tickets were given to only Upper St. Clair players, cheerleaders and a 40-member pep band. West Mifflin played host to Thomas Jefferson and fans from both schools attended and West Mifflin athletic director Scott Stephenson told WTAE-TV that the crowd was about 500. McKeesport played a home game against Belle Vernon and about 200 fans watched. Fans were on opposite sides of the stadium, with about 130 on McKeesport’s side. Also, Montour’s district decided late last week that it would give two tickets to every football player, band member and cheerleader. Montour has 50 football players, 80 band members and 15 cheerleaders.

Another contract deadline passes for Philly public school teachers; no deal, but ‘significant progress’
Inquirer by Kristen A. Graham, Updated: September 14, 2020- 5:39 PM
There’s no deal yet between the Philadelphia School District and its teachers union, but the negotiators have made “significant progress” and will stay at the table, union leaders said Monday night. “Negotiations have been fruitful in securing critical COVID-related protections for children and educators, and we are also making gains on the topic of wages,” Philadelphia Federation of Teachers president Jerry Jordan said in a statement. “Because of this progress and our desire to move expeditiously toward settlement, I am continuing to negotiate.” The teachers' contract expired Aug. 31. The union’s 13,000 members had authorized Jordan to keep negotiating through Monday. Jordan said he would call teachers together for a membership meeting shortly; at that meeting, “I will either bring my members a tentative agreement to review, or alternatively I will present them with options for next steps.” Asked about the tenor of PFT contract negotiations late last week, Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said he was “optimistic that we will get to an agreement.” For the first time in decades, the PFT has the option to strike. When the district was under state takeover, teachers were forbidden from striking.

Philly school board already voted against a Hilco tax break. It should do so again. | Opinion
Malcolm Miller, For The Inquirer Posted: September 14, 2020 - 11:30 AM
Malcolm Miller is a junior at J.R. Masterman High School and is involved with climate and environmental justice groups in Philadelphia.
On the night of Aug. 22, the Philadelphia school board made the right choice when it decided to vote no on giving Hilco Redevelopment Partners a tax break on the land it now owns in Grays Ferry. This decision came after students, teachers, and members of the community spoke about why granting this tax break would be a disservice to Philadelphia. But now, Hilco is getting a second chance in another board meeting Thursday. This second chance must meet the demands of our community — the Philadelphia school board should vote no once again on Hilco’s corporate tax break. The land in question has a sour history of once being home to the PES oil refinery that exploded in June of last year, and has recently been acquired by Hilco Redevelopment Partners. Similarly, we have seen Hilco acquiring properties in the Little Village section of Chicago and in Jersey City, N.J. Now residents in Chicago, Jersey City, and Philadelphia can unite with the understanding that Hilco is nothing more than a bad neighbor. While Chicagoans lack legal accountability for Hilco’s promises and Jersey City recovers from an unwarned explosion by Hilco just this July, Philadelphians struggle to secure proper environmental remediation for the land as well as tax payments.

Eyes on the Philly Board of Education: September 17, 2020
Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools Commentary by Karel Kilimnik September 14, 2020
“I can’t believe what you say, because I see what you do.”  James Baldwin
As educators and students across the nation begin a new year, many enduring issues of inequity and racism generate discussion. We need to go beyond the clouds of words and promises of task forces and advisory committees. Educators, parents, students, advocates and school staff need a seat at the decision-making table. Better funded districts with newer facilities are able to provide both in-school and virtual instruction, while we in Philadelphia continue the fight to detoxify schools. The District’s own Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a scathing report on the  Hite administration’s mishandling of the construction and the ensuing environmental crisis at Ben Franklin High School. Dr. Hite and his team, in hurrying the project so that Science Leadership Academy could relocate, endangered the health and safety of students and staff. The Board expressed its disappointment, then moved on with a shameful promise simply to include the years-long display of incompetence and malfeasance in Dr. Hite’s annual performance review.  
The OIG Report not only laid bare what happened during the eighteen months of construction at Ben Franklin (although omitting all names of those responsible seems designed to preclude accountability), it gave important insight into the policy and practice of the Hite administration on outsourcing and the resulting erosion of institutional memory at 440, an issue raised by APPS members for years:

