Map: What it costs to educate children in Pennsylvania, district by district

If you think it takes a lot of money to get a child ready for school, consider how much money it takes to get a school ready for a child. Pennsylvania spends almost $33 billion per year educating about 1.7 million children. Allentown Morning Call, Aug… More

PA School Safety Task Force report emphasizes need for mental health resources in schools

The Pennsylvania School Safety Task Force continued to emphasize in a report released Monday the need for more mental health support in schools. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Aug… More

Vaccines and schools — a public health power couple

Every school year, in all 50 states, parents have to prove their kids have received certain vaccines before enrolling them in school. Specific requirements differ from state to state, but the general rules is the same: no vaccines, no school. It took more than a century for school vaccination laws to take root… More

Firestorm erupts as Betsy DeVos weighs if districts can buy guns with federal money

News that U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is considering whether to let school districts use federal money to buy guns set off a cascade of anger from lawmakers and others, and put the polarizing issue of arming teachers back at the center of the debate over school safety. Education Week, Aug… More

Should teachers carry guns? The debate, explained

The idea of arming teachers — or loosening state restrictions to allow concealed-carry permit holders to bring guns into schools — is often circulated after school attacks… More

Smart Talk: Challenges facing PA schools

As students and teachers head back to class, Smart Talk takes a look at some of the challenges facing Pennsylvania public schools. Appearing on Friday's program are Ronald Cowell, executive director of The Education Policy and Leadership Center, John Callahan, chief advocacy officer with PSBA, and superintendent of Cumberland Valley School District Dr. Frederick Withum… More

Wolf, Wagner schedule first debate Oct. 1

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican gubernatorial nominee Scott Wagner have scheduled their first debate of the campaign for Oct. 1. Pennsylvania Cable Network will air the debate live. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Aug… More

Sending ‘sick’ kids to school is the new normal

Kumiko Kawasaki may never really know where exactly it happened — maybe on her kids’ favorite playground in Berkeley, California, or maybe at school — but somewhere along the way, her two children caught hand, foot and mouth disease. Three times. WHYY, Aug… More

What is still needed to keep our students safe?

School districts are spending bigger chunks of their budgets on staff benefits, leaving less money to spend in the classroom, a new study finds. The report, published by the nonprofit Bellwether Education Partners and its project TeacherPensions.org, analyzes the 10 most recent years of school district finance data from the U.S. Department of Education… More

Staff benefits are eating up bigger shares of district budgets, report finds

School districts are spending bigger chunks of their budgets on staff benefits, leaving less money to spend in the classroom, a new study finds. The report, published by the nonprofit Bellwether Education Partners and its project TeacherPensions.org, analyzes the 10 most recent years of school district finance data from the U.S. Department of Education… More