Peyton’s Law passes in the Senate

Six years ago, 19-year-old Peyton Walker died of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Since that time, her mother Julie Walker has been on a mission to educate others about the top killer of student athletes in the United States… More

School Start Times and Student Performance webcast hosted tomorrow

The Joint State Government Commission established an advisory committee to study the issues, benefits and options related to school districts instituting later start times in secondary schools. Tomorrow, October 31, PSBA will host School Start Times and Student Performance, a webcast intended to help your district consider this issue and its impact on your students… More

Vote YES on House Bill 49: Ask the House to concur with Senate amendments on security personnel fixes

Last week the Senate passed House Bill 49 (Rep. Brown, R-Monroe) with needed amendments to address issues schools are experiencing in implementing requirements under Act 67 of 2019 related to safety and security personnel… More

Access to federal issues impacting public education

Decisions made by Congress ultimately impact public education nationwide, and the 2020 federal budget is no different. Although the fiscal year began on October 1, no fiscal year (FY) 2020 spending bills have reached President Donald Trump’s desk… More

Senate passes Act 67 fixes for school police officer arrest and training deadline

This summer, Governor Tom Wolf signed into law Act 67 of 2019 that makes numerous changes concerning school security personnel, establishes training requirements and sets provisions on who is authorized to carry firearms. Inadvertently, Act 67 eliminated arrest authority from fully trained police officers employed by school districts… More

Nominate a district program for the Magna Awards

Nominations are now being accepted through October 31 for the 2020 Magna Awards — a national recognition program that honors school board best practices and innovative programs that advance student learning and promote equity in education… More

Ellis H. Katz Esq. honored at School Law Workshop

More than 100 solicitors attended yesterday's School Law Workshop at Hotel Hershey for legal updates and professional development. At the event, the PA School Board Solicitors Association’s (PSBSA) President's Award for Distinguished Career Achievement in School Law was awarded to Ellis H. Katz Esq… More

Updates to Required School Director Training

The Pennsylvania General Assembly passed two acts amending the PA School Code,  Act 55 of 2017 and Act 18 of 2019. These acts mandate that school board directors complete training programs, direct who can provide this training and detail how districts and school directors will be held accountable… More

Grant opportunities available for school gardens, STEM

Annie’s Homegrown’s Grants for Gardens deadline is November 1. Grants include $3,000 for new school garden programs and $5000 for expansion of existing school garden programs in K-12 schools that need tools, seeds or other supplies. The Pennsylvania Governor’s STEM Competition is open now and accepting team registrations through November 1… More

EdPAC Reception: Picnic & Politics – Oct. 16

Going to conference? Don't miss the EdPAC Picnic & Politics reception held Oct. 16 at 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center. EdPAC has the honor of hosting Republican and Democrat party leaders as they present their take on the upcoming election… More