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Tuesday, February 6, 2018 8:41 AM

Pennsylvania Republicans have lost what was likely their best shot at getting out of redrawing congressional maps, after the state Supreme Court declared them unconstitutional. GOP legislative leaders had appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court on the grounds the state court decision violated the U.S. Constitution. But Justice Samuel Alito declined to issue a stay.
WITF, Feb. 6, 2018
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Tuesday, February 6, 2018 8:40 AM

It’s not unusual to see billboards, advertisements, and glossy brochures for charter schools in Pennsylvania. Now, more traditional public schools are crafting their image just as carefully as they compete for students.
WHYY, Feb. 5, 2018
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Monday, February 5, 2018 10:08 AM

Top Republican lawmakers fighting a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s school-funding system will present their arguments before a full panel of Commonwealth Court judges next month.
Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb. 2, 2018
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Monday, February 5, 2018 10:07 AM

School districts are changing their policies to comply with a new state law that bans "lunch shaming" of students who owe money for school lunches, but some say it will come at a cost.
PennLive.com, Feb. 5, 2018
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Monday, February 5, 2018 9:56 AM

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf will roll out his fourth and final first-term budget proposal, an election-year plan expected to be relatively restrained after three years dominated by drawn-out partisan fights with the Republican-controlled legislature over how to plug gaping deficits.
Associated Press, Feb. 5, 2018
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Friday, February 2, 2018 9:33 AM

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, made a bold statement in a recent essay: By giving students individual help, average students can be turned into exceptional ones.

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Friday, February 2, 2018 9:26 AM

Over the past two-and-a-half years, out-of-school suspensions in the School District of Lancaster dropped by 42%. However, a sharp disparity exists between who gets suspended.
WITF, Feb. 2, 2018
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Friday, February 2, 2018 9:25 AM

For years, that has been the national narrative about the long-troubled school district in the nation's capital: After decades of low performance and stagnation, the system was moving forward with a "reform" program that was a model for the nation. 
Allentown Morning Call, Feb. 1, 2018
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Friday, February 2, 2018 8:27 AM

The tentative schedule for the 2018 PDE Data Summit is now available. Look for new presentations and topics, find impactful presenters from years past, as well as three exciting keynotes, and plan for the sessions you want to attend (the sessions are laid out by timeslot, but are still subject to change). You can find the agenda as an attachment in the registration link below or on the PDE Data Summit webpage: http://www.education.pa.gov/Data-and-Statistics/PDEDataSummit/Pages/default.aspx

Don’t miss the extended Early Bird pricing, which is running through this Friday, February 2nd!

Registration Link: https://teampa.com/datasummit Hershey Lodge Reservation Link: https://aws.passkey.com/go/DATASUMMIT2018

If you are a presenter, please remember that you have a designated registration: https://teampa.com/datasummit-staff.  We do need to have all presenters registered here.

If you have any questions, reach out to me directly at PDEDataSummitTeam@Outlook.com.

 

 
Friday, February 2, 2018 8:24 AM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is offering a training opportunity to districts seeking a competency-based approach to hiring principals. Registrants may elect to learn 30 Act 45 hours for participation in the training.

Research tells us that hiring the right principal is critical to school improvement, particularly in the lowest performing schools.  With the right principal in place, student achievement can dramatically advance, and schools can retain effective teachers.  Principal leadership is the second most influential school-level factor impacting student learning; no school has ever turned around without a strong principal leading the way.  Securing the right principal lends itself to consistent leadership. The Quality School Leadership Identification (QSLID) process is an opportunity to create a hiring system that will retain effective school leaders. 

PDE and the American Institutes for Research have developed a process for school districts seeking a competency-based approach to hiring principals in turnaround and non-turnaround school contexts. While QSLID was originally designed for the hiring of principals, a parallel process has been designed for the hiring of teachers.  Upon completion of the course, participants will walk away with a complete hiring process and district-specific documents and protocols for both teachers and principals. 

This program includes one day of face-to-face training, pre-scheduled webinars, journal/feedback reflections, and documentation of QSLID implementation.

Note dates and locations below:

  • PaTTAN Malvern - March 13, 2018  (Snow date: March 19)
  • Baldwin-Whitehall School District - March 5, 2018  (Snow date: March 27)    

To register: Contact Melanie Novak at melnovak@pa.gov

Registration deadline: February 9, 2018

Questions? Contact Jean Dyszel at c-jdyszel@pa.gov

 
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