Thursday, August 15, 2019

PA Ed Policy Roundup August 15: PA Senate Ed Committee holds hearing on charter school funding

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PA Ed Policy Roundup August 15, 2019

Pennsylvania’s charter schools, explained: How they work, and why Gov. Wolf wants to reform them
PA Capital Star By  Elizabeth Hardison  -August 15, 2019
Whether they want more funding for traditional public schools, or support the growing charter industry, advocates and policymakers across Pennsylvania all agreed on one thing this week: The debate over charter school funding has reached a “crisis point.” Gov. Tom Wolf announced Tuesday that he would impose greater regulations and accountability measures on Pennsylvania’s charter schools, which enroll nearly 140,000 students and are supported by taxpayer-funded contributions from public school districts across the state.  Charter school proponents and school choice advocates called the plan a poorly conceived power grab.  Public education advocates, meanwhile, hailed it as a long-overdue amendment to the state’s charter school law, which hasn’t changed since its passage in 1997.  A high-ranking Republican senator from Lehigh County split the difference. Sen. Pat Browne, who chairs the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, called for lawmakers to return from their summer recess and convene a special session to address concerns about charter school finances. “The Governor’s actions today are an indication of the seriousness of the concerns for the current funding of public charter and cyber charter schools and its effect on overall public school finance in Pennsylvania,” Browne said in a statement. “It has reached a crisis point creating the potential of significant detrimental effects on all of our students’ progress in school.” There’s no question that Pennsylvania’s charter law has attracted criticism from all corners of the political arena. Here’s a look at how the law works and what could change under Wolf’s proposal. 

Senate hears calls for 'fair' funding changes to state's cyber charter schools
Johnstown Tribune Democrat By David Hurst August 14, 2019
EVERETT – Some of state's cyber charter schools often found themselves on the defensive during a Senate Education Committee hearing on their accountability and funding Wednesday. But while public school administrators from Bedford, Cambria and Clearfield counties and several charter school executives didn't agree on much during the more than three hour session at Everett High School, both sides told lawmakers a fairer funding formula would serve as one solution to what has become a decades-long dispute between them. Cyber charter schools follow guidelines implemented by the state in 1997. As is, public schools must send a portion of their funding – taxpayers' money – to whatever charter school a student in their district enrolls in through a per-student amount based on a percentage of what the district spends each year – with unrelated expenses such as pension obligations and bussing costs included, school officials said. For some schools, that might mean $8,000, while others might have to pay more than $20,000, Bedford Area school officials said. The more than three hour hearing included testimony from public school administrators from Richland, Bedford, Chestnut Ridge, Everett and Moshannon Valley, a state school board association member and former secretary of Education Gerald Zahorchak, all of whom described the method of funding and overseeing charter schools as a 22 year-old mess. Per-student costs multiply when those students are identified by charter schools as "special education" needy – a designation public school officials said they have no control over, even though they are paying the bill. "We had a recent case where a cyber charter school student missed 108 days of school but (that) school still received its payment," Chestnut Ridge Superintendent Mark Kudlawiec said. "Ask yourself, is that the best use of taxpayer dollars?"

PA Senate committee holds hearing on charter school funding
WJAC by Marshall Keely Wednesday, August 14th 2019
EVERETT, Pa. (WJAC) -- The Pennsylvania Senate Education Committee held a public hearing in Bedford County Wednesday on the issue of charter school funding. Lawmakers and school officials talked about what to do with what many called an outdated law. Written statements were available from charter school representatives not in attendance. State Sen. Andrew Dinniman asked a panel of superintendents if charter schools provided the innovation and opportunity they were originally intended to. Their answer, a resounding, “No.” “The vast majority of students who are leaving our programs are not leaving seeking out a better education. That’s not what they are looking for,” said Dr. Danny Webb, Everett Area School District superintendent. “They are looking for a way to avoid the accountability.” Superintendents from the region say many students and parents choose to leave public schools in favor of a charter to escape the consequences of poor attendance. “Not once did we hear from parents that they were seeking a school that would challenge their child’s academics or they were seeking a school that would perform better,” said Arnold Nadonley, Richland Area School District superintendent. Public school officials say districts that offer cyber school programming outperform their charter school counterparts.

Senate Education Committee Public Hearing on Charter School Funding
You can read the submitted written testimony from yesterday’s hearing here.

