Public Education Legislation Discussed with Senator and Representatives

More than 110 community members attended the DF meeting with Senator Randy Vulakovich, Representative Dom Costa, Representative Tony DeLuca and Representative Hal English. The discussion spanned property tax reform, charter school funding and accountability, state mandated tests and pension obligations. Senator Vulakovich told attendees that SB76, a property tax reform…

Legislative Concerns: Property Tax Reform

Understanding the Issues Impacting Public Education in the Commonwealth and in the Fox Chapel Area School District Part 3:  Property Tax Reform Overview: Senate Bill 76 is a bill that was first introduced in 2013-2014 in the Pennsylvania Legislature that would have authorized an increase in the personal income tax…

Legislative Concerns: Charter Schools

Understanding the Issues Impacting Public Education in the Commonwealth and the Fox Chapel Area School District Part 2: Charter Schools Overview: Through Act 22 of 1997, the commonwealth allowed the creation of brick and mortar charter schools. In 2002, Act 88 authorized the creation of cyber charter schools. Charter schools…

Legislative Concerns: PSSAs & Keystone Exams

Understanding the Issues Impacting Public Education in the Commonwealth and the Fox Chapel Area School District Part 1: PSSAs and Keystone Exams Overview: The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) exams are required by the state to be administered to students in grades three through eight in the subject areas…

DISTRICT FORUM TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING WITH STATE LEGISLATORS

The Fox Chapel Area District Forum is hosting a meeting with the district’s state legislators Thursday, April 20, 2017, at 5:30 p.m.  The meeting will be a forum discussion addressing pertinent issues facing public education.  This will be followed by the opportunity to speak one-on-one with the legislators.  Legislators scheduled to…

Computer Curriculum, Hardware Discussed at Technology Forum

The Fox Chapel Area District Forum held its meeting on February 14 to present an overview of the use and incorporation of technology into the curriculum in grades K-12.  Approximately 60 parents, residents, school board members and school and district staff attended. Megan Cicconi, Director of Instructional and Innovative Leadership…

Proposal sent back to drawing board

At this time, the Senate has decided that additional work is needed on the Property Tax Independence proposal. District Forum would like to thank Senators Vulakovich and Fontana for hearing the concerns of their constituents.

Post Gazette Reports on District Forum Meeting

Read about District Forum’s Tuesday meeting and a meeting held in Peters on Monday. Post Gazette: Proposal to change school funding rapped http://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2017/02/03/Proposal-to-change-school-funding-in-Fox-Chapel-rapped/stories/201702030052  

More Information on Time Sensitivity of School Funding Issue

Last night’s meeting focused on the tax and funding implications that passage of legislation like SB 76 could have on education funding in the state. Although SB 76 was voted down (by a single vote) in the prior legislative session, in a memorandum dated January 5, 2017, eight senators indicated…

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