School safety and security updates

As school entities discuss school safety and security issues and prepare their annual board reports, PSBA has been working diligently to provide resources and information to assist school directors and administrators on this important subject. Guidance on the annual school safety and security board report is available on PSBA’s website… More

PSBA’s Transgender Legal Update revised

Revisions have been made to the transgender update article on PSBA's website. The changes reflect recent developments. Click here to see the full article… More

Podcast: Foundation Growth – From the Ground Up

An education foundation can supplement a schools’ programs and new initiatives, where constrained school district budgets have little room to expand or absorb new expenses. Starting up a foundation may seem daunting… More

Education Department encourages students to nominate a Teacher of the Year

As the school year draws to a close, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is encouraging students to acknowledge educators who’ve impacted their lives by nominating a teacher for the next cohort of Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year candidates… More

PA committee to study consolidation of school districts

When it comes to the future of public education in Pennsylvania, some state lawmakers have some studying ahead of them. Specifically, the bipartisan group of senators plans to look at possibly consolidating the state's 500 school districts… More

House passes charter school package, but funding conundrum remains

State House lawmakers have passed a slate of bills aimed at reforming the commonwealth's 22-year-old charter school laws. Two sparked impassioned debate — but a larger discussion about funding is still brewing… More

Gov. Wolf signs bill creating CPR curriculum for PA schools

Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law a bill that would require high school students to learn CPR prior to graduation. Act 7, formerly Senate Bill 115, requires the Pennsylvania Department of Education to create curriculum teaching CPR… More

State Senate backs bill to expand armed school security options

Pennsylvania's Senate is backing legislation that supporters say give school districts and private schools more options to hire armed security guards. The bill passed 32-17 on Tuesday, with a handful of Democrats joining the Republican majority to send it to the House of Representatives. WITF, Jun… More

With new tip line in place, lawmakers push schools to address reported threats

In the wake of the Parkland shooting, Pennsylvania’s Legislature last year poured $60 million into school safety funding while also creating a statewide tip line to report threats of violence. Now, the House and Senate are advancing legislation to mandate school districts use that information for prevention… More

$100M private schools bill starts budget season fight

Legislation to substantially expand taxpayer support for private and religious schools in Pennsylvania won passage Tuesday in the Republican-controlled Legislature, although Gov. Tom Wolf is signaling that he will block it… More