National News: Silent alarms at schools may soon be required by federal law

The U.S. House of Representatives is weighing the bipartisan School Violence Prevention and Mitigation Act of 2019, which would require that all public schools install at least one silent panic alarm that would inform the closest law enforcement agency of an impending emergency situation, NJ.com reports… More

Smart Talk: Dogs become integral tool in classrooms

Schools are using therapy dogs to enrich students' lives, from everyday programs to emotional support after a disaster. Districts in Lancaster, York and Dauphin counties are adding furry staff to fill a range of needs… More

PDE says new 20% absence provision is incompatible with federal rules

The PA Department of Education (PDE) has issued initial guidance stating that the provision under the new Act 16 of 2019 exempting test scores of habitually absent students from school accountability requirements is incompatible with requirements under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)… More

Take the four-week advocacy challenge

Calling all public education advocates! Even though students are out for the summer, we need you to continue your efforts to share your district's story, and the needs of public schools across the state, with your legislators… More

Woodland Hills School District becomes the first in PA to pass climate change resolution

On July 17, the Woodland Hills School District made history. The district’s school board passed a “Call to Climate Change Action” resolution calling for state and federal lawmakers to address the climate change crisis and committed the district to a new set of eco-conscious policies. NextPittsburgh… More

Wolf: Security change bars schools from arming teachers

A gun control activist is worried that an attempt to clarify training requirements for armed security in schools muddies the water about whether schools can arm teachers. Gov… More

Gov. Wolf again pushes statewide broadband expansion and gas severance tax to fund it

Flanked by business and government leaders from rural Pennsylvania, Wolf said at a Thursday press conference that he’s “all ears” to any other way the state can come up with $4.5 billion for his Restore Pennsylvania initiative, but added state funding was the only way to ensure the initiative’s broadband expansion… More

Education leaders celebrate Gov. Wolf’s support of public education

PSBA Chief Advocacy Officer John Callahan (second from left) joined PA Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera (far right) and other education leaders, including Jackie Cullen (center), executive director of the PA Association of Career and Technical Administrators (PACTA) and Tom Gluck (second from right), executive director of the PA Association of Intermediate Units (PAIU), at Gov… More

Will this tweak in PA law send student test scores soaring?

Students test scores in Pennsylvania could spike next year — and a 90-word provision recently tucked into the state’s school code may be the reason why… More

There’s a reason PA’s congressional maps are weird (podcast)

By just about every measurement you can make, Pennsylvania is particularly susceptible to gerrymandering. At least, that was PA Post reporter Emily Previti’s conclusion after taking an extremely detailed look at the factors that lead to gerrymandering in various states… More