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Thursday, October 22, 2015 10:34 AM

The Philadelphia SD will be forced to borrow millions of dollars to meet payroll through the end of the year because of the state budget impasse, officials said yesterday.

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Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct. 22, 2015.

 
Thursday, October 22, 2015 10:29 AM

When Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill would bring up the topic, even some of her fellow state legislators didn't know that employees of an association that lobbies lawmakers on behalf of school boards are included in the state pension system.
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Source: York Dispatch, Oct. 21, 2015.

 
Thursday, October 22, 2015 10:15 AM

The list below are activities your school(s) may utilize in recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month:

          http://www.stopbullying.gov/kids/webisodes/

  • PA Bullying Prevention Consultation Line - 1-866-716-0424 - Messages can be left 24 hour a day, seven days a week, and will be returned Monday-Friday during normal business hours.  The Bullying Prevention Consultation Line is a toll free number that will allow individuals experiencing chronic and unresolved bullying to discuss effective strategies and available resources to deal with school-based bullying; and is available, to students, parents/guardians, and school districts across the state of Pennsylvania.

     

     
    Thursday, October 22, 2015 10:12 AM

    The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announces the revision of the Basic Education Circular (BEC) and the Child Accounting Guidelines.  Section VII of the Education for Homeless Youth BEC has been revised. If PDE-4605 is disclaimed and a school district of residence cannot be determined, the educating school district should submit a written request to PDE’s School Services Office to make a determination regarding the student’s “ward of the state” status.

    The Child Accounting Guidelines have also been updated with this information, and the charter/cyber school information has been updated to read:

    “Does the McKinney-Vento Act apply to Pennsylvania charter schools?

    Yes. A Pennsylvania charter or cyber charter school (“charter school”) must follow the Act’s requirements for LEAs, including designating a liaison, identifying homeless students, and ensuring immediate enrollment. Effective July 1, 2015, if the student is enrolled in a charter school, the school district of origin will remain financially responsible for the education of the student unless and until the student is no longer deemed homeless.

    The charter school must enroll a homeless student as long as other students living in the same area would be eligible to attend the school if classroom space is available. If the charter school has particular skills-related entrance requirements, the student must meet those criteria (for example, a fine arts charter school with requirements related to artistic ability). However, enrollment deadlines must be waived for students experiencing homelessness.”

    This information can be accessed on PDE’s website at www.education.pa.gov, search word: Homeless Education. If there are any questions, please call Sheldon Winnick, State Coordinator, at 717-783-6466. 

     
    Wednesday, October 14, 2015 8:18 AM

    Advance registration is closed as of 8 a.m. today, 10/14/15, for the PA Principals Conference at The Penn Stater (10/18-10/20). From this point, all registrations must be done on site. We hope to see you in State College!

     
    Friday, October 9, 2015 1:00 PM

    Lincoln Charter School in York has about 750 students and 100 staff, who have agreed to take only half their salaries while the state budget standoff continues.

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    Source: ABC27.com, Oct. 8, 2015.

     
    Friday, October 9, 2015 11:45 AM

    The National Association of Elementary School Principal's (NAESP) premier program, the National Panel of New Principals, is up and running for the 2015-16 year and is actively recruiting panelists. 

    Now entering its third year, the panel includes nearly 1,000 first and second year principals from all 50 states, who participate in 4-6 brief, topical online surveys during the school year. The time commitment is small—a total of less than one hour per year. The results are published in a Rise & Shine brief that is proving highly popular among principals, education policy makers and the media.

    The panel was featured in a recent EdWeek article as a groundbreaking initiative that is helping early career principals feel more connected to the profession, gain valuable insights from peers, and know that their voices are being heard.

    Becoming a panelist is easy—principals in their first or second year of practice can simply enroll at newprincipal.org. The panel is open to all new principals—NAESP members and non-members alike.

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    Thursday, October 8, 2015 10:57 AM

    Thirty members of the PIAA board of directors came together Wednesday in Mechanicsburg, Pa., for a meeting. They should have arrived in bulldozers.

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    Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Oct. 7, 2015.

     
    Thursday, October 8, 2015 10:56 AM

    The Pennsylvania state budget impasse seems sure to drag on after the House on Wednesday rejected Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed tax increases and the Democratic governor refused Republican demands that he acknowledge his agenda lacks support.

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    Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Oct. 7, 2015.

     
    Thursday, October 8, 2015 10:53 AM

    Eric Eshbach and Michael O'Brien deal with prepubescent temper tantrums all the time. And that actually might be easier than dealing with the fall-out from Pennsylvania's budget impasse, which turns 100 days old on Thursday.

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    Source: The Patriot-News, Oct. 7, 2015.

     
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