Under the guise of improving teacher accountability, the Pennsylvania Legislature recently engaged in a sweeping overhaul of the evaluation process for professional employees (teachers) under the Public School Code.
What is an agency's Open Records Officer to do?
It is now obvious to all in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that what was the norm just a few months ago will no longer be the norm in the foreseeable future.
A vast majority of Pennsylvania public school districts have not as of yet developed social media policies.
Picture this ... the Pennsylvania legislature says "You! Yes, you!" then, once it has your attention, makes a law that only applies to you.
We have been talking about the funding crisis for paying the school district's share of pension contributions for some time now.
In this era of limited financial ability on the part of educational institutions to fund their budgets, employee groups andor unions frequently suggest early retirement incentive programs (ERIPs) as vehicles to save the school entity dollars.
As the difficulty of negotiating contracts with teachers' unions in elementary and secondary schools increases because of the overall economic conditions, many school entities believe that entering into an "early bird" contract negotiation will ultimately simplify the process and achieve the requested results in a much more expeditious and efficient manner.
Those Pennsylvania school districts that have aid ratios of less than .4 (the wealthier school districts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania) are looking at historically low Act 1 indices for the next few years.
One of the most fundamental issues involving school boards is their policy-making function.