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Tuesday, November 7, 2017 9:20 AM

Administrators here say they’re pleased with much of the bill’s intentions. Some, however, see particular language in the bill as an assault on public schools.
LancasterOnline, Nov. 7, 2017
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017 9:19 AM

A national survey found more than 90% of teachers spend their own money to buy supplies and materials for their classrooms and occasionally, clothing and personal hygiene products for their students. 
PennLive.com, Nov. 7, 2017
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Monday, November 6, 2017 8:40 AM

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf will allow a bill to become law that weakens teacher seniority protections and gives school districts more flexibility in their rationale for making layoffs.
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Source: WHYY Keystone Crossroads, Nov. 6, 2017.


 
Friday, November 3, 2017 9:06 AM

It’s unclear how much impact the property tax reform question on Tuesday's ballot will have if it passes. But supporters of reform worry that if it fails, it will make it harder to argue that the public truly cares about the issue.
Sunbury Daily Item, Nov. 2, 2017
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Friday, November 3, 2017 9:05 AM

What is the requirement? 

Complete a Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) approved Principal Induction Program and convert from an Administrative I to an Administrative II certificate within five years of initial appointment as a principal, assistant principal or vice principal in commonwealth public schools.  There are two exceptions:

•  Administrative (type 78) certificates that are valid for 99 years require completion of the Principal Induction Program only if initially hired in a public school as a principal, vice or assistant principal position on or after January 1, 2008.

•  Administrative Provisional I holders who complete PIL Induction as the program requirement for certification must complete the induction and testing requirement and convert to an Administrative I within two years of employment. 

Who must fulfill the requirements?

•  All persons issued an Administrative certificate prior to January 1, 2008; but who are employed for the first time as a principal or assistant/vice principal in a commonwealth public school on or after January 1, 2008.

•  All persons issued an Administrative I certificate on or after January 1, 2008 who are employed as principal or assistant/vice principal in a commonwealth public school.

•  All persons hired on an Administrative Provisional I certificate who complete PIL Induction as the program requirement for certification must complete a PDE-approved Principal Induction Program within two years from the date of employment in the position. 

Administrative Provisional I holders who complete an approved Administrative certificate program as their program requirement must complete the program and testing within two years but have 5 years from the date of hire in which to complete the PIL Induction.

Please refer to the Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership (PIL) Continuing Professional Education Requirements Reminder Penn*Link for information regarding the Act 45 professional development requirements.  All administrators serving in PIL-covered positions, including those working to fulfill the Principal Induction requirement, must complete continuing professional education hours in approved courses.  This requirement begins on the date of service in a PIL-covered position.

Where to find information:

PDE Certification Information - TIMS Website. (log in required)

 
Friday, November 3, 2017 9:01 AM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is offering an additional Act 45 pre-SAS Institute professional development opportunity for districts seeking a competency-based approach to hiring principals. 

Research tells us that hiring the right principal is critical to school improvement, particularly in the lowest performing schools. With the right principal in place, student achievement can dramatically advance and schools can retain effective teachers. Principal leadership is the second most influential school-level factor impacting student learning; no school has ever turned around without a strong principal leading the way. Securing the right principal lends itself to consistent leadership; the QSLID process is an opportunity to create a hiring system that will retain effective school leaders. 

PDE, in concert with the American Institutes for Research, has developed a process for school districts seeking a competency-based approach to hiring principals in turnaround and non-turnaround school contexts. 

This 30-hour program includes five hours of face-to-face training, pre-scheduled webinars, journal reflections, and documentation of QSLID implementation.  

Cost: $125

To register: https://sasregistration.iu5.org/

Registration deadline: November 17, 2017

Maximum registration: 15

Questions? Contact c-jdyszel@pa.gov.

 

 
Friday, November 3, 2017 8:57 AM

Who must fulfill the requirements?

All certified school and systems leaders who serve in the following positions in a commonwealth public school:

  1. Assistant or Vice Principal
  2. Principal
  3. Assistant Superintendent
  4. Superintendent
  5. Assistant Intermediate Unit Executive Director
  6. Intermediate Unit Executive Director
  7. Director of an Area Vocational-Technical School

What is required?

•   All persons employed as school and system leaders must complete 180 Act 45 continuing professional education hours every five years. The number of hours is prorated during the period when first hired in one of the positions listed above. 

•   The original end date of your five-year cycle does not change when you are first hired in the school and system leader position.

•   School and system leaders are required to fulfill the PIL hours in PDE-approved programs that address one or more of the eight PA school leadership standards.

How will I know how many Act 45 hours to complete after I first become an administrator serving in one of the seven designated positions?

•   The date of hire in one of the seven designated positions marks the beginning of the PIL continuing professional education requirements regardless of the number of regular Act 48 hours that the administrator may have previously earned. Thus, if you are hired in one of these seven positions half-way through your Act 48 cycle, you must earn half of the required 180 credit hours in PIL credit hours before the cycle ends.

•   The number of PIL hours are to be completed for the remainder of the school or system leader’s cycle  even if they are not displayed in PERMS. You  may not see this information on your record until your new position is included in the school district’s annual spring PIMS report to PDE.

Which courses are approved to provide the Act 45 continuing professional education hours?

•   All PDE Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership Program (PIL) courses provide Act 45 continuing professional education hours including those approved for the Principal Induction Program.

•  PDE-approved Superintendent Letter of Eligibility program courses provide Act 45 continuing professional education hours.

A list of non-PDE courses approved to provide Act 45 continuing professional education hours is located on the PDE PIL website.

Where can I find information?

The following PDE websites have information:

•   Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership (PIL) Program and PIL professional development courses

•   Act 48 and PERMS    

•   PDE certification information and TIMS link 

 
Thursday, November 2, 2017 9:03 AM

Teachers unions statewide are urging Gov. Tom Wolf to veto an omnibus school code bill over a controversial provision that could strip teachers with subpar performance ratings of their job security — no matter how long they've been teaching. 
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Nov. 1, 2017
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Thursday, November 2, 2017 9:00 AM

After a tumultuous budget process that saw state lawmakers pass a plan they couldn't fully pay for, many are looking into changing how the system works entirely.
WITF, Nov. 2, 2017
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Thursday, November 2, 2017 8:59 AM

Now that Pennsylvania's $32.0 billion general fund budget has been built, it's time to pay attention to whether we're keeping to it.
PennLive, Nov. 1, 2017
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