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Thursday, November 29, 2018 3:33 PM

Schools in Butler County are increasingly relying on local tax dollars to fund special education programs as state funding has stagnated for several years, a recent report found. The county isn't alone: Special education funding across Pennsylvania mirrors the situation in Butler County schools. The report's researchers at Pennsylvania's Education Law Center — along with those involved in educating children with disabilities in Butler County — see a growing local dependency on state legislators to blame for the lack of funding.
Cranberry Eagle, Nov. 28, 2018
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018 1:20 PM

We are excited to announce that two of the leading PA educational organizations (PA Principals Association and PA Association of School Administrators) have joined forces to again host a summer leadership conference.2019 summit logo

The 2019 Pennsylvania Educational Leadership Summit will be held at the Kalarhi Resort in Pocono Manor on August 4-6, 2019.  We had an excellent turnout of district teams and individuals last year and we look forward to growing even more this year.

The conference hopes to attract district teams and we are limiting attendees to the first 400 participants. The format of the conference will include: keynote speakers; breakout sessions; table talks, team planning and job alike sessions.

The conference committee is currently seeking requests for proposals for the small group sessions that will be held on Monday, August 5, 2019.  We would greatly appreciate it if you could distribute the attached RFP and encourage your colleagues to submit a proposal for consideration.

Please mark the dates of August 4-6, 2019 on your calendar now and plan to attend the 2019 Pennsylvania Educational Leadership Summit in Pocono Manor.  Registration information will be coming out in a separate communication.

Click here for the Call for Presenters form.
The deadline to submit a form is Tuesday, January 1, 2019!

 
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 11:41 AM

Across the country, rural schools are being forced to shut down as more families move to urban areas and funding sources dry up. In Arena, Wisconsin, six-year-old Brady Schlamp must now travel 10 miles to school. His former school, right around the corner, was shuttered. As Jeffrey Brown reports, the closures can cause logistical challenges, emotional fallout and community divisions.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018 11:34 AM

Pennsylvania has set a goal for 2030 of having 92.4 percent of its high school seniors graduating in four years. Thirty-six of the 86 high schools, full-time career and technical schools, and charter schools based in eight southcentral counties have met or exceeded that goal based on the latest information available on graduation rates from 2016-17, according to the state Department of Education's Future Ready PA Index.

 

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018 11:32 AM

For the WPIAL football champions in the two largest classifications, the road to the PIAA championships was always pretty clear. Start in the west, head east on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and you end up in Hershey.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018 1:59 PM

For those of you who have schools that have been recently notified of CSI (Comprehensive Support and Improvement) status, and A-TSI (Additional Targeted Support and Improvement) status, PDE asked that all questions be directed to the following RA email account: ra-edessaamd@pa.gov

PDE wants to make certain that all information going out to schools is consistent and is coming from appropriate PDE channels. 

 

 
Monday, November 26, 2018 9:49 AM

Former PA Principals Association Executive Director, Thomas M. Shivetts, has passed away. Tom served as the executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PAESSP) from 1996-2002. At the time of this email, his obituary had not yet been released.

Click here for his obituary.

 
Monday, November 26, 2018 9:13 AM

It’s good to be able to monitor progress. To have accountability and a measuring stick. It’s also good when we aren’t restricted or defined by those assessment methods.

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Source: LancasterOnline, Nov. 26, 2018.

 
Monday, November 26, 2018 9:01 AM

In reality, school nurses do a lot more than deal with tummy aches and kids faking headaches to get out of gym class or a math test. It's a complicated, stressful, busy life making sure students -- as well as teachers and administrators -- are healthy and ready to learn.

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Source: Reading Eagle, Nov. 24, 2018.



 
Monday, November 26, 2018 8:51 AM

It is astounding that we are about to repeat history when it comes to youth being addicted to nicotine. Not long ago, the U.S. saw record low numbers of youth smoking traditional cigarettes. With the newest e-cigarette numbers, we are reversing course and creating a generation once again dependent on nicotine.
Source: AMLE.org, Nov. 20, 2018
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