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Thursday, September 17, 2015 9:54 AM

Gov. Tom Wolf and top Republican senators sparred in the Capitol on Wednesday, as talks aimed at breaking a budget stalemate dragged on and the Democratic governor vowed to veto a short-term spending package that the GOP began advancing.

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Source: WPXI.com, Sept. 16, 2015.

 
Thursday, September 17, 2015 9:54 AM

The governor and the Department of Human Services are being sued over the current 80-day budget impasse centered on funding school spending with liquor privatization and pension reform.

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Source: The Morning Call, Sept. 17, 2015.

 
Thursday, September 17, 2015 9:53 AM

Debbie Beucker has a morning ritual, kicking off each day as assistant principal at Highlands Middle School in Harrison (Allegheny Co.). This hands-on approach to managing a bustling middle school is just one of the things that contributed to Beucker's recent award: 2015 Outstanding Assistant Principal.

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Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Sept. 8, 2015.

 
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 9:43 AM

Rising pension costs, coupled with a statewide budget impasse that is almost 80 days old, has put local Pennsylvania school districts in a hefty money crunch as they await state education funding.

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Source: Pennsylvania Business Daily, Sept. 15, 2015.

 
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 9:43 AM

A comprehensive study is moving forward to identify cost-saving opportunities for public school employee health care plans, according to Senators David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) and Bob Mensch (R-Berks/Bucks/Montgomery).

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Source: bctv.com, Sept. 15, 2015.

 
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 9:33 AM

Throughout Pennsylvania parents of elementary and middle school students are opening their mailboxes today to find standardized test scores for their children and their schools that are much lower than they were last year.

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Source: WESA FM, Sept. 14, 2015.

 
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 11:27 AM

Charter schools, specifically cyber charter schools, are among the lowest-scoring schools in the state and have some of the highest numbers of economically disadvantaged students, a Tribune-Review analysis found.

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Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Sept. 14, 2015.

 
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 11:21 AM

It was only Day 3, but history teacher Josh Snyder knew he was off to a good start when he saw his ninth-grade students at Northwestern Lehigh High School (Lehigh Co.) march into class with their own personal laptops.

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Source: The Morning Call, Sept. 14, 2015.


 
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 11:09 AM

The number of homeless students attending public school in Pennsylvania increased by 18% between the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years — an increase more than double the national average of 8%, according to statistics reported by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 14, 2015.

 
Monday, September 14, 2015 2:25 PM

School districts across the state are looking at how to deal with the state budget stalemate, which is now in its third month and is delaying the disbursement of state education funds.

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Source: Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice, Sept. 13, 2015.

 
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