In Elanco, some low-income students don’t have access to free summer meals. So one principal is taking the food to them

Heather Schrantz, the principal at Blue Ball Elementary School, spends every summertime lunch break this way — often sacrificing her own lunch in the process. She delivers about 40 lunches throughout the Blue Ball, Morgantown, Terre Hill and Welsh Mountain areas — a task that takes about an hour and a half each weekday afternoon… More

School bus backup plan: Forest Hills, Richland, Windber staff earning certification

Across parts of the nation, a school bus driver shortage has been parking some of the iconic yellow school buses that have been shuttling students to school and special events for generations… More

National News: Thousands of students could lose free school meals if SNAP changes

A Trump administration plan to tighten eligibility requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program could have a secondary effect: hundreds of thousands of children losing automatic eligibility for free school lunches, child hunger groups warn. Education Week, July 23, 2019 (Subscription may be required… More

National News: Five lessons from an outgoing school funding activist

Historically, advocacy around school funding boils down to these two sentiments: There's not enough, and it's not effectively or evenly distributed. But the general public's understanding of why it's been so difficult for states to find more money for schools and overhaul the way they spend their money on K-12 schools is wanting at best… More

National News: Silent alarms at schools may soon be required by federal law

The U.S. House of Representatives is weighing the bipartisan School Violence Prevention and Mitigation Act of 2019, which would require that all public schools install at least one silent panic alarm that would inform the closest law enforcement agency of an impending emergency situation, reports… More

Smart Talk: Dogs become integral tool in classrooms

Schools are using therapy dogs to enrich students' lives, from everyday programs to emotional support after a disaster. Districts in Lancaster, York and Dauphin counties are adding furry staff to fill a range of needs… More

PDE says new 20% absence provision is incompatible with federal rules

The PA Department of Education (PDE) has issued initial guidance stating that the provision under the new Act 16 of 2019 exempting test scores of habitually absent students from school accountability requirements is incompatible with requirements under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)… More

Take the four-week advocacy challenge

Calling all public education advocates! Even though students are out for the summer, we need you to continue your efforts to share your district's story, and the needs of public schools across the state, with your legislators… More

Woodland Hills School District becomes the first in PA to pass climate change resolution

On July 17, the Woodland Hills School District made history. The district’s school board passed a “Call to Climate Change Action” resolution calling for state and federal lawmakers to address the climate change crisis and committed the district to a new set of eco-conscious policies. NextPittsburgh… More

Wolf: Security change bars schools from arming teachers

A gun control activist is worried that an attempt to clarify training requirements for armed security in schools muddies the water about whether schools can arm teachers. Gov… More