ICYMI: School safety and security expert John McDonald provides a preview of Pennsylvania School Safety Institute

Tune in to this week's episode of PSBA Video EDition for a compelling conversation with school safety expert John McDonald. Listen as he discusses preventative measures and provides an overview of the new initiative coming next year, the Pennsylvania School Safety Institute. Watch now at www.PSBA.org or visit the PSBA YouTube channel… More

A picture is worth…

Do you have an engaging photo that represents the positive things taking place in your district? We are looking for new entries for the “Worth 1,000 Words” section of the Bulletin magazine. Send your high-resolution photo and a brief description to jackie.inouye@psba.org for consideration… More

U.S. Department of Education announces STEM initiative, outlines allowable uses of federal funds for STEM programs

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) recently announced an initiative called Raise the Bar: STEM Excellence for All Students, designed to strengthen science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education nationwide… More

Tune in to Video Edition

Tune in to this week's episode of PSBA Video EDition to hear a legislative update from PSBA's new Senior Director of Government Affairs, Kevin Busher. You will also hear from Advocacy Ambassador Patty Craig on why advocacy is a key responsibility for school directors… More

Available grants target school mental health and energy efficiency

Through a relationship with Grants Office LLC, PSBA offers members a variety of free and fairly priced grant-seeking tools, including notices of available grants like these: The U.S. Department of Education's Mental Health Service Professional Demonstration Grant application period is now open through January 27, 2023… More

Broadband access update

FCC seeks feedback on draft broadband maps: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is encouraging residents, businesses and local governments to provide feedback to the FCC’s draft broadband maps released in late November that show areas served and unserved by high-speed internet. The draft maps can be accessed at https://broadbandmap.fcc.gov/home… More

PSBA’s new Closer Look examines school district budget process, deadlines

PSBA has released a new Closer Look on school district budgeting which explains the process that school boards undertake as required by law to develop and adopt their district budgets. The publication also includes a listing of the 2023 budget deadlines that school districts must meet as they go through the process… More

Revised Principles for Governance and Leadership released

Over the past year, the PSBA Governing Board's Effective Governance Committee revised the Principles for Governance and Leadership — a framework to maximize board effectiveness for the benefit of students. The new Principles are now available on PSBA.org… More

Plan ahead – January is School Director Recognition Month!

Research shows a correlation between highly effective boards and student achievement. Because school boards play a crucial role in helping schools provide a quality education to every student, January is once again being declared School Director Recognition Month… More

2022 Facts & Figures report available

Do you know how many students are enrolled in Pennsylvania public schools? There are 1.69 million total (873,413 elementary and 816,119 secondary for the 2020-21 school year). These facts and many more can be found in the 2022 PA School Facts and Figures… More