House GOP property tax plan vote delayed in a quest for compromise

A vote on a House Republican-crafted property tax reform plan that was scheduled for Tuesday's House Finance Committee was delayed until early next month. Committee Chairman Bernie O'Neill said the delay came as a last-minute request of House Majority Leader Dave Reed, R-Indiana, who is working on the issue with Gov. Tom Wolf's staff… More

Senate panel gives nod to Rivera’s confirmation as education secretary

Following a healthy discussion that touched on a myriad of educational issues, the Senate Education Committee voted on Tuesday to recommend Pedro Rivera's nomination as Gov. Tom Wolf's education secretary for confirmation by the full Senate… More

Editorial: Fund schools fairly so all students receive quality education

There's no doubt that public education has emerged as a top issue for voters, parents and taxpayers across our state. Headlines in virtually every paper help to explain why many school districts are struggling with rising costs amid declining revenues in recent years… More

Bethlehem updates policies to include transgender students and staff

The Bethlehem Area School Board this week updated its nondiscrimination and harassment policies to include gender identity and gender expression. The board Monday night unanimously updated six policies covering both transgender students and and employees… More

Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court dismisses school funding lawsuit

A panel of judges has dismissed a lawsuit from school districts and parents claiming that Pennsylvania's system of school funding fails to meet the state's obligation to students… More

Philadelphia schools chief says district can’t cut anymore

The superintendent of Philadelphia's public schools said Monday that the district, Pennsylvania's largest, cannot cut anymore services or personnel, as he lobbies state lawmakers for more aid to pull the district out of a persistent deficit… More

State Senate majority leader has pension-reform plan in works

Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Dist. 34) expects to introduce a plan in the coming weeks to  reform the structure of the state’s beleaguered pension system for current and future employees… More

Philadelphia’s rejected charter schools beginning to resubmit applications

Philadelphia School Reform Commission already rejected 34 out of 39 charter school applications this year. But any rejected charter can put its application back on the table, according to Pennsylvania charter law. One applicant, KIPP West Philadelphia Charter, has already resubmitted. Newsworks… More

Lunch programs eat away at Western Pennsylvania school districts’ funds

Public school food service programs, which have been battered by rising food costs and federal mandates requiring healthier but more expensive meals for students, are looking for ways to stop bleeding cash… More

PSBA Grants Support Program now available

I am pleased to introduce the PSBA Grants Support Program, now available as part of your PSBA membership. The Grants Support Program is a grants development resource for your school entity that allows you access to an intuitive and user-friendly searchable grants database here… More