School bus driver shortage squeezes districts around the region

Nationally, 24% of school districts reported “desperate” or “severe” driver shortages in a survey this year by School Bus Fleet, an industry trade publication. An additional 38% reported “moderate” shortages… More

Pennsylvania Senate challenges students to agriculture-themed video competition

The PA State Senate is holding the third annual “Talk To Your State Senator” statewide video competition, this time with a theme of supporting the agriculture industry. The competition is open to students from grades 6 through 12, including public, private, and home schooled students. NorthCentralPA… More

Tools for the trades: Wolf signs career and tech bill into law

Last week, Gov. Tom Wolf signed House Bill 256 – now Act 76 of 2019 – into law, making the PAsmart website part of law and establishing provisions that support career and technical education and workforce development in the state… More

National News: Supreme Court to tackle DACA. What does it mean for students, teachers and schools?

When the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday takes up a case about the Trump administration’s effort to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the 700,000 recipients of the program’s relief from deportation will be on edge. Education Week, November 8, 2019 (Subscription may be required… More

Three state GOP lawmakers successful in bids for local offices

Three Republican legislators will be leaving the PA House of Representatives following their victories this week in various local elections. Rep. Justin Walsh secured one of two spots for judge on the Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas bench. Rep… More

Hunger games

Food insecurity — not having enough food to eat — causes drastic and unhealthy coping solutions for many high school athletes in and around Philly. But many have overcome its consequences… More

Proposed bill to halt district appeals of real estate appraisal

A Northampton Area School District school board director is warning that a Pennsylvania Senate bill could “eliminate the right of appeal for districts.” Director Dr. Michael Baird cited Senate Bill 334, of which the prime sponsor is state Sen. David G. Argall, R-29th, representing Schuylkill County and parts of Berks County… More

Montgomery County DA files lawsuit against vaping giant JUUL

In an unprecedented action, the Montgomery County District Attorney has filed a civil complaint in the Court of Common Pleas against vaping industry giant JUUL Inc. The action aims to hold the company responsible for its illegal, predatory business practices aimed at turning minors into addicts… More

When school starts later, kids get more sleep, and it shows in better grades, health, fewer accidents

Across the nation, officials are delaying middle and high school start times. The reason: So teens have a better shot at getting the sleep they desperately need… More

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