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Wednesday, October 7, 2015 8:46 AM

On Wednesday the state House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a package of revenue sources that could help restore past cuts to education funding.

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Source: Public News Service, Oct. 6, 2015.

 
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 8:45 AM

An open revolt against standardized testing is spreading among some Pennsylvania school boards and administrators -- but not in at least one Chester County district.

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Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct. 5, 2015.

 
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 8:40 AM

Gov. Tom Wolf is warning that steep spending cuts on education and higher borrowing costs are among the inevitable consequences if he can’t get Republican lawmakers to support higher taxes to pay for bad budgeting practices he inherited.

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Source: Associated Press, Oct. 5, 2015.

 
Monday, October 5, 2015 10:05 AM
Act 71 of 2014 into law requires comprehensive suicide prevention policies in schools in Pennsylvania. Under the law, beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, Pennsylvania schools must adopt age-appropriate youth suicide awareness and prevention policies and include 4 hours of training in youth suicide awareness and prevention every five years in professional development plans for educators serving grades 6-12. 

Click here for information from the American School Counselors Association on suicide prevention policy and programming including model language, commentary and resources that your district might find useful.
 
Monday, October 5, 2015 9:42 AM

The utter breakdown in state budget negotiations in Pennsylvania didn't happen overnight, but was produced by diametrically opposed policy positions and fueled by tough rhetoric among people elected specifically to work together.

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Source: Associated Press, Oct. 3, 2015.

 
Monday, October 5, 2015 9:41 AM

While students and educators mostly were disappointed with standardized test results released last week, they took comfort knowing the bad scores mean little. 

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Source: The Morning Call, Oct. 5, 2015.

 
Monday, October 5, 2015 9:37 AM

For a few years, measuring education performance using standardized tests was all about making “adequate yearly progress.”

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Source: The Mercury, Oct. 5, 2015.

 
Friday, October 2, 2015 9:30 AM

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale reported that through September, the prolonged state budget impasse forced at least 17 school districts and two intermediate units to borrow more than $346 million to meet expenses and keep classrooms open. Interest and fees on those borrowed education dollars could reach $11.2 million.

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Source: Titusville Herald, Oct.1, 2015.

 
Friday, October 2, 2015 9:29 AM

Pennsylvania’s charter school laws have led to the rise of two separate and unequal educational systems, according to state Rep. James Roebuck (D-Phila.), who released a report this week calling for increased transparency and oversight of charters.

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Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct. 1, 2015.

 
Thursday, October 1, 2015 3:22 PM

On September 28, 2015, the Pennsylvania Senate introduced and adopted Senate Resolution 195 (Sen. Pat Vance, R-31), recognizing October 2015 as “National Principals Month” in Pennsylvania.

Join the Pennsylvania Principals Association, the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the National Association of Elementary School Principals to celebrate principals in Pennsylvania and across the country during National Principals Month!

National Principals Month is an opportunity to say “thank you” to principals everywhere and to share with the community all the great things that principals do.

As you plan your National Principals Month activities, be sure to check out the national associations’ “Ideas for Celebrating” and the “interactive National Principals Month wall,” where you can read about and post activities happening in schools and communities nationwide.

   Please visit http://www.principalsmonth.org/ or http://www.principalsmonth.org/ideas.php

 
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