EPLC Education Notebook
Friday, October 8, 2004
- Retired educators would be exempt from completing
professional development requirements in order to
maintain an active teaching certificate under
House Bill 2432,
adopted by the House Education Committee on
October 6. Annuitants must resume professional development
activities if they return to school service for more than one
school year. The bill also requires school districts to report
the number of retirees who return to teaching during an
emergency situation. HB 2432 now goes to the House
- On October 6, the Senate Education Committee
met to discuss House Bills 1113 and 1530.
House Bill 1113 allows
asthmatic school age children to carry with them and
self-administer inhalers during school hours. Currently, school
nurses must store inhalers.
House Bill 1530 would create a Mental
Health and Mental Retardation Staff Member and Alcohol and Drug
Addiction Counselor Loan Forgiveness Program, which would be
administered by PHEAA. Both bills await further consideration
by the full Senate.
- Pennsylvania's community colleges need more funding
to continue providing the same level of services at an
affordable price as enrollments rise to record levels;
community colleges are the largest provider of higher education
in the Commonwealth. A group of college presidents who appeared
before the Senate Education Committee on
October 5 said the colleges face a $32 million structural
operating deficit and unfunded capital needs that exceed $500
million. The presidents are seeking more predictable state
appropriations and dedicated funding for capital projects, a
state-level coordinating board, and changes to the protracted
auditing process for community colleges. The PA Commission for
Community Colleges also has developed a white paper on community
college funding. For more information, contact the Commission
at (717) 232-7584.
- Rep. James Roebuck introduced legislation
that directs the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to
analyze what it will cost the Commonwealth to comply
with the No Child Left Behind Act.
House Resolution 876 has been referred to the House
- Pennsylvania continues to trail the nation in state
support for K-12 public education and has seen the gap in
funding between the state's highest and lowest-poverty districts
increase over the past seven years, according to a report by The
Education Trust. In "The Funding Gap 2004,"
the Trust reports that in 2002 Pennsylvania had a gap of $1,308
per student between the highest and lowest-poverty districts and
a gap of $583 per student between the highest and lowest-minority
districts. PA ranked 48th in state share of K-12 education
funding. Read the report at www.edtrust.org
- Carnegie Mellon University and the University of
Pittsburgh have received a five-year $25
million grant from the National Science Foundation to
establish a center to study how students learn.
- Nikki Salvatico, a first-grade teacher at
General Wayne Elementary School in the Great Valley School
District, was named 2005 Pennsylvania Teacher of the
Year by Gov. Ed Rendell.
- Next week... The Senate Education Committee
will hold a confirmation hearing on the nomination of Francis
Barnes as Secretary of Education in Harrisburg on Tuesday.
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