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Thursday, August 20, 2015 12:29 PM

School districts and small nonprofits that find themselves having to take out loans while waiting on a state budget may get some help with the borrowing costs that they incur. Gov. Tom Wolf said on Wednesday he will support setting aside money in the final budget to reimburse those organizations for the interest payments associated with their need to borrow money while waiting on state funding.
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Source: Pennlive.com, Aug. 19, 2015; PSBA Daily Edition, Aug. 20, 2015.

 
Thursday, August 20, 2015 12:28 PM

It felt Wednesday like the protracted Pennsylvania state budget talks finally got serious. The seriousness came in the form of a new proposal from the majority Republican legislative leadership teams that would give Gov. Tom Wolf key public education funding he seeks in exchange for a new round of reforms to the state's major public employee pension plans.
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Source: Pennlive.com, Aug. 19, 2015; PSBA Daily Edition, Aug. 20, 2015.

 
Thursday, August 20, 2015 12:22 PM

Last month, the Pennsylvania Department of Education shared preliminary test data for its new, common core aligned tests - and the results weren't pretty. As a result, some area school districts are lobbying Harrisburg to dial back the number and consequences of standardized tests, sooner rather than later.
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Source: Newsworks.org, Aug. 19, 2015; PSBA Daily Edition, Aug. 20, 2015.

 
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 10:04 AM

It's been said that the players on the stage that is Pennsylvania's state government can always strike a deal when they want to strike a deal. This week, we should find out a lot about who wants to make a deal to reach a state budget before the impacts of living without one start to pinch a much broader cross-section of their voting constituents.

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Source: Pennlive.com, Aug. 16, 2015; PSBA Daily Edition, Aug. 18, 2015.

 
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 10:02 AM

The Chambersburg Area School District goes back in session this week, and district officials are forced to start the school year without funding from the state, due to the Pennsylvania State Budget that has not yet passed.

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Source: Nextstar Broadcasting, Aug. 17, 2015; PSBA Daily Edition, Aug. 18, 2015.

 
Monday, August 17, 2015 10:34 AM

A top Pennsylvania Democrat is calling for substantial new investment in education in light of more rigorous state standardized tests.

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Source: Newsworks.org, Aug. 17, 2015; PSBA Daily Edition, Aug. 17, 2015.

 
Monday, August 17, 2015 10:33 AM

The school board would like Pennsylvania to back off with the standardized tests. At its meeting Tuesday, the board unanimously adopted a resolution making the rounds of other districts which notes that it “continues to oppose the state mandate that requires Keystone Exams in all Pennsylvania public schools as graduation requirements.”

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Source: Pottstown Mercury, Aug. 16, 2015; PSBA Daily Edition, Aug. 17, 2015.

 
Monday, August 17, 2015 10:28 AM

Finding a pre-kindergarten program can be difficult and expensive, even though experts say early childhood education is vital to students' success.

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Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Aug. 15, 2015; PSBA Daily Edition, Aug. 17, 2015.



 
Monday, August 10, 2015 10:13 AM

Adopted in June 2014, Act 71 requires districts to train educators to spot signs of trouble in students before they turn to suicide. Pennsylvania is the sixth state to adopt such a law, joining Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, Utah and Washington.

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Source: Allentown Morning Call, Aug. 7, 2015.

 
Monday, August 10, 2015 10:10 AM

Much of the country has recovered from the national recession, but one group that continues to struggle is perhaps the most vulnerable — children living in poverty.

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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Aug. 8, 2015.

 
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