Press Releases

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 10:24 AM

If you live in Philadelphia and watch the news, you've probably heard about the newly approved sugary-drink tax, and you likely heard that most of this new revenue will go to fund more slots for children to attend public prekindergarten programs.
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Source: Philadephia Inquirer, Aug. 1, 2016.

 
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 10:23 AM

Eight states, including Pennsylvania, will work collaboratively to create and implement plans to encourage social-emotional learning in their schools, the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning announced this month.
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Source: Education Week, Aug. 1, 2016.

 
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 8:36 AM

NAESP President Dr. Steven Geis today announced that Gail Connelly, Executive Director of NAESP since 2007, has announced her retirement following a planned transition and search for a new Executive Director. In recognition of her 32 years of service to NAESP, Connelly will serve as NAESP Executive Director Emeritus upon her retirement. 

“The NAESP Board is grateful for Gail Connelly’s years of leadership,” said Geis. “She helped stabilize NAESP during financially challenging times and her implementation of dynamic strategic plans resulted in significant impact on public school policy and practice. Her legacy is one of shared leadership, working closely with the NAESP Board and staff to achieve goals and to position NAESP as the most recognized and respected national leader and advocate on behalf of Pre-K-8 principals. We wish her the very best and we are delighted that she will remain a staunch supporter of NAESP as Executive Director Emeritus upon her retirement.”

Connelly’s announcement comes at a time of significant importance for our nation’s principals with the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the change in Administration with the 2016 Presidential Election. As the only national level organization dedicated solely to our nation’s elementary and middle-level principals and the children they serve, NAESP is poised for continued growth and success in the future.

“It has always been an honor and a privilege to serve principals who are our nation’s unsung heroes,” said Gail Connelly. “I am proud of what our Board, our staff, and our State Leaders have accomplished together over the years, and I am grateful for the support of our many friends and partners. It will be exciting to hand the baton to NAESP’s next Executive Director, who ideally will provide expert operational management and superb leadership as the chief advocate for new generations of principals.”

“Gail has been an outstanding leader whose commitment to succession planning has been most helpful to the Board in developing a smooth and effective transition process. The NAESP Board of Directors plans to appoint a search committee and engage the services of an executive search firm to assist the process in identifying a strong candidate to lead NAESP into the future,” reported Dr. Robyn Conrad Hansen, immediate past president of NAESP, who will chair the search committee.

The search will begin this fall to hire a new Executive Director by July 1, 2017. The NAESP Executive Director Search Timeline and Process is posted on NAESP’s web site.

All inquiries related to the search should be addressed by mail to: Dr. Robyn Conrad Hansen, Past President and Chair, Search Committee, NAESP, 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091; via email: Robyn.Hansen@JrHIE.com; or via phone: (602) 999-3486.

Source: NAESP Press Release, August 1, 2016.

 
Monday, August 1, 2016 9:48 AM

About 50 years ago, the public education landscape in Pennsylvania went through a major overhaul, perhaps the largest since universal public education was introduced in the commonwealth in 1834. A pair of bills set in motion widespread consolidation of school districts, causing small, local districts to vanish, with large, merged districts taking their places.

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Source: Reading Eagle, July 31, 2016.

 
Monday, August 1, 2016 9:41 AM

The state Legislature not only has failed, but has refused to reform state pension systems that have become a festering rip-off of Pennsylvania taxpayers. 

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Source: Delaware County Daily Times, Aug. 1, 2016.

 
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 10:35 AM

When state lawmakers returned to their home districts last week after completing the 2016-17 budget, several high-profile bills were left in limbo. Among them are pension reform, updates to the state’s statutes of limitations on child sexual abuse cases, a proposal to tighten restrictions on abortion and the expansion of anti-discrimination protections to people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender.
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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 25, 2016.

 
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 10:34 AM

The U.S. Department of Education has issued guidelines aimed at preventing schools from discriminating against the growing numbers of students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 27, 2016.


 
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 10:33 AM

Take a look this summer inside some of America's garages, museums and libraries and you'll see that the "maker movement" is thriving. But the maker movement faces some big hurdles as it pushes into classrooms.
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Source: NPR.org, July 21, 2016.

 
Thursday, July 21, 2016 3:32 PM

A festering dispute over the state's 13 cyber schools, their funding and students' sagging test scores has reignited in Harrisburg and will continue into the fall.
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Source: Daily Item, July 20, 2016.

 
Thursday, July 21, 2016 3:31 PM

Urban school districts in Pennsylvania face a particularly cruel logic. They serve the poorest, most needy students, yet, when it comes to state funding per pupil, most of them don't make the top of the list.
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Source: WITF, July 21, 2016.

 
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