PSBA’s annual report on Pennsylvania daily substitute teacher compensation released

The association's annual report on substitute teacher compensation is now available online. On average, daily substitute teachers in Pennsylvania were paid $98 per day for 2017-18. Of the 484 responding Pennsylvania public school districts, 454 reported a daily rate. The most frequent pay rate (mode) and the median pay rate are $100 per day… More

Save Our Students looks at how area school districts and students deal with mental health issues in our schools (series)

This week The Sentinel takes a Closer Look at how area school districts and students deal with mental health issues in schools. Topics include social media, teacher training, student assistance and more. Carlisle Sentinel, Feb… More

Cyber-charter reform group: Luzerne County districts would save $5.9M under plan

Cyber-charter schools are authorized through the state, but funded through payments made by the school district in which each student lives. District officials frequently complain the amount of money paid per student is not justified, and they do not save an equal amount of money if a student leaves the district to attend a cyber-charter… More

Lawmakers set to do legwork for truancy law changes

Two Berks County lawmakers from different parties have agreed to seek changes in a three-year-old state truancy law with the hope of eliminating the jailing of adults who are cited for truancy. Reading Eagle, Feb… More

Virginia school district split over ending transgender bathroom ban

A Virginia school district that has drawn national attention for its transgender bathroom ban appeared starkly divided Tuesday over the prospect of ending the policy… More

2019 State of Education report now online

The 2019 State of Education report is now available on in PDF format. The report is a barometer of not only the key indicators of public school performance, but also the challenges schools face and how they are coping with them… More

Podcast: Early Intervention and Suicide Prevention in Schools

As part of our overall focus on safe, secure and healthy school environments, and as second in our series on suicide prevention; this episode is focused on the importance of early intervention and upstream approaches. To help us understand this complex and potentially grave topic, we’ll talk with Dr… More

April 29 is your day on the Hill!

All PSBA-member school directors are invited to attend Advocacy Day at the state Capitol in Harrisburg to meet face to face with legislators on issues affecting public education. This year PSBA will be partnering with the Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units (PAIU) and Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA) to strengthen our advocacy impact… More

Report: Special education students getting shortchanged by state

The pattern is the same in every local district: Special education spending rose faster than the state’s contribution to the cost. And Education Law Center data shows it is a statewide trend… More

PA’s school threat system fields thousands of tips in first month

A threat reporting system now required for all Pennsylvania schools fielded more than 4,900 tips in its first month, about a third of them considered serious enough to pass along to local police and school officials. Associated Press, Feb… More