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Tuesday, May 31, 2016 10:16 AM

If proponents of expanded gambling have their way, Pennsylvania may fill part of its looming budget gap with income from round-the-clock cocktails in casinos, slots machines in airports, and wagers made legally on phones and laptops.
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Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, May 31, 2016.

 
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 10:11 AM

In the long-sought effort to level the playing field for school funding, the state Legislature last week passed HB 1552 which will make a fair funding formula part of the Pennsylvania School Code.
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Source: Pottstown Mercury, May 29, 2016.

 
Thursday, May 26, 2016 8:39 AM

The Pennsylvania House in Harrisburg voted 188-3 on Wednesday to institute a new formula that determines how much state aid goes to each school district.
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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 25, 2016.

 
Thursday, May 26, 2016 8:38 AM

Gov. Wolf signed a bill Tuesday that will broaden Pennsylvania's anti-hazing law to cover middle and high schools, and require districts to adopt and enforce anti-hazing policies.
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Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, May 26, 2016.

 
Thursday, May 26, 2016 8:33 AM

Across the region (Lackawanna Co.), as state funding dwindled and pension costs skyrocketed the last five years, school districts eliminated teaching jobs, increased class sizes and borrowed money to keep the doors open. 
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Source: Scranton Times-Tribune, May 25, 2016.

 
Thursday, May 26, 2016 8:25 AM

HARRISBURG (MAY 25, 2016) – The Campaign for Fair Education Funding today released the following statement following final passage of House Bill 1552, which adopts the Pennsylvania Basic Education Funding Commission's (BEFC) funding formula:

"We applaud the General Assembly for taking this important first step toward fixing Pennsylvania's school funding crisis.

"The Campaign and its members have been working with lawmakers to enact a new fair funding formula for the past two years, testifying before the Commission at its many hearings and working individually with lawmakers to demonstrate how a permanent funding formula truly benefits every student.

"This balanced formula removes politics from state school funding decisions, directing money to school districts based on objective factors, such as student enrollment, the needs of the student population, and school district wealth and capacity to raise local revenues.

"Its enactment demonstrates what can be achieved when both parties work together for Pennsylvania's students.

"However, the formula is only as good as the funding put behind it. The Campaign is asking state lawmakers to invest at least $400 million in basic education funding in the 2016-17 state budget.

"Pennsylvania may no longer be one of only three states without a formula to distribute school funding, but the school funding crisis is not over.

"Lawmakers must provide sufficient resources this budget year and in years to come so that all students – no matter where they live – can succeed in school and meet the state's academic standards."

The Campaign for Fair Education Funding is a statewide non-partisan effort made up of more than 50 organizations that, collectively, represent Pennsylvanians from every corner of the state: teachers and school administrators; representatives of charter schools and traditional public schools; urban and rural interests; business and organized labor; faith-based groups; and community groups.

Learn more at www.fairfundingpa.org.

 

 
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 10:31 AM

An education advocacy group contends Wilkes-Barre Area School District (Luzerne Co.) wouldn’t have to layoff a single teacher — much less the several dozen facing furloughs after the school board voted to suspend four programs Monday — if the state doled out education money based on a formula devised by a bipartisan commission last year.
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Source: Times Leader, May 24, 2016.

 
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 10:30 AM

Earlier this month, Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a bill designed to protect teachers with a strong track record of performance from being laid off when school districts are forced to furlough teachers in order to cut costs. 
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Source: PennLive.com, May 24, 2016.

 
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 10:29 AM

A new study suggests that students taking a test behave like you or me: They do better with a little incentive. Dollars and cents, that is.
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Source: NPR.org, May 19, 2016.

 
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 2:29 PM

The PA Principals Association supports additional funding for quality Pre-Kindergarten Programs by signing on the letter of support addressed to Speaker Turzai. Please click here for letter.

 
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