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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.

 
Thursday, September 8, 2016 3:50 PM
  • Plan Con - As you may be aware, school districts have not received any payouts for construction projects over the past two years and there has been a moratorium on any new projects. I attended a joint organization meeting at the Capitol with House and Senate aide members to discuss the future of Plan Con. Currently, there is an advisory committee working on coming up with recommendations for a new Plan Con process for the future. While that is going on, the State is getting ready to go out for bonds in order to start making the payments for the projects already in the pipeline. The problem is that the bond process, at this point in time, does not include any borrowing for any future projects which will essentially shut down the State's funding of school construction projects. With the aging of buildings, etc., we believe that any future borrowing should include funding for school projects. We are working in a joint effort with the other educational organizations to make sure that any borrowing includes an option for future projects.
  • House Bill 1858 - This proposed bill would amend the Public School Code and require all high school students (no matter what school they attend) to take and receive a passing grade on the United States Citizenship Test on Civics, produced by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. The test would consist of 100 questions and students would be required to obtain a minimum score of 60%. This test would begin in the 2020-2021 school year and a passing score would be necessary for graduation or a GED.

    The PA Principals Association along with other educational organizations will be opposing this bill and will be providing testimony in the coming week. The reasons for our opposition include but are not limited to the following: a) we do not need another test at any level, b) Chapter 4 outlines standards for civics and citizenship and high school students participate and are assessed as part of the course, c) knowledge on a test does not make a person a good citizen - we need to look at their actions as part of their community engagement, d) the civics courses and standards are far more rigorous than the 100-question test being proposed.
  • ESSA - The PA Principals Association continues to be involved in the development of our state's ESSA plan. PDE has been engaging stakeholders in discussion about four areas: assessment, accountability, certification and educator evaluation. There is one additional meeting of the stakeholder group in October and then PDE plans to hold listening tours around the state about the ESSA plan. We hope that the recommendations made by the stakeholder groups will stay the course when the legislators begin their review and hearings.
  • Focus on Education - Dr. Joe Clapper, PA Principals Association Assistant Executive Director, and I recently taped a television program held monthly by the Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC) on the PCN network. The half-hour show was a discussion about current topics in education. The broadcast will air this Sunday, Sept. 11, at 3 PM on PCN.

Dr. Paul M. Healey, Executive Director 

PA Principals Association

 
Thursday, September 8, 2016 2:07 PM

The popularity of dual-enrollment programs has soared nationally as high school students clamor to try college-level work. But the movement is dogged by questions about one of its key selling points: that students can get a jump-start on college by transferring those credits.

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Source: Education Week, Sept. 6, 2016.

 
Thursday, September 8, 2016 2:03 PM

The number of jobs in the tech industry are growing fast and these jobs pay well, yet women aren’t part of the boom. A Girls Code Club in Lancaster will give girls a chance to learn how to design their own website, video game or computer program.

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Source: LancasterOnline, Sept. 8, 2016.


 
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 9:31 AM

Here’s your all-in-one guide to the Common Core State Standards, adopted by a majority of states with great fanfare — and considerable pushback in some places. 
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Source: Education Week, Sept. 6, 2016.

 
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 9:28 AM

Our public schools are struggling to handle millions of students with mental health problems. Here's why.
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Source: NPR.org, Sept. 7, 2016.

 
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