Teacher-layoff bill advances in Pennsylvania House

A bill that would end seniority-based teacher layoffs was voted 14-9 out of the House Education Committee today. It is an issue that has come up repeatedly. In the previous session, such a bill was voted out of committee but did not advance in the House… More

Capitolwire: ‘Protecting excellent teachers’ bill gets approval from House Education Committee

Reprinted with Permission By Christen Smith, Staff Reporter, Capitolwire HARRISBURG (May 4) — A bill designed to prevent newly-hired teachers from becoming the first staff laid off when school districts implement furloughs made its way out of committee Monday. The House Education Committee voted 14-9 on House Bill 805, sponsored by Rep… More

Editorial: Wolf’s education agenda hurts Pa. families

Gov. Tom Wolf has wasted little time crystalizing his vision for public education — and it doesn’t look promising for families supportive of school choice… More

Editorial: Courting disappointment in education funding

Kids — and taxpayers — in the William Penn School District who for years have faced an uphill slog, weighed down by an inherently unfair funding system that penalized them for no good reason other than their zip code, got a hard civics lesson this week… More

Pennsylvania state revenues exceed projections by $569M through April

Pennsylvania is getting some good state budget news. The Revenue Department reported Friday that April revenues exceeded projections by $201 million, or about 5 percent. That pushes the surplus for the first nine months of the fiscal year to $569 million… More

Performance-based pay awarded to 49 city principals

Principals in Pittsburgh Public Schools are receiving performance-based pay of up to $11,500 each, with the largest amounts going to those leading the fastest-improving schools in the district… More

Drive to depoliticize Pa. school funds adds intrigue in Capitol

It's the first thing each Pennsylvania state lawmaker checks in a governor's brand-new budget proposal: How much more money the public schools in their districts would get. Then it's closely watched until the governor signs a budget bill… More

School districts wait for reimbursements for renovation projects

A delay and more budget uncertainty could be ahead for Pennsylvania school districts awaiting state money for hundreds of construction projects totaling $1.2 billion. Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed 2016 budget would reinstate a moratorium his predecessor imposed on applications for reimbursement and leave the funding level at about $306.2 million for projects in the system… More

PSBA Legislative Alert: House Ed Committee to vote on Economic Furlough, OSTC Expansion Bills on Monday

On Monday, May 4, at 11 a.m., the House Education Committee will consider two pieces of legislation that impact public schools in very different ways. PSBA is asking members to call or email committee members — whether or not they are your local legislators — with key messages… More

Explainer Podcast 4: What does a state education formula do?

Nationally, most education funding comes from local sources, but all state governments contribute to school costs in some way. Most of the time, the state programs compensate in some way for differences in property wealth, income levels, and taxing capacity among school districts… More