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Archived Updates

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

August 19
Gov. Wolf announces major initiative to change accountability standards, funding for charter schools and issues an executive order on gun violence; lawmakers continue conversations about what to do about property taxes

August 12
IFO releases revenue estimates for 2019-20; national poll results show Americans rate their local schools high, but half of America's teachers have considered learing the profession

August 5
Safe2Say issues first annual report, finding most tips concern student mental health issues and bullying; PDE provides information about new flexible instructional day program

July 29
Data indicates middle'high school cyberbullying on the rise; Congress, White House reach agreement on federal spending

July 15
State Board of Education approves Keystone Composite score and the PA Alternate System of Assessment (PASA) Performance Level Descriptors and Cut-Scores for 2019-20; PA Auditor General: PA should replace the Keystone Exams

July 8
State revenues end year on the plus side; Gov. Wolf signs additional education bills into law, including a school safety bill

July 1
Lawmakers finalize state budget, School Code bills, although several remain on the governor's desk unsigned; charter school reform, educator evaluation and teacher salary issue remain unresolved

June 24
Budget and policy talks in high gear this week as lawmakers aim toward resolution by the end of the week; Gov. Wolf vetoes bill providing huge boost to EITC program, with that issue now part of budget negotiations

June 17
Four charter school 'reform' bills could see action this week - but without funding reform; bill to drastically increase EITC tax credits now on Gov. Wolf's desk

June 10
Numerous education bills slated for committee and possible floor consideration this week – including four charter school “reform” bills and a bill to drastically increase EITC tax credits; charter school study finds some success but too much failure among charter schools, particularly cyber charters

June 3
Lawmakers gearing up for push to finalizing a state budget - so expect the unexpected; U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear appeal of Pennsylvania school transgender case