Letter: HB 1386, teacher certification (Sept. 24, 2018)

Sept. 24, 2018 Senate Education Chairman Senate of Pennsylvania Re: House Bill 1386 Dear Senator, On behalf of the 4,500 elected officials who govern the commonwealth’s public school districts, we are writing to request your support of the agreed to amendment to House Bill 1386, sponsored by Representative Kristin Hill (York)… More

Summary of Senate Bill 1095: Changes to high school graduation requirements

Provisions of Senate Bill 1095, as amended in the House Education Committee on Sept. 24, 2018 Prime Sponsor: Senator Thomas McGarrigle (R-Chester/Delaware) Quick summary: Senate Bill 1095 amends the Public School Code by establishing alternative pathways for high school graduation and making other changes… More

HB 2571, HB 2593, support for commonsense approaches to the administration of contracts in Pennsylvania (Sept. 21, 2018)

September 21, 2018 House Labor and Industry Committee Pennsylvania House of Representatives Re: House Bill 2571 & House Bill 2593 Dear Representative, On behalf of the 4,500 elected officials who govern the Commonwealth’s public school districts, we are writing to request your support of House Bill 2571, sponsored by Representative Kate Klunk, and House Bill… More

SB 780, supporting the role of telemedicine (Sept. 23, 2018)

September 23, 2018 House Professional Licensure Pennsylvania House of Representatives Re: Senate Bill 780 Dear Representative, On behalf of the 4,500 elected officials who govern the Commonwealth’s public school districts, we are writing to request your support of Senate Bill 780 Sponsored by Senator Elder Vogel to be considered by the House Professional Licensure committee… More

Work toward an equitable education for all

How can your district remove barriers to student success? Join education leaders from across the commonwealth at The Institute for Educational Governance and Leadership’s Equity Summit 2018. Hear keynotes and sessions that address issues and barriers — specific to Pennsylvania — which affect opportunities for our students to learn… More

The Story Behind the Success of a Community School

Testimony presented by Rick Amato, principal, Broughal Middle School, Bethlehem Area School District Good morning. My name is Rick Amato, and I have the honor of serving as the Principal of Broughal Middle in the Bethlehem Area School District… More

Testimony: Community Schools (Sept. 19, 2018)

Testimony of PSBA CEO Nathan G. Mains, presented before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, Workforce, Community and Economic Development Good morning Chairman Browne, Subcommittee Chairman Eichelberger, Chairman Hughes, Subcommittee Chairwoman Schwank and members of the Senate Appreciations Subcommittee on Education, Workforce, Community and Economic Development… More

Dual-language learning — Six key insights for schools

For decades, two factors drove the demand for dual-language education: a desire to preserve native languages and recognition that dual-language learning can boost overall achievement for English-language learners… More

In some cities, closing achievement gaps is not for schools to fix alone

The cities — Somerville and Newton, MA.; Louisville, KY.; Providence, RI; and Oakland, CA — set off in 2016 on an experimental endeavor with the Education Redesign Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education to rethink how they support children and families, in some cases from birth through college. Education Week, Sept… More

A school garden might encourage your kids to eat vegetables. Here’s how to start one

School nationwide are enlisting dietitians to plan gardens, teach cooking classes and train teachers with nutrition education. Scranton Times-Tribune, Sept… More