The latest education-related news from PSBA and other sources

Broadband access update

FCC seeks feedback on draft broadband maps: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is encouraging residents, businesses and local governments to provide feedback to the FCC’s draft broadband maps released in late November that show areas served and unserved by high-speed internet. The draft maps can be accessed at https://broadbandmap.fcc.gov/home… More

PSBA’s new Closer Look examines school district budget process, deadlines

PSBA has released a new Closer Look on school district budgeting which explains the process that school boards undertake as required by law to develop and adopt their district budgets. The publication also includes a listing of the 2023 budget deadlines that school districts must meet as they go through the process… More

Revised Principles for Governance and Leadership released

Over the past year, the PSBA Governing Board's Effective Governance Committee revised the Principles for Governance and Leadership — a framework to maximize board effectiveness for the benefit of students. The new Principles are now available on PSBA.org… More

Plan ahead – January is School Director Recognition Month!

Research shows a correlation between highly effective boards and student achievement. Because school boards play a crucial role in helping schools provide a quality education to every student, January is once again being declared School Director Recognition Month… More

2022 Facts & Figures report available

Do you know how many students are enrolled in Pennsylvania public schools? There are 1.69 million total (873,413 elementary and 816,119 secondary for the 2020-21 school year). These facts and many more can be found in the 2022 PA School Facts and Figures… More

Online RQD courses available for members still needing to complete Required School Director Training

The December deadline is around the corner for required school director training. Do you still need to complete your learning? With PSBA's online courses, you can complete your required training in a convenient virtual setting, with the assurance you are receiving the highest quality programming and training relevant to your role… More

Happy Thanksgiving

From all us at PSBA, we are thankful for our members, and we wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Our offices will be closed on Thursday, November 24 in observance… More

Register now for the inaugural COSSBA Annual Conference

Registration is now open for the inaugural COSSBA Annual Conference, to be held March 30-April 2, 2023 in Tampa, Florida! This exciting three-day event will include ample learning opportunities, inspiring keynote speakers and dedicated times for member networking… More

Public comment sought on model MOU (safe schools)

The State Board of Education is seeking public comment on the model Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) contained in the Chapter 10 regulations for schools to use with law enforcement agencies. Click here to read the Chapter 10 regulations; the model MOU is at end under Appendix A. Schools may use the model or their own… More

PDE now offers annual “at-a-glance” calendar for due dates for reports, activities

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) has developed an annual calendar to assist school entities in identifying the general timing of annual conferences, training opportunities, activities, report due dates and grant due dates… More