Press Releases

Thursday, May 10, 2012 12:33 PM

According to an article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, a state budget for next year that would spend $500 million more than the governor'ss proposal passed the Senate on Wednesday, setting up weeks of give-and-take between the Corbett administration and Republican legislative leaders. The $27.65 billion Senate plan was approved on a vote of 39-8, and now awaits further action in the House. Click here to read the Pittsburgh Post Gazette article.

 
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 1:03 PM
According to an article in the Morning Call, the Republican-controlled Senate has thrown down its marker in this year'ss budget debate, as a critical committee gave its unanimous approval to a $27.6 billion budget plan that reverses the Corbett administration'ss cuts to higher education and boosts spending on public schools and social service programs.The 50-member chamber could vote as soon as Wednesday on the spending plan, which would increase state spending from current levels by 2 percent. Click here to read the Morning Call article.
 
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 3:19 PM

The Senate plans to start voting today on a $27.6 billion state budget bill that would restore about $500 million of the spending cuts proposed earlier this year by Gov. Tom Corbett. The Senate leadership is proposing to put at least $50 million back in school districts.

Click here to read full article from pennlive.com.

Click here to read full article from the Scranton Times-Tribune.

  

  

 
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 3:31 PM

You may now register online for the 2012 PA Principals Association Conference, Oct. 21-23, at the Sheraton Station Square in Pittsburgh by clicking on the link below or clicking on State Conference then on Register Now! on the main menu. Hotel rooms are limited -- so register early!

http://www.paprincipals.org/state-conference/register-now.html

  

  

  

 
Monday, April 23, 2012 6:22 PM
Remember to vote in the Primary Election tomorrow, April 24, 2012. Your vote counts!
 
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 3:15 PM
The 2012 Safe Schools Conference will be held May 8-9, 2012 at the Hilton Harrisburg Hotel, Harrisburg, Pa.

This professional development opportunity will focus on creating a positive school culture that supports academic success and provides a safe teaching and learning environment. The event will feature state and national experts presenting the latest research in school safety and youth violence prevention, effective program models, promising practices, networking opportunities and more during institutes, plenary sessions and workshops.

School administrators, student support personnel, teachers, school nurses, Student Assistance Program team members, school resource officers, local law enforcement and other community partners are encouraged to attend.

This event is presented by the Center for Safe Schools in partnership with Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Mid-Atlantic Equity Assistance Center.

For more information and to register, please visit:   http://www.safeschools.info/professional-development/2012-safe-schools-conference
 
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 3:37 PM
Click here for the revised version of the PowerPoint presentation, "Measuring Principal Effectiveness," recently presented by Dr. David W. Volkman, executive assistant, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Dr. Robert G. Holbrook, Principal Effectiveness project lead, and Leonard H. Sweeney, Basic Education associate, from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), to the PA Principals Association Board of Directors at its April 13, 2012 meeting.
 
Monday, April 16, 2012 1:28 PM

The results of PA Principals Association's 2012 Election have been announced thanks to our Nominations Committee -- Brian L. Cashman, Sr., chairperson, and members Wayne R. McAllister and Marshall J. Wagner, along with Dr. Barry L. Purvis, PA Principals Association president, who assisted in obtaining the candidates for this year's election.

After members voted online, we are proud to report that the following are your newly-elected president-elect, secretary and regional representatives for this year's election.

President-Elect (Sec.)                -        Dr. William T. Ziegler, Pottsgrove M.S., Pottsgrove S.D.
Secretary (Elem. or Sec.)         -       Dr. Linda W. Marcincin, Slatington E.S., Northern Lehigh S.D.
East I Elementary                -       Paul L. Stefani, John Adams E.S., Scranton S.D.
East II Secondary               -       Richard R. Kaskey, Fleetwood M.S., Fleetwood A.S.D.
Central III Elementary               -       Dr. Robert J. Gildea, Foot of Ten E.S., Hollidaysburg S.D.
Central I Secondary                -       Curtis E. Johnson, State College Area N. H.S., State College A.S.D.
West II Elementary                -       Gregg L. Paladina, Sugarcreek E.S., Karns City A.S.D.
West II Secondary                -       Leonard A. Rich, Sharon H.S., Sharon City S.D.

 
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 1:53 PM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) will conduct live sessions on  "Understanding AYP 2012" at each of the PaTTAN offices on the dates and times listed below. In addition, each live session can be joined remotely via GoToWebinar. To attend a live session at one of the PaTTAN offices, register through the PaTTAN web site. To join a session virtually via GoToWebinar, click the associated link (note each session has a separate, distinct link) to register.

DATE                                 TIME                                                               LOCATION
April 30, 2012     9:30  - 11:30 a.m.                       PaTTAN Harrisburg


April 30, 2012     1:30  - 3:30 p.m.                           PaTTAN Harrisburg


May 2, 2012           9:30  - 11:30 a.m.                       PaTTAN Pittsburgh


May 2, 2012           1:30  - 3:30 p.m.                           PaTTAN Pittsburgh


May 4, 2012           9:30  - 11:30 a.m.                       PaTTAN King of Prussia


May 4, 2012             1:30  - 3:30 p.m.                           PaTTAN King of Prussia

PDE's Bureau of Assessment and Accountability staff, Tom Gillin and Dana Klouser, will review and provide updates on the following
AYP related topics:

  1. Goals and targets of the measures to make AYP, at both the school and district levels - including the new 4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate, to be used for AYP determinations in 2012.
  2. 2012 PSSA and AYP Results Timeline and Bookmark.
  3. Data Corrections and AYP Appeals Process and Forms.
  4. Accountability Workbook.
  5. Keystone Exams Update.
 
Thursday, April 5, 2012 2:48 PM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) will be conducting a webinar on Tuesday, April 24 from 2-3 p.m. to discuss the validation process for local assessments that may be used to meet the state's new graduation requirements. Under the Chapter 4 regulations, school districts may use either the state developed Keystone Exams, locally developed and independently validated assessments, or a combination of Keystone Exams and local assessments to demonstrate proficiency for purposes of graduation. The information presented in the webinar will assist schools in making the decision to use the Keystone Exams, local assessments or a combination as a graduation requirement.

This webinar is a follow-up to the one presented in November 2011.   (The November webinar and the Local Assessment Validity Evaluation Handbook are available for review at:   www.pdesas.org/localassessmentvalidation)

The follow-up webinar will provide additional information to assist schools as they make the decision to use either the Keystone Exams, or a locally developed and independently validated assessment as a graduation requirement. Schools must inform PDE of their intent to choose the local assessment option by June 30, 2012.   A Local Assessment Validation Notification form will be posted in time for the webinar at: www.pdesas.org/localassessmentvalidation.     To reserve your webinar seat register now at:   https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/366528354     Please direct all questions regarding this webinar to: ra-local-assessment@pa.gov


Source: PSBA Legislative Report, April 5, 2012.

 
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