Pa. students would need ‘perfect score’ on civics test, Senate bill says

To become a United States citizen, each applicant must take a citizenship test about their knowledge of America's history, democracy and freedoms. Members of the state Senate want students to take that same test – and earn a perfect score… More

PA auditor general to review spending, lack of transparency on Keystone Exams

State Sen. Andy Dinniman has welcomed news that Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale will consider questions regarding the transparency of state contracts related to standardized testing and the Keystone Exams… More

With deadline looming, redistricting overhaul attempts are scattershot

On Tuesday, a state House bill that would overhaul congressional map-drawing was assigned to an unusual committee — circumventing a different panel where such proposals have repeatedly been struck down… More

School safety panel will not look at guns, Betsy DeVos says

The federal school safety commission set up after the deadly shooting at a Florida high school will not examine the role of guns in school violence, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Tuesday… More

After pressure from religious schools, Pa. removes nondiscrimination language from tax credit program

Should private schools that benefit from Pennsylvania’s tax credit programs adhere to the rules of the public system? That debate often revolves around school accountability because the state does not require private schools to administer and publish the results of standardized tests… More

Nation earns mediocre grade on school finance in report card

At a time when money is front and center as an education issue — fueling a recent wave of teacher strikes and legislative wrangling over resources — Education Week‘s latest school finance analysis illustrates why the nation earns a mediocre mark on school funding and how fairly that money is divvied up within states… More

Bills to take on food insecurity, food waste in schools

In each public school in Pennsylvania, there are students who throw away their lunches, and others who wish they had enough to eat. This is what inspired Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene County, to draft two bills to address food waste and food insecurity in schools… More

What three rallies and one Scott Wagner retirement tells you about the #PaBudget

Wagner might be leaving his legislative career in the rearview mirror. But for the hundreds of people who filled the Capitol on Monday morning and afternoon, the work on the budget was just beginning… More

A third of students need eye exams, study finds

Despite the spread of nearsightedness among U.S. schoolchildren, nearly 1 in 3 has not had a vision screening in at least two years, according to a new Education Week Research Center analysis of federal data, and research suggests several ways schools may help reduce children's risk of bad eyesight… More

When it comes to school safety, ‘we can’t waste another day,’ U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta says

The nation's schools ought to be at least as safe for students as safe as government buildings are for elected officials and employees, says a congressman from Pennsylvania… More