PA School counselors’ role ever-more critical for our kids

School psychologists across Pennsylvania are providing a wide variety of services to students every day. Working alongside teachers, administrators, school nurses, school counselors, social workers, and others, they meet academic, mental health, and behavioral needs of students and others in the school community. Central Penn Parent, Oct… More

A dozen voices on education in the heart of Wolf, Wagner country

Keystone Crossroads traveled to York County — home base of both Governor Tom Wolf and challenger Scott Wagner — to ask taxpayers, students, parents and educators a simple question: what about public schools matters most to you? WHYY, Oct… More

Capitolwire: More graduation options soon to be available for PA high school students.

By Chris Comisac Bureau Chief Capitolwire HARRISBURG (Oct. 16) – While lawmakers have been unable to eliminate Pennsylvania’s Keystone Exams, they’ve done a fairly effective job during the last few years at limiting their importance… More

PSBA in Support of Senate Bill 1095 – Years of Uncertainty will be Resolved with the Governor’s Signature

For Immediate Release: Media Contact: Annette Gray Director of Communications 717-590-8533 annette.gray@psba.org Mechanicsburg, PA, October 15, 2018 – With the passage of Senate Bill 1095, years of uncertainty and concern with the current system have been resolved for students and schools… More

The push for CPR classes in PA schools

Pennsylvania was first in the nation to provide for automated external defibrillators in its public schools, so why more than 17 years later is it one of only 12 states that have yet to make CPR training part of high school curricula? Pocono Record, Oct… More

Report: Rising special education costs taxing school districts

The local share of money designated to special education in school districts has continued to rise while state funding has decreased, creating “increasingly inequitable” learning environments across the commonwealth, according to the Education Law Center. A report released on Oct… More

Where do PA candidates for governor stand on property taxes?

Property taxes have historically been Pennsylvania's most unpopular levy and nearly always a priority for voters. But this year, there's been little heat around the issue in the race between Gov. Wolf, a Democrat, and his Republican challenger, Scott Wagner. Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct… More

What happens when states un-standardize tests?

Few educators are fans of fill-in-the-bubble standardized tests that don’t yield results until after students leave the classroom… More

These six teacher-evaluation systems have gotten results, analysis says

The National Council on Teacher Quality, a Washington-based think tank that advocates for measuring teacher effectiveness through objective data like test scores, studied evidence of the outcomes of teacher-evaluation reform in six places: Denver; the Dallas Independent School District; the District of Columbia; Newark, N.J.; New Mexico; and Tennessee. Education Week, Oct… More

The teen brain: How schools can help students manage emotions and make better decisions

Adolescence tends to be seen by parents — and many teachers — with dread. Teenagers are likelier to engage in risky behaviors and disengage from school. But emerging cognitive and neuroscience research suggests ways schools can help leverage teens' strengths in this unique developmental period. Education Week, Oct. 10, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More