Press Releases

Thursday, February 11, 2016 11:27 AM

A new report, HIGH SCHOOL CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION: Serving Pennsylvania's Student and Workforce Needs, was recently released. It focuses on and organizes recommendations around several broad issues that are fundamental to improve the effectiveness of Pennsylvania's Career and Technical Education System for secondary students. Dr. Joseph H. Clapper, assistant executive director, represented the PA Principals Association as a member of the committee that created this report.

Click here for the full report.

 
Thursday, February 11, 2016 11:26 AM

As Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican-controlled General Assembly continue to squabble over a 2015-16 budget that is 226 days past due, many Valley school districts are operating with less than half of the subsidies they expected for the academic year.
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Source: The Sunbury Daily Item, Feb. 11, 2016.



 
Thursday, February 11, 2016 11:19 AM

Each year, superintendents and business managers across Pennsylvania anxiously await the governor's budget address.
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Source: The Express-Times, Feb. 10, 2016.


 
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 10:11 AM

Gov. Tom Wolf’s new budget assumes he and Republicans can agree on a spending plan for the current year, finally reaching an elusive compromise that packages long-stalled conservative aims to offset the political damage of tax increases.
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Source: Meadville Tribune, Feb. 9, 2016.

 
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 10:10 AM

Gov. Tom Wolf's bid to boost basic education funding by $200 million in 2016-17 was cold comfort to superintendents who are considering raising local taxes, taking out loans and eliminating programs and positions because the 2015-16 state budget has yet to be passed.
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Source: The Morning Call, Feb. 9, 2016.

 
Monday, February 8, 2016 12:00 PM

The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) recently conducted a survey with districts to determine what impact the budget impasse has had on them currently and in the future. The results show that districts have made difficult decisions and continue to do so. Some have had to borrow money, miss payments or halt programs due to the budget impasse. The association received survey responses from 195 districts in 57 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.

The problems for school districts are compounded by the fact that at the same time that they are unsure of what additional funding they will receive for the remainder of the current 2015-16 school year, they are required to be developing their 2016-17 budgets. Certainly this budget season is far from the normal course of business, but the laws that dictate the rules and timeframes for the creation of local spending plans force districts to make decisions without all of the facts at hand. 

Below are some highlights of the study. The full version can be found online at https://www.psba.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Budget-survey-results-FINAL-02082016.pdf.

  • For districts that reported needing to borrow, the impact was significant and widespread. The majority of those responding to the survey reported having to borrow at least $1 million. The average amount borrowed was about $3.5 million, the minimum was $500,000 and the maximum amount was $10 million. 
  • Many districts reported missed payments or partial payments to charter and cyber charter schools (29%); employee pension contributions (17%); and vendors (14%).
  •  The survey showed that 18% of respondents experienced a negative impact on their credit rating.
  •  Respondents reported either cutting or decreasing programs such as teacher/administrator professional development (21%); instructional materials/supplies (19%); technology (18%); building maintenance (16%); and tutoring/remediation for students (14%).
  •  A majority (63%) of districts said they would not be able to make it the remainder of the year without borrowing money if a budget is not passed.
  • An overwhelming majority (87%) of districts responding believed they would be forced to raise additional local tax revenue in 2016-17 to meet state education mandates.

Source: PSBA News Release, Feb. 8, 2016.

 
Monday, February 8, 2016 11:16 AM

Gov. Tom Wolf is scheduled to release his 2016-17 budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins July 1. After an unresolved fight with the Republican-controlled Legislature, the Democrat is the first governor in modern Pennsylvania history to come to this point with substantial portions of the budget for the current fiscal year still in limbo. 
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Source: Associated Press, Feb. 6, 2016.

 
Monday, February 8, 2016 11:15 AM

Eleven weary months later, Gov. Tom Wolf is about to deliver a second budget proposal that he says will narrowly focus on boosting school funding while raising taxes to pay for automatic cost increases. 
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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Feb. 7, 2016.


 
Monday, February 8, 2016 11:14 AM

In response to a recent postponement of the Keystone Exams as a requirement for high school graduation, officials in area school districts have expressed relief that the problematic standardized tests will be reviewed by the state.

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Source: Herald-Standard, Feb. 7, 2016.


 
Friday, February 5, 2016 8:55 AM

Gov. Tom Wolf plans to ask the General Assembly to invest another $60 million into state funding for preschool programs in 2016-17 on top of $30 million more that he didn't get in this year's unfinished budget.
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Source: PennLive.com, Feb. 4, 2016.

 
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