Local lawmaker proposing new legislation to improve school safety

A local lawmaker is proposing new legislation in Harrisburg to improve school safety. State Rep. Jason Ortitay's legislation calls for the creation of special threat assessment teams at every school district… More

One-third of parents fear for their child’s safety at school

After a year scarred by two mass shootings in high schools, 34 percent of parents fear for their child’s safety at school, a new poll finds, and just 27 percent are very confident or extremely confident about their school’s ability to deter a gunman… More

Secret Service guides schools on assessing student threat

The U.S. Secret Service offered help Thursday to school districts struggling with how to recognize students at risk of becoming the next school shooter… More

Pa. bets on residency model to boost teacher prep programs

With Pennsylvania licensing fewer and fewer teachers, the state recently announced it will send $2 million in federal aid to eight colleges and universities in hopes of boosting their teacher prep pipelines… More

Perceived private school edge has some PIAA affiliates speaking about ‘secession’

While the PIAA has proposed remedies via rule changes to toughen transfer guidance (which could be approved as soon as Wednesday at its bimonthly board meeting also in State College), many in the public sphere believe them to be ineffective half-measures… More

Meeting to address balance between public, private schools

The PIAA Board of Directors will meet Wednesday in State College, where, among other things, they will vote on a rule that would force new transfers to sit out the postseason… More

Community schools strategy attracted DeVos to visit Erie school

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos appeared to focus on the whole student, from the classroom to school safety, during a two-hour visit in Erie on Monday… More

Homeowners may hate them, however property taxes aren’t going anywhere … but up

School officials in the counties in and around Philadelphia blame a perennial matrix of issues, including pensions, contractual and special-education costs, and assorted state and federal mandates for the fact that more than 50 school districts have levied higher tax rates by an average of $100 effective July 1 — and an average of $100… More

PIAA Playoff Equity Summit organizers want separate football, basketball playoffs in 2019

The PIAA “can and must” create a postseason system that separates traditional public schools from private, parochial and charter schools, says a group of public school administrators scheduled to meet July 24 in State College… More

AP Analysis: Billionaires fuel powerful state charter groups

Since 2006, philanthropists and their private foundations and charities have given almost half a billion dollars to state-level charter support organizations, according to an Associated Press analysis of tax filings and Foundation Center data… More