EPLC Education Notebook
Friday, March 21, 2008
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PENNSYLVANIA POLICYMAKERSThe Pennsylvania House and Senate are in recess until Monday, March 31.
Pennsylvania State Board of EducationThe State Board of Education this week approved final changes to Chapter 16, which governs gifted education in the Commonwealth. Among the changes, the regulations: establish a compliance monitoring process for school districts’ provision of gifted services; reduce the caseload of students assigned to a gifted education teacher from 75 to 65 (beginning July 1, 2010) and the class roster from 25 to 20 students; require a single IEP for special education students who also are identified as gifted; require the results of student evaluations for gifted services to be provided to parents within 60 calendar days, rather than 60 school days; and also require re-evaluation of students to occur within 60 calendar days (however, this calendar requirement would not apply during a school’s summer break). Finally, the changes require PDE to annually provide the Board a statewide summary report on impartial due process hearings filed regarding gifted education issues.
The Board also approved final changes to Chapter 339 regulations, which oversee Vocational Education. These regulations were adopted by the State Board of Vocational Education in January 2008; however a technical need arose to have the State Board of Education also approve the regulatory changes. Changes to Chapter 339 have been submitted for review by the House and Senate Education Committees and IRRC.
The Pennsylvania State Board of Vocational Education this week approved the Commonwealth’s Perkins IV State Plan
. The state previously submitted a one-year Perkins transition plan, which was approved by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) in June 2007. The new 5-year plan responds to questions raised by the USDE regarding program administration, the provision of services for special populations (including non-traditional students), and the relation of tech prep programs to title I funds. While the plan includes new items in these administrative areas, no policy changes were made since the previously-approved one-year transition plan.
Finally, on Wednesday the State Board of Education held a study session on Governor Rendell’s proposal to change the way the state funds basic education. The new funding formula proposed by Rendell as part of his 2008-09 budget is based on an education costing-out study commissioned by the State Board at the request of the PA General Assembly. Click here for details on the Governor’s proposed funding formula.