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Thursday, June 7, 2018 8:38 AM

Pennsylvania’s Senate advanced legislation on Wednesday to set up a state-administered program to take anonymous reports of dangerous activities or threats of violence in schools, as lawmakers explore improvements to school safety spurred by February’s school shooting in Florida that killed 17 people.
Associated Press, June 6, 2018
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Wednesday, June 6, 2018 2:10 PM

Paul Healey, Ph.D., PA Principals Association executive director, and Dr. Joseph Clapper, PA Principals Association assistant executive director, joined other education leaders at a rally held today at the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg to demand funding increases in the PA State Budget. The rally was sponsored by PA Schools Work.

PA Schools Work is a non-partisan grassroots campaign calling on the state to pay its fair share and adequately and equitably fund public education so that all Pennsylvania students can attend public schools that will ensure they graduate with the 21st-century skills necessary for success in college or a career.

Its first order of business: urging that the General Assembly, at a minimum, increase funding for basic education by $100 million, special education by $20 million, and the career and technical education subsidy by $10 million in the 2018-19 state budget.

  • Pennsylvania schools work – for students, communities and the economy – when they have the resources to give all students an equal opportunity to attend a local public school that has adequate resources to ensure that he or she can learn and meet state academic standards.
  • But Pennsylvania is not delivering for its students.
  • Pennsylvania ranks 47th in the country in the state’s share of funding for public schools, leaving local taxpayers to bear a higher burden of education costs.
  • It has one of the widest gaps between the highest and lowest spending school districts of any state in the country, meaning that the educational opportunities available to a student depends largely on where that student lives.
  • Lawmakers must recognize that if the state is to fund all schools adequately and eliminate funding disparities across school districts, the state must significantly increase its investment in public schools.
  • A student’s classroom experience is affected not only by funding coming through the basic education line item in the state budget, but also by special education funding for students with disabilities and the state subsidy for career and technical education that gives students practical, tangible skills they need to be prepared for future education and work.
  • Special education services have risen by more than $1.6 billion over the last decade and state funding has not kept pace.  As a result, the state share of support for special education declined from more than 36 percent of the cost incurred by school districts to less than 25 percent of actual costs.
  • The same trends exist for career and technical education. The state subsidy to support Career and Technical Education (CTE) has fallen to less than eight percent of CTE costs after eight years of stagnant funding. At a time when more Pennsylvania employers say it is hard to find qualified workers, the state must do more.
  • That is why PA Schools Work is being launched: to carry the message that Pennsylvania must begin paying its fair share so all students’ classroom needs.
  • We are calling on the state to fund public education equitably and adequately so that all Pennsylvania students, regardless of race, ethnicity, ability, family income or the community where they live, can attend public schools that will ensure they graduate with the 21st-century skills necessary for success in college or a career. 
  • To achieve that goal, the state must pay its fair share for public education by
  • The state must generate the necessary revenues through sustainable, recurring funding sources to support adequate and equitable funding in these areas, while delivering targeted property tax relief to those who need it.
  • The need is more imperative than ever before, with 429 of Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts not getting their fair share from the state and 227 districts forced to spend less than what is needed to educate their students.
  • These goals will not be reached immediately, but the state must start taking action right away.
    • Increasing basic education funding by at least $3 billion through the state’s fair funding formula
    • Ensuring all special education students get the high-quality, inclusive services they need and deserve by increasing, over the next five years, the state’s share of special education funding up to 35 percent of special education costs
    • Ensuring that funding for CTE is adequate and equitably distributed so that every student who chooses to pursue CTE can get learning opportunities that allow them to progress towards an industry-based credential in their chosen career.rally2018
 
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 10:21 AM

State Sen. Andy Dinniman has welcomed news that Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale will consider questions regarding the transparency of state contracts related to standardized testing and the Keystone Exams.
Pottstown Mercury, June 5, 2018
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Wednesday, June 6, 2018 10:20 AM

On Tuesday, a state House bill that would overhaul congressional map-drawing was assigned to an unusual committee -- circumventing a different panel where such proposals have repeatedly been struck down.
WITF, June 5, 2018
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Wednesday, June 6, 2018 10:19 AM

The federal school safety commission set up after the deadly shooting at a Florida high school will not examine the role of guns in school violence, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Tuesday.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 5, 2018
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Wednesday, June 6, 2018 8:57 AM
In today's education atmosphere, it's important to advocate for the policies that could significantly impact school leaders, principals, and students. That's why proper funding for Title II, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act is critical.
Title II-A is the only federal funding source dedicated to the preparation, training and support of teachers and principals, and is critical to improving educator quality and boosting student outcomes.

We need principals to show their support: NAESP has joined educators on social media to advocate for Title II-A funding. You can help by signing up for this Thunderclap supporting Title II-A Funding, which will spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms. Please sign up today, and use #TitleIIA to voice your support for this critical piece of legislation.   

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018 9:26 AM

Wagner might be leaving his legislative career in the rearview mirror. But for the hundreds of people who filled the Capitol on Monday morning and afternoon, the work on the budget was just beginning.
PennLive, June 4, 2018
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Tuesday, June 5, 2018 9:25 AM

In each public school in Pennsylvania, there are students who throw away their lunches, and others who wish they had enough to eat. This is what inspired Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene County, to draft two bills to address food waste and food insecurity in schools.
PennLive, June 4, 2018
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Tuesday, June 5, 2018 9:20 AM

Gianni Hill is a York Catholic student who lives in West Manchester Township.
I’m a high school student. I’m a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, and I am sick and tired of people dying from perfectly preventable gun violence. Dec. 14, 2012, I was in sixth grade, and I remember exactly where I was when I found out a gunman massacred innocent men, women and children at Sandy Hook. That night, WGAL told my parents to hug my brother and me just a little tighter before bed and tell us it would never happen again. Since then over 180 times it has happened, an average of a week and a half between each, but that’s just the shootings with a death. The fact I’ve only heard of about 15 scares me. This year alone there have been 45 school shootings, on pace to hit nearly 100. We have become desensitized to death and destruction. As an American, the process of responding to these tragedies is frustratingly simple. A united Pavlovian chorus, we offer our prayers, wish each other well, and those in charge promise it will never happen again because they’re going to do something. I’m still waiting.

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Source: York Daily Record by Gianni Hill Published 10:46 a.m. ET June 4, 2018.

 
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 9:11 AM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education's Driver and Safety Education Portal will open for mandatory reporting on June 15, and close on September 15, 2018.

All schools are required to submit driver education program information, form PDE 4026 Annual High School Driver Education Report, via the portal by September 15, 2018. Schools that do not offer driver education must indicate “No Program” using the same form.

Schools seeking reimbursement must submit their request using form PDE 3039, Annual Preapproval of Driver Education, via the portal prior to September 15, 2018.

Schools offering driver education by contracting with a Private Driver Training School (PDTS) must indicate the PDTS(s) they are contracting with on form PDE 4026.

The portal can be accessed at: MyPDESuite Application Login  

Questions may be directed to: 

John V. Kashatus
School Safety Education Advisor
717-783-4382
johkashatu@pa.gov

 

 
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