Lawmakers, state officials dig into potential pension fixes

A state commission is trying to figure out how to cut costs in Pennsylvania's two largest, heavily-indebted pension funds. Depending on what numbers you use, the State Employees' Retirement System and Public School Employees' Retirement System have between about $66 and $89 billion in unfunded liabilities… More

Back to school: How public education ranks in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania ranked 30th in quality and 17th in safety in the study by the personal finance website WalletHub. Patch… More

Elementary principals worry more about student well-being than a decade ago

Elementary school principals say they are very worried about the rising numbers of students with emotional problems. They are concerned that more students have mental health needs. They also rank family poverty, school safety, and students' lack of effective supervision at home as high on their list of anxieties about student well-being… More

Opinion: Early childhood investments pay off in societal benefits

Consistent research demonstrates that quality early learning programs reduce disadvantages and result in fewer behavior problems, improve school outcomes, increase high school graduation rates and reduce criminal activity. TribLive… More

School district surpluses a mix of moderately healthy to dangerously low

Are local school districts hording money or saving too little? A new analysis suggests most districts have reserves within a recommended range but below a state maximum, though a few are clearly operating without a net… More

Protected: School Board Secretaries Conference, August 2018: Handouts

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National study takes hard look at PA school district consolidations

The formation of the Central Valley School District remains the only successful and voluntary school district merger in Pennsylvania, nearly 10 years after the deal was finalized… More

Governor Wolf awards Teacher in the Workplace grants

Gov. Tom Wolf recently awarded more than $2 million in Teacher in the Workplace grants.The program allows educators to shadow someone in business and industry fields so they can experience firsthand what it’s like, and bring that experience back to their classrooms… More

Dr. Richard Frerichs (Penn Manor SD), PSBA Past President

Dr. Richard Frerichs is a Millersville University professor emeritus, the 2014 President of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, a PSBA Master School Board Director and the recipient of the Allwein Advocacy award… More

William S. LaCoff (Owen J. Roberts SD), PSBA Past President

LaCoff was first elected to the school board of Owen J. Roberts SD (Chester Co.) in 1995. Prior to retirement, he was employed in various aspects of the real estate industry; as a mortgage broker, an agent and a property manager… More