Saturday, February 10, 2018

PA Ed Policy Roundup Feb 10: WSJ: As Online Schools Expand, So Do Questions About Their Performance; PA GOP leaders submit proposed congressional map; Wagner gets GOP nod; Turzai withdraws

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WSJ: As Online Schools Expand, So Do Questions About Their Performance; PA GOP leaders submit proposed congressional map; Wagner gets GOP nod; Turzai withdraws



The PA Senate’s next scheduled session day is March 19th; the PA House’s next scheduled session day is March 12th.  Appropriations Committee hearings will take up most of the intervening time.

The PA Senate Appropriations Committee Budget Hearing for the Department of Education is Tuesday, March 6, 2018 10:00 AM; Hearing Room 1 North Office Bldg.

The PA House Appropriations Committee Budget Hearing for the Department of Education is Monday, March 5, 2018 10:00; Room 140 Main Capitol


“For the 2018-19 school year, the Wolf budget would increase basic-education funding by $100 million; however, a significant chunk of that would be earmarked for the financially distressed Erie School District. “We need a lot more than $100 million,” DiRocco said. School district pension costs are expected to increase next year by $150 million. And while Wolf’s budget would add $20 million to special education funding, those costs could go up by $260 million, according to the Pennsylvania School Boards Association.”
Despite funding increases under Wolf, Pa. school districts still 'treading water'
Inquirer by Maddie Hanna, Staff Writer  @maddiehanna |  mhanna@phillynews.com Updated: FEBRUARY 8, 2018 — 7:15 PM EST
In announcing a budget plan that included more money for Pennsylvania schools, Gov. Wolf this week trumpeted the growth in state education spending during his tenure. “The first thing I did when I got to Harrisburg was to draw a line in the sand on education,” Wolf told lawmakers during Tuesday’s budget address, as he declared that investments in schools were paying off. But the tide of expenses continues to wash over that line, school officials say. “Districts are still pretty much just treading water,” said Mark DiRocco, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, citing increasing costs for pensions, special education, and charter-school payments. If Wolf’s plan for next year is enacted, it will increase the state’s main pot of money for schools to nearly $6.1 billion, an increase of just under 10 percent since he took office in 2015. During his administration, he has added about $465 million to that pot, not taking into account inflation. After he was elected in 2014, Wolf had proposed $400 million just for his first fiscal year in office. That put the Democrat at odds with the GOP-controlled legislature, wary of bite-back from taxpayers, forcing Wolf to scale down his ambitions.

“The Journal’s review included 468 full-time virtual schools, recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or state education agencies, that enrolled public-school students last school year. Data available for 403 of the schools, located in 31 states and the District of Columbia, show that about 80% of students attended virtual schools with overall low academic performance. The graduation rate for 240 of the schools that serve high-school students averaged about 52%, lower than the national average, which hovers around 83%. Florida is among a few states with strict rules for virtual schools. The state pays the schools based on classes passed per student, which some researchers say explains why its virtual schools perform better than those in most other states.”
Online classrooms offer greater flexibility and freedom, but a review of more than 400 full-time virtual schools shows they deliver relatively poor performance and low graduation rates
Wall Street Journal By Tawnell D. Hobbs Feb. 9, 2018 10:50 a.m. ET
After years of steady growth, virtual schools are experiencing a blip as some states attempt to claw back public funds, citing student inactivity online, or force schools to close due to habitual poor performance. Virtual schools, where all classes are online and old-fashioned classrooms don’t exist, had full-time student enrollment of about 300,000 last school year, or less than 1% of the nation’s nearly 51 million public-school students, according to a Wall Street Journal review of enrollment data. That is up from about 199,000 in the 2011-12 school year, under a tally by the National Education Policy Center. Online charter schools, which are publicly funded but run by private entities, educate the bulk of these students. The popularity of the schools has increased substantially in the past decade, with many providing live learning sessions. The greater flexibility and freedom offered by online classrooms can help some students thrive, including young professional athletes with busy training schedules, home-schoolers and victims of harassment. “It’s a bully-free area,” said Brenden Santos, a 12-year-old in Raleigh, N.C., who often starts his school day in his bedroom, working on a school-provided laptop. Students are typically required to take state end-of-course exams. But a review of more than 400 full-time virtual schools in 34 states and the District of Columbia shows they deliver relatively poor performance and low graduation rates compared with public schools overall.

