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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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Monday, March 18, 2019 8:48 AM

School district property taxes are the ones that get the most attention from lawmakers in Harrisburg. Here are five things that stand in the way — plus a look at how a recent constitutional amendment gives lawmakers more options.
WHYY, March 15, 2019
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Monday, March 18, 2019 8:47 AM

House Bill 97 would update the law to treat vaping products – including those that don’t include nicotine – the same as tobacco products. The legislation is supported by the Pennsylvania School Board Association, said Annette Stevenson, a spokeswoman for the group.
New Castle News, March 18, 2019
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Friday, March 15, 2019 9:01 AM

In the first month of the program, the system received 4,900 tips and a third of them were serious enough to pass along to local police and school officials.
Philadelphia Inquirer, March 13, 2019
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Thursday, March 14, 2019 9:03 AM

An estimated 20% to 40% of high school students are Juuling, a popular and discreet e-cigarette device that teens are using, said a Northumberland County health specialist at a Wednesday evening presentation geared to help parents understand the dangers of the practice.
Daily Item, March 14, 2019
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Thursday, March 14, 2019 8:22 AM

Attention Retired PA Principals Association Members!

I am reaching out on behalf of county election officials to ask for your help to address a serious and growing issue in elections: recruiting poll workers. For our county officials, filling 40,000-plus poll worker positions across the Commonwealth has become increasingly difficult. Here at the Pennsylvania Department of State we are working to increase public awareness of the need for poll workers and attract willing recruits to fill these positions. Poll workers generally work all day on Election Day, from before the polls open at 7 a.m. until after the polls close at 8 p.m. At the end of the night, poll workers deliver the returns to county election officials. We depend on these workers to run fair and secure elections.

Are you interested or do you know someone who sounds perfect for this kind of job? You can direct interested candidates to www.votesPA.com/getinvolved. To find out what else you can do to help recruit poll workers, talk to your county election office today!

Please click here for the poll recruitment flyer.

Tiffany Chang Lawson, Director, Bureau of Campaign Finance & Civic Engagement, PA Department of State

 
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 11:24 AM

Two members of the Pennsylvania Principals Association were selected to represent high school principals throughout the commonwealth as members of the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils (PASC). Their appointment to the PASC Board is the result of a memorandum of understanding between PASC and the PA Principals Association.

Daniel J. Beck, Upper St. Clair High School Assistant Principal in the Upper St. Clair School District, was recently named to the PASC Board of Directors. He has served as the Assistant Principal-at-Large on the PA Principals Association Board of Directors since July 2018.

Dr. David Wiedlich, Lionville Middle School Assistant Principal in the Downingtown Area School District, was also named to the PASC Board of Directors. He was selected as the representative for eastern Pennsylvania, and Mr. Beck serves as the representative for western Pennsylvania.

 
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 11:23 AM

A campaign to protect safety and security of school students, teachers and staff is expected to draw 500 or more educators to Indiana this week. Presenters include experts from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and throughout the state, including Pennsylvania School Boards Association.
Indiana Gazette, March 11, 2019
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Wednesday, March 13, 2019 11:22 AM

Replacing a math textbook is unlikely to generate large boosts in student achievement on its own, concludes a new study that stands in contrast to earlier research suggesting stronger benefits from overhauling learning materials.
Education Week, March 11, 2019 (Subscription may be required.)
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