Press Releases

Monday, July 1, 2013 9:05 AM

The 2013-14 budget plan adds $22.5 million in funding to the basic education subsidy line over the House proposal and $32.5 million over what Governor Corbett proposed in February.

The basic education subsidy will increase by 2% to $5.526 billion. Click here to see how the additional funds are distributed across the state’s 500 school districts. Overall, the plan retains 81% of the cuts to public school classrooms enacted two years ago.

Click here for more on the state budget (Governor's Budget Office).

Click here for 2013-14 Enacted Budget (House Bill 1437 Printer's Number 2198)

Click here for a State Budget Fact Sheet.

Click here for the Patriot-News article.

 
Sources: The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, http://pennbpc.org/, July 1, 2013; Governor's Budget Office,
http://www.budget.state.pa.us/, July 1, 2013; and www.pennlive.com, July 1, 2013.

 
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 8:35 AM

The USDOE invites principals to apply for the 2013-2014 school year by July 16, 2013 at 11:59 PM EDT.

Like the Department’s Teaching Ambassador Fellows, Principal Ambassador Fellows will spend a year gaining greater knowledge of the content of key federal programs and policies, in addition to the context and process by which they are designed and implemented. Fellows will share their expertise with federal staff members; provide outreach and communication about federal initiatives to other educators on behalf of the Department; and facilitate the involvement and understanding of educators in developing and implementing these efforts at the federal, state and local levels, to improve the likelihood of their success.

As the Principal Ambassador Fellowship is just getting underway, the USDOE is only considering Campus Principal Ambassador Fellows for 2013-2014. The Campus Principal Ambassador Fellowship enables principals to participate on a part-time basis from their home locations for the Department, in addition to their regular school responsibilities, working in collaboration with the Department’s regional and federal offices. Additionally, as pioneers, Fellows will play an active part in creating and shaping the program for future years to balance the needs of the Department with those of principals.

To be eligible for the 2013-2014 Campus Principal Ambassador Fellowship, applicants must:

  • Be serving as a principal during the 2013-2014 school year in a United States school, including traditional public, charter, virtual, military, tribal and/or private schools, that serves any grades Pre-K through 12th.
  • Have a minimum of three  years of successful experience as a principal. (If the 2012-2013 school-year is your third year as principal, you are eligible.)
  • Have a United States citizenship, as is required for employment with the federal government.
  • Have the ability to gain employer support to sign an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) agreement for your participation in the program.

Note:  Some schools may use different terminology than “principal.” A candidate is considered eligible despite titling differences provided that s/he is the highest administrative official in the school building.   

To access the application, please visit www.usajobs.gov to apply for the Campus Principal Ambassador Fellowship.

 

 
Monday, June 10, 2013 1:46 PM

The Local Education Agencies (LEA) who exceeded the one percent cap of proficient and advanced Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA) scores will have the opportunity to determine which student's proficient scores will be counted as proficient and which will be counted as not proficient for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) calculations. The PASA 1 percent cap selection window will be available July 8 -10, 2013, at https://pa.drcedirect.com. In preparation for the opening of this important window, Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) will provide online training to assist LEAs in completing selections.

In order to ensure LEAs have an opportunity to participate, PDE will be offering the same online session at multiple dates and times (see list below). The presentations will be broadcast via "Go to Meeting." To register, go to the link provided for each session below. Each session has a very specific associated link. Be sure to use the link associated with the session in which you will participate.

PASA 1 percent cap selection:

June 27 from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., to register, go to:  https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/341890282

June 27 from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., to register, go to:  https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/519112834

July 2 from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., to register, go to:  https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/649040770

For more information, contact the PDE's Bureau of Assessment and Accountability at 717-265-7655.

 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 11:39 AM

Dr. Healey will begin in July and will eventually replace current Executive Director Dr. William Hartman, Jr. when he retires in June 2014.

Click here for more.

 
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 11:37 AM

On May 29, Pennsylvania House leaders introduced HB 1437, the House Republican budget proposal for 2013-2014. The proposal spends $28.3 billion, which is a $578 million or 2.1 percent increase over the current fiscal year. The House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to consider the budget bill this week, setting the stage for a full House debate the week of June 10.

