EPLC Education Notebook

Friday, February 15, 2008

    Content in this edition:
    Pennsylvania Policymakers
    - State House
    - Pennsylvania Bulletin
    Pennsylvania School Funding Campaign
    2008 PA Education Policy and Leadership Conference

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

    The Pennsylvania House and Senate are in recess until March 10, with three weeks of Budget Hearings scheduled in the interim.

    Pennsylvania House

    The House Children and Youth Committee held an informal meeting on Monday to discuss the challenges facing schools in membersí legislative districts and associated funding issues. For more information, contact the office of Committee Chair Louise Bishop at (717) 783-2192.

    Pennsylvania Bulletin

    The Pennsylvania Department of Health has released proposed regulations that would make changes to the immunization requirements for school attendance. A copy of the proposed changes is available in the February 9 edition of the Pennsylvania Bulletin. Comments on the proposed regulatory changes will be accepted by the Department of Health through March 10.

    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 Pennsylvania School Funding Campaign is building a presence throughout the state to generate support for legislation and sufficient funding to establish a new statewide K-12 funding system. The Campaign intends to organize in every legislative district and is developing a statewide network of organizations and individuals committed to supporting the school funding reform effort.

    You can get more information and sign-up as a Campaign Partner at www.paschoolfunding.org. The Campaign web site also provides information about Governor Rendellís new education budget proposal for 2008-2009 and the 2007 Costing-Out Study.

    The 2008 Pennsylvania Education Policy and Leadership Conference will be held at the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey Hotel on March 13-14. See the Agenda and Registration Information at http://www.eplc.org/conference.html. Hotel room block closes February 28. Early-bird registration closes March 3.

    Next Week...

  • EPLC hosts a Pennsylvania Education Policy Forum in Philadelphia on Thursday.

  • The National Association of Secondary School Principals hosts its annual convention in San Antonio on February 22-24.

  • 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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