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Monday, June 24, 2019 8:26 AM

The state Senate is poised to vote as soon as Monday on legislation that will de-emphasize student test performance in evaluating public school teachers and principals.
PennLive, June 24, 2019
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Monday, June 24, 2019 8:25 AM

The Independent Fiscal Office said Friday that the commonwealth can count on ending the year with $910 million to spare. That’s a jump from their initial estimate of $866 million in May.
WHYY, June 23, 2019
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Monday, June 24, 2019 8:22 AM

Toil on a $34 billion budget package in Pennsylvania’s Capitol is barreling into the final week of the fiscal year, as top lawmakers rush to wrap up closed-door budget talks, score some pet victories and send rank-and-filers home for the summer.
Associated Press, June 23, 2019
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Friday, June 21, 2019 8:46 AM

It’s budget season in Harrisburg. At a time of year when we should be talking about funding to meet public schools’ needs, instead we’ve been hearing more about massive giveaways of taxpayer dollars to well-off families who send their children to private schools.

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Friday, June 21, 2019 8:44 AM

A proposal to make Pennsylvania’s teacher evaluation system fairer to educators in high-poverty schools passed a key Senate committee hurdle on Tuesday without the support of the state’s most impoverished school district.

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Friday, June 21, 2019 8:41 AM

Top Pennsylvania lawmakers are assembling a budget package that’s due ahead of the July 1 start of the fiscal year, but behind-the-scenes disagreements remain and rank-and-file lawmakers are awaiting details.
Associated Press, June 20, 2019
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019 9:37 AM

The difficulty of school district consolidation was the topic of a bipartisan hearing Monday held by the Senate’s Majority and Minority Policy committees, where senators and education experts discussed the possibility of reducing the number of public school districts across the state.
Pennsylvania Capital-Star, June 18, 2019
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019 9:36 AM

Governor Tom Wolf is vetoing budget-season legislation to substantially ramp up taxpayer support for private and religious schools in Pennsylvania. In Wolf's veto message Tuesday, he questioned why Pennsylvania should expand a tax credit that subsidizes private institutions while the state's public school system remains underfunded.
Associated Press, June 18, 2019
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Tuesday, June 18, 2019 11:21 AM

A delegation of principals, education leaders and staff from the Pennsylvania Principals Association, the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA) and the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools (PARSS) will participate in PA Education Leaders Advocacy Day 2019 (#paadvocacyday19) on Tuesday, June 18 at the Capitol Building in Harrisburg, Pa., to meet with legislators to address several important issues that are at the forefront of education in the commonwealth. These include: Increasing Basic Education Funding/Special Education Funding/Early Childhood Funding; Revising Act 82: Principal and Teacher Evaluations; Supporting Pre-K Education; Supporting Changes to Pennsylvania’s Compulsory School Attendance Ages; and Supporting and Funding Career and Technical Education.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019 11:19 AM

Also referred to as 'summer learning loss', here are ideas for making summer education more effective and accessible to students.  When the end of the school year arrives, internet articles and morning talk shows sound the annual alarm about preventing summer learning loss.

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