‘Cyber snow days:’ Why few school districts statewide opted in for the program

Fewer than 80 school districts, charter schools and others across the state have opted to use “cyber snow days” for the 2019-20 school year, according to the state Department of Education's website… More

PA Farm Bill Farm to School grant program accepting applications through January 15

The PA Farm to School grant program offered through the PA Department of Agriculture aims to enrich the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local producers by changing food purchasing behaviors and education practices at schools and early childhood education sites. NorthCentralPA… More

PSBA remembers Robert I. “Bob” Miller

Robert I. “Bob” Miller, longtime school board director at Penn Hills School District and former PSBA president, passed away on December 27 at the age of 90. In addition to his 26 years of school board service, Miller served on the board of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit from 1976 – 1986… More

New case tests big question: Can Philly kids sue after getting sick in school buildings?

Dean Pagan became a poster child for Philadelphia’s school infrastructure woes when The Philadelphia Inquirer featured his case of lead poisoning in an investigative story last year… More

School Law Information Exchange, Public Sector Arbitration Newsletters (2019)

Volume 56, 2019 Download the complete SLIE-PSA Index for Volume 56, 2019. Issue 26, Dec. 20 — In this issue: School Laws M.S. v. Hillsborough Township Public School District, 2019 WL 6817169 (3rd Cir. 2019) Ambler v. Board of School Directors of Hatboro-Horsham School District, et al, 2019 WL 6754781 (Pa. Cmwlth… More

PSBA offices closed for the holidays

PSBA offices will be closed from December 24 through January 1, and will reopen on Thursday, January 2, 2020. We will resume posting homepage news on Friday, January 3… More

Charter funding: A closer look at special education tuition

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, a school district's special education funding is based on student need. However, that is not the case for public charter schools that receive special education tuition payments from school districts… More

Video EDition: Community relations resources for school leaders

In this installment, learn how to access training that can increase school directors' skills in effective communication with the public. Also, leverage the Success Starts Here public awareness campaign to share your schools' positive news statewide. Watch it here… More

January is School Director Recognition Month!

Research shows a correlation between highly effective boards and student achievement. Because school boards play a crucial role in helping schools provide a quality education to every student, January is once again being declared School Director Recognition Month… More

‘It works:’ Pennsylvania teachers, police give advice to NC about new school safety program

The State of North Carolina and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania may be known for their shared past as colonies and Civil War battlegrounds, but their collective futures will soon be linked by their common status as pioneers in school safety… More