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Wednesday, February 3, 2016 9:38 AM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) will conduct training sessions on the administration of the 2015-16 PSSAs. The training sessions will be presented March 7, 2016 via GoToMeeting (tm) at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. A training session will be recorded and posted for viewing at another time.

The information being presented is critical to the administration of the PSSAs; therefore, it is required that every LEA participating in the 2015-16 PSSAs have a least one representative trained. These are train-the-trainer sessions and are designed so that the representative who participates in the webinar can deliver the same information to his or her test coordinators and administrators.

TO REGISTER FOR:

March 7, 2016 at 9 a.m. select the following link: 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3450043559331433474

Webinar ID: 121-613-763

OR

March 7, 2016 at 1 p.m. select the following link: 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3364824811109121026

Webinar ID: 151-669-307

 

 
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 9:02 AM

Less than a week before Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf proposes a new state spending plan, more partisan gridlock looms, and many Republican lawmakers remain firmly opposed to the higher taxes he seeks.
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Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Jan. 2, 2016.


 
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 8:59 AM

With his first state budget still incomplete, Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday that his second budget address will feature a renewed call for increases in state funding for K-12 education, both in the current fiscal year and the next. 
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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jan. 2, 2016.


 
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 8:26 AM

HARRISBURG (February 2, 2016) – The Campaign for Fair Education Funding issued the following statement on Gov. Tom Wolf's basic education funding budget announcement today:

"We are pleased that Governor Wolf is continuing his commitment to public schools by calling for an increase of $377 million in the current fiscal year to begin fixing our broken school funding system," said Charlie Lyons, spokesman for the Campaign. "Overall state education funding has been inadequate in providing what students need to achieve state educational standards, and that would be an essential first step.

"We need multiple years of increased investment and a permanent, student-driven funding formula," said Lyons. "We support the Governor's proposal to distribute education funding in fiscal year 2016-17 using the new funding formula proposed by the Basic Education Funding Commission. But the $200 million increase proposed by the Governor for next year does not keep us on track toward the long-term goal. We urge the Governor and legislature to increase that amount when enacting a final budget for the next fiscal year."

In a memo to the Governor and General Assembly yesterday, the Campaign urged lawmakers to (1) adopt the fair funding formula recommended by the bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission (BEFC), (2) bring the state's increased allocation for basic education funding for the current fiscal year to at least $350 million to help schools recover from past funding shortfalls and begin implementing the formula, and (3) build on that investment by including $400 million more in the FY2016-17 budget.

"Our Campaign will continue to work with the Governor and the legislature to enact a school funding system that ensures every public school student can receive a quality education no matter where that student lives," Lyons said.

The Campaign for Fair Education Funding consists of more than 50 organizations representing educators, faith-based organizations, children's advocates, business leaders, and representatives of charter schools and rural, urban and suburban school districts across Pennsylvania.

For more information, visit www.fairfundingpa.org.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016 12:54 PM

The PA Principals Association in conjunction with three other educational organizations will be offering an Educational Leadership Summit in State College from July 24-26, 2016. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN, but it is limited to the first 400 participants. If you need Act 45 hours, this summit will award 50 PIL hours upon completion of the required assignments. Please see the link below for registration information:
http://bit.ly/1No460f

 
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 10:24 AM

School districts statewide took out nearly $1 billion in loans to cover shortfalls caused by the state budget impasse, costing them a collective $40 million to $50 million in interest so far, according to state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale.
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Source: Citizens Voice, Feb. 2, 2016.

 
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 10:23 AM

Pennsylvania school districts will be eligible to receive one free carton of Narcan nasal spray -- which can reverse the effects of a heroin overdose -- under a partnership between the state and the Radnor-based maker of the drug, Gov. Wolf announced Monday.
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Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb. 2, 2016.


 
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 9:45 AM

Do you have a brilliant idea to solve a problem and your school, and just need a little money to make it happen? NAESP has partnered with the Wahl Foundation to award one $20,000 grant and ten $2,000 UNthink My School grants to schools that apply a creative solution to a problem. Schools serving grades K-8 whose principal is an NAESP member are eligible to apply; winners will be announced in March. The Foundation is especially interested in hearing from low-income and Title I schools.

We know that most schools struggle with resources—especially time. The good news here is that the application process for the grant is simple and takes anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour to complete. We hope that even the act of applying for these grants will spark some innovative ideas that will not only help schools, but the communities they serve. 

Possible grant projects could reinforce an anti-bullying campaign, focus on campus safety, overcome learning inequalities, decrease truancy, or address resource challenges.

As NAESP helps principals navigate the intrinsic 21st century challenges that come with the transformation of the nation’s school systems, the UNthink My School grant dovetails with our commitment to arts-enhanced school experiences and creative approaches to provide modern, innovative support to principals.

Proposals are due Feb. 15, 2016. Visit http://www.thewahlfoundation.com/unthink-my-school-grant/ for more details.

 
Monday, February 1, 2016 2:30 PM

HARRISBURG (February 1, 2016) – In anticipation of the governor's second budget address next week, the Campaign for Fair Education Funding today formally requested that Gov. Tom Wolf and members of the General Assembly resolve their differences and make a significant, long-term and equitable investment in public schools beginning with this fiscal year, and build on that investment in the 2016-17 budget.  

The Campaign, a diverse coalition of more than 50 organizations, signed and delivered a memo to state lawmakers stating that each day that passes without action, opportunities for children to benefit from investments in public education are lost, and the state's well-documented economic, racial and ethnic student achievement gaps will only widen and continue to hurt the state's economy. 

In its memo, the Campaign wrote, "Overall state education funding has been insufficient to support what is needed to educate all students to state standards. The result has been clearly and repeatedly illustrated in recent research, school district surveys, and news coverage: more and more school districts, without the revenues sufficient to cover mandated and necessary costs, will continue staff layoffs, cutbacks in academic programs, and other measures to close their fiscal gaps.

"There is no more vital investment we can make to propel our economy forward than building a well-educated and properly prepared workforce. Even more fundamentally, there is no more important obligation than to give all of Pennsylvania's children a high-quality education and a strong foundation for full and productive lives."

For information about the Campaign for Fair Education Funding, visit www.fairfundingpa.org.

 
Monday, February 1, 2016 10:49 AM

Legislative staffers and the governor's office considered scheduling Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf to deliver his 2016-17 state budget on Tuesday, Groundhog Day, until the realization hit.
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Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Jan. 31, 2016.

 
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