Both Wolf and Wagner make questionable claims about school funding

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, and his opponent in the November election, Republican Scott Wagner, each accuse the other of wanting to cut school funding. Neither candidate has quite been able to prove his point… More

Possible key to black boys’ academic success: Hire black men as elementary school teachers

Nationwide, 2% of public school teachers are African-American males and 2% are Hispanic males, while students of color make up about half the nation’s public school enrollment from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade, according to the U.S. Department of Education… More

Students seeking equal access to education may find federal help harder to come by

In March, the Office for Civil Rights updated the way it processes cases. The changes at the OCR prompted a lawsuit against the Department of Education… More

Anti-test movement slows to a crawl

Some of the biggest skeptics of annual, standardized testing have taken a break from what was a big push to reduce the number of federally required tests. And they don’t expect there will be another opportunity to roll back federal testing mandates for quite awhile. Education Week, July 23, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

Trump priority gathers steam as Senate passes career-technical education bill

The Senate has passed a bipartisan bill overhauling the nation's career and technical education law, advancing a key issue for the Trump administration when it comes to education… More

After Parkland shooting, district teams with Sandy Hook Promise to spot warning signs of violence

As it works to heal from a school shooting, the Broward County, Fla., district plans to partner with an organization founded by parents whose children were killed in a 2012 school attack in Newtown, Conn., to help prevent future violence. Education Week, July 24, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

Wolf taps crime commission head to lead school safety panel

The head of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency will also lead a group within the agency that will administer $60 million for school safety funded in a new state budget package. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday tapped commission chairman Charles Ramsey to head up the new School Safety and Security Committee… More

What your state is doing to beef up civics education

In their efforts to create informed, educated citizens, some states have invested in teacher training and increased curriculum standards for civics at the elementary through high school levels. Among the most common proposals have been more attention to media literacy and closer study of the Constitution, Bill of Rights and state founding documents… More

Gary Michael Smedley

Dr. Gary Michael Smedley, PharmD. Carbondale Area School District President, Board of Education 206 Fallbrook Street Carbondale, PA 18407 Greetings! My name is Gary Michael Smedley, and I’m running for the Section 4 Advisor Position for the Northeast… More

Leading in a school safety crisis: New portal and hotline offer help to administrators

AASA, the School Superintendents Association, has launched a new, one-stop web portal to help district leaders before, during, and after a crisis. The online portal— — which went live this month, has resources to help district leaders through school shootings, hurricanes, tornadoes, student suicides and other tragedies. Education Week, July 23, 2918 (Subscription may be required… More