June 26 Education Update: Early childhood education, Penn State audit, budget watch
We'll be watching the State House and schools throughout the region this week as Friday's budget deadline approaches. With Pennsylvania facing a multi-billion dollar budget deficit, it's anyone's guess whether lawmakers will follow through with additional support for K-12 schools. At the other end of the spectrum, Pennsylvania's public universities and community colleges will be watching to see just what adjustments they will have to make and how much it will affect tuition. Stay tuned.
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FURLOUGH RECALL: The New Kensington-Arnold School Board has reinstated 15 furloughed teachers and more could return next month. The 15 recalled Thursday night represent less than half of the 37 teachers given notice that they might lose their jobs at the end of the school year.
ALUMNI GRANTS: Pittsburgh distributed $5,500 grants Thursday to six Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship alumni through a program established by City Council to retain homegrown talent.
A quick look back on some of our education stories from last week to get you ready for the week ahead.
PENN STATE AUDIT: State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale took Penn State to task last week for skyrocketing tuition and growing preference for out-of-state students at its University Park campus.
LEARNING APP: A learning app developed by a team at Carnegie Mellon University is a semifinalist in the $15 million Global Learning XPRIZE.
HARRISBURG COMES TO PITTSBURGH: Department of Human Services' Deputy Secretary for the Office of Child Development and Early Learning Suzann Morris was scheduled to join Mayor Bill Peduto and stakeholders at Providence Connections Family Support Center Monday morning to protest proposed cuts to early childhood programs.
The Wolf administration says the elimination of children receiving subsidies from the program would be unprecedented in department history and result in parents having to make tough choices between working and placing their child in a potentially unstable or unsafe environment.