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Archived Updates

Below is a list of recent Education Updates (pdf).  CLICK HERE for the current Update.

August 14
Again, no news on the state budget; Gov. Wolf announces reduced testing time for the grade 3-8 PSSA's this year

August 7
No news on the state budget, as the revenue impasse continues; PDE solicits public comment on proposed ESSA implementation plan

July 31
PA Senate passes its revenue plan - and now the House must decide what to do with it; Trump education agenda slow to get off the ground

July 24
PA House Speaker's attempt to move his own 'no tax' state budget revenue plan doesn't get off the ground; vouchers remain a hot topic in Washington and across the nation

July 17
Revenue agreement for the state budget remains elusive; at least one U.S. Senator questions USDOE understanding of ESSA implementation

July 10
Lawmakers continue working toward finalizing a revenue plan for the state budget; charter school reform bill advances but final outcome not determined

July 3
Legislative leaders, governor come to agreement on $32 billion spending plan but have yet to finalize a revenue solution; charter school reform, restrictions on assessment appeals remain big education issues this week

June 26
Budget talks ramp up, with BEF increase, transportation cut part of the discussion; assessment appeals bill could move this week! 

June 19
Budget talks slow, with high concern over lagging revenues, budget deficit; Senate Education Committee poised to consider assessment/evaluation bill

June 12
Pension reform plan passes legislature, governor to sign the bill; PASA/PASBO release latest school district budget report - and it is still bad news

June 5
Pension reform plan on fast-track this week; PASA releases white paper on charter school reform, testifies on school accountability

May 22
Advocacy Alert on bill restricting assessment appeals, federal health care bill's cuts to Medicaid; numerous education bills on committee, floor schedules this week

May 15
Budget talks still not in high gear, but a multitude of issues are part of the mix; House committee approves bill imposing reverse appeals restrictions and limiting commercial property valuation

May 8
State revenue, fiscal deficit and changing demographics intensify budget challenges; a federal budget, health care bill and relaxed school lunch rules highlight busy week in Washington

May 1
House passes charter school reform bill, as Senate prepares to introduce more specific charter legislation; bills concerning contracts and bargaining agreements continue to advance in the legislature

April 24
Commonwealth Court rules against Lower Merion SD in tax rate dispute case; a slew of education-related bills under consideration this week in both the House and Senate

April 17
Property tax elimination plan would require over $12-14 billion in state revenue annually, says IFO; bills on charter school reform, school employees carrying guns, public review of prospective superintendent contract terms all scheduled for committee consideration this week

April 10
House Republicans pass budget plan on to Senate to kick-start budget process; House, Senate in recess this week but return April 18 - with 74 days to complete a state budget

April 3
Senate committee approves bill prohibiting development of additional Keystone exams; work on state budget slow, but numerous education bills up for consideration

March 27
Numerous education bills moving through the PA legislative process; a PA transgender policy lawsuit, U.S. Supreme Court decision on FAPE and withdrawal of the Republican healthcare bill headline last week's news

March 20
Pension reform on Senate Republicans' agenda; ESSA, Medicaid cuts and 'skinny' federal budget affecting many education programs big issues for public schools

March 13
As budget hearings end, lawmakers back in session to face the challenges of crafting a final budget; new federal healthcare plan would mean steep reductions in available Medicaid funds for kids and schools

March 6
Decisions in transgender student cases announced in both Pennsylvania and Washington; budget hearings conclude this week, amid yet another dismal monthly revenue report

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January 9, 2017