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Tuesday, July 11, 2017 9:23 AM

Suspense was palpable Monday at the state Capitol. Would Gov. Tom Wolf veto the $32 billion supposed “budget” that legislators passed without bothering to account for revenue? Would he sign it? Would he let it become law without his signature? There is no such suspense in school district boardrooms across the commonwealth, however. 
Scranton Times-Tribune, July 11, 2017
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017 8:48 AM

This week thousands of school principals are gathering in Philadelphia for a first-of-its-kind conference -- the 2017 National Principals Conference. While they were here, a few principals took time to chat with WHYY. Together they paint an interesting portrait of American education, both the vast differences and striking similarities among the nation's many schools.
WHYY Newsworks, July 11, 2017
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017 8:44 AM

For the second straight year, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf will let a state budget bill become law despite being badly out of balance as he presses Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled legislature to approve a tax package big enough to avoid a credit downgrade.
Associated Press, July 10, 2017
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Monday, July 10, 2017 9:00 AM

Under current law, Pennsylvania school districts create their own meal policies. The State Department of Education provides assistance and resources, in cooperation with federal agencies, to schools that have families struggling to pay for lunch but do not qualify for free or reduced-price meals.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 8, 2017
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Monday, July 10, 2017 8:59 AM

That Pennsylvania budget package? It's still a work in progress. Talks fell short Sunday night as Gov. Tom Wolf and his Democratic allies in the legislature turned down a Republican plan of taxes and other revenue raisers designed to fill an $800 million gap in a $32 billion spending plan.
PennLive.com, July 10, 2017
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Friday, July 7, 2017 8:54 AM

Where Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R., Jefferson) may see a glass half full when it comes to a deal on how to pay for the state budget, House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R., Indiana) sees an empty glass.
Philadelphia Inquirer, July 6, 2017
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Friday, July 7, 2017 8:51 AM

S&P Global Ratings threatened Thursday to cut Pennsylvania’s AA- general-obligation bond rating a notch, which would likely drive up taxpayers’ annual borrowing costs. 
Philadelphia Inquirer, July 6, 2017
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Thursday, July 6, 2017 9:11 AM

The $32 billion state spending plan that is awaiting Gov. Tom Wolf's signature includes $7.1 billion for basic education and special education funding.
PennLive.com, July 6, 2017
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Thursday, July 6, 2017 9:10 AM

The last month of the fiscal year was a decent one for Pennsylvania, revenue-wise, with returns coming in slightly higher than expected. But it comes at the end of a year of unexpectedly dismal earnings.
WHYY Newsworks, July 5, 2017
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Thursday, July 6, 2017 9:04 AM

In a ruling that ultimately could affect school budgets across the state, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered Montgomery County Court to reconsider a decision that allowed the Upper Merion Area SD to appeal the assessments of four apartment buildings.
Philadelphia Inquirer, July 5, 2017
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