WITF Written by Katie Meyer, Capitol Bureau Chief | Aug 11, 2016 8:55 PM
(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's credit rating has improved, though only slightly, with Moody's Investor Service upgrading the commonwealth's financial outlook from negative to stable.
Since 2014, Moody's rating of Pennsylvania's credit has been a relatively mediocre AA3.
Dan Seymour, Moody's lead analyst for Pennsylvania, said that's relatively low for a state.
Pennsylvania, Seymour said, is "not functioning very well politically right now, it's having difficulty passing budgets, it's having difficulties passing new revenues, and it depleted its rainy day funds a long time ago. So Pennsylvania remains what we call a below-average credit quality state." Since last year's budget impasse, Moody's has also saddled the commonwealth with the designation "negative outlook," which shows financial uncertainty. But now, Seymour says the outlook's deemed stable.
Online academy ready to open at Otto Eldred High School
Bradford Era By BARB CLOSE Era Correspondent firstname.lastname@example.org Posted: Thursday, August 11, 2016 10:00 am
ELDRED — Otto-Eldred High School principal, Harley Ramsey announced to the school board Tuesday evening that the online academy that was approved to be established in May of this year, is almost complete. Currently there are six students enrolled in the online academy and the remaining six seats will be opened to current high school students to take elective courses that are only available online. Seating and space is limited and all interested will be considered. Because the online academy is in its infancy stages, the budget is not very large. Ramsey hopes for a positive outcome this year, in hopes to expand the budget and opportunities to students in the years to come. Language courses will only be offered online through Rosetta Stone, and will be separate from the online academy. Offering the courses online opens up more opportunity to take other languages besides Spanish. In new business, Dr. Pam Lenz was a guest during the meeting. Lenz presented a slide show presentation on the Pennsylvania Basic Education Funding Formula. She explains to the board how their districts percentages are calculated using weighted student count and district adjustments. The funding formula became Act 35 on June 2 and is scheduled to be reviewed every five years.
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The Star-Spangled Banner will be sung by school children nationwide on Friday, September 9, 2016 at 10:00am PST and 1:00pm EST. Students will learn about the words and meaning of the flag and sing the first stanza. This will be the third annual simultaneous sing-a-long event created by the APEF-9/12 Generation Project. The project aims to bring students together – as the world came together – on September 12, 2001.