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Tuesday, July 1, 2014 3:17 PM

Gov. Tom Corbett's full-court press for public employee pension reform in Pennsylvania took a direct hit Tuesday morning as debate on his preferred option was quickly steered into a House committee headed by a reform foe.

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Source: Pennlive.com, By Charles Thompson, Posted on July 01, 2014 at 1:14 PM, updated July 01, 2014 at 2:21 PM.

 
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 11:00 AM

When Gov. Tom Corbett took a look at the $29.1 billion general fund budget plan that the General Assembly sent to him on Monday, it was missing something he wanted.

It lacked any meaningful pension reform to address the single expenditure in the budget that is eating up 60 cents of every new dollar.

Read more: http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/07/corbett_wants_general_assembly.html#incart_river

Source: Pennlive.com, by Jan Murphy, Posted July 01, 2014 at 12:08 AM, updated July 01, 2014 at 3:07 AM.

 
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 10:55 AM
Gov. Corbett refused late Monday to sign a $29.1 billion budget that the Republican-controlled legislature scrambled to deliver to him just 90 minutes before the midnight deadline. 
Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau, Posted online at www.Philly.com, June 30, 2014.
 
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 10:07 AM

Public schools across Pennsylvania will all be eligible to receive a share of the $200 million set aside in the proposed 2014-15 state budget for a newly named block grant program named Ready to Learn.
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Source: Harrisburg Patriot-News, June 30, 2014.

 

 
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 10:00 AM

Passing the Keystone Exams might never become a requirement to graduate from high school in Pennsylvania. The State Senate Education Committee has approved legislation that would leave it up to school districts to determine the effects of not passing the exam.

Click here to read more: http://wesa.fm/post/legislation-change-keystone-exam-requirements

Source: WESA-FM, June 30, 2014.

 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 11:16 AM

PDE’s Budget Update and Pension Reform Videoconferences scheduled for 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, 2014, are being postponed until later this month.

Governor Corbett continues to work with the General Assembly on pension reform as well as the budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

Governor Corbett has stated that pension reform is a significant issue that must be addressed before enacting a budget for next year.

As soon as more information is available, Acting Secretary Dumaresq will schedule webinars to provide an update.

If you have any questions, please email them to ra-educationsecretary@pa.gov.

 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 8:47 AM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has released a new brochure on Principal Effectiveness. The .pdf version highlights the various components of the system that will be implemented during the 2014-15 school year. As always, if you have any questions about the Principal Effectiveness System, please don’t hesitate to contact the PA Principals Association office, (717) 732-4999.

Click here to view and download the brochure.

 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 8:42 AM

The state Senate is poised to vote on Wednesday on a bill that overhauls the way the state distributes special education funding to public schools.  The new formula distributes resources based on a three-tiered system of funding based on the cost of providing services to special education students and incidence of disability.  It moves away from a funding system that assumed all districts had 15 percent of their students with mild disabilities and 1 percent with severe disabilities to educate.  The proposed formula is the product of a bipartisan Special Education Funding Commission's work and some last-minute negotiations to make adjustments to address charter schools' concerns about how it treats their special education funding.

The Senate today voted 35-15 to accept an amendment offered by Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware County, to reflect the outcome of the negotiations over the formula's treatment of charter schools.   Pileggi said the amendment's intention is to implement the new formula "in a way that allows public charter schools to continue to grow and to thrive."

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Source: www.pennlive.com, by Jan Murphy, Posted on June 17, 2014.

 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 8:29 AM

Meeting shortly after Gov. Tom Corbett's call for action on pension reform as an essential first part of a 2014-15 budget plan, Pennsylvania House and Senate Republican leaders voiced broad support for the governor's goals.  But the GOP legislative leaders cautioned Tuesday that they may be forced to operate on a different order of priorities.  "Our concern in the Senate is first to make sure that we pass a responsible, sustainable budget," Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware County, said earlier Tuesday.  "That's our Constitutional obligation. These other bills (public pension reformand liberalization of Pennsylvania's alcohol sales laws) are important bills that we're working on and will continue to work on.  "That's not in conflict with the governor's position," Pileggi continued. "But maybe our priorities are a little different."

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Source: www.pennlive.com, by Charlies Thompson, June 17, 2014.

 

 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 8:27 AM

Gov. Corbett on Tuesday said he is willing to miss the June 30 deadline to pass a state budget if more time means he can get his initiatives done.  “We need to get this done right rather than quickly,” Corbett said during an afternoon press conference in the Capitol. “So if we are not able to do this budget by June 30, we are not able to do this budget by June 30,” Corbett said of meeting the deadline. “I am willing to be here. … No bluster. No threats. Just facts.”

Having said that, the Republican governor said he was optimistic that he and the GOP-led legislature can meet the deadline for the fiscal year, which begins July 1.  But he reiterated his position that he will not consider any proposals to raise new revenue — including a natural gas extraction tax — unless the legislature delivers on two of his priorities: reining in the skyrocketing cost of public employee pensions and privatizing the sale of wine and spirits.

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Source: Inquirer Commonwealth Confidential Blog, by Angela Couloumbis, Posted June 17, 2014.

 
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