Commentary: A scholar’s-eye view of school law as high court gears for new term

The U.S. Supreme Court opens its new term Oct. 1 with no education cases yet on its docket, but with the potential for several to be added in the coming months involving such issues as teacher First Amendment rights, employment discrimination in schools, and equal pay for teachers of similar experience. Education Week, Oct… More

Jeopardy’ host grills Wolf and Wagner in Pennsylvania’s only gubernatorial debate

Trebek set up the debate as a “conversation” because he said most people know how they will vote and where the candidates stand on issues. Allentown Morning Call, Oct… More

PA will be first to launch statewide app, hotline for reporting school threats

Pennsylvania will be the first state in the nation with statewide deployment of a threat reporting system devised by people whose children were killed by a shooter at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, officials announced Monday. The program, called “Safe2Say,” is expected to be up and running by early January. Pennlive, Oct… More

EdPAC reception features lt. governor candidates

Join EdPAC for an evening reception with lieutenant governor candidates Jeff Bartos and John Fetterman on behalf of EdPAC, a political action committee that supports the election of pro-public education leaders to the General Assembly. The reception will be held during the 2018 PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference on Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Cocoa Suite 2 and 3… More

Facial recognition technology at schools fuels privacy debate

The rash of school shootings across the country has thrust school security into the spotlight. Some critics, however, aren't so sure such systems in schools will be effective enough to outweigh the privacy costs. WTAE, Sept… More

Editorial: In 2019, lawmakers must defuse the $68B pension time-bomb

Pennsylvania taxpayers are already on the hook for a staggering $68 billion in public employee pension debt. That's roughly $5,523 for every man, woman and child in the commonwealth., Sept… More

Lawmakers float some redistricting ideas, but few expect results

Top state House lawmakers have taken a brief stab at restarting the chamber's long-deadlocked conversation on redistricting — filing amendments with a few options for changing the congressional reapportionment process. However, there's still no clear path toward a consensus. WITF, Sept… More

How school funding in Pennsylvania shortchanges non-white students

Advocates calculate the state shortchanges the Lancaster district by $36.6 million a year, or $3,191 per student. Its enrollment is 87% non-white. Other predominantly non-white Pennsylvania districts also get less than a fair share, advocates say, while many predominantly white districts get more. LancasterOnline, Sept… More

Schools under deadline to complete safety survey

Schools under deadline to complete safety survey School districts across Pennsylvania are under a deadline to complete a safety survey. The School Safety and Security Committee, which developed and approved the survey, was established within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency by Act 44 of 2018. ABC Channel 27, Sept… More

Can schools use federal funds to arm teachers?

This question came up again and again Tuesday during an at-times heated hearing of the Senate's education committee: Does the law allow schools to use federal money to arm teachers?, Sept… More