PDE seeks your input on updating the state’s science standards

In September 2019, the State Board of Education directed PDE to begin the process of updating Pennsylvania’s science standards that have been in effect since 2002 to align them with current research and best practices, including a review of Next Generation Science Standards… More

Celebrate Career and Technical Education this month

Career and technical education (CTE) programs across the commonwealth offer students the opportunity to acquire in demand technical skills before entering the workforce or pursuing post-secondary education. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the commonwealth offered more than 1,700 CTE programs in over 200 schools in 2018 and enrollment at CTE programs increased five percent since 2011-12… More

Amid a second wave of the flu, area schools use technology to stop the virus from spreading

Twenty elementary schools across our region have been given smart thermometers to track the flu in real time. The Kinsa FLUency program allows nurses, teachers and families to connect through an app that tracks what illness is circulating in classrooms… More

Here’s what you need to know about School District of Lancaster’s school funding lawsuit against the state

With a trial expected later this year in the landmark school funding lawsuit lodged against the state by School District of Lancaster and others, an attorney with the Philadelphia nonprofit Public Interest Law Center on Tuesday gave an update on the case… More

Philly schools overpaying charters millions of dollars for special-education students, district says

The Philadelphia School District overpays charter schools by millions of dollars because of a state formula that forces artificially high rates for special education services, according to a new analysis by the district… More

PA teachers air ideas, issues with state science education standards, unchanged since 2002

State officials are gathering teacher input as they prepare to update the commonwealth’s science education standards, and teachers had a lot to stay at a Thursday stakeholder session, held at the Monroeville campus of the Community College of Allegheny County… More

Failed Philly cyber charter application highlights weaknesses in state law, observer says

The state Department of Education has issued its first denial in years to a cyber charter school, thwarting a proposal for a new school that aimed to enroll 2,500 Pennsylvania students starting in 2021… More

City school board may endorse bills on charter reform

The Pittsburgh Public Schools board next week could vote to endorse two bills soon to be introduced in Pennsylvania’s legislature that aim to reform the way charter schools in the state are funded… More

Keystone Education Radio: Arts in Education — Making the Whole Individual

During the 2019 PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference, we sat down with keynote speakers Corey Mitchell and Robin Grey to discuss their film Purple Dreams. In this podcast, the duo discusses their experience advocating for arts education, the impact it has had on students they’ve mentored and their journey to creating the film… More

Unified voice for public education: Join us for Advocacy Day

All school leaders are invited to attend Advocacy Day at the state Capitol in Harrisburg. The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA), Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units (PAIU) and the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA) are partnering together to strengthen our advocacy impact… More