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Monday, October 5, 2015 9:42 AM

The utter breakdown in state budget negotiations in Pennsylvania didn't happen overnight, but was produced by diametrically opposed policy positions and fueled by tough rhetoric among people elected specifically to work together.

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Source: Associated Press, Oct. 3, 2015.

 
Monday, October 5, 2015 9:41 AM

While students and educators mostly were disappointed with standardized test results released last week, they took comfort knowing the bad scores mean little. 

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Source: The Morning Call, Oct. 5, 2015.

 
Monday, October 5, 2015 9:37 AM

For a few years, measuring education performance using standardized tests was all about making “adequate yearly progress.”

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Source: The Mercury, Oct. 5, 2015.

 
Friday, October 2, 2015 9:30 AM

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale reported that through September, the prolonged state budget impasse forced at least 17 school districts and two intermediate units to borrow more than $346 million to meet expenses and keep classrooms open. Interest and fees on those borrowed education dollars could reach $11.2 million.

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Source: Titusville Herald, Oct.1, 2015.

 
Friday, October 2, 2015 9:29 AM

Pennsylvania’s charter school laws have led to the rise of two separate and unequal educational systems, according to state Rep. James Roebuck (D-Phila.), who released a report this week calling for increased transparency and oversight of charters.

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Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct. 1, 2015.

 
Thursday, October 1, 2015 3:22 PM

On September 28, 2015, the Pennsylvania Senate introduced and adopted Senate Resolution 195 (Sen. Pat Vance, R-31), recognizing October 2015 as “National Principals Month” in Pennsylvania.

Join the Pennsylvania Principals Association, the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the National Association of Elementary School Principals to celebrate principals in Pennsylvania and across the country during National Principals Month!

National Principals Month is an opportunity to say “thank you” to principals everywhere and to share with the community all the great things that principals do.

As you plan your National Principals Month activities, be sure to check out the national associations’ “Ideas for Celebrating” and the “interactive National Principals Month wall,” where you can read about and post activities happening in schools and communities nationwide.

   Please visit http://www.principalsmonth.org/ or http://www.principalsmonth.org/ideas.php

 
Thursday, October 1, 2015 3:17 PM

Whether it's within the next month or six months from now, school districts in York County and across the state will run out of cash without a state budget.
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Source: The York Daily Record, Sept. 30, 2015.

 
Thursday, October 1, 2015 3:14 PM

In America, schools with a lot of minority students are chronically underfunded. Is that the case because these students are poor, and poor communities have fewer resources for funding their schools? Or, is it because of the color of these students’ skin?

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Source: The Atlantic, Sept. 30, 2015.

 
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 9:22 AM

Pennsylvania school districts have borrowed more than $346 million so far to get through the state budget impasse, the auditor general said Tuesday, as Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a short-term spending measure proposed by Republicans.

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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 29, 2015.

 
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 9:21 AM

While it is hard to read the tea leaves from the second round of state budget talks on Monday, some might find reason to think that the sides may be picking up intensity in their quest to end the budget impasse in its 90th day on Monday.

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Source: The Patriot-News, Sept. 28, 2015.

 
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