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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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Tuesday, March 12, 2019 11:54 AM

For the third year in a row, lawmakers are expected to disregard the administration’s proposed budget.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019 11:53 AM

The kids begin flowing into nurse Maxine Pare’s office early in the morning at Etna-Dixmont Elementary School in Penobscot County, Maine. The students are dealing with all kinds of illnesses, from nausea and rashes to nose bleeds.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019 9:08 AM

We want to let you know that, for the second year, the Pennsylvania Departments of Education and State are inviting Pennsylvania schools to qualify for the Governor’s Civic Engagement Award (GCEA), which recognizes students for their efforts to register their peers to vote and educate them about the electoral process.

Under the GCEA program, PA high schools that register to vote at least 65 percent of their eligible student population qualify for the GCEA. More information about the award distinctions is available on the PA Department of  State’s website.

In the 2017-18 school year, 32 high schools held voter registration initiatives, resulting in 2,955 students registering to vote. This year, we want to build on those figures and expand the number of schools that are recognized by the award. Even more importantly, we want to make sure students across the Commonwealth and from all backgrounds are learning about elections, and that those who are eligible are registering to vote.

For the 2018-19 school year:

  • High schools can sign up for the GCEA program with Inspire U.S., a nonprofit that will help support registration drives, as well as provide materials and data management.
  • GCEA award applications are due on April 22, 2019. Calculations to determine the percent of eligible students registered will be based on the number of students eligible to vote in the May 2019 primary election.

Click on the links below for the GCEA flyers.

https://www.paprincipals.org/resource/images/stories/documents/gcea_flyer.pdf

https://www.paprincipals.org/resource/images/stories/documents/gcea_flyer2.pdf

https://www.paprincipals.org/resource/images/stories/documents/gcea_student_poll_worker.pdf

 
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 9:02 AM

A slate of eight bills aimed at bolstering career and technical education is on the move in the state House. The package made it through the House Education Committee with minimal debate.
WITF, March 11, 2019
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Monday, March 11, 2019 9:39 AM

Whether they realize it or not, Pennsylvanians have experienced a new age of transparency and openness of their government over the past decade. Under the overhauled state's Right to Know Law that took effect on Jan. 1, 2009, access to millions of documents have been granted that shed light on activities of local and state government that previously were shielded from public view.
WITF, March 8, 2019
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Monday, March 11, 2019 9:37 AM

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed allocation of $45 million toward school safety projects went under the microscope this week as lawmakers questioned the head of the Department of Education on the spending plan.
Watchdog.org, March 9, 2019
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