Do student-athletes need EKG tests? Potential new PA law aims to inform parents

A new bill aims to give student-athletes and their families more information to prevent future tragedies, and organizations and lawmakers will be rallying in support of it next week… More

Updates to Required School Director Training

The Pennsylvania General Assembly passed two acts amending the PA School Code,  Act 55 of 2017 and Act 18 of 2019. These acts mandate that school board directors complete training programs, direct who can provide this training and detail how districts and school directors will be held accountable… More

Rise in special education needs causes Pennsylvania officials to rethink funding formula

Pennsylvania's Special Education Funding Commission was created by Act 3 of 2012. After a series of meetings in 2013, the commission developed a funding formula that gave schools districts deemed to have the greatest need additional dollars The commission has been reconstituted to review the formula… More

Grant opportunities available for school gardens, STEM

Annie’s Homegrown’s Grants for Gardens deadline is November 1. Grants include $3,000 for new school garden programs and $5000 for expansion of existing school garden programs in K-12 schools that need tools, seeds or other supplies. The Pennsylvania Governor’s STEM Competition is open now and accepting team registrations through November 1… More

Soaring school lunch debts driving Pennsylvania districts to collection agencies

Nationally, 75% of school districts that responded to a 2019 School Nutrition Association survey reported unpaid lunch debt at the end of the 2017-18 school year. Districts often try to contact parents about unpaid debt through letters and phone calls, but when they have little response, they look at alternatives… More

As districts seek security funding, report recommends they prioritize mental health services

Students from across the state say schools need to hire more mental health providers, fund more bullying prevention programs and solve data reporting gaps. That’s according to a report compiled by the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office that summarizes a series of sessions held last school year with teens across the commonwealth… More

Attorney general’s office releases new resources for National Bullying Prevention Month

This October, the Office of the Attorney General is releasing the TeenTALK Report — a resource guide for students, parents, and educators with recommendations for preventing and intervening in bullying. The report summarizes the feedback gathered during the TeenTALK sessions hosted by the office around the commonwealth during the 2018-19 school year. NorthCentralPA… More

EdPAC Reception: Picnic & Politics – Oct. 16

Going to conference? Don't miss the EdPAC Picnic & Politics reception held Oct. 16 at 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center. EdPAC has the honor of hosting Republican and Democrat party leaders as they present their take on the upcoming election… More

Crestwood secures FUSE grant for STEM learning

Crestwood School District (Luzerne Co.) has been awarded one of eight Siemens FUSE grants, valued at $26,000, to help support STEM learning in the areas of coding, design, 3D printing in addition to skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration… More

Republicans and Democrats agree: Students need more trade school opportunities

College isn’t for everybody, but that doesn’t mean higher education shouldn’t be seen as an option. That's something Republicans and Democrats from the Lehigh Valley can agree on. At a town hall Wednesday night in Allentown, U.S. Rep. Susan Wild told constituents she is working on expanding affordable access to trade and technical schools… More