PA cyber charter bill aims to partner with, not compete with districts

A new bill would aim to alleviate the tension between cyber charters and school districts in Pennsylvania by allowing the entities to partner with each other — while still preserving the option of school choice… More

Do student-athletes need EKG tests? Potential new PA law aims to inform parents

A new bill aims to give student-athletes and their families more information to prevent future tragedies, and organizations and lawmakers will be rallying in support of it next week… More

Rise in special education needs causes Pennsylvania officials to rethink funding formula

Pennsylvania's Special Education Funding Commission was created by Act 3 of 2012. After a series of meetings in 2013, the commission developed a funding formula that gave schools districts deemed to have the greatest need additional dollars The commission has been reconstituted to review the formula… More

Soaring school lunch debts driving Pennsylvania districts to collection agencies

Nationally, 75% of school districts that responded to a 2019 School Nutrition Association survey reported unpaid lunch debt at the end of the 2017-18 school year. Districts often try to contact parents about unpaid debt through letters and phone calls, but when they have little response, they look at alternatives… More

As districts seek security funding, report recommends they prioritize mental health services

Students from across the state say schools need to hire more mental health providers, fund more bullying prevention programs and solve data reporting gaps. That’s according to a report compiled by the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office that summarizes a series of sessions held last school year with teens across the commonwealth… More

Attorney general’s office releases new resources for National Bullying Prevention Month

This October, the Office of the Attorney General is releasing the TeenTALK Report — a resource guide for students, parents, and educators with recommendations for preventing and intervening in bullying. The report summarizes the feedback gathered during the TeenTALK sessions hosted by the office around the commonwealth during the 2018-19 school year. NorthCentralPA… More

Republicans and Democrats agree: Students need more trade school opportunities

College isn’t for everybody, but that doesn’t mean higher education shouldn’t be seen as an option. That's something Republicans and Democrats from the Lehigh Valley can agree on. At a town hall Wednesday night in Allentown, U.S. Rep. Susan Wild told constituents she is working on expanding affordable access to trade and technical schools… More

Guidance counselors evolve with Valley students’ experiences, needs

The role of school guidance counselors continues to evolve, in part, because the experiences the students go through in and out of school evolve. As in the past, guidance counselors today are primarily focused on students' academic achievement and career planning, with social and emotional development becoming additional critical responsibilities of the job… More

Proposed laws would require counselor-to-student ratios in schools

The Pennsylvania School Counselors Association is backing companion bills in the Pennsylvania House and Senate that would increase student access to school counselors, psychologists and social workers. The bills, House Bill 1500, referred to committee on May 23, and Senate Bill 749, referred to committee June 10, advocate for a much lower pupil ratio per professional… More

Bill requires youth organizations to accommodate transgender kids

Philadelphia is poised to require youth organizations to accommodate transgender and gender-nonconforming kids next year, including allowing them to wear clothing and use bathrooms consistent with their gender identity… More