EPLC Education Notebook

Friday, September 5, 2008

    Content in this edition:
    EPLC News
    Pennsylvania Department of Education
    Pennsylvania Department of Revenue

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



  • Residents of the Lehigh Valley are invited to submit applications for the new Parent and Community Leadership Institute sponsored by EPLC and the Children’s Coalition of the Lehigh Valley.  The Institute is for people who want to know more about education policy issues and want to join a network of community leaders who are able to influence important statewide and local education policies.  The free, 12-hour program will be held over four Thursdays (October 2, 16, 23 and November 6) from 6:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.  Subjects include (Session 1) Governance of Education; (Session 2) Standards, Assessments and Accountability; (Session 3) Financing Public Education; and (Session 4) School and Community Partnerships; Public Advocacy.  For program details and to apply online, see www.eplc.org/PCLI/lv.html.

  • Details for Parent and Community Leadership Institute workshops in the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia areas will be announced in a few days.

  • SEND US YOUR NEWS ABOUT EVENTS AND EDUCATION POLICY ISSUES!  EPLC welcomes policy announcements and event information from state policy leaders as well as statewide and regional education and advocacy organizations.  Please e-mail your media releases, publications and other news material to news@eplc.org or mail toNews at EPLC, 800 North Third Street, Suite 408, Harrisburg, PA 17102.

    We will use your policy and event information in several ways:
    • Weekly electronic EPLC Education Notebook;
    • Posting event information on the Calendar page of the EPLC website;
    • Posting policy information on the policy pages of the EPLC web site; and
    • Monthly electronic Pennsylvania Education Journal which will begin publication in October.


    The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) recently released the results of its annual school safety report.  According to the report, less than 4 percent of students statewide were involved in incidents of misconduct during the 2006-07 school year and less than 1 percent of all public schools (12 schools) in the state were considered “persistently dangerous.”  Click here to review the full report.

    School districts reported to PDE 82,267 incidents for the 2006-07 school year involving 67,088 offenders, or 3.7% of all Pennsylvania students.  Nearly one-third of the incidents were classified by schools as violations of student codes of conduct – meaning they were non-violent events that did not rise to the level of any other reportable offense. 

    The school safety report has been published since the 1995-96 school year and contains information submitted by Pennsylvania’s 501 school districts, 29 intermediate units, 83 career and technology centers and 135 charter schools.


    Secretary of Revenue Tom Wolf reported that Pennsylvania collected $1.7 billion in General Fund revenue in August, $117.5 million, or 6.6 percent, less than anticipated.  Fiscal year-to-date General Fund collections total $3.4 billion, which is $117.6 million, or 3.3 percent, below estimate.  Wolf said that August collections are actually 1 percent higher than the same month last year, and it is too early to jump to conclusions about where collections will be at the end of the fiscal year.



    This summer, as part of its 2008 Summer Reading Initiative, the U.S. Department of Education in partnership with First Book and Random House, distributed 550,000 books to children in need.  This was the first phase of the 2008 Back to School Donation program to disperse 850,000 children’s books to schools, libraries and literacy organizations serving low- income youth across the United States.  Click here to find more information on the availability and distribution of the remaining 300,000 books earmarked for this campaign.  



    Next week…

  • The House Local Government Committee holds a public hearing on House Bill 1753, the political subdivision communication and cooperation act, on Thursday in Harrisburg.

  • The House Health and Human Services Committee holds a public hearing on House Resolution 501, which provides for a sports nutrition education program for high school athletes, on Thursday 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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