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PA Ed Policy Roundup for Feb. 12, 2021: A debate in the Philly suburbs on bringing more students back to classrooms is ‘as political as the presidential election’

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PA Ed Policy Roundup for Feb. 12, 2021

A debate in the Philly suburbs on bringing more students back to classrooms is ‘as political as the presidential election’


Along with a great Peter Greene piece on charter funding reforms that could bring millions of dollars back to public schools, today’s Roundup highlights ongoing COVID policy issues at the local, state and federal levels. Have a great weekend and Happy Valentine’s Day!



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Pa. education groups urge Gov. Tom Wolf to prioritize school staff for COVID-19 vaccinations

Penn Live By Jan Murphy | Updated 3:26 PM; Today 2:11 PM

Nine public education advocacy groups are urging Gov. Tom Wolf to prioritize school staff in the COVID-19 vaccination distribution Organizations representing educators, support professionals, superintendents, business managers, principals, intermediate units, career and technical school administrators, and school boards said vaccinating the people they represent “is absolutely essential if we are to reopen our state’s schools for in-person instruction and return to normal operations when the 2021-22 school year begins.” In a letter to Wolf as well as Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam and Acting Education Secretary Noe Ortega, they said prioritizing school staff will make it safer to bring more students back to their classrooms. “Unlike 26 other states, Pennsylvania’s vaccination plan does not prioritize school staff members, even though school staff members and students are in a uniquely dangerous position. For those who are delivering in-person instruction, they are gathered in reasonably large groups every day,” the letter states.


“The Wolf administration replied Thursday that it will not accelerate vaccinations for school staff. Pennsylvania is adhering to federal guidelines meant to “get vaccine out as efficiently as possible in a way to prioritize health care workers and the most vulnerable to serious illness,” said Lyndsay Kensinger, Wolf’s spokesperson. The Wolf administration brushed off a similar request from Pittsburgh’s mayor earlier in the week.”

School groups to Gov. Wolf: Vaccinate teachers ASAP

Lehigh Valley Live By The Associated Press Updated Feb 11, 2021; Posted Feb 11, 2021

An unusual coalition of education groups — from superintendents and school boards to teachers unions — asked Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday to prioritize school staff for the COVID-19 vaccine, calling it an “absolutely essential” step toward reopening schools and keeping them open. Teachers and other school staff had been higher up on the vaccine priority list until the Wolf administration, following guidance from the federal government, made people age 65 and older and younger people with serious medical conditions newly eligible for the vaccine. That Jan. 19 decision set off a desperate competition for scarce COVID-19 shots — and placed teachers and other front-line essential workers, including first responders, prison guards and grocery store workers, further back in line. More than 4 million people in Pennsylvania are currently eligible for the vaccine, with teachers in the next priority group. The education groups called on Wolf to reverse course, contending that “school staff members and students are in a uniquely dangerous position.” The letter was signed by the leaders of two statewide teachers unions, the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, the Pennsylvania School Boards Association and several other groups.


Your View: Why Allentown schools receive far less than they need to meet student needs


Michael Faccinetto is a fifth grade teacher at Central Elementary School in Allentown and president of the Bethlehem Area School District Board of School Directors. Rebecca Bodnar is principal of Central Elementary School.

In the Allentown School District, where we both work, the lack of equitable funding has affected our students for decades. The weighted school funding formula developed in 2015 takes into account poverty and other factors but concerns only new spending; a hold harmless guarantee still distributed the vast majority of education spending based on past levels of funding rather than current student enrollment and needs. In Allentown, special education and charter tuition costs have soared while funding slowly inches higher at a rate that can’t keep up with rising mandated costs. A recent analysis found Allentown students are shortchanged by $5,250 per pupil and districts such as ours with more students of color and students in poverty are the furthest from adequate funding. COVID-19 exacerbated the effects of these funding inequities. Teachers in our district worked quickly to master the basics of online instruction so they could continue to serve their students. Many teachers saw only a small proportion of their students connect on Zoom.


“The governor is proposing that charters be paid in line with their actual costs, and that they be audited like any other PA school. These are not particularly radical notions, but they would bring millions of taxpayer dollars back to public schools.’

