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Tuesday, June 13, 2017 8:47 AM

Sara Desino is one of a growing number of students in the commonwealth who are graduating from high school. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the graduation rate rose from just under 85% in the 2014-15 school year, to 86% the following year.
PAHomepage.com, June 12, 2017
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017 8:46 AM

In Pennsylvania, the State Senate is considering legislation also meant to protect students: Allowing teachers to carry concealed weapons on school grounds.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 12, 2017
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Monday, June 12, 2017 9:31 AM

On behalf of school leaders and educators across the state, we request your opposition to Senate Bill 592 and Senate Bill 168. While these proposals were drafted in the spirit of openness and transparency, the impact of these bills will be inefficiency and difficulties in resolving important employment agreements.

We are opposed to Senate Bill 592 as it will complicate the hiring process and serve as an impediment to the professional search process for school districts, intermediate units (IUs), and school administrators that may ultimately result in reduced pools of candidates for these critical leadership positions.

We oppose Senate Bill 168 as it would create more cost, inefficiency, and the potential for unnecessary gridlock in the collective bargaining process.

SB 168 and SB 592 will run on the Senate floor next week.

Click here for a letter that was sent to Senators.

 
Monday, June 12, 2017 9:25 AM

Ten-year-old Chelsea Mungo was blunt about the conditions at her school when she recently wrote a letter to State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D., Phila.), pleading for more equality in the state’s funding of low-income, black schools vs. wealthier, white schools.
Philadelphia Inquirer, June 10, 2017
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Monday, June 12, 2017 9:24 AM

Cyber charter schools are meant to be an accessible alternative to traditional schooling, but one state senator wants to make them a privilege that can be revoked at any time.
Allentown Morning Call, June 11, 2017
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Friday, June 9, 2017 10:48 AM

Governor Tom Wolf today voiced his support for House Bill 1190, which proposes a school-based substance abuse prevention and intervention program for all students in kindergarten through grade 12.
WPMT Fox Channel 43, June 8, 2017
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Friday, June 9, 2017 10:47 AM

Lawmakers have sent the governor a pension reform bill that outside experts have described as the most impactful reform to a public pension taken by any state in the nation.
Sharon Herald, June 9, 2017
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Thursday, June 8, 2017 9:59 AM

The bleak picture painted by a recent statewide survey on the 2017-18 school district budget outlook looks a lot like ones produced from the same survey done in the past few years.
PennLive.com, June 7, 2017
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Thursday, June 8, 2017 9:58 AM

It’s budget crunch time in the Pennsylvania Capitol, and the state treasurer and auditor general ratcheted up the normal yearly pressure Wednesday with a warning: The state’s strapped.
Philadelphia Inquirer, June 8, 2017
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Wednesday, June 7, 2017 11:59 AM

As Pennsylvania’s school districts prepare to approve final budgets for the 2017-18 school year, many have confronted the need to raise taxes and make cuts to personnel or programs “just to keep their heads above water,” according to a report released Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators and Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials.
Beaver County Times, June 6, 2017
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