House Education unanimously agrees to school district consolidation study

House Education unanimously agrees to school district consolidation study

The House Education Committee met Monday and unanimously approved a resolution calling on the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a study on the feasibility of and potential cost-savings from school district consolidation.

The resolution, House Resolution 910, is sponsored by Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery).

Monday, June 6, 2016/Author: Kyle Maguire
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Fair Funding Formula finally law in Pennsylvania

Fair Funding Formula finally law in Pennsylvania

Gov. Tom Wolf has signed House Bill 1552 allowing the new basic education funding formula to become law in Pennsylvania.

The bill is now known as Act 35.

Thursday, June 2, 2016/Author: Kyle Maguire
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Legislation filed to combat “Ghost Teachers”

Legislation filed to combat “Ghost Teachers”

The House Education Committee next week is scheduled to vote on House Bill 2125, legislation purported to combat the so-called “ghost teacher” issue in Pennsylvania.

Sponsors of the legislation say the bill will also save taxpayer resources that can be used elsewhere in the classroom. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016/Author: Kyle Maguire
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Lawmakers examine new education funding scheme

Lawmakers examine new education funding scheme

While House Bill 1552 sits on the Governor’s desk, the Education committee had a hearing regarding a new Basic Education Funding formula.

A new proposal, drafted by Rep. David Parker (R-Monroe), will look to implement new ideas to benefit schools burdened by hold harmless provisions even though the Basic Education Funding Commissions formula has only been around for one fiscal year.

Thursday, May 26, 2016/Author: Kyle Maguire
PlanCon advisory committee holds first meeting

PlanCon advisory committee holds first meeting

The Public School Construction and Reconstruction Advisory Committee formed under this fiscal year’s Fiscal Code held its first meeting Wednesday to meet its statutory charge of hearing a presentation of the Department of Education on the PlanCon program.

While the committee met its requirement, committee member Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh)—who informally took over the meeting as chairman—said the function of the committee will not be limited to just receiving information from PDE.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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