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Archived Updates

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

March 12
School safety remains top issue at state, national level; PA House to return to session this week, as budget push begins and the primary looms ahead

March 5
School safety issues remain at the forefront of discussion; state budget hearings focused this week on education

February 26
Schools, communities, lawmakers grapple with aftermath of tragic high school shooting in Florida; state budget hearings continue this week

February 12
Gov. Wolf unveils $32.9 billion budget proposal for 2018-19, with modest increases increases for education;  redrawing congressional maps remains 'hot' issue this week in Harrisburg

February 5
Gov. Wolf to unveil 2018-19 state budget proposal tomorrow, with modest increases for education; legislators focused this week on redrawing congressional maps

January 29
Threat of assessment appeals bill delayed - for now; school districts grappling with ESSA requirement on test participation rates 

January 22
2018 Quality Counts report ranks PA in top eight states; U.S. Department of Education approves PA ESSA Implementation Plan

January 8
State revenues, state ESSA plan dominate PA education news; federal tax changes, lack of CHIP reauthorization to impact students, public schools


December 18
Senate Education Committee delays consideration of voucher bill; federal tax reform, net neutrality action a continuing concern for public education

December 11
Senate Education Committee to again consider voucher bill this week; tax reform a continuing concern for public education

December 4
House continues work on shale tax bill, tax reform, the federal budget, CHIP reauthorization dominate attention in Washington

November 27
House begins debate on shale tax bill before Thanksgiving recess; tax reform plans, controversy over net neutrality dominate talk in Washington

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