The school year is soon to begin, and districts across the state of Pennsylvania are faced with a troubling proposition: How do you stay afloat when a very large chunk of your budget is nonexistent?
School leaders face this question as Gov. Wolf, a Democrat in the first year of his term, and leaders of the Republican-held state House and Senate continue to disagree about how to frame the state's spending plan.
As the first day of classes draws near, districts have not received any of the state aid that would typically begin flowing in August.
Last month, the Pennsylvania Department of Education shared preliminary test data for its new, Common Core-aligned tests -- and the results weren't pretty.
As a result, some area school districts are lobbying Harrisburg to dial back the number and consequences of standardized tests, sooner rather than later.
The pace of talks over Pennsylvania's budget may be picking up, with each side trading proposals over the last week.
The latest offer came Wednesday: Republicans asked Democratic Gov. Wolf to support ending the traditional pension for future state and school workers. In return, they said, they would vote for the governor's proposed $400 million funding increase for schools.
Two more Philadelphia educators have been disciplined in the multiyear investigation into cheating on the state's standardized tests.
Darlynn L. Gray, 54, a former principal of Delaplaine McDaniel Elementary School, and Ellen Berson, 45, a former assistant principal at McDaniel, surrendered their educator's licenses earlier this year.
They are alleged to have "violated the integrity and security of the PSSA exams," according to the Pennsylvania Department of Education's list of teacher certification actions.
Science Leadership Academy's nationally recognized founder and principal, Chris Lehmann, has been named to lead the School District's innovative schools network. In addition to his new role as an assistant superintendent, Lehmann will remain principal at SLA, though he will share his duties with a new co-principal.