Auditor general implements changes to school safety reviews

Changes implemented earlier this month by the state Department of Auditor General ensure all school district audits and reviews examine school safety measures and provide findings to law enforcement officials… More

Superintendents sound off: Violent threats could impact test performance

A recent rash of violent threats in area schools have left local school officials with some concern over student readiness for upcoming state standardized testing… More

Gov. Wolf creates PA school safety task force

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has created a new statewide task force to examine ways to improve safety for the state’s schoolchildren… More

Report: Charter-school popularity, costs grow in Pa. suburbs, but academic results mixed

While charter-school enrollments — and costs — are growing in Philadelphia’s collar counties, their academic results constitute a “mixed bag,” with cyber-charter pupils in particular performing worse than those in similarly situated traditional public schools, according to a report released Thursday by the Public Citizens for Children and Youth… More

Area school boards join opposition to school choice bill

Area school districts are steadily joining the ranks of those statewide passing resolutions opposing a proposal bill in the state Senate that, they argue, would drain resources from public schools and are akin to school vouchers… More

Lawmakers attempt to tackle high lead levels in schools

A group of Pennsylvania lawmakers and environmental advocates are trying to lower the lead levels in schools. The problem extends beyond the commonwealth. Nationally, there's no requirement that schools be tested for lead at all… More

PA educators decry Trump’s proposed school security cuts

“National approaches to school safety” are on the agenda Thursday as the Pennsylvania House Education Committee meets in Harrisburg for a hearing on school safety measures… More

As students walk out to seek tougher controls, the House takes modest steps to address school violence

As schoolchildren staged a walkout across the country to press for tougher gun controls, Congress took modest steps Wednesday to prevent violence in classrooms — even as lawmakers continued squabbling over broader action to curb gun rights… More

U.S. students stage massive walkout to protest gun violence

In a wave of protests one historian called the largest of its kind in American history, tens of thousands of students walked out of their classrooms Wednesday to demand action on gun violence and school safety… More

School shootings in the spotlight Wednesday with House vote, Senate hearing

The US House of Representatives will vote Wednesday on a bill to fund more security at schools. On the Senate side, the Judiciary Committee will hold a widely anticipated hearing Wednesday on the Florida shooting and failures by the FBI and law enforcement to act on warning signs displayed by the gunman before the shooting… More