National News: ‘Nation’s Report Card’ to get trimmed, four subjects dropped

The National Assessment Governing Board on Wednesday released a 10-year plan intended to streamline the National Assessment of Educational Progress and cut costs. These tests of grades 4, 8, and 12 remain the nation’s only universal comparisons of students across states. Education Week, July 25, 2019 (Subscription may be required… More

National News: Federal officials plan school safety clearinghouse after push from Parkland parents

Federal agencies plan to launch a school safety clearinghouse in the fall, bringing together “best practices” for schools seeking to prevent and deter violence, including rare but traumatic school shootings that dominate news coverage of the subject. Education Week, July 25, 2019 (Subscription may be required… More

E-cigarettes spawn a form of teen addiction that worries doctors, parents and schools

As e-cigarettes have skyrocketed in popularity among teenagers in the past two years, pediatricians report seeing teens who behave less like tobacco users and more like patients with substance-abuse disorders… More

Podcast: Dyslexia – The Hidden Obstacle to Literacy

Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability impacting up to an estimated 20% of the population (according to the International Dyslexia Association). Early detection and specific instructional methods have been determined as significant keys to success for those struggling against the challenges the disability presents… More

In Elanco, some low-income students don’t have access to free summer meals. So one principal is taking the food to them

Heather Schrantz, the principal at Blue Ball Elementary School, spends every summertime lunch break this way — often sacrificing her own lunch in the process. She delivers about 40 lunches throughout the Blue Ball, Morgantown, Terre Hill and Welsh Mountain areas — a task that takes about an hour and a half each weekday afternoon… More

School bus backup plan: Forest Hills, Richland, Windber staff earning certification

Across parts of the nation, a school bus driver shortage has been parking some of the iconic yellow school buses that have been shuttling students to school and special events for generations… More

National News: Thousands of students could lose free school meals if SNAP changes

A Trump administration plan to tighten eligibility requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program could have a secondary effect: hundreds of thousands of children losing automatic eligibility for free school lunches, child hunger groups warn. Education Week, July 23, 2019 (Subscription may be required… More

National News: Five lessons from an outgoing school funding activist

Historically, advocacy around school funding boils down to these two sentiments: There's not enough, and it's not effectively or evenly distributed. But the general public's understanding of why it's been so difficult for states to find more money for schools and overhaul the way they spend their money on K-12 schools is wanting at best… More

National News: Silent alarms at schools may soon be required by federal law

The U.S. House of Representatives is weighing the bipartisan School Violence Prevention and Mitigation Act of 2019, which would require that all public schools install at least one silent panic alarm that would inform the closest law enforcement agency of an impending emergency situation, NJ.com reports… More

Smart Talk: Dogs become integral tool in classrooms

Schools are using therapy dogs to enrich students' lives, from everyday programs to emotional support after a disaster. Districts in Lancaster, York and Dauphin counties are adding furry staff to fill a range of needs… More