Despite past success, Pa. may not be able to track spread of COVID-19 in schools, officials say

BY: - August 27, 2020

Since Pennsylvania reported its first cases of COVID-19 in March, the state has closely tracked outbreaks in nursing homes, prisons and day cares, publishing detailed data to show how those congregate settings affect local case rates.  But replicating that approach may not be possible in schools this fall, as students and staff kick off classes […]

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.

State pushes hybrid school week as COVID-19 cases surge

BY: - July 16, 2020

The Thursday announcement by Education Secretary Pedro Rivera came one day after the Wolf administration cracked down on nightclubs, bars and restaurants to curb a weeks-long surge in new COVID-19 cases.

Pennsylvania Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera.

Education secretary secures key reconfirmation vote from Senate committee

BY: - June 25, 2019

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. 

Harrisburg High School (Cpaital-Star photo by Elizabeth Hardison)

Judge moves to put Harrisburg City School District under state control

BY: - June 17, 2019

A Dauphin County judge announced Monday morning that he would appoint a receiver to take control of the Harrisburg City School District, effectively putting the troubled school system under state control.

Harrisburg School Board director Carrie Fowler collects signatures for nomination petitions at Harrisburg's Broad Street Market in March. Seven candidates petitioned to challenge five incumbents, all Democrats, in the May 21 primary. Photo source: Citizens to elect Jayne Buchwach to School Board.

Should the state take control of the Harrisburg School District, or should democracy run its course?

BY: - April 27, 2019

Lawmakers are urging state Education Secretary Pedro Rivera to petition Commonwealth Court to take control of the struggling district.