PSBA applauds approval of PlanCon reform bill

PSBA is encouraged to see House Bill 210 pass the full House and move onto the Senate. The bill would create a simplified new process known as the Accountability and Reducing Costs in Construction Process, or ARCCon. The association applauds Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) for his work to move this bill forward… More

Key PSERS Provisions of Senate Bill 1

The following is PSBA’s initial summary of key provisions of Senate Bill 1, as of May 12. Senate Bill 1 is the Senate version of pension reform that seeks to change the Public School Employee Retirement System (PSERS) and the State Employee Retirement System (SERS) for both long- and short-term cost savings… More

PSBA Legislative Alert: Call House members to vote YES to Furlough and Tenure reforms under HB 805

Yesterday the House Education Committee approved legislation that makes major needed reforms to current practices for furlough and tenure of professional employees.  The bill now goes to the House floor, where a vote could happen as early as tomorrow, Wednesday, May 6. House Bill 805 (Rep… More

PSBA Legislative Alert: House Ed Committee to vote on Economic Furlough, OSTC Expansion Bills on Monday

On Monday, May 4, at 11 a.m., the House Education Committee will consider two pieces of legislation that impact public schools in very different ways. PSBA is asking members to call or email committee members — whether or not they are your local legislators — with key messages… More

Thirty school directors accepted into inaugural cohort of Fellowship in School Governance

NEWS RELEASE The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) has created a new Fellowship in School Governance program and accepted 30 school directors from across the state into the inaugural cohort class. The Fellowship is a capstone program for interested school board members who wish to go “above and beyond” in their commitment and professional preparation… More

Editorial: PlanCon problems add to district woes

That noise you hear is school leaders scrambling to plan for the possibility of another moratorium on school construction projects, while trying to build their budgets for next school year. We encourage state leaders to support safe learning environments and fix the funding process, rather than complicating local budgets with delays… More

Legal Update – Commonwealth Court Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Funding Adequacy

In a unanimous “en banc” decision, the Commonwealth Court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by seven school districts and several parents against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Department of Education, the General Assembly and various state officials challenging the state’s public education funding system as inadequate to satisfy the state constitutional mandate that the “General… More

PSBA Grants Support Program now available

I am pleased to introduce the PSBA Grants Support Program, now available as part of your PSBA membership. The Grants Support Program is a grants development resource for your school entity that allows you access to an intuitive and user-friendly searchable grants database here… More

View the Storify recap of the 2015 PSBA Advocacy Forum

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Lawmakers address education issues

Five state leaders — four Democrats and a Republican — expressed general optimism that their parties will work together in the House and Senate to adopt a budget that addresses Pennsylvania's educational and other needs. TribLive… More