education

‘Higher education is a partnership’: Pa. State System approves $550M request to help with redesign

BY: - October 15, 2021

If Gov. Tom Wolf and the Legislature grant the $550 million, the State System could also refrain from raising tuition another year.

COMMENTARY

Back to School Review: Five days of education policy in Pa. | Opinion

BY: - September 22, 2021

As COVID-19 continues to dominate education policy conversations, many other pressing issues will impact students

COMMENTARY

Amid renewed push to expand Pell Grant eligibility, Pa. must remove barriers for students | Opinion

BY: - September 20, 2021

Launched in 2015, the Second Chance Pell experiment provides Pell Grants to incarcerated men and women for enrollment in postsecondary education programs provided in state and federal prisons. Through these learning opportunities, incarcerated adults can earn an associate of arts degree, industry-recognized certificates, or general coursework that will ultimately boost their opportunities for employment when they re-enter society.

A school mask mandate takes effect in Pa. this week: Here’s what to know

BY: - September 5, 2021

When Pennsylvania K-12 students and staff return to the classroom after Labor Day weekend, face coverings should be part of the dress code.

Two Pa. Democrats propose legislation to impose mask mandates in K-12 schools, childcare facilities

BY: - August 30, 2021

Days after House and Senate leadership denied a request from Gov. Tom Wolf to mandate face coverings in public schools, Sens. Nikil Saval and Judy Schwank announced plans for legislation to establish a mandate for school staff and students.

Despite a request from Gov. Wolf, GOP lawmakers won’t mandate masks in K-12 schools

BY: - August 26, 2021

The Republican-controlled Legislature won’t be coming back to Harrisburg to mandates masks in K-12 schools.

Gov. Wolf asks Republican lawmakers to mandate masks in K-12 schools, child care centers

BY: and - August 25, 2021

Wolf said he was “increasingly concerned about misinformation being spread to try to discredit a school district’s clear ability to implement masking.” 

Pa. senator wants to establish liability for parents who ‘opt-out’ of mask mandates in K-12 schools

BY: - August 11, 2021

Sen. Anthony Williams announced plans for legislation to establish liability for parents of children who refuse to comply with mask mandates in public schools if a classmate contracts the coronavirus or one of its variants.

NAACP of Pa. criticizes firing of Black leadership at W.Pa private school

BY: - August 7, 2021

By Kimberly Rooney SEWICKLEY, Pa. —  Controversy has unfolded at Sewickley Academy over the recent removal of five administrators and one teacher at the private school in western Allegheny County. The removal has been linked to a parent group with apparent criticism of Critical Race Theory, which is a way of looking at American history through the […]

Pa. health officials are leaving mask mandates up to K-12 schools. A Senate committee has questions

BY: - August 6, 2021

Pennsylvania students and teachers will return to the classroom in a few weeks, and there are no plans for another statewide mask mandate, but that didn’t stop Senate lawmakers from railing against masking recommendations for K-12 schools.

Pa. families can opt for an additional year of learning. What to know before July 15 deadline

BY: - July 9, 2021

With a new option to hold their kids back a grade to address pandemic-related learning losses, Pennsylvania families will have to make a decision soon.

‘We’re still in the game.’ Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf praises $40.8B budget for education investments

BY: - June 30, 2021

“We’re still in the game,” he said. “We still have the ball, but I don’t think anybody — including me — has said that this is where we want to be. It’s a step.”