News & Legislation
URGENT!! The Senate is poised to vote today on language that would eliminate school district property taxes. The current vote count is very volatile and could go either way. It is ESSENTIAL that you reach out to your Senator NOW and ask that he or she oppose a property tax elimination proposal. The version they will vote on today increases the sales tax from 6% to 7% AND increases the state PIT from 3.07% to a whopping 4.95%. The language will be amended into an unrelated House Bill, House Bill 683. If approved by the Senate, it would only need one final vote from the House before it could be sent to the governor.
PASBO is pleased to announce that we have joined in a strategic partnership with Forecast5 Analytics to provide an array of analytic tools that can assist your school in analyzing operational and performance data. We are partnering in this effort to provide Pennsylvania schools with data applications that will deliver new and valuable insights to school leaders. Forecast5 has released the following applications in Pennsylvania: 5Sight – an analytic tool that leverages Pennsylvania-specific data (financial, salary, student performance, enrollment), allowing school administrators to generate insights related to performance data and make comparisons with benchmark peer groups across the state 5Cast – a budget preparation and forecasting tool that incorporates “what-if” simulations to facilitate multi-year financial planning 5Maps – a geospatial analytic tool that integrates user-specific data overlaid on a Google Map to gain numerous insights on projects including enrollment projections, boundary simulations, program/service delivery analysis, and academic assessment
PASBO members are invited to participate with members of PASA, PAIU, PAESSP and PSBA on a Budget Action Day at the Capitol in Harrisburg on Monday, November 16, 2015.