PSBA’s webcast on PSERS now online

A recording of PSBA's April 30 webcast, Teaching the Facts and Dispelling the Myths is now available on myPSBA in the Online Learning section. Experts from PSERS outline the Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS), how it is funded and the history of how the employer rate has risen to its current level… More

PA education secretary visits two Philly schools

Pedro Rivera, the Pennsylvania secretary of education, visited two Philadelphia elementary schools Wednesday. Rivera stopped by the Morton McMichael School and the Paul L. Dunbar School to learn more about what's working there for the students and craft suggestions as to how to improve schools across the state… More

PA House approves novel education benefit for families of National Guard members

Hoping to address a critical concern about insufficient numbers of Pennsylvania National Guard members re-enlisting, the state House of Representatives on Monday gave its stamp of approval to a first-of-its-kind educational incentive program that benefits service member’s family… More

PA superintendents rally in Harrisburg to push for funding reform

Superintendents from across the commonwealth pleaded their case for funding reform in Harrisburg Monday. All 12 of Pennsylvania's urban school district superintendents gathered in Harrisburg to advocate for funding reform… More

House panel approves four charter school bills

A House committee passed four charter school bills Monday, two by party-line votes, amid signs that these bills will see new amendments during the coming weeks… More

Local districts would welcome cyber tuition reform

Bradford is one of the districts that feels the sting of reduced funding due to tuition costs for students who attend cyber charter schools. “School districts must pay the average budgeted amount per pupil (versus our actual costs) to cyber charter schools,” said Katherine Pude, superintendent of Bradford Area School District… More

Schools strained by cyber options

Facing deep budget deficits owed in large part to state mandates including cyber charter school tuition, the Altoona Area and Hollidaysburg Area school boards last week both dreamt about the potential impact of legislation that would drastically reduce their costs of cyber charter school tuition… More

Rep. Sappey to introduce trauma informed education legislation

State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, and Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-Lehigh/Berks, will be introducing legislation aimed at creating trauma-informed school environments in Pennsylvania… More

PA lawmakers consider staffing of school nurses, counselors

A bill introduced in the General Assembly would bring more nurses into Pennsylvania public schools. The legislation would cut the maximum ratio of students to school nurses in half, and establish minimum staffing requirements for other professionals who work with students… More

‘Run, Hide, Fight’ mindset making way into US schools

The actions of students who died tackling gunmen at two U.S. campuses a week apart have been hailed as heroic. At a growing number of schools around the country, they also reflect guidance to students, at least in some situations, to do what they can to disrupt shootings… More