Wilkinsburg School District eyes options for deficit

Penn Hills School District, grappling with a $9 million deficit, is not interested in enrolling students from nearby Wilkinsburg High School who could bring with them $3 million in revenue, Penn Hills' schools chief said… More

Schools urged to assemble spending plan

State Rep. Mike Sturla, a Democrat from Lancaster, offered some advice on how to advance Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to cut property taxes and increase education funding… More

Acting Secretary Rivera Announces Finalists for 2016 Teacher of the Year

Acting Secretary Pedro Rivera announced today the 12 finalists for the 2016 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year. “As a former educator, I am proud to call these professionals my colleagues because they understand that the job of educating our youth does not begin and end with a school bell,” Rivera said… More

LETTERS: Pa. needs fair funding formula for schools

While many motorists feel certain that Pennsylvania leads the nation in potholes, there is another top ranking for the Keystone state, number one in the lack of fairness in school district funding. The data is derived from a U.S. Department of Education study on the commonwealth’s per pupil spending in 2011-12… More

Pa. budget on time? Not likely, Wolf says

Gov. Wolf said Tuesday that he doubts the state will enact the next fiscal year's budget by the June 30 deadline, a prediction that signaled a protracted and partisan fight building in the Capitol… More

Acting state education secretary gets a primer on county issues

During his first meeting with school superintendents in Allegheny County, acting Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera was able to convince them of one thing: He’s walked in their shoes… More

Sen. Jake Corman hopes to work with Gov. Tom Wolf on Pennsylvania budget, pension reform

State Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Benner Township, has nice things to say about Pennsylvania’s new governor. “He’s an affable man. He wants to do the right thing,” he told the Centre Daily Times editorial board as he sat down to talk about issues important to the state and his district… More

Gateway school district struggles to cover soaring teacher pension costs

The Public School Employees' Retirement System — the investment fund that provides pensions and health care premium assistance to more than 203,000 retired Pennsylvania school workers — is expected to take up an additional $1.6 million in Gateway School District's budget next year… More

National News: Senate plan to revise No Child Left Behind Law would not measure teachers by test scores

A bipartisan Senate bill revising the No Child Left Behind law, and eliminating many of its most punitive elements, was announced on Tuesday… More

National News: Teachers turn to crowdfunding for classroom support

In classrooms around the country, it's not just the students who are asked to be creative. Teachers must find new ways to financially support their classrooms. “I think every district [has] been hit at some level,” Tom Gentzel, executive director of the National School Boards Association, said… More