Press Releases

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 11:58 AM

Ron Tomalis is resigning from his nearly $140,000 job as Gov. Tom Corbett's special adviser on higher education. The move, announced Tuesday and effective Aug. 26, comes after weeks of pressure on Tomalis to step down after news reports revealed little evidence of work done in the role Corbett created for him in June 2013. Click here for the full article.
Source: Allentown Morning Call, Aug. 13, 2014.

 
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 11:49 AM

PA Principals Association is currently accepting nominations for High School Principal of the Year, Middle Level Principal of the Year and Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year awards. These are State awards which will be given at the annual banquet in October in Pittsburgh. Anyone interested (secondary members only) in applying for one of these awards should complete and forward the attached application to the PA Principals Association office by September 8, 2014. 

Click here for a description or the award criteria, or click here for the award application. We look forward to honoring some secondary school leaders at our conference. Thanks for all you do on behalf of the many children across the Commonwealth.

 

 
Thursday, July 31, 2014 9:48 AM

Rep. Glen Grell's pension reform idea that would impact future state and school employees would produce savings that range between $27 billion and $30.5 billion savings for the two state pension funds over 30 years, according to an actuarial review of his plan released on Wednesday. But for taxpayers who foot the bill, the bulk of those savings for the Public School Employees' Retirement System and State Employees' Retirement System would be offset by having to pay off a $9 billion pension obligation bond that the Hampden Twp. Republican lawmaker's plan would require.
Click here for the full article.

Source: Harrisburg Patriot-News, July 30, 2014.  

 

 

 

 

 

 
Thursday, July 31, 2014 8:43 AM

Pennsylvania is not alone in its public pension problems. Other states have struggled as well.

Nationwide, total debt facing state pension plans is $915 billion, according to the Public Sector Retirement Systems project of the Pew Charitable Trusts. “Only 15 states have consistently made at least 95 percent of the full actuarially required contributions for their pension plans from 2010 through 2012; the remaining 35 states (including Pennsylvania) fell short in at least one year,” according to the project website. And since last fall, the director of that project, Greg Mennis, has been trying to help Pennsylvania solve its pension problems.

In an interview last week, Mennis said his group has offered three basic pieces of advice to Mike Brubaker, R-36th, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and John P. Blake, D-22nd, the committee’s minority chair. “First, Pennsylvania has to commit to paying the current bill; second, we think they should establish a funding task force or study commission to come up with a comprehensive and transparent solution to this long-standing problem; and third, if that solution is some kind of hybrid plan design, that they consider a simple and proven hybrid model,” Mennis said.

Click here to read the full story.

Source: Daily Local News, www.dailylocal.com, by Evan Brandt, posted 07/28/14, 4:55 PM EDT.

 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 11:25 AM
Attention Members: Dr. Paul Healey, PA Principals Association executive director, wanted you to have this important information regarding Student Performance Measures for Classroom Teachers.

The following FAQs are provided for guidance purposes only. It is recommended that any decision or action taken by a Local Education Agency (LEA) related to evaluation of its professional and temporary professional employees be made in consultation with the LEA's solicitor.

Click here for the FAQs.

 
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:08 PM

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 9, 2014

Contact: Bob Farrace, NASSP Director of Public Affairs - farraceb@nassp.org - 703-860-7257

Hopewell Principal Begins Term as President-Elect of National Educational Leadership Organization

Longtime principal Michael Allison to represent school leaders nationwide

Click here for full press release.

 

 
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 11:59 AM

The Early Bird Registration Discount Deadline has been extended for the PA Principals Association Conference until Friday, August 1, 2014. The cost for a member is: $300. The cost for  a non-member is: $400.

Click here to register now!  

 



 
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 2:09 PM

When it comes to divvying up the state dollars going into public education, it's good to be poor.

A good chunk of the $12 billion going into education in the recently enacted 2014-15 state budget that Gov. Tom Corbett signed last week is driven out by a distribution formula that directs a disproportionate amount of state funding to poorer districts.  "The premise of it has always been to provide more state funding to less wealthy school districts just because of their inability to raise local funds," said Tim Eller, press secretary for the state Department of Education.

Click here for full story.

Source: www.pennlive.com (Patriot-News), by Jan Murphy on July 14, 2014 at 3:21 PM, updated July 14, 2014 at 4:32 PM.

 

 
Monday, July 14, 2014 12:30 PM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is re-sending this PENN*LINK to add the password needed to join the webinar on July 14-15, 2014.

PDE is providing an opportunity for local education agencies (LEA) to attend an online training that will address information about the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA) 1 percent cap and a demonstration of the Data Recognition Corporation eDIRECT system followed by a question and answer period.

PDE will be offering four webinar sessions via WebEx on July 15-16, 2014. Presenters will be from PDE's Divisions of Performance Analysis and Reporting and the Division of Data Quality, along with the Data Recognition Corporation.

To register, please select one of the links provided below. Each session has a distinct registration link. Be sure to select the link associated with the session you plan to attend. 

REVISED:  Please use the password "train1" to access the webinar.

July 15, 2014, from 10 a.m. to noon

https://datarecognitioncorpaudio.webex.com/datarecognitioncorpaudio/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=800456765

July 15, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

https://datarecognitioncorpaudio.webex.com/datarecognitioncorpaudio/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=803344381

July 16, 2014, from 10 a.m. to noon

https://datarecognitioncorpaudio.webex.com/datarecognitioncorpaudio/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=805555905

July 16, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

https://datarecognitioncorpaudio.webex.com/datarecognitioncorpaudio/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=803313723

The training will be recorded and posted on the PDE webpage at www.education.state.pa.us/pas. Please contact PDE's Bureau of Assessment and Accountability with any questions at 717.705.2343 or ra-pas@pa.gov.

 

 
Monday, July 14, 2014 9:14 AM

Summary of State Education Appropriations --  Click here to see a summary of the enacted funding levels for 2014-15 Department of Education appropriations.

Basic Subsidy – The budget provides level funding at $5.26 billion. Click here to see the basic subsidy distribution for each school district.
 

Ready to Learn Block Grant – The budget provides $241 million in new Ready to Learn funding for public schools that focus on student achievement and academic success, and funding for the Accountability Block Grant that supports pre-kindergarten, full-day kindergarten and other proven educational programs at the current level of $100 million.  Click here to see the RTL Block Grant distribution for each school district and charter school. 

Special Education -- Each school district will receive the same special education payments as it did in 2013-14. An additional $19.8 million will be distributed using a new three-tier formula that factors in categorical student costs, district scarcity/size, and market-value aid ratio. Click here to see the distribution of special education funds for each school district.
      
Secondary Career and Technical Education Subsidy -- The budget includes $62 million for the Career and Technical Education appropriation. This amount is the same amount appropriated in 2013-14.   This appropriation allocates an estimated $49.6 million for the Secondary Career and Technical Education Subsidy (SCTES). Click here for more information and subsidies.

Source: PSBA Legislative Update, July 10, 2014.

 

 
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