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Thursday, May 31, 2018 12:17 PM

How Colorado is betting on counseling to vault low-income kids into good jobs and post-secondary education

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Thursday, May 31, 2018 9:46 AM

Pennsylvania's School Safety Task Force is touring the state hearing concerns of students, parents, and faculty.  Governor Tom Wolf and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale sent representatives to Erie High School Wednesday.
YourErie.com, May 30, 2018
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Thursday, May 31, 2018 9:42 AM

The Pennsylvania Senate last week passed with bipartisan support measures introduced by Landisville Republican Ryan Aument that would study the effectiveness of standardized tests and reduce certification requirements for vocational teachers.
LancasterOnline, May 30, 2018
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Thursday, May 31, 2018 9:17 AM

2018 summit

On June 30th, the next cycle of accumulating 180 hours over the next five years will begin for most of us. Get a jump start on earning hours by attending the PA Educational Leadership Summit which will be held July 29-31 at The Penn Stater in State College, PA.

The Summit features keynotes by Simon Bailey and Dr. Bill Ziegler plus small group sessions, team planning and a digital playground.  

Registration is open and filling up fast, so ACT NOW to attend this event and get 40 Act 45 hours! 

Register now by visiting www.paprincipals.org and clicking on the PA Educational Leadership Summit Logo on the home page.

Come alone or bring a team from your district!

 
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 9:51 AM

Lehigh University has announced its Section 504 Coordinators Institute, June 28-29, 2018. This two-day focused program is specially designed for you. It will provide the latest legal developments and the shared effective practices among new and experienced 504 coordinators from across the country. In addition to this theoretical framework, a practical emphasis of the Institute will be “how to” guidance to inform the every-day work of building administrators and others who direct Section 504 implementation. The topics and presenters for this special institute are as follows:

Exploring Differences between Section 504/ADA and the IDEA: The Basics and the Nuances Presented by Dr. Perry Zirkel, university professor emeritus of education and law at Lehigh University (Pennsylvania)

Beyond the Basics: Top Current Issues under Section 504/ADA, Presented by: Julie Weatherly, school attorney (Alabama), Reactor: Tanya Alvarado, parent attorney (Pennsylvania)

Section 504 Nuts and Bolts: Getting Down to Brass Tacks, Presented by Lisa Hardcastle, coordinator of Section 504 and dyslexia, Clear Creek Independent School District (Texas)

Pulling Together the Strands of Section 504 Implementation: An Informal Discussion Among Colleagues, Moderated by Lisa Hardcastle

As an additional option, consider attending any or all of the preceding three days of the week-long Special Education Law Symposium, which features an advanced track of additional “hot topics” and a basic track of IDEA foundational knowledge. For the registration and more detailed information for the Section 504 Coordinators Institute and the Special Education Law Symposium, see go.lehigh.edu/spedlaw. For any questions, email or call Shannon Weber or Donna Johnson at specialedlaw@lehigh.edu or (610) 758-5557.

 
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 9:49 AM

As you prepare for the 2018-19 school year, please ensure your local education agency is complying with the state’s regulations regarding access to career and technical education.

As provided in the Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa Code 4.23 (d)(1)), career and technical education (CTE) shall be made available to every student in a public high school program.  If a school district, or the career and technical center (CTC) in which the district participates, does not offer a specific CTE program, the district of residence must work with another school district or CTC to make this program available to interested students. Additionally, the district of residence must pay for this education and must not limit the number of students who receive CTE.

If the career and technical education program is offered at a CTC, the member districts of the CTC, through representation on the Joint Operating Committee have determined how CTE courses should be sequenced.  The Pennsylvania Department of Education has approved CTE programs based on a given sequence of courses and by grade levels. Thus, CTC member districts should offer CTE to their students for the grade levels the Department has approved the programs. The member districts must work with the CTC to make CTE available for each year the Department has approved the programs.

If you have additional questions, please contact Lee Burket, PDE’s Bureau Director for Career and Technical Education, at lburket@pa.gov or 717-787-5530.

 
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 9:46 AM

There’s been another school shooting. This time, a shooter at Noblesville West Middle School in Indiana reportedly injured two people. A suspect is in custody.

The incident comes just a week after the Santa Fe High School shooting in Texas, where 10 people were killed and 13 more were injured. And it comes the same year as the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, where 17 were killed and another 17 were injured.

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Source: www.vox.com, May 25, 2018, 12:10pm EDT.

 

 
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 8:46 AM

With the commonwealth's budget deadline a month away, negotiations haven't begun in earnest. But talks are ongoing behind the scenes -- and that means a familiar tug-of-war between Democrats trying to bolster state programs, and Republicans determined to limit spending.
WITF, May 30, 2018
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Wednesday, May 30, 2018 8:45 AM

The Pennsylvania School Boards Association and Bethlehem administrators are disappointed in a recent vote by the Senate Education Committee to approve Senate Bill 2, creating Education Savings Accounts, or vouchers, that take state tax money out of neighborhood public schools for use at private schools.
Bethlehem Press, May 29, 2018
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Tuesday, May 29, 2018 9:18 AM

The Commonwealth Education Blueprint is a multiyear effort founded and managed by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) to develop and implement a statewide vision for the future of public education. Through this comprehensive project, education stakeholders from across the state and from many areas of expertise collaborate to proactively determine what education should look like in years to come.

VISION:

Pennsylvania will provide an equitable, exceptional public education that empowers all learners to achieve a meaningful, productive life in our democratic society.

The Process & Your Involvement

The project steering committee conducts meetings and collects data (ongoing since Oct. 2017) toward drafting the Blueprint. They have also been convening Blueprint study groups, focus groups and, now a statewide survey.

Your involvement is critical to the Blueprint’s success! We hope you will participate in this short survey to build the foundation for public education in the future. Please complete it by May 31, 2018: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/edblueprintpa

What’s Next?

After all of the data has been compiled and analyzed, a comprehensive report will be and will serve as the driving document to set and benchmark milestones toward achieving the vision and shaping all future education-related legislation and advocacy. We hope you will join us in distributing the Blueprint and this vision later in 2018.

For more information about the Commonwealth Education Blueprint, contact Ashley Lenker White, senior director of strategic initiatives, at (800) 932-0588 or ashley.white@psba.org.

 

 
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