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(Sep 2) In Chester district, pomp, and tough circumstances

By Kathy Boccella The Philadelphia InquirerIt was a day for traditions as the new school year opened in the cash-strapped Chester Upland School District this morning – the good and the bad. At 7:30 a.m., hundreds of students, teachers, staff, … Continue reading »

(Aug 31) Editorial: State budget impasse hurts poor schools most

Editorial by the Pottstown Mercury Two months past the deadline for a state budget, and little has changed since the July 1 start of a new fiscal year. Gov. Tom Wolf and the Legislature are no closer to resolution than … Continue reading »

(Aug 26) OP-ED: Pa. needs sensible budget compromises

By Mark Price, Ph.D. Economist and Interim Research Director, Keystone Research Center and the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center York Dispatch The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Thursday that Pennsylvania created 66,500 jobs in the last 12 months. At … Continue reading »

(Aug 26) Plan to override state budget fails

By Karen Langley and Kate Giammarise Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau HARRISBURG — House Republicans didn’t have the votes to override portions of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget veto, but on Tuesday they went through the motions anyway, forcing Democrats to choose between … Continue reading »

(Aug 24) State budget tardy for beginning of school year, and that hurts Pennsylvania students: Nathan Mains

by Nathan Mains Pennlive.com Op-Ed Students and educators may be ready for the return to the classroom, but it appears that the Pennsylvania state budget will be tardy when the bell rings. Despite weeks of negotiations, the budget is almost … Continue reading »

(Aug 19) The GOP offer – a deal in sight, or a new chance for a #PaBudget breakdown?: Analysis

by John L. Micek The Patriot-NewsOkay – here we go.They didn’t call it a “last, best offer,” but House and Senate Republicans gave Gov. Tom Wolf the functional equivalent when they emerged from a brief negotiating session on Wednesday morning. … Continue reading »

(Aug 19) Wolf, Republicans report progress on pension, education funding in budget stalemate

By Kate Giammarise and Karen Langley Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau HARRISBURG — For the first time in weeks, Republican legislative leaders say the potential for a deal on the long-overdue state budget appears to be closer. An offer by Republican legislative leaders … Continue reading »

(Aug 13) Washington State Faces $100,000-a-Day Fine Until Schools Plan Is Reached

by Kirk Johnson The New York Times SEATTLE — Washington State’s highest court, which has threatened, cajoled and pleaded with the state Legislature and governor for years to close the gap in spending between rich and poor schools, said on … Continue reading »

(Aug 12) Wolf’s budget talks with lawmakers focus on school funding

By Mark Scolforo Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP, Aug. 12) — Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative leaders reported incremental progress after a fresh budget session Wednesday, saying they planned to reassemble to continue the discussion the next morning. “I’m standing … Continue reading »

(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 »