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Thursday, July 3, 2014 9:49 AM

The standstill over the state budget continued through a second day of the fiscal year Wednesday as Gov. Tom Corbett again urged legislators to send him a bill remaking the pensions of future state and school workers.

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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 2, 2014.

 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 1:15 PM

The United States Department of Education and United States Department of Justice have updated guidance to state education agencies to assist public elementary and secondary institutions to ensure enrollment processes are consistent with federal law and provide all students with equal access to an education.

The updated documents urge local education agencies (LEA) to review the list of documents used to establish proof of residency, proof of age, use of social security numbers, and documentation of race and ethnicity to ensure that these do not bar or discourage a student who is undocumented or whose parents are undocumented from enrolling. Furthermore, LEAs are encouraged to review enrollment data for precipitous drops in enrollment of any group of students that may signal barriers to their participation.

A guidance letter, fact sheet, and a question and answer document designed to provide LEAs with additional tools and practical guidance can be accessed in English and Spanish at the links below. This updated guidance includes examples of permissible and impermissible practices in the areas of proof of residency, proof of age, use of social security numbers and documentation of race and ethnicity. 

The English guidance documents:

http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201405.pdf

http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/qa-201405.pdf

http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-factsheet-201405.pdf

The Spanish guidance documents:

http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201405-sp.pdf

http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/qa-201405-sp.pdf

http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-factsheet-201405-sp.pdf

For general information about equal access to public education, please visit the U.S. Department of Justice's website at http://www.justice.gov/crt/edo and the U.S. Department of Education's website at http://www2.ed.gov/ocr/index.html

For Pennsylvania-specific guidance related to enrollment of students in Pennsylvania public schools, please consult the Enrollment of Students Basic Education Circular (BEC) at http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/purdon's_statutes/7503/enrollment_of_students/507350.

You may also contact the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Educational Opportunities Section, at (877) 292-3804 or at education@usdoj.gov. As well as the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at (800) 421-3481 or at ocr@ed.gov or the Department of Education's Office of the General Counsel at (202) 401-6000.

You may also visit the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights at http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm, for the OCR enforcement office that serves your area.

 

 

 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 8:42 AM

The House tossed Gov. Tom Corbett's pension gauntlet back in his lap Tuesday, a day after he vowed not to sign a new budget until lawmakers vote to reform the state's two debt-laden retirement systems. Fifteen Republicans in the GOP-controlled House joined 92 Democrats in voting to ship the leading pension bill to a committee chaired by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo, R-Bucks, who has disagreed with several pieces of the Republican governor's agenda in the last three years.

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Source: Allentown Morning Call, July 1, 2014; PSBA Daily EDition, July 2, 2014.

 
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 3:17 PM

Gov. Tom Corbett's full-court press for public employee pension reform in Pennsylvania took a direct hit Tuesday morning as debate on his preferred option was quickly steered into a House committee headed by a reform foe.

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Source: Pennlive.com, By Charles Thompson, Posted on July 01, 2014 at 1:14 PM, updated July 01, 2014 at 2:21 PM.

 
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 11:00 AM

When Gov. Tom Corbett took a look at the $29.1 billion general fund budget plan that the General Assembly sent to him on Monday, it was missing something he wanted.

It lacked any meaningful pension reform to address the single expenditure in the budget that is eating up 60 cents of every new dollar.

Read more: http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/07/corbett_wants_general_assembly.html#incart_river

Source: Pennlive.com, by Jan Murphy, Posted July 01, 2014 at 12:08 AM, updated July 01, 2014 at 3:07 AM.

 
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 10:55 AM
Gov. Corbett refused late Monday to sign a $29.1 billion budget that the Republican-controlled legislature scrambled to deliver to him just 90 minutes before the midnight deadline. 
Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau, Posted online at www.Philly.com, June 30, 2014.
 
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 10:07 AM

Public schools across Pennsylvania will all be eligible to receive a share of the $200 million set aside in the proposed 2014-15 state budget for a newly named block grant program named Ready to Learn.
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Source: Harrisburg Patriot-News, June 30, 2014.

 

 
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 10:00 AM

Passing the Keystone Exams might never become a requirement to graduate from high school in Pennsylvania. The State Senate Education Committee has approved legislation that would leave it up to school districts to determine the effects of not passing the exam.

Click here to read more: http://wesa.fm/post/legislation-change-keystone-exam-requirements

Source: WESA-FM, June 30, 2014.

 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 11:16 AM

PDE’s Budget Update and Pension Reform Videoconferences scheduled for 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, 2014, are being postponed until later this month.

Governor Corbett continues to work with the General Assembly on pension reform as well as the budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

Governor Corbett has stated that pension reform is a significant issue that must be addressed before enacting a budget for next year.

As soon as more information is available, Acting Secretary Dumaresq will schedule webinars to provide an update.

If you have any questions, please email them to ra-educationsecretary@pa.gov.

 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 8:47 AM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has released a new brochure on Principal Effectiveness. The .pdf version highlights the various components of the system that will be implemented during the 2014-15 school year. As always, if you have any questions about the Principal Effectiveness System, please don’t hesitate to contact the PA Principals Association office, (717) 732-4999.

Click here to view and download the brochure.

 
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