More districts embracing shared programs

For some districts with declining enrollments, cooperative agreements — which allow students to play sports not offered at their school for a different school — are an option that may help avoid consolidation… More

Renewing a teaching license doesn’t help with professional growth, report finds

Every teacher has to renew their teaching license periodically — and too often, the renewal process is a missed opportunity for professional growth, concludes a new report. Education Week, Aug. 20, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

Research: Consolidations would have mixed results

Sweeping statewide consolidation across Pennsylvania’s 500 public schools wouldn’t bring the cost-savings that some lawmakers — and the public alike — envision, at least not without the state providing financial incentives, a recent analysis shows. Sunbury Daily Item, Aug… More

Central PA districts discuss ways to improve school safety with new state funding

A Republican state senate policy committee hosted a roundtable discussion about school safety in Williamsport on Thursday. Much of the discussion centered around ways to allocate the $60 million lawmakers reserved for it this year. WHYY, Aug… More

Edged out of the middle class, teachers are walking out

Low pay has led teachers across the country to organize and strike for better wages and greater investment in schools. In Arizona, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Colorado, the growing “Red for ed” movement is demanding legislatures in these red states invest more money in schools and school staff. Hechinger Report, Aug… More

What the DeVos-led school safety commission did this summer

In hearings and public comment sessions throughout the summer—some on the road and some in Washington—the commission has heard from a range of experts, educators, and the general public on issues including on the wisdom and value of arming school staff members, the importance of student mental health services, how to preserve student privacy rights… More

Should kids have homework? The great debate

The start of a new school year means the return to daily homework, an often dreaded task and the root of parent-student strife that leaves some parents of elementary school students wondering if it’s worth it. The answer, experts say, is complicated. Carlisle Sentinel, Aug… More

School safety measures weighed as Act 44 provides $60M to address needs

By year’s end, initial $25,000 allocations could be released to Pennsylvania’s 500 public schools that could help them fund efforts to add security scanners or cameras, mental health counselors, school resource officers – or a list of other moves. Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, Aug… More

Lawmakers: School safety funding on track for March 2019

State lawmakers say they're awaiting feedback from the state's 500 school districts and 300 private school entities before they can disburse the first wave of funding to improve school safety… More

Does ‘redshirting’ actually benefit kids? Inside the big kindergarten readiness decision parents make

Redshirting was originally popularized in college sports: Coaches would keep athletes out of competition for a year to develop their skills and extend eligibility. When it comes to kindergarten readiness, the hotly debated practice is most common among parents of kids with summer birthdays. Philadelphia Inquirer, Aug… More