EPLC Education Notebook

Thursday, December 21, 2006

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!


    Pennsylvania Education Policy Activity

  • The state's first-ever regulations governing prekindergarten programs took effect upon their publication in the December 16 Pennsylvania Bulletin. For more information about the regulations, see www.pabulletin.com/secure/data/vol36/36-50/2447.html.


  • On Wednesday, the State Board of Education held a roundtable discussion in King of Prussia to solicit public comment on revisions to the state's special education and gifted education regulations. For more information, contact the State Board at (717) 787-3787.


  • Applications for career and technical education curriculum and equipment grants will be accepted by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through January 30, 2007. For details on grant eligibility and application procedures, see www.pabulletin.com/secure/data/vol36/36-50/2460.html regarding curriculum grants and www.pabulletin.com/secure/data/vol36/36-50/2461.html regarding equipment grants.



  • Datebook

  • The Pennsylvania House and Senate will convene on Tuesday, January 2 for the ceremonial swearing-in that marks the beginning of the 2007-2008 Session. The Governor will be sworn-in on Tuesday, January 16, marking the start of Governor Rendell's second term. Rendell will put forth his proposed 2007-2008 state budget on Tuesday, February 6.


  • The Pennsylvania Senate has released its session schedule for the beginning of 2007:

    January 2, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31
    February 5, 6, 7, 12, and 13
    March 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28
    April 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 and 30
    May 1, 2, 7, 8, 21 and 22
    June 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29


  • EPLC's regional Workshops for School Board Candidates will be held in January through March. Look for details about dates and locations in coming weeks here in the Notebook and on EPLC's web site.


  • Save the dates...EPLC's 5th Annual Pennsylvania Education Policy and Leadership Conference will be held March 29-30, 2007 at the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel in Camp Hill. More information will be posted on the EPLC web site in the next few weeks.




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