PSBA in Support of Senate Bill 1095 – Years of Uncertainty will be Resolved with the Governor’s Signature

For Immediate Release: Media Contact: Annette Gray Director of Communications 717-590-8533 Mechanicsburg, PA, October 15, 2018 – With the passage of Senate Bill 1095, years of uncertainty and concern with the current system have been resolved for students and schools… More

The push for CPR classes in PA schools

Pennsylvania was first in the nation to provide for automated external defibrillators in its public schools, so why more than 17 years later is it one of only 12 states that have yet to make CPR training part of high school curricula? Pocono Record, Oct… More

Report: Rising special education costs taxing school districts

The local share of money designated to special education in school districts has continued to rise while state funding has decreased, creating “increasingly inequitable” learning environments across the commonwealth, according to the Education Law Center. A report released on Oct… More

Where do PA candidates for governor stand on property taxes?

Property taxes have historically been Pennsylvania's most unpopular levy and nearly always a priority for voters. But this year, there's been little heat around the issue in the race between Gov. Wolf, a Democrat, and his Republican challenger, Scott Wagner. Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct… More

What happens when states un-standardize tests?

Few educators are fans of fill-in-the-bubble standardized tests that don’t yield results until after students leave the classroom… More

These six teacher-evaluation systems have gotten results, analysis says

The National Council on Teacher Quality, a Washington-based think tank that advocates for measuring teacher effectiveness through objective data like test scores, studied evidence of the outcomes of teacher-evaluation reform in six places: Denver; the Dallas Independent School District; the District of Columbia; Newark, N.J.; New Mexico; and Tennessee. Education Week, Oct… More

The teen brain: How schools can help students manage emotions and make better decisions

Adolescence tends to be seen by parents — and many teachers — with dread. Teenagers are likelier to engage in risky behaviors and disengage from school. But emerging cognitive and neuroscience research suggests ways schools can help leverage teens' strengths in this unique developmental period. Education Week, Oct. 10, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

PA education secretary highlights resiliency of English-language learners

Pennsylvania Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera signed a Puerto Rican flag Thursday to help Thaddeus Stevens Elementary School mark Hispanic Heritage Month. Herald Mail, Oct… More

School counselors struggle to meet the varied needs of all students

Debates about how to best support students’ mental health are playing out at the state and local levels as schools wrestle with concerns over student safety, wellness and the pressures of preparing them for college or the workforce… More

Wolf, Wagner grilled by a tough panel — Philly schoolkids

Gov. Wolf and Scott Wagner, the former state senator, fielded questions from fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders from local schools, vowing to keep schoolchildren safe and fund their schools robustly, though their visions for what that meant and how it should happen differed sharply. Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct… More