Confusion over statewide Safe2Say program remains two days before going live

A promising new program promoting school safety in Pennsylvania is off to a rocky start. Come Monday, educators, students, parents and community members will be allowed to submit anonymous tips through a new threat reporting system called Safe2Say… More

In PA, most cyber charter schools operate with expired state agreements

Cyber charter schools nationally have struggled to meet academic benchmarks and have faced controversy over their finances and management. Yet in Pennsylvania, operating with an expired charter has become a standard practice. Of the state’s 15 cyber charters, only five have current state charters that officially sanction their operations. Philadelphia Inquirer, Jan… More

‘Safe2Say’ will soon kick off across Pennsylvania

In just a few days, a new initiative gets underway in the commonwealth to keep kids safe across the state. It's a program that has already been proven to save lives in other states. The new Program “Safe 2 Say” is less than one week away from launching in Pennsylvania. PAHomePage.com, Jan… More

Lack of funding poses challenges for expanding broadband access in PA

A group representing rural Pennsylvanians says expanding high speed broadband internet access in the state needs to be a priority this year, but acknowledges funding for infrastructure upgrades continues to be a challenge. WITF, Jan… More

Tamaqua school panel votes to postpone policy to arm teachers

School board members in Schuylkill County have voted to postpone a policy allowing teachers to carry guns in school. In a 2-1 vote Tuesday evening, the Tamaqua school board's Security Committee says it will suspend its implementation  pending a court hearing on its validity. Associated Press, Jan… More

School Law Information Exchange, Public Sector Arbitration Newsletters (2017)

Volume 54, 2017 Issue 23, Dec. 15 — In this issue School Law Barna v. Board of School Directors of Panther Valley School District, 2017 WL 6045091 (3rd Cir. 2017). Bollinger v. School District of Cheltenham Township, 2017 WL 6047815 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2017). OPINION NOT REPORTED. Kaite v… More

Podcast: Learning Transformed – Technology Best Used

Recorded recently at the 2018 School Leadership Conference, host Annette Stevenson talks with featured speaker, Thomas C. Murray, director of innovation for Future Ready Schools, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education. He has also co-authored several books including the most recent, Learning Transformed, 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today… More

Strategy to reduce suspensions in Pittsburgh Public Schools seems to be working

Over two years the Pittsburgh Public School district reduced overall suspensions by 18%, and according to a new study released by the RAND Corporation, half of those schools reduced suspensions by 36%. WESA, Jan… More

Education statistics: Facts about American schools

How many K-12 public schools, districts, and students are there? What does the American student population look like? And how much are we, as a nation, spending on the education of these youth? These data points can give perspective to the implications and potential impact of education policies… More

Podcast: Kindness and Compassion vs. Bullying and Violence: A Sustainable Solution for Schools

Recorded recently at the 2018 School Leadership Conference, Keystone Education Radio host Annette Stevenson talks with keynote speaker, Darrell Scott, writer and founder of Rachel’s Challenge. Creating a school climate less susceptible to harassment, bullying and violence is possible… More