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(Jan 25) Justified delay: Pennsylvania’s Keystone exams need more work

By the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Editorial Board Delaying the graduation requirements connected with Pennsylvania’s standardized Keystone exams for high school students was necessary. One look at who supported the legislation that put a two-year hold on enforcement proves it. Senate Bill … Continue reading »

(Jan 4) Pennsylvania school districts starting to get state’s long-delayed funding

By Karen Langley and Mary Niederberger Pittsburgh Post-Gazette HARRISBURG — The Wolf administration announced Monday how education money from the new partial state budget would be distributed, and school districts could begin receiving it as early as today. School districts … Continue reading »

(Jan 3) Legislators pass budgets more swiftly if there’s fallout, review finds

By Natasha Lindstrom Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Pennsylvania has virtually no consequences when lawmakers fail to pass a budget on time — a dynamic that is unusual among the 50 states, a national review of state budget rules shows. Six months into … Continue reading »

(Oct 5) Pennsylvania Business Council Foundation: PA voters support PA Core, Keystone Exams & graduation requirements, concerned about education funding

HARRISBURG — A poll of 700 active Pennsylvania voters shows continuing support for more rigorous academic standards, and very strong support for new statewide exams and tougher graduation requirements according to the Pennsylvania Business Council (PBC) Foundation, sponsors of the … Continue reading »

(Sep 30) ‘Wild West’ charter school spending, lack of openness spotlighted in Roebuck report

Reining in overpayments could help resolve state budget impasse State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., today released a report on Pennsylvania charter schools that spotlights what he called the “Wild West” spending or borrowing practices of some, as well as a … Continue reading »

(Sep 10) Hanger: Wolf offering ‘major concessions’ in PA budget talks

by James McGinnis Bucks County Courier Times Seventy days into the state budget stalemate, Gov. Tom Wolf is offering major concessions to Republicans in Harrisburg, including a 401(k)-style pension plan for new state workers, John Hanger, secretary of planning and … Continue reading »

(Sep 8) Lane’s service: The superintendent has strengthened the schools

By the Editorial Board Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Superintendent Linda Lane’s announcement that she will leave the Pittsburgh Public Schools at the end of the school year is emblematic of her leadership: She put the district’s needs first to eliminate speculation about … Continue reading »

(Sep 8) Excitement, but also funding concerns as kids return to Philly schools

By Solomon Leach Philadelphia Daily News Like clockwork, tens of thousands of students will descend on the city’s public schools today, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed after saying goodbye to summer. But another all-too-familiar tradition is the lingering concern about the district’s … Continue reading »

(Sep 3) Schools pension fund to Pa. districts: State budget impasse doesn’t mean a break on local obligations

By Charles Thompson The Patriot-News Pennsylvania’s Public School Employees Retirement System has notified its constituent school districts that, budget impasse or not, it expects on-time payment of the local share of employee pension contributions. That bill, one of the largest … Continue reading »

(Sep 3) One-on-one with Governor Wolf, talking budget stalemate

By Dennis Owens ABC27 News HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Governor Tom Wolf concedes that job one in any budget negotiation is getting agreement from the two sides on how much money they have to spend. You need to know what … Continue reading »