Citizen Z — An Education Week project

U.S. public education is rooted in the belief by early American leaders that the most important knowledge to impart to young people is what it means to be a citizen. If America is experiencing a civic crisis now, as many say it is, schools may well be failing at that job… More

‘Learning styles’ aren’t a reliable way to categorize students, study says

For years, psychologists and neuroscientists have questioned the idea of “learning styles” — the theory that students can process information best when teachers tailor instruction to students' strengths. Now, a new study in Frontiers in Education offers further evidence that these designations may be unreliable. Education Week, Dec. 3, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

Bezos’ preschools come as rich get richer, more generous

From Jeff Bezos’ free preschools to Andrew Carnegie’s public libraries, education stands out as a favorite cause among America’s wealthiest people. And as the rich get richer, and apparently more generous, this legacy of so-called investment philanthropy has shaped government priorities and driven policy changes. Associated Press, Dec… More

Safe2Say Something Program update

In accordance with Act 44 of 2018, the Office of the Attorney General’s Safe2Say Something Program has launched its training for school entities and 911 emergency dispatch centers to be trained on the new Safe2Say Something application, which will be fully implemented January 14, 2019… More

Archive: Positions and Testimony, 2017-18 Legislative Session

Assessments, Graduation Exams, Standardized Testing Joint letter regarding SB 1095, graduation requirements, request support for SB 1095 and Amendment A09320 (Sept… More

Does ‘In God We Trust’ belong in schools?

Laws have emerged as some religion advocates press to expand references to God and the Bible in public schools and other public venues. Some states and lawmakers have gone further, fighting to allow or require the Ten Commandments in public schools and public places. Washington Post, Dec… More

Inside the struggle to keep migrant students in school and out of the fields

Difficulties add up and are reflected in poor academic outcomes for this vulnerable group of students. Less than a third of migrant students score at or above proficient levels on their states’ annual reading and language arts assessments. Education Week, Nov. 28, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

Education is fundamental to citizenship — and a constitutional right, new lawsuit alleges

The U.S. Constitution contains an implicit guarantee of an education, argues a new federal lawsuit, and the failure of public schools to prioritize civics is depriving students of that right and preventing them from effectively exercising other key rights, like voting. Education Week, Nov. 29, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

Ed. dept. mishandled FERPA complaints, audit finds

The U.S. Education Department failed to conduct timely, effective investigations of potential violations of the nation's main student-data-privacy law, allowing a years-long backlog of unresolved cases to pile up without any mechanism for effectively tracking the number or status of the complaints it received… More

Wolf creates commission to study redistricting

Democratic Governor Tom Wolf is establishing a bipartisan panel tasked with finding ways to make the redistricting process in Pennsylvania more fair. The governor on Thursday signed an executive order to create the Pennsylvania Redistricting Reform Commission. WITF, Nov… More