Cracking the Code: These budget bills are where the deals get made

With no new taxes or big spending hikes on the table, many Capitol veterans believe the drama this year could lie in an obscure, but no less critical, part of getting an on-time spending plan onto Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk: code bills… More

Who decides whether charter schools open in PA? Not just your local school district

Created shortly after Pennsylvania passed its charter-school law in 1997, the appeals board has long been controversial for its ability to overturn decisions of the local school boards that regulate charter schools. In addition to the secretary of education, Pennsylvania’s board is supposed to have six members appointed by the governor… More

Register and reserve housing now for the PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference

Register, reserve housing and learn more about the PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference on the newly designed conference website at! This event is a premier professional development and networking opportunity for school leaders in Pennsylvania. With 30+ education sessions, inspiring speakers and 150+ exhibitors, you'll want to start planning your conference experience now… More

Video EDition: Clarification on legal developments involving transgender students in PA schools

In this installment of Video EDition, learn how a recent legal development involving transgender students may affect your district. PSBA's Sr. Director of Legal Services Stuart Knade examines the issue and related media coverage… More

Pennsylvania has 500 school districts. What’s stopping consolidations?

The difficulty of school district consolidation was the topic of a bipartisan hearing Monday held by the Senate’s Majority and Minority Policy committees, where senators and education experts discussed the possibility of reducing the number of public school districts across the state… More

Governor vetoes $100M private schools bill in Pennsylvania

Governor Tom Wolf is vetoing budget-season legislation to substantially ramp up taxpayer support for private and religious schools in Pennsylvania. In Wolf's veto message Tuesday, he questioned why Pennsylvania should expand a tax credit that subsidizes private institutions while the state's public school system remains underfunded… More

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