Pennsylvania slow to reform charter-school laws | Editorial
by The Inquirer Editorial Board Updated: FEBRUARY 9, 2018 — 3:38 PM EST
The $100 million bump to the state’s general education budget proposed this week by Gov. Wolf is welcome, though not necessarily transformative. The proposal — which also includes additional money for pre-K, special education, and higher ed  — will be enough for school districts to keep up with rising costs on pensions and other items, and help out some districts in distress, but not enough to initiate new reforms or programs. Full-blown education reform is a big ask, and takes time. That said, there is one change that could make an immediate difference in the quality of education, and that’s a serious review and revision of the state’s policies on charter schools. The charter-school law, over 20 years old, has never been revised to improve accountability or performance. Charters were intended to create and spread innovations into traditional public schools, but the evidence they have done so is scarce, and study after study has found charters trailing traditional public schools in key areas of performance. The latest of those studies, from Philadelphia Citizens for Children and Youth, calls for stricter accountability measures for charters’ performance and renewals. Last year alone, public school districts paid $1.5 billion for students attending a charter – out of their full budgets.

Expanding High Quality Charter School Options
PCCY Report January 2018
Since 2012, 23 states have amended their laws to improve the quality of charter schools.  Pennsylvania is not one of those states. The legislature has not revised the charter school law to include best practices for access, autonomy or accountability since it was passed in 1997.  This report by PCCY details why strong charter school legislation matters.

GRAPHIC: Pa. Republican leaders propose new congressional map on eve of deadline
WHYY By Katie Meyer, WITF February 9, 2018
UPDATE: Hours before the state Supreme Court-imposed deadline expired Friday night, Republican legislative leaders submitted drafts of a new congressional map to Governor Tom Wolf. It was drawn in a frantic two-day period by staff for House Speaker Mike Turzai and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, without input from House or Senate Democrats, or a vote from Pennsylvania’s General Assembly. Top Senate GOP lawyer Drew Crompton maintained that the court forced Republicans to cut corners, because justices didn’t issue their full opinion until three days before the maps were due. “I could sit here for ten minutes and criticize the order,” he said. “We complied with the words of the order. We did what we could do in light of us being hamstrung.” House and Senate Democrats don’t see it that way.

Top Republicans in Pa. House, Senate submit congressional map to Gov. Wolf
Post-Gazette by LIZ NAVRATIL Harrisburg Bureau lnavratil@post-gazette.com FEB 9, 2018 10:17 PM
HARRISBURG — Facing a deadline imposed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the legislature's two top Republicans late Friday submitted to the governor a new statewide map of congressional districts to replace boundaries the justices ruled were unconstitutional. If approved, the map submitted by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) and House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Marshall) would result in significant changes for the areas surrounding Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The proposed map "complies fully" with the court's order, the pair said in a joint statement. But within roughly an hour of its public release, top Democrats in the House and the Senate were urging Democratic Gov. Wolf to "reject it outright." "The Republican leadership in both chambers blocked this process, refused to negotiate, and have now submitted a map directly to your office that we have not even seen," Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Forest Hills) and House Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D-Oakmont) said in a joint letter to the governor released Friday evening.

Would you live in the same Congressional district? A look at the Pa. GOP's proposed lines
Penn Live BY WALLACE McKELVEY | WMcKelvey@pennlive.com Posted February 09, 2018 at 09:17 PM | Updated February 10, 2018 at 08:47 AM
Pennsylvania House and Senate GOP leadership unveiled proposed Congressional district lines Friday after the state Supreme Court ruled the previous map unconstitutional.
A number of districts, including the cartoonishly shaped 7th, would change drastically if this version of the map receives the approval of Gov. Tom Wolf and the court. As yet, it's not clear how this would impact the partisan makeup of the Keystone State's Congressional delegation.
Here's a look at how the changes played out. The current map is either on the left or the top. The proposed map is on the right or bottom.

