Meeting to address balance between public, private schools

The PIAA Board of Directors will meet Wednesday in State College, where, among other things, they will vote on a rule that would force new transfers to sit out the postseason… More

Community schools strategy attracted DeVos to visit Erie school

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos appeared to focus on the whole student, from the classroom to school safety, during a two-hour visit in Erie on Monday… More

Homeowners may hate them, however property taxes aren’t going anywhere … but up

School officials in the counties in and around Philadelphia blame a perennial matrix of issues, including pensions, contractual and special-education costs, and assorted state and federal mandates for the fact that more than 50 school districts have levied higher tax rates by an average of $100 effective July 1 — and an average of $100… More

PIAA Playoff Equity Summit organizers want separate football, basketball playoffs in 2019

The PIAA “can and must” create a postseason system that separates traditional public schools from private, parochial and charter schools, says a group of public school administrators scheduled to meet July 24 in State College… More

AP Analysis: Billionaires fuel powerful state charter groups

Since 2006, philanthropists and their private foundations and charities have given almost half a billion dollars to state-level charter support organizations, according to an Associated Press analysis of tax filings and Foundation Center data… More

Opinion: On pensions, heads should but won’t roll

Because state lawmakers have refused for 17 years to fix the pension systems that they broke in 2001, every school district in the state is required to contribute to employees’ pension plans an amount equal to 34 percent of their payrolls, and continue to do so for the next three decades… More

Under DeVos, Ed. Dept. has abandoned vulnerable students, principals’ group director says

The executive director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals called on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to “recommit” the department to student equity, saying that the department is signaling to vulnerable students through its actions that it does not intend to defend their rights. Education Week, July 12, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

Casey measure aims to help grandparents stepping in to take care of kids

The Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act, signed last week into law by President Donald Trump, calls for establishing an advisory committee made up of federal agencies to map out available resources for grandparents raising their grandchildren, increasingly due to the opioid epidemic… More

Governor Wolf announces $2 Million to retain more teachers, school leaders

Governor Tom Wolf today announced the Pennsylvania Department of Education has awarded approximately $2 million in grants to eight universities to develop and implement year-long residency programs for teachers and principals, a critical element in his commitment to increasing and retaining the number of qualified instructors and school leaders serving the Commonwealth’s public schools… More

Gov. Wolf refutes Wagner’s claim that he seeks cuts from small districts

Gov. Tom Wolf clarified Thursday that he has no intention of seeking imminent cuts from so-called “overpaid” and shrinking school districts to compensate underpaid, growing ones — despite outcry earlier in the day from gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner that Wolf backs a proposal that would “decimate” Western Pennsylvania’s smallest schools… More