Here are the three major parts of the proposal:

·         Right-size Special Education Funding

·         Set A State Cyber Charter Tuition Rate

·         Audit Cyber Charter Schools

Pennsylvania Charter School Funding Reform Long Overdue, On The Horizon.

Forbes by Peter Greene Senior Contributor Feb 11, 2021,11:31am EST

Governor Tom Wolf’s budget proposal is out. In addition to attempting to fix basic education funding problems, it aims to inject some common sense into the commonwealth’s system of funding charter schools. Here are the three major parts of the proposal.

Right-size Special Education Funding

Pennsylvania public school funding organizes students with special needs by tiers based on cost. A Tier 1 student might need a weekly hour of speech therapy or special adaptations in a regular classroom—relatively inexpensive supports for the district. A Tier 3 student might require a full-time nurse, or a special outplacement paid for by the district—pretty expensive requirements.

Charter school reimbursement ignores those tiers, requiring public districts to pay charter schools at a higher rate. This creates a big financial incentive for charter schools to cherry pick students with inexpensive special needs while avoiding those on the higher tiers.

For example, in the Chester Upland district, charter schools enrolled only students with special needs in the $0 to $25,000 range, yet the district had to forward $40,000 in taxpayer dollars for each student with special needs; the charter ends up netting pure profit of $15,000 to $40,000 for each student. Another Pennsylvania charter, now closed, may have over-identified students as having Tier 1 special needs by as much as 1,000%.

Wolf’s proposal is that charter schools receive taxpayer dollars following the tiered system, so that charters are paid at a rate in line with the services they are providing. Charter parents are complaining that special ed funding at their schools will be cut in half; the counter-argument is that these have previously been collecting twice the funding they actually needed.


OP-ED: Cyber charter schools are the reassurance every parent, child and taxpayer deserve

York Dispatch Opinion by Jim Hanak, Public Cyber Charter School Association February 11, 2021

Jim Hanak is executive director of the Public Cyber Charter School Association and CEO of Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School.

Since the pandemic began, Pennsylvania’s public cyber charter schools have fielded more than our typical barrage of negativity from school districts and their advocates.  Our approach is always to embrace criticism as an opportunity to have equitable discussions about how to best empower families to make the most informed decisions regarding the education of their children. We craft our responses carefully with respect for school districts and the role they play. We make full transparency a priority, and we focus not only on the facts, but the facts in proper context. However, a proper response to Eric Wolfgang’s recent op-ed requires something more. Reassurance. Op-eds like Mr. Wolfgang’s often utilize fear tactics to stoke opposition against cyber charter education. They talk of unjust use of taxpayer dollars and “schools bleeding cash” at the hands of cyber schools. The last thing anyone needs right now is more fear and worry. For 20 years and long before COVID, Pennsylvania cyber charter schools were demonstrating our uncompromised dedication to educational excellence by making sure our students have the opportunity to learn and thrive. That’s why I’m writing to reassure parents and taxpayers that cyber charter schools are here to help us move forward from the COVID pandemic, not hold us back.


A debate in the Philly suburbs on bringing more students back to classrooms is ‘as political as the presidential election’

Inquirer by Maddie Hanna, Posted: February 12, 2021

One night in late January, parent Monica Zeitz stood before the Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board and read a petition signed by 331 people asking to fully reopen the district’s schools. “We will definitely begin that conversation,” responded David Grande, the board’s president, who announced earlier in the meeting that the district would consider a plan to bring elementary students back to school five days a week. Since then, debate has erupted over the district’s proposal. Parents circulated petitions calling on the board to delay a vote, alarmed by the prospect of adding more children to classrooms before vaccines are widely available. Teachers signed another. Heated posts made the rounds on social media. One woman said neighbors stopped her on the street, trying to change her opinion. Zeitz, a physician, declined to speak with a reporter, though she reappeared before the school board Monday night. “I’ve been called immoral and despicable,” she told the board. While the Philadelphia School District struggles to bring some students back to classrooms for the first time since March, a different debate is playing out in its suburbs. Many schools already teaching students in-person part-time are now grappling with how, and when, to reopen fully — pushed by increasingly frustrated and vocal parents who say their children are languishing in front of laptop screens and could be in schools that have seen little spread of the coronavirus so far. Others see the demands as premature, worried that reducing spacing in classrooms could endanger teachers and community members vulnerable to the virus.


