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

State Budget webcast — July 9

Join PSBA experts for an in-depth look at the 2019-20 state budget and related School Code bills in this hour-long webcast on July 9 at noon. What do the new numbers and policy changes mean for your school district, teachers and students? Bring your questions to this complimentary webcast exclusively for members! Register online… More

Wolf signs bill to clarify armed school security options

Gov. Tom Wolf is signing legislation that his office says clarifies the options for who school districts and private schools can hire as armed security guards, although Wolf's administration says it bars districts from allowing teachers to be armed… More

Wolf signs plan for ‘cyber snow days’

Snow days may no longer be school-free days for Pennsylvania students. Schools can now have “cyber snow days” when bad weather prevents students from coming to school, according to legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Tom Wolf… More

State of the State: The (sometimes tumultuous) path to passing PA’s budget (podcast)

Pennsylvania officially has a budget for the new fiscal year, and it was — mostly — signed into law two days ahead of deadline. As far as budgets go in Harrisburg, it was a breeze — after all just four years ago, an impasse over funding dragged on for nine months… More

ISTE 2019: Access, teacher training key to tackling digital divide

The integration of technology into education — which includes everything from online homework to digital textbooks — has led to increasing concerns around digital equity, said panelists at the 2019 International Society for Technology in Education conference. They also addressed the question of how educators can bridge the gap… More

Seven big takeaways for education in the new PA budget

As Pennsylvania lawmakers finalized this year’s budget, a flurry of hotly-debated education proposals have been decided. Here are the latest updates on seven major education issues — from funding to charters, school security to teacher evaluations — that made headlines in Harrisburg over the last few months… More

Haves and have-nots: 60% of PA school districts headed for fiscal stress

The majority of Pennsylvania public schools are headed over a fiscal cliff in the next five years… More

PA grants to fund programs that educate on environmental issues

A one-acre pollinator garden. Climate change workshops. Riparian buffer planting. Field trips for fourth- and sixth-graders. Those are some of the programs being funded by the latest round of Environmental Education Grants announced Friday by the state Department of Environmental Protection… More