Press Releases

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 10:23 AM

A legislative committee that oversees the PIAA will have a public hearing next week to discuss the idea of separate championships for public and private schools, as well as other issues in Pennsylvania high school athletics.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018 8:40 AM

The new trauma kits bring to American classrooms lifesaving methods tested on Afghanistan’s battlefields.
Philadelphia Inquirer, June 11, 2018
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018 8:38 AM

Advocates for changing the way congressional and legislative maps are drawn are continuing their full-court press for establishing an independent citizens commission  to affect the next redistricting in 2021.
PennLive, June 11, 2018
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Monday, June 11, 2018 9:01 AM

Pennsylvania’s budget season is in full swing as the fiscal year winds down and the next one begins July 1. That means the Capitol is swarming with professional and grassroots lobbyists looking to cut, protect or enhance funding levels in a variety of programs.
Allentown Morning Call, June 8, 2018
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Monday, June 11, 2018 9:00 AM

They wouldn’t have to pass it, but students would be required to take a civics test before high school graduation under a bill that could soon become law in Pennsylvania.
Philadelphia Inquirer, June 8, 2018
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Monday, June 11, 2018 8:58 AM

Teens in the United States are receiving high school diplomas in record numbers this year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, due to slowly increasing enrollment and steadily declining drop-out rates.
Allentown Morning Call, June 8, 2018
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Friday, June 8, 2018 8:32 AM

When someone makes a threat aimed at a school or public place it's all hands on deck for law enforcement agencies... even if that original call turns out to be a prank. The FBI is sending a message, "Fake threats are not a joke."  The bureau is announcing a new campaign aimed at educating the public on the consequences of posting hoax threats to schools and other public places.
YourErie.com, June 7, 2018
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Friday, June 8, 2018 8:28 AM

In a new poll released Thursday, 64% of Pennsylvania likely voters said they would support a tax increase to expand publicly funded preschool education, responding to a hypothetical hike of .01 percentage points in the personal income tax, which would cost an average taxpayer about $50.
Philadelphia Inquirer, June 7, 2018
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Thursday, June 7, 2018 2:36 PM

Social-emotional learning, mental health, and student poverty are among the top student-related concerns of Pre-K through grade 8 principals, according to The Pre-K-8 School Leader in 2018: A 10-Year Study. The new study is the ninth in a series published by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). Since 1928, NAESP has reviewed the trends and working conditions of principal leadership, as well as their impact on the students and the entire school community.

“School principals set the tone for everything from school climate to school improvement. That is why we need to know more about their experiences,” said NAESP Executive Director Dr. L. Earl Franks, CAE. “It’s essential that policymakers focus on what principals identify as their leaning needs, and then support them with associated professional learning opportunities.”  

The study reviews data in 10 areas, including: 

  • Experience and professional preparation;
  • Accountability and decision-making;
  • Conditions of employment;
  • Professional learning needs; and
  • Future career intentions.

NAESP partnered with the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) to develop this resource. “The quality of education a student experiences in elementary school greatly impacts their education and life trajectory, and research has demonstrated that educational leaders strongly shape the conditions for high-quality teaching and learning,” said UCEA Executive Director Michelle Young. “The NAESP 10-year study provides a portrait of these critical educational professionals, their concerns, their triumphs and key considerations for educational stakeholders. It not only provides vivid insight into the work of contemporary elementary school leaders, but it also identifies multiple avenues for future research.”

“Recent research has shown that 20 percent of principals leave their positions each year, with almost 30 percent of principals in high-poverty schools leaving each year. In fact, the average school tenure of a principal is less than five years,” said Ed Fuller, who is UCEA Associate Director for Policy and one of the report authors. “This high rate of churn has negative effects on both teachers and students as well as costs districts a substantial amount of money. Some emerging research suggests that the working conditions of principals substantially affects their decisions to stay in a school. Moreover, working conditions appear to also affect their effectiveness on the job. Thus, understanding how to better support principals in the important work they do is critical to improving schools.”

Responses to the 2018 NAESP 10-year study identify multiple areas of professional development need, including improving student performance, improving staff performance, understanding and applying technology, time management, using social media effectively, and school improvement planning.

Read the full report here.

 
Thursday, June 7, 2018 9:00 AM

The Campaign for Fair Education Funding was back at the Capitol on June 6th to urge the state to pay its fair share for public schools, starting with the enactment of the governor’s proposed public education funding increases in the 2018-19 budget - AND to announce its new name: PA Schools Work! School funding is an integral indicator of excellence among schools and communities across Pennsylvania. We have a fair funding formula but we must continue the effort. PA Schools Work is a non-partisan campaign working for adequate and equitable funding to ensure all students succeed and all communities thrive. Please follow and like PA Schools Work on Facebook. #WeWorkForFunding

Click here for 2018 PA Schools Work Fact Sheet. 

Click here for talking points.

Click here for Launch Q&A.

 
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