Study says 2018 worst year for gun incidents in schools nationwide

The past year has seen 93 gun-related incidents in K-12 schools across the United States, the highest number since recording began in 1970 and more than double the number of shootings in 2017. Philadelphia Inquirer, Dec… More

The Why: As black teachers’ numbers drop in Philly, a look at why that matters

Studies indicate that when black students are taught by black teachers, it can have a profound effect on their lives. Yet in Pennsylvania, you could drive from north to south through an entire swath of the middle of the state and not find a single public school with a teacher of color… More

Sleepless no more In Seattle — Later school start time pays off for teens

In Seattle, the district moved the official start times for middle and high schools nearly an hour later, from 7:50 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Researchers at the University of Washington studied the high school students both before and after the start-time change. Their findings appear in a study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances… More

Federal school safety commission will call for scrapping Obama discipline guidance, report says

The Federal School Safety Commission's report is expected to recommend scrapping an Obama-era rule aimed at making sure that students of color aren't disciplined more harshly, or more often than their peers, the Washington Post has reported. Education Week, Dec. 10, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

Smart Talk: Broadband access not available everywhere in PA

The Federal Communications Commission estimates about 800,000 Pennsylvanians lack access to Broadband. However, a recent Penn State study finds the number much higher at 11 million people as defined by the Federal Communications Commission… More

State offers positive budget update, but opinions conflict on what’s ahead

With six months left in the fiscal year, state lawmakers are already looking ahead to potentially difficult budget discussions. However, disagreements have surfaced on what exactly the fiscal situation will be when the time comes. WITF, Dec… More

Five top technology trends in special education

Fueled by technological advances, changing state policies, and a continued push from advocates, ed-tech companies and researchers are crafting new tools and strategies to better serve students with disabilities. Education Week, Dec. 10, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

More than a quarter of schools could be flagged as in need of improvement under ESSA, experts say

Now that the Every Student Succeeds Act has been officially in place for a whole school year, states are beginning to release their lists of schools that need extra help. And there's a particular group of schools that experts are watching closely: Additional Targeted Schools. Education Week, Dec. 9, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

Pennsylvania court: School bus video of altercation can be a public record

A Pennsylvania court has ruled that some school bus video can be considered public under the state’s Right-to-Know Law in a 2016 case. Allentown Morning Call, Dec… More

Act 44 of 2018: School safety and security

Quick summary: Act 44 of 2018 was Senate Bill 1142, printer’s number 1911, in the 2017-18 legislative session. It was introduced on April 20, 2018, and approved by the on Senate June 6… More