Wagner wins Republican state committee endorsement for Gov., Turzai suspends campaign
CHRIS POTTER Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cpotter@post-gazette.com FEB 10, 2018 12:40 PM
Hershey, PA — House Speaker Mike Turzai suspended his campaign for governor as state Senator Scott Wagner handily won the Republican state committee endorsement Saturday morning. "We’ve been on a mission, but we did start late," said an emotional Mr. Turzai, whose campaign began last fall. "[Y]ou enter into competition and sometimes you don’t win. I’m gonna come up short. I came in second, and that’s all right." As Mr. Turzai spoke, a campaign aide circulated a letter from state Rep. Mark Mustio, of Moon township, asking Mr. Turzai to step aside. "Our Caucus has had a number of retirements in electorally challenging districts across the Commonwealth, and we will need your help to ensure we bring back a strong House majority." Coming into the party's winter gathering at the Hershey Lodge, Mr. Wagner was a prohibitive favorite. He'd won five out of six straw polls held around the state. The departure of Mr. Turzai, a distant second-place finisher, left Mr. Wagner with a clear field for the endorsement. Allegheny County healthcare consultant Paul Mango also sought the endorsement, but had already committed to running without it.

Pennsylvania GOP endorses candidates identified with Trump
AP State Wire February 10, 2018
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s Republican Party is endorsing candidates closely identified with President Donald Trump in contested primaries to challenge Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey. Saturday’s endorsements of gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner and Senate candidate Lou Barletta at the Republican State Committee’s winter meeting come a month before the deadline for the May 15 primary election. Barletta, a fourth-term congressman, is facing several little-known competitors. He’s backed Trump’s agenda and co-chaired Trump’s 2016 campaign in Pennsylvania. Wagner, a state senator and waste-hauling company founder, is endorsed by former Trump White House strategist Steve Bannon. Two others are seeking the nomination. House Speaker Mike Turzai, a leader of anti-tax and social conservatives who has helped drive austerity in state budgeting, announced suspension of his gubernatorial campaign at the gathering.

Wolf’s proposed budget brings mixed bag of funding to local districts
Bradford Era By ALEX DAVIS Era Reporter a.davis@bradfordera.com February 9, 2018
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School districts across the region are seeing a mixed bag when it comes to state funding under a spending plan proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf this week. The Bradford Area School District would see an increase of $303,313, which Superintendent Katy Pude says would assist in meeting rising costs and continue to provide quality programs for students. “The governor's proposed budget is definitely a step in the right direction for schools across the Commonwealth,” she said. “His desire to increase funding for vocational training, early childhood education, special education and to the basic education funding formula demonstrates a commitment to providing a quality education for children across the state.” School officials back the basic education funding formula, since it is helping to ensure more equitable funding for poorer school districts without a strong tax base, Pude said. Wolf’s budget proposal for education calls for a $100 million increase in basic education; $40 million increase in Pre-K Counts and Head Start; $20 million increase for special education;  $15 million increase for the Pennsylvania System of Higher Education; and $10 million for career and technical education.

NEPA school districts could see $7.7 million increase in education funding
Standard Speaker BY SARAH HOFIUS HALL, STAFF WRITER FEBRUARY 7, 2018
Hazleton Area and other school districts in Northeast Pennsylvania could see an additional $7.7 million in basic education funding next year under the budget proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday. While no funding figure was available for Hazleton Area schools, Wolf’s new money — distributed through a funding formula that accounts for poverty and local tax effort — means Scranton School District would receive nearly $1.2 million more in the 2018-19 school year. The cash-strapped district, on financial watch from the state, faces an estimated general fund deficit of $40 million. “At this point, any little bit helps,” Superintendent Alexis Kirijan, Ed.D., said. While Abington Heights School District would see an increase of $63,518, the money is not enough to cover the additional money the district must contribute to the state pension system next year. The district expects pension costs to increase by $94,600 for 2018-19. “We’re grateful to have it, but we’ll have to continue to cut costs... and have more reliance on local taxpayers,” Superintendent Michael Mahon, Ph.D., said. In total, the 37 school districts in Luzerne, Lackawanna, Monroe, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties would share $418.3 million in basic funding.

