Inequities continue in education funding despite more money

The school year is drawing to an end, and that means district leaders are compiling their budgets for 2018-19 to scrutinize what their expenses will look like and how they’re going to pay for it… More

What should school employers be doing to prepare for the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on ‘fair share fees’?

A ruling by the Supreme Court on the validity of union “fair share fees” could come any day now, and public school employers need to be prepared to take immediate action to stop collecting the fees if they are declared to be an unconstitutional violation of employee First Amendment rights. In Janus v… More

Pro-Second Amendment student walkout takes place across the country

Students from nearly 300 schools across the country were expected to walk out in a different kind of protest Wednesday… More

School Safety Task Force gathers details for report

The Pennsylvania School Safety Task Force listened to officials, educators and students from various Northeast Pennsylvania communities during a gathering Thursday… More

There are wild swings in school desegregation data. The feds can’t explain why

Federal oversight of school desegregation goes back to the civil rights era — it predates the existence of the U.S. Department of Education itself. And cases involving the issue remain controversial to this day. Education Week, May 2, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

States are favoring school choice at a steep cost to public education

Teacher strikes are generating a healthy focus on how far public education funding has fallen over the past decade. The full explanation, however, goes beyond basic funding cuts. It involves systematic advantages in terms of funding, students and teachers for charter schools and voucher programs as compared to traditional public schools. TheConversation… More

New advertisements feature Williamsport Area SD backpack program

Watch the 30-second and the extended cut versions of the new television commercial for the Success Starts Here public awareness campaign! Also, hear the radio ad… More

How a charter school tuition change could cost PA districts dearly

School board members were angry to learn Monday night that the district is projected to send an additional $501,302 to charter schools due to a lawsuit that changed the way its tuition rate is calculated. That means the district will pay out almost $30 million in charter school tuition next school year. LehighValleyLive… More

‘The money shot’: How school districts find and prove residency fraud

Every year, hundreds of kids are kicked out of suburban Philadelphia school districts for residency fraud. Maybe even thousands. This little-discussed corner of the K-12 landscape contains so many of the issues that shape education in Pennsylvania today… More

After years of stubborn deficits, PA’s budget process looks easier

It's almost time for lawmakers to start work on the state budget. But after several cycles of tortuous negotiations made more difficult by persistent revenue shortfalls, it looks like this year might be smoother sailing… More