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Friday, April 26, 2013 12:26 PM

Gov. Tom Corbett today signed legislation that will lead to overhauling the way future state funding for special education is distributed to school districts.

Click here for full story.

Source: PennLive.com, By Jan Murphy, April 25, 2013.

 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 3:58 PM

The results of PA Principals Association’s 2013 Election have been announced thanks to our Nominations Committee - Margaret S. (Peg) Foster, chairperson, and members, Kristopher Vancas and Robert Frioni, along with Kurt Nyquist, PA Principals Association president.

After our members voted online, we are proud to report that the following are your newly- elected President-Elect, NAESP Representative and Regional Representatives:

President-Elect (Elem. Division):     –      Gregg L. Paladina, Karns City A.S.D.

NAESP Representative (Elem. Division):   –     Dr. Melissa D. Patschke, Spring –Ford A.S.D.

Regional Representatives:

East II Elementary            –     Brian J. Gasper, Jim Thorpe A.S.D.

East III Secondary            –     Jonathan Bauer, Upper Merion A.S.D.

Central I Elementary       –     James E. Orichosky, Bald Eagle A.S.D.

Central III Secondary      –     Dr. David A. Crumrine, Spring Cove S.D.

West III Elementary        –     Heather L. Hauser, Highlands S.D.

West III Secondary          –     Dr. Zeb Jansante, Bethel Park S.D.

West IV Elementary        –     Rodney A. Necciai, Pittsburgh S.D.

West IV Secondary          –     Dr. Jeffrey J. Spadafore, Pittsburgh S.D.

 

 
Monday, April 22, 2013 2:35 PM

Last week, the Senate Education Committee reported Senate Bill 34 from Committee to the Senate for further consideration. SB 34 (Sen. Lloyd Smucker, R-13) would make extensive changes to the Professional Education Discipline Act.  It would shorten the title to "Education Discipline Act" and further provide for definitions and imposition of discipline on additional grounds. SB 34 would provide for confidentiality, subpoenas, and disposition of fees and fines.  It would also provide for cyber charter schools and make substantial editorial and technical changes and related repeals.  A technical amendment was adopted and then SB 34 was reported as amended.

Source: EPLC Education Notebook, April 19, 2013.

 
Monday, April 22, 2013 12:22 PM

Today is the deadline to vote in the May 21st Primary Election. For more information on voting, go to www.votespa.com.

 
Thursday, April 18, 2013 12:41 PM

While this is not PA Principals Association's position, please be aware that:  During a state House of Representatives committee hearing about proposed state pension plan changes, the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) caught the attention of state lawmakers twice. First, Emily Leader, PSBA’s acting chief counsel, announced, for the first time, PSBA’s support of efforts to change future pension benefits for current employees. Click here for more. Click here to read a report from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about Leader’s remarks.
Source: PA Education Policy Roundup, April 18, 2013.

 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 4:48 PM

Each year, the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association) selects a recipient for the “Service to Children” award.  Nominations for this award are now open to elementary and secondary members and are limited to one of three regions – east, central or west - on a rotating basis. This year the recipient will be selected from one of the following intermediate units in the western region:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 27 or 28. The deadline for nominations is May 31, 2013.

Click here for the informational letter or a 2013 nomination form.

(You must print a copy of the nomination form -- not a writeable file.)

 
Friday, April 12, 2013 6:09 PM

HB 2 was passed by the Senate this week and will now be sent to Gov. Corbett for his signature. HB 2 implements a new special education funding formula, establishing how any increases in the current special education appropriation are distributed using weighting factors based on category of disability. The bill also creates a Special Education Funding Commission to develop the components of the special education funding formula, including the weighting factors and the parameters of each category of disability.

Source: PSBA Legislative Report, April 11, 2013.

 
Friday, April 12, 2013 6:08 PM

The House of Representatives passed HB 930 this week, which makes extensive changes to the Professional Educator Discipline Act. Among the changes, HB 930: expands the jurisdiction of the Professional Standards and Practices Commission to include educators holding Private Academic School certification and educators working for independent contractors in public schools; 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 mandatory reporting to Pennsylvania Department of Education; requires an educator arrested or indicted for or convicted of certain enumerated crimes to report the indictment, arrest or conviction to the employing school entity within 72 hours; prohibits school entities from entering into confidential settlement agreements that interfere with a school entity’s mandatory reporting; and eliminates the current statute of limitations for the filing of misconduct complaints.

Source: PSBA Legislative Report, April 11, 2013.

 
Friday, April 12, 2013 6:07 PM

The House Education Committee will consider several bills of interest next week, including HB 969, which changes the requirement for all professional employees in a school district to be certified.  Instead, only 75% of the professional employees would be required to be certified.
Note: The PA Principals Association does not support this legislation.

Source: PSBA Legislative Report, April 11, 2013.

 
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 3:43 PM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) would like to inform all entities that administer the PSSA and/or Keystone Exams of the importance of accounting for all testing materials. As the assessments' results serve multiple purposes, the necessity to ensure test security is paramount. If all testing materials that are sent to you from Data Recognition Corporation are not returned to Data Recognition Corporation, the possibility of a testing breach may occur, causing an entire test form to be discontinued. The replacement of a test form is a very costly endeavor, with the development of an individual item costing from $1,000 up to $8,000. PDE would like to avoid any instances where an entity with access to testing materials is required to bear the cost of replacing a test form; therefore, we urge all entities in possession of test materials to ensure that all materials are accounted for and returned to Data Recognition Corporation at the completion of testing.

For more information, contact Judith Roseborough, PA Department of Education, Bureau of Assessment and Accountability, at 717-265-7655.

 
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