ERIE, Pa (September 12, 2016) -- National Public Radio (NPR) featured an article/audio piece on Erie's Public Schools and the district's sturggle with funding inequality in the state of Pennsylvania. Read the full article here.
ERIE, Pa (September 8, 2016) -- While Erie's Public Schools managed to make ends meet for the 2016-17 school year budget, the same overall financial crisis still lingers, with the district facing an $8 to $10 million budget deficit for the 2017-18 school year. Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper organized a task force meeting for Thursday, September 8 that hosted the region's public school superintendents and state legislators to discuss the district's budget crisis and the tough choices ahead for the district and how they will affect the region. Read the full Erie Times-News article here.
ERIE, Pa (August 30, 2016) -- Erie's Public Schools welcomed 12,000 students back to class on Monday, August 29. GE Transportation held a "red carpet" welcome for students at Wilson Middle School and Lincoln Elementary School. Read the Erie Times-News article here.
ERIE, Pa (August 23, 2016) -- Erie's Public Schools and United Way of Erie County held a press conference to announce corporate sponsors for the community schools pilot that will be taking off in five district schools (Edison, Emerson-Gridley, McKinley, Pfeiffer-Burleigh and Wayne) starting in September. GE Transporation, Hamot Health Foundation, Highmark, LORD Corporation and an anonymous donor will each be sponsoring a school. Read the full Erie Times-News article here.
ERIE, Pa (July 25, 2016) -- On Friday July 22, 900 volunteers from GE Transportation and Erie Insurance all worked together at Wilson Middle School for a volunteer day. In addition to cleaning and landscaping, 84,000 square feet of the building was painted from head-to-toe. Read the full Erie Times-News article here.
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ERIE, Pa (July 25, 2016) -- Pension pay-outs have tripled in the last three years, adding to the dire financial state of Erie's Public Schools. Superintendent Dr. Jay Badams was featured in a Wall Street Journal article regarding pension pay-outs and its nationwide effect on schools. Read the full article here.
ERIE, Pa (July 21, 2016) -- Kevin McCorry, a reporter from WHYY Philadelphia, reports on the state budget inequality that Erie's Public School faces and the possibility of closing all four high schools in near years if the imbalance is not addressed. Read the two-part article here and here.
ERIE, Pa (July 18, 2016) -- From Friday July 15 through Sunday July 17, over 1,200 ServErie, EPS and community volunteers spent the weekend giving Lincoln Elementary School a much-needed makeover. Read the full Erie Times-News article here.
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ERIE, Pa (July 14, 2016) -- On Wednesday July 13, Gov. Wolf signed the 2016-17 Pennsylvania state budget, which included an additional $200 million in basic education money. The budget also included a $20 million increase for special education and an increase of $30 million for early childhood education. Erie's Public Schools received a $4 million cash infusion, allowing the district to close its $5.5 million deficit for the school year. Read the full Erie Times-News article here.
ERIE, Pa (July 1, 2016) -- With the help of United Way of Erie, four of our district schools will launch as "community schools" in the fall. Under this program, social services will be brought directly into the schools, making their services convenient to students and their families. Read the full Erie Times-News article here.