Capitol Update

(May 11) Study ties higher tuition at public universities to lower state aid

By Tim Stuhldreyer LancasterOnline.com Why does college cost so much? If you go to a public university, it’s mostly because your state isn’t picking up as much of the tab, according to a new study. More than 75 percent of … Continue reading »

(Apr 28) Court punts on fair education funding in Pa. (YDR opinion)

Court punts on fair education funding in Pa. (YDR opinion) Digital First Media Pennsylvania Editorial Board. YDR editors are members of this board. Kids and taxpayers in poor school districts who for years have been weighed down by an inherently … Continue reading »

(Apr 22) U.S. education chief: States should limit amount of testing for students

U.S. education chief: States should limit amount of testing for students By Daveen Rae Kurutz Beaver County Times CHICAGO — The nation’s top education official wants to see less testing in schools across the country but defended the importance of … Continue reading »

(Apr 21) Gov. Wolf’s picks to lead state education and transportation departments earn Senate confirmation

Gov. Tom Wolf’s picks to lead the state education and transportation departments sailed through the first leg of the Senate confirmation process Tuesday By Steve Esack The Morning Call Harrisburg – Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s picks to lead the state … Continue reading »

(Apr 21) School districts, parents will take school-funding challenge to state Supreme Court

School districts, parents will take school-funding challenge to state Supreme Court By Peter Hall The Morning Call Sixteen years after the state Supreme Court found it lacked a yardstick to assess the fairness of Pennsylvania’s education funding scheme, lawyers challenging … Continue reading »

(Apr 21) School funding lawsuit dismissed

School-funding case dismissed By Kristen Graham The Philadelphia Inquirer and philly.com A seven-judge panel has dismissed a lawsuit filed by school districts, parents, and organizations contending that Pennsylvania’s system of education funding is broken. Commonwealth Court President Judge Dan Pelligrini … Continue reading »

(Apr 14) PSERS hiring Rep. Glen Grell as executive director

Glen Grell to leave House, take top job overseeing school pensions: report By David Wenner Pennlive.com State Rep. Glen Grell of Cumberland County will leave the Legislature to become executive director of the Public School Employees’ Retirement System, ABC27 is reporting. … Continue reading »

(Apr 13) Two PA lawmakers announce ‘hold harmless’-type bill for schools, in case there’s budget impasse

Capitolwire: Two Republican lawmakers announce ‘hold harmless’-type bill for schools, in case there’s budget impasse By Christen Smith Capitolwire HARRISBURG (April 13) – Two Republican lawmakers announced plans Monday to introduce what they call “School Funding Guarantee Legislation.” Rep. Dave … Continue reading »

(Apr 8) Acting Secretary Rivera Announces Finalists for 2016 Teacher of the Year

04/08/2015 Press Release PA Department of Education Web Site Acting Secretary Rivera Announces Finalists for 2016 Teacher of the Year Harrisburg, PA – Acting Secretary Pedro Rivera announced today the 12 finalists for the 2016 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year. … Continue reading »

(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 »