How did your child’s school perform on state exams? You can find out here

The state Department of Education has released school by school results of the 2019 Keystone Exams and the 2019 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests… More

Ban on flavored e-cigarettes proposed for Pennsylvania

A ban on flavored e-cigarettes has been proposed in Pennsylvania, following the lead of New Jersey and several other states that are scrambling to restrict access to vaping products, which have contributed to a spike in nicotine use among teenagers… More

Wolf administration highlights how Restore Pennsylvania will help broadband issues in Pennsylvania’s rural schools

Governor’s Office of Broadband Initiatives Acting Executive Director Sheri Collins and Department of Education Deputy Secretary for Commonwealth Libraries Glenn Miller recently visited Harmony Area School District in Clearfield County to discuss how lack of access to high-speed internet hurts students’ ability to learn, and how the Restore Pennsylvania proposal will help to close the… More

Vote YES on House Bill 49: Ask the House to concur with Senate amendments on security personnel fixes

Last week the Senate passed House Bill 49 (Rep. Brown, R-Monroe) with needed amendments to address issues schools are experiencing in implementing requirements under Act 67 of 2019 related to safety and security personnel… More

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Schools: Webinar Series

PSBA hosted six virtual sessions with presentations by an expert on critical and timely topics; communication practices during the coronavirus pandemic; the business of boards during shutdown; facilities restoration and clean-up, and other essential topics. Members have access to the following recorded sessions via Wednesday, March 18, 2020 Prepare. Don’t Panic… More

Access to federal issues impacting public education

Decisions made by Congress ultimately impact public education nationwide, and the 2020 federal budget is no different. Although the fiscal year began on October 1, no fiscal year (FY) 2020 spending bills have reached President Donald Trump’s desk… More

Protected: 2019 School Law Workshop: Presentation Materials

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Senate passes Act 67 fixes for school police officer arrest and training deadline

This summer, Governor Tom Wolf signed into law Act 67 of 2019 that makes numerous changes concerning school security personnel, establishes training requirements and sets provisions on who is authorized to carry firearms. Inadvertently, Act 67 eliminated arrest authority from fully trained police officers employed by school districts… More

‘Bizarre’ circumstances have a charter school appeal stuck in limbo in Harrisburg, with taxpayers footing the bill

The state Charter Appeals Board, which mediates disputes between locally elected school boards and charter schools, is currently unable to take action on an appeal brought by the Propel Charter School network, which wants to consolidate 13 campuses in Pittsburgh into one entity overseen by a single board and administration… More

There’s a national mental health crisis and this local high school wants to fight it

One in four children in America have experienced a significant traumatic event, but there’s a dearth of mental health supports available. In the Lehigh Valley, there’s a three-month wait for children to obtain psychological services outside of school; the wait for psychiatrists is even longer, according to the district… More