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Wednesday, February 28, 2018 9:47 AM

Pennsylvania Republicans are pushing Senate Bill 383, which would allow school boards to decide whether to permit school district employees to carry a firearm. But teachers in Lancaster County say they are fearful that these proposals could cause more harm than good.
TiogaPublishing.com, Feb. 27, 2018
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Wednesday, February 28, 2018 9:46 AM

Students at some central Pennsylvania high schools are planning to take part in a protest March 14 against gun violence, joining their peers around the country in the wake of the Parkland, FL, school shooting.
PennLive, Feb. 27, 2018
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Wednesday, February 28, 2018 8:23 AM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s (PDE) Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth (AEDY) Team will host one-day regional conferences at each of the three PaTTAN offices in the state.

These regional training events will provide attendees with detailed information about upcoming changes to the AEDY Program Guidelines. Staff from the Local Education Agency (LEAs) that run in-house AEDY programs, LEAs that send students to external AEDY programs, and approved AEDY private providers are strongly encouraged to attend one of these events so that they understand the new requirements for 2018-2019 AEDY programs.

Regional trainings will include interactive activities designed to provide hands-on utilization of the new AEDY program guidelines. The same material will be presented each day and each participant should register for one day only.  LEAs and approved AEDY private provider programs are not limited to the number of staff that may attend. Lunch will be provided, and Act 48 Credit will also be provided.

Following is the schedule of conference dates (REMINDER: Select one day only. The material will be the same each day): 

PaTTAN Harrisburg:

March 12 or 13, 2018

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

PaTTAN Pittsburgh:

March 19 or 20, 2018

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

PaTTAN East (Malvern):

March 22 or 23, 2018

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

To register, go to: http://www.pattan.net/category/Training/Calendar/ and register for the date you plan to attend.

 
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 9:50 AM

PA Principals Association joins PASA, PSBA, and PSEA and releases a joint statement about Student Activism in response to school safety.
Click here to read full joint statement.

 

 
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 9:48 AM

The Hampton Township School Board is telling the state legislature that a Senate bill that would give students in underperforming schools access to an education savings account would not benefit Pennsylvania public school districts.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Feb. 26, 2018
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018 9:48 AM

The first day for congressional candidates in Pennsylvania to circulate petitions will arrive amid legal challenges to week-old court-ordered boundaries of the state’s 18 U.S. House districts. 
Associated Press, Feb. 27, 2018
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018 9:46 AM

State Sen. Richard Alloway II, R-Chambersburg, said he likes the idea of a “volunteer civilian protection force” in Pennsylvania schools.A civilian protection force woudl be comprised of volunteers, possibly retired military or police officers, according to Alloway. They would be vetted, trained and cleared through background checks.
Public Opinion, Feb. 26, 2018
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Monday, February 26, 2018 9:48 AM

Guest Editorial - By Mark D. DiRocco, Paul M. Healey, Nathan G. Mains and Dolores McCracken

The awful reality of the Stoneman Douglas High School slayings - 17 dead, 15 injured - has left the nation reeling.

Click here for full article.

Source: Pennlive.com, posted Feb. 24, 2018.

Dolores McCracken, President, Pennsylvania State Education Association; dmccracken@psea.org; (717) 255-7101

Mark D. DiRocco, Ph.D., Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators; mdirocco@pasa-net.org; (717) 540-4448

Paul M. Healey, Ph.D., Executive Director, Pennsylvania Principals Association; healey@paprincipals.org;  (717) 732-4999

Nathan G. Mains, Chief Executive Officer, Pennsylvania School Boards Association; Nathan.Mains@psba.org; (717) 506-2450

 

 

 
Monday, February 26, 2018 9:48 AM

A message from NASSP's Executive Director, JoAnn Bartoletti: We are all inspired by the empowered students committed to preventing the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School from ever happening anywhere again. Student walkout protests have become the response of choice, both ad hoc and in organized nationwide movements currently scheduled for March 14 and April 20. Walkouts challenge principals to preserve both student safety and their First Amendment rights of free expression, all while maintaining an inclusive environment in which no student feels alienated. To help principals strike that balance, NASSP examined a number of district policies, reviewed media coverage of walkout protests over the past several years, and consulted with a team of progressive school leaders to craft guidance designed to complement district policies.

http://blog.nassp.org/2018/02/23/considerations-for-principals-when-students-are-planning-an-organized-protest-or-walkout/

Please know that, consistent with our own response to the Stoneman Douglas shooting, NASSP continues to lead advocacy to federal legislators and in national media outlets for policies to prevent such tragedies. This includes advocacy to restore Title IV funding that would help schools identify signs of risk and intervene before behavior becomes destructive and advocacy against proposals to arm teachers and principals. Thank you for your ongoing partnership in this endeavor and in all our common efforts to create environments in which each student can fulfill his/her greatest potential.

 
Monday, February 26, 2018 9:47 AM

Schools across the country have been shut down or put on alert following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that left 17 students and staff dead. A psychiatry professor at the University of Pittsburgh said the situation is not unusual following a widely publicized attack.
Tribune-Democrat, Feb. 25, 2018
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