Press Releases

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 9:51 AM

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) [today] announced the Republican members for each of the 22 Senate Standing Committees for the 2015-2016 legislative session. “Senate Committees provide a strong and experienced environment for legislation to be vetted and shaped before moving on to the full Senate,” Scarnati said. “We are fortunate to have members from diverse backgrounds who will offer insightful perspective as issues advance and policies are formed.” Click here for the full article.

Source: Senator Scarnati's website, January 19, 2015.

 
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 8:48 AM

Those associated with Mt. Pleasant Area Junior-Senior High School who venture out to see the major motion picture “Foxcatcher,” might see a familiar face or two on the silver screen.

The Golden Globe Award-nominated film was filmed in western Pennsylvania in the fall of 2012, and appearing in the production will be school Principal Ken Williams and junior high school health and physical education instructor B.J. Mikeska.


Source: TribLive, Dec. 17, 2014.
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015 1:01 PM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning is pleased to announce the 2015 Prekindergarten to Grade 3 (P-3) Governor’s Institute: P-3 Collaboration-Working Together for Student Success. The purpose of Pennsylvania’s P-3 Governor’s Institute is to help school districts, early learning providers and community organizations throughout the commonwealth make the vital connections and collaborations necessary for student success from birth through grade 3. The 2015 P-3 Governor’s Institutes are being offered regionally for the
following dates/locations:

 Each institute begins on Sunday evening and ends on Wednesday at noon:

•     June 14-17 Radisson Hotel Valley Forge—King of Prussia
•     June 21-24 Doubletree—Monroeville
•     July 12-15 The Ambassador Center—Erie
•     July 26-29 Hilton—Scranton 

Participation in the 2015 institute is limited to 28 teams per region. Participating teams will be selected through an application process. Districts may submit applications for more than one team. Teams should be built around a specific elementary school, its feeder early learning programs and the local community. Selected teams will participate in this 4-day event focusing on Kristie Kauerz’ Framework for Planning, Implementing and Evaluating Pre-K-3rd Grade Approaches. Professional development will be offered to support team specific implementation of P-3 efforts.

The framework can be accessed at:

http://depts.washington.edu/pthru3/PreK-3rd_Framework_Legal%20paper.pdf

Most expenses will be covered for participating teams using Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant funds. Act 48 professional development
credits and Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System (PQAS) hours will be offered.

To be considered for participation in this event, participating teams must agree to the following:

  • Attend the entire 4-day event;
  • Bring a core team of no less than four educators (maximum participating team of eight members):  a 0-5 administrator, a 0-5
    practitioner, a K-3 administrator and a K-3 practitioner. Preference will be given to applicants who include up to four of the following; family
    representative or family liaison, Early Intervention representative community member, librarian, curriculum specialist, higher education partner, intermediate unit representative;
  • Engage in continuous improvement via implementation and sharing of strategies/programs that will enhance student achievement; and
  • Maintain an active role in the Governor’s Institute cohort subsequent to the event (e.g., professional learning community, webinars, monthly
    follow up).

Deadline to complete the application is February 23, 2015.

The application can be accessed at: 2014 P-3 Governor's Institute

If you have any questions, please contact Jolie Phillips at
jolphillip@pa.gov.

 
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 12:54 PM

You are invited to an exclusive educational event in your area, at no charge, on GrapeSEED, the oral language and critical listening program for preschool-K-2 that's being hailed as a game-changer by educators in the US and globally.

The just-released 2013-14 research studies by Oakland University involving Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and English as a Second Language (ESL) students provide a clear evidence of highly significant gains by schools that implemented GrapeSEED.

Agenda:

 1. Why educators are excited about GrapeSEED!

 2. How GrapeSEED works to close the language achievement gap naturally

 3. Analysis of Oakland University's latest studies involving preschool and K-2 classrooms

Watch & hear testimonials, videos and songs, and experience for yourself what makes GrapeSEED a fun and learning experience for children!

Learn more about our Previews.

