Pennsylvania’s economic outlook: $1 billion+ deficits

Another year, another possible billion-dollar budget deficit for Pennsylvania. That’s the financial outlook for the state’s 2019-20 budget and five years beyond, as issued Thursday by the Legislature’s nonpartisan Independent Fiscal Office. Allentown Morning Call, Nov… More

How does your district measure up? PA issues new tool to evaluate schools

Pennsylvania officials on Thursday unveiled a new way to measure public schools' progress, in a further shift away from the strict accountability culture of the No Child Left Behind era. The Future Ready PA Index evaluates schools and districts in academic performance, student progress, and college and career readiness. Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov… More

Office of the Attorney General to discuss Safe2Say Something program in Nov. 20 webcast on school safety

Get your questions about Act 44 implementation answered in this hour-long live webcast, School Safety Update. Representatives from the Office of the Attorney General will discuss the Safe2Say Something program that schools are required to implement in January and take questions in a Q&A period.  Learn more… More

Board Presidents’ Panel

Learn, discuss, and practice problem solving with school leader peers facing similar or applicable challenges. Workshop-style discussions will be facilitated and guided by PSBA experts. With the enormous challenges facing schools today, effective and knowledgeable board leadership is essential to your productivity and performance as a team of ten… More

New salary study available – 2016-17 school management salaries

Each year, the PSBA research staff prepares this 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 2016-17 school year… More

State awards grants to schools for clean energy vehicles

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection awarded more than $610,000 in grant funding to four school districts for clean energy vehicle projects that will help improve air quality and public health and save the schools thousands in costs. Port Allegheny Reporter Argus, Nov… More

Schools are spending millions on safety. How will they know it’s working?

Schools are spending tens of millions of dollars this year to shore up security in the wake of two mass school shootings… More

PSBA Extends Sympathy to Family and Friends of Dolores McCracken

Dolores McCracken, president of the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) has passed away yesterday (November 13). PSBA offers its sincere condolences to her family, friends, and close colleagues… More

Billions are now spent to protect kids from school shootings. Has it made them safer?

Although school security has grown into a $2.7 billion market — an estimate that does not account for the billions more spent on armed campus police officers — little research has been done on which safety measures do and do not protect students from gun violence. The Washington Post, Nov… More

Having just one black teacher can up black students’ chances of going to college

If a black student has just one or two black teachers in elementary school, that student is significantly more likely to enroll in college, a new Johns Hopkins University study has found. Education Week, Nov. 12, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More