Education

Two visions of school safety dominate House and Senate hearings

The stance could be a rare spot of consensus in the state’s months-long budget negotiations -- if it not for a persistent, partisan disagreement over what threats demand attention and money from the General Assembly.

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Erika H. James named first African-American, woman dean of U Penn’s Wharton School

Erika H. James is bringing a passion for business education to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she will be the first African American and woman to lead the school in its 139-year history.

Saved by the bell? Phone call confusion scuttles state board’s vote on Reading charter...

An arts-based charter school that’s fought a years-long battle to open its doors in Reading may live to see another day, despite vocal concerns from Pennsylvania’s top education official that it can’t ensure transparent...

Federal Pell grants help pay for college. But are they enough to help students...

By Laura Perna and Jeremy Wright-KimPell Grants are one way the federal government helps people pay for college.During the 2020 to 2021 school year, eligible students can receive up to US$6,345 through the program,...

Strong economy fuels drop in college students seeking grants, PHEAA reports

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, which administers state-supported scholarship programs, expects to distribute grants from its flagship scholarship fund to 136,000 students this year -- a three percent decline from last year, when it gave out 140,000 awards, budget documents show.

Bucks County congressional hopeful named in lawsuit denies she used racist, homophobic language

Candidate Debra Wachspress says the allegations in the suit are "complete and utter distortions," and that the suit itself was "fraudulent."

Failed Philly cyber charter application highlights weaknesses in state law, observer says

The Virtual Preparatory Academy of Philadelphia Cyber Charter School fell short on every standard Pennsylvania uses to evaluate cyber charter schools, including support among parents and students, long-term financial planning, and proof that its students would meet state educational standards, according to a Jan. 27 memo from the state Department of Education.

At this Philly school, students learn skills to serve them beyond the classroom

“We want our students to walk away ... knowing that they were provided with the best education and that they can use [it] to be ... college and/ or career ready,” the school's principal said.

A western Pennsylvania school district ran out of paper. That’s everything you need to...

Yes. People stepped up to help. But this isn't a feel-good story. It's a giant red flag on the inequities in school funding in Pennsylvania.