Lawmakers float some redistricting ideas, but few expect results

Top state House lawmakers have taken a brief stab at restarting the chamber's long-deadlocked conversation on redistricting — filing amendments with a few options for changing the congressional reapportionment process. However, there's still no clear path toward a consensus. WITF, Sept… More

How school funding in Pennsylvania shortchanges non-white students

Advocates calculate the state shortchanges the Lancaster district by $36.6 million a year, or $3,191 per student. Its enrollment is 87% non-white. Other predominantly non-white Pennsylvania districts also get less than a fair share, advocates say, while many predominantly white districts get more. LancasterOnline, Sept… More

Schools under deadline to complete safety survey

Schools under deadline to complete safety survey School districts across Pennsylvania are under a deadline to complete a safety survey. The School Safety and Security Committee, which developed and approved the survey, was established within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency by Act 44 of 2018. ABC Channel 27, Sept… More

Can schools use federal funds to arm teachers?

This question came up again and again Tuesday during an at-times heated hearing of the Senate's education committee: Does the law allow schools to use federal money to arm teachers? NPR.org, Sept… More

Tom Wolf vs. Scott Wagner: A guide to the PA governor’s race

The Pennsylvania governor’s race pits Gov. Tom Wolf, a wealthy York County Democrat, against Scott Wagner, a wealthy York County Republican. Here’s what you need to know about the race. PA Post, Sept… More

Simulator trains educators, police for school shootings

The computer simulation — which looks similar to a video game — allows teachers, administrators, and police to train for crisis events in schools, including shootings. The Department of Homeland Security will offer the program free to schools starting Nov. 1 Education Week, Sept. 26, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

PA law banning teachers from wearing religious attire moves closer to repeal

A state law dating back to the late 19th century that prohibits teachers from wearing anything on the job that indicates their religion is one step closer to being repealed. The House Education Committee voted unanimously on Monday, Sept. 24, to pass a bill to repeal what is known as the Garb Law… More

Enforcing school bus stopping law would get an assist from stop-arm cameras

The bill, which was approved by a 48-0 vote, allows school boards to decide if they want to have cameras installed on their school bus stop arms to capture images of vehicles that ignore a bus's flashing red lights and activated stop arm… More

Enforcing school bus stopping law would get an assist from stop-arm cameras

The bill, which was approved by a 48-0 vote, allows school boards to decide if they want to have cameras installed on their school bus stop arms to capture images of vehicles that ignore a bus's flashing red lights and activated stop arm… More

Bill freeing PA students from standardized testing requirement advances

Lawmakers want to offer students three other paths to a state-certified graduation, including one asking students to secure a letter guaranteeing full-time employment or the completion of an internship. WITF, Sept… More