Commentary: Report says Trump administration moves to define gender under Title IX; could affect transgender students

The Trump administration is considering a move to define the concept of sex under Title IX in a way that could essentially deny the existence of transgender people, including transgender students in the nation's schools, the New York Times reports. Education Week, Oct. 22, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

‘Spectacular’ growth in teaching profession, but big changes are afoot, landmark Penn study says

The teaching profession is transforming, according to research to be released Tuesday: It is larger than ever, but more unstable; it's attracting more educators of color than ever, but losing them at higher rates than white teachers. Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct… More

Pupil Transportation Symposium held in November at two locations

Getting students to and from school each day is a crucial part of schools' efforts to help students succeed. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn best practices from state and regional experts, and network with other transportation professionals at this day-long event designed for your role… More

Saving pets, slowing speeders, more: 16 bills PA legislators decided should become law

Lawmakers were moving bills at a fast pace to avoid having them die due to inaction when the 2017-18 legislative session ends on Nov. 30. Both chambers only have one day scheduled between now and then. Pennlive, Oct… More

A police interaction guide video as a graduation requirement?

What do you expect when you think of graduation requirements for high school students? Passing grades in English, science and math classes? Standardized health and fitness education? What about a video aimed at teaching students about interactions with police? Pennlive, Oct… More

Math scores slide to a 20-year low on ACT test

The newest batch of ACT scores shows troubling long-term declines in performance, with students’ math achievement reaching a 20-year low, according to results released Wednesday. Education Week, Oct. 17, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

Find out where Pennsylvania governor candidates stand on taxpayer-focused issues

Incumbent Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf faces three challengers on the Nov. 6 ballot, Republican and former state Sen. Scott Wagner, Libertarian Ken Krawchuk and Green Party nominee Paul Glover. Watchdog.org reached out to all four candidates seeking their thoughts on issues relating to taxpayer priorities, including public education. Watchdog.org, Oct… More

PA School Boards Association Honors Innovation in Public Education

Mechanicsburg, PA, October 17, 2018 – The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) honored outstanding recipients of the Pennsylvania Education Innovation Awards at a special awards dinner on Oct. 17 as part of the 2018 PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center… More

Joan L. Benso to Receive the William Howard Day Award Recognizing Outstanding Contributions to Public Education

Mechanicsburg, PA, October 17, 2018 – The Pennsylvania Public Education Foundation (PaPEF) created the William Howard Day Award in 2015 to recognize outstanding contributions to public education by individuals, groups or organizations across the commonwealth. The PaPEF board of directors is pleased to award the 2018 William Howard Day Award to Joan L… More

Pennsylvania to delay high school graduation test again

State lawmakers this week passed legislation that would push back Keystone graduation requirements until 2022 and allow seniors to demonstrate mastery in other ways, such as gaining acceptance to a four-year college, securing full-time employment post-graduation, completing an internship, or earning a to-be-determined score on the SAT. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Oct… More