Press Releases

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 9:56 AM

When Pennsylvania lawmakers return to the Capitol this week they may be asked to end some longstanding exemptions to the state's 6% sales tax in order to help balance a roughly $30.7 billion state budget.

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Source: PennLive.com, Nov. 30, 2015.

 
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 9:55 AM

Money is getting tighter by the day for the William Penn SD.

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Source: Delaware County Daily Times, Nov. 30, 2015.

 
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 9:12 AM

The "framework" is back on. After a significant bump in the road that led to short-lived threats of a veto override attempt Tuesday afternoon, Republican legislative leaders emerged from a meeting with Gov. Tom Wolf with fresh commitments to strive toward a final, negotiated state budget agreement.
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Source: PennLive.com, Nov. 24, 2015.

 
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 9:11 AM

Congress is close to a vote to rewrite the No Child Left Behind education law.
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Source: LancasterOnline, Nov. 24, 2015.

 
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 1:00 PM

Supporters of a proposal to transform the way public schools are funded were crestfallen by its narrow defeat in a Monday evening vote but conceded nothing. 
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Source: PennLive.com, Nov. 23, 2015.

 
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 1:00 PM

For the past four and a half months, since the July 1 start of a new fiscal year, editorial boards have been urging Gov. Tom Wolf and state legislators to come up with a compromise that would produce agreement on a state budget.
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Source: The Pottstown Mercury, Nov. 22, 2015.

 
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 10:17 AM

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 w ill award 50 PIL hours upon completion of the required assignments. Please click on this link for registration information: http://bit.ly/1No460f

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Friday, November 20, 2015 3:45 PM

Congressional education leaders on Capitol Hill have finally reached an agreement to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), otherwise known as No Child Left Behind. Yesterday a conference committee passed a final framework to overhaul the outdated law, which will now be turned into a bill that the House and Senate will consider early in December after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Over the past eight years, NAESP has been leading the charge on Capitol Hill on behalf of our nation's Pre-K-8 principals to address the many challenges that educators have faced due to the onerous and one-size-fits-all accountability, misguided school improvement schemes, and little to no capacity-building provided for educators to ensure the success of every child. At this time, NAESP is pleased with the conference framework and the direction of the nation's largest federal education program, now known as the Every Student Succeeds Act. While NAESP is waiting to analyze the full legislative text once it is available on November 30 to give you the full picture of the impact on schools and students, this summary provides an overview of the deal between Democrats and Republicans.

NAESP is pleased to point to the new system of accountability that the agreement will put into place. We believe it will put an end to test-and-punish policies and provide greater emphasis on state-developed multiple measures, including student growth. The deal will require new state systems to retain subgroup accountability, annual testing, and several key programs. In addition, states must conduct audits of their assessment systems and work with educators - namely principals, to strike a better balance on the number of assessments that schools must administer.

NAESP is also excited to report that other areas of the agreement include issues championed by NAESP on behalf of principals, including:

  • Greater professional learning opportunities for principals through a new reservation of funds states can use to address the needs of school leaders in Title II;
  • A revised National Activities set-aside program to support principals consistent with our signature legislation introduced by Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA) and Senator Al Franken (D-MN), the Principal Recruitment and Training Act;
  • Preservation of programs that are targeted for student success, such as after school, arts integration, student support services to address student mental health and well-being, the Community Schools program, literacy, STEM, and funds for technology support and professional learning;
  •  Inclusion of early learning coordinating services and support for important work to align Pre-K-3 standards, curriculum, and instruction with specific recognition for the role of elementary principals; and
  • Authorization of the Preschool Development Grants, which will provide a lever for states to expand high quality early learning for all three- and four-year-old children.

 

 
Friday, November 20, 2015 12:10 PM
We are excited to announce that four of the leading PA educational organizations (PA Principals Association, PA Association of School Administrators, PA Association for Middle Level Education & PA Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) have joined forces to offer a new and exciting conference in the Summer of 2016. We also have support from PDE and the Secretary of Education for this event.
The 2016 Pennsylvania Educational Leadership Summit will be held at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College on July 24-26, 2016. We anticipate that this will be the signature conference for educational leaders in PA next year and for numerous years to come.
The conference committee is currently seeking requests for proposals for the small group sessions that will be held on Monday, July 25, 2016. We would greatly appreciate it if you could distribute the attached RFP (see link below) and encourage your colleagues to submit a proposal for consideration.

Click here for the informational letter.

Click here for the RFP (for speaker proposals).

 
Friday, November 20, 2015 8:16 AM

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