New report on virtual education: ‘too good to be true’

The NEPC report found that, overall, virtual schools enrolled substantially fewer low-income and minority students than public schools. Fewer than 50% of virtual and blended schools that had state performance ratings were rated as having acceptable performance. District-operated virtual schools performed better than charter-school virtual schools… More

‘It’s horrifying to think about:’: How can schools combat sudden cardiac arrest?

J.T. Kuhn is one of hundreds of young athletes to fall victim to a heart attack or sudden cardiac arrest because of undiagnosed warning signs. It's an issue that schools across America are battling, searching for ways to both find the undetected conditions lingering in students and respond if those conditions manifest themselves… More

PDE announces additional school safety grant awards

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announced the awarding of an additional $919,000 in Safe Schools Targeted grants to 39 school districts to purchase safety and security-related equipment. This is in addition to the other PDE and Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) school safety grants awarded in 2018-19… More

Schools receive Breakfast Initiative grants

Governor Tom Wolf’s School Breakfast Initiative is providing 151 schools, including three in this region, with grants up to $5,000 to help more children start their day with a healthy meal… More

2019 Education Excellence Fair: Deadline May 31!

Your school is invited to apply to the 21st Annual Pennsylvania Public Education Excellence Fair! Be one of a select group of Pennsylvania public schools to share your successful programs on Wed., Oct. 16 or Thur., Oct. 17 at the 2019 PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference in Hershey… More

Examine how your school district’s budget compares with state averages

Each year, PSBA compiles a budget study designed to help school officials as they prepare to submit the annual school budget to the Pennsylvania Department of Education… More

National News: Unlearning is often a part of effective teaching

Sometimes educational practices need to change either because they are not working, because approaches to education have shifted to meet new goals or because technology has changed the landscape. But adapting to new ideas often requires that old notions be unlearned… More

National News: Ed-tech problems open doors for entrepreneurs to solve them

These three CEOs are part of an expanding cadre of ed-tech founder/leaders who each wanted to solve a specific problem in K-12 education. Here are the stories of how three ed-tech CEOs identified a problem and tried to correct it. Education Week, May 21, 2019 (Subscription may be required… More

National News: Tech advances, automation fueling employers’ demand for ‘soft skills’

Attention to detail. Oral and written communication. Problem Solving. Resilience. Empathy. Integrity. Skills like these are often known as “soft skills” — in contrast to things that sound more academically grounded, like computational ability or scientific reasoning. They aren't easy to capture on standardized tests, or even in grading… More

A roundup of some key races in Pennsylvania’s primary

Here's a look at the winners in key races in Pennsylvania's primary… More