“The testimony also emphasized that the academic performance of cyber schools is significantly lower than brick-and-mortar charter schools and lag even more behind traditional public schools.  In fact, none of Pennsylvania's cyber charter schools earned passing grades during the five years when the state issued School Performance Profile scores. Under the state’s new accountability system, the Future Ready PA Index, only two of the 15 cyber charter schools were not identified for support and improvement.”
PSBA Addresses the Senate Education Committee on Charter School Funding Reform
PSBA  (Mechanicsburg, PA) Wednesday, August 14, 2019 –
Today the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) presented testimony to the Senate Education Committee concerning charter school funding, calling for reform of the current flawed system that requires school districts and taxpayers to provide tuition payments to charter and cyber charter schools without regard to the actual program costs of those schools. Representing the association was Tom Bullington, school board president, and Dr. Allen Sell, superintendent, of the Bedford Area School District. They told the committee that charter and cyber charter schools receive drastically different tuition amounts from school districts for similarly situated students, and without regard to the charter schools’ actual program costs. This results in overpayments being made to charter schools. The testimony noted that, based on preliminary numbers for the 2019-20 school year, school district tuition payments to charter and cyber charter schools range from about $9,000 per student for one district to more than $21,000 per student for another district for the same education. Regarding special education costs, the range is even more dramatic, with district costs ranging from $18,000 to more than $48,000 per student, regardless of the severity of the student’s special educational needs. Bullington and Sell would also like to see funding changes for those districts that operate their own cyber programs. In 2017-18, school districts paid cyber charter schools more than $519 million.

Wolf promises charter school reform at PM West visit
Pocono Record By Maria Francis  Updated Aug 14, 2019 at 9:21 PM
POCONO SUMMIT — Over 20 years ago, Pennsylvania enacted its first charter school law. “Since then, this law has gained national notoriety for being the most fiscally irresponsible in the country,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “Pennsylvania’s current charter school law is unfair for students, parents, school districts and taxpayers.”  On Tuesday, Wolf made an appearance at Pocono Mountain West High School and announced comprehensive charter school reform through executive action, regulation and legislation. “These changes will level the playing field for all taxpayer-funded public schools, strengthen the accountability and transparency of charter and cyber charter schools, and better serve all students,” said Wolf. “Charter schools were intended to bring new innovation and educational opportunities, and while many charter schools have succeeded in this mission, many have not,” said Wolf. “Especially cyber schools, which make up 6% of Pennsylvania schools, which also occupy 25% of the Department of Education’s list of schools in need of improvement. They are under-performing and we are not doing enough to hold them accountable to the taxpaying public and the children they serve.” Charter schools can be operated by private educational management companies with owners earning a profit. The schools and their operators are not subject to all the ethics and transparency standards that are common for organizations that make decisions about spending taxpayer dollars. For example, charter schools are not required to solicit competitive bids when spending taxpayer dollars. Charter schools are not required to be transparent about their admission practices, nor do they all need to meet state academic goal standards. Charter schools can be very costly to public school districts, which are obligated to pay a student’s tuition if that student chooses to enroll.
Pocono Mountain School District has over 473 students attending charter and cyber schools according to Dr. Elizabeth Robinson, the district’s superintendent. “111 attend the brick-and-mortar charter schools and 362 attend cyber charter schools.” Robinson said at the event Tuesday.

Paul Muschick: Why we should blow up Pennsylvania charter school system and start over
The proposal from Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday to overhaul the state’s charter school system is aggressive, welcome and long overdue. The current system is unsustainable. School districts are paying too much money — $1.8 billion statewide last year — and those figures are only going to increase. Allentown’s costs have doubled to $60 million, 20% of its budget, in just five years. And that money is going to charter schools that are public schools in name only, in many ways. They don’t have the same level of accountability and transparency as school districts. It’s hard to consider them truly public if they aren’t held to the same standards, such as publicly bidding major expenses, releasing details of every dollar spent and answering to a local, publicly elected school board. Wolf visited Allentown’s Harrison-Morton Middle School. There, he called for preventing charters from over charging districts and taxpayers; for a moratorium on new cyber charter schools; and for charters to pay fees to the state for its costs to support them. Those changes and others could save districts statewide millions of dollars, the governor said. The state budget office estimates the struggling Allentown School District could save more than $10 million a year. Officials did not provide details, though, of how those savings would be realized. Until regulations and legislation are enacted, this remains only a proposal.

