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Archived Updates

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

September 19: PASA hires Michele Balliet as its next Director of Professional Development;  Josh Shapiro Supports 'Lifeline Scholarships' Championed by School Choice Proponents;  Chair of the PA Senate Education Committee Outlines Biggest Legislative Priorities for Schools and more in this edition of the Education Update.  

September 12: Free breakfast on tap for schoolchildren starting Oct 1; School bus drivers play critical role for PA students; Wolf announces funding for free healthy snacks in PA schools and more in this edition of the Education Update.  

August 22: State Bill Introduced to Continue Free Meals in Pennsylvania Public Schools; New Discipline Guidance Can Help Kids with Disabilities; Ortitay Appointed to Basic Education Funding Commission and more in this edition of the Education Update.  

August 15: CDC's Latest COVID Guidance for Schools Ends 'Test-to-Stay,' Quarantine Recommendations; School Leaders With Disabilities: It's Important to Share That You're Not Alone;' PA Releases New App to Connect Students and Families Experiencing Homelessness with Resources and more in this edition of the Education Update. 

August 8: Wolf Touts Education Spending Increase, Discusses Accountability for Historic Investment; A Call for a Temporary Extension of Access to Free School Breakfasts and Lunches;  The State Budget's Impact on Student Mental Health and School Safety; and more in this edition of the Education Update.  

August 1:   The Public School Problem We're Not Talking About; Masks Optional for Most U.S. Public Schools for Start of Classes; Judge to Decide if Pennsylvania Sufficiently Funds Education and more in this edition of the Education Update. 

July 25: Federal Judge Halts Enforcement of Protections for LGBTQ People in Schools and Workplaces; Wolf Traded Charter School Reform for Education Funding; Biden Calls for Additional Tutors to Help Students Recover from Pandemic and more in this edition of the Education Update.  

July 18: How to Challenge Normative Gender Culture to Support All Students; A Basic Safety Feature Missing at Uvalde School May Also Be Missing from Your School; How One District is Working to Improve Equity and Inclusivity and in this edition of the Education Update. 

June 27: State budget negotiators continue to debate school code bill, budget; several right to know bills move forward and the U.S. Supreme Court rules on two bills affecting public schools  

June 20: State budget negotiators pushing for early budget, as PASA pushes for increased school funding; numerous controversial education bills still on committee and floor calendars.  

June 13Bills that would establish a voucher program and impact school district decisions regarding books, curriculum and discussions on Senate Education Committee agenda this week; work on policy, budget decisions ramps up in Harrisburg

June 6Lawmakers return to Harrisburg, with school ‘choice’ bills still pending in both the House and Senate; both Republican House and Senate appropriations chairmen lose primary bids, sparking concerns over budget negotiations going forward

May 23Lawmakers return to Harrisburg, with school choice again on the agenda; regulatory review commission approves final-form Chapter 4 regulations

May 16: Capitol quiet as lawmakers prepare for tomorrow’s primary; school choice money a big factor in PA election

May 9: State revenues hit record high in April; AASA urging advocacy to extend school nutrition waiver

May 2House passes voucher bill, resolution to overturn recently adopted charter school regulations; Senate, House in recess until May 23

April 25House Education Committee to consider several behavior/mental health bills this week; State Board of Education revisions to Chapter 49 now in effect

April 18No final vote on House voucher bill last week; State Board of Education submits final-form regulation with revisions to Chapter 4

April 11: House voucher bill could be considered this week; numerous education bills remain poised for action in both the House and Senate

April 4: Voucher, EITC expansion bills could be on the Republican agenda this week; attack on the recently approved charter school regulations continues at the Capitol

March 28: Regulatory Review Commission approves charter school regulations amid Republican opposition; House Education Committee poised to consider voucher bill this week

March 21: PA Supreme Court approves legislative redistricting map; proposed charter school regulations to be considered for approval this week, amid opposition from House, Senate Republicans

March 14: Commonwealth Court hears closing arguments in school funding trial; Congress approves FY2022 spending package, a mixed bag for education

March 7: State revenues continue to rise above estimates; PDE releases 2021 state assessment results

February 28: CDC issues new guidance on mask wearing; PDE to release 2021 state assessment results this week

February 14: Gov. Wolf proposes state budget with large increases for education; PA Department of Education publishes final-form regulations regarding charter school management, process for requesting district payments

February 7: Latest school district budget report finds widespread concern about rising costs of mandates, staff shortages; Democratic leaders unveil their education budget plan, as Gov. Wolf prepares to deliver budget address tomorrow

January 31: School masking continues as an issue in the courts; report outlines serious lack of accountability for cyber charter school funding

January 24: IFO report critical of lack of EITC program accountability, excessive cost, as Senate panel votes to increase EITC tax credits 25%; House Education Committee to consider collective bargaining bills this week

January 17: USED announces federal assistance for school COVID testing; State Board of Education approves final-form regulation/science standards update

January 10COVID surge challenges school opening after the holidays; General Fund revenues continue to come in strong