Could teacher furlough reform be tied to increases in education funding?

Could teacher furlough reform be tied to increases in education funding?

Legislative Republican leaders called on Gov. Tom Wolf Tuesday to reconsider his promised veto of House Bill 805, legislation designed to base teacher layoffs on performance evaluations rather than seniority.

In so doing, Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) insinuated that if Gov. Wolf follows through on his promise and vetoes the bill and then requests an increase in education funding as part of the coming fiscal year’s budget, Republicans would insist on the furlough reforms.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Auditor General calls for mandated competitive bids for school bus services

Auditor General calls for mandated competitive bids for school bus services

Saying he wants to see more dollars being used for the classroom, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Thursday called for the legislature to take action by mandating that school districts competitively bid school bus contracts.

“The fact that it is not a requirement, in my view, needs to change,” he said. “I want to put more education dollars into our classrooms, not in our school buses.”

Thursday, May 12, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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PA Supreme Court to review decision creating “extra-legislative scheme” for amending charter school charters

PA Supreme Court to review decision creating “extra-legislative scheme” for amending charter school charters

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Tuesday announced it will be taking the appeal of Discovery Charter School, who is complaining, that—among other things—the Commonwealth Court erred when it created what they say is an “extra-legislative scheme’ for amending charter school charters that is not contained in the Charter School Law.

The appeal stems from the case Discovery Charter School v. School Reform Commission, where the Commonwealth Court held that the School Reform Commission’s inaction on Discovery’s attempted amendment to its charter during its renewal phase constituted a denial of the amendment, and that denial was then appealable to the State Charter School Appeal Board.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate tries again with BEF formula, PlanCon bond in new iteration of Fiscal Code

Senate tries again with BEF formula, PlanCon bond in new iteration of Fiscal Code

While it started out as a barebones solution to the governor’s veto of the Fiscal Code bill sent to his desk back in March, the Senate early Tuesday evening put back into House Bill 1589 provisions providing for the use of the bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission formula in the current school year and allowing schools to draw from a $2.5 billion bond to fund school construction projects under PlanCon.

Both of the provisions placed in the legislation by the Senate were noted by Gov. Tom Wolf in his veto message as reasons why he disapproved the legislation.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Governor’s Fiscal Code veto draws mixed reaction

Governor’s Fiscal Code veto draws mixed reaction

Gov. Tom Wolf made his promised veto of House Bill 1327 a reality Friday, sending the disapproved Fiscal Code bill back to the House of Representatives.

The Fiscal Code bill serves as the spending and policy roadmap for the budget and is traditionally a piece of legislation needed to close the circle on any given fiscal year’s budget.

Monday, March 28, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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