PSBA applauds appointment of Canon-McMillan school director to advisory committee

  The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) congratulates Joseph Zupancic Esq. on his appointment to the House Resolution 540 (Zero Tolerance School Discipline Policies) advisory committee by Rep. Warren Kampf (R-Chester).  Zupancic has served as a member of the Canon-McMillan School Board (Washington Co.) since 2007 and currently serves on the PSBA Governing Board… More

PSBA calls for joint commitment to educating Pennsylvania students

Today, Gov. Tom Wolf called for $200 million in school funding for the 2016-17 budget as well as $377 million for budget year 2015-16 that was part of a budget compromise put forward in December 2015 but never fully implemented… More

A call for volunteers: ESSA Study Group

On March 2 and 3, the Pennsylvania School Boards Association will convene an ESSA Study Group to examine the federal statute and provide recommendations on how best to implement the law in Pennsylvania. The group will include four workgroups to draft a white paper for submission to PDE and the General Assembly… More

Former PSBA President Valerio passes

Betty L. Hout Valerio, PSBA’s president in 1988, passed on Jan. 18. She served the Hempfield Area SD (Westmoreland Co.) from 1973 through 2007. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Jan… More

PSBA files lawsuit to force the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to release funds owed to schools

Today, the Pennsylvania School Boards Association filed a lawsuit in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania seeking an order to compel the continued timely release of federal and state funds owed to school districts across the commonwealth… More

Looking ahead into 2016: A message from PSBA President Kathy Swope

Dear School Director, As I begin my term as president of PSBA, I am honored to serve and will do my best to promote the important role of school directors and public education in Pennsylvania. I hope to strengthen two-way communication between PSBA and school boards throughout the commonwealth… More

PSBA encouraged with release of some funding to schools

In a statement today, PSBA Executive Director Nathan Mains said the association is encouraged that Governor Wolf has released the federal funds as well as a portion of the state funds needed to keep Pennsylvania students in schools… More

Happy Holidays!

PSBA Offices will be closed Dec. 25, 2015 through Jan. 3, 2016. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016… More

PSBA calls latest pension reform a ‘significant move forward’

PSBA believes the most recent pension reform outlined in Senate Bill 1071 is a significant move forward in protecting school districts and taxpayers from the fiscal stress of an unpredictable and costly pension system. Today the Public Employee Retirement Commission reviewed Senate Bill 1071 and provided its analysis in a public meeting… More

PSBA pleased with order to block use of Property Tax Relief Funds for charter payments

PSBA is pleased with the Order issued Dec. 9 by the Commonwealth Court stating that Property Tax Relief Funds (PTRF) will not be distributed to charter schools by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) or the state Treasury… More