Press Releases

Friday, December 16, 2011 7:05 PM

Today, the White House announced that nine states -- California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Washington - will receive grant awards from the $500 million Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge fund, a competitive grant program jointly administered by the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services.   

Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius made the announcement of state grantees this morning at a White House event with over 100 early learning and development experts, educators, policymakers and researchers.

Through the competition, 35 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico have created plans to increase access to high-quality programs for children from low-income families, providing more children from birth to age 5 with a strong foundation they need for success in school and beyond. The number and list of winners was determined both by the quality of the applications and the funds available.

The fiscal year 2011 budget provided an additional $700 million to invest in early learning and elementary and post secondary education reform. In addition to the $500 million awarded today to Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grantees, seven states -- Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania - have applied for a share of the $200 million to invest in K-12 education reform. Awards will be announced later this month.

Grant awards will range from around $50 million up to $100 million, depending on state population and proposed plans.

To learn more about the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, visit

Source: Press Release from The White House Office of the Press Secretary, Dec. 16, 2011.

Friday, December 16, 2011 3:32 PM

This week, the House amended and unanimously approved SB 1183 that creates the offense of institutional sexual assault in a school or child center setting. The bill was then returned to the Senate for a concurrence vote, where it passed 48-2. SB 1183 will now go to Gov. Corbett for his signature.  

The provisions of SB 1183 would apply whether or not the student is 16 years old, the age of consent in Pennsylvania. The amendment to SB 1183 incorporates language creating the offense of institutional sexual abuse, which would make it unlawful for a teacher, coach or other employee of a public or private school or a volunteer or employee of a center for children to engage in sexual intercourse, deviate sexual intercourse or indecent contact with a student, or a child receiving services at the center. The penalty would be a third-degree felony that would be punishable by up to seven years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $15,000.

Source: PSBA Legislative Report, Dec. 15, 2011.

Friday, December 16, 2011 1:47 PM

EF Professional Development Tours are a unique way to earn professional development hours and allow you to learn about educational practices in other countries with colleagues from your school and schools around the world. EF's Education in China tour features educational visits and activities that allow you to compare different approaches to teaching and learning. In addition to the tour, they offer a pre- and post-tour online course which provides content about China and helps teachers and administrators find rewarding and innovative ways to bring global perspective back to their classrooms and communities.   

The trip has been opened to include all educators (teachers, administrators, central office staff).   This is the perfect opportunity to take a team from your district of teachers and administrators.

NASSP President Ken Griffith will be attending the trip with this cohort

Itinerary - The trip itself is 10 days: 3 days in Beijing, 2 days in Xi'an and 3 days in Shanghai. The tour dates are 7/16/2012 - 7/25/2012. Click on the link below for the detailed itinerary or visit the EF web site at The pricing for departure includes departing from Philadelphia.   If you would like to depart from Pittsburgh, Baltimore, NY/NJ or any other airport, EF can accommodate this with price adjustments.   

All accommodations and materials, including a private bus and tour director -- who will serve as a guide, organizer and translator -- are included in the cost. Please Note: You only need to pay a $95.00 deposit to reserve your spot and then pay monthly up to the tour. EF can develop a payment plan for you, if needed.   

Enroll at or call Andrew Hagopian at (800) 872-8439, ext. 3141. Use tour number: 114 5583.   

Click here for the revised pricing flyer.

To view informational video, click on this link: Professional Development in China -- Continuing Education for Educators (best viewed full screen with sound).

Dr. William Ziegler, treasurer for PA Principals Association Board of Directors, is the "group leader" for this trip. He is available to assist you with registering for the trip or for further details. He may be contacted at: (610) 326-8243, ext. 2051, or The deadline to register has been extended until Wednesday, February 29, 2012.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 2:16 PM
Act 24 of 2011, signed into law on June 30, 2011, significantly amended Section 111 of the Pennsylvania Public School Code, which requires background checks for employees of public and private schools, intermediate units and area vocational-technical schools (AVTS), including independent contractors and their employees. There is a new Basic Education Circular (BEC) that provides school administrators with guidance concerning the duties imposed on them as the result of these important amendments. The Background Checks BEC can be found via the BEC table, posted on the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) web site or by clicking here.

For additional information on these changes, please contact Denise Wolfgang in the PDE's School Services office at 717-783-3750 or
Monday, December 12, 2011 7:58 PM
The Public School Employees's Retirement System (PSERS) board on Friday set the employer contribution rate, which is shared by school districts and the state, at 12.36 percent of a district'ss payroll. That is up from this year'ss 8.65 percent rate. The new rate is expected to generate $1.8 billion for the pension system.

