Press Releases

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 9:13 AM

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's administration will look to borrow against the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center to help plug a projected $2.2 billion deficit and make payments to schools and human services providers.
Associated Press, Oct. 9, 2017
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Friday, October 6, 2017 9:31 AM

Four-fifths of eligible Lancaster County children don’t attend high-quality, publicly funded pre-k programs, a new report says.
Lancaster Online, Oct. 6, 2017
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Friday, October 6, 2017 9:29 AM

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, schools in the Lehigh Valley have started enrolling students from the hurricane-ravaged island.
Allentown Morning Call, Oct. 6, 2017
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Friday, October 6, 2017 9:27 AM

It had been a chaotic few hours in the state Capitol when House Minority Leader Frank Dermody strode out to the hallway outside the governor’s office to vent his frustration.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct. 5, 2017
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Thursday, October 5, 2017 9:31 AM

A Brashear High School senior is fighting back after the Pittsburgh Public School district warned him he will lose his parking privileges if he drives his truck with confederate flag plates back on school property. ?
WTAE, Oct. 4, 2017
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Thursday, October 5, 2017 9:30 AM

A recent state Supreme Court decision on a school funding lawsuit is a step toward giving every public school student in Pennsylvania a better chance for a quality education, one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs in the case said.
Bucks County Courier Times, Oct. 4, 2017
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Thursday, October 5, 2017 9:29 AM

School districts have an idea how high they will be allowed to raise property taxes for the 2018-19 school year after the Pennsylvania Department of Education released late last week Act 1 indices for approximately 500 districts.
Delaware County Daily Times, Oct. 4, 2017
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Thursday, October 5, 2017 8:37 AM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s (PDE) Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth (AEDY) Team will provide a webinar on October 18, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.  The webinar is titled, The State of the State AEDY Program: The Best is Yet to Come. The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth Team will provide an update on the AEDY Program, the AEDY Team, and what to expect in the 2017-18 school year.

To register for the October 18th webinar, go to:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1460906092358065923

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 posted to the PDE website on the AEDY Page as soon as possible following the webinar.

 
Thursday, October 5, 2017 8:35 AM

Note: Registration for this event will open on October 9, 2017. Go to www.iu5.org to access the registration link.

December 3-5, 2017

PDE’s SAS Institute, Innovative Students…Innovative Educators, is scheduled for December 3 – 6, 2017.  This year’s Institute will feature George Couros, author of “The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity.” With the overarching theme of innovation, sessions on December 4 and 5 will focus on the following:

- Classroom Innovation - giving students a voice, choice and autonomy; where the teacher becomes a leader and facilitator (versus boss of the classroom and feeder of content).

- Leadership Innovation - leadership that influences others to move towards positive results.

- Technology Innovation - “…learning the technology is not the innovation; it is what you do with it that becomes “new and better” which embodies the innovation we seek.”

December 6, 2017

A Personalized Learning half-day session will offer attendees the opportunity to do a virtual tour of schools awarded personalized learning grants last year.  Schools include Central York Middle School, Hydetown Elementary School, North Montco Technical Career Center, Warrior Run High School, Indiana Junior High School, and Everett Area Elementary School.

A Priority and Focus Schools Leadership Academy is scheduled as an invitation only event; registration information will be sent directly to qualifying schools/LEAs.

Additional information:

Location:

Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, Hershey, Pa.

(Guaranteed check-in is 4:00 p.m.)

Registration Fees:

SAS Institute and Personalized Learning (Sunday – Wednesday):

$135 – SAS Institute and Wednesday Personalized Learning - Commuter

$485 – SAS Institute and Wednesday Personalized Learning with single room

$335 – SAS Institute and Wednesday Personalized Learning with double room

Act 45 Program (in addition to SAS Institute registration fee)

$150 – Act 45 Program (requires Sunday afternoon attendance.) Act 45 hours awarded upon successful completion of program.

