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STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION CANCELS NOVEMBER MEETING

 HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 16 ~PRNewswire~ -- The State Board of Education has canceled its Nov. 18-19 meeting in response to a request by Gov. Robert P. Casey that the Board delay a vote on proposed revisions to student learning outcomes under new curriculum regulations until its January meeting.
 Casey, in letters to Secretary of Education Donald M. Carroll and State Board Chair Sister M. Lawreace Antoun, also reaffirmed his commitment to the concept of outcome-based education, which he endorsed in his State of the Commonwealth message 10 months ago. The governor added, however, that some issues surrounding the far-reaching changes require further examination.
 Learning outcomes are 57 statements that define the skills and knowledge which students are expected to demonstrate when they graduate from high school in Pennsylvania.
 Sister Lawreace responded to the governor in a letter after discussing his request with several members of the State Board.
 "I think I speak for all of us in conveying to you both our pleasure that you continue to support our efforts to reform public education in Pennsylvania and our disappointment that you think a delay in our final vote until January is necessary," Sister Lawreace said.
 She added that after nearly three years of work on the regulations, Board members were prepared to vote, but are postponing action in deference to the governor's request.
 Other action items on the agenda for the Board and its councils also have been delayed until January.
 The following is a copy of Sister Lawreace's letter to Casey:
 Dear Governor Casey:
 Thank you for the courtesy of your telephone call this morning. Secretary Carroll has shared with me a copy of your letter to him about the State Board's new curriculum regulations.
 I have talked with several of my colleagues on the State Board, and I think I speak for all of us in conveying to you both our pleasure that you continue to support our efforts to reform public education in Pennsylvania and our disappointment that you think a delay in our final vote until January is necessary.
 After nearly three years of work on these regulations and countless revisions suggested by many citizens, including parents, educators, and business leaders, State Board members are ready to vote.
 In deference to your request, however, and in light of the fact that other agenda items are not pressing, I have canceled the meetings of the Councils of Basic and Higher Education scheduled for November 18 and the meetings of the State Board of Education and State Board for Vocational Education scheduled for Nov. 19.
 We look forward to further discussions with you prior to a final vote by the State Board at its meeting on January 13-14.
 Sincerely,
 ~s~
 Sister M. Lawreace Antoun
 Chairperson
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 ~CONTACT: Gary Tuma of the Department of Education 717-783-9801~


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