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Monday, May 23, 2016 8:41 AM

Last week the state Senate, with an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 49-1, passed H.B. 1552, which would make the Basic Education Funding Commission's fair funding formula permanent.

House Bill 1552 could go the floor for final passage AS EARLY AS MONDAY, MAY 23, so it is critical for Campaign for Fair Education Funding supporters to call or email their state Representative and urge them to vote 'yes' for this bill.

  • Click here for A Call to Action Flyer with instructions and talking points.

 

 

 
Friday, May 20, 2016 10:42 AM

Fewer students would receive free and reduced-price meals at school under legislation that Republicans pushed through a House committee Wednesday.” Click here for full article.

 

Source: Associated Press, May 18, 2016.

 

 
Friday, May 20, 2016 10:41 AM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education says it will no longer take the reins on the end-of-the-year reconciliation process — a move that would leave charter schools and public school districts on their own to resolve tuition billing discrepancies.
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Source: Allentown Morning Call, May 19, 2016.

 

 
Friday, May 20, 2016 9:42 AM

Click here for an infographic that demonstrates the importance of high-quality pre-K in Pennsylvania.

 
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 8:29 AM

In recent weeks two Philadelphia suburban school districts adopted comprehensive policies addressing the rights of transgender students.
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Source: PennLive.com, May 17, 2016.


 
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 8:29 AM

Democratic state Rep. James Roebuck of Philadelphia argues for the need to reform Pennsylvania’s 20-year-old charter school law, which state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has called the worst in the nation. 
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Source: Bucks County Courier Times, May 13, 2016.



 
Monday, May 16, 2016 1:55 PM

By now you may have heard that the Obama Administration released new Guidance on Title IX that will impact your school related to protections for transgender students and allowing use of facilities that match a particular individual's chosen identity. Given the safety and social-emotional well-being of every student that must be at the forefront of discussions in your learning community on this issue, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) would like to draw your immediate attention to an accompanying document, Examples of Emerging Policies and Practices to Support Transgender Students.

Given the importance of this issue and protections for transgender students, as well as age-appropriate considerations that every Pre-K-8 principal must take into account, NAESP would like to underscore that this federal guidance jointly signed by the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) and U.S. Department of Education (USED) does not add requirements to current law, but provides information to states, districts and schools through examples on how to evaluate policy and practices when considering compliance with any legal obligations.

NAESP encourages all principals to be acquainted with state and district policies regarding transgender students, and to consult your school or district attorney should you have any questions or concerns. Any school district policies that include protections for transgender students should include the perspective of principals in the school building where policies are not currently in place, and we encourage you to weigh in as state and local determinations are made. Finally, it is critically important to maintain a positive school culture where all students feel included and respected, regardless of their gender identity or gender expression, and NAESP encourages you to work with your school support personnel, such as counselors and psychologists, to ensure that younger students have clear and age-appropriate communication.

 

 

 

 

 
Monday, May 16, 2016 1:24 PM

The deadline has been extended from Friday, May 27, 2016 to Friday, June 10, 2016 for the following PA Principals Association Awards: 2016 Bob D. Schiller Memorial Cancer Research and Support Award; 2016 Mini-Grant Awards; and the 2016 Service to Children Award. Click here for more information and for the award applications. Also, watch your inbox for more information.

 
Monday, May 16, 2016 12:44 PM

The NASSP Board of Directors stated its intent to adopt the following position statement on Transgender Students on May 5. It will be open for a public comment period until Friday, June 10, and the Board will give final approval at its next meeting in July. Please encourage your members to send feedback to Amanda Karhuse, NASSP Director of Advocacy, at karhusea@nassp.org.

Here is the link to the position statement:

https://www.nassp.org/who-we-are/board-of-directors/position-statements/transgender-students

 

 
Monday, May 16, 2016 9:34 AM

Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican lawmakers are at sharp odds over another education issue — teacher layoffs.
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Source: Scranton Times-Tribune, May 16, 2016.

 
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