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Thursday, November 16, 2017 8:42 AM

Balancing Pennsylvania's budget by relying on fees from gambling split the vote of the area's Republican delegation. They saw the option as unappealing, but some said it was better than raising taxes. The choice comes with the baggage of social ills and may be a sustainable source of state revenue.
WITF, Nov. 16, 2017
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Thursday, November 16, 2017 8:41 AM

The state legislature has received its yearly audit, which looks at reserves lawmakers keep on hand in case pay for themselves and their staff gets cut off during a budget impasse.
WITF, Nov. 16, 2017
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017 9:28 AM

Teachers often have to spend their own money to provide students with books, pens and pencils, and can get a tax deduction of $250 for their expenses — but there’s no such break in the Republican tax legislation.
Centre Daily Times, Nov. 13, 2017
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017 9:27 AM

A state-created medical malpractice insurer of last resort is asking a federal judge to block the Pennsylvania government's demand for $200 million from its reserves and a threat to shut it down if it does not hand over the cash.
Allentown Morning Call, Nov. 13, 2017
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017 8:39 AM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s (PDE) Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth (AEDY) Team will provide a webinar on November 20, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. titled, “Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth (AEDY) English Language Learners (ELLs) and AEDY.” Bob Measel, PDE's ESL/Bilingual Education Advisor and Title III Director, will provide technical assistance related to English Language Learners (ELLs) and AEDY programs.

To register for the November 20th webinar, go to:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8553147518453612801

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.  On the day of the webinar, PDE recommends that you use the telephone for the audio portion of the webinar.  It seems to be the most reliable. 

This webinar will be recorded.  If you are unable to attend, a link to the recording will be distributed and posted to the PDE website on the AEDY page as soon as possible following the webinar.

 
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 8:36 AM

As you may be aware, background check services are centrally managed for all commonwealth agencies, including the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).

To avoid potential disruptions to your staffing and volunteer efforts, PDE makes every effort to communicate changes to this system with local education agencies. As such, this email is to inform you that next month, a new contract supplier, Idemia (formerly MorphoTrust USA, LLC), will take over the fingerprinting services contract formerly held by Gemalto (formerly Cogent).

While individuals who are required to provide their fingerprints to complete a federal criminal background check for employment should have an easier time navigating and completing the process thanks to the selection of a new supplier of Digital Fingerprint & Electronic Federal Criminal Background Check Services, there will be a delay in fingerprint services during the transition.

This delay will occur between November 18, 2017 and November 28, 2017.

Individuals who are not registered and fingerprinted before November 18 will have to wait until November 28 to receive those services through the new provider. The only exceptions that will be made during that timeframe will be for individuals who have an issue with a fingerprint taken prior to November 18 and will be reprinted by November 27. Those individuals who do not get their reprint by November 27 will need to re-register with the new provider and will have 90 days to get their reprint at no cost.

NOTE: Under the Digital Fingerprint contract, MorphoTrust is to provide sufficient fingerprinting locations throughout the commonwealth so that no applicant will have to travel more than 25 miles to be fingerprinted.  MorphoTrust and the Department of General Services have developed a roll-out schedule for 75 public center fingerprint locations, which will be complete by the end of November/first week of December. To find a site, visit https://www.identogo.com/locations/pennsylvania. This map will continue to be updated.

For FAQs or additional information on fingerprinting services, locations or scheduling an appointment, applicants are encouraged to visit the Idemia supplier website at https://www.identogo.com/locations/pennsylvania or https://uenroll.identogo.com/.

PDE apologizes for any inconvenience caused and is committed to supporting you. Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

 
Monday, November 13, 2017 8:54 AM

Racial incidents are appearing to pop up at an alarming rate in the nation’s public schools. There were roughly 80 incidents in October alone, by one expert’s count, including a Chicago-area student who was charged with a hate crime for racially charged posts on social media.
Associated Press, Nov. 13, 2017
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Monday, November 13, 2017 8:52 AM

Movement in Pennsylvania to slash school property taxes and Congress’ bid to cut federal taxes could pack a nasty one-two punch to some taxpayers.
Associated Press, Nov. 12, 2017
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Monday, November 13, 2017 8:49 AM

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 8:47 AM

Pennsylvania teens and young adults with disabilities now have access to a free app designed to help them find jobs, manage their needs and get on track to living independently.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Nov. 8, 2017
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