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Wednesday, March 16, 2016 11:59 AM

Republicans who control the Pennsylvania General Assembly say they plan to take votes Wednesday on a new, $30 billion spending plan that they hope will end their nine-month budget stalemate with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

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Source: PennLive.com, March 15, 2016.


 
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 11:59 AM

Amid the threat of school closings, a new effort by Republican lawmakers to complete the unfinished state budget drew criticism Tuesday from Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and Democratic lawmakers.

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Source: Scranton Times-Tribune, March 16, 2016.


 
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 9:17 AM

A letter is being sent today from your Executive Director, Paul M. Healey, Ph.D., to Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera on behalf of the Pennsylvania Principals Association and its 3,800 members across the commonwealth to highlight the unprecedented opportunities created by passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to invest in a robust principal pipeline. As the state begins to address implementation of the new law, the PA Principals Association would like to work with PDE to help drive investments to areas of the state system that will best support the capacity of principals and all educators.

Click here to read the full letter.

 
Friday, March 11, 2016 9:20 AM

The state hasn't had a full spending plan for more than eight months, but top lawmakers haven't yet had a budget meeting with Governor Tom Wolf's administration in 2016, the House Appropriations Committee chairman said Thursday.
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Source: WITF, March 10, 2016.

 
Friday, March 11, 2016 9:19 AM

Appropriations hearings are an annual tradition in the Pennsylvania House and Senate and they concluded Thursday.
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Source: ABC Channel 27, March 10, 2016.


 
Thursday, March 10, 2016 9:31 AM

A statewide association representing school boards is asking Commonwealth Court to order the state to resume paying money owed to school districts that has gotten held up by the ongoing state budget dispute.
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Source: PennLive.com, March 9, 2016.

 
Thursday, March 10, 2016 9:30 AM

If you’ve lost count of how long it’s been since Pennsylvania had a budget that was complete, we understand (it’s almost 8 1/2 months). 
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Source: Bucks County Courier Times, March 10, 2016.

 
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 9:28 AM

A one hour webinar, Budget Planning to Address the Current and Future Fiscal Reality - 2016, will be held on Tuesday, March 22 at 10:30 a.m. It will be broadcasted from the Krause Innovation Studio at Penn State University (201 Chambers Building, University Park, PA 16802 Campus Map

This presentation is aimed at superintendents, business administrators principals, school board members, negotiators and fact finders. The featured speaker is Dr. Bill Hartman, Professor of Education in the College of Education at Pennsylvania State University and a co-founder and the Executive Director of the Center for Total Quality Schools at Penn State.

Click here for the program flyer.

Your questions for Dr. Hartman are invited. Questions emailed by March 18th to ljw11@psu.edu will be coordinated and given priority to the questions submitted in the Webinar Chatroom.

 
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 8:55 AM

On February 3, 2016, Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 880 into law. In addition to delaying the use of Keystone Exams or the Project Based Assessments as graduation requirements until the 2018-2019 school year, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has been charged with the following:

- Implement alternative methods for students to demonstrate proficiency for graduation in addition to the Keystone Exams, Project Based Assessment and other alternative assessments provided for in 22 Pa. Code § 4.24.

- Improve and expedite the evaluation of Project Based Assessments.

- Ensure that no student is prohibited from participation in vocational-technical education or elective courses or programs as a result of supplemental instruction as required in § 22 Pa. Code §§ 4.24 (k) and 4.51B (f).

To provide direction to LEAs, PDE provides these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to clarify the implications of SB 880.

Questions may be directed to jinskip@pa.gov.  

 
Monday, March 7, 2016 1:45 PM

Join the Campaign for Fair Education Funding on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, to ask your legislators to put students first by making a significant new investment in public education and distribute funding through a fair funding formula. Make your voice heard: http://fairfundingpa.org/get-involved/

Click here for the Call to Action Flyer.

Click here for the Call to Action Instructions.

 

 
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