2015-16 Education Law Summary
This document is provided for educational purposes only and contains information to facilitate a general understanding of the laws that were enacted during the 2015-16 legislative session affecting school districts that were reported by PSBA. It is not intended to be an exhaustive explanation of the new laws.
2015-16 PSBA Legislative Victory Report
During the 2015-16 session of the General Assembly, PSBA tracked thousands of bills, and participated in meetings, provided testimonies, analyses and comments on key proposals. The association worked to win support for the issues of greatest importance
to local school officials, and to defeat those that were bad public policy.
Legal Alert on Act 10 Investments
As highlighted in PSBA’s Policy News Network Volume III of 2016 issued in May, Act 10 of 2016 expanded the types of investments permissible for school districts, but in doing so also expanded potential exposure to financial risk. Accordingly, PSBA’s revised policy guide for Policy 609, Investment of District Funds, emphasizes the need for extra caution with regard to Act 10 investments.
PSBA SPECIAL REPORT STARTING THE CONVERSATION: Strategies for Achievement and Accountability — In the fall of 2015, in anticipation of finalization of the ESSA through Congress, and as interest in school turnaround models began to gain traction in the state General Assembly, PSBA invited comment and feedback from superintendents from around the commonwealth.There is no single way to address the multitude of issues faced by education professionals today. Instead, the areas discussed in this special report are starting points in the conversation about how to promote success in Pennsylvania’s public schools.