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Monday, August 31, 2015 9:36 AM

In a decision that could prove far-reaching, Commonwealth Court ruled Thursday that the Philadelphia SD does not have the power to override state law and limit charter school enrollment.

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Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer, Aug. 27, 2015; PSBA Daily EDition, Aug. 31, 2015.

 
Monday, August 31, 2015 9:18 AM

School districts are legally obligated to provide bus service to both homes of students whose parents are divorced, live in the same district and have shared custody arrangements, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled.

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Source: The Patriot-News, Aug. 28, 2015; PSBA Daily EDition, Aug. 31, 2015.

 

 
Thursday, August 27, 2015 10:21 AM

School directors and administrators from across the state will be converging at the State Capitol on Monday, Sept. 21 for Education Action Day — your opportunity to push for a state budget and pension reform. Join with PSBA and other educational leaders in the Main Capitol-East Wing under the escalators at 10 a.m. A news conference will be held from 11 a.m.-noon, and then you can plan to meet with your elected officials. A big crowd is hoped for to impress upon legislators and the governor the need for a state budget and pension reform now!

Take action today by contacting your local legislator on the need for a state budget and pension reform.

 
Thursday, August 27, 2015 10:18 AM

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Thursday that Pennsylvania created 66,500 jobs in the last 12 months. At 1.1%, that's the fastest year-over-year job growth reported in any July since 2005. Relative to the 50 states, that's the 34th fastest pace in the country and the best Pennsylvania has ranked since July 2011 when it was in 26th place.

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Source: York Dispatch, Aug. 26, 2015; PSBA Daily EDition, Aug. 27, 2015.

 
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 10:16 AM

The pain from the state budget stalemate apparently has not caught up with school districts yet. School officials are nervous about delayed state aid payments, but all schools plan to open their doors as another academic year starts, state Education Secretary Pedro Rivera said on Monday, the 55th day of the stalemate. 

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Source: Scranton Times-Tribune, Aug. 25, 2015; PSBA Daily EDition, Aug. 26.

 
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 10:14 AM

School districts have been warned that this year’s Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, the first tests fully aligned with Pennsylvania Core Standards, have resulted in lower scores.

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Source: The Intelligencer, Aug. 26, 2015; PSBA Daily EDition, Aug. 26.

 
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 10:02 AM

There’s no business like show business, even when your job is supposed to be seeing to the operation of the state.

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Source: Scranton Times-Tribune, Aug. 25, 2015; PSBA Daily EDition, Aug. 26.

 
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 10:42 AM

NASSP and NAESP are gearing up for National Principals Month in October. For more information, please visit the National Principals Month website. Throughout the month, NASSP and NAESP will be actively engaged on social media with the #ThankAPrincipal hashtag. More information will be posted when it is available.

 
Monday, August 24, 2015 1:30 PM

At the May 2015 meeting of the NASSP Board of Directors, the Board created a new standing committee, the NASSP Student Leadership Advisory Committee. Membership on this new committee will consist of students, advisers and principals.

The purpose of the NASSP Student Leadership Advisory Committee is to ensure that NASSP Student Programs (National Association of Student Councils, National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, and National Elementary Honor Society) provide programs, services and resources to members that promote student leadership, voice, service and engagement in alignment with the mission and vision of NASSP.

Committee Authority and Responsibility

Duties and Obligations

  1. a.      To be knowledgeable of all NASSP student programs and services.
  2. b.      Provide periodic review and recommend revisions or enhancements for all Student Program programs, services and initiatives.
  3. c.       Identify student-related issues, topics, and concerns and provide advice and recommendations for NASSP Student Programs Department action, input or response.
  4. d.      Serve as a focus group for the marketing and sales departments to discuss current marketing ideas and review new product ideas as needed.
  5. e.      Provide written and digital submission to Advise magazine and social media platforms.
  6. f.        Represent NASSP Student Programs at special events and meetings as assigned by NASSP staff.

Meeting Requirements

  1. a.      The NASSP Student Leadership Advisory Committee will meet once during the academic year.
  2. b.      The NASSP Student Leadership Advisory Committee will meet virtually as needed.

NASSP Board Liaison Responsibilities

  1. a.      Serve as chair of the NASSP Student Leadership Advisory Committee.
  2. b.      Conduct the NASSP Student Leadership Advisory Committee meeting.
  3. c.       Provide input and board perspective during discussions.
  4. d.      Participate in the review of applications and selections for the Warren E. Shull and Rynearson Advisers of the Year Awards.
  5. e.      Report activities and work of the NASSP Student Leadership Advisory Committee to the NASSP Board of Directors through the Programs and Services Committee.

The NASSP Board has designed a selection process for the Student Leadership Advisory Committee that will strengthen our connection to the state principal associations.  The Student Leadership Advisory Committee will be composed of state association nominees only.  The committee will include:

  • Six (6) high school students
  • Three (3) advisers
  • Three (3) principals (two secondary, one middle level)
  • Two (2) middle level students (one to be selected by the middle level principal and one student to be selected by the middle level adviser committee member)

The Student Leadership Advisory Committee will support the NASSP strategic plan to engage student leaders in advocacy by creating a platform for student voice.  Committee members will select and implement a national initiative important to students and to schools.  All committee members will be selected by the NASSP student programs staff and will be subject to the approval of the NASSP Board of Directors.  Each Student Leadership Advisory Committee member will serve a two-year term beginning mid-November 2015 and ending on October 30, 2017.

Each state association may nominate one high school student and one principal (Middle Level or High School).  The adviser committee members will be selected through a national process with application sent directly to NASSP.

If you are interested in serving in this capacity or have a student who may be interested, please contact PA Principals Association President, Jacqueline Clarke Havrilla, at jhavr@spring-ford.net by the deadline of Sept. 25, 2015. Please note: This position is only open to secondary members and secondary/high school students.

 
Monday, August 24, 2015 9:15 AM

It is not too late to sign-up for Education Law Day at Penn State on Friday Sept 25. There are still some registration spaces available. The keynote speaker will be Thomas Gentzel, the Executive Director for National School Boards Association. He will be speaking about future developments and legal concerns for education.  

The 2015 Education Law Day will have a choice of topics in the afternoon dealing with special education or dealing with emerging legal concerns in athletics. Dr. David Bateman will be speaking in the afternoon special education strand and awarding three copies of his new book, A Principal’s Guide to Special Education, will also be available for purchase at a reduced rate ($36.95 payable and available at the Law Day). Giveaways will be provided at each event ending Education Law Day.

Check out the registration materials (form and brochure below) because the information at this one day may make a world of difference for a student, for your career or for your school.

School Law Day Registration Form

School Law Day Brochure

 
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