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Monday, July 16, 2018 9:21 AM

The PIAA “can and must” create a postseason system that separates traditional public schools from private, parochial and charter schools, says a group of public school administrators scheduled to meet July 24 in State College.
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Source: Tribune-Review, July 15, 2018.

 
Monday, July 16, 2018 9:19 AM

School officials in the counties in and around Philadelphia blame a perennial matrix of issues, including pensions, contractual and special-education costs, and assorted state and federal mandates for the fact that more than 50 school districts have levied higher tax rates by an average of $100 effective July 1 — and an average of $100 annually for the last 10 years.
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Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 11, 2018. (Subscription may be required.)

 
Monday, July 16, 2018 8:57 AM

The Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act, signed last week into law by President Donald Trump, calls for establishing an advisory committee made up of federal agencies to map out available resources for grandparents raising their grandchildren, increasingly due to the opioid epidemic.
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Source: WHYY, July 12, 2018.

 
Monday, July 16, 2018 8:55 AM

Gov. Tom Wolf clarified Thursday that he has no intention of seeking imminent cuts from so-called “overpaid” and shrinking school districts to compensate underpaid, growing ones — despite outcry earlier in the day from gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner that Wolf backs a proposal that would “decimate” Western Pennsylvania’s smallest schools.
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Source: Tribune Review, July 12, 2018.

 
Monday, July 16, 2018 8:54 AM

Governor Tom Wolf today announced the Pennsylvania Department of Education has awarded approximately $2 million in grants to eight universities to develop and implement year-long residency programs for teachers and principals, a critical element in his commitment to increasing and retaining the number of qualified instructors and school leaders serving the Commonwealth’s public schools.
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Source: Office of Governor Tom Wolf, July 12, 2018.

 
Thursday, July 12, 2018 9:13 AM

In the wake of a Supreme Court decision halting unions' ability to compel public sector employees to pay fees, pro-union state lawmakers are trying to come up with a rebuttal.

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Source: WITF.org, July 12, 2018. (Subscription may be required.)

 
Thursday, July 12, 2018 9:12 AM

For many students, the months of June, July and August are a detrimental break from the healthy learning habits they formed throughout the school year.

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Source: The Morning Call, July 10, 2018.

 
Thursday, July 12, 2018 9:11 AM

When people talk of pension problems, Social Security and public-sector pensions are what always come up.

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Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 12, 2018. (Subscription may be required.)

 
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 11:14 AM

Deadline to register is tomorrow, Thursday, July 19, 2018. 

Later this month, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) will hold a series of regional stakeholder convenings to engage educational partners in preliminary discussions about Chapter 49 in Title 22 of the Pennsylvania Code, the state regulations pertaining to educator preparation and certification in Pennsylvania.  The goal of these meetings is to gather input on key themes and issues that will help inform PDE’s recommendations to the State Board of Education as it prepares to update Chapter 49.

As a member of the education community, we hope that you will consider participating in one of the sessions, as well as extend this invitation to others who may benefit from the discussion. 

Meeting participants should have an active role in the areas of educator preparation or certification, local education agency supervisory or human resource functions, or related entities or professional associations. More specifically, participants should be knowledgeable of, and able to speak to, current certification practices described in Chapter 49, including, but not limited to:

  • Certificate types, categories, subject areas, and grade spans;
  • Evaluation and approval of educator preparation programs;
  • Assessment tools, instruments, and procedures to measure skills, knowledge, and practice of teacher and school leader candidates; and
  • Induction and continuing professional education requirements.

Meetings are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with a one-hour lunch break on your own) at the following locations across the state:

  • Tuesday, July 24 – PaTTAN-East, Malvern, PA
  • Wednesday, July 25 – PaTTAN-Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA
  • Thursday, July 26 – Allegheny Intermediate Unit #3, Homestead, PA

Interested participants must register online by Thursday, July 19th. Given space limitations, the Department reserves the right to limit attendance to one representative per institution and to ensure diversity in stakeholder voice. Selected participants will receive a confirmation of participation with additional information and the meeting details by Friday, July 20th.

Thank you in advance for sharing your time and expertise with PDE. Any inquiries concerning the convenings may be sent to Jamal Wakeem at RA-EDCHAPTER49REVIEW@pa.gov.

 

 
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 8:21 AM

In Philadelphia, school choice has exploded and citywide enrollment has been steady. In Pittsburgh, there's been more skepticism of school choice and enrollment keeps dropping. But are these enrollment trends a reflection of policy choices? Or is the link between the two more complicated?
WITF, July 10, 2018
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