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Archived Updates

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

October 23
House passes borrowing-heavy revenue plan to Senate for consideration, along with School Code bill; ALERT! Voucher bill set for consideration in Senate Education Committee tomorrow (Tuesday)

October 16
House Finance Committee cancels meeting to consider shale tax, a key issue in the budget debate; PSERS reports positive earnings for FY 2017, decline in the unfunded liability

October 9
PA budget remains unresolved as another attempt to reach consensus in the House fails; PDE issues guidance on enrolling displaced students from hurricane-affected areas

October 2
PA Supreme Court ruling: school funding lawsuit can go forward; state budget resolution inches toward a resolution - maybe

September 25
Senate rejects House revenue plan, putting ball back in the House court; PDE submits Pennsylvania's ESSA implementation plan to the USDE

September 18
House passes its own revenue plan - and now Senate must decide what to do with it, as budget impasse continues; study finds an ongoing negative fiscal impact of charter schools on Pennsylvania's school districts

September 11
House to consider its own revenue plan this week as budget impasse continues; PDE issues BEC guidance on immunization requirements

August 28
Budget revenue debate continues; charter school, property tax reform remain unresolved issues

August 21
Once again, no news on the state budget; group of PA lawmakers putting forward new voucher plan

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