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Thursday, November 19, 2015 9:43 AM

Pennsylvania school administrators are hoping a five-month budget standoff that’s held up state education funding will end soon, even as they tally the toll of the belt-tightening measures they’ve been forced to endure since the 2015-16 school year began.

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Source: Education Week, Nov. 18, 2015. (Subscription may be required.)

 
Thursday, November 19, 2015 9:43 AM

The boosts in funding to public schools that have been agreed to by both sides are perhaps the first true rays of light in Pennsylvania’s now 141-day-old budget stalemate.

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Source: LancasterOnline, Nov. 18, 2015.

 
Thursday, November 19, 2015 9:42 AM

School districts are hurting, and the remedy, say education advocates, is a state budget with sufficient funding that's fairly distributed.

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Source: LancasterOnline, Nov. 18, 2015.

 
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 9:34 AM

Legislation to impose a two-year moratorium on the state's graduation testing requirement won passage of the House Education Committee on Tuesday.
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Source: PennLive.com, Nov 17, 2015.

 
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 8:11 AM

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Reps. John Kline, R-Minn., and Bobby Scott, D-Va., announced that they have a framework for moving forward on a long-stalled rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

The next step: a conference committee, which could kick off in coming days. The agreement will set the stage for that process. The goal is to pass a bill to revise ESEA-the current version which is the No Child Left Behind Act-for the first time in 15 years, by the end of 2015.  The hope is that it will be acted on in the early part of December.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015 9:34 AM

As the budget framework Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative leaders announced last week continues to take shape, some involved with crafting a plan to end Pennsylvania’s nearly five-month long budget stalemate were lowering expectations Monday that the impasse could be finally broken by Thanksgiving as first hoped.

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Source: The PLS Reporter, Nov. 16, 2015.

 
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 9:33 AM

The Pennsylvania state Senate is nearing a vote on legislation to completely eliminate $14 billion in school property taxes by replacing the revenue with higher state taxes on sales and income.
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Source: Associated Press, Nov. 17, 2015.

 
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 9:33 AM

Tiny preschoolers and K-12 school students took Monday off to join school board members and exasperated parents calling for an end to Pennsylvania's budget impasse, as Gov. Tom Wolf signaled a budget deal wouldn't be ready before December.
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Source: WHYY Newsworks, Nov. 16, 2015.

 
Monday, November 16, 2015 3:05 PM

Budget Day 3

The PA Principals Association joined today with PASBO, PASA, PSBA and other education organizations for Budget Action Day at the Capitol in support of education!     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Monday, November 16, 2015 1:24 PM

It took more than five months for Pennsylvania lawmakers to agree on broad concepts for the state's overdue budget. The bigger obstacle, as usual, may be hammering out the details.

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Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov. 15, 2015.

 
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