Everyone’s biggest wish for the new Pennsylvania budget: No drama this year

State lawmakers say they hope when Gov. Tom Wolf lays out his proposed spending plan for 2019-2020 on Tuesday, it sets the stage for budget negotiations with as little drama as last summer’s. Sharon Herald, Feb… More

Groups meet to discuss education funding challenge

Educators, district officials, students and community members from across the county and surrounding region came out Saturday morning through freezing conditions to learn advocacy techniques for increasing state education funding subject to the fair funding formula adopted by the state legislature in 2016. Delaware County Daily Times, Feb… More

Latest trend in area schools: Pushing back start times so teens can sleep later

School leaders say the benefits of starting high school and middle school 25 minutes later — such as teens who are more alert in class and aren’t driving drowsy to school — are so obvious they wonder why it’s taken this long for the idea to catch on. Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb… More

Video EDition: Perspective from the Capitol with Sen. Bartolotta

Show them what it takes! In this extended special episode, hear an exclusive interview with Sen. Camera Bartolotta on the importance of schools developing ongoing relationships with their legislators… More

Celebrate your ‘School Breakfast Hero’

March 4-8 is National School Breakfast Week. In addition to celebrating school breakfast, No Kid Hungry Pennsylvania wants to show some love to the everyday heroes who make school breakfast possible for kids. It takes a village – teachers, principals, superintendents, custodians, coaches, cafeteria staff, advocates, elected officials – the list goes on… More

Students use new app to report concerns

A new state violence prevention program teaches students to recognize warning signs and signals and submit concerns anonymously through a tip line, website or cellphone app. And, in the first week of Safe2Say Something, hundreds of students across the state had something to say… More

Central Greene first district to receive Safe Schools Champion award

Although Safe Schools organized a conference for twenty previous years, this year was the first time planners selected a school district, an organization, Highmark, and an individual as state champions, Dr. Charisse L. Nixon from Penn State Behrend in Erie. Observer-Reporter, Jan… More

Are you balancing? Your obligation to protect Pennsylvanian’s constitutional right to informational privacy

Public school entities are local agencies subject Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law (RTKL) Your Open Records Officer (ORO) or the attorney advising OROs, in addition to determining what explicit RTKL provisions might apply to a request must always assess whether a RTKL request seeks information that would divulge private personal information about individual Pennsylvania citizens… More

PSBA on PA Newsmakers

Annette Stevenson, PSBA senior director of communications, recently appeared as a guest on The Pennsylvania Newsmakers television show discussing the effort to increase school safety with the Safe2Say Something program. Video streaming of the entire program is available now on the Pennsylvania Newsmakers website. Or watch it live on these stations: WBPH (Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia) Monday, Jan. 28 at 8:30 p.m… More

Advocates still working on an equitable school funding solution

Fair funding advocates in Pennsylvania are tired of students missing out on educational opportunities simply because of their geographical location, their skin color or their economic status. But a solution won’t come overnight. Associated Press, Jan… More