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Tuesday, September 12, 2017 12:44 PM

Charter schools in Pennsylvania are universally led by nonprofit entities, but some also do business with separate tax-exempt corporations created to serve their specific needs. Sometimes, that has raised questions. 
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 11, 2017.
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Monday, September 11, 2017 9:34 AM

"Never forget" became a national rallying cry after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Yet America's schools — where collective memory is shaped — are now full of students who never knew because they weren't alive then. Many teachers now struggle with whether and how to teach the attacks and their aftermath.
NPR.org, Sept. 11, 2017
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Monday, September 11, 2017 9:33 AM

A new Rand Corporation study says a nationwide move to 8:30 a.m. school start times could contribute $83 billion to the U.S. economy within a decade. It would lower dropout rates, improve college attendance, and lessen the risk of mood disorders, like depression.
Pocono Record, Sept. 9, 2017
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Monday, September 11, 2017 9:32 AM

The state House plans to return to session for the first time in seven weeks as a lengthening budget stalemate is drawing warnings by Democratic Governor Tom Wolf that he's out of options to pay bills on time.
Associated Press, Sept. 11, 2017
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Friday, September 8, 2017 10:02 AM

Senators doused more cold water on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' vision of a big new investment in school choice, approving legislation that seeks to bar the administration from using federal funding for vouchers or public school choice. 
Education Week, Sept. 7, 2017 (Subscription may be required.)
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Friday, September 8, 2017 10:00 AM

In 2016, teachers in Pennsylvania on average spent $427 of their own money for classroom supplies, decorations and basic items their students needed, according to Scholastic’s most recent Teacher & Principal School Report. Nationally, teachers on average spent $530, according to the report. And teachers in high-poverty areas spent an average of $672.
LancasterOnline, Sept. 8, 2017
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Thursday, September 7, 2017 12:36 PM

The PA Principals Association is offering a new service to school districts. With an ever-increasing shortage of quality candidates for school leadership positions, the PA Principals Association will now provide a search process for school districts at a very reasonable cost. The Fast Track Process is designed for a school district who faces an immediate need for a principal or assistant principal and the Regular Search Process is for those districts who have some time to find a candidate for a position. Why use the PA Principals Association for the search? We will use our network of approximately 3,500 active members to solicit candidates for your position and we help in all aspects of the process from getting you candidates, scheduling interviews, checking references and assisting with questions, etc. The searches will be conducted by Dr. Paul Healey, Executive Director, and Dr. Joseph Clapper, Assistant Executive Director, of the PA Principals Association. To learn more about the search process, please contact Dr. Healey at 717-732-4999 or healey@paprincipals.org.  

 

 
Thursday, September 7, 2017 8:40 AM

A new state law requires students in grade 12 to have a second vaccination against meningitis by the fifth day of school. For meningitis, students must receive their first immunization while entering seventh grade. 
Citizens Voice, Sept. 7, 2017
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Thursday, September 7, 2017 8:39 AM

A study by the Rand Corp. says that delaying school start times to 8:30 a.m. would have economic benefits that outweigh costs, such as the price of reorganizing bus schedules.
Washington Post, Sept. 7, 2017
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017 10:29 AM

DACA & Dream Act

In light of President Trump’s decision to rescind DACA yesterday, NASSP sent out an action alert this morning urging members to contact their representatives and asking them to support the DREAM Act of 2017. Our support for this bill aligns with the recommendations in our position statement on Undocumented Students that was adopted in 2011. All NASSP members should have received the alert this morning, and you can find a direct link to the alert on the Principal’s Legislative Action Center (PLAC) below:

https://www.votervoice.net/NASSP/1/campaigns/54279/respond

We ask that you please participate in this alert and share it with other members in your state. The DREAM Act is the best bill that can be passed to ensure that these individuals have real and codified pathways to citizenship.

Title II

This is a big week for Title II funding as the House considers a minibus bill that combines all of the remaining appropriations bills that have not yet been considered. We know that at least two Democrats had planned to offer amendments on Title II, but because there were no offsets for the funding, they were ruled out of order. The Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee will mark up their bill this morning at 11 AM ET, and we should have information about the exact funding levels in the bill when the full committee marks up the bill tomorrow. Getting a good # in the Senate is our best chance to maintain any funding for the program in FY 2018.

A big thank you to everyone who participated in our Title II Day of Action on August 29! This alert will remain live on PLAC, so please continue to spread the word to your members. To date, we have had 255 individuals send 766 messages to their members of Congress. Our most active states are Missouri (64), New Jersey (35), Illinois (14), Pennsylvania (12), Minnesota (9), and Idaho (9).

 
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