Governor Corbett delivered in February a budget proposal of $28.4 billion. Regarding education line items, HB 1437 is mostly the same as the Governor’s
proposal, with several exceptions:

  • For the Basic Education subsidy, the House Republicans propose $5.503 billion which is an increase of $100 million over the current year.
  • For the School Employees’ Social Security appropriation, the House Republicans propose $522.5 which is an actual decrease of $21.938 million from the current year.
  • For the School Employees’ Retirement appropriation, the House Republicans propose $1.017 billion which is a lesser increase of $160.948 million over the current year. The House Republicans were able to realize savings in these line items due to the 10,000 fewer public school employees in the Pennsylvania School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) — an effect of prior budget cuts to education.

Click here to view a summary (from EPLC) of the House Republicans’ education appropriations contained in the budget bill.

On June 3, the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus presented its budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year. Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) along withseveral members of the caucus revealed education, job creation and Medicaid expansion as the priorities in their budget.Sen. Costa said the Senate Democratic Caucus’s plan is different from the budget proposals presented by the governor and House Republicans.

Click here
for the full article.


Sources: EPLC Education Notebook, June 3, 2013; myPLS Press Release, June 3, 2013.

 
Monday, June 3, 2013 1:02 PM

All school entities with grades 7-12 are required to annually collect data concerning team and financial information for all male and female athletes beginning with the 2012-13 school year and submit the information to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).  

The first statutorily-imposed deadline for school entities to report this information is October 15, 2013.  


PDE has posted the Final Interscholastic Athletic Opportunities Disclosure Form on its web site at http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/school services office/9153/disclosure of interscholastic athletic opportunities/1419362. School entities must use the Final Disclosure Form to report the required information through PIMS by October 15, 2013.  If schools have been keeping track of information on the DRAFT form provided a few months ago, they will have to rerecord the data in the FINAL document.

Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, all non-school (booster club and alumni) contributions and purchases must also be reported to PDE.  

Please note that school entities are required to post their disclosure forms on their website and make the forms available to the public no later than November 1 of each year.

PDE is required to post all submitted disclosure forms on its website.  In addition, the department will include the information submitted on the disclosure forms in an annual report, which will be provided to the General Assembly by January 15 of each year.

If you have any questions, please email Ra-Athletic-OppReport@pa.gov.

 
Monday, May 20, 2013 9:09 AM

After years of development, a new set of educational standards for Pennsylvania has run into late-in-the-game opposition along unusual political lines.

Read more.

Source: PA Education Policy Roundup, May 20, 2013 - By Karen Langley / Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau May 19, 2013.

 
Monday, May 20, 2013 9:06 AM

It seemed to hit the Capitol like a brick: a sudden groundswell of criticism over a move by Gov. Tom Corbett and the Pennsylvania State Board of Education to toughen academic achievement standards and tie them to graduation tests for the state's roughly 1.7 million public and charter school students. After hours of legislative hearings on the tests this week, top Republicans in the GOP-controlled Legislature are trying to figure out what to do about the criticism.

http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268748/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=RIyK0a0i

Source: PA State Wire AP by Marc Levy, Published: May 19, 2013.

 
Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:56 PM

In order to collect the most accurate data possible for federal accountability and the School Performance Profile, it is necessary to require a PIMS data collection period during the Keystone Exams administration window. This year (2013), the Keystone testing window runs from May 13 - 24, 2013 therefore, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has modified the PIMS Data Collection Schedule to require a PIMS collection at the end of that same time period, May 24 - June 2, with a snapshot date of May 24. This collection will be comprised of the submission of two PIMS templates, Student and Student Snapshot. The collection only requires LEAs to submit their 11th- and 12th-grade student populations. If it is easier for your LEA to submit a full student population in this collection rather than just the 11th- and 12th-grade population, please do so.  
 
Questions concerning the 11th- and 12th-grade student population snapshot should be directed to John Nau in PDE's Bureau of Assessment and Accountability at jnau@pa.gov.

 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 1:51 PM

Governor Tom Corbett today announced that Ronald J. Tomalis will leave his post as Secretary of Education on May 31 to become Special Adviser to the Governor on Higher Education.

Tomalis, who has been with the administration since January 2011, will be responsible for overseeing, implementing and reviewing the recommendations made by the Governor’s Postsecondary Advisory Commission. 

To replace Tomalis, the governor will be nominating Dr. William E. Harner, superintendent of the Cumberland Valley School District in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County. His nomination will need to be confirmed by the Senate.

Following a 20-year military career, Harner served in several educational capacities, from middle school principal to school superintendent in South Carolina to deputy chief executive officer of the School District of Philadelphia.

Click here for the full press release (from the Office of the Governor).

 

 
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