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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.

 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 8:22 AM

Gov. Tom Corbett acknowledged Tuesday that Pennsylvania’s budget situation is not pretty but insisted he will not listen to arguments for a tax increase until lawmakers pass major legislation slashing public employee pension costs.  A tax increase is looking increasingly likely as lawmakers eye a state budget for the soon-to-start fiscal year. The alternative — cutting programs, tapping politically sensitive grant programs or forgoing more aid for public schools and human services programs — would be a challenge to pass, said Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi.  Corbett and Pileggi spoke against the backdrop of closed-door negotiations on Corbett’s $29.4 billion budget plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Stumbling tax collections and risky assumptions, however, have blown a nearly $2 billion hole in that plan.

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Source: The Associated Press, by Marc Levy, Posted June 17, 2014.

 
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 8:16 AM

You will find the links below to the final principal evaluation regulations, published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. This process has allowed PDE to engage in significant research aimed at assisting building leaders in improving practice that will enhance student achievement. PDE has copyrighted all documents concerning principal evaluation in the Commonwealth.

http://www.pabulletin.com/secure/data/vol44/44-24/44_24_rr.pdf

http://www.pabulletin.com/secure/data/vol44/44-24/1244.html

 

 

 
Friday, June 13, 2014 8:22 AM

Pennsylvania is gearing up to overhaul its education spending under a measure Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law on Tuesday. The Basic Education Funding Commission will study a new way for distributing new state funding to school districts. It is expected to come up with a recommendation next year. Rep. Bernie O'Neill, R-Bucks, pushed for making changes in the way the state allocates money for education, arguing the current formula is obsolete. At present, Pennsylvania divvies up state funding to school districts in proportions that have remained remained fixed in recent years, regardless of demographic changes. 

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Source: www.pennlive.com, article by Gideon Bradshaw, June 12, 2014.

 
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