More Schools Are Using Anonymous Tip Lines to Thwart Violence. Do They Work?

Students can reduce the already slim chances of an attack on their school if they anonymously share tips about violence, threats, and bullying through a smart phone app or a quick phone call. Education Week, Aug. 10, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

Redistricting reformers looking outside the box for legislative options

After a year of campaigning and months of legislative debate, it's likely too late for state lawmakers to pass a constitutional amendment overhauling Pennsylvania's redistricting process before the next map-redrawing gets underway in 2021. WITF, Aug… More

‘It doesn’t have to be a radical change’: Popular Mechanics focuses on school safety

A new report from Popular Mechanics focuses on school safety nationwide. The report, called The Popular Mechanics Guide To Safer Schools, was published earlier this month. WTAE, Aug… More

What is ESSA’s new school-spending transparency requirement, and how will it work?

When it comes to educating a child, the role of money — how much and how it gets spent — has long mystified policymakers and educators. This school year, an often-overlooked provision in the Every Student Succeeds Act will offer some deeper information when states start reporting to the public school-by-school spending. Education Week, Aug… More

Many U.S. school districts unprepared for infectious disease outbreaks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed school districts across the United States to determine if they had comprehensive plans in place to respond to natural disasters. Philly Voice, Aug… More

U.S. students continue to lag in foreign language study

With the start of a new school year just around the corner, a new post on the Pew Research Center’s Fact Tank shows how exceptional K-12 education in the U.S. ranks in the world of bilingualism. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Aug… More

Lorraine Rocco (Freedom Area SD)

Lorraine received a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources Management from Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA. She was employed by a national healthcare purchasing organization for 27 years as a Director of Human Resources… More

While state population remains stable, Hispanic population increasing rapidly

Pennsylvania took in 2,874 displaced Puerto Rican students, more than any other state, except Florida, according to the CUNY research. Much of that migration was concentrated in southeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. Meadville Tribune, Aug… More

After first year of school improvement pilot, Wolf admin looks to expand

After running a pilot program in 19 schools in the Pittsburgh, Allentown, and Juniata County school districts last year, the state Education Department said it's trying to give those districts as much flexibility as possible. WITF.org, Aug… More

Starting this year, PA schools must test lead in drinking water, or explain why not

This year school districts across Pennsylvania will have to test for lead in drinking water — or inform the community they will not — according to an amended school code that’s part of the new state budget. WHYY, Aug… More