Marsha Pleta

Marsha Pleta is president of the Washington Area School Board and formerly served as board treasurer. She currently serves as PSBA liaison and Section 5 advisor. She is on the Legislative Advisory Committee and has been active in advocacy efforts on behalf of the association… More

Register for “Federal Focus: Fully funding IDEA”

Join U.S. Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-01) and other IDEA Act co-sponsors at this complimentary focus meeting to talk about the critical need to modernize and fully fund the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Learn about bipartisan efforts now in the U.S… More

A western PA school suspended fewer students by using a restorative model

Suspensions among fourth- through sixth-graders are down at Woodland Hills School District. That can be attributed, in part, to a restorative practice program created by the University of Pittsburgh, according to school district administrators. The team supporting the work recently released a report reviewing the past two years of the strategy's implementation… More

Local school districts grappling with teacher shortages

Since 1996, the number of undergraduate education majors has declined 55% nationwide, and since 2009, the number of newly issued in-state instructional teaching certificates has dropped by 71%, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Pennsylvania used to issue licenses to more than 14,000 new teachers annually. In 2016-17, the state issued 4,412… More

National News: Report shows 2.7M students suspended in 2015-16 despite efforts to curb exclusionary discipline

During the 2015-16 school year, more than 2.7 million public school students received at least one out-of-school suspension, according to a new report titled “Beyond Suspensions: Examining School Discipline Policies and Connections to the School-to-Prison Pipeline for Students of Color with Disabilities” from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights… More

National News: ‘Nation’s Report Card’ to get trimmed, four subjects dropped

The National Assessment Governing Board on Wednesday released a 10-year plan intended to streamline the National Assessment of Educational Progress and cut costs. These tests of grades 4, 8, and 12 remain the nation’s only universal comparisons of students across states. Education Week, July 25, 2019 (Subscription may be required… More

National News: Federal officials plan school safety clearinghouse after push from Parkland parents

Federal agencies plan to launch a school safety clearinghouse in the fall, bringing together “best practices” for schools seeking to prevent and deter violence, including rare but traumatic school shootings that dominate news coverage of the subject. Education Week, July 25, 2019 (Subscription may be required… More

E-cigarettes spawn a form of teen addiction that worries doctors, parents and schools

As e-cigarettes have skyrocketed in popularity among teenagers in the past two years, pediatricians report seeing teens who behave less like tobacco users and more like patients with substance-abuse disorders… More

Podcast: Dyslexia – The Hidden Obstacle to Literacy

Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability impacting up to an estimated 20% of the population (according to the International Dyslexia Association). Early detection and specific instructional methods have been determined as significant keys to success for those struggling against the challenges the disability presents… More

In Elanco, some low-income students don’t have access to free summer meals. So one principal is taking the food to them

Heather Schrantz, the principal at Blue Ball Elementary School, spends every summertime lunch break this way — often sacrificing her own lunch in the process. She delivers about 40 lunches throughout the Blue Ball, Morgantown, Terre Hill and Welsh Mountain areas — a task that takes about an hour and a half each weekday afternoon… More