What if you can’t raise $90k for a library? In Philly schools, there are haves and have-nots

A new school library in the SD of Philadelphia laid bare a truth in city schools — the divisions between the haves, often in whiter and wealthier neighborhoods, who can fundraise for new playgrounds and support staff salaries; and the have-nots in under-resourced schools mostly populated by kids of color, left to make do with… More

Transgender Legal Update (January 22, 2019)

This update includes important information about Guidelines adopted by the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission on August 2, 2018 and the Third Circuit Decision in Doe v. Boyertown Area School District of July 26, 2018… More

Report: PA districts need more state funding for technical schools

The York County School of Technology played host to an important conversation: Should districts have to pay the majority of costs to send students to technical schools? PA Schools Work and partner Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children released a report, discussed at the school Thursday, Jan. 17, that highlighted the need for more state funding… More

New education leaders in PA legislature seek to reduce role of state tests, increase accountability for cyber charters

State Rep. Curt Sonney hails from just outside Erie, PA, representing an ‘L’-shaped district jammed into the state’s northwestern corner. State Sen. Ryan Aument comes from the state’s heartland, and represents a chunk of fast-growing Lancaster County. WHYY, Jan… More

Podcast: Empowered Teachers will Empower Their Students

Recorded recently at the 2018 School Leadership Conference, host Annette Stevenson talks with Dr. Robyn Jackson, keynote speaker, educator, author, and founder of Mindsteps, Inc. a company that offers workshops, courses, online resources and consulting in support of empowered educators and the students they teach… More

Schools set new policies as more teachers crowdfund for supplies

Online crowdfunding sites such as GoFundMe and Kickstarter are often used by teachers to purchase equipment or supplies for their classrooms, but how do school districts feel about staff raising money for projects? WHTM Channel 27, Jan… More

Question raised by escalating school safety concerns: Should voting booths be expelled?

Statewide, more than 15% of polling places appear to be in schools, according to a rough estimate by the Pennsylvania Department of State, which oversees elections. It’s unclear how many districts hold in-service days to avoid co-mingling students and voters. Allentown Morning Call, Jan… More

Governor announces $8.7M in targeted grants to expand computer science classes, training at 765 schools

Building on his commitment to prepare students to use computers and technology in their careers, Governor Tom Wolf on Jan. 17 announced $8.7 million in targeted grants to expand computer science classes and teacher training at 765 schools across the commonwealth. Bucks Local News, Jan… More

Video EDition highlights ‘Safe2Say Something’

In this installment, learn more about important policy requirements related to Act 44 and the Safe2Say Program, which schools must implement this month… More

PAEOP Spring Conference: May 1-3, 2019

Educational office professionals (EOPs) are often the first people that members of your community interact with when contacting your school entity. Encourage your EOPs to attend the PAEOP annual spring conference, held May 1-3 at Radisson Hotel Harrisburg in Camp Hill. Sessions will focus on developing the whole person, from computer skills to efficiency to stress management… More