Summary of House Bill 1897

Quick summary: House Bill 1897 (Rep. Sonney, R-Erie) requires school districts to offer full-time cyber education programs by the 2021-22 school year. Overall, the proposal would require all districts to provide one full-time cyber education program and offer two alternative programs from third-party vendors… More

One more date left for New and Advanced School Director Training

PSBA offers you high-impact, engaging live training that newly elected and reseated school directors can attend to be certified in new and advanced required training. There is one session remaining on February 3 (Monaca, PA). Learn more and register now… More

Guest substitutes help fill the gap as the number of teachers declines

The guest substitutes help school districts while at the same time giving a flexible option to people who seek part-time work, are potentially interested in pursuing careers in education or want to work with children in their communities… More

Plan for new teacher evaluations would limit impact of standardized tests

The current system — created by Aument's 2012 bill — is based half on in-class observation and half on students' performance on standardized testing. The new iteration would change that to 70% observation and 30% testing… More

Governor to seek PA school construction aid amid health issues

With budget season approaching, Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration is developing a plan to help deal with aging school buildings plagued by environmental problems, including lead paint and asbestos insulation, his office said… More

Final Commonwealth Education Blueprint released

Phase I of the Commonwealth Education Blueprint was released in October of 2018. PSBA is pleased to announce the release of the final Blueprint report, which is focused on carrying out the work of Phase I. The Commonwealth Education Blueprint project is a statewide vision for the future of public education in Pennsylvania… More

Clairton and West Jefferson Hills school districts among nation’s starkest economic divides

Three school districts in Western Pennsylvania were identified on a national report showing stark economic differences between neighboring districts. ”Fault Lines,” released Thursday by the nonprofit EdBuild, named America’s 50 “most segregating school district borders” — defined as neighboring districts with strong differences in student poverty rates and resources allocated to students… More

Keystone Education Radio Episode 1: Different, Not Deficient

In this podcast, author and advocate Jonathan Mooney discusses his book Normal Sucks, his journey of growing up with a learning difference and how these experiences shaped the work he is doing today. Click on the image above to watch a brief video preview of this episode… More

Registration open for Sectional Meetings

PSBA is coming to you! Hear relevant content from statewide experts, district practitioners and PSBA government affairs staff at PSBA’s annual membership gathering. Your PSBA Sectional Advisor and Advocacy Ambassador will be on-site to connect with you and share important information for you to take back to your district. Register online and learn more… More

GOP eyes shake-up of Pennsylvania’s Democratic-majority court

For the first time in three decades, Republicans in Pennsylvania are facing the redrawing of legislative and congressional districts without a friendly state Supreme Court majority to referee disputes, but perhaps not for long… More