Press Releases

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 8:30 AM

Putting more taxpayer money toward education is a fundamental piece of Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed budget, and this week, a special commission is expected to introduce a formula for distributing education funding to schools.

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Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 15, 2015; PSBA Daily Edition, June 16, 2015.

 
Monday, June 15, 2015 10:33 AM

In the first year of many school districts using a new statewide teacher evaluation system, a greater portion of teachers was rated satisfactory than under the old system. In figures released by the state Department of Education, 98.2 percent of all teachers were rated as satisfactory in 2013-14 — the highest percentage in five years — despite a new system that some thought would increase the number of unsatisfactory ratings.

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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 15, 2015; PSBA Daily EDition, June 15, 2015.

 
Monday, June 15, 2015 10:28 AM

A “one-size fits all” approach to truancy may not be an effective way to deal with absenteeism within a particular school district, according to East Stroudsburg Area School District Superintendent Sharon Laverdure.

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Source: Pocono Record, June 13, 2015; PSBA Daily Edition, June 15, 2015.

 
Monday, June 15, 2015 10:01 AM

Apply now for a grant to strengthen arts education in your school! You can win $3,500 from Crayola and NAESP.

Sponsored by Crayola and NAESP, the Champion Creatively Alive Children grant program helps educators integrate the arts across the curriculum to build students' 21st century skills.

Up to 20 schools will receive grants to implement, document and share results of an innovative arts-infused project. Each winning school receives $2,500 and $1,000 worth of Crayola products.

Apply online before the June 22 deadline. 

 

 

http://www.naesp.org/champion-creatively-alive-children-0

 
Monday, June 15, 2015 9:45 AM

PA Principals Association Members: Join us at the Capitol in Harrisburg on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, for the first annual Principals' Lobby Day! Deadline to register has been extended: Thursday, June 18, 2015.

To register for Principals' Lobby Day, please contact Stephanie Kinner (with your name and school district) at kinner@paprincipals.org by Thursday, June 18, 2015 (deadline has been extended). 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.   

Click here to view the Lobby Day flyer (includes important issues to discuss with your legislators).
 

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

 

 
Monday, June 15, 2015 8:55 AM

The GrapeSEED program is now officially aligned with the Pennsylvania Pre-Kindergarten Learning Standards for Early Childhood in the key learning area of Language and Literacy Development.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015 8:44 AM

After several legislators expressed concerns that new requirements for background checks would be cost-prohibitive and unfair to volunteers who work with children, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Wednesday that some of the fees will be waived starting July 25. Fees for child-abuse clearances and criminal background checks will be waived, saving volunteers who work with children $16 in clearance fees.

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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 10, 2015.


 
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 9:14 AM

The state Basic Education Funding Commission, which is charged with developing a fair funding formula for Pennsylvania, needs more time to finish its report. According to the legislative action that created it, the 15-member commission was to have produced a report by today. But Tuesday afternoon, the commission said it was extending the deadline a week. In a phone interview, state Rep. Mike Vereb, R-Montgomery, a co-chair of the panel, said commission members have been working together, but it has proved challenging to synthesize information gathered amid the transition from the administrations of former Gov. Tom Corbett and current Gov. Tom Wolf.

“We’re going to take another week,” he said. “We’re going to give every effort to get there.”

He continued, “All the members of the commission have been working fluidly together. We all understand the goal is to provide for a fair funding formula for the commonwealth.”

The report will be a recommendation, not a final decision. The final formula will be up to the Legislature and Mr. Wolf.

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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by Eleanor Chute and Karen Langley, June 10, 2015 12:00 AM; PSBA Daily EDition, June 10, 2015.

 
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 9:06 AM

The Senate Education Committee moved a bill Tuesday that would delay the use of the Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement and project-based assessment until 2018-2019. "Changes will need to be made to the graduation requirement. There are unintended impacts, or consequences, of the graduation requirement as it's currently laid out" said the bill's sponsor, committee Chairman Lloyd Smucker, who voiced concerns that some students who failed to pass their Keystone Exams were held back in remediation classes until they do. "The project-based assessment is not working," said Smucker, a Lancaster County Republican. Sen. Andy Dinniman, the ranking Democrat on the committee who supports the bill, said he was "astounded" at the opposition that came from the school districts. "They felt 26 hours of testing is destructive to education and destroying the curriculum," said Dinniman, D-Chester County.

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Source: PennLive.com, by Madison Russ on June 09, 2015 at 4:09 PM; PSBA Daily EDition, June 10, 2015.

 
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 9:41 AM

After complaints from schools, youth groups and others, a state House committee voted overwhelmingly Monday to lessen the scope of a new Pennsylvania law that requires background checks for all those who work or volunteer with children.

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Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, June 9, 2015.

 
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