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Thursday, October 26, 2017 1:04 PM

A Webinar, Get the Facts on the Proposed Constitutional Amendment, will be held on Oct 31, 2017 from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm.

Recently passed through the General Assembly as House Bill 1285, Joint Resolution 1 proposes to amend the constitution by authorizing the General Assembly to enact legislation allowing local taxing authorities (counties, municipalities and school districts) to exclude from property taxation up to the full assessed value of each homestead/farmstead property within the taxing jurisdiction. If approved, what does this change mean for schools in PA? In this complimentary webinar, learn about the legislative history, facts and implications of the amendment so you can make the decision that is right for you on Nov. 7.

Presenters include:

  • Nathan Mains, PA School Boards Association;
  • Hannah Barrick,  PA Association of School Business Officials
  • Jim Vaughan,  PA State Education Association
  • Mark DiRocco, PA Association of School Administrators

None of the organizations sponsoring this webinar have a position on the ballot question. The objective of the webinar is purely information based and to separate fact from fiction.

Register online here:  GoToWebinar.com

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

 
Thursday, October 26, 2017 8:24 AM

Wednesday it was announced that in the ongoing lawsuit of William Penn School District vs. the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the plaintiffs will be granted the opportunity to prove their case against the state’s highest court.
Delaware County Daily Times, Oct. 25, 2017
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Thursday, October 26, 2017 8:21 AM

Legislation that would allow school districts to lay off teachers for budget-related reasons, combat lunch shaming, and charter school consolidations is making its way to Gov. Tom Wolf's desk.
PennLive.com, Oct. 25, 2017
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Thursday, October 26, 2017 8:20 AM

The chamber voted 29-21 Wednesday afternoon to pass a $1.6 billion revenue bill that consists almost entirely of a $1.5 billion borrowing against future revenues due Pennsylvania from the 1998 multi-state national tobacco settlement.
PennLive.com, Oct. 25, 2017
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017 8:41 AM

A lawyer who successfully sued the Lower Merion SD for exaggerating multimillion-dollar budget deficits to justify large tax increases now wants the court system to remove the entire school board and force the return of $300,000 it paid to lawyers.
Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct. 24, 2017
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017 8:40 AM

The Pennsylvania state House has passed a key bill in the deficit-patch being crafted to complete the $32.0 billion 2017-18 state budget. The so-called fiscal code, often characterized as the operator's manual to the state budget because it sets parameters for disbursement of certain appropriations, passed Tuesday on a 109-75 vote.
PennLive.com, Oct. 24, 2017
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017 8:39 AM

School choice legislation gaining traction across the nation hit a roadblock in the Pennsylvania Senate Education Committee on Tuesday.
PennLive.com, Oct. 24, 2017
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017 8:41 AM

This week the state Senate is expected to consider a budget proposal that's already been approved by the House, and leaders say the borrowing-heavy plan might be the only avenue to finding consensus.
WITF, Oct. 23, 2017
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017 8:40 AM

An emergency injunction was filed in Commonwealth Court on Monday seeking to put on hold the PLCB's plan to carry out Wolf's request to monetize the agency's future earnings to provide a one-time cash infusion of $1.25 billion to help close the $2.2 billion revenue deficit in this year's $32 billion enacted state budget.
PennLive.com, Oct. 24, 2017
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017 8:35 AM

The 2018 PSSA Assessment Blueprint is now available on PDE's website. You can click on the subjects within this email.  Some items to note:

Science

  • Reduction of multiple choice questions from 68 to 48 items for both grades 4 and 8
  • No change in distribution percentage of questions in the 4 reporting categories
  • Roughly 20 minutes overall reduction of testing time for both grades 4 and 8

Math

  • Reduction of multiple choice questions from 72 to 52 items for all grades 3-8
  • No change in distribution percentage of questions in the 5 reporting categories
  • No change in number of Open Ended questions (3 items); as a result, this will count as 23% of the overall test (was 17%)

ELA

  • Grade 3:
    • No Writing Prompt
    • Stand Alone multiple choice reduced from 18 to 9 items
    • No change in the number of Short Answer questions (2)
    • 4 Reporting Categories (was 5)
    • Roughly 40 minutes overall reduction of testing time
  • Grades 4-8:
    • No Writing Prompt
    • Stand Alone multiple choice reduced from 18 to 9 items
    • No change to the weight of the Text-Dependent Analysis (16 points); as a result, this will now count as 25% of the overall test (was 19%)
    • 4 Reporting Categories (was 5)
    • Roughly 15 minutes overall reduction of testing time
 
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