EPLC Education Notebook
Wednesday, September 2, 2010
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House of Representatives
House Bill 2669 introduced by Representative Chelsa Wagner amending the Public School Code of 1949: Beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, school districts would have to inform parents and guardians of each student in writing ten days before the start of the school year regarding the date of radon testing conducted in the past school year; the highest radon level recorded and in what building; notice if no testing has been conducted in any school building; and that the US Environmental Protection Agency considers radon levels above four picocuries per liter to be potentially dangerous. This bill has been referred to the House Education Committee.
House Bill 2670 introduced by Representative James Roebuck amending the Public School Code of 1949: The Secretary of Education would be given authority to grant a provisional vocational education certificate to every person who presents to the Department of Education satisfactory evidence of good moral character, and who has completed work in vocational education as may be required by the standards of the State Board of Education, which certificate will allow the recipient to teach for eight annual school terms. This bill has been referred to the House Education Committee.
HB 2680 introduced by Representative Anthony DeLuca amending the Public School Code of 1949: Adds that current employees of a public or private school, intermediate unit or vocational-technical school, who has direct contact with children attending any of these entities shall undergo background checks once every seven years as a condition of continued employment. This bill has been referred to the House Education Committee.
Notice has been published in the PA Bulletin that the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) will consider the application of the University of South Florida (USF) to operate its College of Medicine in Allentown, PA to form a branch campus in partnership with the Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN). The campus would offer third and fourth year medical education as part of the Scholarly Excellence, Leadership, Experiences and Collaborative Training (SELECT) program. The department will act upon this application without hearing, unless within 30 days after this notice, a written request for a public hearing is filed with the department. For more information, contact Carol M.D. Gisselquist, Higher Education Specialist, PDE 717-787-4448
U.S. House of Representatives
The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.Con.Res. 275 designating the second week of September 2010 as "Arts in Education Week”. The resolution was introduced by California Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA) and resolves that the Congress:
Arts and Education Initiative
The Arts and Education Initiative (AEI), a new project of the Education Policy and Leadership Center, represents a commitment to strengthen public and policymaker support for the arts in Pennsylvania. Increasing access to the arts for all Pennsylvanians effectively supports the Commonwealth’s educational objectives and nurtures an educated and successful citizenry. Working with regional, statewide, and national partners, AEI will strengthen partnerships between the arts and education communities, build public and policymaker awareness of key issues, develop recommendations for public policy, develop strategies to implement existing policy, and build capacity for effective advocacy at the state and local levels. EPLC is currently working to convene interested stakeholders in the Initiative and to explore with them its scope, timeframe, and funding opportunities.
Education Policy Fellowship Program
There remain only a few days to apply for the 2010-2011 Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP). The nationally prestigious Education Policy Fellowship Program is sponsored in Pennsylvania by The Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC).
The Fellowship Program begins with a two-day retreat on September 16-17, 2010 and continues through June 2011. Click on http://www.eplc.org/fellows.html for complete details.
The application may be downloaded online, but must be submitted by mail with the necessary signatures of applicant and sponsor.
If you would like to discuss any aspect of the Fellowship Program and its requirements, please contact Ron Cowell at 717-260-9900 or email@example.com.
Save these Dates!
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives will reconvene at 1:00 PM on September 13, 2010.
The Pennsylvania Senate will reconvene at 1:00 PM on September 20, 2010.