Capitol Update

(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 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 »

(Aug 6) $265M for Philly schools may not be enough to start classes on time, superintendent says

By The Associated Press on August 06, 2014 at 11:29 AM, updated August 06, 2014 at 2:03 PM PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Gov. Tom Corbett says the state will advance $265 million to the cash-strapped Philadelphia schools. But Superintendent William Hite says the money won’t guarantee … Continue reading »

(July 31) Pa. lawmakers might not go back to work Monday after all as GOP leaders disagree over Philly tax

By Christina Kauffman | ckauffman@pennlive.com on July 31, 2014 at 12:58 PM, updated July 31, 2014 at 1:19 PM Being the writers of bills, state representatives are keen to the implications of every word and term. So when they say they’re “scheduled to” reconvene in … Continue reading »

(July 22) Moody’s downgrades Pennsylvania on pensions, budget

By KAREN SHUEY Monday, July 21, 2014 3:59 pm | Updated: 9:13 pm, Mon Jul 21, 2014. Moody’s Investors Service lowered Pennsylvania’s credit rating on $11.1 billion worth of bonds in part due to the recently passed state budget that … Continue reading »