Gov. Wolf announces millions in funding to fix environmental hazards in Philly schools

Gov. Tom Wolf announced the state would spend $4.3 million to help remove lead paint from Philadelphia public schools. The governor said the spending was spurred by Toxic City, the Inquirer series that detailed health threats posed to children by lead paint, asbestos, and other issues present inside many Philadelphia schools… More

National News: Delaware police to notify schools when a student experiences trauma at home

The Take Care Delaware law calls for police or emergency care providers to inform school officials if a student is involved in or present at the scene of a traumatic event… More

National News: Baltimore schools’ mission: Help students cope with trauma

School officials are increasingly realizing that chronic childhood trauma affects brain development and creates the risk of physical and behavioral health problems down the line. Districts have responded by creating the trauma-sensitive schools… More

Schooled season 3 coming Aug. 7 (video)

What does it really mean to get a good education? What is educational success? The third season of WHYY’s Schooled podcast explores these questions and more through stories of different students fighting to escape poverty in Philadelphia… More

High-schoolers get paid to learn solar in Philly. It’s about to become a program of study

After receiving a $1.25 million award from the Department of Energy, the Philadelphia Energy Authority is about to announce a clean energy program at a local technical high school starting in fall 2020. This program would be for 1,080 hours, compared with the program now, which is 120 hours… More

New plan for Pennsylvania: School property taxes out. Retirement income taxes in

Republican state Rep. Frank Ryan said this week he soon will file a bill that would eliminate the much-despised school property tax completely through shifts to several other taxes, with a major focus on keeping the money in the same locale where it was paid… More

How do you teach a kindergartner what to do when a shooter opens fire in school?

Since Columbine, schools have added security: locked doors, badges, cameras, and lockdown procedures, and now nearly two decades later, school administrators grapple with what more to do and how far to take security measures. In some schools, no student or staff member is left out, not even the youngest among them: kindergarten children… More

National News: DeVos seeks to align education grants with Trump-backed economic initiative

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos wants to put a priority on competitive grants that square with the Trump administration's initiative to improve economic opportunities in distressed areas. In the Federal Register, which is where the U.S… More

PSBA Officer Elections: Slate of Candidates

PSBA members seeking election to office for the association were required to submit a nomination form no later than June 1, 2019, to be considered. All candidates who properly completed applications by the deadline are included on the slate of candidates below… More

Mark B. Miller

Mark B. Miller is completing his third term as an elected school director of the Centennial School District in Bucks County, PA. He is completing his first term as a trustee and has contributed more than a decade of service to PSBA… More