Education is fundamental to citizenship — and a constitutional right, new lawsuit alleges

The U.S. Constitution contains an implicit guarantee of an education, argues a new federal lawsuit, and the failure of public schools to prioritize civics is depriving students of that right and preventing them from effectively exercising other key rights, like voting. Education Week, Nov. 29, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

Ed. dept. mishandled FERPA complaints, audit finds

The U.S. Education Department failed to conduct timely, effective investigations of potential violations of the nation's main student-data-privacy law, allowing a years-long backlog of unresolved cases to pile up without any mechanism for effectively tracking the number or status of the complaints it received… More

Wolf creates commission to study redistricting

Democratic Governor Tom Wolf is establishing a bipartisan panel tasked with finding ways to make the redistricting process in Pennsylvania more fair. The governor on Thursday signed an executive order to create the Pennsylvania Redistricting Reform Commission. WITF, Nov… More

What happened when City Council and the new Philly school board met for first time

Philadelphia’s City Council held a first-of-its-kind hearing Tuesday with school district officials and members of the city’s new school board, the latest sign that city lawmakers will be keeping closer tabs on the schools. WHYY, Nov… More

Special ed funding slips

Schools in Butler County are increasingly relying on local tax dollars to fund special education programs as state funding has stagnated for several years, a recent report found. The county isn't alone: Special education funding across Pennsylvania mirrors the situation in Butler County schools… More

Majority of district leaders concerned about cyber threats, Project Tomorrow report finds

An overwhelming majority — 71% — of district administrators are concerned about the security of their network against malicious attacks, according to a Project Tomorrow and iboss report… More

Workshop your challenges at Board Presidents Panel

You face many challenges as a school leader. Take advantage of the opportunity to share scenarios and workshop real solutions at Board Presidents Panel. A PSBA-moderated panel of school leaders will discuss the most pressing challenges facing PA public schools and help discover solutions to issues you face… More

Case study: Giving students more personalized choices takes ‘great teaching’

Eighth-grader Mercedes Gay loves having choices at school. But those choices are more meaningful than deciding between a “fishwich” sandwich or an Asian chicken salad in the cafeteria at DelSesto Middle School in the Providence, RI, district. Education Week, Nov. 27, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

Teacher pay: How Pennsylvania ranks

Nationally, teachers were paid an average annual salary $60,483 in the 2017- 18 school year, according to the most recent data available from the National Education Association. In Pennsylvania average salary was $67,398, ranking ninth among U.S. states. Patch.com, Nov… More

How election results will shake up state education policy

There will be a new cast of characters overseeing state education policy in 2019 — and many of them will be looking to shake things up to deliver on the many promises they made on the campaign trail in this year's midterm elections. Education Week, Nov. 27, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More