Pennsylvania to delay high school graduation test again

State lawmakers this week passed legislation that would push back Keystone graduation requirements until 2022 and allow seniors to demonstrate mastery in other ways, such as gaining acceptance to a four-year college, securing full-time employment post-graduation, completing an internship, or earning a to-be-determined score on the SAT. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Oct… More

K-12 education and the battle for the U.S. Senate

So how is education playing out in the battle for the Senate? Here's a quick guide to where candidates in tough races stand on K-12 policy. Education Week, Oct. 15, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

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 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