National study takes hard look at PA school district consolidations

The formation of the Central Valley School District remains the only successful and voluntary school district merger in Pennsylvania, nearly 10 years after the deal was finalized… More

Governor Wolf awards Teacher in the Workplace grants

Gov. Tom Wolf recently awarded more than $2 million in Teacher in the Workplace grants.The program allows educators to shadow someone in business and industry fields so they can experience firsthand what it’s like, and bring that experience back to their classrooms… More

Dr. Richard Frerichs (Penn Manor SD), PSBA Past President

Dr. Richard Frerichs is a Millersville University professor emeritus, the 2014 President of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, a PSBA Master School Board Director and the recipient of the Allwein Advocacy award… More

William S. LaCoff (Owen J. Roberts SD), PSBA Past President

LaCoff was first elected to the school board of Owen J. Roberts SD (Chester Co.) in 1995. Prior to retirement, he was employed in various aspects of the real estate industry; as a mortgage broker, an agent and a property manager… More

No, private schools aren’t better at educating kids than public schools — Why this new study matters

Despite evidence showing otherwise, it remains conventional wisdom in many parts of the education world that private schools do a better job of educating students, with superior standardized test scores and outcomes… More

Judges revise ruling, still side with school bathroom policy

A federal appeals court has denied a request for a full court to rehear a challenge to a Pennsylvania school district's policy allowing transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their sexual identity, saying it violates their right to privacy… More

Op/Ed: How mandates raise your local school taxes

Do you wonder sometimes why property taxes increase? I did and I decided to start attending school board meetings to understand. That was seven years ago. Now, as a member of our school board, I can share what I have learned. I discovered a large part of a school district budget is mandated… More

Congress sends career-technical education bill to President Trump

Congress passed a bipartisan overhaul of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act on Wednesday and sent it for signature to President Donald Trump, who has made career and technical education, or CTE, a priority for his administration. Education Week, July 25, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

Both Wolf and Wagner make questionable claims about school funding

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, and his opponent in the November election, Republican Scott Wagner, each accuse the other of wanting to cut school funding. Neither candidate has quite been able to prove his point… More

Possible key to black boys’ academic success: Hire black men as elementary school teachers

Nationwide, 2% of public school teachers are African-American males and 2% are Hispanic males, while students of color make up about half the nation’s public school enrollment from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade, according to the U.S. Department of Education… More