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Friday, May 4, 2018 8:44 AM

Teacher strikes are generating a healthy focus on how far public education funding has fallen over the past decade. The full explanation, however, goes beyond basic funding cuts. It involves systematic advantages in terms of funding, students and teachers for charter schools and voucher programs as compared to traditional public schools.
TheConversation.com, April 26, 2018
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Friday, May 4, 2018 8:41 AM

Arizona schools are preparing to reopen Friday after a walkout shut down schools across the state for six days.
The Republic, May 3, 2018
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Thursday, May 3, 2018 2:58 PM

The Pennsylvania School Study Council (PSSC) (at PSU) will present STEM 2018 on Tuesday June 19, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM including lunch at
the newly remodeled Conference Room of the Centre County office of Central IU10 in State College.

STEM 2018 is designed for: Teachers from K-to-High School, Teacher Leaders, Principals, Curriculum Directors, Central Office personnel responsible for implementation and supervision of science instruction, and those Teacher Leaders guiding their school’s science development.

Registration will begin at 8:30 AM. Registration fee includes hands-on instruction, collegial learning, materials, ACT 48 hours, lunch and parking.

Registration deadline is June 8, 2018.

Click here for more information and to register.

 

 
Thursday, May 3, 2018 2:46 PM

The Pennsylvania School Study Council (PSSC) (at PSU) and Tuscarora IU11 are offering a professional development program fitting your busy schedule: SLA - Strategic Leader in Action, Thursday, August 2, 2018 – 9:00AM – 1:00PM (including lunch) - 404 Rackley Building @ Penn State University.  Earn 30 hours of Act 45 credit without being away from school while in session.

Using your district/school as the actual process, What change or new process will you be implementing in 2018-2019? This change becomes the focus of SLA. You will review the research and best practice regarding the leading of change. You will learn alignment and comprehensive approaches promoting student growth and staff development.

Deadline to register is July 25, 2018.

Click here for the session flyer and to register.

 

 
Thursday, May 3, 2018 9:18 AM

Pennsylvania’s elementary principal of the year works in Trumbauersville and is part of the Quakertown Community SD (Bucks Co.). Adam Schmucker, principal of Trumbauersville Elementary School, has been named Pennsylvania’s National Distinguished Principal by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.
Quakertown Community SD website
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Thursday, May 3, 2018 9:16 AM

It's almost time for lawmakers to start work on the state budget. But after several cycles of tortuous negotiations made more difficult by persistent revenue shortfalls, it looks like this year might be smoother sailing.
WITF, May 3, 2018
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Thursday, May 3, 2018 9:14 AM

Every year, hundreds of kids are kicked out of suburban Philadelphia school districts for residency fraud. Maybe even thousands. This little-discussed corner of the K-12 landscape contains so many of the issues that shape education in Pennsylvania today. (part 2 of "Kicked Out" series)
WHYY, May 2, 2018
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Thursday, May 3, 2018 9:12 AM

School board members were angry to learn Monday night that the district is projected to send an additional $501,302 to charter schools due to a lawsuit that changed the way its tuition rate is calculated. That means the district will pay out almost $30 million in charter school tuition next school year.
LehighValleyLive.com, May 1, 2018
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Wednesday, May 2, 2018 1:08 PM

The 2018-2019 Safe Schools Targeted Grant Request for Application opportunity will open on May 14, 2018.

TITLE 24 P.S. EDUCATION ARTICLE XIII-a. SAFE SCHOOLS. 24 P.S. §13-1302-A authorizes the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office for Safe Schools to make targeted grants to school entities to fund programs which address school violence.  These grants provide for School Resource and Police Officers, Safety Equipment, and Programs/Trainings.

Applications will be accepted from May 14, 2018 through July 31, 2018. School entities must submit their application through the department’s eGrant system, at www.grants.pa.gov.

  • School entities are defined under 24 P.S. § 222 (c) as a public school district, charter school, cyber charter school or area vocational-technical school;
  • Nonpublic schools are eligible to apply for school police officers; and
  • Police agencies and municipalities must submit their application through the mail since there is no access to the eGrant system.

Targeted grants shall be allocated through a competitive grant review process established by the office. School entities must satisfy the requirements of this section and section 1303-A of the PA School Code to be eligible for grants. The application for a targeted grant shall include:

a) The purpose for which the targeted grant shall be utilized;

b) Information indicating need for the targeted grant, including, but not limited to, school violence statistics;

c) An estimated budget;

d) Methods for measuring outcomes; and

e) Any other criteria as the office may require.

The office shall:

a) Give priority in grant funding under subsection (c) to a school entity designated as a persistently dangerous school as defined in 22 Pa. Code § 403.2 (relating to definitions).

b) Give priority in grant funding under subsection (c) to school entities with the greatest need to establish safety and order.

c) To the greatest extent possible, ensure that grant funding is geographically dispersed to school entities and municipalities throughout this Commonwealth; and

d) For school entities, municipalities, local law enforcement agencies, and nonpublic schools that apply for funding for the training and compensation of school resource officers and school police officers under subsection (c.1), give priority to school entities, municipalities, local law enforcement agencies and nonpublic schools that utilize school resource officers or school police officers who have completed additional training recommended by the Department of Education relating to interaction with all children and adolescents within a school setting. 

All information regarding the targeted grants can be found at:

http://www.education.pa.gov/K-12/Safe%20Schools/Pages/Safe-Schools-Targeted-Grants.aspx

Contact:  Russell Alves, eGrant Administrator

Office for Safe Schools, Pennsylvania Department of Education

(717) 783-6777

ralves@pa.gov

 

 
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 10:19 AM

Within the next two years, parents and advocates will get significantly more information about their schools and school districts, going far beyond demographics and test scores to include reporting on everything from absenteeism rates to new details about how schools spend their money.
WHYY Keystone Crossroads, April 30, 2018
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