Local leaders highlight need for career and technical education to address ‘workforce gap’

To fill an estimated 80,000 new jobs and open positions in the Pittsburgh area over the next decade, educators, government officials and employers agree that they need to communicate better to prepare the workforce of the future… More

Uneven Play: Most Philadelphia public schools don’t have playgrounds. That’s slowly changing

The monkey bars and jungle gyms commonplace at suburban schools tend to be missing in neighborhoods with high rates of concentrated poverty, and areas with the fewest playgrounds tend to be areas predominantly home to communities of color. WHYY, Feb… More

Gov. Wolf’s Feb. 5 budget address includes increases for education

Yesterday Gov. Tom Wolf delivered his state budget address to the General Assembly. The $34.15 billion proposal is an increase of $927.3 million, or 2.8% over the current year. Education generally fares well under the proposed budget, with increases in the basic subsidy and special education line items… More

Highlights of Gov. Tom Wolf’s state budget proposal

Highlights of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s spending plan for the 2019-20 budget year that starts July 1. Associated Press, Feb… More

PSBA’s Perspective on the Governor’s Budget

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Annette Stevenson Sr. Director of Communications annette.stevenson@psba.org 717.506.2450 ext. 3315 PSBA's Perspective on the Governor's Budget February 5, 2019 [Mechanicsburg, PA] The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA), following today's release of the 2019-2020 Proposed State Education Appropriations, affirms its appreciation to Gov… More

Annual PSBA Budget Briefing presented by Commonwealth Budget Secretary Jen Swails

On Thursday, Feb. 7, join Commonwealth Budget Secretary Jen Swails and PSBA Chief Advocacy Officer John Callahan for an exclusive, complimentary member webinar on the 2019-2020 state budget plan Gov. Wolf will propose on Feb. 5… More

Everyone’s biggest wish for the new Pennsylvania budget: No drama this year

State lawmakers say they hope when Gov. Tom Wolf lays out his proposed spending plan for 2019-2020 on Tuesday, it sets the stage for budget negotiations with as little drama as last summer’s. Sharon Herald, Feb… More

Groups meet to discuss education funding challenge

Educators, district officials, students and community members from across the county and surrounding region came out Saturday morning through freezing conditions to learn advocacy techniques for increasing state education funding subject to the fair funding formula adopted by the state legislature in 2016. Delaware County Daily Times, Feb… More

Latest trend in area schools: Pushing back start times so teens can sleep later

School leaders say the benefits of starting high school and middle school 25 minutes later — such as teens who are more alert in class and aren’t driving drowsy to school — are so obvious they wonder why it’s taken this long for the idea to catch on. Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb… More

Video EDition: Perspective from the Capitol with Sen. Bartolotta

Show them what it takes! In this extended special episode, hear an exclusive interview with Sen. Camera Bartolotta on the importance of schools developing ongoing relationships with their legislators… More