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Thursday, September 15, 2016 9:40 AM

The stakes for K-12 policy in this year's state-level elections couldn't be clearer: Whoever voters pick in the legislative and gubernatorial races will have significant new leverage in shaping states' education agendas in the years ahead.
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Source: Education Week, Sept. 12, 2016



 
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 1:15 PM

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and Prudential Financial are preparing to launch the 22nd  annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards for young people who have demonstrated outstanding community service over the past year. 

This unique youth recognition program, created by Prudential Financial in partnership with NASSP, honors middle level and high school students for making meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.  

The program gives schools an opportunity to reward and shine a spotlight on students who have distinguished themselves through volunteer activities -- and an opportunity to call attention to the role that schools play in promoting community service. 

Applications for 2017 awards are now open to students in grades 5-12 who have volunteered in the past year. More information on this year’s program is included below. Click here to apply (an account is needed to register.)

If you would like more information about the 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, call 800-253-7746, email spirit@nassp.org or visit http://spirit.prudential.com

 
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 9:06 AM

Gov. Tom Wolf did not mince words when asked about public education in the state. “It is not a very good future,” Wolf said. That is how Wolf characterized the outlook if substantial changes in the way schools are funded are not implemented soon.
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Source: Citizens Voice, Sept. 13, 2016.

 
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 9:05 AM

Members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Democratic Policy Committee on Monday convened at Northley Middle School and listened to more than two hours of testimony related to graduation requirements and high-stakes testing.
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Source: Delaware County Daily Times, Sept. 13, 2016.

 
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 9:04 AM

Pennsylvania Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera was among the invited guests for the White House Next Generation High Schools Summit Monday in Washington, D.C. Rivera and other education leaders from around the country attended the summit to engage in a deep dialogue about how to redesign the high school experience so that it is rigorous and relevant for students graduating into today's global community.
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Source: PRNewswire, Sept. 12, 2016.

 
Monday, September 12, 2016 10:34 AM

In northwest Pennsylvania, along the edge of Lake Erie, you'll find the city of Erie. There, the superintendent of the more than 12,000 student district has forwarded a plan that's causing a stir — calling for leaders to consider shutting down all of the district's high schools and sending students to the wealthier, whiter, suburban districts.
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Source: NPR.org, Sept. 11, 2016.


 
Monday, September 12, 2016 10:32 AM

They're called Generation Z — kids born after Sept. 11, 2001, whose knowledge of that day derives mostly from news documentaries, books, and the recollections of their parents. These students and their peers will never know a life prior to 9/11. For them, the day the towers fell is just another day to be studied in class.
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Source: Meadville Tribune, Sept. 11, 2016.

 
Monday, September 12, 2016 9:36 AM

In an effort to protect students' civil rights and limit unnecessarily harsh school discipline, the Obama administration on Thursday released new resources related to the hiring and training of school resource officers.
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Source: Education Week, Sept. 8, 2016. 

 
Monday, September 12, 2016 9:35 AM

Recent news coverage of the dramatic increase in the price of an EpiPen has also brought attention to how widespread the use of the anti-allergy device is among children.
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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 9, 2016.

 
Thursday, September 8, 2016 3:51 PM

Part 1: Guests will include:
Dr. Paul M. Healey, Executive Director, PA Principals Association

Dr. Joseph H. Clapper, Assistant Executive Director, PA Principals Association

Part 2: Guest will be:

Richard W. Askey, Treasurer, The Pennsylvania State Education Association

All EPLC "Focus on Education" TV shows are hosted by EPLC President Ron Cowell.

"Focus on Education" is a monthly program focusing on education issues in Pennsylvania. The program has most recently included interviews with PA Senate Education Committee Chair Lloyd K. Smucker and with Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera; discussions on teacher preparation, school curriculum and instruction, the work of Education Voters of PA and a broad range of education funding issues; and discussions on Governor Wolf's 2016-2017 state budget proposal for education, the federal reauthorization of ESEA, and early education in PA.

Past programs are posted on the EPLC site.

The show also has covered topics including the impact of trauma on student learning; the work of Pennsylvania's 14 community colleges; the financial condition of school districts; National Math + Science Initiative; Pennsylvania's Political and Legislative Landscape and Its Implications for Funding Education; Ethics in School Districts, the Role of Intermediate Units, Reactions to Governor Wolf's 2015-2016 State Education Budget Proposal; and Physical Education and Health Education Issues for Students.

"Focus on Education" airs on the second Sunday of each month at 3:00 p.m. EST on Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) and then airs again several times throughout the same month.

 
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