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Monday, August 15, 2016 10:49 AM

In the back-and-forth drama of Pennsylvania's budget woes, nothing has been more ever-present than pension reform.

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Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, Aug. 14, 2016.

 
Monday, August 15, 2016 10:48 AM

Charter schools have always represented a flashpoint in the education space. But the demands from the NAACP and the Black Lives Matter-affiliated groups highlight a new wrinkle: After years benefiting from a reform-friendly K-12 agenda that allowed its schools to flourish through the elimination of caps and increased funding at the state and federal levels, the charter sector now finds itself in the crosshairs of a burgeoning and wide-scale debate over who truly holds communities of color in their best interest.
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Source: U.S. News, Aug. 12, 2016.


 
Monday, August 15, 2016 10:39 AM

If you think that determining scores on standardized tests is a simple matter of figuring out how many answers each student got right, you are wrong.
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Source: Washington Post, Aug. 12, 2016.

 
Thursday, August 11, 2016 2:10 PM

In Pennsylvania, attempts to change education policies or practices are often long, drawn-out slogs. So what would it take to revolutionize the entire system to compete with top performers in the world? A new report from the National Council of State Legislatures, a bipartisan think tank, suggests a clear path forward — urging lawmakers to fast-track international best practices in order to improve the United States' standings on the world's education stage.
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Source: WHYY Newsworks, Aug. 9, 2016.

 
Thursday, August 11, 2016 2:10 PM

What will it take for U.S. schools to improve — not incrementally, but dramatically?  That’s the question that a bipartisan group of state lawmakers from around the country set out to answer two years ago, when they embarked on a study of the world’s highest-performing school systems.
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Source: Washington Post, Aug. 9, 2016.

 
Thursday, August 11, 2016 1:40 PM

Still studying up on important policy changes made by the Every Student Succeeds Act? The Education Commission of the States has put out short overviews of 10 important issues that state education departments and others will face as they shift to the new federal education law. 
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Source: Education Week, Aug. 9, 2016.

 
Thursday, August 11, 2016 1:30 PM

Join NAESP for a Webinar, ESSA IMPLEMENTATION: LEVERAGING STATE OPPORTUNITIES TO SUPPORT PRINCIPAL LEADERSHIP, on Wednesday, August 17 from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST. Sponsored by NAESP and the Wallace Foundation.

The passage of the nation's largest federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), shifts significant authority to the state and local levels in order to identify and target resources to support effective educators. ESSA is informed by over a decade of research and practice, which now underscores the importance of principal leadership. Evidence shows that effective principals and other school leaders are second only to teaching quality when considering school-based factors that contribute to student learning.

As we move into ESSA implementation, states and local districts are faced with both challenges and opportunities to plan comprehensive reforms that include systemic support for principals and other school leaders. This presentation will provide an overview of the new law and how it supports states and districts to improve principal quality, as well as the latest research and analysis that shows investing in principal preparation and development are evidence-based strategies. State policymakers and representatives from the State of Washington will share how they are working to reorient state efforts to take advantage of the opportunities to support principals and improve student and related outcomes. Attendees will gain knowledge around specific strategies that may be a part of any state's ESSA plan, and how to ensure that the new law's implementation will recognize, value and support the role of principals as the catalysts for reform. 

Panelists: Robert Butts, Assistant Superintendent for Early Learning, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, State of Washington; and Ron Sisson, Director of Principal Support and Elementary Programs, Association of Washington School Principals

Moderator: Kelly Pollitt, Chief Strategist, Policy and Alliances, NAESP

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016 9:22 AM

The state of Pennsylvania — and the nation, as a whole — is facing the growing prospect of a troubling teacher shortage, according to Titusville Area SD Superintendent Karen Jez.
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Source: Titusville Herald, Aug. 10, 2016.

 
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 9:21 AM

Bethlehem Area School Board member Dean Donaher wants the public to know that charter schools aren't really free. While parents don't have to pay tuition to enroll a child in a Pennsylvania public charter school, tax dollars are funneled from a home school to the charter for each child that enrolls.
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Source: Lehigh Valley Live, Aug. 9, 2016.

 
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 9:02 AM

It’s the Pokémon Go predicament of 2016: schools all over the country are trying to think of ways to keep students off their phones and into their school work.
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Source: Carlisle Sentinel, Aug. 9, 2016.

 
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