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Wednesday, March 14, 2018 9:25 AM

The US House of Representatives will vote Wednesday on a bill to fund more security at schools. On the Senate side, the Judiciary Committee will hold a widely anticipated hearing Wednesday on the Florida shooting and failures by the FBI and law enforcement to act on warning signs displayed by the gunman before the shooting.
CNN, March 14, 2018
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Wednesday, March 14, 2018 8:46 AM

Organizers say nearly 3,000 walkouts -- including dozens across the midstate -- are set in the biggest demonstration yet of the student activism that has emerged following the massacre of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Associated Press, March 14, 2018
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Tuesday, March 13, 2018 9:01 AM

Wednesday morning, at 10 o'clock, students at schools across the country will walk out of their classrooms. The plan is for them to leave school — or at least gather in the hallway — for 17 minutes. That's one minute for each of the victims in last month's school shooting in Parkland, FL. The walkout has galvanized teens nationwide and raised big questions for schools about how to handle protests.
NPR, March 13, 2018
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Tuesday, March 13, 2018 9:00 AM

The student walkouts being planned Wednesday in some area schools won't be a traditional protest demonstration with bullhorns and marches. Some won't even be outside, after school officials raised concerns about safety. And one even requires students to write a letter to their legislator.
PennLive, March 12, 2018
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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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