Press Releases

Thursday, June 4, 2015 11:18 AM

Next Monday, June 15, PA Principals Association will be participating in a statewide "Call to Action for Public Education Day!”

The message is simple: Harrisburg’s top priority this year must be enacting a new system that provides sufficient funding for public schools so every child has an opportunity to learn. In addition, state funding MUST be driven out to districts using a formula that is based on the real costs of delivering services to students.

WHEN:  Monday, June 15 – Save the date!

WHAT:  Call to Action for Public Education – Support fair and sufficient funding for PA’s schools!

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:  Click here for instructions, and here for resources to use as talking points.  

It is incredibly important for legislators to hear that people are paying attention and that we are spreading the word about what is happening to our schools! 

Thank you for your participation. Let’s make our voices heard on June 15!

 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 1:37 PM

This is the last week of school for students in the Octorara Area School District, but the school board and teachers' union still have some unfinished business. The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board on May 20 issued a formal fact-finding report with recommendations for a new collective bargaining agreement after 21 months of negotiations between the school board and union failed.

Click here for article.

Sources: LancasterOnline, June 2, 2015; PSBA Daily Edition, June 3, 2015.


 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 1:34 PM

The Pennsylvania House's State Government Committee held the first of two days of scheduled hearings on the Senate-authored public employee pension reform bill Tuesday. The sessions are significant mostly because there were no such hearings in the Senate, which fast-tracked the bill last month in an effort to get it passed before the primary election recess.

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Sources: Pennlive.com, June 2, 2015; PSBA Daily Edition, June 3, 2015.

 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 1:30 PM

A day after House Republicans sent a message to Gov. Tom Wolf that they are not on board with his $29.9 billion spending plan or the tax package he proposed to support it, GOP leaders from both legislative chambers met behind closed doors at the budget table with the governor.

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Sources: Pennlive.com, June 2, 2015; PSBA Daily EDition, June 3, 2015.

 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 9:45 AM

PA Principals Association recently participated, along with several other education groups, in a meeting with the LNP Editorial Board (Lancaster newspaper) regarding the Pennsylvania pension crisis. The article (link) appears below.

THE ISSUE

 Pennsylvania’s two large pension funds — for teachers and state employees (the latter including state lawmakers, on the theory that they work) — are significantly underfunded. According to their own reports, they have a combined $53 billion in unfunded liabilities. In a March report, the National Association of State Retirement Administrators put the two funds at only 41 percent of annual required contribution, second-worst in the nation.

Five representatives of groups that speak for public school administrators and school board members told the LNP Editorial Board on Monday that Pennsylvania’s pension crisis must be addressed as part of this year’s budget.

“If you increase basic education (funding from the state to Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 50 percent), in the absence of solving the pension crisis, it’s going to be gobbled up by pension costs,” said Joseph Clapper, assistant executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals. Clapper, who retired after eight years as superintendent of the Quaker Valley School District about a year ago, said he understands this, having worked on his final budget just 10 months ago.

Click here for the full article.

Source: LancasterOnline, Posted Wednesday, June 3, 2015 6:00 a.m., The LNP Editorial Board.

 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 8:46 AM

Beginning with the graduating class of 2017, Pennsylvania’s Chapter 4 regulations require that students demonstrate proficiency in Algebra I, Biology and Literature. For students who are unable to demonstrate proficiency via the Keystone Exams, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has developed a project-based assessment system (PBA) that is aligned with the modules for each Algebra I, Biology and Literature Keystone Exam. Successful completion of a PBA aligned to the Keystone Exam or Keystone Exam module on which a student did not demonstrate proficiency shall satisfy the state graduation requirement.

Midwestern Intermediate Unit (MIU) will host the Project-Based Assessment Tutoring this summer at its central office in Grove City, PA. Program features include:

  • Cohorts for all modules of Algebra, Biology and Literature will run concurrently.
  • On-site tutors support learners throughout each module to maximize the learning experience.
  • A repository of support materials available on site.
  • Four day sessions held in MIU IV’s conference rooms.
  • Students complete PBA requirement under the supervision of MIU IV’s certified, highly qualified PBA tutors.
  • MIU IV provides materials, technology and staff support.

Three on-site summer cohorts are available as folllows:

  1. Summer Session #1 cohort is June 22-25, 2015   
    (enrollment window May 4 - June 12)
  2. Summer Session #2 cohort is  July 13-16, 2015
    (enrollment window July 1 - July 10)
  3. Summer Session #3 cohort is August 10-13, 2015
    (enrollment window is July 27 - August 5).  

Online registration is available at:  www.miu4.org/keystone.pba.

The cost of Keystone Project-Based Assessment Service is as follows: $150 per student/per module.

Please contact Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV if you need additional information to register students: Dr. Cathleen J. Cubelic at 724-458-6700, x 1227; or cathleen.cubelic@miu4.org.

 

 
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 9:59 AM

Pennsylvania school students are wrapping up a month of standardized testing, and one local district superintendent is now advocating an end to at least one of those tests.

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Source: CBS Philly, June 1, 2015; PSBA Daily EDition, June 1, 2015.


 
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 9:56 AM

Join PA Principals Association on June 23, 2015 for its first annual Principals’ Lobby Day. Meet with legislators at the Capitol and make your voice heard on important issues! Click here to view the Lobby Day flyer (includes important issues to discuss with your legislators).

To register for Principals' Lobby Day, please contact Stephanie Kinner at kinner@paprincipals.org by Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Upon registration, you will be sent further details regarding the event.

Also, June 23rd is All for Education Day in Harrisburg. PA Principals Association will join with parent, education advocacy, faith and labor organizations as well as school, municipal and community officials at the Capitol to hold a press conference and rally at 12:00 p.m. in the Main Rotunda. We must speak up for the importance of funding our schools, fairly and at sufficient levels so all students have an opportunity to learn.   

If you do not know your legislator/s, click here.

 

 
Monday, June 1, 2015 2:48 PM

What began as a conversation between two local children’s advocates recently made its way to the state House of Representatives in the form of a bill to address truancy in charter and cyber charter schools. The legislation, introduced last month by state Rep. Dom Costa, D-Stanton Heights, would require such institutions to enforce compulsory attendance laws for their students.

Click here for article.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 1, 2015.

 
Monday, June 1, 2015 2:44 PM

The Quakertown Community School Board (Bucks Co.) recently called for all school boards to participate in an act of civil disobedience by violating state law and withholding their September pension payment to the Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) as a way to highlight the pension issue. The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) understands the frustration Quakertown Community and all other school entities are experiencing with the gridlock in solving the pension crisis. Below is a link to a letter from PSBA President William LaCoff and Executive Director Nathan Mains explaining why PSBA cannot support such actions and outlining the ramifications of doing so. 

  • Letter to Quakertown Community School Board and legal opinion for Michael I. Levin, PSBA legal counsel

Source: PSBA Daily Edition, June 1, 2015.

 
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