Press Releases

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. 

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152168054938115&set=vb.310437883114&type=2&theater


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
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 8:52 AM

Yesterday the House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 34, legislation that amends the Professional Educator Discipline Act to establish a comprehensive system to be used to investigate and discipline professional educators for misconduct. The bill expands the bases for discipline to include founded and indicated reports of child abuse as well as “grooming” behaviors such as sending a student sexually explicit text messages; shortens the time period for reporting to the Pennsylvania Department of Education; requires an educator arrested, indicted for, or convicted of certain crimes to report the action to the employing school within 72 hours; prohibits schools from entering into confidential settlement agreements that interfere with the entity’s mandatory reporting; and eliminates the current statute of limitations for the filing of misconduct complaints. Senate Bill 34 will now return to the Senate for a concurrence vote on House amendments made earlier to the bill.

Source: PSBA School Leader News Daily EDition, Dec. 10, 2013.

 

 
Thursday, December 5, 2013 9:48 AM

Well, the man’s got nerve, I’ll give you that. Since kicking off his re-election bid here in Pittsburgh last month (see “A Week of Action”), Governor Corbett has been touring the state boldly campaigning on his record of – wait for it – education. Yes, the man who has slashed $2.4 billion and counting from public schools in the Commonwealth now thinks that voters will buy the idea that he actually supports public education. Incredibly, Gov. Corbett has been claiming in radio ads that he increased funding for our schools. [Politics PA, 11-17-13]

Click here to read more.

Source: Yinzercation Blog, December 4, 2013.

 
Thursday, December 5, 2013 9:11 AM

On the floor of the state Senate today, Sen. Mike Stack criticized the Corbett administration for ignoring education and community leaders who believe implementation of the controversial Keystone Exams will financially hurt school districts and unfairly affect students who do not pass the pressure-packed graduation requirement.

“The Keystone Exams have been the source of a lot of debate and angst over the past six months. It peaked with a split, 3-2, IRRC vote to approve the Keystone Exams on Thursday, Nov. 21. Last week, Senator Dinniman and I hosted a town hall hearing on the Keystone Exams to get feedback from education experts, advocates and key stakeholders. “We heard a lot of interesting reaction and I wanted to highlight some of the issues and themes we heard:

 http://www.senatorstack.com/corbett-administration-moving-too-fast-on-keystone-exams-stack-tells-senate.

Source: Senator Stacks’s website on Dec. 4, 2013.

 
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