Pennsylvania superintendents, charter school administrators agree on need for funding changes, differ on details

Members of the Pennsylvania State Senate Education Committee heard contrasting comments this week from public education superintendents and leaders of statewide cyber charter schools about funding issues both face in educating students… More

Video EDition: Act 67 revises school safety and security personnel requirements, training

How is your school entity affected by School Code revisions in Act 67 of 2019? In this installment, get a brief overview of the new requirements and training needs for school resource officers, school police officers and school security guards, and learn how to define these roles… More

Active shooter drills have become common in Pittsburgh-area schools but mental health effects remain unknown

ALICE training ⁠— an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate ⁠— has some parents, teachers and security experts concerned because of the “Counter” portion of its training. The institute instructs students of all ages how to fight back, or counter, a shooter… More

Pennsylvania’s charter schools, explained: How they work, and why Gov. Wolf wants to reform them

Whether they want more funding for traditional public schools, or support the growing charter industry, advocates and policymakers across Pennsylvania all agreed on one thing this week: The debate over charter school funding has reached a “crisis point… More

PSBA Addresses the Senate Education Committee on Charter School Funding Reform

Contact: Annette Stevenson Chief Communications Officer annette.stevenson@psba… More

Schooled: Last Chance High — part two

This episode of Schooled continues to follow Joshua Martinez and his classmates at El Centro de Estudiantes as they fight to graduate… More

Lawmakers hear calls for action on property tax reform; ‘we’re reaching the breaking point’

At a well-attended workshop in a Spring Garden Township auditorium on Tuesday, state representatives and senators heard from school officials who aren’t opposed to moving to a different way of funding schools… More

Wolf moves to reform PA’s ‘flawed’ charter school law that he calls one of the worst in the nation

Gov. Tom Wolf is calling for some radical changes in Pennsylvania’s charter school law, a law that he calls flawed, outdated and one of the worst in the nation. At a news conference in Allentown Tuesday, Wolf announced executive actions he is undertaking to reform the 22-year-old law… More

PSBA Supports Governor Taking Steps to Address Charter Funding Issues

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 (Mechanicsburg, PA) – Today, Governor Tom Wolf is calling for reform of the currently flawed funding system for charter and cyber charter schools and strengthening accountability and transparency. PSBA is pleased to see the Governor take action both by pushing much needed regulatory reform and proposing comprehensive legislation… More

PSBA to host required training for school resource officers, Sept. 30 – Oct. 4

Act 67 of 2019 requires all school security personnel, including school police officers, school resource officers and school security guards, to complete the basic school resource officer (SRO) training course offered by the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO). Currently employed security personnel must complete the training by the beginning of March… More