SAS Institute (Sunday – Tuesday):

$100 – SAS Institute Registration – Commuter

$200 – SAS Institute Registration sharing a double room (must have a roommate pre-selected)

$350 – SAS Institute Registration (Sunday thru Tuesday) with a single room

Personalized Learning (Wednesday)

$35 –   Personalized Learning Registration - Commuter

$130 – Personalized Learning Registration with Tuesday evening lodging

There are no attendance quotas or restrictions.

Questions: Email sasevents@iu5.org.  

 
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 2:55 PM

LANCASTER, PA (Oct. 4, 2017)—Representatives from the Pennsylvania Principals Association, the statewide Pre-K for PA campaign, School District of Lancaster and Lancaster County Head Start today discussed high-quality pre-k and its effectiveness in providing a strong academic foundation before a child enters kindergarten, and urged the state to increase investments in this once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity during a press conference at the Elizabeth R. Martin Elementary School.

The event highlighted the findings of a new report, Elementary School Principals Resoundingly Support Pre-K Investments, produced by the Pennsylvania Principals Association in partnership with the statewide Pre-K for PA campaign. The report shows nearly 99 percent of elementary school principals agree that publicly funded, high-quality pre-k is an important tool for preparing children for kindergarten, particularly those at risk.

“In my school, I see the long-lasting benefits of high-quality pre-k. It provides a foundation which enables these children to be confident and successful in their journey through school and in their personal lives as well,” said Dr. Barbra Andrews, Principal of Elizabeth R. Martin Elementary School. “That’s why I support stronger, meaningful investments in high-quality pre-k, so that every child – especially those at risk of school failure – can access early learning that prepares them for lifetime success.”

Elementary principals’ perceptions confirm research that shows that high-quality pre-k is especially beneficial for children from low-income families, helping put them at the same starting line as their more economically advantaged peers by the time they start school.

Stacy Lewis, Director of Lancaster County Head Start added, “Children that experience high-quality pre-kindergarten see themselves as capable learners and walk through the kindergarten door not just ready but eager to keep learning. However, there are still more than 1,000 at-risk children in the School District of Lancaster that do not receive high-quality pre-k, but are eligible.”

Approximately 64 percent or 2 in 3 eligible preschoolers don’t have the opportunity to attend publicly funded, high-quality pre-k.

According to the report, more than 97 percent of elementary school principals in the Commonwealth strongly agree or agree that additional state investments in publicly funded, high-quality pre-k should be made. They join an ever-growing list of supporters who have articulated strong support for state funding increases in pre-k, which also includes governors and legislators from both sides of the aisle, business and education leaders, law enforcement officials, high-ranking military officers, pediatricians and world-class athletes.

In addition, principals, who are on the frontline of delivering quality education, reported they can easily distinguish between those students who attended high-quality pre-k and those who missed this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“When a child enters kindergarten unable to recognize some letters and numbers, complete a puzzle, or lacks other skills that can set that child on a path to succeed in school, that child is at an unfair disadvantage,” said Dr. Paul Healey, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Principals Association.

“Principals face challenges ensuring that child can reach his or her full potential. If every child who needs it had access to high-quality pre-k, we would see fewer children struggling or needing special education or remediation. We would see more self-confident children who love education as much as we do.”

Responses to the survey were received from a diverse group of rural, suburban and urban school principals who are responsible for educating nearly 60 percent of elementary students statewide. They reported improvements in age-appropriate behaviors and the ability to reach academic milestones in students who attended high-quality pre-k.

“Too many children at risk of school failure miss the opportunity to attend high-quality publicly funded pre-kindergarten. Pre-k works! Decades of research has proven it and this survey adds the validation of Pennsylvania’s elementary principals to the value of the public investment,” said Joan Benso, President and CEO of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, a founding member of the Pre-K for PA Campaign.

“Elementary School Principals Resoundingly Support Pre-K Investments” is available at  www.paprincipals.org or www.prekforpa.org.

 

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