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Tuesday, March 13, 2018 8:59 AM

The bills are virtually identical. They seek to amend the Pennsylvania Election Code, which allows a county board of elections “wherever possible and practicable” to select schoolhouses, municipal buildings or rooms, or other public buildings for polling places. The bills would make schools a last resort, instead of a first option, as the code now permits.
Allentown Morning Call, March 13, 2018
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Monday, March 12, 2018 2:52 PM

As schools around the country brace for student walkouts following the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida, principals and superintendents are scrambling to perform a delicate balancing act: How to let thousands of students exercise their First Amendment rights while not disrupting school and not pulling administrators into the raging debate over gun control.

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Monday, March 12, 2018 12:46 PM

The Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality reviewed and updated the following Certification Staffing Policies and Guidelines effective February 1, 2018.

CSPG 13 – Emergency Permits

Many changes and updates have been made to this CSPG, including reissuance requirements for a Type 01 Emergency Permit.  A webinar will be available within the next few months regarding the changes to CSPG 13.  We recommend reviewing this CSPG in the meantime.

CSPG 101 – Paraprofessional Staff

Changes were made to update language to this CSPG clarifying paraprofessional direction under certified personnel.

Where to find CSPG information: CSPG Website.

 
Monday, March 12, 2018 8:49 AM

Proposed legislation from Pennsylvania state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, doesn't outline how parents should deal with bullying. However, it would impose penalties on parents whose children are cited for bullying on multiple occasions.
Philly Voice, March 9, 2018
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Monday, March 12, 2018 8:41 AM

School boards across Pennsylvania have signaled their opposition to a state Senate bill that would allow students in struggling districts to use state money for private school tuition and other pre-approved expenses, a move that critics say would hurt public schools.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 12, 2018
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Friday, March 9, 2018 8:58 AM

School districts across central Pennsylvania are grappling with next week's national student walkout — should they let students leave class for an event that calls for measures to reduce school shootings, or should they insist that students stay in class?
WITF, York Daily Record, March 8, 2018
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Friday, March 9, 2018 8:57 AM

Pennsylvania’s auditor general is promising changes to school safety reviews. Eugene DePasquale says he’ll be taking a hands-on approach as he looks for ways to better protect students.
CBS Channel 2, March 9, 2018
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Friday, March 9, 2018 8:56 AM

Under state law, a terroristic threats charge could be filed if a person communicates, either directly or indirectly, a threat to commit any crime of violence, to cause evacuation of a building or to cause other public inconvenience or terror.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 8, 2018
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Thursday, March 8, 2018 8:54 AM

The U.S. House of Representatives will debate bipartisan legislation next week aimed at preventing violence at schools following the shooting deaths of 17 people at a Florida high school on Feb. 14, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on Tuesday. 
Reuters, March 6, 2018
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Thursday, March 8, 2018 8:53 AM

One day after a Florida teenager walked into his former high school and carried out one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history, at least seven other teens across the country walked into school with a gun. Such incidents fuel the widespread fear that students often bring guns to school. But there’s no way to tell if this is true. There are no good data.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 6, 2018
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