Press Releases

Friday, January 17, 2014 9:30 AM

Gov. Corbett will propose hundreds of millions of dollars in new education funding as the centerpiece of the budget he unveils next month, according to sources familiar with the plan. Addressing one of his perceived political liabilities, the governor will call for what one source described as a "major investment" in basic education with more modest investments for colleges. The details, including where the money will come from, remain under wraps. But one source estimated the plan will call for $200 million in new funds, and others said the governor hopes to rely on pension reform to net $100 million.

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Source:  Amy Worden and Angela Couloumbis, Philadelphia Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau; Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2014, 8:08 p.m.

 
Thursday, January 16, 2014 2:22 PM

The Senate referred House Bill 1559 to the Appropriations Committee. It provides for training in youth suicide awareness and prevention for educators in buildings serving students in grades 6-12. The bill requires schools, within 90 days, to adopt a youth suicide awareness and prevention policy that includes reporting procedures and methods of prevention, intervention and postvention. The school entity must inform its employees of the policy, make available education and resources and incorporate age-appropriate education into the curriculum. The Department of Education must maintain on its website a list of approved resources, training materials and age-appropriate education that schools may use.

Source: PSBA Legislative Report, Jan. 16, 2014.

 
Thursday, January 16, 2014 11:10 AM

A proposal to make a searchable website of Pennsylvania public school expenses is now before the state Senate for consideration following passage in the House. The measure would require public schools to submit their expenses annually to the Department of Education. Eventually, the agency would display the information in a searchable website online.

The site, to be called SchoolWATCH, was inspired by the roughly year-old state website PennWATCH, which displays various state expenses, said Rep. Jim Christiana, who sponsored the bill.

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Source: WHYY Newsworks, Jan. 15, 2014.

 
Thursday, January 16, 2014 8:52 AM

According to an article in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, a school funding bill passed the state House on Wednesday, despite ongoing partisan debate over whether a funding formula even exists. Widely supported by school administrators, teachers unions and advocacy groups, House Bill 1738 would establish a commission to study and recommend a more equitable way to distribute state dollars to districts. Click here to read the Pittsburgh Tribune Review article.

 

 
Thursday, January 9, 2014 1:15 PM

Highlights of remarks offered by Dr. Carolyn Dumaresq, Acting Secretary of Education:

The PDE staff has been concentrating on getting their budget information together for the Governor’s upcoming new budget. Education is one of the first areas to go before the Appropriations Committee, so it is crucial to have the numbers and information ready to go.

Chapter 4 information--

  • Currently working on costing out projections for supplemental services related to the implementation of the Keystone Exams.
  • New School Performance Profile (SPP) data has been uploaded and schools are now researching ways to improve their profiles and opportunities for the students.

  • There have been over 200,000 visits to the SPP site with the majority of those visits (35%) being from parents.

  • Starting on Friday, PDE will begin to honor those schools that attained a SPP of 90% or better with a banner and an announcement. Some 428     

            buildings will receive recognition during this first round of SPP.

  • About 91 schools have been identified as Priority Schools as a result of their SPP score. Academic Recovery Liaisons will begin to work with these schools.

Teacher and Principal Evaluation--

  • The first round of teacher evaluations are being completed for the temporary professional individuals in the districts. Resources have been provided to assist with the completion of the evaluation forms.
  • The principal and specialists evaluation regulations are expected in the very near future as the pilot continues for principal evaluation.

PDE received its third federal grant to the tune of about $52 million for early learning. PDE will be working on providing training and resources to have quality early learning programs across the state.

 
Thursday, January 9, 2014 9:44 AM

If you are interested in running for one of the open board positions (click on the link below) in the 2014 PA Principals Association election, please contact the PA Principals Association office at snyder@paprincipals.org or (717) 732-4999 for an application. Applications must be received in the PA Principals Association office by Feb. 14, 2014.

Click here for the open board positions, duties and responsibilities.

 

 

 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 1:34 PM

The president pro tempore of the state Senate began his eighth year in the position with a call to action for some kind of public pension system overhaul. Over the past year, Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) has been skeptical about the governor's plans to grapple with rising costs to fund the state's public pension systems. Click here to read more.
Source: WITF, Jan. 7, 2014.

