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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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Monday, December 21, 2015 1:09 PM

HARRISBURG (December 21, 2015) – The Campaign for Fair Education Funding called on lawmakers to end the nearly six month budget deadlock, once and for all, by adopting a full-year state budget similar to the agreement that overwhelmingly passed the Senate recently, which would increase basic education funding by $350 million.

"Our public schools, and the students they serve, need and deserve a state budget to be passed immediately," said Campaign spokesperson Charlie Lyons. "Some school districts are already being pushed to the decision of whether to reopen after the holiday break; more will reach that point as we move into January. Instead of a partial budget that will only continue the uncertainty and perpetuate the financial stress on schools, lawmakers need to pass a full-year budget before they leave town for the holidays.

"All sides agreed to a budget framework that invests $350 million more to help schools recover from inadequate funding in recent years and to begin implementing a more equitable funding formula," Lyons said. "Lawmakers need to put Pennsylvania's school children first, and not let other disagreements stand in the way of a better future for them. After almost six months of delay, state leaders should not kick the can down the road any more, but instead pass a budget that is worth the wait for Pennsylvania's students."

The nonpartisan Campaign for Fair Education Funding is a coalition of more than 50 member organizations representing educators, labor, business leaders, faith-based organizations, child advocates, charter schools, traditional public schools, with representatives from rural, urban and growing school districts. The groups joined together last year to urge the state to adopt and adequately fund a new fair education funding formula.

Learn more at www.fairfundingpa.org.

 
Monday, December 21, 2015 9:58 AM

After rejecting piece after piece of a bipartisan deal to end Pennsylvania's five-month-old budget stalemate, House Republican majority leaders are planning procedural votes on a short-term emergency spending package.
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Source: Associated Press, Dec. 21, 2015.



 
Monday, December 21, 2015 9:58 AM

Legislative leaders huddled behind closed doors Sunday to determine how to resolve the state's budget crisis after a so-called framework agreement seemed to implode a day earlier.
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Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer, Dec. 21, 2015.

 
Monday, December 21, 2015 9:49 AM

The state, without a budget for nearly six months, mandates school districts to have a budget six months early, and Centennial (Bucks Co.) officials are lashing out at the double standard.
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Source: The Doylestown Intelligencer, Dec. 19, 2015.

 
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