Preventing the next mass shooting: Secret Service is training hundreds of teachers, cops at Bucks high school

More than 200 representatives from schools and police departments across Pennsylvania met with the U.S. Secret Service at a Bucks County school Thursday to learn how to identify signs of a situation all hope they never confront — the next school shooting or other violence… More

Upcoming grant opportunities

The deadline to apply for CTE Supplemental Equipment Grants is quickly approaching — applications are due January 31, 2020! The 2019-2020 PA budget provides the opportunity for school districts and career and technical centers to purchase equipment to prepare students for their field. For more information about this grant and how to apply, click here… More

Approved Act 158 Keystone Exam composite score

On July 11, 2019, the State Board of Education approved the recommendation of the Secretary of Education for a satisfactory Keystone Exam composite score of 4452 that would be used as one of the pathways to graduation under Act 158 of 2018… More

Summary of Act 91 of 2019: School security personnel training and arrest powers

Quick summary: Act 91 was House Bill 49, printer’s number in the 2019-20 legislative session. It authorizes necessary fixes to provisions under Act 67 of 2019 regarding school safety personnel to extend the deadline for training requirements… More

January/February Bulletin: Back to basics

The role of a school director comes with a big learning curve. Fortunately, there are many resources to help new and experienced school directors succeed. This issue of the Bulletin offers a primer on main responsibilities of school boards and resources for more information. Learn tips and suggestions from veteran school directors… More

Six area districts get $25,000 each in state teacher grants

Six area school districts were among 92 statewide recipients of grants designed to help teachers learn what skills local employers want students to have on graduation. The “Teacher in the Workplace” Grants totaled $2.2 million… More

Additional guidance released on school bus driver requirements

The PA Department of Transportation recent issued additional guidance regarding physical requirements for school bus drivers. Read the guidance here… More

Wolf’s mental health campaign would bring more counselors, social workers to schools

Wolf’s “Reach Out PA: Your Mental Health Matters” campaign includes developing new state regulations on health insurance coverage, coordinating services for physical and behavioral health, analyzing pay and other factors for those who provide mental health services — and finding ways to get more social workers into schools… More

‘Cyber snow days:’ Why few school districts statewide opted in for the program

Fewer than 80 school districts, charter schools and others across the state have opted to use “cyber snow days” for the 2019-20 school year, according to the state Department of Education's website… More

PA Farm Bill Farm to School grant program accepting applications through January 15

The PA Farm to School grant program offered through the PA Department of Agriculture aims to enrich the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local producers by changing food purchasing behaviors and education practices at schools and early childhood education sites. NorthCentralPA… More