Press Releases

Monday, September 25, 2017 8:27 AM

Pennsylvania's ESSA plan, released for public comment in August, has created a political divide over a historically tough subject: what to do about chronically low performing schools.
WHYY Newsworks, Sept. 25, 2017
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Monday, September 25, 2017 8:26 AM

As Pennsylvania lawmakers fight over the details of a long-overdue budget funding plan, the commonwealth is having trouble covering short-term costs. After temporarily delaying several payments, the Wolf administration has said it can meet expenses for the rest of this month. But after that, things may get tricky.
WHYY Newsworks, Sept. 25, 2017
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Friday, September 22, 2017 12:49 PM

The PA Principals Association and the Pre-K for PA Campaign have jointly released a new report statewide today, "Elementary School Principals Resoundingly Support Pre-K Investments." Over the years, governors and legislators from both sides of the aisle, business and education leaders, law enforcement officials, high-ranking military officers, pediatricians and world-class athletes have articulated strong support for state funding increases in publicly funded, high-quality pre-k. 

Click here for the report.

Click here for the report sources and notations.

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Friday, September 22, 2017 9:08 AM

Between April 11 and June 18, Pennsylvania Principals Association asked every elementary principal in Pennsylvania to take a survey about the importance of pre-K education.
Pottstown Mercury, Sept. 20, 2017
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Friday, September 22, 2017 9:07 AM

Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella swears he is not trying to be a "sixth negotiator" on the still-unfinished state budget, referring to the protracted talks between the General Assembly's four legislative caucuses and Gov. Tom Wolf.
PennLive.com, Sept. 22, 2017
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Friday, September 22, 2017 9:06 AM

The GOP-controlled Pennsylvania Senate has formally rejected a conservative budget plan passed by the House — essentially resetting negotiations nearly three months past the deadline. Now, Republicans in the House and Senate will attempt to work with Gov. Tom Wolf to figure out a compromise. Wolf has said he wants to get the budget finished by Oct. 1.
WHYY Newsworks, Sept. 21, 2017
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017 1:12 PM

PLS 3rd Learning is proud to partner with the PA Principals Association to bring SuperEval to principals in Pennsylvania.

SuperEval facilitates online principal evaluations that help advance annual district goals and promotes continuous improvement and learning. Through a collaborative and evidence-based evaluation process, school leaders are able to improve communication and strengthen relationships, ultimately leading to the enhancement of education in K-12 classrooms.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017 8:14 AM

Dear Friend of Education:

I am pleased to advise that Pennsylvania has submitted its proposed ESSA Consolidated State Plan to the U.S. Department of Education.  A copy of the plan may be viewed on the Department’s ESSA webpage.  We have also posted a PowerPoint presentation in both English and Spanish to assist Pennsylvanians in understanding the plan.  In addition, the Department has revised its ESSA webpage to include updated content on major elements of the plan, as well as a new section on Stakeholder Engagement. This page includes access to all stakeholder comments submitted to the Department during the formal 30-day public comment period.  Please stay tuned for additional resources and updates in the weeks ahead.

Submission of Pennsylvania’s Consolidated State Plan is a significant moment for public education in Pennsylvania.  The plan underscores the commonwealth’s commitment to creating more balanced and comprehensive school progress measures, reducing testing time, and supporting Pennsylvania’s educators and school leaders. 

Highlights of the plan include:

  • A focus on providing a “well-rounded education” to students, by identifying the subjects and disciplines that should be part of every child’s education, including the arts, social sciences, health and physical education, STEM and computer science, and other areas;
  • Broadening the scope of the indicators used to measure school success;
  • A reduction of testing time on the Pennsylvania State System of Assessments (PSSAs) in English language arts and mathematics by 20 percent beginning in spring 2018;
  • Strategies for addressing the needs of students through school-based supports and community partnerships;
  • A strong focus on evidence-based professional development for educators and administrators that emphasizes equity; and
  • Identifying ways to prepare students to successfully enter postsecondary, career programs, apprenticeship programs, or even the workforce.

The Department is grateful to the thousands of Pennsylvanians who participated in review and comment on plan proposals since ESSA was enacted in December 2015. We look forward to continuing these conversations through the USDE plan approval process and on to implementation in our schools and for the benefit of all of our students in Pennsylvania.

Sincerely,

Pedro Rivera, Secretary of Education

Pennsylvania Department of Education

333 Market Street

Harrisburg, PA  17126

 
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 8:12 AM

The Pennsylvania Departments of State and Education, in collaboration with Inspire U.S., are excited to launch the Governor’s Civic Engagement Award for high schools throughout the state. The award is intended to recognize and commemorate the efforts of the next generation of leaders to educate, engage and inform their fellow students about how to get involved in the voting process. Their success will be measured by voter registration figures among their school’s eligible student population.

Schools can also sign up directly with Inspire U.S. at: http://www.inspire-usa.org/high_school_signup. Inspire can help high schools coordinate peer-to-peer voter registration drives and Get Out the Vote events. They also provide materials and data management, and organize school celebrations and recognition events. 

Students eligible to register to vote are those who are either 18 years of age, or 17 years of age and will be 18 on or before the date of the next general election. The application confirming that 65% or 85% percent of the school’s eligible students are registered can be mailed to Department of State, c/o Governor’s Civic Engagement Award, 302 North Office Building, Harrisburg, PA, 17120, or emailed to votepa@inspire-usa.org.

Award Distinctions:

Gold Level:  85% of eligible students are registered to vote. 

- Student Ambassadors and the school will receive award certificates from Governor Tom Wolf or Secretary of State Pedro Cortés at a public ceremony at the school location.

Silver Level:  65% of eligible students registered to vote. 

-  Student Ambassadors will receive award certificates.

 

 
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 8:10 AM

Democratic Governor Tom Wolf says it's urgent that he and state lawmakers end a fight over patching a $2 billion budget deficit to avoid a downgrade to Pennsylvania's battered credit rating.
Associated Press, Sept. 19, 2017
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