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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.

 

 
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 8:40 AM

School districts often boast about their latest digital initiatives. Sleek devices and flashy technology in classrooms abound, depending on the school.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 26, 2018
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Tuesday, May 29, 2018 8:37 AM

As the most intense part of this year's budget season is about to get underway, it's been remarkably quiet in the state Capitol, and policymakers say they're hopeful that bodes well for an improvement in what's been a strained process for several years.
WITF, May 28, 2018
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Friday, May 25, 2018 8:35 AM

Pennsylvania’s auditor general on Wednesday blasted Aspira Inc. of Pennsylvania’s management of four Philadelphia charter schools and a cyber charter, likening the organization to a “fox guarding the henhouse” as he called for changes in the state law governing charter schools.
Philadelphia Inquirer, May 23, 2018
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Friday, May 25, 2018 8:34 AM

A Berks County school district can allow transgender students to continue using bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their sexual identity, a federal appeals court panel ruled Thursday.
Associated Press, May 25, 2018
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Friday, May 25, 2018 8:05 AM

David Michael Slater is a veteran middle and high school teacher who now lives and teaches in Reno, Nevada. He is also the author of more than 20 books for children, teens, and adults. His new book is "We're Doing It Wrong:  25 Ideas in Education That Just Don't Work - And How to Fix Them". 

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Thursday, May 24, 2018 8:53 AM

A federal appeals court will hear arguments Thursday in a second attempt by four Boyertown School District students and their parents to temporarily suspend a policy that permits transgender students to use school restrooms and locker rooms of the gender with which they identify.
Reading Eagle, May 24, 2018
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Thursday, May 24, 2018 8:52 AM

As lawmakers strain to find answers to make schools more safe, a group of superintendents came to the Capitol to talk about the challenges facing public schools recognizing and responding to mental health issues of students.
Meadville Tribune, May 24, 2018
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Thursday, May 24, 2018 8:51 AM

The PlanCon advisory committee released and adopted recommendations Tuesday that called for streamlining the reimbursement process and creating a carve-out for schools to make needed repairs.
WHYY, May 23, 2018
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