Court ruling on school funding case positive development

This week the Pennsylvania Supreme Court with a 5-2 vote reversed a decision by a lower court, which threw out the challenge regarding equity in the state's system of funding public schools. The decision now returns the case to Commonwealth Court, whose decision two years ago dismissing it had been unanimous… More

PSBA offers school officials new one-pager on proposed Constitutional Amendment

In response to requests from school directors for help in clarifying the issue, PSBA has prepared a one-pager featuring questions and answers on the proposed constitutional amendment regarding property taxes that will be on the ballot this November… More

PSBA publishes proposed bylaws changes

According to the PSBA Bylaws, Section 6, A, PSBA must publish at least 30 days before the annual meeting of the Delegate Assembly any proposed bylaws changes that have been submitted to the Bylaws Committee and approved by two-thirds of the members of the Governing Board. The proposed bylaws changes are included here… More

PSBA’s John Callahan on WITF ‘Smart Talk’ today

PSBA's Assistant Director for Public Policy John Callahan will discuss the value of pumping up districts' fund balances and whether they should be factored into the annual spending budgets of the schools on WITF's “Smart Talk” radio show. Listen to the replay of this previously recorded program, 9 a.m. or online. (… More

Public education must remain sanctuary of opportunity

The very foundation of public education is opportunity for all regardless of race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion or disability. School directors across Pennsylvania stand by this tenet, which makes the violence in Charlottesville especially painful to witness… More

PDE releases ESSA Consolidated State Plan draft

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) released its draft Consolidated State Plan for compliance with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The plan is available for public comment through an online survey until Aug. 31, and PDE will submit the document to the U.S. Department of Education on Sept. 18 for approval… More

Webinars look at Interscholastic Athletics from different perspectives: Urban and Rural Forums

Two upcoming webinars will provide information to prepare all districts statewide for a winning season in compliance and competition – and with the opportunity to focus on issues of particular interest to Urban and Rural districts… More

ESSA up close: A guide to the practical impacts of the Every Student Succeeds Act

If it lives up to its lofty ambitions, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) promises a sea change in education policy, and one that more closely mirrors the individualized instruction that educators aspire to give each of their students… More

PSBA seeking experienced education leaders: Become an Advocacy Ambassador

PSBA is seeking applications for six Advocacy Ambassadors who have been involved in day-to-day functions of a school district, on the school board, or in a school leadership position… More

PSBA is pleased that education remains a priority in state budget

The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) is pleased that Gov. Tom Wolf’s original $100 million increase in Basic Education Funding and $25 million increase in special education funding have been preserved in the state budget currently going to his desk… More