Press Releases

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.

 

 
Monday, March 7, 2016 9:44 AM

Some school districts across the midstate are still waiting on tens of millions in state dollars.
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Source: WITF, March 4, 2016.

 
Monday, March 7, 2016 9:42 AM

Standard and Poor's Ratings Services warned on Thursday it could downgrade Pennsylvania's AA-minus general obligation and other ratings by the end of March if the state's structural budget imbalance is not addressed.
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Source: Reuters, March 3, 2016.

 
Monday, March 7, 2016 9:42 AM

The U.S. Department of Education (Department of Education) today announced negotiators for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
Negotiated Rulemaking Committee.
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Source: NSBA website, March 4, 2016.

 
Friday, March 4, 2016 9:34 AM

Greensburg Salem SD (Westmoreland Co.) has enough money in the bank to last until June, but emergency funding from the state has slowed to a trickle. If the state's budget impasse is not broken by May, the school board might have to reconsider a loan, according to district business manager Jim Meyer.
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Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 2, 2016.

 
Friday, March 4, 2016 9:33 AM

The redesigned SAT college entrance exam that debuts nationally Saturday is getting good reviews from some of the students who took it early this week.
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Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 3, 2016.



 
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