News & Legislation
Last week the PA House Transportation Committee moved legislation that aims to mitigate the nationwide school bus driver shortage.
The Senate Education Committee met last week to consider two bills: HB 1332 requiring that beginning with the 2022-23 school year and thereafter, schools must post all curriculum online and HB 1660 limiting a school district's temporary emergency powers from four years to sixty days as of the 2021-22 school year and thereafter.
Enclosed below is PDE's ESSER/GEER Extra Vol.2 , which was recently distributed. The PDE Extra series will also be cross-posted on the PASBO ESSER site. Of special note for this release: See the Allowable ESSER fund use determination process (a three part test) that PDE will follow in evaluating your ARP plan submissions. It is very similar to USDOE's issuance this past May. Both slides and a video are included. As a college professor may point to material that perhaps will be on the next test, everyone should take note of this three-part process. Following this guidance will be critical to help you cover the necessary components that need to be articulated for a plan submission approval. Full service Community schools and ESSER fund use is covered. Additional and linked information for PDE's evidence-based interventions and their resource center is included. As is the case in most LEA's, ESSER plan submissions require coordination and cooperation across district leadership, departments, and schools. These resources can be shared and leveraged with staff to better inform all of those working towards improved student outcomes and the effective use of one-time ESSER funds. This is a tremendous amount of work to plan, write, submit and implement these programs. It is hoped that sharing the work-load lift with better informed key staff will make that task easier, and improve outcomes.