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

Wolf leads Wagner in large donations in PA governor’s race — a breakdown

About a month before Election Day, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has raised significantly more money than Republican challenger Scott Wagner. The candidates are next required to disclose their latest contributions by October 26. WHYY, Oct… More

PA lawmakers embrace alternatives to high-stakes exams to earn a high school diploma

Pennsylvania is well on its way to joining a growing number of states that have decided that requiring students to pass high-stakes tests to graduate is no longer the direction it wants to go… More

RAND study shows ‘restorative practices’ have positive effect on Pittsburgh Public Schools

The RAND Corporation released preliminary results of a two-year study on restorative practices in Pittsburgh schools, research that began shortly after the district was awarded a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice in 2014. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Oct… More

How People Learn — a landmark report gets an update

In an update to its landmark reports on education research, the National Academies' new How People Learn II digs into what science can tell schools about how to build on students' culture and experience to improve learning. Education Week, Oct. 8, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

State schools chiefs — who’s elected, who’s not, and races to watch this year

Nationally, there's been a major shake up in recent years over who's in charge of education policy in states, sparked in part by the federal government's 2015 decision under the Every Student Succeeds Act to concede much of its oversight of states' accountability systems and learning standards. Education Week, Oct… More

Uber, Lyft offer free Election Day rides to polling places

In an effort to help voters get to the polls, ride-sharing apps Uber and Lyft have announced they will provide free rides to local polling stations on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Oct… More

Skyrocketing special ed. costs falling heavily on PA school districts, taxpayers

Special education costs are rising much faster in Pennsylvania than state aid — causing local taxpayers to foot most of the bill, while also stretching school budgets thin and increasing inequities between rich and poor districts, according to a new report by a duo of advocacy groups. WHYY, Oct… More