How (and why) ed-tech companies are tracking students’ feelings

For years, there’s been a movement to personalize student learning based on each child’s academic strengths, weaknesses, and preferences. Now, some experts believe such efforts shouldn’t be limited to determining how well individual kids spell or subtract. Education Week, June 13, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

PA Senate amends congressional redistricting bill with controversial change for judicial elections

After hours of debate, the state Senate has amended a high-profile redistricting overhaul, and is on track to send it to the House Wednesday… More

Momentum growing for killing the Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement before it takes effect

Passing the Keystone Exams would be prevented from becoming a graduation requirement for Pennsylvania students under legislation that is advancing in the state Senate. PennLive… More

Joint letter from PSBA, PASA and PASBO to oppose House Bill 1531

June 12, 2018 Re: House Bill 1531 Dear Representative, On behalf of the school board members, school administrators, and business officials who oversee the commonwealth’s public school districts, we are writing to express our concern with House Bill 1531 (Rep. Christiana- Beaver)… More

Tell your senator to vote YES to graduation reforms under Senate Bill 1095

Yesterday the Senate Education Committee amended and approved Senate Bill 1095 (Sen. McGarrigle, R-Chester/Delaware), legislation that provides multiple options to demonstrate readiness for high school graduation… More

PA education panel passes ‘one-stop shop’ website bill

The Pennsylvania Senate Education Committee this week passed legislation it said will create a “one-stop shop” website for parents, students and taxpayers to find school and district performance information… More

Lawmaker unveils bills to increase school safety

House Bill 2493, would require public schools to have an assessment team tasked with identifying threats before they happen. A second measure, House Bill 2492, would require threat assessment committees at public colleges and universities… More

The unintended consequences of having teachers who, for the most part, don’t resemble their students

Pennsylvania’s Every Student Succeeds Act consolidated state plan says only 4% of Pennsylvania teachers are of color, compared with 29% of the state’s public school enrollment… More

PSBA supports legislation to provide alternative pathways to graduation

The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) supports legislation approved today by the Senate Education Committee that provides multiple pathways for students to demonstrate readiness for high school graduation in addition to passing Keystone Exams… More

House passes bill to allow opt-out for Keystone Exams

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has passed legislation that would allow parents to opt their children out of the Keystone Exams, the standardized tests given to high school students… More