March 7th Hearing Date Set for PA School Funding Suit
Pennsylvania Council of Churches February 5, 2018 – Andrea Sears, Public News Service (PA)
HARRISBURG, Pa. — A lawsuit claiming that Pennsylvania public schools are chronically underfunded is one step closer to going to trial. The Commonwealth Court set a hearing for March 7 to address preliminary objections filed by state legislators opposing the lawsuit. According to Maura McInerney, legal director at the Education Law Center, Sen. Joe Scarnati shifted responsibility to communities and school districts in his court filing, because in his words, they “have broad discretion in deciding how to spend the funds they receive.” “That local-rule argument was squarely foreclosed by the Supreme Court, who acknowledged that the chronic underfunding of school districts is not a matter of local rule, but a matter of state requirement under the Education Clause of our Constitution,” McInerney said. She said Scarnati also argued that the low level of state funding for public schools does no harm to the plaintiffs in the case. McInerney pointed out that in late January, Gov. Tom Wolf filed a response to the lawsuit acknowledging that the state Supreme Court has ruled against previous motions to dismiss it. “In addition, he has urged the court to enter an order setting a deadline, so that the parties may ‘swiftly undertake discovery and move the matter toward resolution,’” McInerney said.

Quakertown school directors debate big tax hike
Increase would require exception from state
WFMZ By:  Stephen Althouse Posted: Feb 09, 2018 01:26 AM EST
QUAKERTOWN, Pa. - Facing the specter of a looming deficit, the Quakertown Community School District's board of directors approved a preliminary budget Thursday night that would hit property owners with the largest tax hike in eight years, if formally approved in June. The 2018-2019 preliminary budget has a $3 million shortfall and includes a 4.2 percent tax hike to help close it. That increase is 1.4 percentage points higher than the Act 1 Index, which is at 2.8 percent. Using a complex formula, the Act 1 Index sets an annual property tax increase threshold for public school districts. Should a district want to exceed that amount, it must vote to use "exceptions" provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The Thursday vote allows the district to pursue tax increases beyond that amount. The additional tax hike was requested by the administration of Superintendent Bill Harner. A 4.2 percent tax hike would increase the average tax bill by $174 annually. A 2.8 percent increase would hike it by $116 a year.
Per the school district’s website, the current millage rate is 157.77, which amounts to a tax of $1,578 for every $10,000 of assessed property value.

Bloggger note: This USA Today piece completely ignores the impact of poverty on test scores.  See the next posting, PISA: It’s Still ‘Poverty Not Stupid’, for another perspective on the performance of US schools.
Geographic disparity: States with the best (and worst) schools
USA Today Samuel Stebbins and Thomas C. Frohlich, 24/7 Wall Street Published 8:05 a.m. ET Feb. 8, 2018 | Updated 10:21 a.m. ET Feb. 8, 2018
 Few issues facing the United States — or any nation — are more important than ensuring children receive a first-rate education. Policymakers and observers disagree as to how to spend public education funds and how exactly schools should be improved. Most agree that school proficiency must be measured. The U.S. education system is about average compared with other high-income nations, trailing 14 countries on the most recent Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test, which in 2015 evaluated millions of 15-year-old students in over 70 countries. Many U.S. students perform as well or better than students in countries with top schools, but such achievements are limited to few states. To highlight this geographic disparity, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed education data for each state in the 2018 edition of the Quality Counts report, provided by Education Week. The education research center considered dozens of metrics across three broad categories that can determine the strength of a school system: school finances, student achievements, and environmental factors.

