Capitol Update

(Mar 17) In Letter to Superintendents, Governor Wolf Announces Plan to Ensure Historic Education Investment Reaches the Classroom

(Press Release from the Office of Governor Wolf, 3/17/15) In Letter to Superintendents, Governor Wolf Announces Plan to Ensure Historic Education Investment Reaches the Classroom Harrisburg, PA – As part of Governor Tom Wolf’s historic commitment to public education, his … Continue reading »

(Mar 3) Governor Wolf’s 2015-2016 State Education Budget Proposal

Department of Education Governor Wolf’s Budget Makes Historic Investment in Education (press release) Governor Wolf’s 2015-16 Proposed Education Budget Presentation (PDF) Governor Wolf’s 2015-16 Proposed Education Budget – Fast Facts (PDF Summary of State Appropriations The following file contains a summary of the … Continue reading »

(Feb 11) Governor Wolf proposes education reinvestment plan featuring natural gas severance tax

The following press release was issued by Governor Wolf’s Press Office. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 11, 2015 Governor Wolf Proposes Education Reinvestment Plan Featuring Natural Gas Severance Tax Thorndale, Pa. – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf today proposed an education reinvestment … Continue reading »

(Jan 19) Governor-Elect Wolf nominates Pedro Rivera, Lancaster Schools Superintendent, to serve as PA education secretary

By Debbie Truong Gov.-elect Tom Wolf announced on Monday nominations to the Department of Education and Labor and Industry Department. Pedro Rivera, superintendent of the Lancaster School District, was nominated to serve as the secretary of the Department of … Continue reading »

(Nov 5) PA school report cards coming out on Thursday

By Jan Murphy The Patriot News Report card on Pennsylvania schools is set for Thursday barring any unforeseen issues arising at the last minute, according to the state Department of Education. The department is expected to release the School Performance … Continue reading »

(Nov 4) PA Governor-Elect Tom Wolf Hails Education a Priority

“We need to reestablish education as a priority in Pennsylvania. This nation was founded on the idea of a broad based citizenship and, very early on in the history of the republic, our ancestors realized that education was the key … Continue reading »

(Nov 1) Home-School Bill in Legislature Could Relieve Parental Burden, But Cut School District Accountability for Programming

By Angie Mason York Daily Record A bill approved by the state legislature would eliminate a step for home-schooling families as they seek approval of their programs each year, but some school officials have raised concern that it lessens accountability. … Continue reading »

(Sept 22) Secretary of Education announces Flexible Instructional Days pilot program for Pennsylvania schools

Text of Sept. 22 press release. Harrisburg – Acting Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq today announced that a Flexible Instructional Days pilot program is available to schools across the commonwealth. Flexible Instructional Days offer schools the ability to use non-traditional … Continue reading »

(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

(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 »