How China Brought Almost 200 Million Students Back
New York Times By Amelia Nierenberg and Adam Pasick Sept. 14, 2020
As countries struggle to safely reopen schools, China is harnessing the power of its authoritarian system to offer in-person learning for its vast population of students — including 195 million students in kindergarten through 12th grade at public schools. On the first day of school in Wuhan, where the coronavirus first emerged, officials reviewed the students’ travel histories and coronavirus test results. Local Communist Party cadres made sure teachers followed detailed instructions on hygiene and showed an “anti-epidemic spirit.” The country has adopted many of the same sanitation and distancing procedures used elsewhere, but it has rolled them out with a forceful, command-and-control approach that brooks no dissent. It has mobilized battalions of local officials to inspect classrooms as well as to deploy apps and other technology to monitor students and staff members. “The system is run like a military,” said Yong Zhao, a scholar at the University of Kansas who has studied education in China. “It just goes for it, no matter what anyone thinks.”

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PA SCHOOLS WORK WEBINAR : Public School Advocacy in the New Normal of a COVID-19 World; Tue, Sep 15, 2020 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM EDT
For the foreseeable future, COVID-19 is a part of our everyday lives. More parents and community members than ever before have engaged at the school district level as schools wrestled with their options for reopening this fall. This conversation will be about continuing our advocacy for public schools, and how the challenges districts are facing in the COVID-19 era are magnified by long-term inequities in our funding system and years of lackluster financial support for public education from state government. So, what can we do about it? Come find out

PSBA Fall Virtual Advocacy Day: OCT 8, 2020 • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sign up now for PSBA’s Virtual Advocacy Day this fall!
All public school leaders are invited to join us for our fall Virtual Advocacy Day on Thursday, October 8, 2020, via Zoom. We need all of you to help strengthen our advocacy impact. The day will center around contacting legislators to discuss critical issues affecting public education. Registrants will receive the meeting invitation with a link to our fall Virtual Advocacy Day website that contains talking points, a link to locate contact information for your legislator and additional information to help you have a successful day.
Cost: As a membership benefit, there is no cost to register.
Registration: School directors can register online now by logging in to myPSBA. If you have questions about Virtual Advocacy Day, or need additional information, contact Jamie.Zuvich@psba.org.

Save The Date: The PSBA 2020 Equity Summit is happening virtually on October 13th.
Discover how to build a foundation for equity in practice and policy.

PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference October 14-15 Virtual
Registration is now open for the first ever virtual School Leadership Conference! Join us for all-new educational sessions, dynamic speakers, exhibitors, and more! Visit the website for registration information: https://t.co/QfinpBL69u #PASLC20 https://t.co/JYeRhJLUmZ

What to expect at this year’s School Leadership Conference
At the 2020 PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference on October 14-15, you'll encounter the same high-quality experience you've come to expect, via new virtual platform. Hear world-class speakers and relevant educational sessions, and network with exhibitors and attendees — from the comfort of your home or office on any internet-enabled device.
The virtual conference platform is accessible via a unique link provided to each registrant about a week before conference. No additional app downloads are required. The intuitive 3D interface is easy to use and immersive — you'll feel like you're on location. Registrants will be able to explore the space a day before conference starts. Highlights include: 
  • Virtual exhibit hall 
  • Interactive lobby area and information desk 
  • Virtual auditorium 
  • Digital swag bag 
  • Scavenger hunt 
This year, conference is completely free to attend! Be among the first 125 to register, and receive a special pre-conference swag bag, sent to your home. Click here for more information about how to register.

Adopt the resolution against racial inequity!
School boards are asked to adopt this resolution supporting the development of an anti-racist climate. Once adopted, share your resolution with your local community and submit a copy to PSBA. Learn more: http://ow.ly/yJWA50B2R72

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.

293 PA school boards have adopted charter reform resolutions
Charter school funding reform continues to be a concern as over 290 school boards across the state have adopted a resolution calling for legislators to enact significant reforms to the Charter School Law to provide funding relief and ensure all schools are held to the same quality and ethics standards. Now more than ever, there is a growing momentum from school officials across the state to call for charter school funding reform. Legislators are hearing loud and clear that school districts need relief from the unfair funding system that results in school districts overpaying millions of dollars to charter schools.

Know Your Facts on Funding and Charter Performance. Then Call for Charter Change!
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The Network for Public Education Action Conference has been rescheduled to April 24-25, 2021 at the Philadelphia Doubletree Hotel

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