PISA: It’s Still ‘Poverty Not Stupid’
National Association of Secondary Schools Principals Blog Posted by Mel Riddile on February 12, 2014
Editor’s Note: This is an update of a previous post on the relationship between PISA scores and poverty. Although these figures relate to 2009 scores, little has changed. The U.S. is still in the middle of the pack when compared to other participating nations. Walt Gardner of Education Week and Diane Ravitch have provided similar analysis of more recent PISA scores.
PISA results have provided ample fodder for public school bashers and doomsayers who further their own philosophies and agendas by painting all public schools as failing. For whatever reason, the pundits, many of whom have had little or no actual exposure to public schools, refuse to paint an accurate picture of the state of education. A closer look at the data tells a different story. Most notable is the relationship between PISA scores in terms of individual American schools and poverty.  While the overall PISA rankings ignore such differences in the tested schools, when groupings based on the rate of free and reduced lunch are created, a direct relationship is established.

Student rep Jordy Mercedes is making his presence known on the Allentown School Board
Margie Peterson Special to The Morning Call February 9, 2018
Like others at the Allentown School Board table Thursday, Jordy Mercedes was weighing in on a report on high school curriculum changes and pointing out typos in the draft. Unlike the others, Mercedes has not yet graduated from high school. A senior at Allen High, Mercedes is a student representative to the board, assigned to attend the board’s committee meetings, where school directors hash out issues they plan to vote on at regular meetings. Typically, student representatives to school boards around the area sit with the school directors and give reports on student activities at meetings. Sometimes they leave right after their briefing, excused to go do homework. On Thursday, Mercedes, who is bound for Lehigh University in the fall, remained for the two-hour meeting, offering insight on Advanced Placement classes.

Trump's 2019 Budget Proposal and Education: What to Watch
Education Week Politics K12 Blog By Alyson Klein on February 9, 2018 5:09 PM
President Donald Trump is expected to release his latest federal spending wish list on Monday. And the U.S. Department of Education may not fare well. The proposal could include a billion or two more in cuts than last year's budget pitch, which sought to slash more than $9 billion from the department's nearly $70 billion budget. This is going to be a confusing year because Congress still hasn't finalized last year's spending plan, for fiscal year 2018, which started on Oct. 1 and generally impacts the 2018-19 school year. Congress recently passed legislation extending funding for all programs at fiscal year 2017 levels. Trump's newest proposal, though, will lay out his administration's asks for fiscal year 2019, or the 2019-20 school year for most programs.
The president's budget is almost always dead-on-arrival in Congress, which is already poised to reject many of the cuts Trump proposed last year, including getting rid of the $1.1 billion 21st Century Community Learning Centers program. But budgets are a clear signal of the administration's priorities. So what should you look for in this one? Here's a quick rundown:


Save the Date: PA School Funding Lawsuit Wed. March 7, 2018 9:30 A.M.
Commonwealth Court Hearing on Legislative leaders motions to Dismiss the Wm Penn SD challenge to state funding.
Before the Court en banc sitting in Court Room No. 1 Ninth Floor, Widener Building, 1339 Chestnut Street, One South Penn Square, Philadelphia, PA 19107
All members of Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court will hear oral argument on motions to dismiss filed by legislative leaders in the school funding lawsuit William Penn School District, et al. v. Pennsylvania Dept. of Education, et al.  The Legislators are arguing that the Petition challenging the inadequacy and inequity of Pennsylvania’s funding of schools is moot because the new school formula has supplanted the funding scheme existing when students and school districts filed their Petition in 2015.  In addition, Legislators also contend that the Petition failed to allege that insufficient state funding caused any harm such as poor PSSA results or lack of sufficient instructional resources.   In September, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered the Commonwealth Court to hold a trial on whether state officials are violating the state’s constitution by failing to adequately and equitably fund public education.  The Legislators objections have delayed efforts to bring this case to trial.   

