Local school leaders mull state AG’s standardized testing report

Some superintendents are not as certain as the state Auditor General that replacing Keystone Exams with the SAT or PSAT will save state taxpayers money… More

SAT to replace Keystone Exams?

In a special report released Wednesday, auditor general Eugene DePasquale recommends replacing the Keystone Exams with the SAT, a nationally recognized test that he says would save money. The PA Department of Education notes that over the last three years, they have actually reduced the cost of standardized testing, including the Keystone Exams by 30%… More

Start Strong: New director on-boarding event for districts announced

Registration is now open for “Start Strong: Developing a District On-Boarding Plan for New Directors.” This single-day program facilitated by PSBA trainers and an experienced PA board president will guide attendees to creating a strong, full year on-boarding schedule based on best practices and thoughtful prioritization… More

Breaking down state’s finances, long-term challenges

Gov. Tom Wolf and state Treasurer Joe Torsella celebrated Tuesday with what they said will be Pennsylvania's largest deposit into its budgetary reserve account in nearly two decades. Still, not every outlook for the state is rosy, and it still has its share of fiscal challenges, including pension debt… More

PAsmart makes Pennsylvania a leader in STEM education

The state is partnering with private industry and schools to strategically invest in science and technology education, expand apprenticeships, and increase on-the-job training… More

Guidelines for 2019-2020 free and reduced School Lunch Program announced

The PA Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the guidelines that determine eligibility for the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Special Milk Program for Children, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, and the Summer Food Service Program. Levittownnow… More

In 2017, lawmakers outlawed ‘lunch shaming.’ Now, alternative meals are back

This year the Legislature brought a version of the “lunch shaming” law back through the school code. If a child owes more than $50 in lunch fees, schools can now serve them alternative meals until the balance is paid or until their parents agree to a repayment plan… More

Erie School District charter plan says ‘Welcome Home’

The Erie School District will unleash a blue wave as it launches its effort to curb charter school enrollment. Wearing dark blue T-shirts declaring how much they love Erie’s Public Schools, teams of principals and teachers plan to visit homes of students who attend cyber charters or the brick-and-mortar charter schools that enroll students from the district… More

National teacher shortage affects Pennsylvania

The United States, including Pennsylvania, is dealing with a teacher shortage. Since 1996, the number of undergraduate education majors has declined 55%. Additionally, since 2009, the number of newly issued in-state instructional teaching certificates has dropped by 71%, according to the PA Department of Education… More

Register for School Solicitors Symposium — July 11

Are you a school law practitioner? Plan to attend the School Solicitors Symposium July 11-12 at Nittany Lion Inn in State College. The symposium provides networking opportunities and training focused on topics of special significance to the practice of school law. Participants may earn up to 7.5 CLE credits (6.5 substantive, 1 ethics)… More