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Tuesday, December 4, 2018 11:50 AM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) began accepting applications for the Special Education Contingency Funds for Extraordinary Expenses on November 19, 2018.  Interested local educational agencies (LEAs) will have until January 4, 2019 to submit applications.

The application and review process for the 2018-19 school year is specified in the Contingency Funds Guidelines. Applications for the Special Education Contingency Funds should be submitted electronically through the contingency funds request system website at https://apps.leaderservices.com/cfunds. LEAs that have not previously used the system may request a password from Leader Services by emailing cfunds@leaderservices.com. The LEA's address will be verified and a password will be issued, along with the information regarding the primary account.

Questions regarding Special Education Contingency Funds for Extraordinary Expenses should be directed to Dr. Del Hart, Chief, Division of Analysis and Financial Reporting, at 717.772.1114 or dehart@pa.gov.

 
Monday, December 3, 2018 2:44 PM

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) 1.0 Percent Participation Cap requirements for local educational agencies (LEAs) administering the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA) for students with significant cognitive disabilities continues to be in effect for the 2018-19 school year.

The PASA 1.0 Percent Participation Cap Justification process has been developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education (BSE) in accordance with the requirements of ESSA.  ESSA requires Pennsylvania to ensure that the total number of students assessed in each subject, using the alternate assessment for students with significant cognitive disabilities, does not exceed 1.0 percent of the total number of all students in the Commonwealth assessed on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), Keystone Exams, and PASA.  The new PASA 1.0 Percent Participation Cap Justification replaces the previously required 1.0 Percent Mandated LEA Waiver application.  The LEA must complete and submit justification and assurances to BSE if it anticipates exceeding the 1.0 percent participation cap.

If the LEA anticipates exceeding the 1.0 percent cap for the 2018-19 testing cycle, the PASA 1.0 Percent Participation Cap Justification must be submitted to BSE by January 25, 2019.  You may access the application by clicking here.  Pennsylvania cannot grant approval for a LEA to exceed the federally mandated 1.0 percent participation cap. Any LEA which exceeds the cap may be subject to further review by BSE.

Questions regarding this information should be directed to Lisa Hampe, BSE Special Education Adviser, at lihampe@pa.gov; or Lynda Lupp, Statewide Special Education Assessment Coordinator, at llupp@pattan.net

 
Monday, December 3, 2018 1:22 PM

In the United States, 34 million children have had at least one adverse childhood experience (ACE) -- ranging from abuse or neglect to parental incarceration or addiction.

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Monday, December 3, 2018 1:20 PM

Teachers and students aren't using all the pricey software that school budgets buy, researchers say.

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Monday, December 3, 2018 1:17 PM

Every parent knows the difference a year makes in the development and maturity of a young child. A one-year-old is barely walking while a two-year-old gleefully sprints away from you. A four-year-old is always moving, always imagining, always asking why, while a five-year-old may start to sit and listen for longer stretches.

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Friday, November 30, 2018 11:28 AM

As employers clamor for better-prepared workers, some states tiptoe into teaching kids employability skills

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Source: The Hechinger Report, Nov. 30, 2018.

 
Friday, November 30, 2018 8:32 AM

Democratic Governor Tom Wolf is establishing a bipartisan panel tasked with finding ways to make the redistricting process in Pennsylvania more fair. The governor on Thursday signed an executive order to create the Pennsylvania Redistricting Reform Commission.
WITF, Nov. 29, 2018
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Friday, November 30, 2018 8:19 AM

Earlier this month, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released newly proposed Title IX regulations regarding how schools should handle reports of sexual harassment and violence. When they are formally put into place, these guidelines will narrow the definition of sexual misconduct so fewer cases fall under Title IX’s umbrella.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018 3:33 PM

Schools in Butler County are increasingly relying on local tax dollars to fund special education programs as state funding has stagnated for several years, a recent report found. The county isn't alone: Special education funding across Pennsylvania mirrors the situation in Butler County schools. The report's researchers at Pennsylvania's Education Law Center — along with those involved in educating children with disabilities in Butler County — see a growing local dependency on state legislators to blame for the lack of funding.
Cranberry Eagle, Nov. 28, 2018
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018 1:20 PM

We are excited to announce that two of the leading PA educational organizations (PA Principals Association and PA Association of School Administrators) have joined forces to again host a summer leadership conference.2019 summit logo

The 2019 Pennsylvania Educational Leadership Summit will be held at the Kalarhi Resort in Pocono Manor on August 4-6, 2019.  We had an excellent turnout of district teams and individuals last year and we look forward to growing even more this year.

The conference hopes to attract district teams and we are limiting attendees to the first 400 participants. The format of the conference will include: keynote speakers; breakout sessions; table talks, team planning and job alike sessions.

The conference committee is currently seeking requests for proposals for the small group sessions that will be held on Monday, August 5, 2019.  We would greatly appreciate it if you could distribute the attached RFP and encourage your colleagues to submit a proposal for consideration.

Please mark the dates of August 4-6, 2019 on your calendar now and plan to attend the 2019 Pennsylvania Educational Leadership Summit in Pocono Manor.  Registration information will be coming out in a separate communication.

Click here for the Call for Presenters form.
The deadline to submit a form is Tuesday, January 1, 2019!

 
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