Press Releases

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 11:49 AM

PA Principals Association is currently accepting nominations for High School Principal of the Year, Middle Level Principal of the Year and Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year awards. These are State awards which will be given at the annual banquet in October in Pittsburgh. Anyone interested (secondary members only) in applying for one of these awards should complete and forward the attached application to the PA Principals Association office by September 8, 2014. 

Click here for a description or the award criteria, or click here for the award application. We look forward to honoring some secondary school leaders at our conference. Thanks for all you do on behalf of the many children across the Commonwealth.

 

 
Thursday, July 31, 2014 9:48 AM

Rep. Glen Grell's pension reform idea that would impact future state and school employees would produce savings that range between $27 billion and $30.5 billion savings for the two state pension funds over 30 years, according to an actuarial review of his plan released on Wednesday. But for taxpayers who foot the bill, the bulk of those savings for the Public School Employees' Retirement System and State Employees' Retirement System would be offset by having to pay off a $9 billion pension obligation bond that the Hampden Twp. Republican lawmaker's plan would require.
Click here for the full article.

Source: Harrisburg Patriot-News, July 30, 2014.  

 

 

 

 

 

 
Thursday, July 31, 2014 8:43 AM

Pennsylvania is not alone in its public pension problems. Other states have struggled as well.

Nationwide, total debt facing state pension plans is $915 billion, according to the Public Sector Retirement Systems project of the Pew Charitable Trusts. “Only 15 states have consistently made at least 95 percent of the full actuarially required contributions for their pension plans from 2010 through 2012; the remaining 35 states (including Pennsylvania) fell short in at least one year,” according to the project website. And since last fall, the director of that project, Greg Mennis, has been trying to help Pennsylvania solve its pension problems.

In an interview last week, Mennis said his group has offered three basic pieces of advice to Mike Brubaker, R-36th, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and John P. Blake, D-22nd, the committee’s minority chair. “First, Pennsylvania has to commit to paying the current bill; second, we think they should establish a funding task force or study commission to come up with a comprehensive and transparent solution to this long-standing problem; and third, if that solution is some kind of hybrid plan design, that they consider a simple and proven hybrid model,” Mennis said.

Click here to read the full story.

Source: Daily Local News, www.dailylocal.com, by Evan Brandt, posted 07/28/14, 4:55 PM EDT.

 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 11:25 AM
Attention Members: Dr. Paul Healey, PA Principals Association executive director, wanted you to have this important information regarding Student Performance Measures for Classroom Teachers.

The following FAQs are provided for guidance purposes only. It is recommended that any decision or action taken by a Local Education Agency (LEA) related to evaluation of its professional and temporary professional employees be made in consultation with the LEA's solicitor.

Click here for the FAQs.

 
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:08 PM

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 9, 2014

Contact: Bob Farrace, NASSP Director of Public Affairs - farraceb@nassp.org - 703-860-7257

Hopewell Principal Begins Term as President-Elect of National Educational Leadership Organization

Longtime principal Michael Allison to represent school leaders nationwide

Click here for full press release.

 

 
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 11:59 AM

The Early Bird Registration Discount Deadline has been extended for the PA Principals Association Conference until Friday, August 1, 2014. The cost for a member is: $300. The cost for  a non-member is: $400.

Click here to register now!  

 



 
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 2:09 PM

When it comes to divvying up the state dollars going into public education, it's good to be poor.

A good chunk of the $12 billion going into education in the recently enacted 2014-15 state budget that Gov. Tom Corbett signed last week is driven out by a distribution formula that directs a disproportionate amount of state funding to poorer districts.  "The premise of it has always been to provide more state funding to less wealthy school districts just because of their inability to raise local funds," said Tim Eller, press secretary for the state Department of Education.

Click here for full story.

Source: www.pennlive.com (Patriot-News), by Jan Murphy on July 14, 2014 at 3:21 PM, updated July 14, 2014 at 4:32 PM.

 

 
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.

 

 
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