Gov. Wolf set to discuss charter school reform package

Governor Tom Wolf is set to discuss his charter school reform package and encourage new legislation. Right now there are almost 200 charter schools in Pennsylvania but the Governor says the state’s charter school law is among the worst in the country. Governor Wolf says our charter school law is flawed and outdated… More

House Education Committee to push voucher bill next Monday

Next Monday, November 18, the House Education Committee is scheduled to vote on voucher legislation under House Bill 1800 (Rep. Turzai, R-Allegheny). House Bill 1800 establishes a voucher program for students in the Harrisburg School District, which entered state receivership in June… More

Pension costs continue to burden Philly School District, report says

Though the Philadelphia School District’s finances have improved in recent years, the district is still confronting mounting pension costs that will continue to burden its budget. That’s the message from a Pew Charitable Trusts report released Wednesday. It details how the district’s contributions to the state-run Pennsylvania School Employees Retirement System (PSERS) have soared… More

Inaction on school funding in Pennsylvania could lead more schools into distress, academic report warns

“A Tale of Haves and Have-Nots: The Financial Future of Pennsylvania School Districts” is more than just a forecast of doom and gloom. The 28-page report published by the Temple University Center on Regional Politics outlines the reasons why some districts have more funding than others… More

Keystone Education Radio: Communicating Without Words

During the 2019 PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference, social psychologist, bestselling author, Harvard lecturer and TED talk presenter Dr. Amy Cuddy sat down with Keystone Education Radio to share her expertise on nonverbal communication and its influence in the school atmosphere… More

Tools for the trades: Wolf signs career and tech bill into law

Last week, Gov. Tom Wolf signed House Bill 256 – now Act 76 of 2019 – into law, making the PAsmart website part of law and establishing provisions that support career and technical education and workforce development in the state… More

New salary study available: 2017-18 school management salaries

Each year, PSBA research prepares the school management salaries study to provide a detailed analysis of school management salaries. Public school salaries used to compile this study were reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for the 2017-18 school year… More

Cyber snow days provide surprising balance for students, schools

In July, Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law Senate Bill 440, allowing school districts to implement a happy medium – the flexible instruction day. Schools are able to apply to the Department of Education to have the option to use flexible instruction days. CentralPennParent… More

School bus driver shortage squeezes districts around the region

Nationally, 24% of school districts reported “desperate” or “severe” driver shortages in a survey this year by School Bus Fleet, an industry trade publication. An additional 38% reported “moderate” shortages… More

Pennsylvania Senate challenges students to agriculture-themed video competition

The PA State Senate is holding the third annual “Talk To Your State Senator” statewide video competition, this time with a theme of supporting the agriculture industry. The competition is open to students from grades 6 through 12, including public, private, and home schooled students. NorthCentralPA… More