Press Releases

Friday, September 11, 2015 9:27 AM

Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera today announced the opening of the Governor's 2016 STEM Competition, this year named "Improving Pennsylvania through STEM," and invited Pennsylvania's high school students to participate.

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Source: PR Newswire, Sept. 10, 2015.

 
Friday, September 11, 2015 8:28 AM

The PA Department of Education announces the release of the opportunity for public school entities, nonpublic and private school entities, police agencies and municipalities to submit an application for funding for the training and compensation of school resource officers and school police officers through a $3.9 million targeted grant program and public school entities can submit an application to fund programs or security-related equipment that addresses school safety and violence through a $2.6 million Safe Schools Initiative Targeted Grant program. 

Applicants are eligible for a maximum individual grant of $60,000 for a School Resource Officer and $40,000 for a School Police Officer.  The Safe Schools Initiative Targeted Grant for Equipment and Programs maximum is $25,000.

School entities, police agencies and municipalities that have not employed a school police officer within the prior three years will receive priority.  Priority will also be given to schools entities, police agencies and municipalities that employ school resource and police officers who have completed additional training recommended by the department related to interaction with all children and adolescents within a school setting.

Local police agencies and municipalities can apply and receive a grant but they must have prior consent of the governing board of the school to place school resource officers on the school’s premises.  Police agencies and municipalities are not eligible to receive any grant funds for any purpose other than for costs associated with school resource officers.  When assigning school resource officers, police agencies and municipalities must take into consideration the proportion of students enrolled in each school.

IF YOUR SCHOOL ENTITY WAS AWARDED A SCHOOL POLICE OFFICER OR SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER GRANT IN SY 2013-2014, YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY THIS YEAR.  BUT, IF YOUR SCHOOL ENTITY WAS AWARDED A SCHOOL POLICE OR SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER GRANT IN 2014-2015 YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO APPLY THIS YEAR.

Applications will be accepted from September 14, 2015 through October 15, 2015, and school entities must be submit their application through the department’s eGrant system, http://www.egrants.pa.gov/.  Police agencies and municipalities need to submit their application through the mail since they will not be able to access the eGrant system this year.  They can download the Request for Application by visiting the department’s website at www.education.pa.gov and clicking on “Safe Schools” under the “PDE Quick Links” section.

Nonpublic and private school entities may apply for a school police officer. Nonpublic schools are eligible to apply for funding to be used for the costs associated with obtaining the services of a school police officer from a list of approved vendors certified by the PA Department of Education Office for Safe Schools.  Grant awards for this purpose are paid directly to the approved vendor with which the nonpublic school contract for services.  The maximum individual grant will be $40,000 and the funds may be expended on contracted services only.

In addition, the Office for Safe Schools is pleased to issue two Request for Applications (RFA) for public school entities to fund:

(1) Equipment to address school safety and violence through the use of security related equipment including: student, staff and visitor identification systems; metal detectors; protective lighting; surveillance equipment; special emergency communications equipment; electronic locksets; deadbolts and theft control devices; and training in the use of the security-related technology, and 

(2)  Programs which address school safety and violence in the following areas: 

  • Conflict resolution or dispute management;
  • Positive behavior support;
  • Risk assessment or violence prevention curricula;
  • Classroom management;
  • Development of Student Codes of Conduct;
  • Training to undertake a district-wide assessment of risk factors that increase the likelihood of problem behaviors among students;
  • Development and implementation of research-based violence prevention programs addressing risk factors to reduce incidents of problem behaviors among students including, but not limited to bullying;
  • De-escalation and behavior interventions; and
  • Comprehensive, district-wide school safety, violence prevention, emergency preparedness  and all-hazards plans, including revisions or updates to such plans and conducting emergency preparedness drills and related activities with local emergency responders including risk assessment and training.

Grant applications, with the exception of the municipal and police agency grant, must be submitted via the PDE’s eGrants system. 

