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Thursday, February 8, 2018 10:32 AM

Gov. Wolf on Tuesday unveiled an election-year budget of nearly $33 billion that would boost funding for public schools, hike the minimum wage, expand the fight against Pennsylvania's opioid addiction crisis — and slap a new tax on natural gas drillers.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018 9:01 AM

Through a grant received from the William Penn Foundation, five Making an Impact videos, depicting various unique programs in the commonwealth's public schools, were developed in a joint effort by the Pennsylvania Principals Association, the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials, the Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units and the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools. 

The five schools or school districts were selected for 2017-2018 represent rural, urban and suburban districts from across Pennsylvania. The goal of the Making an Impact video is to highlight successful educational programs that have been initiated in the school and/or school district during the past two to three school years or a specific program that was re-started that might have been previously eliminated due to budget cuts as a result of increases in basic education funding. The five schools are: Hanover Area High School/Hanover Pulblic School District; Juniata Valley Elementary/High School/Juniata Valley School District; Eastern Lebanon County High School/ELCO School Distrcit; Titusville Area School District; and Trinity Area High School/Trinity Area School District.

Below are the links to the Making an Impact videos from 2017-2018:

1. Hanover High School, Hanover Public School District - Metal Lab: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTmnOHuFvbc&t=3s

2. Juniata Valley Elementary/High School, Juniata Valley School District - Life Skills: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKWY1tjjCV8&t=11s

3. Eastern Lebanon County High School, ElCO School District - EMT Program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKWY1tjjCV8&t=11s

4. Titusville Area School Distrcit - Early Childhood Learning Center: link will be posted

5. Trinity Area High School, Trinity Area School District - Freight Farm: link will be posted

 
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 8:45 AM

We are excited to announce that four of the leading PA educational organizations (PA Principals Association, PA Association of School Administrators, PA Association for Middle Level Education and the PA Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development) have joined forces to again host a summer leadership conference.

The 2018 Pennsylvania Educational Leadership Summit will be held at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College from July 29-31, 2018. We had an excellent turnout of district teams and individuals last year and we look forward to growing even more this year.

The conference hopes to attract district teams and we are limiting attendees to the first 400 participants. The format of the conference will include: keynote speakers; breakout sessions; table talks on hot topics; team planning and job alike sessions.

The conference committee is currently seeking requests for proposals for the small group sessions that will be held on Monday, July 30, 2018. We would greatly appreciate it if you could distribute the attached RFP and encourage your colleagues to submit a proposal for consideration.

Please mark the dates of July 29-31, 2018 on your calendar now and plan to attend the 2018 Pennsylvania Educational Leadership Summit in State College.  Registration information will be coming out in a separate communication.

The Leadership Summit has been PDE approved for 40 PIL hours!

Your Partners in Education,

Paul M. Healey                     Mark DiRocco                        Leonard R. Ference               Deanna Mayers

Executive Director                 Executive Director                  Executive Director                  Executive Director

PA Principals Association        PASA                                   PAMLE                                  PASCD

Click here for the call for presenters form. The deadline to submit a form is Friday, February 23, 2018!

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018 8:44 AM

Dr. Dina Wert, an elementary principal in the Downingtown Area School District, has been appointed by President Dr. Beth Haldeman to serve as the chairperson of the 2018 PA Principals Association Nominations Committee to oversee the 2018 state election. Her committee is made up of the following members: Catherine Keefe, Altoona Area School District; Eileen Martin, Penn Delco School District; and Steven Burnham, Wilson School District.

If you are interested in running for one of the open board positions (regional representative - see below) in the 2018 Pennsylvania Principals Association Election, please contact the state office at sherit@paprincipals.org for an application. Applications must be received in the state office no later than Friday, Feb. 23, 2018.

Regional Representative Positions:

Click Here for the Open Regional Representative Positions and the Duties and Responsibilities of the Regional Representative.

 
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 8:42 AM

The Pennsylvania School Boards Association said it was pleased with an increase in state aid, but pointed out that school districts will still face a much larger increase in costs. The Democrat is scheduled to deliver his election-year budget and speak to a joint legislative session at 11:30 a.m. Watch the speech live online
Associated Press, Feb. 6, 2018
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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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