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Friday, September 1, 2017 8:57 AM

Public schools in Pennsylvania are free to require their students wear uniforms, but they don't have the same authority when it comes to controlling students' hair style and color, according to state law.
Public Opinion, Aug. 30, 2017
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Friday, September 1, 2017 8:55 AM

A group of rank-and-file House Republicans charged up Pennsylvania's Capitol Hill Tuesday with a plan to use a litany of special fund transfers to deal with the state's $2.2 billion budget hole. Will they get enough soldiers to follow them?
PennLive.com, Aug. 30, 2017
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Thursday, August 31, 2017 10:03 AM

It is a pleasure and honor to introduce myself to you as the new Diversity-At Large Board Member for the Pennsylvania Principals Association. My initial goals are to listen to and learn from you and all our stakeholders so we can identify our priorities as educational leaders regarding diversity issues.  

I have been a proud public school educator since 1996 and have been fortunate to have worked with inspiring students, teachers, and administrators in New York and Pennsylvania as an ESL and social studies teacher, middle school principal, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, and university adjunct instructor. I care deeply about education and hope to support you and your important work however I can.

Since one of my areas of interest is ESL, I have been trying to keep up with all the changes ESSA made to ESL terminology. In an attempt to make sense of all these changes, I put together this summary and illustration. I am sharing the document with you in case you may find it useful.

I look forward to meeting many of you in person at our state conference in October. If you have any concerns or suggestions in the meantime, I encourage you to contact me so I can try to better represent you within our organization.     

I wish you all a wonderful and productive school year.  

Best regards,

Eduardo L. Antonetti
Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction
Mid Valley School District
antonettie@mvsd.us
(570) 307-2128
(570) 307-1116 (fax)

 
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 12:20 PM

 

 There have been several questions and some confusion over the reporting requirements for school districts under Act 44 of 2018 regarding the new safety laws affecting school districts. This is what you need to know – and do ….
 
School District Safety & Security Coordinator
 All school districts are required to appoint an administrator as the School District Safety and Security Coordinator by this Friday, August 31, 2018 and report the appointment to the PA Department of Education using the following link:  
 
 
Safe2Say Contact Person
  Additionally, the Attorney General’s Office has just issued a letter regarding the Safe2Say Anonymous Tip Program, which will become active on January 14, 2019.   All school districts must identify who the contact person will be for this program to receive reports and messages from the tip line center 24/7.  
 
The Attorney General’s Office recommends that the School District Safety and Security Coordinator also serve as the contact for this program for continuity purposes. However, districts may choose another administrator if they so desire. 
 
All districts must report the appointment of the Safe2Say Contact Person to the Attorney General’s Office by Friday, September 14, 2018 at the following link: 
 
Please don’t hesitate to contact PDE or the Attorney General’s Office if you have any questions.

 

 
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 8:49 AM

In the last three school years, 12 of the state’s 14 cyber charter schools spent more than $21 million combined in taxpayer dollars promoting their schools, PublicSource found through Right-to-Know requests. The Commonwealth Charter Academy spent the most of the cyber charters on advertising; it spent $3.2 million in 2015-16 and $4.4 million in 2016-17.
Public Source, Aug. 29, 2017
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017 8:47 AM

For decades, Pennsylvania has given parents an eight-month window to make sure their kids have all the proper shots. This year, for the first time, that window has dwindled to five days. That dramatic revision is one of a few changes Pennsylvania made to its vaccination rules this year.
WHYY Newsworks, Aug. 30, 2017
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017 8:46 AM

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf warned House Republican leaders Tuesday that failing to fully fund the state budget will put Pennsylvania in "a much more dire financial situation" in the coming weeks. Wolf announced he authorized what he called "a very short-term" loan this week from the state's Motor License Fund.
Associated Press, Aug. 29, 2017
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017 9:57 AM

The Department of Labor & Industry announced the release of the 25th edition of the Pennsylvania Career Guide.

For decades, the Pennsylvania Career Guide has been a valuable resource for students and job seekers alike.  Information in the guide is geared to helping individuals prepare for continuing education and/or entering the workforce.

Within the guide, the Occupational Data Bank contains employment, wage, and job outlook data for more than 250 occupations.  A brief interest assessment that aligns one's personality to potential careers is also included to assist those who may be starting a job search or looking to change/advance their career.  Other commonwealth resources to assist job seekers, such as PA CareerLink(r) services and apprenticeship opportunities, are also highlighted.

Students will find a helpful month-by-month checklist for their senior year as well as material related to their post-graduation plans such as finding a job, entering the military, or continuing on to postsecondary education.  A new feature in this addition is an article on budgeting and a sample budget worksheet.

The Pennsylvania Career Guide is available online through the Center for Workforce Information & Analysis (CWIA) website, www.workstats.dli.pa.gov.  To find out how to obtain printed copies, contact CWIA via email at workforceinfo@pa.gov or by phone at 1-877-493-3282.

 
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 9:54 AM

Today is a National Title II Day of Action to tell Congress to stop elimination of state and local funds that support effective teaching and leadership! We ask that all NAESP members contact their representatives in Congress today and let them know the importance of Title II funds that directly support teachers and principals.

Earlier this year, the Administration's FY 2018 budget request to Congress eliminated formula funds for states and districts to support effective educators, or the Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants program, Title II, Part A, of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). States and districts receive funds from this program to provide evidence-based programs for teacher and principal recruitment, preparation, and on-going professional learning. This program is important over the coming year as states and districts plan to use Title II, Part A funds for systems of support for teachers and principals, and to ensure equity across subgroups of students (traditionally-underserved backgrounds, high poverty, special needs students, and English language learners). The new law has a strong focus on support for principals and school leadership, but many states will be unable to carry out any programs if Title II, Part A is completely eliminated from the budget.  

Tell Congressional lawmakers that these funds are important support teachers and principals, especially as the new law is implemented at the state and local levels over the coming year. Tell lawmakers that they must give educators, including teachers and principals, the resources necessary to provide a high-quality education for every child by funding the ESSA-authorized level for Title II, Part A that was agreed to in the bipartisan law. 

Thank you in advance for your advocacy on behalf of all students!

Click the link below to log in and send your message:
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017 8:46 AM

My most important back-to-school supply doesn't fit in a backpack, and it can't be ordered online. It's as essential as a pencil, but unlike a pencil, no technology can replace it. For the full story, click here

 

 

 
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