Vote YES on House Bill 49: Ask the House to concur with Senate amendments on security personnel fixes

Last week the Senate passed House Bill 49 (Rep. Brown, R-Monroe) with needed amendments to address issues schools are experiencing in implementing requirements under Act 67 of 2019 related to safety and security personnel… More

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Schools: Webinar Series

PSBA hosted six virtual sessions with presentations by an expert on critical and timely topics; communication practices during the coronavirus pandemic; the business of boards during shutdown; facilities restoration and clean-up, and other essential topics. Members have access to the following recorded sessions via Wednesday, March 18, 2020 Prepare. Don’t Panic… More

Access to federal issues impacting public education

Decisions made by Congress ultimately impact public education nationwide, and the 2020 federal budget is no different. Although the fiscal year began on October 1, no fiscal year (FY) 2020 spending bills have reached President Donald Trump’s desk… More

Protected: 2019 School Law Workshop: Presentation Materials

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Senate passes Act 67 fixes for school police officer arrest and training deadline

This summer, Governor Tom Wolf signed into law Act 67 of 2019 that makes numerous changes concerning school security personnel, establishes training requirements and sets provisions on who is authorized to carry firearms. Inadvertently, Act 67 eliminated arrest authority from fully trained police officers employed by school districts… More

‘Bizarre’ circumstances have a charter school appeal stuck in limbo in Harrisburg, with taxpayers footing the bill

The state Charter Appeals Board, which mediates disputes between locally elected school boards and charter schools, is currently unable to take action on an appeal brought by the Propel Charter School network, which wants to consolidate 13 campuses in Pittsburgh into one entity overseen by a single board and administration… More

There’s a national mental health crisis and this local high school wants to fight it

One in four children in America have experienced a significant traumatic event, but there’s a dearth of mental health supports available. In the Lehigh Valley, there’s a three-month wait for children to obtain psychological services outside of school; the wait for psychiatrists is even longer, according to the district… More

Pennsylvania to invest $10 million to support early childhood educators in career development

Governor Tom Wolf announced today that his administration will make a $10 million investment in Pennsylvania’s children through a workforce development program that will help early childhood workers gain valuable credentials and advance their professional careers. MyChesoCo… More

Nominate a district program for the Magna Awards

Nominations are now being accepted through October 31 for the 2020 Magna Awards — a national recognition program that honors school board best practices and innovative programs that advance student learning and promote equity in education… More

Ellis H. Katz Esq. honored at School Law Workshop

More than 100 solicitors attended yesterday's School Law Workshop at Hotel Hershey for legal updates and professional development. At the event, the PA School Board Solicitors Association’s (PSBSA) President's Award for Distinguished Career Achievement in School Law was awarded to Ellis H. Katz Esq… More