PA Supreme Court clears way for judicially-created education adequacy standards

PA Supreme Court clears way for judicially-created education adequacy standards

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Thursday issued a long-anticipated decision in the case of William Penn School District v. Pa. Department of Education, and held that the question of whether the General Assembly and governor have met the constitutional mandate of providing “for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of public education to serve the needs of the Commonwealth” can be decided by the judiciary.

Thursday, September 28, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House lawmakers introduce bill to help identify quality daycare centers

House lawmakers introduce bill to help identify quality daycare centers

Two freshman House lawmakers from different sides of the aisle came together Tuesday to announce the introduction of legislation aimed at improving the identification of quality childcare facilities in Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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School district study seeks to address problems in proposed FY 17-18 budget

School district study seeks to address problems in proposed FY 17-18 budget

The Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) and Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA) hosted a press call Wednesday morning to discuss the findings of plausible implications to school districts with regards to the FY 2017-2018 preliminary budget process.

In his proposed budget, Gov. Wolf committed to increased state education funding for Pre-K by $75 million, although that number was reduced to $25 million in House Republican budget.

Gov. Wolf also wanted to increase efficiencies of the state by cutting the transportation line item for school districts by $50 million. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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Commonwealth Court shows deference to proposed cyber charter school in contracting services with for-profit company

Commonwealth Court shows deference to proposed cyber charter school in contracting services with for-profit company

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Thursday issued an opinion that continued the judiciary’s line of increasing deference to charter and cyber charter schools who contract out the bulk of their services with for-profit companies.

 

The case—Insight Charter School v. Department of Education—stemmed from the denial of a charter application to Insight after the department and, later, the Charter Appeal Board denied Insight’s charter application.

Friday, May 19, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Federal and state lawmakers from Pennsylvania take aim at ending “lunch shaming”

Federal and state lawmakers from Pennsylvania take aim at ending “lunch shaming”

Pennsylvania lawmakers at both the state and federal level are introducing proposals aimed to end “lunch shaming,” the practice by some schools of singling out students with unpaid pre-paid meal balances in their school lunch account.

Thursday, May 11, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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