Fight over tax money for private school tuition snags education funding bill again
A months-long stalemate over public education funding appeared likely to continue on Wednesday as state House lawmakers stripped GOP-backed school choice funding from a spending bill. The state Senate passed the legislation on Wednesday authorizing hundreds of millions in new funding for K-12 schools, community colleges, educational support units and public libraries with a 45-5 […]
Pittsburgh educators share needs of western Pennsylvania schools with state commission
As part of a series of statewide hearings on education funding in Pennsylvania, lawmakers heard from educators in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, who told them of the needs that schools in western Pennsylvania have, including special education funding, pre-kindergarten programs, and a vital need for improvements to career and technical education (CTE) programs. “There are way […]
School funding overhaul is a chance to fix old flaws in an inequitable system, advocates say
Pennsylvania lawmakers will embark on a historic effort this fall to reform the commonwealth’s education funding system that a state court earlier this year declared unconstitutional.
Opinion: The public deserves to speak at Basic Education Funding Commission hearings
By Brenda Morales and Sylvia Witherspoon Just beneath the hustle and bustle of the start of another school year – fundraising campaigns for school supplies, family debates about new backpacks, and wringing every least deal from chain stores – lies a persistent truth: Pennsylvania’s school districts are chronically underfunded, leaving children, families, and their teachers […]
Pa. Legislature’s unfinished budget business leaves uncertainty for schools, human services
Gov. Josh Shapiro’s signature on Pennsylvania’s $45.5 billion budget brought relief Thursday across the commonwealth as the new school year approaches and quarterly payments come due. But his administration’s decision to hold back hundreds of millions in funds for a handful of programs leaves uncertainty for some as school districts work to reconcile their budgets […]
Saving public education in Pennsylvania — where it began | Marc Stier
Fixing the way Pennsylvania pays for public schools doesn’t mean more money for private institutions.
Shapiro: Senate GOP failed to close budget deal with House Democrats on school vouchers
In debate over the budget on Wednesday, Rep. Seth Grove, of York County, who is the ranking Republican member of the House Appropriations Committee, said that a number of other Democratic priorities faced a similar fate because the House had failed to pass legislation to authorize them.
A storied Harrisburg high school faces the wrecking ball | Thursday Morning Coffee
News of the planned demolition of William Penn High School comes amidst a broader debate on how Pa. will pay for repairs for schools statewide
House Republicans warn state budget could be late as they push back on Democrats’ proposal
House Republican leaders criticized the Democratic majority for waiting too long to begin the budget negotiation process.
Funding the 500: This is what a fair funding system will look like for Philly’s students | Opinion
For one, modern school facilities that mirror the facilities readily available in wealthier school districts.
Funding the 500: Revisiting Pennsylvania charter schools after a quarter-century
Public education advocates say it’s time to fix the way taxpayer money is distributed to charter schools.
Funding the 500: Crumbling buildings, asbestos and gun violence add to Philly schools’ challenges
'It's infuriating,' Edward T. Steel Elementary special education teacher Nicole Wyglendowski told the Capital-Star.