Capitol Update

(Aug 20) PASA / PASBO Basic Education Funding Commission School Finance Briefing Presentation

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About PA Education Funding, But Were Afraid to Ask By Jim Buckheit, Executive Director, PA Association of School Administrators and Jay Himes, Executive Director, PA Association of School Business Officials www.pasa-net.org/SchoolFundingPP.pdf

(Aug 18) Manderino to head new school funding campaign

(Text of August 18 press release from Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children) HARRISBURG – A former state lawmaker with a reputation for consensus-building will manage a newly formed, non-partisan campaign to address one of Pennsylvania’s most important and challenging issues: the … Continue reading »

(Aug 13) Ron Tomalis resigns under pressure as Tom Corbett’s education adviser

By Steve Esack, Call Harrisburg Bureau   12:16 a.m. EDT, August 13, 2014 HARRISBURG — Ron Tomalis is resigning from his nearly $140,000 job as Gov. Tom Corbett‘s special adviser on higher education. The move, announced Tuesday and effective Aug. 26, comes after weeks … Continue reading »

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(Aug 26) Basic Ed circuit riders to boost awareness for need of ‘fair and predictable’ school funding

By Christen Smith Staff Reporter Capitolwire HARRISBURG (Aug. 26) — Eleven “circuit riders” will deploy across the state Wednesday on a year-long mission to educate school district officials about the need for a fair and predictable basic education funding formula … Continue reading »

(Aug 25) Study finds “de facto” segregation among charter schools

By Mary Wilson, Capitol Bureau Chief WITF Charter schools in Pennsylvania are defined by their flexibility and freedom from many state regulations. A new study shows they’re also marked by their lack of diversity. Penn State researchers found “de facto … Continue reading »

(Aug 25) Pennsylvania won’t delay using student scores to evaluate teachers

By Adam Clark The Morning Call Pennsylvania won’t delay using student test scores to evaluate teachers, despite U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s surprise announcement Thursday that states can do so. This fall, for the first time, teachers across the state … Continue reading »

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