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2013-14


9-15-14

Call for PlanCon reform continues as 18 project reimbursements are approved; General Assembly this week returns to short fall session

9-8-14

State revenues again come in below estimates, while state debt remains high; school funding remains hot topic across the commonwealth

8-25-14

PASA testifies before Basic Education Funding Commission; House Republican leaders call for discussion on pension reform

8-18-14

State unemployment rate up from June; Philadelphia to start schools on time - with additional cuts to staffing and services

8-11-14

State revenues increase $300 million above July 2013 level, thanks to big jump in non-tax revenue; House fails to take action on bill authorizing cigarette tax to support Philadelphia schools

7-28-14

Moody's downgrades Pennsylvania's bond rating; Basic Education Funding Commission holds inaugural meeting, with report due June 10, 2015

7-21-14

State unemployment rate holds steady, but overall civilian workforce declines; State Board of Education publishes draft financial recovery regulations

7-14-14

Governor signs budget into law - after removing some appropriations for legislative operations;  FCC approves changes to E-Rate program

7-7-14

Governor still has not signed 'on-time' budget, citing need for pension reform; Senate to return to session tomorrow to finalize bills outlining distribution of 2014-15 budget funds

6-30-14

Legislative leaders working hard today to get $29 billion budget to governor by tonight; special education, pension and liquor privatization reform up in the air

6-23-14

Budget, revenue issues remain in limbo; governor calls for pension reform, liquor privatization before new taxes can be considered

6-16-14

Special education funding reform stalls in Senate; final regulations on principal, non-teacher evaluation now in effect

6-9-14

PASA, PASBO survey finds reductions in programs and staffing to continue into 2014-15; activity in Harrisburg picks up, as consideration could start this week on pension reform plan, PlanCon bill and state budget

6-2-14

With state revenues falling further behind, lawmakers preparing for long month of budget deliberations; hybrid pension reform plan likely to be considered this month

5-19-14

State unemployment rate falls below September 2008 level; education groups, including PASA, refute charter school allegations that special education funding reform will 'kill choice' in education

5-12-14

April revenue numbers mean budget problems for 2014-15; House Education Committee amends PlanCon bill; new language a negative for school districts

5-5-14

Impact of budget shortfall puts significant education increases in doubt; Pension reform, special education funding bills remain in limbo

4-28-14

Poll finds Pennsylvanians want more funding for public schools; Legislative committees this week to consider PlanCon, property tax reform bills

4-21-14

Budget Secretary: More than $779 million available for property tax relief in 2014; Republican leaders may consider levying tax on gas extraction

4-14-14

Little action on the state budet to date, as lawmakers await April/May revenue numbers; PASA, 40 other organizations, send letter to Senate, urging rejection of property tax reform bill

4-7-14

March state revenue comes in below estimate; PASA, other education associations, urge Senate to reject charter school bill

3-31-14

PDE accepting 'letters of intent' for Governor's proposed competitive grant; PASA testifies on PlanCon bill

3-24-14

PASA, along with PSBA and PASBO, sends letter to House urging support for economic furloughs; Senate passes bill concerning weather-related school make-up days

3-17-14

Senate Democrats propose refinancing state pension debt; PASA testifies in opposition to proposed changes in home schooling supervision, diplomas

3-10-14

Survey results show school officials want changes in state support of public education; February General Fund revenues come in 2.1 percent below estimates

3-3-14

Chapter 4 revisions now in effect; State Auditor General holding public meetings on charter school funding

2-24-14

Lawmakers begin to react to proposed education funding in governor's budget plan; Pension issue certain to be hot topic in budget negotiations

2-10-14

Governor unveils $29.4B budget plan, calls for trimming pension collars, one-time infusion of funds for pension costs, new education grant initiatives; PDE extends PSSA testing window

2-3-14

Governor to unveil proposed 2014-15 budget plan tomorrow; proposal expected to include additional funding for special education, PreK Counts, new education initiative, plus pension collar

1-27-14

Governor calls for a 'true, fair funding system' for education; PASA, other education groups, call on Senate to pass basic education funding commission bill

1-20-14

Independent Fiscal Office: State expenditures outpacing revenues; State Auditor General to conduct 'comprehensive performance audit' of PDE

1-13-14

General Assembly returns to session this week, with Senate scheduled to consider charter school reform bill (SB 1085); 'Quality Counts 2014' report focuses on key indicators of progress among the states, reshaping of traditional schools

1-6-14

December revenues come in below estimate, while 2013 gaming revenue down from 2012 level; Senate likely to consider charter school reform bill this month

12-23-13

Budget Secretary paints bleak mid-year view of current and future state budgets; PA one of six states named as recipients of $280M in federal grants for early learning

12-16-13

Republicans/Corbett administration, Democrats discuss budget priorities; Commission releases proposed plan to distribute new special education funds

12-9-13

Column, governor's office question level of school district fund balances; General Assembly in session this week, with numerous bills set for possible committee and floor consideration

12-2-13

Senate this week could consider bills on charter school reform, Chapter 4; PASA to testify before House Education Committee concerning economic furloughs

11-25-13

Independent Regulatory Review Commission approves revisions to Chapter 4; Senate expected to consider charter school bill (SB 1085) next month

11-11-13

General Assembly returns to session, with only 10 working days left in 2013; House committee this week to consider draft school safety report and recommendations

11-4-13

October revenues come in 1.4 percent above estimates; General Assembly in recess until Nov. 12

10-28-13

General Assembly in recess until Nov. 12, with quiet week ahead; House Education Committee approves bills mandating posting of 'In God We Trust' in schools, sunseting athletic reporting law

10-21-13

Corbett administration releases $45 million for Philadelphia schools; General Assembly in session this week, with transportation funding as top issue

10-14-13

Property tax bills on House floor schedule; numerous bills on House, Senate education committee agendas this week, including charter school reform

10-7-13

House passes property tax bill giving school boards authority to 'switch' taxes; PDE releases School Performance Profiles, but over 600 schools have no 'score' due to data problems