EPLC Education Notebook
Friday, December 19, 2008
Content in this edition:
The EPLC Education Notebook (current and past editions) also is available by visiting the EPLC website at www.eplc.org/ednotebook.html.
The EPLC Education Notebook will resume publication in January 2009.
INDEPENDENT REGULATORY REVIEW COMMISSION
The Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) this week approved the State Board of Education’sFinal-omitted regulations on Disciplinary Placements, which amends Chapter 14 Special Education Regulations. The amendment will align Chapter 14 with the Pennsylvania Association of Retarded Citizens (PARC) Consent Decree by correcting an overly broad reference to federal regulations. The regulation does not change existing reporting, record keeping or other paperwork requirements. The PARC Consent Decree, which has been in force since 1971, sets forth certain protections for students with mental retardation, limiting the circumstances under which they may be excluded from their educational placements without due process protections.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
On December 9th, the U.S. Department of Education published in the Federal Register the Final regulations on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) which clarify and give schools greater flexibility in making determinations about disclosures of information from students’ education records in order to address threats to the health and safety of students and others. The final regulations are a result of public comments received from numerous organizations and individuals and also in response to the “Report to the President on Issues Raised by the Virginia Tech Tragedy.” The regulations will take effect January 8, 2009. For additional information on FERPA, click here.
RESEARCH AND REPORTS
The Education Commission of the States (ECS) has released three new policy briefs on promoting academic success in high school, specifically examining 9th grade transitional year, parental involvement and teacher preparation. The 9th grade transitional year brief reviews current research indicating that the freshman year is a “make or break” year for many students and identifies successful approaches and policies to deal with the challenges. The second brief on parental involvement examines which types of parental support activities have the greatest impact on student success at the high school level. The third brief on teacher preparation highlights seven components to strengthen teacher professional development at the high school level and provides state policy options for each.
APPOINTMENTS AND NOMINATIONS
Delaware County Community College (DCCC) will offer free tuition to workers who have been laid-off from full-time positions to receive job training in certain fields. Those who qualify will be able to enroll in certain certificate programs and courses during the Spring 2009 semester. Participants will be responsible for the cost of all applicable fees, textbooks and other instructional materials. DCCC will waive the sponsoring fee of $90 per credit hour. Interested students must attend an information session, the last of which is scheduled for Monday, December 22. For more information, contact the DCCC Enrollment Management Office at (610) 359-5141.
2009 School Board Candidate Workshops
EPLC will again sponsor a series of School Board Candidate Workshops early in 2009. Conducted in partnership with the Pennsylvania School Boards Association and local sponsors, the Workshops are intended for those considering a 2009 run for school board (incumbents and non-incumbents), anyone interested in helping others run for school board, or those who just want to know more about the work of school boards and school directors. The EPLC Candidate Workshops are all-day events to be held as follows:
A special workshop also will be held on Saturday, January 31 in Indiana County, sponsored by the Indiana League of Women Voters.
On-line registration will be available after January 1 at www.eplc.org.
Coming in January 2009 - Education and Policy Jobs Listings
Employers will soon be able to list education and policy employment opportunities on a special page of the EPLC web site. It will be a great meeting place for those offering and seeking positions in pre-K programs, elementary and secondary schools, higher education, public policy agencies, statewide associations, advocacy organizations, and more. Details available in January at www.eplc.org!
Members of the Pennsylvania House and Senate will be sworn in for the 2009-2010 legislative session on Tuesday, January 6.
For a listing of upcoming events in 2009, see www.eplc.org/calendar.html.