Press Releases

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 9:06 AM

The $2 billion question in Gov. Tom Wolf’s forthcoming budget proposal will be how he arrives at that amount in cuts and savings to help wipe out a huge deficit. That figure would theoretically allow Wolf to balance the budget without needing a major tax increase or cutting aid to schools or social services.

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Source: Associated Press, Feb. 7, 2017.

 
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 9:05 AM

Valley educators gathered Monday night at the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit to discuss how the Property Tax Independence Act will hurt their school district and the children they educate.

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Source: Sunbury Daily Item, Feb. 6, 2017.

 
Monday, February 6, 2017 3:05 PM

Please consider recommending the program to your high-achieving students: The Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Global and International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.  

There is strong support from Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera for this program, which is designed for students to build cultural understanding, intellectual confidence and critical language proficiency.  Like Governor’s Schools of the past, the program is free for all students. 

Some of Pennsylvania’s brightest high schoolers will have the excitement of living like a Pitt student for four weeks during summer while learning about human rights and human security, global health, the environment, and inequality.

The application deadline is March 1, 2017.

The attached flyer and the Governor’s School website give you more details about programming and what students can expect. 

 
Monday, February 6, 2017 9:10 AM

In his first two years in office, Gov. Wolf lobbied for hikes in Pennsylvania’s income or sales taxes to fill deep holes in the state budget. Both times, he lost the fight. On Tuesday, he is to deliver his third annual budget proposal, this time pledging not to rely on the kind of broad-based taxes that the Republican-controlled House and Senate have made clear they won’t support.

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Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb. 5, 2017.

 
Monday, February 6, 2017 9:09 AM

While a survey released last week shows many school districts draining their reserve funds to keep their heads above water, others are sitting on a pile of cash in reserves in excess of $56 million — and some of them are right here in southeastern Pennsylvania.

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Source: Pottstown Mercury, Feb. 5, 2017.

 
Monday, February 6, 2017 9:07 AM

Schools across the state and region have trouble filling day-to-day teacher absences, with many districts in Westmoreland County struggling to cover at least 90% of teacher absences each year, the Tribune-Review reported in January.
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Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Feb. 4, 2017.

 
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

Click here for a FAQ Sheet regarding the Act 48 and Act 45 extension.

 
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