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Monday, April 24, 2017 8:49 AM

Pennsylvania Republicans are reigniting a push to outlaw so-called “ghost teachers” — educators who take extended absences to work full time for their unions while accruing salaries, seniority and pension credits on the taxpayers' dime.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 22, 2017
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Friday, April 21, 2017 8:15 AM

A proposal moving in the state Senate would clarify state law to give school districts the explicit green light to allow teachers and other school employees to carry guns.
Meadville Tribune, April 21, 2017 (Subscription may be required.)
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Friday, April 21, 2017 8:14 AM

Pennsylvania's legislature is returning to one of its toughest recurring issues — overhauling charter schools.
WHYY Newsworks, April 21, 2017
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Thursday, April 20, 2017 11:19 AM

A proposed rewrite of the state charter school law would allow public schools to keep almost $30 million by adding deductions for costs that computer-based schools don't have.
Meadville Tribune, April 20, 2017
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Thursday, April 20, 2017 11:18 AM

The Pennsylvania Senate Education Committee hit a trifecta of hot-potato political issues yesterday, advancing legislation dealing with guns in schools, immigration policy and the separation of church and state.
Carlisle Sentinel, April 19, 2017
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Thursday, April 20, 2017 8:03 AM

PA's charter school law will turn 20 this year, and the efforts to reform it are nearly as old. Those efforts started anew Monday. The House Education Committee voted 14-10 for a bill supporters say will save taxpayers $27 million and improve oversight, but opponents say doesn't go far enough to improve spending and academic accountability at 176 charter schools.
Allentown Morning Call, April 18, 2017
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Thursday, April 20, 2017 8:02 AM

The senate education committee will vote on a bill that would allow school personnel access to guns in the building or on school grounds.
ABC Channel 27, April 19, 2017
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017 8:28 AM

The PA Principals Association is one of 42 diverse groups 42 diverse groups from all over Pennsylvania that signed on to show support for the $2 million school breakfast initiative included in the state’s 2017-18 budget proposal. The letter urges Pennsylvania legislators to support the Governor’s budget proposal to make sure more students are getting school breakfast. Right now, 1 in 5 kids in Pennsylvania struggles with hunger. School breakfast is critical to ensure that kids get the basic nutrition they need, but too many kids who may need a school breakfast are missing out. Today, less than half of kids who qualify for in-school breakfast are actually receiving it. It doesn’t have to be that way. This is a solvable problem.

Click here to review letter.

 
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 10:21 AM

Misbehaving students in Kindergarten through fifth grade would no longer be given out-of-school suspensions under a measure introduced in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. House Bill 715 would require districts to find alternative disciplinary methods for elementary students for anything other than offenses that put the health of students or teachers at risk.
WITF, April 17, 2017
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017 8:57 AM

Please Join Congressman Glenn 'GT' Thompson for a K-12 Education Policy Summit at Lock Haven University on April 20: The Every Student Succeeds Act: Empowering Educators and School Leaders forthe 21st Century.

Congressman Glenn 'GT' Thompson, senior member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, will host a panel-style listening session on the ongoing implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA.

The ESSA was signed into law by President Obama in December 2015. The law replaced No Child Left Behindand brought significant changes to elementary and secondary education policy; namely, federal funding flexibility for school districts and a return of power over education to states, school districts, teachers, students and parents.

RSVP to join this great event!

Time: 9:00-11:00 AM

Date: Thursday, April 20th

Who: Congressman Glenn 'GT' Thompson; Erin Duncan, National Education Association (NEA); Jacki Ball, National Parent Teacher Association (PTA); Representative from the PA Department of Education (Invited)

What: "The Every Student Succeeds Act: Empowering Educators and School Leaders for the 21st Century"

Where: Lock Haven University, Durrwachter Conference Center, 10 Susquehanna Avenue, Lock Haven, PA 17745

Questions or to RSVP: Mike Glazer, Mike.Glazer@mail.house.gov, (814) 353-0215

 
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