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Tuesday, January 5, 2016 10:20 AM

Six months past the state budget deadline, there still doesn't seem to be a clear path to an agreement with the Republican-held House and Senate that would deliver on the governor's pledge. And the prospect may dim even more in 2016.
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Source: WHYY NewsWorks, Jan. 4, 2016.

 
Monday, January 4, 2016 9:19 AM

The partial state budget Gov. Tom Wolf signed last week brought good news for Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts, provided a stage for political venting by the leaders of state government and underscored the bad news: The budget standoff will stretch into a seventh month.
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Source: Associated Press, Jan. 3, 2016.

 
Monday, January 4, 2016 9:18 AM

The Pennsylvania Treasury is moving fast to disburse nearly $3.3 billion in back payments to school districts, counties and human service organizations now that a stopgap budget was enacted.
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Source: PennLive.com, Dec. 30, 2015.

 
Monday, January 4, 2016 9:04 AM

The day after Gov. Tom Wolf signed a portion of the year’s education funding into law, a critical question remained: How much money will individual school districts get?

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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Dec. 31, 2015.

 
Tuesday, December 29, 2015 2:03 PM

In a press conference this morning, Gov. Wolf announced that he exercised his constitutional authority to line item veto the state budget that was passed by the Senate on Dec. 23rd and delivered to his desk on the 24th (House Bill 1406, P.N. 2626, Letter to the House with veto). The governor expressed clear discontent and discouragement with the legislature in passing a budget that provided a net "$95 million cut to education" funding, which was far from the previous agreement that would have provided a $350 million increase to basic education and $50 million increase to special education. The budget delivered to the governor would have offered a more modest $100 million increase to basic education funding, but cut all necessary funding for school buildings and construction (PlanCon).

The governor will push out emergency funding to school districts so that they may continue to operate. The emergency funding amount is based on six months of the amount appropriated for 2014-15, or just over $2.5 billion to fund schools immediately for the first half of the fiscal year. The details of the line item veto and 2015-16 enacted budget are available online.


Source: PSBA Budget Special Report, 12/29/2015.

It is important to continue to call on the legislature and governor to work toward a full education budget agreement that significantly invests in the future of Pennsylvania and provides pension reform for school districts. While the crisis has not been finally resolved, it is encouraging that school districts will receive the money needed to open their doors again in the new year.

 
Tuesday, December 29, 2015 9:52 AM

Attention PA Principals Association Members: The updated salary data for 2014-2015 from PDE is now available on our web site. Click on PA Principals Association Salary Search on the Home Page (box on the right side). A PRINT feature was added last year, which allows you to print your results. You must log in to access this information.

 
Tuesday, December 22, 2015 9:07 AM

The fissure that opened over the weekend in the plan to end the Pennsylvania budget impasse seemed to deepen Monday, as House Republicans began to advance a partial-year spending plan that Gov. Tom Wolf promised to veto. 
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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Dec. 21, 2015.


 
Tuesday, December 22, 2015 9:06 AM

Call it a case of strange bedfellows, courtesy of Pennsylvania’s prolonged budget stalemate. A recent House vote on a proposed overhaul of the state’s pension systems for state and public school employees had groups that usually oppose each other — public sector unions and conservative organizations that favor less government spending — working on the same side, but for opposite reasons. 
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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Dec. 22, 2015.

 
Tuesday, December 22, 2015 8:55 AM

An 8-1 vote of Burgettstown Area School Board Monday to approve a $4 million loan means the school district will operate as usual despite the lack of a state budget.
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Source: Washington Co. Observer-Reporter, Dec. 21, 2015.

 
Monday, December 21, 2015 2:55 PM

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