Press Releases

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.


 
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 8:59 AM

With his first state budget still incomplete, Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday that his second budget address will feature a renewed call for increases in state funding for K-12 education, both in the current fiscal year and the next. 
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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jan. 2, 2016.


 
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 8:26 AM

HARRISBURG (February 2, 2016) – The Campaign for Fair Education Funding issued the following statement on Gov. Tom Wolf's basic education funding budget announcement today:

"We are pleased that Governor Wolf is continuing his commitment to public schools by calling for an increase of $377 million in the current fiscal year to begin fixing our broken school funding system," said Charlie Lyons, spokesman for the Campaign. "Overall state education funding has been inadequate in providing what students need to achieve state educational standards, and that would be an essential first step.

"We need multiple years of increased investment and a permanent, student-driven funding formula," said Lyons. "We support the Governor's proposal to distribute education funding in fiscal year 2016-17 using the new funding formula proposed by the Basic Education Funding Commission. But the $200 million increase proposed by the Governor for next year does not keep us on track toward the long-term goal. We urge the Governor and legislature to increase that amount when enacting a final budget for the next fiscal year."

In a memo to the Governor and General Assembly yesterday, the Campaign urged lawmakers to (1) adopt the fair funding formula recommended by the bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission (BEFC), (2) bring the state's increased allocation for basic education funding for the current fiscal year to at least $350 million to help schools recover from past funding shortfalls and begin implementing the formula, and (3) build on that investment by including $400 million more in the FY2016-17 budget.

"Our Campaign will continue to work with the Governor and the legislature to enact a school funding system that ensures every public school student can receive a quality education no matter where that student lives," Lyons said.

The Campaign for Fair Education Funding consists of more than 50 organizations representing educators, faith-based organizations, children's advocates, business leaders, and representatives of charter schools and rural, urban and suburban school districts across Pennsylvania.

For more information, visit www.fairfundingpa.org.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016 12:54 PM

The PA Principals Association in conjunction with three other educational organizations will be offering an Educational Leadership Summit in State College from July 24-26, 2016. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN, but it is limited to the first 400 participants. If you need Act 45 hours, this summit will award 50 PIL hours upon completion of the required assignments. Please see the link below for registration information:
http://bit.ly/1No460f

 
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 10:24 AM

School districts statewide took out nearly $1 billion in loans to cover shortfalls caused by the state budget impasse, costing them a collective $40 million to $50 million in interest so far, according to state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale.
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Source: Citizens Voice, Feb. 2, 2016.

 
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