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Friday, August 17, 2018 8:55 AM

By year’s end, initial $25,000 allocations could be released to Pennsylvania’s 500 public schools that could help them fund efforts to add security scanners or cameras, mental health counselors, school resource officers – or a list of other moves.
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, Aug. 16, 2018
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Thursday, August 16, 2018 9:51 AM

Redshirting was originally popularized in college sports: Coaches would keep athletes out of competition for a year to develop their skills and extend eligibility. When it comes to kindergarten readiness, the hotly debated practice is most common among parents of kids with summer birthdays.
Philadelphia Inquirer, Aug. 15, 2018
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Thursday, August 16, 2018 9:49 AM

State lawmakers say they're awaiting feedback from the state's 500 school districts and 300 private school entities before they can disburse the first wave of funding to improve school safety. The funds are part of Act 44, a bipartisan bill signed into law in the months after the Parkland, FL, school shooting that killed 17 people.
WITF, Aug. 15, 2018
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Wednesday, August 15, 2018 1:34 PM

The purpose of this PENN*LINK is to inform stakeholders of the postponement of the December 2016 amended regulations to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) pertaining to significant disproportionality.  The final rule implementing this change can be found in the July 3, 2018 Federal Register notice.

The U.S. Department of Education (USDE) has postponed by two years the date for states to comply with the Equity in IDEA, or significant disproportionality regulations, from July 1, 2018, to July 1, 2020.  The USDE also postponed the date for including children ages three through five in the analysis of significant disproportionality, with respect to the identification of children as children with disabilities and as children with an impairment, from July 1, 2020, to July 1, 2022.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), Bureau of Special Education (BSE) will be accepting the delay and will continue to provide support to the local educational agencies.

Delaying the implementation date does not disregard this important work.  PDE views this two-year delay as an opportunity for our statewide system of support, schools, and community stakeholders to study and work together to address the broad concerns surrounding the issue of, and the root cause of significant disproportionality.  In the upcoming 2018-19 school year, PDE/BSE will offer training and technical assistance for equitable practices in the areas of identification, least restrictive environment, and disciplinary removals for students with disabilities.  Please refer to the monthly calendar located on the PaTTAN website for training dates.

If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact John Gombocz at jgombocz@pa.gov or 717.772.3745.

 
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 8:50 AM

The crisis of funding public education is imminent as the court is set to look into how Pennsylvania funds public education and if it violates the State Constitution. In this series, we explore deepening inequities across school districts and ask: Will the school funding crisis in PA ever be solved?
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Source: Public Source, Aug. 15, 2018.


 
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 9:43 AM

A new report from Popular Mechanics focuses on school safety nationwide. The report, called The Popular Mechanics Guide To Safer Schools, was published earlier this month.
WTAE, Aug. 13, 2018
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018 9:42 AM

Public-sector unions in Pennsylvania that want to call a strike would need to allow workers who aren’t members to participate in the decision under a bill introduced in the Pennsylvania House.
BNA.com, Aug. 8, 2018
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018 9:41 AM

After a year of campaigning and months of legislative debate, it's likely too late for state lawmakers to pass a constitutional amendment overhauling Pennsylvania's redistricting process before the next map-redrawing gets underway in 2021.
WITF, Aug. 9, 2018
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018 9:36 AM

The updates Google announced and previewed in beta form at ISTE are now publicly available, just in time for the 2018-19 school year.

 

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018 8:34 AM

Per Act 39 of 2018, the use of the Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement or as a benchmark for the need for participation in a project-based assessment has been delayed:

Notwithstanding Section 2604-b(b)(2)(v), 22 Pa. Code §4.24 (relating to high school graduation requirements), 4.51 (relating to state assessment system) or 4.51c (relating to project-based assessment) or any statute or regulation to the contrary, the use of the Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement or as a benchmark for the need for participation in a project-based assessment shall be delayed until the 2020-2021 school year.

For schools that previously submitted project-based assessments for evaluation, note that the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) employed evaluators through June 30, 2018, to evaluate all projects submitted through May 31, 2018.  Projects scored as unsatisfactory have been returned to tutors and may be resubmitted once corrections have been made.

While a timeline for ongoing evaluation of projects has not been determined, projects submitted will be evaluated as follows:

  • Projects submitted for students graduating in 2019 or 2020 will be evaluated by a single evaluator.
  • Projects submitted for students graduating in 2021 and beyond will be evaluated by at least two evaluators; a third evaluator will be engaged if the two evaluators are not in agreement.

Questions may be directed to c-jdyszel@pa.gov.

 

 
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