Location: Allegheny Intermediate Unit - AIU3

475 East Waterfront Drive    

Homestead, PA 15120

Date: Thursday Jan 29, 2015

Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM Eastern Time. Dinner is included at no charge.

Directions:

https://goo.gl/maps/zJWvj

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015 9:21 AM

The state House and Senate GOP leaders have named the chairs of their education committees. Lawmakers expect the panels to see a lot of action in the coming legislative session, since Gov.-elect Tom Wolf has underlined education funding as his top priority upon entering office.

Click here for the full story.

Source: WITF, Jan. 12, 2015.

 

 

 
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 9:11 AM

Lloyd Smucker has a new job in the state Legislature. The Republican state senator will lead the high-profile Education Committee for the two-year legislative session that started last week.

The West Lampeter Township lawmaker is taking over the position previously held by Sen. Mike Folmer of Lebanon County. Folmer was chosen to head the State Government Committee — Smucker’s old post. Meanwhile, Ryan Aument was chosen to serve as chairman of the Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee. The panel is responsible for reviewing proposals to restructure state government, cut costs and improve government efficiency.

As chairman of the Education Committee, Smucker has been given the assignment to oversee a public education system that has been strained in part by the underfunded Public School Employees’ Retirement System. Smucker discussed in a press release the importance of his new position, why he feels he is the right person to tackle the problems facing the system and what he hopes to accomplish.

Click here for press release.

Source: Lancaster Online by Karen Shuey, staff writer, posted: Monday, January 12, 2015 11:25 a.m.

 
Friday, January 9, 2015 10:23 AM

Pension reform has been given the key moniker of Senate Bill 1 and will likely take the form of a defined contribution plan, a key player in the process told The PLS Reporter this week.

During Tuesday’s swearing-in day ceremonies in the Senate, newly re-elected President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) raised the prospects of pension reform legislation to a new level by declaring a pension reform bill will take on the prestigious title of Senate Bill 1, a more-than-symbolic gesture emphasizing the importance of the issue to the Senate.

“Moving the state pension system more in line with that of the private sector is one of the most significant means we have to gain more revenue, for needs like education,” Sen. Scarnati stated during Tuesday’s ceremony. “Pension reform will be Senate Bill 1 and a top priority this session.”

According to Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh), a longtime pensionphile and current chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, the pension reforms included in the bill are likely to include a shift to a defined contribution plan from the current defined benefit plan.

“I would expect that its platform would include a defined contribution plan for new school district and state workers as the foundation of the proposal,” he told The PLS Reporter.

Click here for the full article.

Source: The PLS Reporter, Author: Jason Gottesman, Thursday, January 8, 2015.

 

 
Friday, January 9, 2015 10:07 AM

A letter on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization was sent yesterday to congressional leaders by NAESP, NASSP and the American Federation of School Administrators. (See links below.)

There has been a lot of talk that the Senate will move very quickly this winter on a bill to reauthorize ESEA. NASSP and NAESP have been and will continue to conduct meetings with Senate Education Committee staff regarding the bill and our priorities.

ESEA Letter 1

ESEA Letter 2

 
Friday, January 9, 2015 8:34 AM

Attention PA Principals Association Members: You are invited to attend the Real Life / Real Issues: Drugs and Young People Community Forum on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 12 p.m. (noon) at the WITF Public Media Center, 4801, Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111 - for a discussion of the dangers facing young Pennsylvanians. A reception will be held at noon, followed by the viewing as an audience member of the live taping of "Real Life / Real Issues: Drugs and Young People." PA Principals Association is a prime sponsor of this program.

Heroin has undergone a resurrection. A powerful opioid drug that was once only the scourge of inner cities is now widely available, cheap and being abused in the middle class suburbs and even the most rural areas of Pennsylvania. But heroin isn't the only story. In fact, prescription medications, especially painkillers, are abused more often.  

 The snow date is Saturday, February 7, 2015.

Click on this link for more information:  http://www.witf.org/community/witf-events/2015/01/please-join-us-for-an-important-community-forum.php

 

 
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