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Archived Updates

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

November 20
House to possibly take up shale tax bill this week, but outcome is questionable; state, federal tax reform issues dominate education concerns

November 13
With the budget done, House, Senate schedule periodic session weeks in November, December;  tax reform plans in Washington could spell trouble for public schools

November 6
Gov. Wolf allows School Code bill to become law, ending 2017-18 budget impasse; PDE clarifies recent federal actions to rescind some IDEA guidance documents

October 31
2017-18 budget nearly settled, with School Code bill the sole question mark; voucher bill fails to gain sufficient committee votes to reach the Senate floor 

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