Radio Times: School shootings spark drastic safety proposals

The show talks about how the mass shooting epidemic, and the reactions to it, are shaping schools in Pennsylvania. Beefed-up surveillance tactics, armed guards, and even arming teachers and administrators are all ideas that have been put on the table in recent years… More

What sex ed looks like after #MeToo movement

In 2011, a study by the American Association of University Women titled Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School found that 48 percent of students in grades 7 to 12 experienced some form of sexual harassment at school. So what can be done to solve this problem? The study argues that students want education… More

National News: Creating trauma-sensitive schools

There's never been a clearer scientific picture of the ways damaging experiences and intense, chronic stress can hurt a child's ability to learn in school. But for many schools, the picture of what trauma-sensitive schooling looks like in practice is still developing. Education Week, August 20, 2019 (Subscription may be required… More

Teacher salaries: PA ranks among top states for starting teachers, study shows

In his 2019 state budget, Gov. Wolf proposed setting Pennsylvania’s minimum salary for teachers at $45,000. The minimum starting pay for teachers has been at $18,500 for 30 years. While the minimum salary boost remains just a proposal in Pennsylvania, the state ranked well on a study of starting teacher salaries vs. other salaries… More

New child vaccination legislation introduced by state representatives in Pittsburgh

Two state representatives are introducing legislation that they say would promote child immunizations in Pennsylvania. Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Pittsburgh, said his bill would require families to have annual meetings with a doctor if they want a non-medical exemption for vaccinations… More

How to get rid of property taxes? Lawmaker looks to retirement income

One state House lawmaker is trying to pitch a new solution to a very old Pennsylvania problem: the reliance on school property taxes. Lebanon County Republican Representative Frank Ryan acknowledged Tuesday, his still-unintroduced property tax elimination plan would be a big, difficult pill for the commonwealth to swallow… More

Education groups praise Governor Wolf’s charter reforms

Governor Tom Wolf took executive action last week to improve quality, transparency and accountability of Pennsylvania’s charter schools to control costs and improve outcomes for students. Gov. Wolf also received support for his charter school actions from a variety of other legislators and education community leaders. Montco… More

Changing school start times

CBS continues to examine the pros and cons of flip-flopping school start times for older and younger students. Research shows students may benefit. But as CBS21’s Michael Gorsegner found out making a major move isn’t always easy… More

Homeland Security hosts school safety panel in Somerset County

An assistant director from Homeland Security was in Somerset County Monday for a school safety panel. Congressman John Joyce and Brian Harrell, assistant director for the Infrastructure Security Division of Homeland Security, hosted the panel at the Somerset County Technology Center… More

Poor school districts are funding the state’s cyber charter schools, research shows. That wasn’t always the case

Pennsylvania’s cyber charter schools — taxpayer-funded, privately managed schools that offer their curriculum online — enrolled close to 39,000 students in the 2018-19 academic year, according to a Capital-Star analysis of state Department of Education data… More