EPLC Education Notebook

Friday, January 12, 2007

    Reminder: Tuesday, February 13, will be the first day to circulate petitions for school board elections in 500 of Pennsylvania's 501 school districts (only Philadelphia has an appointed board). More than 2000 school board positions across the Commonwealth will be on the May 15 Primary Election ballot.


    Pennsylvania Education Policy Activity

  • House Republicans have created a new caucus leadership position for former House Speaker John Perzel who was defeated in an election for the Speaker's position last week. Perzel will now serve as Speaker Emeritus of the House Republican Caucus.



  • PA Department of Education News

  • Kathleen Shaw has been appointed Deputy Secretary for Postsecondary and Higher Education. Shaw is on leave from her position at the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Temple University's College of Education.


  • John Tommasini is the new Director of the Bureau of Special Education. Tommasini previously worked within the Bureau.


  • Linda Rhen, former Bureau Director for Special Education, will now serve as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of Education.



  • Other

  • Dr. William N. Ruud will take the helm as President of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania on February 19, 2007. Ruud currently is a professor of management, policy and strategy at California State University, Stanislaus, and previously served as vice president for development and university relations at the Cal State campus. He will replace Dr. George F. 'Jody' Harpster, who has served as Shippensburg's interim president since July 2005.



  • Datebook

  • The Education Policy and Leadership Center will present at a School Board Candidate Workshop sponsored by the Indiana County League of Women Voters on Saturday, January 20. Registration information is available at www.eplc.org/schoolboardworkshop.html.


  • During February and March, EPLC will host full-day regional Workshops for School Board Candidates in Valley Forge (2/10), Harrisburg (2/24), Lehigh Valley (3/3) and Monroeville (3/10). The Pennsylvania School Boards Association will cooperate in presenting at each Workshop. Details about these Workshops will be posted on the EPLC web site next week.


  • The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has released its session schedule for the beginning of 2007. The House will be in session on the following days:

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


  • The Pennsylvania Senate will be in session on the following days:

    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


  • The Pennsylvania House and Senate Appropriations Committees also have released their FY 2007-2008 Budget Hearing schedules. Education-related hearings will be held as follows:

    Senate Budget Hearings
    Monday, February 26, 2007 - PA State System of Higher Education - 3:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - State-related Universities - 2:45 p.m.
    Thursday, March 1, 2007 - Community Colleges - 1:15 p.m.
    Monday, March 5, 2007 - Pennsylvania Department of Education - 1:15 p.m.
    * All Senate Budget hearings will be held in Hearing Room 1 of the North Office Building

    House Budget Hearings
    Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - PA State System of Higher Education - 10:00 a.m.
    Monday, February 26, 2007 - PA Higher Education Assistance Agency - 9:00 a.m.
    Monday, February 26, 2007 - University of Pennsylvania - 10:30 a.m.
    Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - State-related Universities - 9:00 a.m.
    Thursday, March 1, 2007 - Pennsylvania Department of Education - 10:00 a.m.
    Monday, March 5, 2007 - PA School Employees' Retirement System & PA State Employees' Retirement System - 9:00 a.m.
    * All House Budget hearings will be held in Room 140, Main Capitol Building


  • Next Week...Governor Ed Rendell will be sworn-in for his second term in office on Tuesday, January 16. The Task Force on School Cost Reduction meets Wednesday in Harrisburg. The Pennsylvania State Board of Education meets January 17-18 in Harrisburg. The Pennsylvania Department of Education hosts a conference on best practices in pre-kindergarten on January 17-18 in State College. The Indiana County League of Women Voters sponsors a Workshop for School Board Candidates on Saturday in Indiana, PA. For information on these and other upcoming events, see www.eplc.org/calendar.html.


  • 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 (just outside of Harrisburg).



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