“So, good for Gov. Tom Wolf for taking on the lack of accountability and transparency that allow bad and mediocre charter schools to give the good ones a bad name. The governor said Tuesday he wanted to reform charters through a mix of proposed legislation and executive orders. But let’s hope Wolf is working with a solid charter himself, some kind of plan with what needs to be fixed and what doesn’t. The best way to reform charter schools is to make them obsolete by improving traditional public schools so that those are the places people want their kids to spend their days — places where students learn skills that will carry them through life and help them reach today’s goals as well as tomorrow’s. Maybe the perfect reform is to give public schools a better charter.”
Editorial: Education needs a better charter
TRIBUNE-REVIEW | Wednesday, August 14, 2019 5:01 p.m.
What is a charter? It’s the authorization by which something comes into being. William Penn was given a charter for the land that became Pennsylvania. It was the Charter of Liberties that he later granted the state’s first ruling body in 1701 that took Penn’s Woods from being his holding to being its own entity. A charter is meant to define parameters and breathe life into an idea. It’s not meant to be the lightning bolt that animates Frankenstein’s monster. Pennsylvania’s charter and cyber charter schools have used their charters both ways. There are good charter schools — schools that teach kids things they would never learn in a traditional public school because of demands those schools have to satisfy. A good charter school starts with a plan that defines exactly why they have a different idea for education and what could make it work. It might be an arts focus, or an emphasis on languages and culture. It might be about science, or it might be about an innovative teaching method. But there are also bad charter schools. There are schools that don’t have a framework beyond acquiring as much money as possible while spending as little as possible in return.

So what’s the status of Allentown School District’s budget?
The Allentown School District is waiting to hear back from 23 charter schools about a voluntary tuition reduction to balance Allentown's budget. The Allentown School District awaits word from the 23 charter schools it asked to accept a voluntary 10% tuition reduction so the financially-strapped district can balance its $341.8 million budget. Although the district begins its 2019-20 fiscal year not knowing where it will get the $6 million needed to balance its budget as required by state law, it doesn’t seem to be sweating just yet.
Q. When must charter schools let the Allentown School District know if they will take a tuition reduction?
A. The Allentown School District did not include a deadline in the official request it sent charter schools last week.
“We expect they understand the level of importance around these decisions and will communicate back shortly,” district communications director Julie Benjamin said.
Q. But will charter schools agree to a tuition reduction?
A. A handful of charters have told The Morning Call they are not interested in taking a tuition reduction. Ana Meyers, of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools, which represents a number of charters in the Lehigh Valley, previously called Allentown’s 11th hour request “despicable.” So it remains to be seen how much if any of the $6 million gap Allentown will close based on the largess of the charter schools its students attend. Charter schools are publicly funded but privately run.

These are the five signs of a failed school | Pennlive Editorial
By PennLive Editorial Board Updated Aug 14, 1:53 PM; Posted Aug 14, 1:02 PM
According to Win Cleland, a retired educator, the definition of a failed school is simple. It’s a school “that doesn’t meet its mission to educate children.” He has seen his share of problems in schools. He spent several decades as an educator, including as superintendent of the West Perry School District and as a member of the reform team that Mayor Steve Reed assembled after he took over the Harrisburg School District in 2001. Cleland was one of a panel of experts, parents and PennLive readers who came together recently to discuss the issue of failed schools in the aftermath of the state’s takeover of the Harrisburg School District. Last year, PennLive compiled a list of the 50 worst school districts in Pennsylvania, among them Harrisburg, York, Steelton-Highspire, Reading and Lebanon school districts. From the discussion with our readers, there emerged at least five signs of a failed school district -- signs that were evident in these districts. They included:

Fox Chapel school district board hired law firm to conduct an investigation they won’t tell the public about
The lawyer hired by the district reached out to PublicSource, indicating the inquiry is about 'alleged inappropriate shredding' of public records.
Public Source by  Mary Niederberger  | August 13, 2019
The Fox Chapel Area School District board hired a Butler law firm to act as special counsel in an investigation without telling the public what the investigation is about or how much it would cost the taxpayers. The board retroactively voted to approve the ongoing investigation at Monday's board meeting. Although the public was not made aware of the reason for the investigation at the board meeting, Thomas Breth, an attorney with Dillon McCandless King Coulter & Graham, contacted a PublicSource reporter via email on Aug. 7, stating he had been “asked to conduct an independent investigation into allegations that employees of the School District inappropriately shredded public records in an attempt to avoid disclosure under the Right-to-Know Act.” Breth asked the PublicSource reporter who wrote a July story on concerns about lack of transparency in the district to meet with him to “discuss any information that you may have regarding the alleged inappropriate shredding of School District records on or about June 18, 2019.” He wrote that he reviewed “most, if not all” of the Right-to-Know requests submitted by PublicSource. Among other items, PublicSource submitted a request in June for information about what was sent for shredding after being provided a photo of a truck containing bins of documents. PublicSource referred Breth to its lawyer; as of publication time, he had not reached out.