It looks as if the reopening timeline for Philly schools could depend on the school

Inquirer by Kristen A. Graham, Updated: February 11, 2021- 5:49 PM

Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. on Thursday doubled down on his assertion that Philadelphia public schools are safe for children to return to in-person learning Feb. 22. “I can confidently say that our schools are ready to open with the proper safety protocols in place,” Hite said at a news conference at Nebinger Elementary in South Philadelphia. “The time for reopening is now.” The district is in a standoff with its teachers’ union, which has directed teachers not to report to school buildings because of COVID-19-related safety concerns. A mediator is weighing whether the district met the terms of its reopening agreement with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. Susan E. Coffin, a Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia physician and infectious disease specialist who joined Hite, said in-school instruction can resume safely, even inside old Philadelphia buildings, if schools are vigilant about mask-wearing, social distancing, and having staff and students stay home if they’re feeling ill or have known exposures to COVID-19. “It is possible to have an in-person education during this period,” Coffin said. “I think actually we’re entering a moment when it’s more possible than ever.” Hite suggested one solution to getting teachers back in buildings would be opening some schools and working on improving conditions in others where there are problems. Philadelphia students have been out of buildings since March.


PSEA president calls on Chester and Delaware county officials to insist that county schools maintain 6 feet of social distance

PSEA Press Release February 10, 2021

View the letter to Chester County Commissioners and Health Department

View the letter to Delaware County Council

HARRISBURG, PA (Feb. 10, 2021) – PSEA President Rich Askey today urged Chester County’s commissioners and Department of Health director and members of the Delaware County Council to refuse any requests by county schools to waive current social distancing rules and overcrowd classrooms during a pandemic. Chester County’s current health guidelines, which Delaware County follows, clearly state that where in-person learning is planned, schools must maintain 6 feet of physical distance between students, staff, and faculty in school buildings. If space limitations prevent that, schools are encouraged to explore other options, such as hybrid or all virtual learning models. However, the guidelines state: “If evidence exists that indicates improvements in COVID-19 cases, transmission, deaths, hospitalizations, etc., schools may consult with the Chester County Health Department about transitioning to in-person with less than 6 feet of physical distance (3 feet as a minimum).” Chester and Delaware counties have had a substantial level of COVID-19 community spread since November. Now is not the time to ease up on social distancing rules that are keeping students, staff, and their families safe in classrooms and learning spaces, Askey said. “Educators and support professionals in Chester and Delaware counties want to be back in their classrooms and schools with students,” Askey said. “But we cannot do this safely by waiving current social distancing rules and overcrowding classrooms and hallways.”


Letter to the Editor: Follow pandemic guidelines in Radnor schools

Delco Times Letter by Robert King, President, Radnor Township Educational Association February 11, 2021

To the Times: Radnor Township School District is in the process of planning a return of our elementary schools to all-day, in-person learning five days a week, which ignores the advice of medical professionals and scientists, putting the safety of students, staff, and their families at risk. According to Pennsylvania’s public health guidelines, RTSD should remain in hybrid learning as the school district’s incident rate remains near 80/100k cases. The data also shows that the status of the wider community continues to be alarming with Delaware County reporting an incident rate of 132.2/100K cases. Thankfully, the local rate has been trending downward, but with the emergence of new more transmissible and deadly variants of COVID-19, the members of RTEA are compelled to ask why the District is rushing the process of fully opening our elementary schools when all Radnor families have the option to send their elementary children to school every day in a well-planned and implemented hybrid program.


Hite offers school tour to show Philadelphia is ready for hybrid reopening

Chalkbeat Philly By Dale Mezzacappa  Feb 11, 2021, 9:24pm EST

As the School District of Philadelphia and the teachers union wait for the results of mediation, Superintendent William Hite defended the district’s urgency to begin hybrid learning for the youngest students and raised the possibility of extending the school year. Hite also suggested that some school buildings could open to students, while others that may need to improve their ventilation systems could remain closed. “Right now, this is an all or nothing conversation,” he said Thursday at a press conference. “If there are schools people are worried about, then let us mediate those schools. If it’s the 32 schools with fans in the windows, then let’s bring the others back and not hold everybody to the same standard when we know we have schools that are safe to take children today.”