Snooze or Lose: Promoting Sleep Health in Adolescents
Dr. Wendy Troxel Mon., March 12 at 7 p.m. in the Radnor High School auditorium 
The Radnor Township School District Adolescent Sleep & School Start Time Study Committee will welcome licensed clinical psychologist and certified behavioral sleep medicine specialist Dr. Wendy Troxel for a presentation to the Radnor community on Mon., March 12 at 7 p.m. in the Radnor High School auditorium (130 King of Prussia Road, Radnor). Dr. Troxel is a Senior Behavioral Scientist at the RAND Corporation and Adjunct Faculty in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. A licensed clinical psychologist and certified behavioral sleep medicine specialist, Dr. Troxel been widely cited by the media, including The Wall Street JournalThe New York TimesThe Financial TimesABC World News TonightCBS Sunday Morning, NPR and BBC. Dr. Troxel was also one of the featured sleep experts in the National Geographic documentary “Sleepless in America.” Her TED talk on the impact of school start times on adolescent sleep has received more than 1.4 million views.
THIS EVENT IS FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Help draft a plan to implement a statewide vision for the future of public education in PA!
PSBA Member Roundtables/Receptions – February and March Dates
Join your PSBA Member Roundtable and Reception to hear the public education advocacy and political updates affecting your school district. Take this opportunity to network, learn and develop your leadership skills. Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and networking with fellow school directors in your area, then provide your input on the future vision for public education in PA. Roundtable Discussion: Help draft a plan to implement a statewide vision for the future of public education in PA! PSBA would like to capture your thoughts on what education should look like in the coming decades. We will compile your expertise with the perspectives of others from across the state to develop the Commonwealth Education Blueprint. The Blueprint will then serve as our guiding resource and will set milestones for creating the best public education experience for future generations of students. Don’t miss your opportunity to weigh in!
Agenda:
·         6:00 -6:15 pm – Association update
·         6:15 -7:00 pm – Governor’s budget address recap
·         7:00 -7:45 pm – Networking Reception
·         7:45 -8:30 pm – Member Round Table Discussion


PSBA Closer Look Series Public Briefings
The Closer Look Series Public Briefings will take a deeper dive into concepts contained in the proposed Pennsylvania State Budget and the State of Education Report. Sessions will harness the expertise of local business leaders, education advocates, government and local school leaders from across the state. Learn more about the fiscal health of schools, how workforce development and early education can be improved and what local schools are doing to improve the State of Education in Pennsylvania. All sessions are free and open to the public.

Connecting Student Success to Employment
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel – Pittsburgh Green Tree Feb. 27, 2018, 7-8:45 a.m.
More than eight out of 10 students taking one or more industry-specific assessments are achieving either at the competent or advanced level. How do we connect student success to jobs in the community? What does the connection between schools and the business community look like and how can it be improved? How do we increase public awareness of the growing demand for workers in the skilled trades and other employment trends in the commonwealth? Hear John Callahan, PSBA assistant executive director, and Matt Smith, president of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, give a free, public presentation on these topics followed by a Q&A period.


A Deeper Dive into the State of Education
Crowne Plaza Philadelphia – King of Prussia March 6, 2018, 7-8:45 a.m.
In the State of Education Report, 40% of schools stated that 16% to 30% of students joining schools at kindergarten or first grade are below the expected level of school readiness. Learn more about the impact of early education and what local schools are doing to improve the State of Education in Pennsylvania. A free, public presentation by local and legislative experts will be followed by a Q&A period.


Public Education Under Extreme Pressure
Hilton Harrisburg March 12, 2018, 7-8:45 a.m.
According to the State of Education Report, 84% of all school districts viewed budget pressures as the most difficult area to manage over the past year. With so many choices and pressures, school districts must make decisions to invest in priorities while managing their locally diverse budgets. How does the state budget impact these decisions? What investments does the business community need for the future growth of the economy and how do we improve the health, education and well-being of students who attend public schools in the commonwealth in this extreme environment? Hear local and legislative leaders in a free, public presentation on these topics followed by a Q&A period.

Registration for these public briefings: https://www.psba.org/2018/01/closer-look-series-public-briefings/

Registration is now open for the 2018 PASA Education Congress! State College, PA, March 19-20, 2018
Don't miss this marquee event for Pennsylvania school leaders at the Nittany Lion Inn, State College, PA, March 19-20, 2018.
Learn more by visiting http://www.pasa-net.org/2018edcongress 

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

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

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