Education

Bipartisan lawmakers say it’s time to raise Pennsylvania teacher base pay to $45,000

BY: - March 26, 2019

It’s been 30 years since Pennsylvania last raised its starting salary for teachers, and a bipartisan group of lawmakers say it’s time for another update. A bill in the Senate would codify the proposal, first raised in Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2019-20 budget, to pay all teachers across the commonwealth a $45,000 starting salary — more […]

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What to do about the disparities and irrationalities in Pa. school funding? | Opinion

BY: - March 24, 2019

Just another reminder that more money doesn't always mean a better result.

Should student poverty affect teacher evaluations? One senator used to say ‘no’ — but now he’s changed his mind

BY: - March 22, 2019

During a budget hearing last month, state Sen. Ryan Aument did something you don’t often see a politician do in public: He admitted that a law he wrote wasn’t working.

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We need more teachers of color, so why do we use tests that keep them out of the classroom? | Opinion

BY: - March 22, 2019

Despite the known benefits of black students having black teachers, teacher license exams often stand in the way – even though they don't predict which teachers will be effective, a scholar says.

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Brain Boost: Here’s how Pa. can attract and retain young talent | Opinion

BY: - March 19, 2019

Institutions individually, and legislators collectively, must continually work to keep the costs of public and private education affordable in Pennsylvania.

Pa.’s embattled state-owned universities are facing their challenges ‘aggressively and audaciously,’ top official says

BY: - March 18, 2019

The 14 state-owned universities are dealing with their challenges, including rising tuition and declining enrollment, "aggressively and audaciously," Chancellor Dan Greenstein said Monday.

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Operation Varsity Blues cheating scandal: This is why meritocracy is a myth in college admissions | Opinion

BY: - March 18, 2019

Even if wealthy parents don't resort to the kind of illegal tactics in the recent college cheating scandal revealed by the FBI, the college admission process still favors the rich, according to 3 scholars from one of the affected universities.

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When we end the brain drain, we become the Keystone State again | Opinion

BY: - March 18, 2019

It's time for Pennsylvania to think big -- and to make some bold moves.

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So about that higher education funding problem | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - March 16, 2019

We're just singing the (Operation) Varsity Blues.

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The mental health crisis among America’s youth is real – and it’s staggering | Opinion

BY: - March 15, 2019

Between 2009 and 2017, rates of major depression among 20- to 21-year-olds more than doubled.

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Operation Varsity Blues cheating scandal shows why elite colleges should use a lottery to admit students | Opinion

BY: - March 14, 2019

The college admission cheating scandal recently announced by the Department of Justice shows why colleges should admit students via lottery, argues an expert on college admissions.

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The Operation Varsity Blues college admission scandal grew out of a system that was ripe for corruption | Opinion

BY: - March 14, 2019

The college admission scandal that involved big bribes, coaches and Hollywood actors grew out of a system that favors rich parents and gives coaches too much leeway in admissions, a Villanova University sociologist argues