The latest education-related news from PSBA and other sources

Register and reserve housing now for the PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference

Register, reserve housing and learn more about the PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference on the newly designed conference website at paschoolleaders.org! This event is a premier professional development and networking opportunity for school leaders in Pennsylvania. With 30+ education sessions, inspiring speakers and 150+ exhibitors, you'll want to start planning your conference experience now… More

Video EDition: Clarification on legal developments involving transgender students in PA schools

In this installment of Video EDition, learn how a recent legal development involving transgender students may affect your district. PSBA's Sr. Director of Legal Services Stuart Knade examines the issue and related media coverage… More

Pennsylvania has 500 school districts. What’s stopping consolidations?

The difficulty of school district consolidation was the topic of a bipartisan hearing Monday held by the Senate’s Majority and Minority Policy committees, where senators and education experts discussed the possibility of reducing the number of public school districts across the state… More

Governor vetoes $100M private schools bill in Pennsylvania

Governor Tom Wolf is vetoing budget-season legislation to substantially ramp up taxpayer support for private and religious schools in Pennsylvania. In Wolf's veto message Tuesday, he questioned why Pennsylvania should expand a tax credit that subsidizes private institutions while the state's public school system remains underfunded… More

Are the kids all right? Pennsylvania has some work to do to improve children’s lives, report says

Among the 50 states, Pennsylvania ranks 17th overall in child well-being, according to a report released Monday. However, while it fares well in the education and health of its children, it ranks much lower on economic and family issues… More

Become a 2019-2020 Advocacy Ambassador

PSBA is seeking applications for two open Advocacy Ambassador positions. Candidates should have experience in day-to-day functions of a school district, on the school board, or in a school leadership position… More

Pennsylvania has a surplus, and lots of budget patches, too

In Pennsylvania, good fiscal times may not necessarily mean good fiscal condition.The rage in the state Capitol right now is the surplus that state government rolled up in the almost-ended fiscal year, helped by unexpectedly strong corporate and sales tax collections… More

Ortitay proposes change in disbursement of school safety money

State Rep. Jason Ortitay, R-Cecil, has introduced legislation to change the way funds allocated under the $60 million school safety and security block grant program are disbursed… More

Bill would keep charter schools from claiming they are tuition-free

A bill that passed the state House on Wednesday with little resistance includes numerous accountability changes for charter schools, including language that would require them to disclose that they are taxpayer-funded. The wording for that change comes from legislation crafted by Schlossberg. The state Senate has yet to vote on the bill… More

2nd Annual Equity Summit announced

The Pennsylvania School Boards Association is hosting a pre-conference Equity Summit on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. This summit presents an opportunity for school leaders from across the Commonwealth to learn best practices, network with other school leaders, and engage in discussions and organizing in developing a culturally responsive and inclusive school environment… More