Press Releases

Friday, December 16, 2011 3:32 PM

This week, the House amended and unanimously approved SB 1183 that creates the offense of institutional sexual assault in a school or child center setting. The bill was then returned to the Senate for a concurrence vote, where it passed 48-2. SB 1183 will now go to Gov. Corbett for his signature.  

The provisions of SB 1183 would apply whether or not the student is 16 years old, the age of consent in Pennsylvania. The amendment to SB 1183 incorporates language creating the offense of institutional sexual abuse, which would make it unlawful for a teacher, coach or other employee of a public or private school or a volunteer or employee of a center for children to engage in sexual intercourse, deviate sexual intercourse or indecent contact with a student, or a child receiving services at the center. The penalty would be a third-degree felony that would be punishable by up to seven years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $15,000.

Source: PSBA Legislative Report, Dec. 15, 2011.

Friday, December 16, 2011 1:47 PM

EF Professional Development Tours are a unique way to earn professional development hours and allow you to learn about educational practices in other countries with colleagues from your school and schools around the world. EF's Education in China tour features educational visits and activities that allow you to compare different approaches to teaching and learning. In addition to the tour, they offer a pre- and post-tour online course which provides content about China and helps teachers and administrators find rewarding and innovative ways to bring global perspective back to their classrooms and communities.   

The trip has been opened to include all educators (teachers, administrators, central office staff).   This is the perfect opportunity to take a team from your district of teachers and administrators.

NASSP President Ken Griffith will be attending the trip with this cohort

Itinerary - The trip itself is 10 days: 3 days in Beijing, 2 days in Xi'an and 3 days in Shanghai. The tour dates are 7/16/2012 - 7/25/2012. Click on the link below for the detailed itinerary or visit the EF web site at The pricing for departure includes departing from Philadelphia.   If you would like to depart from Pittsburgh, Baltimore, NY/NJ or any other airport, EF can accommodate this with price adjustments.   

All accommodations and materials, including a private bus and tour director -- who will serve as a guide, organizer and translator -- are included in the cost. Please Note: You only need to pay a $95.00 deposit to reserve your spot and then pay monthly up to the tour. EF can develop a payment plan for you, if needed.   

Enroll at or call Andrew Hagopian at (800) 872-8439, ext. 3141. Use tour number: 114 5583.   

Click here for the revised pricing flyer.

To view informational video, click on this link: Professional Development in China -- Continuing Education for Educators (best viewed full screen with sound).

Dr. William Ziegler, treasurer for PA Principals Association Board of Directors, is the "group leader" for this trip. He is available to assist you with registering for the trip or for further details. He may be contacted at: (610) 326-8243, ext. 2051, or The deadline to register has been extended until Wednesday, February 29, 2012.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 2:16 PM
Act 24 of 2011, signed into law on June 30, 2011, significantly amended Section 111 of the Pennsylvania Public School Code, which requires background checks for employees of public and private schools, intermediate units and area vocational-technical schools (AVTS), including independent contractors and their employees. There is a new Basic Education Circular (BEC) that provides school administrators with guidance concerning the duties imposed on them as the result of these important amendments. The Background Checks BEC can be found via the BEC table, posted on the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) web site or by clicking here.

For additional information on these changes, please contact Denise Wolfgang in the PDE's School Services office at 717-783-3750 or
Monday, December 12, 2011 7:58 PM
The Public School Employees's Retirement System (PSERS) board on Friday set the employer contribution rate, which is shared by school districts and the state, at 12.36 percent of a district'ss payroll. That is up from this year'ss 8.65 percent rate. The new rate is expected to generate $1.8 billion for the pension system.

Dramatic as the increase seems, it comes as no surprise to school district officials. A 2010 state law, known as Act 120, capped the annual increases for several years to smooth out the anticipated spike in pension obligations that were coming next year to help districts plan for this large bill.

"If Act 120 was not in effect the employer rate would have jumpled up to 29.65 percent next year, rather than 12.36 percent," said PSERS Executive Director Jeffrey Clay.

Source: Patriot-News, Dec. 11. 2011 -- By Jan Murphy.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 2:36 PM

Click here for pertinent information regarding issues surrounding the Arrest/Conviction Report and Certification Form ("PDE-6004"), which must be completed by all current school employees pursuant to Act 24 of 2011.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 3:59 PM

Pennsylvania is among seven states that have submitted applications for Race to the Top (RTTT) Phase Three funds. The states that will compete for a share of $200 million provided by Congress in 2010 include Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. (Nine states that were runners-up in the initial Race to the Top competition were eligible for Round Three, but South Carolina opted out and California submitted an incomplete application.) The applications include commitments to enhance data systems, raise academic standards, improve principal and teacher support and evaluation systems and implement school interventions in under-performing schools. By Dec. 16, applicants also have to provide a detailed narrative and budget. Race to the Top Round Three focuses on supporting efforts to leverage comprehensive statewide reform, while also improving science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Round Three awards will be announced in late-December. Award amounts within the $200 million fund are based on state population.

