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Show them what it takes!

Several Pennsylvania State educational associations have joined together to launch the Show Them What it Takes project. This joint initiative of Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units (PAIU), Pennsylvania Association of School Boards (PSBA), the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA) and the Pennsylvania Principals Association (PA Principals) encourages public schools to invite their state legislators to see first-hand the challenges, rewards and benefits of a public-school education. The goal is to get one state representative and one state senator into at least one public school in every school district in the commonwealth.

To support this initiative, PAIU, PSBA, PASA and PA Principals have created and made the following resources available:

A guide for organizing school legislative visits: http://filecabinet1.eschoolview.com/C2C0A487-D4EF-4297-BC36-3E44DEF06BAF/SHOW_them_what_it_takes_1.15.2019.pdf

Show Them What it Takes overview video: https://youtu.be/uhQAyHRczgQ

2019 State of Education report now online

The 2019 State of Education report is now available on the Pennsylvania School Board Association website (PSBA.org) in PDF format. The report is a barometer of not only the key indicators of public school performance, but also the challenges schools face and how they are coping with them. Data reported comes from publicly available sources and from a survey to chief school administrators. 

https://www.psba.org/2019/02/2019-state-of-education-report-now-online/

Budget report demonstrates continuing education deficit for school districts

The PA Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) and the PA Association of School Administrators (PASA) has released the latest edition of their school district budget report. The report confirms that the financial condition in many districts remains tenuous and that greater state support for education is needed. The budget report is based on survey responses from 61% of school districts along with the publicly available data pulled from the Annual Financial Reports and General Fund Budgets submitted by all 500 school districts. The data tells the story of continually rising mandated costs that require repeated decisions to cut or reduce programs or increase property taxes. Download the report and press release at here.

PA Schools that work releases impact on state funding on every school district in the commonwealth

According to its website, PA Schools Work is a coalition of organizations from across Pennsylvania representing teachers and other educators; urban, suburban and rural communities; and parents and other community members working together to advocate for PA public schools,

their students and the communities they serve. PA Schools Work is a non-partisan coalition of organizations representing urban, suburban and rural communities that support:

  • Significant funding increases for K-12 public education including: basic, special, and career   and technical education.
  • Increases in funding that are not reliant upon cuts to other school districts’ current funds.
  • The use of the state’s fair funding formula as the mechanism to close funding gaps.
  • School districts keeping local control of education funding decisions.

School district personnel and the general public can view and download individual school district data sheets detailing the impact of state funding on their individual districts at .http://paschoolswork.org/school-district-data/