Counting Poor Students Is Getting Harder

Researchers, grant-makers and policymakers have long relied on enrollment numbers for the federally subsidized Free and Reduced-Price Lunch program. They use those numbers as a handy proxy for measuring how many students are struggling economically. NPR… More

Saucon Valley teachers, board near to arbitration

If the Saucon Valley School Board doesn't agree to the latest contract proposal submitted by the teachers union, the two sides will enter nonbinding arbitration, said the district's labor attorney Jeffrey Sultanik… More

From boardroom to Hazle Twp. classroom, Wolf promotes public education

Gov. Tom Wolf has been in office just over 100 days and in that brief time it has become apparent his priority is education… More

In budgetary crisis, school paraprofessionals, families left in want

School officials are reporting an unprecedented surge in outsourcing jobs once performed by district employees, and that trend includes classroom workers such as instructional aides and substitute teachers. The reason: to save millions of dollars in health insurance required by the Affordable Care Act and in skyrocketing pension costs… More

Property tax relief to take center stage in PA state House

This is a big week for homeowners in Pennsylvania who want something done about their tax bills. The state House is expected to take up legislation from state Rep. Stan Saylor, R-York, which, he says, would reduce school property tax bills by 40 percent to 60 percent in most districts… More

Pennsylvania Senate expected to pass public employee pension overhaul

A Senate vote this week on a bill to eliminate guaranteed pension benefits for state and school employees sets the stage for budget negotiations between Republicans controlling the legislature and Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat… More

Keystone Exams one big headache for Lehigh Valley school districts

While students are worrying about passing the exams, school districts are panicking over what happens when scores of students fail the Keystones multiple times and have to do the project-based assessments… More

PSBA’s All-Access Package

Your best value and cost savings is PSBA’s enhanced All-Access Package for a small additional fee above your standard membership dues. This unique option gives your district leadership team the LEARN Pass (formerly Board Value Pass), Board Evaluation Consult, Policy Maintenance, Comprehensive Subscription package, and a 15% discount on annual conference and Administrative Regulations… More

Uncharted waters ahead for Senate pension changes

The state Senate GOP's plan to change to the state's pension system is a heavy political lift that remains untested in the Legislature. After months of silence on the details of a pension overhaul proposal, Republican leaders are gearing up for a fast and furious week… More

A breakdown of Gov. Wolf’s plan for new education spending

Sixth in an occasional series of podcasts and web “explainers.” In the first year of his plan, the governor wants to increase pre-K through higher education spending by $1 billion. Of this figure, $500 million would go to K-12 classrooms ($400 million to basic education and $100 million to special education). Newsworks… More