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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Military veterans and their spouses could benefit from bipartisan education bill

Military veterans and their spouses could benefit from bipartisan education bill

A bi-partisan bill recently introduced in the House that attempts to expedite the re-entry of military veterans’ spouses into the teaching workforce was the subject of a press conference Monday.

Monday, May 23, 2016/Author: Kyle Maguire
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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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