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Feds issue year-long extension of free food for school students

BY: - April 22, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture this week issued a year-long extension of a waiver program that lets schools send free food home with students. Originally set to expire this September, the program will now be in effect through June 2022. 

What’s in a name? Seven top state officials lead under ‘acting’ label; await Senate confirmation

BY: - April 4, 2021

In order to remove the “acting” label from their titles, the seven state officials will need to be confirmed by the state Senate by  a two-thirds majority. 

Biden picks former public school teacher as secretary of Education

BY: - December 23, 2020

By Ariana Figueroa WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday formally introduced his nominee for secretary of Education—Miguel Cardona, a veteran of public schools and the third Latino selected for the Cabinet. “We knew we needed an education secretary who truly understands what it’s been like for educators, administrators, families, caregivers and students this past year,” Biden […]

Pennsylvania Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera.

Pa. Education Secretary Rivera announces departure while schools scramble for fall plans

BY: and - August 4, 2020

The turnover comes as public schools across the state scramble to finalize fall reopening plans amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. The news was first reported by the Associated Press. Rivera will remain in his current position until October, the AP confirmed.

Wolf says ‘widespread’ school closure rumor is false

BY: - July 31, 2020

“I want to be clear: I am not closing school buildings or cancelling classes,” Wolf tweeted Friday afternoon. 

A look at the 2020-2021 stopgap budget: How Pa. is paying for prisons and COVID-19 relief | The Numbers Racket

BY: - June 29, 2020

For the most part, the funding in the $25.8 billion stopgap budget will remain at the same level as the 2019-2020, but there are a few areas where the budgets differ. 

School safety, county block grants and Head Start: How Pa. is spending that $2.6B in CARES Act Money | The Numbers Racket

BY: - June 8, 2020

Here’s how the first half shakes out by state agency and department: 

Dept. of Ed Cancels PSSA, Keystone and other school exams

BY: - March 19, 2020

The cancellation comes nearly a week after Gov. Tom Wolf ordered Pennsylvania schools to close amid growing concerns of a COVID-19 outbreak. 

Map: 100 Pa. schools found lead in their drinking water. Here’s how they responded.

BY: - January 12, 2020

Water at more than 100 buildings in 32 districts across Pennsylvania had unsafe levels of lead in the 2018-2019 school year, according to a list the Pennsylvania Department of Education published in late November.

Pennsylvania Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera.

Harrisburg city school district may soon be under state control, as Pa. Education department petitions for receivership

BY: - June 3, 2019

The county court has seven days to hold a hearing on the petition, and then 10 days to file a decision on receivership, the Department of Education said in a press release.