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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.

 
Friday, February 5, 2016 8:53 AM

Pennsylvanians may be fed up with the state budget impasse, but the people sitting at the negotiating table aren't betraying any such disgust. 
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Source: WHYY Newsworks, Feb. 5, 2016.


 
Friday, February 5, 2016 8:50 AM

Five million students took the new Common Core exam known as PARCC last year, most of them by logging onto a computer. But about one in five took the exam with paper and pencil, and those students — who tested the old-fashioned way — tended to score higher than students who took the tests online, according to Education Week.
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Source: The Washington Post, Feb. 4, 2016.

 
Thursday, February 4, 2016 8:56 AM

This morning, Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 880 which places a two-year moratorium on using the Keystone Exams as a state graduation requirement. The bill states: "...the use of the Keystone Exam as a graduation requirement or as a benchmark for the need for participation in a project-based assessment shall be delayed until the 2018-2019 school year." PDE will investigate "alternatives in addition to the Keystone Exams as a requirement for graduation ...." Details and more information is available in the bill itself. It is located here: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billInfo/bill_history.cfm?syear=2015&sind=0&body=S&type=B&bn=880 Next steps regarding PBAs will be forth coming from PDE.

 

 
Thursday, February 4, 2016 8:52 AM

School districts are required under state law to submit their finalized budgets for the 2016-17 school year by June. But because the annual budgets are largely based on what districts received the previous year, the budget impasse has left district leaders with many unanswered questions as they attempt to make projections for next year.
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Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Feb. 3, 2016.

 
Thursday, February 4, 2016 8:50 AM

Across the country, the number of homeless students grew by 8% between 2012-13 and 2013-14, compared with Pennsylvania's 18% rise in that same time.
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Source: PennLive.com, Feb. 3, 2016.

 
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 9:38 AM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) will conduct training sessions on the administration of the 2015-16 PSSAs. The training sessions will be presented March 7, 2016 via GoToMeeting (tm) at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. A training session will be recorded and posted for viewing at another time.

The information being presented is critical to the administration of the PSSAs; therefore, it is required that every LEA participating in the 2015-16 PSSAs have a least one representative trained. These are train-the-trainer sessions and are designed so that the representative who participates in the webinar can deliver the same information to his or her test coordinators and administrators.

TO REGISTER FOR:

March 7, 2016 at 9 a.m. select the following link: 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3450043559331433474

Webinar ID: 121-613-763

OR

March 7, 2016 at 1 p.m. select the following link: 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3364824811109121026

Webinar ID: 151-669-307

 

 
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 9:02 AM

Less than a week before Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf proposes a new state spending plan, more partisan gridlock looms, and many Republican lawmakers remain firmly opposed to the higher taxes he seeks.
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Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Jan. 2, 2016.


 
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