Press Releases

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 8:30 AM

It appears the state House is ready to start the process of ending the five-month-old state budget impasse that has interrupted money from flowing to school districts, human service agencies and other vendors who do business with the Commonwealth. 
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Source: PennLive.com, Dec. 1, 2015.

 
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 8:29 AM

Pennsylvania's budget impasse entered its sixth month Tuesday, with scant new details about what shape a final deal might take. 
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Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer, Dec. 2, 2015.

 
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 8:27 AM

Federal lawmakers on Monday released the final text of a compromise bill to rewrite No Child Left Behind, including closely watched language outlining how the nation’s K-12 schools would be judged — and how struggling schools would be improved — if the legislation passes. 
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Source: The Washington Post, Nov. 30, 2015.

 
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 3:24 PM

The budget impasse has entered its sixth month and while there isn't a crystal ball for the framework of a final agreement, the Campaign for Fair Education Funding (CFEF) is continuing to put pressure on lawmakers to pass the right budget. In particular, we need to take action and contact them this week in case budget negotiations stall once again. 

Contact Your Legislators

Many organizations are making calls, emailing and tagging lawmakers via social media to advocate for fair funding for all students. Please click here for the Call to Action instructions (for contacting your legislators). Click here for the updated Campaign talking points to use when contacting your legislators as well as sample tweets.

Press Conference Next Week

In addition, the CFEF has reserved the Main Rotunda in the state Capitol from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8 for a Campaign press conference.

 

 
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 10:52 AM

PDE's newly-developed Handbook for Secure Test Administration is now available on the PDE website (Keystone Exams - Administration Materials or PSSA- Other Materials - Test Administration Materials). It is also available on eDIRECT (General Information > Documents > 2015-2016 Winter Keystone Exams > Manuals).  This handbook, referenced in the online PSTAT training, defines the roles and responsibilities of the District Assessment Coordinator, School Assessment Coordinator and Test Administrator before testing, during testing and after testing. District Assessment Coordinators are strongly encouraged to provide all assessment coordinators and Test Administrators access to the Handbook for Secure Test Administration before the administration of the 2015-2016 Winter Keystone Exams.  

 

 
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 9:57 AM

Talks between Gov. Tom Wolf and top lawmakers continued Monday as the Thanksgiving break ended, but there was scant detail and a lot of silence about how they intended to end a five-month-old budget stalemate.

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Source: Associated Press, Nov. 30, 2015.

 
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 9:56 AM

When Pennsylvania lawmakers return to the Capitol this week they may be asked to end some longstanding exemptions to the state's 6% sales tax in order to help balance a roughly $30.7 billion state budget.

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Source: PennLive.com, Nov. 30, 2015.

 
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 9:55 AM

Money is getting tighter by the day for the William Penn SD.

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Source: Delaware County Daily Times, Nov. 30, 2015.

 
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 9:12 AM

The "framework" is back on. After a significant bump in the road that led to short-lived threats of a veto override attempt Tuesday afternoon, Republican legislative leaders emerged from a meeting with Gov. Tom Wolf with fresh commitments to strive toward a final, negotiated state budget agreement.
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Source: PennLive.com, Nov. 24, 2015.

 
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 9:11 AM

Congress is close to a vote to rewrite the No Child Left Behind education law.
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Source: LancasterOnline, Nov. 24, 2015.

 
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