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Archived Updates

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

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