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Monday, July 31, 2017 8:38 AM

More families are opting out of the traditional school system and sending their kids online. Last school year, 35 students from Union City Area SD (Erie) were enrolled in cyber charter schools, which are publicly funded but privately run. That’s out of almost 11,000 students. Each child who leaves takes about $10,000 in school funding with them — $20,000 if they have special needs.
WESA 90.5, July 28, 2017
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Monday, July 31, 2017 8:36 AM

This is a strange state budget cycle. The $32 billion spending bill for 2017-18 is now law, but out of balance. The state Senate on Thursday voted on and passed $530 million in new taxes with no pre-vote buy-in from the House of Representatives -- something that no one working in the Capitol now remembers happening before.
PennLive.com, July 29, 2017
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Friday, July 28, 2017 9:50 AM

The time to go back to school is coming soon, and that may require a trip to the doctor’s office for some kids. This spring, the Pennsylvania Department of Health put forth a new rule requiring students be up to date on all vaccinations by day five of the school year. Otherwise, they may not be allowed at school.
ABC27, July 27, 2017
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Friday, July 28, 2017 9:49 AM

Tucked into a piece of budget legislation outlining how Pennsylvania education money is to be spent is a controversial new measure that would allow school districts to furlough staff for economic reasons.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 27, 2017
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Friday, July 28, 2017 9:48 AM

Whenever legislative leaders can successfully push difficult legislation through their chamber it is, to them and their staffs, a victory. But Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) was not exactly celebrating moments after a tax-filled revenue package narrowly passed, 26-24, Thursday morning.
ABC27, July 27, 2017
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Thursday, July 27, 2017 12:29 PM

The federal government funded about 30.6% of Pennsylvania's budget in 2015, according to a new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts. The organization's website includes an interactive graphic to compare state's federal funding.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 26, 2017
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Thursday, July 27, 2017 12:27 PM

Pennsylvania is ranked 45th nationally in the amount of state support for schools. In 1971, according to Temple University's Center for Regional Politics, it provided districts with 54% of their money. That number is down to 35%. In the suburbs of Bucks and Montgomery counties, many districts are funded below 20%, relying heavily on local funding.
Bucks County Courier Times, July 27, 2017
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Thursday, July 27, 2017 12:26 PM

Republicans who control the chamber unveiled their plan to close a $2 billion hole in the $32 billion state budget late Wednesday. It includes a mix of taxes and borrowing.
Associated Press, July 27, 2017
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017 11:36 AM

Pennsylvania's one of only four states that still hasn't passed a budget for the fiscal year that ended in June. However, many states struggled with budgets this year. And according to budget experts, that struggle -- related to a weak national economy -- manifests itself in short-term budget solutions that have proven to only make states' fiscal issues worse.

Source: WITF.org, July 25, 2017.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017 11:35 AM

The Pine-Richland SD has approved a settlement with three transgender students over their choice of restrooms, effectively ending a federal discrimination lawsuit.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 24, 2017.

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