As school starts, violence is top of mind

Although statistics show that most schools will never experience a shooting, fear fueled by attacks like those in Parkland and the later one in Santa Fe, Texas, that killed 10 people spills over and affects students around the country. Education Week, Aug. 31, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

Top Trump education official says schools can use federal money to arm educators

Schools that want to arm teachers are allowed to use federal funding under the Every Student Succeeds Act to do so, one of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' top deputies told the Associated Press. Education Week, Aug. 31, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

Lawmaker looks to deflate golden parachutes

In a memo to other lawmakers, PA Rep. Brad Roae, R-Crawford, said his plan would bar districts from giving severance packages to superintendents. The legislation would also bar school districts from bringing back former administrators to serve as acting superintendents or consultants. Tribune-Democrat, Aug… More

Are we serving up healthy school lunches?

School lunch is supposed to be a time for students to take a break from class, socialize with their friends, and eat a nourishing meal. The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act was established in 2010 with a goal to improve school lunch and breakfast programs. Philadelphia Inquirer, Aug… More

Athletic co-ops have pros, cons

A common argument against co-ops — either in athletics or band — is that participation from the non-host school in the co-op would quickly dwindle. And there is anecdotal evidence to back that up. Meadville Tribune, Aug… More

With danger of concussions better known, high school football programs take notice

As research continues into the effect of concussions and other head injuries on former NFL players, the effects – and some of the worry – are trickling down to the high school level, where more attention is being paid to the injury and players, coaches, trainers and officials are adapting. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Aug… More

Editorial: Guns, crumbling buildings: School safety requires an enlightened approach

We take note of that to underscore that “school safety” is a very broad subject, one that can easily be colored by current events. In the aftermath of a school shooting, the physical and emotional safety of students is critical. Philadelphia Inquirer, Aug… More

USDA releases income eligibility guidelines for free and reduced school meals

The Pennsylvania Department of Education today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released federal income eligibility guidelines for free and reduced-price school meals and free milk for July 2018–June 2019. WPMT Channel 43, Aug… More

PA education secretary visits Juniata

By participating in a School Improvement pilot program, Juniata County School District has helped shape some practices throughout the commonwealth in terms of meeting student needs in rural communities, Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera told school staff Tuesday. Lewistown Sentinel, Aug… More

‘The spores move about very quickly’: Air quality, mold issues not just an issue in schools

School district after school district in the past couple of weeks have found themselves dealing with mold issues. CBS Channel 2, Aug… More