York City schools: Kids need ‘more than just academics’

Almost as suddenly as it emerged late last year, a state-backed plan to convert York City SD into privately operated charter schools has evaporated in recent weeks. Where anxiety once dominated the hallways, a sense of calm has settled in… More

Judge: Dorothy June Brown competent to stand trial

A federal judge has ruled that charter school founder Dorothy June Brown is competent to be retried on charges that she defrauded the schools of $6.3 million… More

Carlisle to send formal appeal to state lawmakers for school funding improvements

The Carlisle Area School District will call upon state lawmakers to take action to resolve a funding dilemma confronted by public schools which, it says, are seeing fewer state dollars available to educate students… More

7 things we learned from Secretary John Hanger’s visit

John Hanger is hoping Pennsylvania is ready for big changes. The secretary of policy and planning — a key post in Tom Wolf’s administration — said the governor is proposing a budget based on “honest math” and “tough decisions.” LancasterOnline… More

GOP leader: Wolf’s budget prediction ‘premature’

House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R., Indiana) said Wednesday that it was “premature” for Gov. Wolf to predict that a state budget would not be enacted on time this year… More

Pennsylvania House Republicans want to cut property taxes

Pennsylvania House Republican lawmakers will soon roll out a plan to raise state taxes to make significant cuts in the local property taxes that fund public schools, the chamber's GOP floor leader said Wednesday… More

Pittsburgh schools going full STEAM ahead

Pittsburgh Public Schools today announced that it can launch programs in STEAM — science, technology, engineering, arts and math — thanks to foundation grants of nearly $900,000… More

Philly school district projects 22 percent graduation rate in 2017

In two years, Pennsylvania students will have to pass three standardized tests — the Keystone Exams — to graduate high school. Right now, 65 percent of Philadelphia School District students graduate in four years, but district officials expect a big drop when the Keystone Exam requirement comes into full effect. Newsworks… More

Some Susquehanna Valley teachers opt to ‘crowdfund’ for supplies

Some teachers in the Susquehanna Valley are looking for new ways to raise money for school supplies. In this News 8 report, Ed Weinstock overviews an online fundraising strategy called “crowdfunding… More

Wilkinsburg School District eyes options for deficit

Penn Hills School District, grappling with a $9 million deficit, is not interested in enrolling students from nearby Wilkinsburg High School who could bring with them $3 million in revenue, Penn Hills' schools chief said… More