Education

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PSERS has delivered for school retirees — and Pa.’s economy | Opinion

BY: - November 25, 2022

PSERS has taken a conservative approach to investing that has delivered for retired school employees.

Student loan repayment pause extended by White House amid legal battles over relief plan

BY: - November 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Department of Education announced on Tuesday it is extending the pandemic-era pause on federal student loan repayments until June 30 while legal challenges to the administration’s student debt relief program are fought over in the courts. The agency said if the student debt relief program has not been put in place by […]

Tamir Harper (left) and Horace Ryans chat at a conference in Philadelphia sponsored by the Center for Black Educator Development.Dale Mezzacappa/Chalkbeat

Philadelphia gathering focuses on increasing numbers of Black male educators

BY: - November 22, 2022

Attendees this year looked at historical trends related to teacher diversity, discussed how to promote student activism, and opened up about dealing with mental health issues of teachers and students.

Shapiro’s election as Pa. governor strengthens Democrats’ push for more school spending

BY: - November 18, 2022

In his victory speech, Shapiro said his election was 'the kind of real freedom that sees possibility in all God’s children.'

Jill Biden says ‘election is going to be won or lost by where voting falls on your to-do list’

BY: - November 2, 2022

Jill Biden joined Allegheny County lawmakers and teachers to mobilize voters ahead of the Nov. 8 general election

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What’s the real cost of charter school tuition in Pa.? It’s more than you think | Opinion

BY: - October 31, 2022

For more than 25 years, Pennsylvania taxpayers have been paying charter school tuition rates that far exceed charter schools’ actual costs.

New report calls for more resources, educational supports for Pittsburgh’s Black families

BY: - October 26, 2022

The document 'provides tremendous insights into these families’ truths, challenges, and triumphs,' its authors wrote.

‘Sobering, but not surprising’: Report details the pandemic’s toll on Philly students’ test scores

BY: - October 25, 2022

Reading and math scores for some students dipped as schools shuttered during the public health crisis.

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Albert V. Norrell School in Richmond. (Scott Elmquist / Style Weekly/Virginia Mercury)

Collaboration, instead of lower standards, is a better fix for teacher shortages | Roger Chesley

BY: - October 23, 2022

Virtually every teacher survey notes pay is the No. 1 factor in leaving the profession.

Pennsylvania has nearly the worst education ‘opportunity gaps’ in country

BY: - October 19, 2022

In most areas that can be measured, 'Pennsylvania is defined by educational inequity,' an expert said.

Philly lawmaker aims to clamp down on school book bans | Five for the Weekend

BY: - October 15, 2022

State Rep. Chris Rabb's, D-Philadelphia, bill would establish uniform procedures for school boards to follow before yanking books from the shelves.

Higher salaries, more respect: Report offers path to solving teacher shortage | Friday Coffee

BY: - October 14, 2022

The NEA report '[lays] out a multiyear strategy to recruit and retain highly qualified educators,' PSEA President Rich Askey said.