Pa. House passes budget balancing plan; no finality in sight yet

The state House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday night that represents one way to backfill the bulk of a $2.2 billion deficit in this year's $32.0 billion state budget., Oct… More

Why having more black male teachers matters

Nationally, just 2% of the nation’s teachers are black men. In the Philadelphia School District, where 54% of students are black, the numbers are slightly better. Still, just under 5% of teachers, or fewer than 400, are black men. Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct… More

Fund balances may raise questions about schools’ underfunding claims

Almost 20 of Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts finished the 2015-16 budget year with less than no money in the bank, Department of Education records show. Those districts are outliers though, as most districts finished the year with positive fund balances, in many cases with millions of dollars in the banks. Daily Item, Oct… More

Ballot question could lead to property tax change

A question on the Nov. 7 ballot provides a way for school districts, counties and municipalities to zero out property taxes that owners pay on the homes or farms where they live. Citizens' Voice, Oct… More

Pennsylvania explores new territory in budget fight

Pennsylvania's deficit-riddled finances are in new territory, as Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf assembles a package to balance the state's budget without involvement from a Republican-controlled Legislature riven by ideological and provincial disputes. Associated Press, Oct… More

DeVos touts school choice, STEM for $4 billion in grants

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has put forth a new set of priorities for states, schools and universities competing for federal grant money. The priorities include school choice, science and technology, special education and school safety. Associated Press, Oct… More

Schools concerned about cybersecurity, PA survey finds

A majority of Pennsylvania school districts are concerned about cybersecurity but say they don't have enough resources to prepare for potential breaches, concluded a statewide survey released Thursday by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Oct… More

After two-month delay, state moves to OK tax breaks for private school donations

The state Department of Community and Economic Development is moving this week to approve tax credits for businesses that donate to programs that largely funnel the money to private schools for scholarships. Meadville Tribune, Oct… More

PA treasurer authorizes another loan to keep state’s general fund afloat

State Treasurer Joe Torsella on Thursday announced he had issued a $700 million loan from Treasury's short-term investment pool to help cover $1.2 billion in scheduled payments to Medicaid providers despite ruling out a similar borrowing last month. PennLive… More

Trump’s immigration demands could pose dilemma for educators, advocates

As the White House digs in on its immigration legislation, school leaders and immigration advocates across the country face a dilemma in their fight to protect hundreds of thousands of young people from deportation. Education Week, Oct. 11, 2017 (Subscription may be required… More