Issues & Advocacy

Identifying the issues, influencing legislation and shaping the debate on key education issues

Public education is always changing and keeping up to speed on the latest issues is a challenge. Not many school districts have the budget to afford a full-time research staff, but as a member of PSBA, you essentially have one. Our Web site offers articles, newsletters and other resources, arranged by topic -- a "one-stop shop" -- for round-the-clock access to help you understand the complex issues facing public education today.

Research Items, Reports and Topics

Research Quick Index

You know the research item you want, so here is a master list of all online research reports, surveys and data listed alphabetically.

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Issues & Topics

Subject files on more than 130 topics are organized here by topic to provide quick access to research resources. Information not available online can be sent to you immediately upon your request.

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Issues

Find articles, reports, data and newsletters organized by topic -- your one-stop shop for resources on issues in public education.

Common Core

Implementation of Common Core Standards is underway in Pa. The initiative originated with the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association.

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Crisis Planning

Although the odds of a school attack are relatively low, school entities must program protective measures permanently into their emergency response processes.

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Cyber-Charter Schools

Find information on charter and cyber charter schools and PSBA advocacy.

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EITC

The EITC, Educational Improvement Tax Credits program, was created to enhance the educational opportunities available to all students in Pennsylvania

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School directors and administrators must comply with the conflict-of-interest restrictions and financial interest reporting requirements of Pa.'s Public Official and Employee Ethics Act. 

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Open Records, Right-to-Know

About Pennsylvania’s open records law, which permits requesters the right to inspect and duplicate certain records of government agencies.

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Pension Reform

Over the next few years, the PSERS employer contribution rate is expected to increase by as much as 700%. The seeds for such a large rate increase were sown in part by the passage of Act 9 of 2001, and by the recent economic downturn.

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Prevailing Wage

Prevailing Wage is considered one of the most burdensome mandates imposed on school districts.

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This issue page provides information on the legislative activity in the current 2013-14 session as well as other helpful resources.

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Contracts & Strikes

Data on professional and classified contracts, negotiations and strike update, Act 88 fact-finding, school employee strikes.

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Public School Salaries

Information on public school salaries, including the five-year review of average annual salaries, annual salary study; salary data on school management, teacher and substute teacher, and supplemental positions.

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Schools & School Boards

School facts and figures, school director profile, surveys on board operations, post-election board turnover, and finding and using substitute teachers.

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School Funding & Finance

School funding and budgets, COLAs, mandates, average weekly wage (SAWW), actual instructional expense, consumer price index (CPI), revenue and expenditures, Pension Study Committee report.

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2013-14 Budget

The latest information on the Pennsylvania budget for 2013-14

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Task Force on Child Protection

Improve state laws and procedures governing child protection and the reporting of child abuse.

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Education Research Policy Center

Education Research & Policy Center

The PSBA Education Research & Policy Center develops materials to build understanding of the critical issues in public education. Available here are publications, including reports, white papers and other resources to advance public education and school governance.

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