education

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.”

Pa. lawmakers continue to debate over ‘meaningful’ charter reform

BY: - June 17, 2021

The prime sponsor of an “educational choice” bill called the legislation the “beginning of a conversation.” But even with recent changes, critics say it’s a far cry from meaningful reform. The legislation sponsored by Senate Education Committee Chairman Scott Martin, R-Lancaster, would expand the state cap on tax credits for businesses that fund private and […]

Six Pa. State System universities could be consolidated. What to know ahead of four public meetings

BY: - June 1, 2021

With its small classes and on-campus groups, Cameron O’Neill can’t imagine going to school anywhere but Bloomsburg University.

Survey: Parents weigh-in on education, exposure risk during the pandemic | The Numbers Racket

BY: - December 14, 2020

The way in which children attend school and receive instruction has changed dramatically since the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic in the spring. 

A look at the 2020-2021 stopgap budget: How Pa. is paying for k-12 schools and higher ed. | The Numbers Racket

BY: - July 6, 2020

This week, in part two of our look at the five-month budget plan, we’ll go deep on the changes being made to funding for K-12 schools, higher education and pension funds, according to an analysis by Democratic staff on the House Appropriations Committee.

Erika H. James named first African-American, woman dean of U Penn’s Wharton School

BY: - February 28, 2020

Erika H. James is bringing a passion for business education to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she will be the first African American and woman to lead the school in its 139-year history.

COMMENTARY

Keeping students safe is a growth industry struggling to fulfill its mission | Opinion

BY: - October 17, 2019

Hardening school buildings distracts from the need to focus on human behavior and what's known about school shooters, and may make students less safe.

A Pa. state senator got the green light to start a school safety nonprofit — but can’t mention his day job

BY: - September 12, 2019

Protect PA Schools will collect donations to help private and public schools get security upgrades, personnel, and consulting. 

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.

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.

Wolf panned Corbett’s education policies, but inherited his charter review board without complaint: report

BY: - February 13, 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf ran for the state’s top spot in 2014 promising to improve education across the Commonwealth, but he’s had a light touch on charter school regulation during his first term in office. Wolf hasn’t made a single appointment to the state’s Charter Schools Appeal Board, according to a report in The Notebook, a […]