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Monday, July 14, 2014 12:30 PM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is re-sending this PENN*LINK to add the password needed to join the webinar on July 14-15, 2014.

PDE is providing an opportunity for local education agencies (LEA) to attend an online training that will address information about the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA) 1 percent cap and a demonstration of the Data Recognition Corporation eDIRECT system followed by a question and answer period.

PDE will be offering four webinar sessions via WebEx on July 15-16, 2014. Presenters will be from PDE's Divisions of Performance Analysis and Reporting and the Division of Data Quality, along with the Data Recognition Corporation.

To register, please select one of the links provided below. Each session has a distinct registration link. Be sure to select the link associated with the session you plan to attend. 

REVISED:  Please use the password "train1" to access the webinar.

July 15, 2014, from 10 a.m. to noon

https://datarecognitioncorpaudio.webex.com/datarecognitioncorpaudio/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=800456765

July 15, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

https://datarecognitioncorpaudio.webex.com/datarecognitioncorpaudio/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=803344381

July 16, 2014, from 10 a.m. to noon

https://datarecognitioncorpaudio.webex.com/datarecognitioncorpaudio/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=805555905

July 16, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

https://datarecognitioncorpaudio.webex.com/datarecognitioncorpaudio/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=803313723

The training will be recorded and posted on the PDE webpage at www.education.state.pa.us/pas. Please contact PDE's Bureau of Assessment and Accountability with any questions at 717.705.2343 or ra-pas@pa.gov.

 

 
Monday, July 14, 2014 9:14 AM

Summary of State Education Appropriations --  Click here to see a summary of the enacted funding levels for 2014-15 Department of Education appropriations.

Basic Subsidy – The budget provides level funding at $5.26 billion. Click here to see the basic subsidy distribution for each school district.
 

Ready to Learn Block Grant – The budget provides $241 million in new Ready to Learn funding for public schools that focus on student achievement and academic success, and funding for the Accountability Block Grant that supports pre-kindergarten, full-day kindergarten and other proven educational programs at the current level of $100 million.  Click here to see the RTL Block Grant distribution for each school district and charter school. 

Special Education -- Each school district will receive the same special education payments as it did in 2013-14. An additional $19.8 million will be distributed using a new three-tier formula that factors in categorical student costs, district scarcity/size, and market-value aid ratio. Click here to see the distribution of special education funds for each school district.
      
Secondary Career and Technical Education Subsidy -- The budget includes $62 million for the Career and Technical Education appropriation. This amount is the same amount appropriated in 2013-14.   This appropriation allocates an estimated $49.6 million for the Secondary Career and Technical Education Subsidy (SCTES). Click here for more information and subsidies.

Source: PSBA Legislative Update, July 10, 2014.

 

 
Monday, July 14, 2014 9:05 AM

Governor Corbett signed into law the 2014-15 state budget and its enabling legislation that allocates more than $10 billion in state support of public schools.

Below are highlights of the enacted 2014-15 state budget:

