Bill would require court approval to take conserved land, like farm CV wants for school

The Pennsylvania General Assembly has acted swiftly and decisively on a bill designed to bolster protections for certain types of conserved land… More

Legislative Priorities Survey closing Friday

Every two years individual school directors are invited to participate in a process to select PSBA's Legislative Priorities for the upcoming session of the General Assembly. All school directors have received a priority issue survey through a separate email from PSBA… More

PSBA applauds Senate for passage of bill to provide key reforms to high school graduation requirements

The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) applauds the state Senate for the unanimous passage of Senate Bill 1095, legislation introduced by Senator Thomas McGarrigle (R-Chester/Delaware) that expands opportunities for students by providing multiple pathways to demonstrate readiness for high school graduation in addition to Keystone Exams… More

STATEMENT: PSBA pleased that education, school safety remains a priority in state budget

The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) is pleased that the 2018-19 state budget adopted by the General Assembly this afternoon contains increases for education and school safety. The spending plan retains Gov. Wolf’s original request of $100 million for the basic education subsidy and increase of about 1.7 percent from the current year… More

The call for Equity over Equality

by Heather Bennett, PSBA Director of School Equity Services The pivotal 1954 Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education is known for declaring unconstitutional the practice of “separate but equal” in public schools… More

PA leaders seek the modest middle ground on education

The House approved a $32.7 billion spending plan Wednesday in a nearly unanimous vote. The proposal features modest increases aimed at satisfying education advocates of many stripes, while not raising taxes. The harmony is indicative, some say, of a session where the most divisive education issues of funding and policy have been sidestepped… More

PA legislative leaders release more details on new school safety programs

Pennsylvania's legislative leaders put more definition Thursday on the new, $60 million school safety fund that's being established in conjunction with the new 2018-19 state budget… More

White House proposes merging education, labor departments

The Trump administration proposed a major reorganization of the federal government on Thursday, calling for merging the education and labor departments, moving the federal food stamp program to the Department of Health and Human Services and renaming that agency… More

Making schools safer — Harsh consequences, or second chances?

The debate in many ways comes down to this: What's more important — cold steel or warm hugs? Harsh consequences or second chances? Do we achieve safety and security by making schools harder — or making them softer? NPR, June 22, 2018… More

McKeesport expected to add to ESA opposition

McKeesport Area School Board is expected to follow the lead of hundreds of school districts from across Pennsylvania at next week's meeting by voting for a resolution opposing Education Savings Accounts vouchers for use at non-public schools… More