Transgender Legal Update (October 11, 2019)

DOWNLOAD: Transgender Legal Update (October 11, 2019) This update includes important information about the U.S. Supreme Court’s denial of certiorari on appeal from the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Doe v. Boyertown Area School District… More

Voucher bill fast-tracked for floor vote this week

On Monday, the House Education Committee approved private school voucher legislation under House Bill 1800 (Rep. Turzai, R-Allegheny) with a narrow vote of 13-12. As expected, the bill is being positioned for a vote on the House floor later this week… More

Financial literacy courses for students on the rise, as college debt, other expenses increase

There has been a recent push to provide money management skills to high school students. In September, Pennsylvania senators unanimously passed a new legislation that will allow public school students to apply personal finance credits toward high school graduation requirements… More

Gov. Wolf’s charter school accountability plan saves nearly $280 million

Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to improve the educational quality of charter schools and control rising costs will save nearly $280 million a year, the governor told the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators on Friday… More

GOP leaders want to pilot private school vouchers in Harrisburg

A bill introduced this fall by Speaker of the House Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, would add a new branch to Pennsylvania’s school-choice tree — school vouchers. Opponents see a scheme that could devastate Harrisburg’s fiscally beleaguered public school system… More

New and Advanced School Director Training — register now!

PSBA offers you high-impact, engaging training that newly elected and reseated school directors can attend to be certified in new and advanced required training. In addition to our foundational training for new directors, we have added a parallel track of sessions for those who need advanced school director training to meet their compliance requirements… More

Gov. Wolf set to discuss charter school reform package

Governor Tom Wolf is set to discuss his charter school reform package and encourage new legislation. Right now there are almost 200 charter schools in Pennsylvania but the Governor says the state’s charter school law is among the worst in the country. Governor Wolf says our charter school law is flawed and outdated… More

House Education Committee to push voucher bill next Monday

Next Monday, November 18, the House Education Committee is scheduled to vote on voucher legislation under House Bill 1800 (Rep. Turzai, R-Allegheny). House Bill 1800 establishes a voucher program for students in the Harrisburg School District, which entered state receivership in June… More

Pension costs continue to burden Philly School District, report says

Though the Philadelphia School District’s finances have improved in recent years, the district is still confronting mounting pension costs that will continue to burden its budget. That’s the message from a Pew Charitable Trusts report released Wednesday. It details how the district’s contributions to the state-run Pennsylvania School Employees Retirement System (PSERS) have soared… More

Inaction on school funding in Pennsylvania could lead more schools into distress, academic report warns

“A Tale of Haves and Have-Nots: The Financial Future of Pennsylvania School Districts” is more than just a forecast of doom and gloom. The 28-page report published by the Temple University Center on Regional Politics outlines the reasons why some districts have more funding than others… More