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Tuesday, August 15, 2017 9:05 AM

Expanding charter schools around the country is losing support among Americans, even as President Donald Trump and his administration continue to push for school choice, according to a survey released Tuesday.
The Associated Press, Aug. 15, 2017
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017 9:04 AM

Schools across the country are grappling with a persistent dilemma: how to reduce the number of days that children miss class.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Aug. 14, 2017
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017 9:03 AM

Starting this coming spring, the English language arts Pennsylvania System of School Assessment exam will be reduced from four sections to three sections and the math PSSA from three sections to two sections. 
Pennlive.com, Aug. 14, 2017
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Monday, August 14, 2017 2:10 PM

HARRISBURG (August 14, 2017) – The Pennsylvania Principals Association is pleased to release this statement after Gov. Tom Wolf joined with the Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera and other educators today to announce a significant reduction in standardized testing.

This reduction will shorten the amount of time students in grades 3-8 spend on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) tests by about 20 percent.

“The PA Principals Association praises Gov. Wolf and his administration for taking the time to make the right decision for the students in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Hopefully this is just the beginning of a shift away from the overwhelming allotment of time dedicated to high stakes testing of our students,” stated Dr. Joseph H. Clapper, PA Principals Association Assistant Executive Director.

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Monday, August 14, 2017 9:36 AM

Six months on the job, DeVos is no less divisive.Critics see her as hostile to public education and indifferent to civil rights, citing her impassioned push for school choice and her signing off on the repeal of some protections for LGBT students.
Source: The Associated Press, Aug. 13, 2017.

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Monday, August 14, 2017 9:31 AM

If you are a taxpayer looking forward to property-tax elimination becoming reality, curb your enthusiasm. Even if a planned voter referendum passes this fall and the Pennsylvania Legislature does away with school taxes, it doesn't mean property owners will stop paying all school taxes immediately.

Source: Chambersburg Public Opinion, Aug. 12, 2017.

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Monday, August 14, 2017 9:20 AM

Governor Wolf will join Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera and other Pennsylvania school officials today at 10 a.m. to announce the reduction in testing time for the PSSA standardized tests.

Source: www.governor.pa.gov, Aug. 14, 2017.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017 12:33 PM

Are you a principal or assistant principal thinking about moving forward in their education journey into central office administration and perhaps even the superintendency?

Pennsylvania needs strong educational leaders to manage and direct our public schools moving forward. PASA want to ensure that anyone considering moving into higher positions of education leadership, whether central office or the superintendency, goes forward with the most information possible BEFORE taking on a new role.

That is why PASA is again offering the “Aspiring to Leadership” workshops this year, workshops designed to provide practical information and tools to assist those considering a future career as a district cabinet-level leader and/or superintendent.

And we are happy to tell you that this year we are offering these workshops conveniently in two locations:

Westmoreland I.U. 7 (Greensburg)

* Wednesday, Nov. 1: Aspiring to the Superintendency

* Thursday, Nov. 2: Aspiring to Cabinet Level/Central Office Leadership

PASA Office – (Harrisburg)
* January 31: Aspiring to Cabinet Level/Central Office Leadership
* February 1: Aspiring to the Superintendency

Focus of Each Workshop:

-Aspiring to the Superintendency: This workshop will provide an overview of the role, responsibilities and rewards of serving as a superintendent; the balancing of responsibilities in order to prioritize instructional leadership; knowing yourself as a leader and finding the right match; negotiating a sound contract; and entry planning and transition.

-Aspiring to Cabinet Level/Central Office Leadership: This workshop will provide an overview of cabinet positions; team building via varied attributes, skill sets and work styles; best practices, and related interview simulations; and actions for transitioning to the new role.

Registration: Cost for each one-day session is $159 (includes lunch and materials). Registration and schedule information is available on the PASA website at www.pasa-net.org/aspiring.

Get ready for the next stage in your professional leadership journey!

 
Thursday, August 10, 2017 9:14 AM

When players transfer, it can raise the general question: Was the move made in part or perhaps entirely for athletic purposes? It's an issue the PIAA faces every year. Coaches and administrators have said it's something they deal with too, and it creates problems related to illegal recruiting and competitive balance, and is simply against the spirit of high school athletics.
WITF.org, Aug. 10, 2017
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Thursday, August 10, 2017 9:11 AM

The House is scheduled to return for a regular session Sept. 11, but members remain on call. Representatives were told to prepare for a possible return this month, but a date for that hasn't yet been set.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Aug. 9, 2017
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