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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.

 
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 11:16 AM

Per Senate Bill 880, the use of the Keystone Exam as a graduation requirement or as a benchmark for the need for participation in a project based assessment has been delayed until the 2018-2019 school year. However, PDE will evaluate project based assessments (PBA) per the following:

- For students whose anticipated graduation date is pre-2019, PBAs currently in the queue will be evaluated by one external evaluator.  Schools will be notified of the disposition of each project.  If unsatisfactory, the project will be returned to the school and the student may work with the tutor to resubmit in order to earn a satisfactory mark.  

- For students whose anticipated graduation date is pre-2019, projects submitted after April 29, 2016, will be deemed satisfactory upon submission of the tutor's evaluation verifying satisfactory performance.  

The goal is to have all projects for pre-2019 graduates evaluated no later than June 30, 2016.

For students whose anticipated graduation date is 2019 or later, the projects will be evaluated by two external evaluators.  imeline for turnaround will be communicated at a later date.

Questions may be directed to jinskip@pa.gov.


 
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 9:37 AM

While budget talks continue in Harrisburg, Governor Tom Wolf says both sides are hoping to avoid a repeat performance from last year.
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Source: WITF, May 22, 2016.

 
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 9:36 AM

With Memorial Day just days away, half of the state Legislature is expected to act this week on a series of bills that could become bargaining chips in final budget talks that will heat up next month.
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Source: Allentown Morning Call, May 23, 2016.

 
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 9:30 AM

The bill: Teachers returning to Pennsylvania with inactive teaching licenses and those with out-of-state licenses often have to jump over unneeded hurdles in order to re-apply or apply for teacher certification in the Keystone State.
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Source: York Dispatch, May 23, 2016.

 
Monday, May 23, 2016 8:56 AM

Local legislators are optimistic a state budget impasse can be avoided this year.
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Source: Erie Times-News, May 22, 2016.

 
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