Are the kids all right? Pennsylvania has some work to do to improve children’s lives, report says

Among the 50 states, Pennsylvania ranks 17th overall in child well-being, according to a report released Monday. However, while it fares well in the education and health of its children, it ranks much lower on economic and family issues… More

Become a 2019-2020 Advocacy Ambassador

PSBA is seeking applications for two open Advocacy Ambassador positions. Candidates should have experience in day-to-day functions of a school district, on the school board, or in a school leadership position… More

Pennsylvania has a surplus, and lots of budget patches, too

In Pennsylvania, good fiscal times may not necessarily mean good fiscal condition.The rage in the state Capitol right now is the surplus that state government rolled up in the almost-ended fiscal year, helped by unexpectedly strong corporate and sales tax collections… More

Ortitay proposes change in disbursement of school safety money

State Rep. Jason Ortitay, R-Cecil, has introduced legislation to change the way funds allocated under the $60 million school safety and security block grant program are disbursed… More

Bill would keep charter schools from claiming they are tuition-free

A bill that passed the state House on Wednesday with little resistance includes numerous accountability changes for charter schools, including language that would require them to disclose that they are taxpayer-funded. The wording for that change comes from legislation crafted by Schlossberg. The state Senate has yet to vote on the bill… More

2nd Annual Equity Summit announced

The Pennsylvania School Boards Association is hosting a pre-conference Equity Summit on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. This summit presents an opportunity for school leaders from across the Commonwealth to learn best practices, network with other school leaders, and engage in discussions and organizing in developing a culturally responsive and inclusive school environment… More

EITC, explained: How Pennsylvania’s educational tax credits are used, who benefits, and more

Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday that he will veto a proposed expansion of Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit, which directs millions of potential tax dollars each year to private schools and educational programs. But that doesn’t mean that the proposal from House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, is going to disappear anytime soon… More

Size of Pennsylvania budget surplus may be less important than whether it actually exists

While state leaders are heading into budget season with a projected general fund surplus of $866 million, some who follow state budgeting say the number paints a too rosy picture… More

Pennsylvania lawmakers seek innovative solutions to boost education outcomes

Today’s culture is different and educating students is increasingly challenging, a group of panelists testified before the Pennsylvania Senate Education Committee. MDJOnline… More

School Board Secretaries Forum seeks leadership

The PSBA School Board Secretaries Forum Steering Committee is seeking new leaders to serve in 2020. There are three committee seats open for a two-year term… More