“If the School Board fails to comply with the plan, the law empowers Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera to order a takeover after consultation with the district’s state-appointed financial administrator, Charles Zogby. He wrote the financial improvement plan, which Rivera approved in May. Zogby after Wednesday night’s meeting said he was in contact with the Department of Education over the School Board’s votes.”
Erie School Board defies monitor, tempting a takeover
GoErie By Ed Palattella  Posted Aug 14, 2019 at 8:49 PM Updated at 4:52 AM
Directors reject state appointee’s directives by keeping pro-union bidding rule, refusing to bid for outside custodians.
The Erie School Board has initiated a high-risk political challenge with Harrisburg. The school directors on Wednesday night rejected two requirements of its state-mandated financial improvement plan. The votes raise the possibility that the state education secretary could order the district’s state-appointed financial administrator to take over the financial operations of the 11,000-student district. The board voted 7-1 to refuse to change its pro-union policy for bidding construction work. The vote keeps in place the current policy, which stipulates that all qualified bidders for work that exceeds $25,000 must have registered apprenticeship programs, which are standard among union shops. Changing the policy would open up the bidding process to nonunion contractors while also requiring all contractors to abide by state regulations and other rules meant to ensure quality work, according to the proposal in the financial improvement plan. In the other vote that defied the plan, the School Board failed to approve the requirement that the school district get bids to outsource custodial services. The vote was tied, 4-4, which killed the proposal. Approval of the resolution would not have mandated that the board outsource the services, only that the board review the bids to evaluate costs. The school district must follow the financial improvement plan as a condition of its receipt of $14 million in additional state aid to stay solvent. The General Assembly approved the aid in 2017, and the district started receiving the money in 2018. The School Board has approved all the plan’s directives except those that the directors rejected on Wednesday night.

Lawmakers are talking about eliminating school property taxes. Again.
Lancaster Online by GILLIAN McGOLDRICK | Staff Writer August 15, 2019
Pennsylvania's “age-old” struggle to eliminate school property taxes and shift that tax burden elsewhere is back on Harrisburg's radar. Whether lawmakers will actually be able to make massive changes to the state’s main source of education funding remains unclear. Pennsylvanians are ready for a total overhaul of state taxes, with 61% supporting it, according to a Franklin & Marshall College Poll released last week. As Sen. Ryan Aument, R-Landisville, told his fellow Senate leaders, the property taxes have been controversial in Pennsylvania since the 1600s. But if lawmakers want to eliminate the school property tax, they need to find $15.285 billion just this year that's generated by the tax. And this number is expected to continue to grow by approximately $500 million per year, according to Independent Fiscal Office predictions. For decades, lawmakers have tried to find a solution, said G. Terry Madonna, who directs the poll and F&M's Center for Politics and Public Affairs. He called it the “age-old problem.” One proposal that is consistently presented would eliminate school property taxes and fund school districts by increasing the personal income tax and sales tax, plus expanding what goods can be taxed under Pennsylvania's 6% sales tax. This proposal has failed in numerous ways, whether on the Senate floor or on the ballot. It most recently made it to the Senate floor in 2015 and lost by just one vote. Aument and then-Sen. Lloyd Smucker both co-sponsored the bill in 2015.

Pa. ranks 38th in the nation for early childhood education programs, report | Wednesday Morning Coffee
PA Capital Star By  John L. Micek August 14, 2019
Good Wednesday Morning, Fellow Seekers.
If there’s one thing that experts across the spectrum can agree upon, it’s the importance of early childhood education. A quality early learning experience can make all the difference in the world in a child’s educational experience. In fact, as we noted elsewhere in 2017, there’s a mountain of data out there showing that kids with access to high-quality, early childhood education exhibit higher levels of proficiency in math and reading; they’re less likely to be held back in the primary grades and more likely to graduate high school; they need less remediation, and there’s less of a need for individual education plans, often formulated for struggling students. “Early learning programs are a ‘fork in the road’ opportunity to reduce the number of future criminals by placing more at-risk children on a secure path to school and life success,” David Freed, the United States Attorney for Pennsylvania’s Middle District, said in a 2016 interviewFreed was the long-serving, elected Republican district attorney for Cumberland County. Over the last few years, Pennsylvania has been steadily ramping up public support for early childhood education programs. The $34 billion budget plan that lawmakers and the Wolf administration agreed to back in June includes $50 million in new spending for both early childhood and special education programs, PennLive reported.  Despite that progress, a new report suggests that Pennsylvania still has some ground to make up.

