Press Releases

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 3:42 PM

On Tuesday, lawmakers will begin the confirmation process for Governor Tom Wolf’s pick to lead the State Department of Education. Pedro Rivera is the former superintendent of the Lancaster School District. Wolf appointed him in January. As education secretary, he would run the state’s 500 school districts. Tuesday morning, an 11 member panel from the Senate Education Committee will ask questions to determine if they believe he is qualified. If they approve, the next step will be to confirm him with a vote by the full Senate. That would likely happen in May.

Click here for full story.

Source: abc27 By Ali Lanyon Published: April 21, 2015, 3:39 am.

 
Monday, April 20, 2015 2:28 PM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is required to develop and submit to the U.S. Department of Education by June 1, 2015, a state plan that ensures equitable access for all students to excellent teachers and principals.  Essential to the development of Pennsylvania's state plan is the engagement and involvement of an external stakeholders group, which include representatives from: educational associations/organizations; urban and rural districts; intermediate units; higher education teacher preparation institutions; nonpublic schools; charter schools; parents; federal program coordinators; teachers' unions; and business and community groups/organizations.

Consistent with ESEA sections 1111(a)(1), 1119b)(8)(C) and 9304(a)(3)(B), Pennsylvania's state plan is required to include:

1.  Description and documentation related to steps taken to consult with LEAs, teachers, principals, pupil services personnel, administrators,  other staff and parents.

2.  Identify equity gaps using the most recent data available to calculate differences, if any, between the rates poor and minority children are taught by "inexperienced, unqualified, or out-of-field" teachers when compared to other children.

3.  Explanation of the likely causes of the identified equity gaps.

4.  Strategies to eliminate the identified equity gaps, timelines for implementation of strategies and monitoring activities.

5.  Description of measures, methods and timelines for evaluating progress toward eliminating equity gaps.

6.  Description of how POE will publicly report on its progress in eliminating equity gaps.

The recording from the first stakeholders meeting (conducted as a webinar) is available for anyone.  To access it, visit http://vclass.cciu.org/, then click on the "recordings" tab at the left, then select April 7 from the calendar on the right.

Stakeholders have been asked to enlist local support from peers, colleagues, local community, teachers, principals, and others by sharing information about Pennsylvania's  strategies for ensuring equitable access for all students to excellent teachers and principals.

A resource account (RA-equity@pa.gov) has been created to gather feedback and suggestions throughout the development of Pennsylvania's state plan.

If an educational association or organization contacts you for feedback or if you listen to the stakeholders' webinar, please follow-up via email to the above resource account (RA-equity@pa.gov).

Next steps include the following:

*Convening a statewide workgroup to assist in identifying: existing gaps in local strategic management  of human resources (recruitment, hiring, retention, professional development); and school climate that affect hiring and retention of teachers and principals (these are areas that are not reported to POE);

*Continuing to analyze Pennsylvania's data metrics (number of teachers who are not certified, not highly qualified, working outside the scope of their existing Pennsylvania teaching certificate; years of teaching experience; principal education levels; teacher turnover; etc.) for purposes of identifying equity gaps;

*Conducting a root cause analysis with members of Pennsylvania's Educator Equity Stakeholder Group and identifying strategies for overcoming equity gaps; and

*Implementing  a cycle of continually incorporating workgroup and stakeholder group feedback and suggestions into Pennsylvania's draft state plan.

 

 
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 8:46 AM

State Representative Glen Grell (R-Cumberland) will become the Executive Director of the Public Schools Employee Retirement System (PSERS), sources confirmed for abc27. Click here for more.

Source: ABC27, April 14, 2015; PSBA Daily EDition, April 15, 2015.

 
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 10:23 AM

A York County representative has introduced a bill in the House that promises to, on average, halve school property taxes by increasing earned income and sales taxes. Click here to read the full article.

Source: York Dispatch, April 13, 2015.

 
Monday, April 13, 2015 8:26 AM

Click here for the letter that NASSP, NAESP and the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA) sent to the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee in response to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Reauthorization Bill that was released last week. 

In addition, below is a summary that has been posted on NASSP’s Principals’ Policy Blog. The Committee will be marking up the bill this week (scheduled for Tuesday, April 14). 

http://nasspblogs.org/principalspolicy/2015/04/senate-releases-bipartisan-esea-bill-markup-scheduled-next-tuesday/

 
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 12:53 PM

The results of PA Principals Association’s 2015 Election have been announced thanks to our Nominations Committee – Dr. Dina Wert, chairperson, and members, Dr. Barry Purvis and Dr. Betsy Adams.

After our members voted online, we are proud to report that the following are your newly-elected President-Elect and Regional Representatives:

President-Elect (Elem. Division):     –     Beth A. Haldeman, Cocalico School District (successful candidate)

Regional Representatives:

East I Elementary –    Paul L. Stefani, Scranton School District* (uncontested)

East II Secondary–     Frank Derrick, Allentown School District (successful candidate)

Central III Elementary–    Darren J. McLaurin, Cambria Heights School District* (uncontested)

Central I Secondary–    Curtis E. Johnson, State College Area School District* (uncontested)

West II Elementary–    Carol Sprinker, Blackhawk School District (uncontested)

West II Secondary–    Raymond C. Omer, Mohawk Area School District* (uncontested)

*Incumbent

 
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 8:51 AM

NASSP and NAESP, in cooperation with the American Federation of School Administrators, are in high gear preparing for next week’s celebration of National Assistant Principals Week. Join them in celebrating the great work assistant principals do by participating in these activities:

Send Your AP an E-Card. Principals and other members of the education community can simply choose an e-card, add a message, and schedule the date and time for the card to be sent. APs will receive the e-card along with a special AP Week gift.

#APchat on Twitter. Join your colleagues for a Twitter chat about the AP’s leadership role on Sunday, April 12, at 8:00 p.m. (ET).

#APweek hashtag. Use #APweek on Twitter and Instagram to share your notes of appreciation, celebration images and other acknowledgments of the great work APs do year-round.

Additionally, NASSP will host a Google Hangout (similar to a webinar) in cooperation with the Wallace Foundation about developing APs; and conduct its annual Assistant Principal of the Year Forum, which gathers the state winners on Capitol Hill for meetings with their elected officials (#APOY15).

Visit www.nassp.org/apweek for additional details, a promotional video and ideas to celebrate.

 
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 8:50 AM

#FairFundingPA Chat - March 2015 -- Pennsylvania's major education leadership organizations meet on Twitter at 8 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month to discuss basic education funding and other issues. This story captures our March 2015 chat with Acting Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, and Policy and Planning Secretary John Hanger.

https://storify.com/PARSS2go/fairfundingpa-chat-march-2015?utm_source=t.co&utm_content=storify-pingback&utm_medium=sfy.co-twitter&utm_campaign=&awesm=sfy.co_h0Tx7

 
Thursday, March 26, 2015 3:34 PM

President-elect Steven D. Geis will join Brian K. Partin, Adam Drummond, Dave Steckler, Dwight C. Cooper and Kimbrelle Lewis as new members of NAESP’s Board of Directors. Click here for the full press release.

 

 
Thursday, March 26, 2015 8:26 AM

John Hanger, the Governor's Secretary of Policy and Planning, will participate in the Fair School Funding Twitter Chat (#FairFundingPA) scheduled for next Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 8 p.m. EST.

pa school funding twitter chat

 
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