Press Releases

Thursday, June 15, 2017 8:58 AM

Legislation in the state House to restrict a school district's right to challenge property assessments is being described by Centennial school board members as a "disaster" and "disgrace."
Bucks County Courier Times, June 14, 2017
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Thursday, June 15, 2017 8:57 AM

There's room for improvement in Pennsylvania's rural schools. That's according to a new report from the Rural School and Community Trust, an organization based in Washington, D.C., advocating for rural schools.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 14, 2017
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Thursday, June 15, 2017 8:56 AM

With a little over two weeks until the state budget is due, House and Senate Republicans have been holding closed meetings to hash out details.
WITF, June 14, 2017
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017 9:09 AM

According to a new report, Pennsylvania needs to strengthen its investments in children. The report ranked the commonwealth based on health, economic well-being and education.
PAHomepage.com, June 13, 2017
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017 9:08 AM

High schoolers in career technical education programs are close to securing legislative authority to shirk Pennsylvania's controversial exit exam if it becomes a graduation requirement.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 13, 2017
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017 8:57 AM

Today is National Title II Day of Action! Please contact your representatives in Congress now and tell them to provide funds for states and districts to support teachers and principals. 

As Congress considers the FY 2018 budget, lawmakers must hear from you about the importance of federal funds to help states and districts provide high quality preparation and professional learning programs for teachers and principals. The Administration has proposed eliminating the Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants program, Title II, Part A, of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which provides formula funds to states and districts for evidence-based programs to address teacher and principal recruitment, preparation, and on-going professional learning. More than ever before, states plan to use Title II, Part A funds to target and strengthen support for principal leadership. This is a critical need that many states and districts have overlooked for far too long, but additional support for principals will not be possible without sufficient funding for Title II, Part A of ESSA.

Please take action today and tell your Members of Congress why these funds are important to you as an educator.

Thank you in advance for your advocacy on behalf of all students and support for the profession!

 
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 8:47 AM

Sara Desino is one of a growing number of students in the commonwealth who are graduating from high school. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the graduation rate rose from just under 85% in the 2014-15 school year, to 86% the following year.
PAHomepage.com, June 12, 2017
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017 8:46 AM

In Pennsylvania, the State Senate is considering legislation also meant to protect students: Allowing teachers to carry concealed weapons on school grounds.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 12, 2017
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Monday, June 12, 2017 9:31 AM

On behalf of school leaders and educators across the state, we request your opposition to Senate Bill 592 and Senate Bill 168. While these proposals were drafted in the spirit of openness and transparency, the impact of these bills will be inefficiency and difficulties in resolving important employment agreements.

We are opposed to Senate Bill 592 as it will complicate the hiring process and serve as an impediment to the professional search process for school districts, intermediate units (IUs), and school administrators that may ultimately result in reduced pools of candidates for these critical leadership positions.

We oppose Senate Bill 168 as it would create more cost, inefficiency, and the potential for unnecessary gridlock in the collective bargaining process.

SB 168 and SB 592 will run on the Senate floor next week.

Click here for a letter that was sent to Senators.

 
Monday, June 12, 2017 9:25 AM

Ten-year-old Chelsea Mungo was blunt about the conditions at her school when she recently wrote a letter to State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D., Phila.), pleading for more equality in the state’s funding of low-income, black schools vs. wealthier, white schools.
Philadelphia Inquirer, June 10, 2017
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