Residents to appeal move toward gas drilling near Mars Area schools

Opponents of shale gas drilling near the Mars Area School District campus in Middlesex, Butler County, say they will appeal Wednesday’s township decisions to approve new zoning rules that open up more than 90 percent of the township for gas drilling and development, including areas within a half-mile of the schools… More

A recipe for real pension reform

No sound bit explains or solves Pennsylvania’s pension crisis. Thankfully, Harrisburg’s perennial pension debates have taken on a more serious note. Perhaps sound policy decisions will trump the political posturing that has left the Pennsylvania School Employees’ Retirement System hamstrung… More

Officials: Analysis underscores Phila. schools’ need for funding

In the face of steep funding cuts, the city school system is now spending less to educate each student than it had since 2008, and benefits are costing nearly $8,000 more per teacher than they did three years ago… More

For some W.Pa. high schoolers, summer a time to hit books at universities

Summer break is traditionally a time for family vacations, afternoon baseball games and lazy days at the pool, but some Pittsburgh-area high school students enroll in a summer enrichment program at one of the city's universities, using the time to focus on college admission prep or career exploration… More

Pa. cyber charters not happy with Gov. Wolf’s proposed steep cuts

For years, many public education advocates have been howling about the way Pennsylvania funds cyber charter schools. It works like this: Say there's a cyber charter with a physical headquarters in Altoona… More

ICYMI: Recap of Tuesday’s Twitter chat with Terry Madonna and education leaders

In case you missed it, view the recap of Tuesday's Twitter chat  with education leaders and invited guest G… More

What is a millage rate, and how does it affect school funding?

Millage is a term that represents the tax rate levied on real estate or other property. A mill is one thousandth of a dollar, or one tenth of one cent. The millage rate is the number of dollars of tax assessed for each $1,000 of property value… More

Cost of business: Exploring public school legal fees in Pennsylvania

As part of PennLive's look at legal fees charged to the Harrisburg School District, we also delved into legal fees charged to public school districts and charter schools across the state. We compiled the data from state State Department of Education reports on secondary education costs for a 10-year time span. Pennlive… More

Borrowing to Replenish Depleted Pensions

Facing a shortfall of more than $50 billion in his state’s pensions, and with no simple solution at hand, Gov. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania is proposing to issue $3 billion in bonds, despite the role that such bonds have already played in the fiscal woes of other places… More

Wagner says schools in PA not underfunded, Wolf continues push for more $

Senator Scott Wagner (R-York) is sick of what he calls the myth of underfunded schools in Pennsylvania. He so wanted to make his point that he chartered a helicopter and flew us over a few of the Midstate’s larger school districts… More