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Friday, February 3, 2017 9:06 AM

Area school districts are beginning to prepare for the possibility of a major shift in how the commonwealth funds its schools.

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Source: Meadville Tribune, Feb. 2, 2017. 

 
Friday, February 3, 2017 8:54 AM

Betsy DeVos has cleared a major hurdle in the Senate to become the next education secretary, despite vigorous opposition from Democrats.

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Source: Associated Press, Jan. 3, 2017.

 
Friday, February 3, 2017 8:45 AM

Republican lawmakers in Congress are moving to do away with regulations from the Obama administration regarding accountability under the Every Student Succeeds Act and teacher preparation. The resolutions of disapproval for those two sets of rules were announced Thursday in the House.
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Source: Education Week, Feb. 2, 2017.

 
Friday, February 3, 2017 8:25 AM

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Thursday, February 2, 2017 3:14 PM

Pennsylvania public schools continue to “tread water” in the face of rising mandated costs and decreasing or stagnant revenues that have forced them to raise taxes, cut programs and staff, and borrow money, according to an annual report released Wednesday by two school administrator organizations.

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Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb.1, 2017.

 
Thursday, February 2, 2017 3:13 PM

The first big political fight of the year revives an old battle over property taxes. Pressure to reform the tax collected for schools is getting so intense that a group of administrators is telling members to write up two budgets — one based on the old tax-collection scheme, the other based on the new way.

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Source: Daily Item, Feb.1, 2017.

 
Thursday, February 2, 2017 3:08 PM

A diverse group of public interest groups rallied at the Capitol in Harrisburg Tuesday, throwing their support behind several targeted tax increases to solve the state's budget deficit with new investment, rather than spending cuts.

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Source: PennLive.com, Jan. 31, 2017.

 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 9:06 AM

Sabbatical, sick and bereavement leaves have been a staple in public school educators' benefits package for decades because state law required them to be. Legislation that narrowly won Senate Education Committee approval on Tuesday would change that and allow them to become a topic at the bargaining table.

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Source: PennLive.com, Jan. 31, 2017.

 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 9:06 AM

School officials in Bucks County criticized state lawmakers Tuesday for seeking to have greater control over property taxes while the commonwealth has been unable to get its own fiscal house in order.

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Source: Doylestown Intelligencer, Jan. 31, 2017.

 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 9:04 AM

What's the best time for students to have recess? Before lunch, or after? What happens if it rains? If students are misbehaving, is it a good idea to punish them by making them sit out recess? Those are just a few of the issues in new guidelines designed to help schools have good recess. The recommendations come from a group called SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Educators) America and from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Source: NPR.org, Feb. 1, 2017.

 
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