Schools CFO to leave Philly

Matthew Stanski, the Philadelphia School District's well-regarded chief financial officer, is leaving the school system, a spokesman confirmed… More

Wolf praises Pa. House property tax vote as ‘remarkable’

Gov. Tom Wolf is heaping praise on Pennsylvania's House, after the GOP-controlled chamber passed a property tax-overhaul plan with bipartisan support. Wolf called it “the first substantive property tax reform bill” in his lifetime. Newsworks… More

House votes to advance property tax reform plan to Senate

After decades of tinkering around the edges on school property tax reform, the state House on Wednesday showed its determination to find a way to deliver substantive relief to property owners this year. Pennlive… More

Pa. Senate Republicans stand together, pass pension reform bill

On a 28-19 vote, the Senate's Republican majority carried a major public employee pension reform measure to passage Wednesday afternoon. All Republicans present voted for the bill except one, Sen. Stewart Greenleaf of Montgomery County. All Democrats present voted against it. Pennlive… More

PSBA applauds approval of PlanCon reform bill

PSBA is encouraged to see House Bill 210 pass the full House and move onto the Senate. The bill would create a simplified new process known as the Accountability and Reducing Costs in Construction Process, or ARCCon. The association applauds Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) for his work to move this bill forward… More

Editorial: The truth about cyber charter schools

Your recent article “Jeannette joins the call for cyberschool funding change” begs a rebuttal. The rationale the district relies upon is tired and flawed. Alarmingly, in presenting an entirely one-sided story, your editorial team and reporter did not strive to meet a basic journalistic principle: balance… More

High school graduation rates hit another all-time high

With over 81% of students graduating within four-years of entering high school, the Class of 2013 achieved the highest on-time graduation rate in U.S. history according to the 2015 Building a Grad Nation report. At 86%, Pennsylvania is well above the national average… More

House poised to vote on property tax reform on Wednesday

In what some described as the most significant property tax vote in decades if not longer, the state House on Tuesday approved a proposal that would shift $4.2 billion of the school funding burden that property owners now bear on to wage earners and consumers. Pennlive… More

Senate pension bill savings of $18 billion iffy

A Senate bill to overhaul the state's two debt-ridden pension systems could save taxpayers $18.2 billion over 30 years by reducing benefits for current and future state workers and school employees. Or maybe not… More

Five takeaways from the Senate Republicans’ proposed reform of Pennsylvania’s statewide pension plans

Here's some early observations from the preliminary analysis of Senate Republicans' effort to reform Pennsylvania's two statewide public pension systems. (See more under Legislative Update section below.) Pennlive… More