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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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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