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Monday, November 26, 2018 8:51 AM

It is astounding that we are about to repeat history when it comes to youth being addicted to nicotine. Not long ago, the U.S. saw record low numbers of youth smoking traditional cigarettes. With the newest e-cigarette numbers, we are reversing course and creating a generation once again dependent on nicotine.
Source: AMLE.org, Nov. 20, 2018
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Monday, November 26, 2018 8:24 AM

The school and community leaders who met last week in a summit focused on funding for public schools got their message half correct.

Mark DiRocco, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators and leader of the summit, said both Pennsylvania and the nation are behind in funding and training of skilled laborers through career and technical schools.

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Source: Lewistown Sentinel, Editorial, Nov. 24, 2018.

 

 
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 10:57 AM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s (PDE) Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality (BSLTQ) has reviewed and updated the following Certification Staffing Policies and Guidelines (CSPGs):

CSPG 3 – Validity of a Certificate (6/1/2018) – clarified and updated vocational instructional certificate validity information.

CSPG 41 – American Sign Language (ASL) (7/1/2018) – revised the pathways to certification.

CSPG 45 – World Languages (6/1/2018) – added American Sign Language.

CSPG 66 – Vocational Intern and Instructional (9/1//2018) – added new work experience requirements and clarified related instructional areas.

CSPG 68 – English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Specialist (9/1/2018) – updated ESL staffing information.

CSPG 97 – Vocational Administrative Director (8/1/2018) – corrected and clarified appropriate certification for a Vocational Director.

CSPG information is found on the PDE Website.

 
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 8:59 AM

When a student feels sick during the school day, they visit the school nurse. But if their problem is emotional or psychological in nature, where can they turn for help?

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018 8:47 AM

Students who lost their appeal in a challenge of Boyertown Area High School’s policy that allows transgender students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identity have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their case.
Allentown Morning Call, Nov. 19, 2018
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Tuesday, November 20, 2018 8:46 AM

Statewide, about 73% of classroom teachers in public schools last year were women. But only about 28% of school district superintendent were, according to a PA Post analysis of state data.
PA Post, Nov. 20, 2018
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Monday, November 19, 2018 9:31 AM

Another year, another possible billion-dollar budget deficit for Pennsylvania. That’s the financial outlook for the state’s 2019-20 budget and five years beyond, as issued Thursday by the Legislature’s nonpartisan Independent Fiscal Office.
Allentown Morning Call, Nov. 15, 2018
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Monday, November 19, 2018 9:28 AM

Pennsylvania officials on Thursday unveiled a new way to measure public schools' progress, in a further shift away from the strict accountability culture of the No Child Left Behind era. The Future Ready PA Index evaluates schools and districts in academic performance, student progress, and college and career readiness. 
Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov. 15, 2018
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Monday, November 19, 2018 9:27 AM

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection awarded more than $610,000 in grant funding to four school districts for clean energy vehicle projects that will help improve air quality and public health and save the schools thousands in costs.
Port Allegheny Reporter Argus, Nov. 15, 2018
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Friday, November 16, 2018 11:34 AM

The familiar high school rituals take place every spring. Athletes sign letters of intent to play for college programs as their coaches beam with pride, the photographs splashed across social media. Other high school seniors wave college acceptance letters as their names are announced at school assemblies.

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Source: Mother Nature Network, April 2018.


 
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