Press Releases

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 10:22 AM

While the legislation may be greeted with applause by homeowners who have been subjected to such appeals, critics say it may actually end up working against them — and could have costly consequences for taxing bodies as well.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 26, 2017
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Friday, May 26, 2017 8:46 AM

Editorial: State's response to lunch shaming is welcomed, long overdue
Legislation aimed at curbing lunch shaming is gaining ground across the country. New Mexico is the first state to institute a ban on lunch shaming, called by many a form of cruel and unusual punishment against students. Texas and California also are drafting anti-shaming legislation.
Scranton Times-Tribune, May 25, 2016
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Friday, May 26, 2017 8:45 AM

Your May 23 editorial on school fund balances leaves out some critical details. The editorial criticizes the $4.4 billion in reserve for fiscal year 2015-16, citing that it is up $1 billion over five years. However, it fails to mention that in that same time period, pension costs increased 337 percent, rising $521 million in 2015-16 to $2.8 billion. 
Bucks County Courier Times, May 26, 2017
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Friday, May 26, 2017 8:44 AM

Pennsylvania’s elected auditor general, Eugene DePasquale, said Thursday that the underfunded $47 billion Pennsylvania Public School Employees’ Retirement System spends too much on hiring investment-management firms — $416 million last year, down from $441 million the year before. He called for “drastic” fee cuts.
Philadelphia Inquirer, May 25, 2017
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Thursday, May 25, 2017 8:07 AM

Some local teachers believe that the weight of evaluations of schools, students and teachers should fall more on individual school districts, and less on state standardized tests.
Centre Daily Times, May 23, 2017
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Thursday, May 25, 2017 8:06 AM

The Pennsylvania school code requires that all state funding follow a student regardless of his or her choice of school. Funds are allocated directly to public school districts. Then, charter schools seek a tuition reimbursement from the district that sends the student.  Public schools are obligated to pay, but institutions have clashed on how much.
Pocono Record, May 23, 2017
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Thursday, May 25, 2017 8:05 AM

There were few fireworks today as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testified before the House appropriations subcommittee on the Trump administration's 2018 budget proposal. 
NPR.org, May 24, 2017
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017 9:15 AM

Senate Bill 393, School Safety Options, would allow school board members to craft a district policy that permits approved personnel to carry guns on school grounds and in school buildings. 
York Dispatch, May 23, 2017
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017 9:13 AM

A recent report from public education advocates seeks to set the baseline for discussion on how to address challenges facing Pennsylvania schools.
WITF, May 23, 2017
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017 8:43 AM

For teachers, the carefully controlled conditions of education research can seem ridiculous when the reality of the classroom involves regular interruptions, absences and general chaos. For full article - click here.

 
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