Pennsylvania has also has applied for a Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant. (Click here to see Pennsylvania's application.) The $500 million competitive grant program is for states to use to improve early learning and development. Including Pennsylvania, there are 35 states that have submitted applications. In mid-December, the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services will award the highest ranked applicants within funding availability. Awards will range from around $50 million up to $100 million, depending on a state'ss population of children from low-income families and proposed plan.

Source: PSBA Legislative Report, Dec. 1, 2011.

Monday, December 5, 2011 2:44 PM

According to an article in the Patriot News, this should be the time for the final charge to deliver a school voucher program to Pennsylvania, advocates say. Gov. Tom Corbett says he wants families to have taxpayer-funded vouchers so they can move children out of bad schools. With a General Assembly controlled by his fellow Republicans, Corbett hoped to see a voucher program in place for parents next fall. Corbett has said it is crucial for the legislature to get him a bill before the end of the month. Click here to read the Patriot News article.

Source: myPLS, The Eye Opener, Dec. 5, 2011.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 6:52 PM

Through the years there have been many bitter teacher strikes and too many student protests to count. But a principals' revolt?

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for the full article.

Source:, Nov. 27, 2011.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 5:00 AM

Brian L. Cashman, Sr., a former PA Principals Association board member and retired principal in the Southern York County School District, has been appointed by the PA Principals Association president to serve as the chairperson of the 2012 PA Principals Association Nominations Committee. Wayne R. McAllister, an elementary principal in the Upper Darby School District, and Marshall J. Wagner, a retired secondary principal in the Hollidaysburg Area School District, will also serve on the committee.

If you have any questions regarding the election, the positions available or the responsibilities, please contact the Nominations chairperson, Mr. Cashman, at Watch
for more information, including the duties and responsibilities for the president-elect and the regional representative positions.

If you are interested in running for one of these positions, please contact the PA Principals Association office at or (717) 732-4999 for an application. Applications must be received in the PA Principals Association office by Friday, February 17, 2012.

Statewide Elected Positions

  • President-Elect - Must be an Secondary Member
  • Secretary - Either Elementary or Secondary Member

Regional Rep Positions



Current BOD Member

Counties Represented

  East I


  Paul L. Stefani

  Lackawanna, Luzerne, Susquehanna, Wayne,    

  East II


  Dennis F. Nemes

  Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Pike,  

  Central III


  Robert J. Gildea

  Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon,      
  Juniata,   Mifflin, Somerset

  Central I


  Curtis E. Johnson

  Bradford, Cameron, Center, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk,  
  Lycoming, McKean, Potter, Sullivan, Tioga

  West II


  Gregg L. Paladina

  Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Indiana, Lawrence,  

  West II


  Leonard A. Rich

  Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Indiana, Lawrence,  

Click Here for the Duties and Responsibilities of the Regional Representative.

Monday, November 21, 2011 7:43 PM

Poll shows voters believe state should provide more funding for public schools

The Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC) has released poll results that show Pennsylvania voters overwhelmingly value public education, support an increase in state funding for the 500 school districts statewide, and support public school choices, while opposing the use of taxpayer funds for private school tuition. The polling, commissioned by EPLC, was conducted by Susquehanna Polling and Research, which is based in Harrisburg.

The results of the new Annual Pennsylvania Education Issues Poll showed that Pennsylvanians place high value on quality public education and believe that a strong educational system is essential for a strong economy.   Ninety-three percent of those surveyed agreed that  "high quality public schools are vital for the success of Pennsylvania's economy,"? and 95 percent agreed that  "all students in Pennsylvania should be legally entitled to the opportunity to receive a quality education."

Also apparent in the results is bipartisan support for increased funding for public education at the state level. From a list of seven issues, the registered voters surveyed listed  "increasing state funding for and improving education"? as the second most important priority for the governor and legislature, trailing only job creation and improving the economy.

In addition to supporting a higher level of state funding in general, and specifically for the significant increases provided during 2008, 2009 and 2010, respondents expressed support for increasing state funding in poorer school districts to reduce the funding disparity with wealthier districts. Sixty-two percent were in favor of doing so, 23 percent opposed.

On another question, 82 percent agreed with the statement that adequate funding for school districts  "should be maintained in both good and poor economic times, even if it means lawmakers must make politically difficult decisions concerning additional state revenues and/or cuts to other programs."

The poll showed strong support for providing important academic opportunities to all eligible   students within the public school system, such as arts education, advanced placement courses, and career-technical courses. By 53 percent to 35 percent, voters also expressed support for charter schools within the public school system.

However, by a ratio of more than 2-1, 67 percent to 30 percent, voters said they opposed using taxpayer funds to support  "tuition for students attending non-public schools like religious or private schools."

The survey was conducted between October 24th and 31st, and included responses from roughly 800 registered voters statewide. More detailed results can be found at

Poll Highlights: PA Voters Reaffirm Strong Support for Public Education and Schools (PDF)
Final: Top Line Survey Results (PDF)

Source: Excerpts from EPLC Press Release, Nov. 21, 2011.

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