Press Releases

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 6:13 PM
Reminder -- the last day to register to vote in the primary is Monday, March 26th. The primary election is April 24, 2012.
 
Monday, March 12, 2012 8:13 PM
Congratulations to Curtis Johnson, PA Principals Association board member and assistant principal in the State College Area School District, for being recently elected   to the NASSP Board of Directors as the Assistant Principal-At-Large!
 
Monday, March 12, 2012 2:21 PM

PA Principals Association has revised and published the booklet, "The Principalship and Your Legal Rights and Responsibilities." This valuable reference tool, a reprint of the two-volume set PA Principals Association members received in 2006,  will be mailed to active members at the beginning of April. This edition is a four-color, 8  ½" x 11"  (full-size) booklet, which has been updated by Carl Beard, Esq., and Elizabeth Benjamin, Esq., of Andrews & Beard, and printed by Lifetouch.

 
Monday, March 12, 2012 2:18 PM
According to an article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, did Gov. Tom Corbett propose increasing or cutting funding for public schools? Like many things here, it depends how you look at it. The Corbett administration says its budget proposal for the upcoming year would send at least as much money to each Pennsylvania school district as it got this year. The state education department has released a web site with graphs and a spreadsheet to prove it. Democrats in the state House of Representatives challenge that accounting and have published a competing spreadsheet that shows public school funding dropping next year throughout the state. Click here to read the Pittsburgh Post Gazette article.

Source: myPLS, March 12, 2012.
 
Friday, March 9, 2012 8:54 PM

ATTENTION PA Principals Association MEMBERS:

Please remember to vote when you receive an email with a link to your 2012 PA Principals Association election ballot. To ensure you receive your ballot link, please make sure that we have an up-to-date email address on file at the PA Principals Association office. Contact Melissa Plantz at plantz@paprincipals.org to update your email address. Members will receive more information via broadcast emails and PA Principals Association e-newsletters until the start of the election.

Thank you in advance for your time and participation.

 
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 4:57 PM

 The Department of Education today [Feb. 28, 2012] launched a new web site that clearly explains the increases in state taxpayer funding that school districts will receive under Governor Tom Corbett's proposed 2012-13 state budget.

The web site, which offers accurate funding information for the primary subsidies appropriated to school districts, is www.investinginpastudents.com.

Click here to read the full press release from the PA Department of Education.

 

 

 

 
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 8:10 PM

Notice is hereby given that the State Board of Education (Board) will conduct several regional public hearings to receive input from interested parties on draft proposed revisions to Chapter 4 (Academic Standards and Assessment) pertaining to Keystone Exams. A copy of the draft proposed regulation that will be the subject of this hearing is available on the Board's web site at www.education.state.pa.us (or scroll down and click on the link below). The list of hearing sites, dates and deadlines for registering are included with this notice.

Individuals must register in advance to present testimony at the hearing. Testimony is limited to no more than 10 minutes, and participants will be assigned a time slot when they register. Each hearing will conclude after the last scheduled witness testifies. In order to accommodate as many people as possible, individuals representing an organization or affiliation are limited to one 10 minute time slot and that organization may only present testimony at one hearing location.

Persons interested in presenting testimony must telephone the Board office at (7l7) 787-3787 (TTY 717-783-8445), Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. by the registration deadline listed for each location below.

Those registered to testify must provide 25 copies of their written testimony at the hearing.

Individuals with disabilities needing special accommodations in order to participate or attend the hearings, such as sign language interpreter services, must contact the Board office at the above listed telephone number by the registration deadline for each hearing. Alternative formats of the documents (e.g. Braille, large print, cassette tape) can be made available to members of the public upon request to the Board office.

Individuals unable to attend the hearing may submit written testimony directly to the State Board of Education on or before 4:00 p.m. on March 9, 2012.

Comments should be sent to:
State Board of Education
333 Market Street, 1st Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
ra-stateboardofed@pa.gov


Persons with disabilities are invited to submit testimony in alternative formats such as Braille or taped testimony and via the telephone. Written and alternative formats of testimony will be afforded the same thoughtful consideration by the Committee as oral testimony. Written and alternative
formats of testimony may be as long as the writer wishes; 25 copies of written testimony are required.

Should registrants scheduled to provide testimony need to cancel their participation, the Board requests that they immediately notify the State Board office by calling (717) 787-3787 or via email at ra-stateboardofed@pa.gov.

Schedule of Hearings

Location                                                                                                                    
Montgomery County                                                          
Intermediate Unit

Rooms B-1 & B-2
1605 West Main St.
Norristown, PA 19403

Hearing Date
February 29, 2012

Time
10:00 a.m.

Deadline to Register
February 24, 2012


PaTTAN                                                                                                                                            
3190 William Pitt Way
Monongahela Room
Pittsburgh, PA 15238

Hearing Date
March 7, 2012

Time
10:00 a.m.

Deadline to Register
March 2, 2012

Pennsylvania Department of Education

1st Floor, Honors Suite
333 Market St. Harrisburg, PA 17126

Hearing Date
March 14, 2012

Time
9:00 a.m.

Deadline to Register
March 9, 2012

Click here to review the Chapter 4 Keystone Exams draft proposed revisions (Feb. 17, 2012).

 
Friday, February 17, 2012 1:51 PM
This week, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) released a revised Basic Education Circular (BEC) titled Special Education Compliance. School districts should replace the previously issued BEC with the updated document.   Questions regarding Special Education Compliance or any changes to the BEC should be directed to PDE: contact Jean Inskip, special education adviser, at (717) 783-6906 or jinskip@pa.gov; or Malcolm Conner, special education adviser, at (717) 667-3153 or mconner@pa.gov.

Source: PSBA Legislative Report, Feb. 16, 2012.
 
Thursday, February 16, 2012 2:21 PM
Dr. Melissa (Missie) Patschke, NAESP state representative from Pennsylvania, is hosting a free webinar from the NAESP Mentor Program, Inspired to Lead: Tips to Encourage the Next Generation of Great Principals, on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. EST. Click here for more information and to register.

You may also register by clicking on this link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/509975737.
 
Thursday, February 16, 2012 1:52 PM

The U.S. Department of Education has announced an opportunity for school districts to participate in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Completion Project. Districts with two or more high schools are invited to apply no later than March 2, 2012, for the opportunity of being randomly selected to be a part of the FAFSA Completion Project.   

The FAFSA Completion Project was started in 2010 to assist local education agencies (LEA) in aiding high school seniors and their families in completing the FASFA. Research indicates that 90 percent of students who complete a FAFSA will enroll in a postsecondary institution. Through the FAFSA Completion Project, participating LEAs will have access to FAFSA completion data for high school seniors in their district to focus counseling services to students who have not completed and submitted a FAFSA. LEAs will also be provided with the information and tools to help students interested in pursuing postsecondary education.

The FAFSA Completion Project began with 20 participating school districts and, due to increased interest, the project will be expanded this year to include approximately 80 additional multiple-high school and 12 additional single-high school participants. Please note that a notice will be released soon inviting districts with a single high school to take part in the project.   

More information regarding the FAFSA Completion Project, as well as the technical and evaluation requirements for participation, can be found on the Federal Student Aid web site at http://www.fsa4counselors.ed.gov/clcf/FAFSACompletion.html.

If you have further questions, please contact Dena Bates at FAFSACompletion@ed.gov.
 
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