Guns will be on the agenda during Sept. 24, 25 state Senate hearings
PA Capital Star By  Elizabeth Hardison August 14, 2019
Pennsylvania’s state Senate Judiciary Committee, which is responsible for vetting criminal justice legislation, is set to hear expert testimony on gun control, statute of limitations reform, and parole practices in September, according to a press release issued Tuesday. The Judiciary Committee’s two-day hearing on “behavioral health, Second Amendment rights, and other gun related issues” will take place on Sept. 24 and 25 in the state Capitol. According to the release, testifiers and other details will be announced closer to the hearing date. The decision by committee Chairwoman Sen. Lisa Baker, R-Luzerne, to hold public hearings on these topics indicates the policy priorities of the powerful Judiciary Committee as lawmakers prepare to return from their summer recess. Baker, who took charge of the Senate panel in late 2018, announced her intent to hold hearings on gun control last week, after gunmen in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio killed 31 people in mass shootings.

Another cautionary tale for the Elanco school board about the legal peril of violating transgender students' rights [editorial]
Lancaster Online by THE LNP EDITORIAL BOARD August 15, 2019
THE ISSUE: At least a dozen LGBT activists attended an Eastern Lancaster County school board meeting Monday to urge board members to change its controversial bathroom policy, LNP’s Alex Geli reported. “The policy, which goes into effect Aug. 26 — the first day of school — would separate students by biological sex in bathrooms and locker rooms” while private, single-user facilities are built districtwide, Geli explained. “Critics say it discriminates against transgender students who wish to use facilities matching their gender identity.” We’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: The Elanco school board is failing in its fiduciary duty to keep that school district from facing potentially costly litigation.
The school district’s chances of being sued over its restroom policy increased — yet again — last week when a federal judge in Virginia confirmed the right of transgender public school students to use the bathroom facilities that align with their gender identity. It was the latest in a series of such rulings. We’ll get to that in a bit.

EPLC/DCIU 2019 Regional Training Workshop for PA School Board Candidates Sept. 14th
The Pennsylvania Education Policy and Leadership Center will conduct a regional Full Day Workshop for 2019 Pennsylvania School Board Candidates at the DCIU on September 14, 2019.
Target Audience: School Board Directors and Candidates, Community Members, School Administrators
Description: Full Day Workshop for 2019 Pennsylvania School Board Candidates. Incumbents, non-incumbents, campaign supporters and all interested voters are invited to participate in this workshop. The workshop will include Legal and Leadership Roles of School Directors and School Boards; State and Federal Policies: Implications for School Boards; School District Finances and Budgeting; Candidates and the Law; Information Resources; "State and Federal Policies" section includes, but is not limited to:
K-12 Governance
PA Standards, Student Assessment, and Accountability
Curriculum and Graduation Requirements
K-12 State Funding
Early Education
Student Choices (Non-Public, Home Schooling, Charter Schools, Career-Technical, and more)
Teacher Issues
Linking K-12 to Workforce and Post-Secondary Education
Linking K-12 to Community Partners
***Fee: $75.00. Payment by Credit Card Only, Visa or Mastercard, PLEASE DO NOT SELECT ANY OTHER PAYMENT TYPE*** Registration ends 9/7/2019

Join @RepBrianFitz and @CongBoyle at this complimentary focus meeting to talk about the critical need to modernize and fully fund the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). 
Register for Federal Focus: Fully funding IDEA at William Tennant HS Wednesday August 21st, 7-9 pm
PSBA News July 30, 2019
Join U.S. Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-01) and other IDEA Act co-sponsors at this complimentary focus meeting to talk about the critical need to modernize and fully fund the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Learn about bipartisan efforts now in the U.S. Congress to ensure that special education funding is a priority in the federal budget, and how you can help bring this important legislation to the finish line. Bring your school district facts and questions. This event will be held Aug. 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Centennial School District in Bucks Co. There is no cost to attend, but you must register through Questions can be directed to Megan McDonough at (717) 506-2450, ext. 3321. This program is hosted by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) and the Centennial School District. 

