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(July 19) Republican ‘majority of majority’ rule could test any budget deal

By Marc Levy Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. — In one of Pennsylvania’s defining legislative battles this century, then-Gov. Ed Rendell won passage of a $1 billion tax package, and it still nags some Republicans that their leaders worked with Democrats … Continue reading »

(Jun 18) Education funding top issue among Pennsylvania voters

By Robert Swift, Harrisburg Bureau Chief Scranton Times-TribuneHARRISBURG — Education funding remains a top priority among Pennsylvania voters, with the deadline for passing the next state budget less than two weeks away, according to a new statewide poll released today. Almost … Continue reading »

(May 19) State Teachers of the Year identify main barriers to student success, their three top school funding priorities

By Lindsey Layton The Washington Post The greatest barriers to school success for K-12 students have little to do with anything that goes on in the classroom, according to the nation’s top teachers: It is family stress, followed by poverty, … Continue reading »

(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 »

(May 4) Rising free and reduced school lunch figures: Does it show growing poverty rate in midstate?

Rising free and reduced school lunch figures: Does it show growing poverty rate in midstate? By Julianne Mattera pennlive.com The portion of students with free and reduced lunch — a possible indicator of poverty — is on the rise at … 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 »