PA upholds TL records appeal for Crestwood documents

In a ruling that could have statewide implications, the state Office of Open Records rejected arguments the Crestwood School District used to justify redacting financial information from state forms, upholding a Times Leader appeal and ordering the district to release unredacted Statements of Financial Interest for current school board members… More

PA Board of Education supports age changes for starting school, dropping out

Pennsylvania’s State Board of Education is giving its support to proposals by Gov. Tom Wolf to require students start schooling by age 6 and continue until they’re at least 18… More

Debate over transgender student rights in Elanco School District

There is a debate in one Lancaster County community following a school district's adoption of a privacy policy. The school board in the Eastern Lancaster County School District approved a policy that in which it is recommended that students use the facilities that match their biological sex until private facilities can be built… More

All six Adams school districts demand cyber funding reform

On the playing field, Adams County’s six public school districts compete with one another. But one topic — funding for cyber charter schools — united school officials during a public forum Thursday night, said Gettysburg Times Managing Editor Alex Hayes, who moderated. Gettysburg Times, May 10, 2019 (Subscription may be required… More

‘We need to stop it before it happens:’ Bipartisan House coalition rolls out new school safety measures

Barely a day after America’s latest school shooting, a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives introduced a package of bills that they say could help stop future acts of violence before they happen… More

Transgender teens in schools with bathroom restrictions at higher risk of sexual assault, study says

Transgender and gender-nonbinary teens are at greater risk of sexual assault at schools that deny them access to bathrooms or locker rooms that match their sexual identity, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed data from 3,673 adolescents in the LGBTQ Teen Study, an anonymous web-based survey of U.S. kids ages 13 to 17… More

Hybrid pension plan options popular with PA’s new state government employees

Nearly 2,500 state government employees hired in the first three months of this year were among the first in the commonwealth workforce to get a taste of pension choice… More

Register for the School Solicitors Symposium on July 11-12, 2019

Are you a school law practitioner? Register now on myPSBA for School Solicitors Symposium July 11-12 at Nittany Lion Inn in State College. The symposium provides networking opportunities and training focused on topics of special significance to the practice of school law. Participants may earn up to 7.5 CLE credits (6.5 substantive, 1 ethics)… More

National News: Classes take trips around the world through this game

Across the country — and even around the world — teachers are using this educational game to improve students' comprehension of geography, a subject students in this country struggle with… More

National News: Even ‘digital natives’ may need lessons on online political discourse

The social-media revolution has transformed American politics more than any other aspect of our culture, with political fortunes made and lost on a well-placed or ill-crafted tweet. And today's young “digital natives” spend lots of their time on social-media platforms, getting much of their news and their first taste of political discourse online… More