PSBA Bulletin September/October 2021 September/October 2021 - Page 30

2 months 1 page A look back at some highlights found in Daily EDition and @ PSBA Twitter feed

2 months 1 page A look back at some highlights found in Daily EDition and @ PSBA Twitter feed

Thirty-five students from Allentown School District earned their high school diploma and an associate degree from Lehigh Carbon Community College , simultaneously . They are the first graduates of this new partnership between the school district and the community college .
More than 200 members participated in PSBA ’ s Charter Reform Virtual Rally in May . Over 400 school districts had signed PSBA ’ s charter school reform resolution at the time of the rally .
Governor Wolf signed a state budget that included the largest education funding increase in state history .
The PA Department of Education announced the winners of the annual Governor ’ s STEM Competition , “ Improving Pennsylvania Through STEM .”
NOE ORTEGA WAS CONFIRMED BY THE SENATE TO SERVE AS THE STATE ’ S SECRETARY OF EDUCATION . HE HAD SERVED AS THE ACTING SECRETARY SINCE OCTOBER 2020 .
The U . S . Supreme Court ruled in favor of former Mahanoy Area School District cheerleader Brandi Levi , declaring that the district ’ s punishment for Levi ’ s profanity-laced social media post violated her free speech rights under the First Amendment .
North Penn High School students signed up to be among the first in North America to take a spatial computing program , utilizing virtual reality and augmented reality devices to create their own digital environments .
The highly contagious delta variant became the dominant strain in the U . S ., accounting for more than half of COVID-19 cases nationwide .
The Federal Communications Commission ( FCC ) opened the application window for school districts and libraries to apply for the new Emergency Connectivity Fund , a $ 7.17 billion temporary program that will help cover costs associated with equipment and services for internet connectivity .
Philadelphia became the first school district in PA to add several all-electric buses to its fleet .
Governor Wolf vetoed Senate Bill 617 , a bill that would restrict the powers of the PA Department of Health during emergencies and ban public agencies , including school districts , from asking for proof of vaccination to access government buildings or resources .
THE PA MUSIC EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION HONORED WILLIAMSPORT AREA HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER Kent Weaver WITH ITS 2021 CITATION OF EXCELLENCE FOR DISTRICT 8 . HE IS THE ONLY K-12 TEACHER IN THE STATE TO HAVE BEEN AWARDED THE CITATION TWICE SINCE 2000 .
Act 66 went into effect , giving parents an opportunity to decide if their children should repeat a grade level due to learning disruptions from the pandemic .
Fox Chapel Area High School was given the Strength of America Award for 2021-24 by the National Strength and Conditioning Association .
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics released guidance recommending vaccinated and unvaccinated staff and students should wear masks when indoors .
PA continued to battle a statewide bus driver shortage .
SEPTEMBER 9 WAS NAMED AS THE TRIAL DATE FOR THE LANDMARK SCHOOL FUNDING LAWSUIT , WHICH SEEKS CHANGES TO THE EDUCATION FUNDING SYSTEM IN PA .
Pottstown School District Superintendent Stephen Rodriguez was named a 2021 Global Transformational Leader by PowerSchool , for his use of data in decision-making for better education .
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