Education

Rolling out charter school reforms, Wolf calls for a ‘level playing field’

The new executive actions will authorize the Pennsylvania Department of Education to recoup the cost of administering the charter school law by billing charter schools for payment processing and legal and administrative assistance, Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday.

Pennsylvania set up a tip line for school threats. Instead, students overwhelmingly called with...

While demand for mental health services outstrips access in Pennsylvania, state lawmakers in recent years haven’t increased spending.
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This new student loan program will make college more affordable for more Pa. students...

The rising cost of college means that private student loans are increasingly necessary after students exhaust grants, scholarships, campus-based aid, and low-cost federal student loans.
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All public universities get private money, but some get much more than the rest...

Overall, the growth in giving to public higher ed institutions isn't compensating for a reduction in funding by the states.

Washington State is betting big on free college. What lessons can Pa. advocates learn?...

The new Washington program, however, offers “first dollar” grants. This allows students to apply Pell and other aid to college costs besides tuition, such as books, room and board, and transportation. This lowers the amount that students have to borrow for college.

A tuition freeze was a good first step. Pa’s state-owned universities still have big...

State system officials, along with Gov. Tom Wolf and the Legislature, should be working together to find some workable solutions which will lower tuition rates while providing quality college educations for our young people. However, they're all going their separate ways with their own agendas.

DePasquale: Scrap Keystone exams for high school kids and replace them with SATs

Pennsylvania could join the ranks of 12 other states that have scrapped state-specific exams since the demise of the federal No Child Left Behind law, and instead allow students to take the PSAT or SAT.

From a Columbine survivor: New Pa. law allowing more armed guards won’t make our...

The real solution to school shootings isn’t more armed guards; and if you choose to ignorantly believe there is one singular solution to this gun violence epidemic, open your eyes.

‘We need to do more:’ Wolf signs reforms to encourage sexual assault reporting on...

Three years after Pennsylvania rolled out a one-of-a-kind sexual assault awareness program, the Wolf administration on Monday celebrated two new intitaitves to encourage victims and witnesses to report incidents of sexual assault on college...

In 2017, Pa. lawmakers outlawed ‘lunch shaming.’ Now, alternative meals are back.

School administrators say a well-intentioned policy change in the state’s sprawling school code has allowed lunch debt to skyrocket.