Clairton and West Jefferson Hills school districts among nation’s starkest economic divides

Three school districts in Western Pennsylvania were identified on a national report showing stark economic differences between neighboring districts. ”Fault Lines,” released Thursday by the nonprofit EdBuild, named America’s 50 “most segregating school district borders” — defined as neighboring districts with strong differences in student poverty rates and resources allocated to students… More

Keystone Education Radio Episode 1: Different, Not Deficient

In this podcast, author and advocate Jonathan Mooney discusses his book Normal Sucks, his journey of growing up with a learning difference and how these experiences shaped the work he is doing today. Click on the image above to watch a brief video preview of this episode… More

Registration open for Sectional Meetings

PSBA is coming to you! Hear relevant content from statewide experts, district practitioners and PSBA government affairs staff at PSBA’s annual membership gathering. Your PSBA Sectional Advisor and Advocacy Ambassador will be on-site to connect with you and share important information for you to take back to your district. Register online and learn more… More

GOP eyes shake-up of Pennsylvania’s Democratic-majority court

For the first time in three decades, Republicans in Pennsylvania are facing the redrawing of legislative and congressional districts without a friendly state Supreme Court majority to referee disputes, but perhaps not for long… More

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