Dramatic as the increase seems, it comes as no surprise to school district officials. A 2010 state law, known as Act 120, capped the annual increases for several years to smooth out the anticipated spike in pension obligations that were coming next year to help districts plan for this large bill.

"If Act 120 was not in effect the employer rate would have jumpled up to 29.65 percent next year, rather than 12.36 percent," said PSERS Executive Director Jeffrey Clay.

Source: Patriot-News, Dec. 11. 2011 -- By Jan Murphy.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 2:36 PM

Click here for pertinent information regarding issues surrounding the Arrest/Conviction Report and Certification Form ("PDE-6004"), which must be completed by all current school employees pursuant to Act 24 of 2011.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 3:59 PM

Pennsylvania is among seven states that have submitted applications for Race to the Top (RTTT) Phase Three funds. The states that will compete for a share of $200 million provided by Congress in 2010 include Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. (Nine states that were runners-up in the initial Race to the Top competition were eligible for Round Three, but South Carolina opted out and California submitted an incomplete application.) The applications include commitments to enhance data systems, raise academic standards, improve principal and teacher support and evaluation systems and implement school interventions in under-performing schools. By Dec. 16, applicants also have to provide a detailed narrative and budget. Race to the Top Round Three focuses on supporting efforts to leverage comprehensive statewide reform, while also improving science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Round Three awards will be announced in late-December. Award amounts within the $200 million fund are based on state population.

Pennsylvania has also has applied for a Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant. (Click here to see Pennsylvania's application.) The $500 million competitive grant program is for states to use to improve early learning and development. Including Pennsylvania, there are 35 states that have submitted applications. In mid-December, the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services will award the highest ranked applicants within funding availability. Awards will range from around $50 million up to $100 million, depending on a state'ss population of children from low-income families and proposed plan.

Source: PSBA Legislative Report, Dec. 1, 2011.

Monday, December 5, 2011 2:44 PM

According to an article in the Patriot News, this should be the time for the final charge to deliver a school voucher program to Pennsylvania, advocates say. Gov. Tom Corbett says he wants families to have taxpayer-funded vouchers so they can move children out of bad schools. With a General Assembly controlled by his fellow Republicans, Corbett hoped to see a voucher program in place for parents next fall. Corbett has said it is crucial for the legislature to get him a bill before the end of the month. Click here to read the Patriot News article.

Source: myPLS, The Eye Opener, Dec. 5, 2011.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 6:52 PM

Through the years there have been many bitter teacher strikes and too many student protests to count. But a principals' revolt?

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for the full article.

Source:, Nov. 27, 2011.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 5:00 AM

Brian L. Cashman, Sr., a former PA Principals Association board member and retired principal in the Southern York County School District, has been appointed by the PA Principals Association president to serve as the chairperson of the 2012 PA Principals Association Nominations Committee. Wayne R. McAllister, an elementary principal in the Upper Darby School District, and Marshall J. Wagner, a retired secondary principal in the Hollidaysburg Area School District, will also serve on the committee.

If you have any questions regarding the election, the positions available or the responsibilities, please contact the Nominations chairperson, Mr. Cashman, at Watch
for more information, including the duties and responsibilities for the president-elect and the regional representative positions.

If you are interested in running for one of these positions, please contact the PA Principals Association office at or (717) 732-4999 for an application. Applications must be received in the PA Principals Association office by Friday, February 17, 2012.

Statewide Elected Positions

  • President-Elect - Must be an Secondary Member
  • Secretary - Either Elementary or Secondary Member

Regional Rep Positions



Current BOD Member

Counties Represented

  East I


  Paul L. Stefani

  Lackawanna, Luzerne, Susquehanna, Wayne,    

  East II


  Dennis F. Nemes

  Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Pike,  

  Central III


  Robert J. Gildea

  Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon,      
  Juniata,   Mifflin, Somerset

  Central I


  Curtis E. Johnson

  Bradford, Cameron, Center, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk,  
  Lycoming, McKean, Potter, Sullivan, Tioga

  West II


  Gregg L. Paladina

  Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Indiana, Lawrence,  

  West II


  Leonard A. Rich

  Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Indiana, Lawrence,  

Click Here for the Duties and Responsibilities of the Regional Representative.

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