Join us at the Capitol this Thursday

The Campaign for Fair Education Funding (CFEF) will be conducting a news conference this Thursday, June 22, at 11 a.m. in the Capitol Rotunda to press for a state budget that increases basic education funding by $100 million without any cuts to other school funding budget lines… More

Making the most of your Eidex access: Webinars for curriculum directors and business managers

Last October, through a partnership between PSBA and Eidex, every Pennsylvania superintendent was provided with a complimentary two-year license to Eidex Focus: a data-analytics tool that helps harness timely, relevant data for better decision-making. There are now over 300 Pennsylvania districts using Eidex… More

Smart Talk: Do schools need budget surpluses?

A recent survey commissioned by the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA) found that nearly 80% of the state's 500 public school districts needed to access emergency reserve funds in the last year for routine expenditures like payroll and maintenance. WITF, June 14, 2017 Audio is available online here:… More

PSBA applauds passage of Senate Bill 1 for pension reform

STATEMENT The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) applauds the recent passage of Senate Bill 1, now Act 5 of 2017, which makes significant changes to reform the state’s troubled pension system for state and school employees. Gov. Tom Wolf signed the legislation into law on June 12, 2017… More

PSBA hopeful for positive action on long-overdue pension reform

Think of our current pension crisis like a large iceberg. We've seen it for more than a decade giving us ample time to make course adjustments as a state to bypass the danger ahead. Unfortunately, little has been done in that time. The S.S… More

Closer Look: A balanced look at school district fund balances

MEDIA ADVISORY Every year, public education critics are quick to point out the amount of money districts have in their fund balances. They paint a picture of districts just stockpiling money for no reason while still increasing taxes and complaining that schools are underfunded… More

Uniform Grant Guidance – Extension on Procurement Requirements

The U.S. Office of Management and Budget issued notice on May 17 to provide an additional one-year extension for implementation of the new procurement requirements under the federal Uniform Grant Guidance for purchases made with federal funds… More

Special ed funding would be in peril if U.S. Senate passes House bill

The bill passed by the U.S. House to repeal the Affordable Care Act, now being considered by the Senate, would make deep cuts to Medicaid — which threatens millions in special education dollars for local school districts… More

PSBA Pres. Faccinetto, education leaders discuss State of Education report on PCN’s ‘Focus on Education,’ program Sunday

“Focus on Education” airs Sunday, May 14 at 3 p.m., on PCN In the first part of this week’s episode,  guests will discuss the recently released 2016-17 State of Education report, which highlights success and challenges facing public education… More

State of Education report the focus on ‘Smart Talk’

WITF's “Smart Talk” radio show April 27 at 9 a.m. will feature leaders from public education organizations discussing the State of Education report they jointly produced. Guests will be as follows: Nathan Mains, executive director, PSBA John T… More