 
Friday, January 3, 2014 10:07 AM

Michael Allison, principal of Hopewell High School in Aliquippa, PA, is attending the US Army All American Bowl Game in San Antonio, TX as a community leader and guest of the US Army 3rd Recruiting Brigade. Mr. Allison will have the opportunity to interact with and learn from US Army leaders and soldiers during this trip. Planned activities include the US Army Bar-B-Q and welcome reception; Focus Group Sessions on Building a Stronger Future Together; touring Fort Sam Houston; interacting with soldiers at Fort Sam Houston; and attending the US Army All American Bowl on Saturday, January 4, 2014. This trip focuses on building collaborative relationships between high visibility community leaders and the US Army to share the important work of today's Army, to promote opportunities for youth to pursue careers in the US Army and to help society better understand the concepts of "Army Strong."

Click here for a greeting from Mr. Allison. 

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Michael Allison with Master Sgt. Peter Moody and Col. John Box of the US Army 3rd Recruiting Brigade.

 
Monday, December 16, 2013 1:42 PM

The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) released two surveys that examine principals’ views of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) initiative, as well as their preparation and ongoing support for implementation of the higher standards. The surveys, which reflect the views of 1,000 principals in 14 states that have adopted CCSS, reveal that principals overwhelmingly support the CCSS initiative and have a strong willingness to continue to engage deeply in instructional leadership activities as states move forward with the new standards. One of the surveys focuses specifically on urban schools.  

Read the full press release and both surveys at www.naesp.org/leadership-common-core.

 
Thursday, December 12, 2013 8:39 AM

Acting Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq today announced that the School Performance Profile website has been updated to include scores for the more than 620 schools that had their information suppressed in October.

To access the School Performance Profile, visit www.paschoolperformance.org.  Data that was used to calculate profile scores can be accessed by clicking on the “Data Files” link on the bottom right side of the home page. - See more at: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=7234&PageID=1005857&mode=2&contentid=http://pubcontent.state.pa.us/publishedcontent/publish/cop_hhs/pde/single_web/no_workflow_requried/news_and_media/articles/acting_secretary_of_education_announces_updates_to_school_performance_profile.html#sthash.esnvOAyT.927Bgx5U.dpuf
To access the School Performance Profile, visit www.paschoolperformance.org.  Data that was used to calculate profile scores can be accessed by clicking on the “Data Files” link on the bottom right side of the home page. - See more at: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=7234&PageID=1005857&mode=2&contentid=http://pubcontent.state.pa.us/publishedcontent/publish/cop_hhs/pde/single_web/no_workflow_requried/news_and_media/articles/acting_secretary_of_education_announces_updates_to_school_performance_profile.html#sthash.esnvOAyT.927Bgx5U.dpuf
To access the School Performance Profile, visit www.paschoolperformance.org.  Data that was used to calculate profile scores can be accessed by clicking on the “Data Files” link on the bottom right side of the home page. - See more at: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=7234&PageID=1005857&mode=2&contentid=http://pubcontent.state.pa.us/publishedcontent/publish/cop_hhs/pde/single_web/no_workflow_requried/news_and_media/articles/acting_secretary_of_education_announces_updates_to_school_performance_profile.html#sthash.esnvOAyT.927Bgx5U.dpuf

To access the School Performance Profile, visit www.paschoolperformance.org. Data that was used to calculate profile scores can be accessed by clicking on the “Data Files” link on the bottom right side of the home page. - See by clicking here.

Source: PDE Press Release, Dec. 11, 2013.

 

 

Acting Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq today announced that the School Performance Profile website has been updated to include scores for the more than 620 schools that had their information suppressed in October. - See more at: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=7234&PageID=1005857&mode=2&contentid=http://pubcontent.state.pa.us/publishedcontent/publish/cop_hhs/pde/single_web/no_workflow_requried/news_and_media/articles/acting_secretary_of_education_announces_updates_to_school_performance_profile.html#sthash.esnvOAyT.C0aQNBF3.dpuf
 
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