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Wednesday, February 13, 2019 3:16 PM

Join PA Schools Work For a Webinar on Feb. 26!

Do you know how the Governor's proposed budget will impact your school? Do you know how you can effectively advocate for as much funding as possible?

Grab a sandwich and join PA Schools Work on February 26 at noon as we unpack the Governor's budget and learn how to be an effective advocate for our schools and students.

What You Need to Know to be an Effective Advocate

During this hour, PA Schools Work's seasoned experts will walk you through the Governor's proposed budget allocation for education and what it means to you and your school. During this hour, we will also hone in on the tools and tips you need to ensure that you are making the biggest impact with your advocacy efforts. Join us to make sure you are equipped with all you need to know. Knowledge is power! 

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019 3:11 PM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has announced the release of guidelines to apply for 2019-2020 Innovative Teacher and Principal Residency Programs grants.

Approximately $1.75 million in federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Title II, Part A, state set-aside funding is available to support planning, implementation, and/or expansion of innovative, evidence-based teacher and principal/school leader full-year clinical residency models in Pennsylvania. Programs may be designed for undergraduate or post-baccalaureate candidates. Priority will be given to residency models embedded in four-year undergraduate teacher preparation programs. This is the second cycle of a multi-year grant program.

The 2019-2020 Innovative Teacher and Principal Residency Programs application guidelines provide direction to Pennsylvania certification program provider applicants interested in planning new residency models, implementing new residency models, or expanding existing residency models in partnership with one or more high-need local education agencies (LEAs). 

This grant program includes three types of competitive funding opportunities for eligible partnerships: 1) Planning Grant; 2) Implementation Grant; and 3) Expansion Grant.

• Maximum Award per Planning Grant: $75,000

• Maximum Award per Implementation Grant: $550,000 ($300,000 maximum for Year 1 and $250,000 maximum for Year 2, contingent upon available funding)

• Maximum Award per Expansion Grant: $200,000

Applications submitted in response to these guidelines are limited to partnerships aimed at nurturing and sustaining high-quality relationships among and between teacher and/or principal preparation entities and LEAs in high-need areas. The Institution of Higher Education (IHE) or other PA-approved program provider will be the lead applicant; signed agreements with participating LEAs must be provided at the time of application. 

Applications are due on March 29, 2019. More information can be found at PDE’s  Innovative Teacher and Principal Residency Programs Grant web page.

Questions may be directed to Stephanie Stauffer at sstauffer@pa.gov.

 

 
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 10:47 AM

Some say the changes are spurring long-needed progress. Yet there’s also a widespread view that a short-term effort won’t be enough. The consensus is that substantial money toward security is needed for a succession of years, so districts can not only pay for big-ticket building upgrades, but for recurring expenses such as guidance counselors and school resource officers. 
PennLive, Feb. 13, 2019
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Wednesday, February 13, 2019 10:45 AM

The proposal, formally introduced as Senate Bill 34 last month, would require a family to pay out-of-pocket tuition to attend a cyber charter school if their home district offers a “cyber-based program equal in scope and content.”
WHYY, Feb. 13, 2019
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Wednesday, February 13, 2019 10:42 AM

For most us, February 14th marks Valentine’s Day to celebrate with loved ones, but for many in Parkland, Florida, it is the day that marks the tragic loss of 17 innocent lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Anniversaries of trauma are difficult days. They evoke intense emotion and bring back traumatic memories from the tragedy.

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Monday, February 11, 2019 11:15 AM

Schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey are buying devices that resemble smoke detectors to combat the use of e-cigarettes or vapes by students in bathrooms and other places without cameras.

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Monday, February 11, 2019 11:11 AM

In the aftermath of every recent school shooting, Penn Cambria Superintendent William Marshall has noticed a common, tragic trend. Students who survived would be in the news, describing “warning signs” that could have made a difference.

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Monday, February 11, 2019 11:09 AM

Long before an ex-student opened fire on his former classmates in Parkland, Florida, many school districts conducted regular shooting drills — exercises that sometimes included simulated gunfire and blood and often happened with no warning that the attack wasn’t real.

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Friday, February 8, 2019 8:55 AM

Under the legislation offered by Rep. Christopher Quinn, R-Delaware County, the cost of video games rated as suitable for mature or adult audiences sold in Pennsylvania would be subject to a new 10% tax. The revenue raised from this tax on "M" or “AO” rated video games would go toward supporting school safety measures.
PennLive, Feb. 9, 2019
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Friday, February 8, 2019 8:55 AM

Governor Tom Wolf visited Dover Area High School to call for statewide broadband access, the governor's office said Thursday. Access would increase educational opportunities for Pennsylvania’s students, Wolf said.
WFMZ, Feb. 7, 2019
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