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

PSBA calls passage of legislation to reauthorize Elementary and Secondary Education Act historic

  Today the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan, bicameral bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (S.1177), by a vote of 85-12. The Pennsylvania School Boards Association applauds the passage of this bill. The legislation now moves to President Barack Obama for signing… More

Campaign for Fair Education Funding advocates for state Senate budget framework

Alternative budget proposal offered by House Republicans comes up short $200 million for public schools HARRISBURG (December 8, 2015) – The Campaign for Fair Education Funding is urging lawmakers to end the budget impasse by adopting the budget framework passed by the Senate yesterday, which would increase basic education funding by $350 million… More

News Release: Survey shows schools’ growing fiscal insecurity due to budget impasse

Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) released a Budget Impasse Impact report this week based on a survey of public school leaders in Pennsylvania. At this time, districts are without 30% of anticipated state subsidies and largely dependent on tax revenue, fund balance and borrowing options to continue day-to-day operations in schools… More

Now online! Watch the latest PSBA VideoEDition, Vol. 15

In this installment of Video EDition, PSBA Executive Director Nathan Mains recaps budget action day, encourages members to contact their legislators and thanks school directors for their service. Policy consultant, Andrew Christ provides an update on new and updated policies… More