Attorney general’s office releases new resources for National Bullying Prevention Month

This October, the Office of the Attorney General is releasing the TeenTALK Report — a resource guide for students, parents, and educators with recommendations for preventing and intervening in bullying. The report summarizes the feedback gathered during the TeenTALK sessions hosted by the office around the commonwealth during the 2018-19 school year. NorthCentralPA… More

EdPAC Reception: Picnic & Politics – Oct. 16

Going to conference? Don't miss the EdPAC Picnic & Politics reception held Oct. 16 at 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center. EdPAC has the honor of hosting Republican and Democrat party leaders as they present their take on the upcoming election… More

Crestwood secures FUSE grant for STEM learning

Crestwood School District (Luzerne Co.) has been awarded one of eight Siemens FUSE grants, valued at $26,000, to help support STEM learning in the areas of coding, design, 3D printing in addition to skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration… More

Republicans and Democrats agree: Students need more trade school opportunities

College isn’t for everybody, but that doesn’t mean higher education shouldn’t be seen as an option. That's something Republicans and Democrats from the Lehigh Valley can agree on. At a town hall Wednesday night in Allentown, U.S. Rep. Susan Wild told constituents she is working on expanding affordable access to trade and technical schools… More

Guidance counselors evolve with Valley students’ experiences, needs

The role of school guidance counselors continues to evolve, in part, because the experiences the students go through in and out of school evolve. As in the past, guidance counselors today are primarily focused on students' academic achievement and career planning, with social and emotional development becoming additional critical responsibilities of the job… More

Proposed laws would require counselor-to-student ratios in schools

The Pennsylvania School Counselors Association is backing companion bills in the Pennsylvania House and Senate that would increase student access to school counselors, psychologists and social workers. The bills, House Bill 1500, referred to committee on May 23, and Senate Bill 749, referred to committee June 10, advocate for a much lower pupil ratio per professional… More

Bill requires youth organizations to accommodate transgender kids

Philadelphia is poised to require youth organizations to accommodate transgender and gender-nonconforming kids next year, including allowing them to wear clothing and use bathrooms consistent with their gender identity… More

Pittsburgh Public Schools launches pilot program to diversify teacher workforce

Pittsburgh Public Schools is launching a pilot program this school year that would enable classroom aides to become teachers and earn the required state certification, an initiative designed to narrow racial disparities between the district’s students and instructors… More

Wolf expected to sign bill that could help Stevens, other schools combat skills gap

Gov. Tom Wolf is expected to sign a bill that advocates say may help diminish the skills gap in Pennsylvania by boosting resources and awareness for career and technical education… More

State sets school district tax increase limits for 2020-21

School districts will be allowed to raise real estate taxes at a higher rate for the 2020-21 school year. The Pennsylvania Department of Education Monday released the Act 1 indices for approximately 500 districts to tell them how high they may raise real estate taxes in the 2019-20 school year… More