As mediator decision looms, Philly school officials try to quell reopening fears

WHYY By Avi Wolfman-Arent February 11, 2021

At a Thursday press conference, School District of Philadelphia officials defended their plans to bring some pre-K through grade 2 students back into classrooms on Feb. 22. The event — which featured a tour of George W. Nebinger School in South Philadelphia — comes as the district and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers meet with a mediator to determine if the district has met the conditions of a memorandum the parties signed last fall. That memorandum lays out the conditions that must be met for school buildings to safely reopen, and includes guidelines around ventilation, cleaning, and protective supplies. Superintendent William Hite said that the mediation sessions began Wednesday, about a week later than he’d hoped. Hite said that the district invited a state mediator to help bring “all sides” to the table and begin the hearings with Dr. Peter Orris, who will rule on the actual issue.


Battle of the 'JERKs'? Virtual learning debate pits parents against teachers

Peg Quann Bucks County Courier Times February 12, 2021

When a Central Bucks School District educator who's a state teachers-union official urged teachers to be on the lookout for "a jerk" on their local school board ballot, parents weren't having it.   They reclaimed the word, turning it into a political action committee and a rallying cry, sending their own message to the powerful teachers union.  Just last weekend, they stood proudly with signs that boldly proclaimed JERK, which they adopted as their own with the acronym imploring teachers to “Just Educate ouR Kids." They're even having T-shirts printed with the motto.

The name-calling is a side show to the ongoing debate over education during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the political battle brewing as school boards weigh options to keep students and educators safe while meeting the educational and work needs of all.


Philly schools chief Hite mum on state of standoff with city teachers; stresses schools are safe

PA Capital Star Special to the Capital-Star By Chanel Hill February 12, 2021

PHILADELPHIA —  School District of Philadelphia superintendent William Hite held his first in-person weekly press conference in almost a year Thursday due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. During the presser, which was held at Nebinger Elementary School in South Philadelphia, Hite reiterated that schools are safe for children to return to in-person learning. “I can confidently say that our schools are ready to open with the proper safety protocols in place,” Hite said. District administrators have plans to transition to a hybrid learning model — a mix of in-person learning and remote learning — starting Feb. 22 for pre-k to second grade students. Students opting into hybrid learning will attend school in person two days per week on their assigned days only — and engage in digital learning the remaining three days. Families will also have the chance to opt in at a later date once it’s safe to phase more students into the school buildings. Families who opted into hybrid learning can choose to return to 100 percent digital learning at any time. However, once they return to 100 percent virtual learning, many factors will determine when and if they can opt back into hybrid learning.


Amanda Gorman’s poetry shows why spoken word belongs in school | Opinion

Penn Live Guest Editorial by Kathleen M. AlleyMississippi State UniversityMukoma Wa NgugiCornell University, and Wendy R. WilliamsArizona State University Updated Feb 11, 2021; Posted Feb 11, 2021

Editor’s note: Not long after Amanda Gorman recited one of her poems at the inauguration of President Joe Biden on Jan. 20, three of her forthcoming books skyrocketed to three of the top four spots on Amazon. She was also selected to recite an original poem for Super Bowl LV. Here, three scholars of poetry explain why the writings of the 22-year-old Gorman – who became the country’s national youth poet laureate at age 17 – and her rise to fame represent a prime opportunity for educators to use spoken word poetry as a lively way to engage students.

During my research studying a diverse group of spoken word poets in Arizona, I learned that adolescents improved their writing skills, academic performance, confidence and social skills through writing and performing spoken word poetry. The poets used this medium to heal, advocate for change and imagine new futures. I noticed that these brave young writers often delivered stunning lines, such as, “If I sit long enough in a dark room will I develop like film?” They used poetry to talk back to those who wronged them. And they used this medium to speak out about injustice. As one adolescent poet in the study wrote, “We live in a first-world country, yet inner-city kids still go hungry.” Although spoken word poetry can benefit adolescents in many ways, K-12 education has been relatively slow to embrace this medium. This is unfortunate, because spoken word poetry and other creative forms of writing such as songs, short films, animated works and comics can help young people gain important skills necessary to do college-level writing.


A crisis of racist anti-Asian speech surfaces at Lower Moreland High School

WHYY By Hannah Chinn February 12, 2021

Frustrated. Disappointed. Embarrassed. Unsafe. Angry.

