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

School funding fights developing at Capitol

Pennsylvania’s cyber schools overbill public school districts $200 million a year, the head of the Pennsylvania School Board Association said last week… More

Pennsylvania grants $40M in competitive school safety grants

About half of all school districts in Pennsylvania are getting grants, most ranging from less than $10,000 to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Three districts – the Norristown Area School District, the Philadelphia School District and the Upper Darby School District – got more than $1 million… More

Auditor General urges state to invest in cybersecurity for school districts

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale on Thursday urged legislators to invest in helping school districts strengthen cybersecurity as part of the next state budget… More

PA House committee approves private schools voucher increase

Expanding tax credits for private-school tuition will benefit the rich at the expense of public education, according to public-school advocates in the commonwealth. The Pennsylvania House Education Committee this week voted to approve a $100 million increase for the Education Improvement Tax Credit, a school voucher program that pays tuition at private and religious schools… More

PSBA Bylaws amendment proposals due May 15

As stated in Article XII, proposals for amending the PSBA Bylaws must be submitted by May 15 of each year for consideration by the Bylaws Committee. Proposals should be addressed to the Bylaws Committee Chair and sent to PSBA headquarters by the May 15, 2019, deadline… More

Better fiscal times continue for Pennsylvania

Better fiscal times are continuing for Pennsylvania, as the state reports stronger-than-expected tax collections amid the best stretch of collections in at least a decade… More

Bullying and how to stop it: Central PA students, attorney general hold sit-down to discuss the causes

Students from Susquehanna Township, Central Dauphin East and Harrisburg school districts participated in a roundtable discussion Monday with Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro. Shapiro is interested in students’ thoughts about bullying, cyberbullying and coping skills. Shapiro launched a statewide Safe2Say Something Anonymous Reporting System in January… More

PA lawmakers push bigger tax credits for private school scholarships; public ed advocates object

About 50,000 Pennsylvania students get private school scholarships funded by businesses. Those businesses also get something for their donations: state tax credits. Pennsylvania’s education tax credit programs are some of the country’s largest and have been contentious among public-education advocates… More

At Capitol rally, educators call for charter school funding reform, better oversight

Pennsylvania school officials didn’t gather in the Capitol rotunda Monday to praise charter and cyber-charter schools. Nor did they come to bury them… More