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Tuesday, March 12, 2019 9:02 AM

A slate of eight bills aimed at bolstering career and technical education is on the move in the state House. The package made it through the House Education Committee with minimal debate.
WITF, March 11, 2019
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Monday, March 11, 2019 9:39 AM

Whether they realize it or not, Pennsylvanians have experienced a new age of transparency and openness of their government over the past decade. Under the overhauled state's Right to Know Law that took effect on Jan. 1, 2009, access to millions of documents have been granted that shed light on activities of local and state government that previously were shielded from public view.
WITF, March 8, 2019
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Monday, March 11, 2019 9:37 AM

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed allocation of $45 million toward school safety projects went under the microscope this week as lawmakers questioned the head of the Department of Education on the spending plan.
Watchdog.org, March 9, 2019
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Friday, March 8, 2019 1:59 PM

Joint letter of concern regarding HB 297

House Education Committee Members,

On behalf of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA), Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Administrators (PACTA), Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units (PAIU), Pennsylvania Principals Association, and Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA), thank you for your interest in ensuring every public school student is more aware of the educational opportunities available to them through their public career and technology center. This is a concept that all of our organizations support and would like to help you achieve.

However, as currently written, House Bill 297 (P.N. 270) would also extend to employers, which presents substantial difficulties for school leaders in implementing the provisions of the bill.  

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Friday, March 8, 2019 12:32 PM

Last year, advocates for reform mourned after state lawmakers blew a supposedly hard deadline to change the process before 2021, when there will be another round of redistricting — the redrawing of state legislative and congressional maps to match population shifts. But advocates and legislators now believe they have a small window to defeat partisan gerrymandering — or the redrawing of district lines to maximize political advantage — in the commonwealth.

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Source: Pennsylvania Capital-Star, March 7, 2019.

 
Friday, March 8, 2019 12:07 PM

Pennsylvania’s governor is setting aside $600,000 in state funds for local schools interested in expanding breakfast programs for hungry kids.On Thursday, Gov. Tom Wolf announced the school breakfast program mini-grants, which will be available to schools that offer breakfast to all students in the building.
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Source: Bucks County Courier Times, March 7, 2019.

 
Thursday, March 7, 2019 9:28 AM

A Connecticut lawmaker wants to strike climate change from state science standards. A Virginia legislator worries teachers are indoctrinating students with their personal views on global warming. And an Oklahoma state senator wants educators to be able to introduce alternative viewpoints without fear of losing their jobs.
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Source: Associated Press, March 6, 2019.

 
Thursday, March 7, 2019 9:26 AM

Charter schools can be viewed through multiple lenses when comparing them to traditional public schools: academics, innovation, cost. Another lens with which to assess the value of charters is how equitable they are in their choice of students. When the Education Law Center (ELC) recently scrutinized student populations, they found that charters were not serving as broad a range of students as traditional district schools.
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Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, March 6, 2019.

 
Thursday, March 7, 2019 8:25 AM

Secondary Members: Please contact members of Congress now asking them to co-sponsor a resolution in support of National Public Schools Week.

On March 25, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) will join national education organizations across the country for Public Schools Week — a week to honor and showcase the achievements happening every day in America’s public schools and demonstrate the potential for even greater accomplishments in the future.

Nine out of every 10 students attend a public school. Public schools must serve every child—regardless of ability, religion, wealth, language, country of origin, or need. We know that by strengthening the public school system, we strengthen our democracy.

Despite the critical importance of public education, many members of Congress and other policymakers in recent years have supported cutting funding or diverting funding toward private school vouchers. We need to demand that our officials take a stand in supporting public schools and commit to strengthening and protecting our public education system.

That’s why we are asking you to contact your representative now and ask them to co-sponsor a resolution for Public Schools Week that recognizes that public schools are the foundation of a 21st-century democracy and ensure America’s children and youth can contribute to the society, economy and citizenry of the country. 

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019 1:15 PM

PA Schools WorkIn the state with the largest gap between the poorest and wealthiest districts, only larger increases of state funding targeted to the districts that need it most will enable an excellent education for every child regardless of zip code. Property taxes are high because the state isn’t paying its share.
 
Please sign on, if you want Gov. Wolf and the legislature to FUND PA PUBLIC SCHOOLS NOW. #WeWorkforFunding 
 
 

 

 
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