EPLC Education Notebook

Friday, February 22, 2008

    Content in this edition:
    2008 PA Education Policy and Leadership Conference
    Pennsylvania School Funding Campaign
    Pennsylvania Bulletin
    Election 2008

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

    REGISTER NOW...The 2008 Pennsylvania Education Policy and Leadership Conference will be held at the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey Hotel on March 13-14. See a Preliminary Agenda and Registration Information at www.eplc.org/conference.html. Hotel room block has been extended to March 5. Early bird registration closes March 7.

    You can get more information about the Pennsylvania School Funding Campaign and sign-up as a Campaign Partner at www.paschoolfunding.org. The Campaign will organize in every legislative district and is developing a statewide network of organizations and individuals committed to supporting the school funding reform effort. The Campaign web site also provides information about Governor Rendell’s new education budget proposal for 2008-2009 and the 2007 Costing-Out Study.

  • Regulatory changes to Chapter 4 (Academic Standards and Assessments) took effect upon their publication in the February 16 edition of the Pennsylvania Bulletin (these changes do not include revisions to this chapter’s high school graduation requirements currently being considered by the Board).

    These changes remove World Languages from the subject areas included in the state's academic standards. While school districts will be required to provide foreign language study (and PDE will issue guidelines for the operation of such programs), the state will not require students to take foreign language courses. Additional changes clarify school districts' strategic planning process, hold vocational technical education students to the state's academic standards, and require students who complete approved vocational-technical programs to complete the appropriate assessments under the Pennsylvania Skills Certificate Program or another occupational competency assessment approved by PDE.

  • The Independent Regulatory Review Commission has issued comments on proposed changes to Pennsylvania Department of Education rules related to charter school and cyber charter school services and programs for children with disabilities. The changes are necessary to comply with new federal regulations and recent court rulings (Chapter 14, the state special education regulations for school districts, does not apply to students in charter or cyber charter schools).

  • ELECTION 2008
    Candidate filing for Pennsylvania’s upcoming April 22 Primary Election closed last week. Click here for a list of state and federal candidates who will be on the ballot this spring. Voter registration for Pennsylvania’s Primary Election ends March 24.

    Dr. Arlene Ackerman has been selected to head the Philadelphia School District. Ackerman previously served as superintendent in San Francisco and Washington D.C., and currently directs the Urban Leaders Education Program at Teachers College, Columbia University.

    Next Week...

  • The Pennsylvania State Board of Education Committee on Chapters 14 & 16 meets Monday to discuss a draft of final form changes to Chapter 16, which regulates gifted education in the Commonwealth.

  • The House Appropriations Committee holds FY 2008-09 state budget hearings with the following education entities next week:

    • State-related universities – Tuesday
    • PA State System of Higher Education – Tuesday
    • University of Pennsylvania – Tuesday
    • PSERS/SERS – Wednesday

  • The Senate Appropriations Committee holds FY 2008-09 state budget hearings with the following education entities next week:
    • State-related universities – Tuesday
    • PSERS/SERS - Wednesday
    • PA State System of Higher Education - Wednesday

  • 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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