Education

Charter schools exploit lucrative loophole that would be easy to close | Both Sides...

Charter school operators have been capitalizing on lax laws that let them lease building space to themselves at above-market rates. A simple ban could end the practice, two education scholars argue.

It’s time to stop attacking public cyber-charter school education | Both Sides Now

By Ana MeyersWhile parents throughout the state work to find the right educational environment for their children, many in Pennsylvania want to see the expansion of effective charter schools prevented altogether. These special...

New report claims $250M savings from cyber-charter funding reform

A progressive advocacy group says fixing the way Pennsylvania funds cyber-charter schools would save the taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars a year, cut down on waste at the schools, and improve student outcomes.The...

Schuylkill County teachers will continue legal fight against arming school staff

A Schuylkill County judge says she needs more information from a local teachers union before ruling on a policy that would allow employees to carry firearms in schools.The Tamaqua Education Association said Thursday it will...

Parkland, One Year Later: This is what these South Florida high school shooting survivors...

To relive what I experienced every single day and be saddled with the guilt of survival, leads to an excruciating existence. But I know I’m not alone. All of us at MSD are inexorably linked to a frighteningly growing list of mass shooting survivors.

Taxing video games won’t be enough to keep Pa. schools safe, bipartisan legislators say

A suburban Philly lawmaker's suggestion to furnish school safety dollars by taxing violent video games received a lot of press — with occasional blowback — this week.Bills from Rep. Chris Quinn, R-Delaware, would slap a...

Wolf panned Corbett’s education policies, but inherited his charter review board without complaint: report

Gov. Tom Wolf ran for the state's top spot in 2014 promising to improve education across the Commonwealth, but he's had a light touch on charter school regulation during his first term in office.Wolf...

Lehigh County lawmaker blasts lack of Latino enrollment in Pa’s state-owned universities

An Allentown lawmaker whose district is majority Latino laced into the head of Pennsylvania's state university system Tuesday, saying it's "shameful" that new Latino enrollment has dropped, even as the system schools have touted...

Suburban Philly lawmaker’s bill would require schools to teach students about dating violence

A Montgomery County lawmaker is hoping the second time's the charm on bill that would require Pennsylvania high schools to teach "dating violence" education to their students.In a 'Dear Colleague' memo sent out late last...

Bipartisanship is passé. No one told Jordan Harris.

The new House Democratic whip is savvy enough to forge allies in unlikely places.