Tamaqua school panel votes to postpone policy to arm teachers

School board members in Schuylkill County have voted to postpone a policy allowing teachers to carry guns in school. In a 2-1 vote Tuesday evening, the Tamaqua school board's Security Committee says it will suspend its implementation  pending a court hearing on its validity. Associated Press, Jan… More

School Law Information Exchange, Public Sector Arbitration Newsletters (2017)

Volume 54, 2017 Download the complete SLIE-PSA Index for Volume 54, 2017. Issue 23, Dec. 15 — In this issue School Law Barna v. Board of School Directors of Panther Valley School District, 2017 WL 6045091 (3rd Cir. 2017). Bollinger v. School District of Cheltenham Township, 2017 WL 6047815 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2017). OPINION NOT REPORTED… More

Podcast: Learning Transformed – Technology Best Used

Recorded recently at the 2018 School Leadership Conference, host Annette Stevenson talks with featured speaker, Thomas C. Murray, director of innovation for Future Ready Schools, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education. He has also co-authored several books including the most recent, Learning Transformed, 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today… More

Strategy to reduce suspensions in Pittsburgh Public Schools seems to be working

Over two years the Pittsburgh Public School district reduced overall suspensions by 18%, and according to a new study released by the RAND Corporation, half of those schools reduced suspensions by 36%. WESA, Jan… More

Education statistics: Facts about American schools

How many K-12 public schools, districts, and students are there? What does the American student population look like? And how much are we, as a nation, spending on the education of these youth? These data points can give perspective to the implications and potential impact of education policies… More

School Law Information Exchange, Public Sector Arbitration Newsletters (2018)

Volume 55, 2018 Download the complete SLIE-PSA Index for Volume 55, 2018. Issue 22, Dec. 14 — In this issue School Law Central Dauphin School District v. Hawkins, 2018 WL 6441638 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2018) Williams v. Pennridge School District, 2018 WL 6413314 (E.D. Pa. 2018) In Short Wolk v… More

Podcast: Kindness and Compassion vs. Bullying and Violence: A Sustainable Solution for Schools

Recorded recently at the 2018 School Leadership Conference, Keystone Education Radio host Annette Stevenson talks with keynote speaker, Darrell Scott, writer and founder of Rachel’s Challenge. Creating a school climate less susceptible to harassment, bullying and violence is possible… More

Battle over school tax hike in PA district to be heard in state court

In a case with potential statewide ramifications, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has decided a legal fight over school taxes in Lower Merion Township will be heard on its merits. WITF, Dec… More

Study says 2018 worst year for gun incidents in schools nationwide

The past year has seen 93 gun-related incidents in K-12 schools across the United States, the highest number since recording began in 1970 and more than double the number of shootings in 2017. Philadelphia Inquirer, Dec… More

The Why: As black teachers’ numbers drop in Philly, a look at why that matters

Studies indicate that when black students are taught by black teachers, it can have a profound effect on their lives. Yet in Pennsylvania, you could drive from north to south through an entire swath of the middle of the state and not find a single public school with a teacher of color… More