EPLC Education Notebook

Friday, November 30, 2007

    Content in this edition:
    PA Statewide Education Costing-Out Study
    Pennsylvania Policymakers
    - State House
    Research and Reports

    The EPLC Education Notebook (current and past editions) also is available by visiting the EPLC website at www.eplc.org/ednotebook.html.

  • The PA State Board of Education conducted briefings in Luzerne, Delaware, Philadelphia and Lancaster Counties this week to present the findings of the recently-released statewide education costing-out study to interested citizens. Two additional public briefings will be held next week in Clearfield County (December 5) and in Allegheny County (December 6).

    The costing-out study provides important information that should help to inform state-level and community discussions about public education funding in Pennsylvania. For a summary of the study, see www.eplc.org/CostingOutSummary.pdf.

    State House

  • Do you believe Pennsylvania is adequately investing in the education of each student? As of noon on November 30, 84% of respondents were saying "no" in the online poll currently being conducted by House Democrats. Let House Democratic members know your thoughts at www.pahouse.com.

  • The House Education Committee Subcommittee on Special Education convened in West Chester on Monday for a public hearing on transition services for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder who are over age 21. For more information, contact the office of Subcommittee Chair Representative Barbara McIlvaine Smith at (717) 705-1922.

  • Last week, the House Finance Committee approved legislation to reform the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA). House Bill 1891 bans spending on employee bonuses, retreats, certain event sponsorships and promotional items, and directs those funds to aid for students. The bill prohibits members from being appointed to the PHEAA Board of Directors for more than two terms and requires both PHEAA and its foundation to itemize travel and certain other expenses over $50. It also makes PHEAA subject to the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law. HB 1891 awaits consideration by the full House.

  • Information about the Pennsylvania General Assembly, including details on contacting your local state representatives and locating bills cited in this Notebook, is available at www.legis.state.pa.us/index.cfm.

    The U.S. Department of Education has released a National Assessment of Title I. The two-volume, congressionally-mandated assessment includes key findings on the implementation of programs under No Child Left Behind as well as an evaluation of four remedial reading programs.

  • Rep. David Steil (R-31) and Rep. Art Hershey (R-13) have announced they will not seek re-election at the end of the 2007-08 legislative session. Steil has served in the House since 1993 and Hershey has served since 1983.

  • Temple University has received a $2.4 million grant from the National Math and Science Initiative to improve secondary science and math teacher preparation.

  • Registration for Pennsylvania's 2nd Conference and Summit on Educational Excellence for Latino Students ends today. This free event will be held December 10-11 in State College.

    Next Week...

  • The Institute for Educational Leadership hosts its 2007 Leadership Forum on December 2-5 in Atlanta. Participants in EPLC's PA Education Policy Fellowship Program will attend.

  • The Senate Education and Communications & Technology Committees will hold a joint public hearing on the Classrooms for the Future program on Tuesday in Harrisburg.

  • The Pennsylvania Department of Education holds public hearings on the Perkins IV Five Year State Plan in Monroeville on Tuesday, in Pleasant Gap on Wednesday, and in Schnecksville on Thursday.

  • The House Education Committee meets Wednesday to consider House Bill 446, addressing cyber charter schools, and a related amendment by Rep. Karen Beyer.

  • The Pennsylvania State Board of Education sponsors two additional public briefings on the state's education costing-out study in Clearfield County on Wednesday and in Allegheny County on Thursday.

  • The Pennsylvania Department of Education holds a public hearing regarding four cyber charter school applications in Harrisburg on Thursday.

  • The Independent Regulatory Review Commission meets to consider changes to State Board of Education regulations for Chapter 36 (Foreign Corporation Standards) on Thursday.

  • The Pennsylvania Head Start Association holds its fall conference December 6-7 in Harrisburg.

  • For information on these and other upcoming events, see www.eplc.org/calendar.html.

    EPLC Education Notebook is published by The Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC). Permission to reprint or electronically redistribute the Notebook in whole or in part is granted provided attribution to EPLC is provided.

    The Education Policy and Leadership Center is an independent, non-partisan and not-for-profit organization. The Mission of EPLC is to encourage and support the enactment and implementation of effective state-level education policies in order to improve student learning in grades P-12, increase the effective operation of schools, and enhance educational opportunities for citizens of all ages.

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