Education

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.

Pa. budget on its way to Gov. Wolf after education bill dispute temporarily derails...

Negotiations between the Senate and House over the concerns are set to restart Friday morning. A measure to reconsider the bill was already filed by the Democrats.

Armed teachers in Pa.’s schools? Groups on both sides of the gun debate say...

It could result in arming teachers. Gov. Tom Wolf has said he'll veto any such measure.

Here’s what Pennsylvania’s public education advocates think of this year’s budget plan

A $34 billion budget plan approved by the state House Tuesday boosts basic education spending by $160 million, but public school advocates say Pennsylvania’s school districts need even more to cover ever-increasing expenses.
Pennsylvania Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera.

Education secretary secures key reconfirmation vote from Senate committee

If the reception he received from the Senate Education Committee is any indication, Secretary Pedro Rivera is poised to cruise to a second term as Pennsylvania’s top education czar.

Some Pa. teachers could still get a raise as part of this year’s budget...

Despite its lukewarm reception from Republicans, Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to give more than 5,000 Pennsylvania teachers a raise may still find a place in the budget legislation expected to reach his desk this week.

Pa.’s public schools need our help. Gov. Tom Wolf was right to veto private...

By Susan Spicka It’s budget season in Harrisburg. At a time of year when we should be talking about funding to meet public schools’ needs, instead we’ve been hearing more about massive giveaways of taxpayer...

Moo-ve over skim milk: These lawmakers are udderly serious about bringing back whole milk

Surrounded by sash-wearing dairy princesses, lawmakers gulping down chocolate milk, and a sea of concerned farmers and their families, allies of Pennsylvania's dairy industry made a plea in the Capitol Tuesday on behalf of...

A proposal to change Pa.’s teacher evaluation system is moving forward — without support...

A proposal to make Pennsylvania’s teacher evaluation system fairer to educators in high-poverty schools passed a key Senate committee hurdle on Tuesday without the support of the state’s most impoverished school district.

Gov. Wolf vetoes bill to expand tax credits for private, parochial school scholarships

Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would nearly double the size of a tax credit program for private and parochial school scholarships.Wolf told the Capital-Star last week he planned to veto...