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Thursday, December 22, 2016 9:12 AM

As we think about tax fairness, think about all the large companies in your community. Consider the big-box national chain stores, the shopping malls owned by developers, the car dealerships, the industrial sites. Then ask yourself: How would you like to pick up the tab once all those big companies stop paying property taxes?

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Source: Reading Eagle, Dec. 22, 2016.

 
Thursday, December 22, 2016 8:58 AM

Governor Wolf signed new truancy legislation into law on Thursday, November 3, 2016. This factsheet highlights important provisions of the new law relating to the rights of families, and obligations and roles of schools, courts and children and youth agencies. Key departures from the prior truancy law are in red. Click here for the factsheet.

 
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 10:57 AM

Pennsylvania's mid-fiscal year budget report has confirmed what the Independent Fiscal Office has been warning for well over a month: Underperforming revenues are putting the commonwealth on track for a shortfall of around $600 million.
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Source: WHYY Newsworks, Dec. 19, 2016.

 
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 10:56 AM

Rising teacher pension costs are a main driver of increased property taxes. According to the PSERS projections, school districts’ rate of contribution is expected to rise to 36% over the next four years. The districts have to find that money somewhere, and you know exactly where every year when you see your tax bill.
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Source: LancasterOnline, Dec. 19, 2016.

 
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 10:52 AM

Approximately 177,000 children across the state are eligible for publicly funded pre-kindergarten programs and nearly 64,000 are being served, according to a report issued by the Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children. Unfortunately, nearly 113,000 children are left out because of various issues, ranging from funding to a lack of program provider sites.
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Source: Daily Item, Dec. 20, 2016.

 
Monday, December 19, 2016 10:29 AM

Parents, students and taxpayers in Pennsylvania would get a new look at how their public schools are doing under a proposed revamp of the statewide grading system that gives less weight to standardized testing.
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Source: Associated Press, Dec. 17, 2016.

 
Monday, December 19, 2016 10:28 AM

Pennsylvania's school districts have gotten an early lump of coal this holiday season from Harrisburg: word that teacher pension costs, which have taken ever larger bites out of budgets in recent years, will rise faster than expected in 2017-18.

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Source: Allentown Morning Call, Dec. 18, 2016. 

 
Monday, December 19, 2016 10:27 AM

Pennsylvania Education Secretary Pedro Rivera said Friday he is striving for a public school system that employs a more "holistic" approach to learning, with less emphasis on standardized tests as a measure of success.

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Source: Doylestown Intelligencer, Dec. 16, 2016.


 
Friday, December 16, 2016 9:12 AM

Most children eligible for public pre-kindergarten are shut out for lack of space, according to a report released Wednesday.

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Source: Meadville Tribune, Dec. 15, 2016.

 
Friday, December 16, 2016 9:12 AM

In a legal battle that could usurp the power of local officials to choose when, and by how much, to raise taxes, a state appellate court is expected to decide soon on a case pitting one of Pennsylvania's wealthiest school districts against some of its taxpayers.

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Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, Dec. 16, 2016.

 
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