Active shooter drills have become common in Pittsburgh-area schools but mental health effects remain unknown

ALICE training ⁠— an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate ⁠— has some parents, teachers and security experts concerned because of the “Counter” portion of its training. The institute instructs students of all ages how to fight back, or counter, a shooter… More

Pennsylvania’s charter schools, explained: How they work, and why Gov. Wolf wants to reform them

Whether they want more funding for traditional public schools, or support the growing charter industry, advocates and policymakers across Pennsylvania all agreed on one thing this week: The debate over charter school funding has reached a “crisis point… More

PSBA Addresses the Senate Education Committee on Charter School Funding Reform

Contact: Annette Stevenson Chief Communications Officer annette.stevenson@psba… More

Schooled: Last Chance High — part two

This episode of Schooled continues to follow Joshua Martinez and his classmates at El Centro de Estudiantes as they fight to graduate… More

Lawmakers hear calls for action on property tax reform; ‘we’re reaching the breaking point’

At a well-attended workshop in a Spring Garden Township auditorium on Tuesday, state representatives and senators heard from school officials who aren’t opposed to moving to a different way of funding schools… More

Wolf moves to reform PA’s ‘flawed’ charter school law that he calls one of the worst in the nation

Gov. Tom Wolf is calling for some radical changes in Pennsylvania’s charter school law, a law that he calls flawed, outdated and one of the worst in the nation. At a news conference in Allentown Tuesday, Wolf announced executive actions he is undertaking to reform the 22-year-old law… More

PSBA Supports Governor Taking Steps to Address Charter Funding Issues

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 (Mechanicsburg, PA) – Today, Governor Tom Wolf is calling for reform of the currently flawed funding system for charter and cyber charter schools and strengthening accountability and transparency. PSBA is pleased to see the Governor take action both by pushing much needed regulatory reform and proposing comprehensive legislation… More

PSBA to host required training for school resource officers, Sept. 30 – Oct. 4

Act 67 of 2019 requires all school security personnel, including school police officers, school resource officers and school security guards, to complete the basic school resource officer (SRO) training course offered by the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO). Currently employed security personnel must complete the training by the beginning of March… More

Please wait while we connect you: Rural broadband access an issue in PA Capitol

Tackling the disparity in internet access, which impacts everything from schools to local businesses, has become a rallying cry in Harrisburg. Over the last six months, Gov. Tom Wolf has crisscrossed the state highlighting the issue. And although he and lawmakers have yet to settle on a fix, they agree it should be a priority… More

Schools slow to move on arming security staff

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in early July signed the Republican-backed Senate Bill 621 into law as Act 67 of 2019, amending Act 44 of 2018 which established a new state school safety commission and school security grant program… More