  • Basic Education Funding – $5.53 billion
    • Each school district will receive the same amount it received in 2013-14.
    • Ready to Learn Block Grant – $200 million – increased funding of $100 million
      • Each school district will receive an amount equal to its 2013-14 Accountability Block Grant allocation pursuant to Section 2599.2 of the Public School Code.
      • Each school entity (school district and charter school) will receive a Student-Focused Funding Supplement calculated as the sum of the following:
        • A per-student factor equal to $231 multiplied by the product of each school entity’s average daily membership (ADM) and its market value/personal income aid ratio (MV/PI AR).
        • An English language learner factor equal to $34.65 ($231 x 15%) multiplied by the product of the number students in the school entity identified as limited English proficient and its MV/PI AR.
        • A poverty factor equal to $57.75 ($231 x 25%) multiplied by the product of the number of students in the school entity identified as economically disadvantaged and its MV/PI AR.
  • School entities can use their Ready to Learn Block Grant to enhance learning opportunities for students through initiatives, such as:
    • The eligible uses under the Accountability Block Grant program.
    • Pre-kindergarten to grade 3 curriculum alignment;
    • Ensuring that all students are performing at grade level by third grade in both reading and math;
    • Extended learning opportunities for supplemental and customized student instruction for pre-kindergarten to grade 3;
    • Training to support early literacy;
    • Supplemental instruction in biology, English language arts and algebra I;
    • Instructional coaches;
    • Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education;
    • Implementation of the State Literacy Plan; and
    • Hybrid learning.
    • Special Education – 1.05 billion – an increase of $20 million.
      • These new dollars will be distributed based on categories of support for students with disabilities.
      • Contingency funds (1 percent of the special education allocation) is distributed in the  following manner:
        • For school districts and charter schools that submit contingency fund applications for students whose costs are $75,000 to $100,000, the department will subtract the state subsidy and multiply the difference by the school entities’ market value/personal income aid ratio.
        • School entities that submit contingency fund applications for students whose costs are greater than $100,000, the department will subtract the state subsidy.
        • The contingency fund will be capped at approximately $300,000 for any school entity.
  • Note: No changes will be made to the calculation for how charter schools receive funding for students with disabilities.
  • Career and Technical Education – $62 million
  • Career and Technical Education Equipment Grants – $3 million
  • Pupil Transportation – $625.3 million
  • School Employees’ Social Security – $500.8 million – an increase of $14.5 million
  • School Employees’ Retirement – $1.16 billion – an increase of $151 million
  • Special Education, Approved Private Schools – $95.3 million
  • Pre-K Counts – $97.3 million – an increase of $10 million
  • Head Start Supplemental Assistance – $39.2 million
  • Early Intervention – $237.5 million – an increase of $9.5 million
  • Pennsylvania Charter Schools for the Deaf and Blind – $42.8 million – an increase of $1.1 million
  • School Food Services – $32.5 million – an increase of $467,000

To obtain additional information about the enacted 2014-15 budget, or to view school entity allocations, visit www.education.state.pa.us/budget.

 

 
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 2:28 PM

Please be advised that the Pennsylvania Department of Education has received a request under the Right to Know Law from the media regarding the 2012-13 District Performance Profile scores. This data was provided to all local education agencies in February as part of the Ready to Learn Block Grant that the Governor proposed in the 2014-15 budget.

The District Performance Profile scores will be released to the media and made public in early August.

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

 
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 2:24 PM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is providing an opportunity for local education agencies (LEAs) to attend an online training that will address information about the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA) 1 percent cap and a demonstration of the Data Recognition Corporation eDIRECT system followed by a question and answer period.

PDE will be offering four webinar sessions via WebEx on July 15-16, 2014. Presenters will be from PDE’s Divisions of Performance Analysis and Reporting and the Division of Data Quality, along with the Data Recognition Corporation.

To register, please select one of the links provided below. Each session has a distinct registration link. Be sure to select the link associated with the session you plan to attend. 

July 15, 2014, from 10 a.m. to noon

https://datarecognitioncorpaudio.webex.com/datarecognitioncorpaudio/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=800456765

July 15, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

https://datarecognitioncorpaudio.webex.com/datarecognitioncorpaudio/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=803344381

July 16, 2014, from 10 a.m. to noon

https://datarecognitioncorpaudio.webex.com/datarecognitioncorpaudio/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=805555905

July 16, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

https://datarecognitioncorpaudio.webex.com/datarecognitioncorpaudio/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=803313723

The training will be recorded and posted on the PDE webpage at www.education.state.pa.us/pas. Please contact PDE’s Bureau of Assessment and Accountability with any questions at 717.705.2343 or ra-pas@pa.gov.

 

 

 
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 9:25 AM

While the budget wrangling in the Capitol isn’t complete — Gov. Tom Corbett hasn’t indicated if he will sign the $29.1 billion spending plan the General Assembly sent him last week — this article takes a look at some of the budget highlights as the plan is written.

Click here to read the article.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 7, 2014.

 
Monday, July 7, 2014 10:39 AM

Modest increases in special education and block grant funding in the state budget that the Legislature approved will not be enough to overcome the challenge of flat funding in the $5.526 billion basic education subsidy for school districts, according to school officials.

Click here for the full article.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 5, 2014.

 
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.

Click here for the article.

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.

Click here for full story.

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

 
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