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Pedro Rivera, superintendent of Lancaster SD, tapped as Education Secretary; Tom Wolf prepares to take office as 47th governor of Pennsylvania


Gaming revenues down for second straight year; Senate announces new committee chairs


December state revenues come in 6.3 percent above estimates; House leaders announce committee chairmen for 2015-16 legislative session


District consolidation study finds more costs, less savings; PA unemployment rate drops to 5.1 percent


PSERS certifies 25.84 percent as employer contribution rate in 2015-16; Lancaster City superintendent to co-chair Wolf transition team for education


November revenues up 0.3 percent, 1 percent for the year; mid-year state budget update paints bleak picture


Budget deficit to be Gov.-elect Wolf's first challenge; report examines statewide adequacy gap


Basic Education Funding Commission continues hearings; PA superintendents attend White House summit on technology


Fiscal Office projects structural imbalance in the state budget through 2019-20 without policy changes, including pension reform; PA Senate Republicans oust current Majority Leader, select more conservative leadership team


Tom Wolf defeats Gov. Corbett in gubernatorial race; PDE releases SPP scores


Basic Ed Funding Commission to hold hearing this week in Harrisburg; gubernatorial, legislative candidates prepare for tomorrow' general election


Basic Ed Funding Commission continues hearings across the state; Governor signs 'Pass the Trash' bill into law


House to wrap up voting session today; 'Pass the Trash' bill headed to the governor for his signature


Analysis: State support for education in PA fails in adequacy, equity; homeschool diplomas, 'Pass the Trash' bills may see action this week in what could be a busy two days


Campaign for Fair Education Funding to hold kick-off event today in Capitol Rotunda; General Assembly session winding down, with pension, charter school reform bills on voting calendars for possible consideration


PDE approves more PlanCon projects; statewide poll finds that education remains top issue of concern among PA voters


PA borrowing $1.5 billion from state treasury to cover basic operating expenses; General Assembly has numerous bills scheduled for consideration but few days remaining to act on them


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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