That’s how students, parents, and community members have described their feelings to Lower Moreland Township School District officials in public comment submissions over the past month. Their messages come in response to a string of events that have followed the resurfacing of students’ anti-Asian hate speech on social media — a flashpoint event that led to widespread concern over racism in the classroom and outside of it. Now, the district says it’s working to address those concerns. According to 2019 census data, Lower Moreland Township is 81.5% white, 13.6% Asian, and 3.2% Black, with a very small percentage of Latino residents. The local high school reports 21% enrollment of students of color.


Erie School District to join others in suing Juul, claiming vaping company targeted minors

Ed Palattella Erie Times-News February 12, 2021

  • Erie School Board approves filing of a lawsuit against e-cigarette company Juul
  • Like other suits nationwide, Erie suit would claim Juul's marketing targeted minors
  • Juul says it aims "to reset vapor category in the U.S."

The Erie School District is joining scores of public school districts and other government entities nationwide in taking legal action over underage vaping. The Erie School Board has authorized the district to sue Juul Labs Inc., claiming the nation's largest electronic cigarette company wrongfully marketed its products — with their streamlined designs and fruity flavors — to youth, spurring a vaping epidemic among students, harming their health and adding to the district's costs. The School Board at its monthly meeting on Wednesday night unanimously approved a  with three law firms to pursue the litigation against Juul, the first step in what will lead to the filing of a lawsuit in what could be U.S. District Court in Erie.


Candidates line up for GOP nomination for open Pa. Senate seat; Democrats still searching for one

Penn Live By Jan Murphy | Updated 10:25 AM; Today 10:23 AM

Nine candidates have stepped forward to indicate an interest in being the Republican nominee for the 48th state senatorial district seat that will be filled in a special election set to coincide with the May 18 primary, while local Democratic leaders await their first candidate to announce. The predominantly Republican district represents all of Lebanon County and parts of Dauphin and York counties, and the slate of Republicans seeking their party’s nomination include residents from all three counties. They are: Gregory Moreland, Larry Minnich, William Bering Jr., Christopher Gebhard, Kenneth Rummel, and Thomas Morrissey Jr., all from Lebanon County; Maureen Roth from Dauphin County; and Thomas Ryan and Robert Harkins from York County. Lebanon County GOP Committee Chairman Ed Lynch said no firm date has been set for the Republican conferees to meet to select their party’s nominee. Dauphin County Democratic Committee Chairwoman Rogette Harris said no date has been confirmed for their nomination convention either. The seat became vacant due to the Jan. 17 death of Dave Arnold from a form of brain cancer. Arnold had served in the seat for about a year after being elected in a special election last January to fill the seat vacated in September 2019 by Mike Folmer, who resigned after being charged with child pornography possession. Arnold’s term was due to expire Nov. 30, 2022, so his successor would serve out the remainder of his term.


Follow the Money: 2020 Pennsylvania Campaign Finance Summary

See who gave, who got and how much in Pennsylvania in 2020


Top 10 Individual Donors in Pennsylvania in 2020

by Transparency USA 09/29/2020

In Pennsylvania, key state races are drawing the attention of prominent donors for the 2020 election cycle. These individual donors — most of them with deep pockets and C-suite titles — have been contributing large sums to the campaigns and candidates involved in races across the Keystone State. Here is a look at the top ten individual donors who are bankrolling candidates and campaigns in Pennsylvania state-level politics this year:


PSBA sends General Assembly new Closer Look on school district budgeting


As the General Assembly begins the annual cycle of adopting a new state budget, PSBA believes it is important that legislators are aware of process that school boards undertake to develop and adopt their district budgets. PSBA recently provided all members of the Senate and House of Representatives with its new Closer Look publication that explains the process as required under state law. PSBA also urged legislators to connect with their local school schools and offered to assist in making those connections. Click here to read the Closer Look.


White House says it will defer to CDC on reopening schools

WHYY By Associated Press Collin Binkley February 11, 2021

Facing criticism that President Joe Biden has not acted aggressively enough on reopening schools, the White House on Thursday said it’s aiming for a full reopening but will defer to science experts on how to achieve it in the middle of a pandemic. The White House drew criticism this week when it said schools would be considered opened if they teach in-person at least one day a week. Asked about it Thursday, press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden hopes to get students in the classroom five days a week as soon as it’s safe. Psaki did not detail a timeline for that milestone, however, saying the administration will act on new school guidance that’s expected to be released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Biden Trims Ambitions on School Reopening Pledge

As the White House struggles to flesh out President Biden’s promise to reopen schools within 100 days, aides have found themselves steadily lowering expectations.

