PA Department of Education announces $5.7 million in STEM grants

State Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera Friday announced $5.7 million in grants that aim to expand computer science classes and teacher training at 163 school districts, charter schools and intermediate units, many in the Pittsburgh region. The PAsmart grants seek to grow computer and technology skills in students that can eventually lead to jobs… More

Safe2Say Something program receives 40K tips in first year

Earlier this week, the Safe2Say Something program celebrated its one-year anniversary. Since its launch, this anonymous tip line developed by the PA Office of the Attorney General has received more than 40,000 tips. These tips have come from every school district in each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties… More

PA provides some of the worst opportunities for students of color, reports say

Students of color in Pennsylvania are far less likely than their white peers to have access to small classes, certified teachers and advanced coursework, according to a pair of new studies… More

Management companies don’t have the same rights as charter schools, appeals board rules

A powerful state board ruled on Tuesday that charter management companies, the private entities that primarily operate charter schools in southeastern Pennsylvania, don’t have the same rights as their charter school clients to challenge decisions by locally elected school boards… More

Video EDition: PSBA celebrates 125 years

This year, PSBA commemorates 125 years of serving school directors in Pennsylvania! In this installment, find out how about special features throughout the year and how you can join in the celebration… More

Summary of House Bill 1800

Quick summary: House Bill 1800 (Rep. Turzai, R-Allegheny) establishes a voucher program for students in the Harrisburg School District, which entered state receivership in June, 2019. The legislation sets a precedent for expansion in other districts… More

Board Presidents Panel

This annual event supports current and aspiring school board leaders through facilitated discussion with colleagues in leadership. Board Presidents Panel is designed to equip new and veteran board presidents and vice presidents as well as superintendents and other school directors who may pursue a leadership position in the future… More

PSBA’s 2019 Pennsylvania School Facts and Figures is now available

Do you know how many students are enrolled in Pennsylvania public schools? There are 1.72 million total (912,775 elementary and 809,686 secondary for the 2018-19 school year). These facts and many more can be found in the 2019 PA School Facts and Figures… More

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