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Wednesday, August 25, 2010 1:10 PM

Hopewell Principal Joins National Education Leadership Board

Contact:
Bob Farrace, NASSP, 703-860-7257
farraceb@principals.org


Reston, VA; August 11, 2010--
Michael Allison, principal of Hopewell High School in Aliquippa, Pa., has been appointed to a four-year term on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the nation'ss leading professional organization for middle level and high school principals and assistant principals.

 

Allison has been at Hopewell since 1998, joining the staff as an assistant principal before becoming its principal in 2000. He served as president of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals in 2008, and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Franciscan University of Stuebenville, where he earned a master's in educational leadership in 1996.

As a member of the NASSP Board of Directors, Allison will participate in shaping the organization'ss federal education policy agenda that advocates for the needs of secondary schools and their students. Allison will also travel to Washington, D.C., periodically to meet with fellow board members and with national figures and federal education policymakers.

"With the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (currently called No Child Left Behind) being considered for reauthorization, this is a crucial time to consider how federal legislation affects schools," said NASSP Executive Director Gerald N. Tirozzi. "And Michael will be right in the thick of those conversations, providing federal policymakers a much-needed reality check on how their policies will affect actual schools."

About NASSP

In existence since 1916, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the preeminent organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and aspiring school leaders from across the United States and more than 45 countries around the world. The mission of NASSP is to promote excellence in school leadership. NASSP administers the National Honor Society ®, National Junior Honor Society ®, National Elementary Honor Society ®, and National Association of Student Councils ®. For more information about NASSP, located in Reston, VA, visit www.principals.org.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010 6:03 PM

Governor Edward Rendell signed the $28 billion 2010-11 fiscal year budget into law today. The signing, attended by many education groups including PA Principals Association (represented by Joe Acri, assistant executive director), was held at the Elwood Elementary School in the Mechanicsburg Area School District.   The budget provides $5.8 billion to education which is $250 million more than last year. This is especially significant since almost all other areas of the budget will see a reduction in spending.   

  

  

 
Thursday, July 1, 2010 5:03 PM

On July 1, the Pennsylvania State Board of Education approved changes to Chapter 4 by adopting the Common Core Standards.

  

These curriculum changes will begin next school year with full implementation in July 2013. The State Board has indicated that they will be providing a number of meetings around the Commonwealth to gather input about the implementation.

 
Thursday, July 1, 2010 5:02 PM
It is doubtful the Senate will be taking up the House version of pension reform before they adjourn for the summer recess.
 
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 1:32 PM

Reminder: You Need Your PP ID # to Register for the PA Principals Association Conference AND to Receive Your Act 45 and Act 48 Hours!

In an effort to keep our records as comprehensive as possible, we are asking for some additional information for our membership records (this information will not be shared with anyone else). As you know, all certified educators have been assigned a 7-digit Professional Personnel Identification number (PP ID#) generated by the PDE.   The primary use of this ID is to provide an alternative to using your SSN for identification when reporting or retrieving Continuing Education credits and hours. We are currently in the process of purging the SSNs from our membership records. If we do not have your PP ID#, we will not be able to report your Act 45 or Act 48 hours to the PDE.

In addition, we have added cell phone numbers to our membership records. Providing your cell phone number is entirely optional, however many members prefer us to contact them on their cell phones rather than their business/district lines. To that end, we are asking that you e-mail Melissa Plantz, our membership coordinator, your cell phone number as well as your PP ID#. #. Send the information to:   plantz@paprincipals.org or contact her at (717) 732-4999, ext. 16.

We strongly encourage you, if you have not already done so, to obtain your PP ID# - you may use this link to go to the PDE web site.

 
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 7:08 PM

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed HB 2497 which in addition to smoothing out the pension spike makes a number of changes to the retirement system for employees hired after July 1, 2011. Among the changes will be vesting changing to 10 years from five, prohibiting employees from taking lump sum payments at retirement and requiring additional contributions to maintain the 2.5% multiplier. The bill moves to the Senate were it is expected to be taken up next week.

 
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 4:31 PM
Yay!
 
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 5:00 AM

PA Principals Association and the Pennsylvania Parent Teacher Association (PA PTA) have jointly developed a brochure for use by principals and PTA presidents when collaborating on and planning successful projects in their schools.

To view and download a copy of this new brochure, click here.

 
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