News to Use: Education Updates
9/7/2017
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News to Use: Education Updates

As the new school year ramps up and gets into a rhythm, I wanted to share a couple updates with you that will be of interest to many:

Save for College with State 529 Plan
The PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan (GSP) is offering free enrollment – a $50 savings – for all new accounts opened before Sept. 30, at PA529.com. Use code “MILNE” or “SUMMER2017” when prompted.

PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan (GSP) is offered through the Pennsylvania Treasury. Growth is tied to the rate of college tuition inflation, and the PA 529 Investment Plan (IP), which offers 15 investment options by The Vanguard Group.

Contributions to PA 529 plans are deductible from Pennsylvania income taxes, grow tax free, and, when used for qualified educational expenses, are federal and state tax exempt. Both plans provide flexibility to pay for higher education expenses at most higher education institutions across the country.

The PA 529 GSP is designed to enable a family’s savings to help keep pace with the rising costs of higher education. The PA 529 GSP contributions grow at the rate of tuition inflation but are subject to fees and premiums.

Pennsylvania also offers a second 529 plan, the PA 529 Investment Plan (IP), which features low fees and more than a dozen conservative and aggressive investment options from The Vanguard Group. No enrollment fee is charged for the PA 529 IP.

Families may also enter for a chance to win $529 to get started at PA529.com/contest until September 30.

Mandated Testing Reduced for Students
In a win for Pennsylvania students, families and educators, mandated tests that are part of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) will be reduced by 20 percent for the upcoming 2017-18 academic year. This will allow teachers to instruct their students better in specific subjects rather than increasing the amount of classroom time preparing for mandated exams.

Specifically, the state Department of Education is removing two sections – one in math, one in English/language arts – and additional questions from the science section, which could eliminate up to two full testing days for some schools.

This change impacts students and teachers in grades three through eight, who will now spend an average of 20 percent less time on statewide testing.

In similar efforts, the House continues to look at all facets of education to ensure a quality, affordable education for Pennsylvania families. Within the past year, the House has pursued a comprehensive legislative agenda to:

Elevate funding levels for schools, both public and parochial.

Ensure greater effectiveness and accountability with the PSSA.

Effect needed reforms to charter schools for taxpayer fairness.

Enhance career and technical education options.

As your state representative, I will continue to fight for high quality education in our state – the very quality and prosperity of our future as a society depends on it!

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