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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.

 
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 12:10 PM

When Pennsylvania's auditor general released a report last week highlighting what he called a lack of state oversight of millions of dollars in lease reimbursements for charter schools, his message wasn't exactly new.
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Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, Aug. 9, 2016.

 
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 12:09 PM

In their efforts to write comprehensive, feasible—and politically saleable—plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act, state education agencies across the country are assembling massive task forces, stacked with parents, educators, scholars, and politicians.
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Source: Education Week, Aug. 8, 2016.

 
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 12:09 PM

For a moment, let's pretend. That everything you know about America's public education system — the bitter politics and arcane funding policies, the rules and countless reasons our schools work (or don't) the way they do — is suddenly negotiable.
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Source: NPR.org, Aug 9, 2016.

 
Monday, August 8, 2016 10:49 AM

The NAACP has long expressed concern about charter schools, but now its members are taking a tougher stance. At their recent annual national convention late last month, members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People approved a resolution that included language calling for a moratorium on the expansion of privately managed charters.
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Source: Washington Post, Aug. 7, 2016.

 
Monday, August 8, 2016 10:49 AM

Pennsylvania lawmakers recently passed a law that changes the way potential modifications to state pension plans are evaluated. This concerns state pensions, which cover state and public school employees. Gov. Wolf signed it into law last week.
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Source: WITF.org, Aug. 8, 2016.

 
Monday, August 8, 2016 10:12 AM

If merging school districts is found worthy of pursuit, it should be encouraged rather than required.
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Source: Reading Eagle, Aug. 7, 2016.

 
Thursday, August 4, 2016 11:32 AM

Nine charter schools collected $2.5 million for lease reimbursements from the state that Auditor General Eugene DePasquale claims were improper and should be paid back.

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Source: PennLive.com, Aug. 3, 2016.


 

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Source: PennLive.com, Aug. 3, 2016.
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Thursday, August 4, 2016 11:30 AM

A Virginia school board may temporarily block a student who was born a girl from using the boys' bathroom while a legal fight over transgender rights proceeds on appeal, the U.S. Supreme Court said on Wednesday.
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Source: Reuters, Aug. 4, 2016.

 
Thursday, August 4, 2016 11:18 AM

Who must fulfill the requirements?

All certified school and systems leaders who serve in the following positions in a commonwealth public school:

  1. Assistant or Vice Principal
  2. Principal
  3. Assistant Superintendent
  4. Superintendent
  5. Assistant Intermediate Unit Executive Director
  6. Intermediate Unit Executive Director
  7. Director of an Area Vocational-Technical School

What is required?

•   All persons employed as school and system leaders must complete 180 Act 45 continuing professional education hours every five years.  The number of hours is prorated during the period when first hired in one of the positions listed above. 

•   The original end date of your five-year cycle does not change when you are first hired in the school and system leader position.

•   School and system leaders are required to fulfill the PIL hours in PDE-approved programs that address one or more of the eight PA school leadership standards.

How will I know how many Act 45 hours to complete after I first become an administrator serving in one of the seven designated positions?

•   The date of hire in one of the seven designated positions marks the beginning of the PIL continuing professional education requirements regardless of the number of regular Act 48 hours that the administrator may have previously earned. Thus, if you are hired in one of these seven positions half-way through your Act 48 cycle, you must earn half of the required 180 credit hours in PIL credit hours before the cycle ends.

•   The number of PIL hours are to be completed for the remainder of the school or system leader’s cycle  even if they are not displayed in PERMS. You  may not see this information on your record until your new position is included in the school district’s annual spring PIMS report to PDE.

Which courses are approved to provide the Act 45 continuing professional education hours?

•   All PDE Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership Program (PIL) courses provide Act 45 continuing professional education hours including those approved for the Principal Induction Program.

•  PDE-approved Superintendent Letter of Eligibility program courses provide Act 45 continuing professional education hours.

A list of non-PDE courses approved to provide Act 45 continuing professional education hours is located on the PDE PIL website.

Where can I find information?

The following PDE websites have information:

•   Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership (PIL) Program and PIL professional development courses 

•   Act 48 and PERMS    

•   PDE certification information and TIMS link 

 

 
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