All Safe School Initiative Targeted Grants are awarded on a competitive basis.  The awarding of these grants is contingent on the allocation of the funds and the passage of the budget.

For additional information or questions related to the grant application contact via email Pat Tamanini at ptamanini@pa.gov or Marc Bender at  marbender@pa.gov .

Below you will find the Requests for Application links.

Pennsylvania Department of Education - Office for Safe Schools Targeted Grants for School Police Officer - School Entity Request for Application - 2015 – 2016

Safe Schools Initiative Targeted Grants – Equipment - Pennsylvania Department of Education - Request for Application - 2015 – 2016

Safe Schools Initiative Targeted Grants - Program -Pennsylvania Department of Education -Request for Application - 2015 – 2016

Pennsylvania Department of Education - Office for Safe Schools Targeted Grants for School Resource Officer - Municipality/Police Department Request for Application - 2015-2016

Pennsylvania Department of Education - Office for Safe Schools Targeted Grants for School Police Officer - Non-Public School Request for Application - 2015 – 2016

Pennsylvania Department of Education - Office for Safe Schools Targeted Grants for School Resource Officer - School Entity Request for Application - 2015-2016

 

 
Thursday, September 10, 2015 10:50 AM

Pennsylvania’s top health official wants to see major changes to how schools collect and enforce vaccination requirements.

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Source: Beaver County Times, Sept. 9, 2015.

 
Thursday, September 10, 2015 10:43 AM

Educators across Pennsylvania, starting this year, will be trained to recognize signs of depression, self-injury, low self-esteem and other risk factors of teen suicide.

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Source: Tribune-Review, Sept. 9, 2015.

 
Thursday, September 10, 2015 8:31 AM

The Campaign for Fair Education Funding (CFEF) has issued a report today, "Lifting All Students, Why Pennsylvania Must Act Now to Fairly Fund Public Education and Secure Our Future," demonstrating what is at stake if lawmakers do not act quickly to adopt a fair public school funding formula and begin making a significant, long-term and equitable investment in public education.

The report includes a breakdown by school district of the money that would be received under the proposal to increase funding by $410 million compared to the proposal to increase it by just $100 million.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015 2:44 PM

The scores from the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests given in the spring won't be used for federal accountability or teacher evaluation under a new one-year waiver granted by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 8, 2015.

 
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 2:42 PM

Over the past few weeks, as the start of the academic year approached, school districts across the nation scrambled to fill teacher vacancies, sparking warnings about shortages of qualified personnel.

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Source: LancasterOnline, Sept. 8, 2015.

 
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 2:37 PM

As a result of our recent name change, we are reminding members and others to be sure to add the @paprincipals.org domain name to your personal and district Safe Sender List. Contact your IT department if any issues/questions arise.

Thank you.

 
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 1:13 PM
The Pennsylvania Principals Association will hold an Aspiring Principals Workshop, Previewing the Principalship,
from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2015 (in conjunction with its state conference) at
The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, State College, PA 

Click here to register for the workshop.
 
Completed registration forms must be sent to Stephanie Kinner
at kinner@paessp.org by Oct. 2, 2015.

Click here to download a Conference Registration Brochure - if you want to attend the State Conference at a discounted rate on Oct. 18, 2015. 
 
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 11:36 AM

As you are now likely aware, yesterday the Pennsylvania Department of Education announced a one-year pause in the use of the  state’s School Performance Profile (SPP). We are delighted with this decision as the Pennsylvania Principals Association has been lobbying for this pause due to changes in the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment. We believe this is an excellent first step toward addressing other concerns we have brought forward relating to the Act 82 Educator Effectiveness model. 

“We are delighted with the Pennsylvania of Department’s announcement about the one-year moratorium on SPP scores for grades 3-8,” said Dr. Paul Healey. “Our efforts to communicate our concerns have certainly paid dividends.  We will continue to serve as the voice of all principals and other educational leaders across the Commonwealth.”

 
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