Sleepless no more In Seattle — Later school start time pays off for teens

In Seattle, the district moved the official start times for middle and high schools nearly an hour later, from 7:50 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Researchers at the University of Washington studied the high school students both before and after the start-time change. Their findings appear in a study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances… More

Federal school safety commission will call for scrapping Obama discipline guidance, report says

The Federal School Safety Commission's report is expected to recommend scrapping an Obama-era rule aimed at making sure that students of color aren't disciplined more harshly, or more often than their peers, the Washington Post has reported. Education Week, Dec. 10, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

Smart Talk: Broadband access not available everywhere in PA

The Federal Communications Commission estimates about 800,000 Pennsylvanians lack access to Broadband. However, a recent Penn State study finds the number much higher at 11 million people as defined by the Federal Communications Commission… More

State offers positive budget update, but opinions conflict on what’s ahead

With six months left in the fiscal year, state lawmakers are already looking ahead to potentially difficult budget discussions. However, disagreements have surfaced on what exactly the fiscal situation will be when the time comes. WITF, Dec… More

Five top technology trends in special education

Fueled by technological advances, changing state policies, and a continued push from advocates, ed-tech companies and researchers are crafting new tools and strategies to better serve students with disabilities. Education Week, Dec. 10, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

More than a quarter of schools could be flagged as in need of improvement under ESSA, experts say

Now that the Every Student Succeeds Act has been officially in place for a whole school year, states are beginning to release their lists of schools that need extra help. And there's a particular group of schools that experts are watching closely: Additional Targeted Schools. Education Week, Dec. 9, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

Pennsylvania court: School bus video of altercation can be a public record

A Pennsylvania court has ruled that some school bus video can be considered public under the state’s Right-to-Know Law in a 2016 case. Allentown Morning Call, Dec… More

Act 44 of 2018: School safety and security

Quick summary: Act 44 of 2018 was Senate Bill 1142, printer’s number 1911, in the 2017-18 legislative session. It was introduced on April 20, 2018, and approved by the on Senate June 6… More

Act 5 of 2017: Pension reform

Quick Summary: Act 5 of 2017 was Senate Bill 1, printer’s number 902 in the 2017-18 legislative session. It was introduced on May 18, 2017, approved by the Senate on June 5, 2017, and by the House of Representatives on June 8, 2017. It was signed into law by the governor on June 12, 2017… More

Summary of Act 158 of 2018: Changes to high school graduation requirements

Quick summary: Act 158 of 2018 was Senate Bill 1095, printer’s number 1994 in the 2017-18 legislative session. It was introduced on April 6, 2018, approved by the Senate June 21, 2018, and by the House of Representatives on Oct. 9, 2018. It was signed into law Oct. 24, 2018… More