On November 10, 2022 the PA State Board of Education held its 371st meeting both in-person and via Zoom. At that meeting, it was announced that the Special Education and Gifted Education Committee is conducting a review of information collected during roundtable meetings across the state to consider revisions to PA School Code Chapter 16.
It was also announced that a decision was made by the Council of Higher Education to table the Higher Education Master Plan pending further consideration.
In addition, Acting Secretary of Education Eric Hagarty announced that the Erie School District has become the first school district ever to exit financial recovery when in September its “Financial Watch” label was removed by the state. Sec. Hagarty also commended the General Assembly for providing $21M for all students in K-12 public and private schools to get free breakfast during the 2022-23 school year. He also informed the Board that the first of three recommended competencies regarding standard literacy have been completed, as has the first standard for professional competency.
In a final piece of business, Board Chair Karen Farmer White announced that revisions to Chapters 11 and 12 regarding compulsory school age regulations have been completed, have been approved by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC), and have recently been published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.