Pa. Education Secretary Noe Ortega is leaving, Wolf admin says

BY: - April 22, 2022

Adding to a list of recent, high-profile departures, Pennsylvania Education Secretary Noe Ortega will leave his job on April 29, Gov. Tom Wolf’s office said Friday. Ortega is “taking this time to focus on family and to consider his next professional pursuit,” administration spokesperson Elizabeth Rementer told the Capital-Star. Ortega ascended to the top spot […]

State health officials welcome students back to school, urge districts to utilize testing resources

BY: - August 23, 2021

As many schools in Pennsylvania begin to welcome students’ return to the classroom, state officials reiterated the need for schools and individuals to follow federal guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Speaking to reporters at Mt. Lebanon School District, in Allegheny County, on Monday, state and local officials were notably celebratory in their remarks.  […]

As school begins, state officials offer optional vaccination, testing initiatives to districts

BY: - August 16, 2021

Speaking to reporters Monday, state officials unveiled a plan for schools to work with vaccine providers to offer on-site vaccination clinics, and a plan for optional classroom testing. The initiatives are the result of partnerships between the Wolf administration, Concentric by Ginkgo Bioworks and vaccine providers statewide.

Teacher and students in a classroom.

Biden Admin. approves Pa’s plan to spend $1.6B in aid to schools | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - August 6, 2021

In a recent poll, districts overwhelmingly said they planned to use the money to close the pandemic's learning gap.


Charter schools are public schools – they have to be held accountable to the taxpayers | Opinion

BY: - June 20, 2021

Pennsylvania’s students deserve more from our charter school system – and they can’t afford to wait.

Pa. encourages school districts to return younger students to the classroom

BY: - January 7, 2021

(*This story was updated at 2:51 p.m. on 1/7/21 to include comment from Pennsylvania State Education Association President Rich Askey) After months of strictly online or blended learning, officials at the state Department of Education are encouraging school districts in counties with a substantial level of community spread to return elementary school students, along with […]