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2013-14


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