Education

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.

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...