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Tuesday, January 17, 2017 10:22 AM

It's what everyone in the Pennsylvania Capitol is asking: How will Gov. Tom Wolf balance his budget proposal without a major tax increase?
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Source: Associated Press, Jan. 16, 2017.

 
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 10:21 AM

Gov. Tom Wolf is about three weeks out from the unveiling of his third state budget proposal. But in recent weeks the backdrop for that plan -- including proposed prison closures, and the elimination of thousands of unfilled state jobs -- has been informed by some gloomy news about the current fiscal year.

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Source: PennLive.com, Jan. 17, 2017.

 
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 10:16 AM

The school property tax elimination bill gaining traction in Harrisburg would only allow 2% of Pennsylvania's school districts to totally cut their tax levies, according to a new analysis. The Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials released its analysis of HB/SB 76, known as the Property Tax Independence Act, on Monday.

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Source: Express-Times, Jan. 17, 2017.

 
Friday, January 13, 2017 9:49 AM

Debate over school property taxes in Pennsylvania is expected to return to the Legislature in 2017. Senate supporters say the Nov. 8 election provided the necessary votes to eliminate school property taxes entirely and replace them with other revenue streams.  

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Source: Associated Press, Jan. 12, 2017.

 
Friday, January 13, 2017 9:48 AM

Most school districts can be expected to raise property taxes for the 2017-18 school year, the leader of a statewide school business officials group says.

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Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Jan. 13, 2017.

 
Friday, January 13, 2017 9:25 AM

Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, states are required to report chronic absenteeism rates, and districts will be allowed to use federal dollars on training to reduce the problem.

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Source: Education Week, Jan. 12, 2017.

 
Friday, January 13, 2017 9:20 AM

Save the date for the Pennsylvania Principals Association State Conference, On the Road to Growth, Oct. 15-16 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh Cranberry in Cranberry Township, PA. A pre-conference PIL program will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. Up to 60 PIL hours will be available. More information to come! Watch your inbox and www.paprincipals.org.

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Friday, January 13, 2017 9:02 AM

United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts) recently sent a letter to Betsy DeVos, Secretary-Designate, U.S. Department of Education, outlining numerous questions that she feels should be addressed in her testimony before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions regarding the education of America's children.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017 8:47 AM

Supreme Court justices were seen as ready Wednesday to clarify and strengthen the rights of the nation’s 6.7 million children with disabilities, perhaps by requiring public schools to offer a special education program that will ensure they can make significant progress.
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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jan. 12, 2017,

 
Thursday, January 12, 2017 8:45 AM

What does drug education look like for the youngest learners? The answer: a good bit different than the "just say no" approach you may remember from your school days.
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Source: WHYY Newsworks, Jan. 12, 2017.

 
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