New York Times By Erica L. Green Feb. 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Biden appeared to give many educators and parents what they had been seeking for nearly a year when he pledged in the first days of his White House to reopen schools by his 100th day in office: a plan. But as the White House struggles to turn the president’s lofty pitch into reality, Biden aides are finding it rough going against new variants of the coronavirus, protests of teachers’ unions, and the fears and frustrations of students and parents. In the weeks since being elected, Mr. Biden has narrowed his calls for reopening all schools to just elementary and middle schools. And in the past week, the White House has sought to temper even those expectations, setting a reopening benchmark of “the majority of schools” — or 51 percent. On Tuesday, in response to questions about what “open schools” meant, the White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, set the threshold of more than 50 percent of schools offering in-person teaching at least one day a week. On Wednesday, when asked why the threshold was so low — about half the nation’s students are attending school in person, and a majority of districts nationwide are offering at least some in-person learning already — Ms. Psaki indicated it was a starting point, but said it was part of a “bold and ambitious agenda.”


Miguel Cardona Takes Key Step Forward in Drama-Free Senate Committee Vote

Education Week By Andrew Ujifusa — February 11, 2021  1 min read

Education secretary nominee Miguel Cardona speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on the nomination on Feb. 3, 2021, in Washington. Miguel Cardona took a key step towards becoming U.S. secretary of education Thursday when the Senate education committee reported his nomination favorably to the full Senate. The Senate voted 17-5 in Cardona’s favor. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., the committee chairwoman, voted for Cardona and cited his “clear qualifications.” And Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., the committee’s ranking Republican, also voted for Cardona, citing his experience and priorities. “He’s stressed the need for students to be back in school, and that’s now, finally, a bipartisan mission,” Burr said of Cardona. Next up for Cardona is a final Senate confirmation vote.


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The 2021 PA Educational Leadership Summit, hosted by the PA Principals Association and the PA Association of School Administrators (PASA), is being held from August 1-3 at the Kalahari Resorts and Convention Center, Poconos

PA Principals Association Thursday, February 11, 2021 8:54 AM

PIL Hours Available! See links below to register and for further information.

Click here to register today!

Click here for the informational flyer and details.


Virtual Town Hall on education fair funding co- sponsored by Avon Grove Charter School and Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools set Feb. 24

West Chester Daily Local by MediaNews Group February 6, 2021

WEST GROVE—There will be a virtual Town Hall Meeting on Fair Funding in Education on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 7 pm. The public is invited. The Town Hall is being co- sponsored by Avon Grove Charter School and Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools. Topics include: problem solve fair funding solutions; learn how public schools are funded in PA.;  learn about the differences between charter & district schools funding.

All are welcome. RSVP Link -


PSBA Spring Virtual Advocacy Day - MAR 22, 2021

PSBA Website January 2021

All public school leaders are invited to join us for our spring Virtual Advocacy Day on Monday, March 22, 2021, 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 spring 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: Complimentary for members

Registration: Registration is available under Event Registration on


Attend the NSBA 2021 Online Experience April 8-10

NSBA is pleased to announce the transformation of its in-person NSBA 2021 Annual Conference & Exposition to the NSBA 2021 Online Experience. This experience will bring world-class programming, inspirational keynotes, top education solution providers, and plentiful networking opportunities. Join us on April 8-10, 2021, for a fully transformed and memorable event!


NPE/NPE Action Conference In Philly was rescheduled to October 23/24 due to concerns w/ COVID19.

Network for Public Education

NPE will be sending information to registrants very soon!


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.

Resolution for charter funding reform (pdf)

Link to submit your adopted resolution to PSBA


353 PA school boards have adopted charter reform resolutions

Charter school funding reform continues to be a concern as over 350 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.

The school boards from the following districts have adopted resolutions calling for charter funding reform.


Know Your Facts on Funding and Charter Performance. Then Call for Charter Change!

PSBA Charter Change Website:


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