Panelist: 20% to 40% of high schoolers use e-cigarettes

An estimated 20% to 40% of high school students are Juuling, a popular and discreet e-cigarette device that teens are using, said a Northumberland County health specialist at a Wednesday evening presentation geared to help parents understand the dangers of the practice… More

New funding formula for PA public colleges and universities to be crafted through proposed bill

A proposal being circulated in the state Senate seeks to form an 11-member commission to craft a higher education funding formula that factors in the college and universities’ performance on key measures… More

Symposium set to discuss security

A campaign to protect safety and security of school students, teachers and staff is expected to draw 500 or more educators to Indiana this week. Presenters include experts from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and throughout the state, including Pennsylvania School Boards Association… More

PA House committee advances ban on vaping in schools

Everybody knows that smoking cigarettes isn’t allowed in school. But is vaping? The House Judiciary Committee unanimously advanced a bill Tuesday to close a loophole that lets students use electronic nicotine delivery systems like vapes on school property… More

PA 2019 municipal primary: Key dates and what you need to know

This year, voters in Pennsylvania will elect judges, county commissioners, district attorneys, mayors, school board members and other local leaders. There will also be special elections for two state Senate seats and one U.S. congressional seat on May 21, the same day as the municipal primary… More

House brings back bills reorganizing career and technical education

A slate of eight bills aimed at bolstering career and technical education is on the move in the state House. The package made it through the House Education Committee with minimal debate… More

Video EDition: spotlight on cyber charter reform legislation

In this installment, learn more about legislation introduced in the PA Senate and House of Representatives that would save millions of dollars for some school districts that make tuition payments for their students to attend cyber charter schools. For more detail: https://www.psba.org/issue/charter-school-reform/… More

Ten years later, PA’s open records law has improved access, but some say the law has its flaws

Whether they realize it or not, Pennsylvanians have experienced a new age of transparency and openness of their government over the past decade. Under the overhauled state's Right to Know Law that took effect on Jan… More

Committee members conceptually back Wolf’s plan for fresh round of school safety, security funding

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed allocation of $45 million toward school safety projects went under the microscope this week as lawmakers questioned the head of the Department of Education on the spending plan. Watchdog… More

Commentary: Analyzing a statewide education report

The Pennsylvania School Boards Association recently released its annual report, the State of Education 2019… More