The Day After Election Day

Results of yesterday’s election reveal the newly and reelected public officials who will sit on the school boards governing Pennsylvania’s public schools. For some, this is a new role with the inherent learning curve of any new position… More

November’s webcast learning opportunities

This month, PSBA will host two webcast learning opportunities. On Tuesday, November 12, Dr. Heather Bennett, director of equity services, will offer a walk-through of the components of PSBA’s Equity Toolkit. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and share their experience incorporating equity into their district throughout the webinar… More

Recess should be in play for all grade levels, PA lawmaker says

For many students — past and present — recess is the best part of the school day. State Rep… More

Report offers ‘simple’ fix to special education funding in Pennsylvania

A state panel has less than a month to tell lawmakers if the Pennsylvania lawmakers whether they need to tweak the formula that distributes more than $1 billion in funding for special education each year… More

Pennsylvania lawmaker plans hearings on cyber charter school bill by year’s end

A Pennsylvania lawmaker who introduced a bill aimed at changing the structure of the state’s charter school system said he intends to hold public hearings before the year draws to a close. In House Bill 1897, state Rep… More

Peyton’s Law passes in the Senate

Six years ago, 19-year-old Peyton Walker died of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Since that time, her mother Julie Walker has been on a mission to educate others about the top killer of student athletes in the United States… More

PA House bill would scrap cross-filing for school board, county judge candidates

Two Republican lawmakers — one from southwestern Pennsylvania, the other from the Lehigh Valley — rolled out a bill that would scrap cross-filing by school board, county judicial, and district magistrate candidates… More

Bills to alter teacher evaluations in Pennsylvania garner some tentative support, with caveats

Bills that would change the way Pennsylvania teachers are evaluated were supported by some educators, but some concerns were also raised during a Pennsylvania House Education Committee meeting. The bills introduced by Rep. Jesse Topper, R-Bedford, and Sen. Ryan Aument, R-Mount Joy, would make changes to 2012’s Act 82… More

School Start Times and Student Performance webcast hosted tomorrow

The Joint State Government Commission established an advisory committee to study the issues, benefits and options related to school districts instituting later start times in secondary schools. Tomorrow, October 31, PSBA will host School Start Times and Student Performance, a webcast intended to help your district consider this issue and its impact on your students… More

Giving schools — and students — the tools they need in the fight to save the planet

The second annual Drawdown Learn Conference is sponsored by the Omega Institute, a nonprofit educational center, in partnership with the nonprofit climate organization Project Drawdown. The conference brought together high school students, teachers, indigenous leaders and policy experts, librarians, and scientists… More