EPLC Education Notebook
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
PA Statewide Education Costing-out Study - Public Forums
Supreme Court Decision - Penn State Salaries
Education Finance Symposium
The EPLC Education Notebook (current and past editions) also is available by visiting the EPLC website at www.eplc.org/ednotebook.html.
PA STATEWIDE EDUCATION COSTING-OUT STUDYThere are several upcoming opportunities to learn about the statewide education costing-out study released on November 14!
The report on the costing-out study provides important information that should help to inform state-level and community discussions about public education funding in Pennsylvania.
Next week, the PA State Board of Education will begin holding public forums across the state to present the findings of the study. Please plan to attend one of these six informative regional briefings (each forum will begin at 7:00 p.m. and conclude by 9:00 p.m.):
Tuesday, November 27 - Luzerne County
Wyoming Valley West High School Auditorium
150 Wadham Street, Plymouth, PA 18651
Tuesday, November 27 - Delaware County
Upper Darby High School Performing Arts Center
601 North Landsdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA 19026
Wednesday, November 28 - Philadelphia
Benjamin Franklin High School Auditorium
550 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Wednesday, November 28 - Lancaster County
Hempfield High School Hackman Auditorium
200 Stanley Avenue, Landisville, PA 17538
Wednesday, December 5 - Clearfield County
DuBois Area High School Auditorium
425 Orient Avenue, DuBois, PA 15801
Thursday, December 6 - Allegheny County
Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3 Sullivan-McGuffey Room
475 Waterfront Drive, Homestead, PA 15120
SUPREME COURT DECISION - PENN STATE SALARIESThe Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled 4-2 on November 20 that the salaries of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and other Penn State officials is public information and rejected an objection from Penn State to a decision by the State Employees' Retirement System to disclose the salaries. The dispute began in 2002 with a request to the Retirement System from a Harrisburg newspaper.
CORRECTIONThe November 16 edition of the EPLC Education Notebook incorrectly reported that regulatory changes approved by the PA State Board of Education to Chapter 14 (Special Education) changed the timeline for evaluating students for special education services from 30 school days to 30 calendar days. The correct timeline in the final form regulations is 60 calendar days. The Board altered current regulations to shorten the timeframe for evaluation from 60 school days to 60 calendar days (however, calendar days would not count during a school's summer break).
EPLC EDUCATION FINANCE SYMPOSIUMThanks to everyone who participated in last week's Education Finance Symposium. More than one hundred educators, state policymakers, community leaders and advocates met for the annual two-day event. Several of the presentations are now posted at www.eplc.org/financesymposium.html and more will be added as they are made available by presenters.
For information on these and other upcoming events, see www.eplc.org/calendar.html.