Report: Special education students getting shortchanged by state

The pattern is the same in every local district: Special education spending rose faster than the state’s contribution to the cost. And Education Law Center data shows it is a statewide trend… More

PA’s school threat system fields thousands of tips in first month

A threat reporting system now required for all Pennsylvania schools fielded more than 4,900 tips in its first month, about a third of them considered serious enough to pass along to local police and school officials. Associated Press, Feb… More

What are local school districts doing to keep kids safe?

KDKA surveyed 100 school districts in Southwestern Pennsylvania to find out where they stand on school safety. CBS Channel 2, Feb… More

Under Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan, one PA school district would receive $693,000 to raise teacher salaries

In Pennsylvania, the majority of school districts pay all their teachers more than $45,000 a year. So those districts wouldn’t receive any money under Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to make $45,000 the minimum salary for teachers. But a few dozen districts would receive hundreds of thousands of dollars to boost teacher salaries. PA Post, Feb… More

How much money does your school district get in Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2019-20 budget proposal?

To more fairly compare the amount of state aid for basic education each district would receive under the governor’s 2019-20 proposal to this year’s funding, PennLive combined the basic education and block grant funding each district received this year in this searchable database to arrive at the percentage difference. PennLive, Feb… More

How much would your school district get to boost minimum pay for teachers? Use this database

Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed raising the statewide minimum salary for teachers in public school districts. He wants to raise the minimum from the current $18,500 set in 1989 to $45,000. He included this priority in his state budget address. PennLive, Feb… More

Local leaders highlight need for career and technical education to address ‘workforce gap’

To fill an estimated 80,000 new jobs and open positions in the Pittsburgh area over the next decade, educators, government officials and employers agree that they need to communicate better to prepare the workforce of the future… More

Uneven Play: Most Philadelphia public schools don’t have playgrounds. That’s slowly changing

The monkey bars and jungle gyms commonplace at suburban schools tend to be missing in neighborhoods with high rates of concentrated poverty, and areas with the fewest playgrounds tend to be areas predominantly home to communities of color. WHYY, Feb… More

Highlights of Gov. Tom Wolf’s state budget proposal

Highlights of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s spending plan for the 2019-20 budget year that starts July 1. Associated Press, Feb… More

Everyone’s biggest wish for the new Pennsylvania budget: No drama this year

State lawmakers say they hope when Gov. Tom Wolf lays out his proposed spending plan for 2019-2020 on Tuesday, it sets the stage for budget negotiations with as little drama as last summer’s. Sharon Herald, Feb… More