“Each member entity will have one vote for each officer. This will require boards of the various school entities to come to a consensus on each candidate and cast their vote electronically during the open voting period (Aug. 23 – Oct. 11, 2019).”
PSBA Officer Elections: Slate of Candidates
PSBA members seeking election to office for the association were required to submit a nomination form no later than June 1, 2019, to be considered. All candidates who properly completed applications by the deadline are included on the slate of candidates below. In addition, the Leadership Development Committee met on June 15th at PSBA headquarters in Mechanicsburg to interview candidates. According to bylaws, the Leadership Development Committee may determine candidates highly qualified for the office they seek. This is noted next to each person’s name with an asterisk (*).

Take the four-week PSBA advocacy challenge
Calling all public education advocates! Even though students are out for the summer, we need you to continue your efforts to share your district's story, and the needs of public schools across the state, with your legislators. Follow the four easy steps on the challenge to increase your engagement with lawmakers this summer and you'll receive some PSBA swag as a thank-you. We've also included some talking points to help inform you on the latest issues. Contact Advocacy Coordinator Jamie Zuvich at with questions. Click here to see the challenge and talking points.

In November, many boards will be preparing to welcome new directors to their governance Team of Ten. This event will help attendees create a full year on-boarding schedule based on best practices and thoughtful prioritization. Register now:
PSBA: Start Strong: Developing a District On-Boarding Plan for New Directors
SEP 11, 2019 • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
In November, many boards will be faced with a significant transition as they prepare to welcome new directors to their governance Team of Ten. This single-day program facilitated by PSBA trainers and an experienced PA board president will guide attendees to creating a strong, full year on-boarding schedule based on best practices and thoughtful prioritization. Grounded in PSBA’s Principles for Governance and Leadership, attendees will hear best practices from their colleagues and leave with a full year’s schedule, a jump drive of resources, ideas for effective local training, and a plan to start strong.
Register online at MyPSBA: and click on “MyPSBA” in the upper right corner.

The deadline to submit a cover letter, resume and application is August 19, 2019.
Become a 2019-2020 PSBA Advocacy Ambassador
PSBA is seeking applications for two open Advocacy Ambassador positions. Candidates should have experience in day-to-day functions of a school district, on the school board, or in a school leadership position. The purpose of the PSBA Advocacy Ambassador program is to facilitate the education and engagement of local school directors and public education stakeholders through the advocacy leadership of the ambassadors. Each Advocacy Ambassador will be responsible for assisting PSBA in achieving its advocacy goals. To achieve their mission, ambassadors will be kept up to date on current legislation and PSBA positions on legislation. The current open positions will cover PSBA Sections 3 and 4, and Section 7.
PSBA Advocacy Ambassadors are independent contractors representing PSBA and serve as liaisons between PSBA and their local elected officials. Advocacy Ambassadors also commit to building strong relationships with PSBA members with the purpose of engaging the designated members to be active and committed grassroots advocates for PSBA’s legislative priorities. 

PSBA: Nominations for The Allwein Society are open!
This award program recognizes school directors who are outstanding leaders & advocates on behalf of public schools & students. Nominations are accepted year-round with selections announced early fall: 

EPLC is accepting applications for the 2019-20 PA Education Policy Fellowship Program
Education Policy & Leadership Center
PA's premier education policy leadership program for education, policy & community leaders with 582 alumni since 1999. Application with program schedule & agenda are at 

2019 PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference Oct. 16-18, 2019
WHERE: Hershey Lodge and Convention Center 325 University Drive, Hershey, PA
WHEN: Wednesday, October 16 to Friday, October 18, 201
Registration is now open!
Growth from knowledge acquired. Vision inspired by innovation. Impact created by a synergized leadership community. You are called upon to be the drivers of a thriving public education system. It’s a complex and challenging role. Expand your skillset and give yourself the tools needed for the challenge. Packed into two and a half daysꟷꟷgain access to top-notch education and insights, dynamic speakers, peer learning opportunities and the latest product and service innovations. Come to the PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference to grow!

NPE Action National Conference - Save the Date - March 28-29, 2020 in Philadelphia, PA.
The window is now open for workshop proposals for the Network for Public Education conference, March 28-29, 2020, in Philadelphia. I hope you all sign on to present on a panel and certainly we want all to attend.

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