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Friday, March 22, 2019 10:17 AM

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf visited a school in South Philadelphia Thursday to stump for his severance tax proposal.

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Friday, March 22, 2019 9:06 AM

In this time of mass shootings, schools are feeling the pressure to make changes to how schools are constructed in an effort to keep intruders out. 
WPSU, March 21, 2019
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Thursday, March 21, 2019 10:38 AM

Senate Bill 115 just passed the chamber's education committee unanimously, seeking to require hands-only CPR training for every high school student in Pennsylvania; it was proposed by Delaware County Republican Senator, Tom Killion.
ABC Channel 27, March 20, 2019
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Thursday, March 21, 2019 10:37 AM

While at least one Pennsylvania school district wants to allow teachers and staff to be armed, other districts, including Saint Marys, are taking different approaches to school safety. Armed school officers, practice lockdowns and tip lines to raise red flags are some of the measures districts are taking to keep schools safe.
WPSU, March 20, 2019
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Thursday, March 21, 2019 9:04 AM

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as amended, requires the Pennsylvania Department of Education to identify to school entities and local educational agencies regulations, rules, and policies that are state-imposed requirements and not required by the federal special education statute and regulation (20 USC §1408 (1) (2)). This notice fulfills the requirement to distribute an updated list of state-imposed requirements that exceed IDEA.

Chapter 14 (22 Pa. Code § Chapter 14)

§14.101           Developmental Delay (Relating to Definitions)

§14.105           (Relating to Personnel Qualifications and Caseload)

§14.106           (Relating to Access to Instructional Materials)

§14.108           (Relating to Access to Classrooms)

§14.121           (Relating to Child Find)

§14.123           (Relating to Evaluation)

§14.124           (Relating to Reevaluation)

§14.125           (Relating to Criteria for Specific Learning Disability)

§14.131           (Relating to Individualized Education Program)

§14.132           (Relating to Extended School Year)

§14.133           (Relating to Behavior Support)

§14.143           (Relating to Disciplinary Placements)

§14.144           (Relating to Facilities)

§14.145           (Relating to Least Restrictive Environment)

§14.146           (Relating to Age Range)

§14.152           (Relating to Child Find, Public Awareness and Screening)

§14.153           (Relating to Evaluation)

§14.154           (Relating to Individualized Education Program)

§14.155           (Relating to Range of Services)

§14.157           (Relating to Exit Criteria)

§14.158           (Relating to Data Collection)

§14.162(a)       (Relating to Impartial Due Process Hearing and Expedited Due Process Hearing)

Chapter 711 (22 Pa. Code § Chapter 711)

§711.5             (Relating to Personnel)

§711.6             (Relating to Annual Report)

§711.8             (Relating to Education Records)

§711.21           (Relating to Child Find)

§711.22           (Relating to Reevaluation)

§711.24           (Relating to Evaluation)

§711.44           (Relating to Extended School Year)

§711.45           (Relating to Access to Instructional Materials)

§711.46           (Relating to Positive Behavior Support)

§711.61           (Relating to Suspension and Expulsion)

§711.62           (Relating to Due Process)

If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact John Gombocz at jgombocz@pa.gov or 717-772-3745.

 
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 3:00 PM

As part of the PA Principals Association's Strategic Plan, we have initiated a Zoom Webinar for our magazine authors and members called Ask the Author. The first one was held successfully last October. This webinar will focus on our the most recent issue of The Pennsylvania Administrator magazine, Winter 2019. The purpose of the session is to provide our members with an opportunity to take a deeper dive into some of the issues/practices highlighted in the journal by interacting directly with the authors. 

Please join us from 12 - 1 PM on Thursday, March 21, 2019. Dr. Gregory Taranto, an editorial board member and also an author in this issue, will facilitate the webinar. Registration is not necessary, but participants will be limited to 100.

We hope that you will be able to participate in our upcoming Ask the Author Zoom Webinar! Look for an email with information to join the Zoom meeting coming your way!

 
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 9:42 AM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education is responsible for ensuring all school districts and charter schools administer special education programs and services that are in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. In order to fulfill this responsibility, the Bureau of Special Education (BSE) trains individuals to serve as peer monitors on special education monitoring teams.

The training will review the updated monitoring processes and procedures including compliance data entry through the online system. Registration is available on the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network’s (PaTTAN) website at www.pattan.net.

The training will be offered on:

Thursday, May 9, 2019           9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at PaTTAN Harrisburg

Friday, May 17, 2019              9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at PaTTAN East

Monday, May 20, 2019           9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at PaTTAN Pittsburgh

All interested peer monitors, including those currently on the peer monitoring list, must complete the updated mandated training and BSE contract to continue to serve as a peer monitor.

If you should have any questions, please contact Jill Deitrich at jdeitrich@pa.gov.

 
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 9:11 AM

For many schools, shootings like the ones in Parkland and Newtown have led to a new reality of locked doors, armed guards and intruder drills. School districts across the country are searching for a balance between preparing students and schools for tragedy, and maintaining a positive climate for learning. 
WPSU, March 18, 2019
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019 9:10 AM

For the second year in a row, state House Republicans are trying to pass a bill that would require union employers to let new hires know they can opt out of collective bargaining.  
WITF, March 18, 2019
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019 9:08 AM

Because dogs give their affection unconditionally and are completely non-judgmental, it can be very helpful for students who are nervous reading aloud or have other reading difficulties to read aloud to dogs, school district officials said.
Doylestown Intelligencer, March 18, 2019
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