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Tuesday, October 11, 2016 11:22 AM

The 2016 National Distinguished Principals, as named by the National Association of Elementary School Principals, were honored October 7 at an awards banquet in Washington, D.C. Paul M. Healey, Ph.D., PA Principals Association executive director, and Dr. Melissa D. Patschke, NAESP Zone 2 director and PA Principals Association ex-officio board member, were in attendance to celebrate with Pennsylvania NDP, Joseph P. Brereton, principal of Butler Elementary School (Chalfont, Pa.) in the Central Bucks School District. (See photos below.)

Established in 1984, the two-day NDP celebration program, which was held at the Capital Hilton Hotel, recognizes public and private school principals who make superior contributions to their schools and communities. The 58 principal honorees are selected by NAESP state affiliates and by committees representing private and overseas schools.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016 11:12 AM

For years, Pennsylvania's generally high immunization rates have stood out as particularly poor on one set of measures — vaccination coverage of children enrolled in kindergarten. That outlier status suddenly changed in the annual survey released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct. 6, 2016.


 
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 11:11 AM

There is a looming teacher shortage in Pennsylvania. And lawmakers want to slash retirement benefits that offer educators a secure, middle-class retirement.
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Source: Delaware County Daily Times, Oct. 8, 2016.


 
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 10:59 AM

Everybody involved in K-12 education knows that new teachers tend to need a lot of extra support. What they may not fully grasp, however, is just how many http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/10/05/new-teachers-make-up-a-significant-segment.html new teachers are out there.
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Source: Education Week, Oct. 4, 2016.


 
Friday, October 7, 2016 9:06 AM

Three transgender students today filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the Pine-Richland SD (Allegheny Co.) for implementing a new “sex-specific” protocol that requires transgender students to use restrooms that match the sex they were assigned at birth or, as an alternative, to use a unisex bathroom or the private bathroom in the nurse’s office.
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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Oct. 7, 2016.

 
Friday, October 7, 2016 9:05 AM

State-run pension systems across the country were underfunded by $1.2 trillion last year and are expected to be in even worse shape in the years ahead, according to a report released Thursday from a top credit rating agency.

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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Oct. 7, 2016.

 
Friday, October 7, 2016 8:33 AM

Now Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng is a sociologist at New York University and he's just published a paper with colleague Peter Halpin that addresses this question. It seems that students of all races — white, black, Latino, and Asian — have more positive perceptions of their black and Latino teachers than they do of their white teachers.

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Source: NPR.org, Oct. 7, 2016.

 
Thursday, October 6, 2016 3:04 PM

The Education Department has for more than 10 years poured in excess of $3 billion into the creation and operation of charter schools, but according to a new audit by the agency’s own inspector general’s office, it has failed in some cases to provide adequate oversight and as a result has put its own grants at risk.
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Source: Washington Post, Oct. 5, 2016.

 
Thursday, October 6, 2016 3:04 PM

Sexual assaults involving students are in the news often, usually the attention is on colleges. But now the attention has shifted to K-12 schools and the efforts to stop the problem.
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Source: CBS Channel 21, Oct. 5, 2016.

 
Thursday, October 6, 2016 3:02 PM

Finding comparable data to answer those questions can be a tough slog if you're a mayor, education activist, or involved parent. But a new, interactive website from the Dallas-based George W. Bush Institute attempts to make it easier for those with a vested interest in education — particularly mayors and school administrators who have to make decisions about how to spend limited resources — to find key data.

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Source: Education Week, Oct. 4, 2016.

 
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