For schools on the brink, state mulling more ways to help

The Wolf administration is reconsidering the way the commonwealth helps school districts with rocky finances. Four of Pennsylvania's 500 school districts have such severe money problems that the state has put them on financial recovery status, appointing an outside officer to balance the books… More

Fewer state dollars shifts Centennial’s budget burden to locals

As the Centennial School Board wrestles with developing its budget for 2015-16, one director put the blame for a likely tax increase squarely on the shrinking share of state and federal dollars… More

Legislators, stakeholders, say Gov. Wolf’s pension reform plan falls short

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed solution to reform the state’s $50 billion deficit is meeting ire from state lawmakers and other stakeholders… More

Editorial: York City superintendent lays out goals for district

Over the past several months there has been great discussion regarding the future of York City schools. While those discussions have occurred, we in the district have remained focused on educating children… More

Senate GOP eyes current workers as source of pension savings

Pennsylvania's cold war over public pensions is heating up as state Senate Republicans consider resurrecting a plan to reduce future benefits for current state and school employees. Such a move would affect hundreds of thousands of workers. Majority Leader Jake Corman said this week that savings could free up money for other programs… More

Pennsylvania bill debates definition of taxable charities

Eli Evankovich pays taxes on the Delmont day care center he and his wife run, so why, he asked last week, shouldn’t the YMCA? As a state legislator who sits on the House Finance Committee, Mr… More

Lackawanna County school taxes drive majority of burden

Driven by school taxes, North Abington Twp. has the highest tax burden in Lackawanna County for 2015, a Sunday Times tax analysis has found. Scranton, Carbondale and swaths of both the Abingtons and the North Pocono area annually comprise the top 10 most-expensive communities… More

Should an Oreo require a permission slip?

Sometimes, the tiniest thing can go viral. Like a cookie. A Lower Merion mom learned that this week, after her Twitter rant over a school permission slip became part of an online debate about schools, food, and parenting… More

Editorial: Fund schools, taper control

There is scant doubt that Pennsylvanians want the state government to provide a higher percentage of funding for public schools. It’s a fundamental reason that Tom Wolf, rather than Tom Corbett, is the governor. But the focus on funding — revenue — has obscured another side of the issue… More

Editorial: Who Is Closing PA Schools?

Over the past few months I have attended two public hearings in two separate school districts about the closing of two separate rural elementary schools, and they show pretty clearly the giant disconnect that allows the assault on public education to continue unchecked… More