As lawmakers probe Wolf's teacher pay raise, long term effects worry school districts

As lawmakers probe Wolf's teacher pay raise, long term effects worry school districts

For Louis Lepley, superintendent of the North Star School District, attracting and retaining teachers in his rural Somerset County district can be a tall task.

“You can’t blame them, we’re not one of the higher paying districts in the state, and when [teachers] get that experience then we see a lot of them leave,” Lepley said. “And hats off to them--unless they have local ties, there’s a good chance they’re leaving.”

Wednesday, February 13, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
In budget address, Wolf lays out plan to bolster education and workforce development—with no new taxes

In budget address, Wolf lays out plan to bolster education and workforce development—with no new taxes

A boost in funding for education, expanding initiatives to target the state’s workforce development, and a previously announced minimum wage hike are cornerstones of Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2019-20 budget proposal, unveiled Tuesday in the first budget address of the governor’s second term.

Wolf’s plan spends a little over $34 billion, a 2.79 percent increase from last year, but adds in no new taxes, something he touted early and often throughout his address and was a line which drew a bipartisan standing ovation. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Optimism for boosting career technical education, as report calls for more state support

Optimism for boosting career technical education, as report calls for more state support

Advocates are calling for more of an investment in career and technical education (CTE) in the upcoming budget, and lawmakers say they are optimistic Gov. Tom Wolf will agree when he unveils his proposal next month.

report released by the Pennsylvania Partnership for Children earlier last week praised the introduction of the Career and Technical Education Subsidy in the last budget but argued that school districts were still footing too much of the bill and that more state support is needed.
Thursday, January 24, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Gov. Wolf hosts press conference to highlight steps taken towards strengthening PA's economy

Gov. Wolf hosts press conference to highlight steps taken towards strengthening PA's economy

Gov. Tom Wolf hosted a press conference Thursday afternoon where he highlighted the ways he has worked to improve Pennsylvania through economic development. 

Wolf highlighted the three main ways he has focused on to help move the commonwealth forward including, modernizing and improving Pennsylvania's education system, investing in community and economic development and prioritizing investments in infrastructure. 

Thursday, January 10, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Case hoping to overhaul state school funding stystem set for trial in 2020

Case hoping to overhaul state school funding stystem set for trial in 2020

A lawsuit that could overturn Pennsylvania’s school funding is tentatively scheduled to go to trial in summer 2020.

The suit, filed by six Pennsylvania families, six school districts, the NAACP and the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools claims that the commonwealth’s current school funding system violates a state constitutional guarantee to an education.

Friday, December 7, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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