Despite differences, Dems and GOP say they expect quick budget talks

With the commonwealth's budget deadline a month away, negotiations haven't begun in earnest. But talks are ongoing behind the scenes — and that means a familiar tug-of-war between Democrats trying to bolster state programs, and Republicans determined to limit spending… More

Educators pan voucher vote

The Pennsylvania School Boards Association and Bethlehem administrators are disappointed in a recent vote by the Senate Education Committee to approve Senate Bill 2, creating Education Savings Accounts, or vouchers, that take state tax money out of neighborhood public schools for use at private schools… More

Opinion: Legislature needs to take school funding reform seriously

Each school district's situation is a little different, but the common threads include trying to keep up with pension payments for state employees, which, of course, includes teachers. Others frequently cited are paying for special education services and for cyber and charter school tuition for children living within their school district… More

A deadly school year — 35 people killed in school shootings

It's the highest death toll in a single academic year from school shootings in recent decades — outnumbering the years of the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings and the Columbine High School shootings, according to a Washington Post database. Education Week, May 29, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

Governor, lawmakers aren’t panicking as state budget push nears

As the most intense part of this year's budget season is about to get underway, it's been remarkably quiet in the state Capitol, and policymakers say they're hopeful that bodes well for an improvement in what's been a strained process for several years… More

Schools go increasingly digital, but there’s still a need for paper

School districts often boast about their latest digital initiatives. Sleek devices and flashy technology in classrooms abound, depending on the school… More

Gamers are the new high school athletes: The rise of esports

Esports, a movement that features competitive video game play that grew out of the commercial gaming industry, is popular at the college and professional levels. Now, it is gaining a greater foothold in K-12. Education Week, May 25, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

Boyertown school district can let transgender students use bathroom of choice

A Berks County school district can allow transgender students to continue using bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their sexual identity, a federal appeals court panel ruled Thursday… More

Auditor general blasts Aspira and PA charter-school law

Pennsylvania’s auditor general on Wednesday blasted Aspira Inc. of Pennsylvania’s management of four Philadelphia charter schools and a cyber charter, likening the organization to a “fox guarding the henhouse” as he called for changes in the state law governing charter schools… More

Texas shooting renews debate about American school design

Just hours after the nation’s latest school shooting, the debate began anew: Are American schools built in a way that makes them easy targets? Are there too many windows, too many entrances and exits and too few security features? Allentown Morning Call, May 19, 2018… More