National News: Teachers turn to crowdfunding for classroom support

In classrooms around the country, it's not just the students who are asked to be creative. Teachers must find new ways to financially support their classrooms. “I think every district [has] been hit at some level,” Tom Gentzel, executive director of the National School Boards Association, said… More

Senate Education Leaders Unveil Bipartisan Compromise to Rewrite ESEA

Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., unveiled a bipartisan bill Tuesday to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that the two have been brokering for more than two months… More

Pa. education secretary makes first visit to city

In his first visit to Pittsburgh as acting state education secretary, Pedro Rivera turned from the microphone to his “cafeteria voice” to make his point urging support for education funding. “This is an uphill battle,” said Mr. Rivera, in teacher-mode pacing Monday evening before a gathering at Pittsburgh Westinghouse 6-12 in Homewood… More

Fighting for fair funding

Shortly after retiring as superintendent in the Brentwood Borough School District, Ronald Dufalla found himself once again attending school board meetings. This time, he was talking to district officials across four counties and sharing a passion he has had for years: the need for the state to provide “fair funding” for schools… More

School gym name deal OK’d

A local group will pay the Scranton School District $60,000 over the next five years to rename gymnasiums at the two high schools.The Northeastern Pennsylvania Center for Independent Living has naming rights to the gymnasiums at both Scranton and West Scranton high schools… More

Editorial: Who gets the credit for this?

A program that gives generous tax credits for donations to scholarship programs for low-income students to attend private and parochial schools may strike some as a laudatory way to equalize educational opportunities. In theory, EITC expands the choices for students, especially those who can't afford private and parochial tuition… More

Penn Hills School District’s $18M plea for help a ‘last resort’

Penn Hills School District leaders will seek court approval to borrow $18 million to pay day-to-day expenses, a move that one expert called a “last resort” for districts in serious financial trouble… More

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Cumberland County officials call for fair, adequate public school funding

A panel of Cumberland County school district officials unified their voices at a public forum, calling on lawmakers to institute a fair and adequate state funding formula that will allow them to better prepare their students and support their communities… More

Schools get late answer on using home instruction for snow days

When the Elizabeth Forward School District asked on Nov. 4 whether it could count lessons taken at home on iPads as instructional days in snowy weather, assistant superintendent Todd Keruskin expected to hear back from the state Department of Education in 45 days… More