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Wednesday, February 24, 2016 9:54 AM

State officials, union leaders, and others testifying Tuesday before the Senate education committee's oversight hearing on the Every Student Succeeds Act largely agreed on one point: The new flexibility for states and districts could lead to real progress.
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Source: Education Week, Feb. 23, 2016.

 
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 10:37 AM

When budget hearings began Monday, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee set a ground rule: Members could ask one round of questions on the unfinished Pennsylvania state budget, but then they should move on to Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposals for the year to come.
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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Feb. 23, 2016.

 
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 10:36 AM

Pennsylvania, for more than 25 years, has been one of the few states without a reliable school funding formula, leaving school districts to set their annual budgets without knowing how much funding they would receive. Last year, the state’s Basic Education Funding Commission offered a bipartisan proposal for an equitable funding plan. Nearly nine months later, the formula hasn’t been implemented.
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Source: LancasterOnline, Feb. 22, 2016.

 
Monday, February 22, 2016 9:25 AM

The start of budget hearings today will signal a new and likely contentious phase of a political fight that started a year ago. 
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Source: Scranton Times-Tribune, Feb. 22, 2016.


 
Monday, February 22, 2016 9:25 AM

Two words encapsulate the stands occupied by both sides of the commonwealth’s long-running budget divide: “blame” and “intransigence.””
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Source: LancasterOnline, Feb. 19, 2016.

 
Monday, February 22, 2016 9:24 AM

A free public education is mandated by the state Constitution, and the state is supposed to help pay for it. But it has become erratic.
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Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb. 22, 2016.

 
Friday, February 19, 2016 3:15 PM

  If you are interested in running for one of the open board positions (shown below) in the 2016 Pennsylvania Principals Association election, please contact the state office at snyder@paprincipals.org or (717) 732-4999 for an application. Applications must be received in the state office by Monday, Feb. 22 2016. Watch www.paprincipals.org and your in-box for more information.

   Click Here for the Duties and Responsibilities of the Regional Representative. (From the PAESSP Policy Manual)

Open Regional Representative Positions

Region Level Current BOD Member Counties Represented
East II Elementary Philip L. Giaquinto Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Schuylkill
East III Secondary Jonathan Bauer Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia
Central I Elementary James E. Orichosky Bradford, Cameron, Center, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Lycoming, McKean, Potter, Sullivan, Tioga

Central III

Secondary Dr. David A. Crumrine Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Somerset
West III  
Elementary Heather Bigney Allegheny, Fayette, Greene, Washington, Westmoreland
West III  
Secondary Dr. Zeb Jansante Allegheny, Fayette, Greene, Washington, Westmoreland
West IV Elementary Dr. Nina M. Sacco Pittsburgh Public Schools – internal election within SD
West IV Secondary Dr. Shemeca T. Crenshaw Pittsburgh Public Schools – internal election within SD
 
Friday, February 19, 2016 11:10 AM

While it seems like elected officials in Harrisburg can't reach consensus on much these days, there is one topic where agreement still can be achieved: Pennsylvania's children.
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Source: PennLive.com, Feb. 18, 2016.

 
Friday, February 19, 2016 11:07 AM

If the latest rumors are to be believed, Harrisburg’s failure to pass a budget could continue for another year, one Spring-Ford (Montgomery Co.) school official said recently. With that potential dark cloud hanging over their heads, the school board began discussing its negative impact on students and taxpayers.

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Source: The Pottstown Mercury, Feb. 18, 2016.

 
Friday, February 19, 2016 10:43 AM

Now that President Obama has submitted his Fiscal Year 2017 budget request, Congress has begun the appropriations process. Changes to federal education law under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) make this a particularly important year for advocacy efforts.

NAESP and NASSP are specifically advocating for the School Leader Recruitment and Support program, which was authorized under ESSA and is the successor to the School Leadership program. It is the only federal education program specifically for principals, assistant principals, and other school leaders, and it would aid efforts to improve the recruitment, preparation, placement, support, and retention of effective principals and other school leaders in high-need schools.

President Obama has requested $30 million for the program in FY 2017. You can read more about the President's budget request on the School of Thought blog. Send a message to your members of Congress today to urge them to fund the program at no less than the President's requested $30 million for FY 2017.

Send your message to Congress now!

 
Members of Congress need to hear from their constituents about the programs that are important to them. In fact, many Congressional offices will not show support for a program at all unless they hear from a constituent. 

Thank you for your advocacy on behalf of principals everywhere, and for your service to your schools and communities.

 
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