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Thursday, May 4, 2017 9:08 AM

Some of the nation's top researchers who've spent their careers studying early childhood education recently got together in Washington with one goal in mind: to cut through the fog of studies and the endless debates over the benefits of preschool.
NPR.org, May 3, 2017
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Thursday, May 4, 2017 9:07 AM

The Every Student Succeeds Act may be less than two years old, but its funding provisions are already getting a makeover, at least temporarily, in a spending bill expected to be approved in Congress this week.
Education Week, May 2, 2017 (Subscription may be required.)
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017 10:08 AM

Federal lawmakers have agreed to relatively small spending increases for Title I programs to districts and for special education, as part of a budget deal covering the rest of fiscal 2017 through the end of September.
Education Week, May 1, 2017 (Subscription may be required.)
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017 10:07 AM

Pennsylvania state government is heading into the 2017 budget season with its biggest revenue shortfall since the recession, leaving budget makers to address an unexpectedly large gap with just nine weeks left in the fiscal year.
Associated Press, May 2, 2017
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Tuesday, May 2, 2017 10:26 AM

Cumberland Valley SD officials are taking a “wait and see” approach to adding gender identity and expression to its nondiscrimination policy, district solicitor Michael Cassidy said at Monday night’s school board meeting.
Carlisle Sentinel, May 1, 2017
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Tuesday, May 2, 2017 10:24 AM

The Trump administration is ready to roll back some nutrition standards for federally subsidized school meals, reversing elements of first lady Michelle Obama’s healthy eating initiative.
Associated Press, May 1, 2017
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Tuesday, May 2, 2017 9:04 AM

As you prepare for the 2017-18 school year, please ensure your local education agency is complying with the state’s statutes regarding access to career and technical education.

As provided in the Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa Code 4.23 (d)(1)), career and technical education (CTE) shall be made available to every student in a public high school program.  If a school district, or the career and technical center in which the district participates, does not offer a specific career and technical education program, the district of residence must work with another school district or career and technical center to make this program available to interested students.  Additionally, the district of residence must pay for this education and must not limit the number of students who receive career and technical education.

If the CTE is offered at a career and technical center (CTC), the member districts of the CTC, through representation on the Joint Operating Committee have determined how CTE courses should be sequenced.  The Pennsylvania Department of Education has approved CTE programs based on a given sequence of courses and by grade levels.  Thus, CTC member districts should offer career and technical education to its students for the grade levels the Department has approved the programs at the CTCs in which they participate.  The member districts must work with the career and technical center to make career and technical education available for each year the Department has approved the programs.

If you have additional questions, please contact Lee Burket, PDE’s Bureau Director for Career and Technical Education, at lburket@pa.gov or 717-787-5530.

 
Monday, May 1, 2017 8:55 AM

Senate Bill 76 calls for the elimination of school property taxes in the commonwealth. While it vows to match dollar-for-dollar funding through an imposed increase in personal income and sales taxes and shift responsibility of school funding from local districts to the state, many local leaders said this kind of tax reform could come at a price for some.
Centre Daily Times, April 29, 2017
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Monday, May 1, 2017 8:53 AM

As information about the academic struggles of Pennsylvania's cyber charters has become more accessible, the full-time online schools have increasingly enrolled students from the state's least-educated communities and most-disadvantaged school districts, according to a new study to be presented as part of the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.
Education Week, April 28, 2017 (Subscription may be required.)
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Friday, April 28, 2017 8:43 AM

“Right now the bill is dead,” state Sen. Randy Vulakovich, R-Shaler, told those who gathered last week at Fox Chapel Area High School to discuss state education issues with elected officials. He was referring to Bill 76. 
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 28, 2017
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