Schooled: Last Chance High

El Centro de Estudiantes is an alternative program in Kensington for students who are trying to re-engage after dropping out. Most of the 200 students here are considered too old for their grades and too far behind for a normal high school… More

PA educators turn to Secret Service for safety advice

Lori Suski leads the Middletown Area School District in Dauphin County, which hosted a training on Tuesday with the U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center. More than 100 teachers, counselors, administrators and resource officers from about 50 schools participated. The program helps educators identify potential threats, and then intervene in a variety of ways… More

An effective — and cheaper — way to ease the middle-school transition

A new study from education researchers has come up with a deceptively simple yet surprisingly effective way of helping students cope with the infamously stressful transition from elementary to middle school: Let them hear from other kids that, sure, middle school is tough… More

National News: Why the increase in sexual assaults reported by schools?

Among the increases noted in last week's annual crime and violence survey was a jump in the number of schools reporting sexual assault nationwide. Education Week, July 30, 2019 (Subscriptions may be required… More

Report says PA public schools lag academically but are safer than most nationally

WalletHub analyzed 29 different metrics and ranked each state from best to worst. Pennsylvania public school systems ranked 27th overall out of 51. The study included the District of Columbia. PennLive, Aug… More

Wolf signs bill to aid foster care students

Gov. Tom Wolf signed the Fostering Independence Through Education Act on June 28, which waives tuition for youth who were in foster care at age 16 or older, including those adopted. Beginning in the fall of 2020, all colleges and universities will be required to offer tuition waivers for eligible students… More

National News: FCC to consider allowing families without WiFi to apply for E-Rate

A Government Accountability Office report released this week suggests the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will explore the cost of making the E-Rate program available to the homes of families with students who do not have wireless internet, according to EdScoop. Education Dive, Aug… More

Education Excellence Fair

Discover innovative and exemplary initiatives in PA public schools at the Education Excellence Fair! A favorite event at the PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference, the fair will be held outside the exhibit hall on Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 17, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m… More

Cameras, counselors and yoga — how PA schools spent an unprecedented flood of safety and security cash

Through a Right-to-Know request, one organization obtained summaries of what 231 districts, charter schools and technical schools plan to purchase with their safe schools grants. The summaries provide insight into how school districts have adjusted priorities – and they shed light on how the modern, fortified school building looks and feels. WHYY, Aug… More

PDE sets deadline for flexible day applications

Yesterday the PA Department of Education (PDE) released information about the Flexible Instructional Day (FID) program under Act 64 of 2019. For the 2019-20 school year, applications and instructional exemplars are due to PDE by Sept. 1, 2019. Schools will receive notification that its application has been accepted or denied no later than Nov. 1, 2019… More