Governor Wolf announces $2 Million to retain more teachers, school leaders

Governor Tom Wolf today announced the Pennsylvania Department of Education has awarded approximately $2 million in grants to eight universities to develop and implement year-long residency programs for teachers and principals, a critical element in his commitment to increasing and retaining the number of qualified instructors and school leaders serving the Commonwealth’s public schools… More

Gov. Wolf refutes Wagner’s claim that he seeks cuts from small districts

Gov. Tom Wolf clarified Thursday that he has no intention of seeking imminent cuts from so-called “overpaid” and shrinking school districts to compensate underpaid, growing ones — despite outcry earlier in the day from gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner that Wolf backs a proposal that would “decimate” Western Pennsylvania’s smallest schools… More

Counseling, mental health access dominate federal school safety meeting

Students—especially those from vulnerable populations and children in remote areas—aren't getting nearly enough access to mental health services. That's according to a slew of experts who testified before the federal school safety commission Wednesday. EducationWeek, July 11, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

Tough sell for collective bargaining-boosting bills, but unions see hope

In the wake of a Supreme Court decision halting unions' ability to compel public sector employees to pay fees, pro-union state lawmakers are trying to come up with a rebuttal. WITF… More

Opinion: For some children, summer should also be a time for learning

For many students, the months of June, July and August are a detrimental break from the healthy learning habits they formed throughout the school year… More

The looming retirement crisis for public and private employees

When people talk of pension problems, Social Security and public-sector pensions are what always come up. The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 12, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

Bipartisan budget bolsters economy, workforce through education and skills training

In a news release June 22, Governor Tom Wolf outlined the major components of the 2018-2019 budget that will build upon the critical investments made in education and workforce development and take a major step toward restoring the state’s fiscal health, including the first real transfer to the state’s Rainy Day fund in years… More

Allentown School District targets incoming kindergarten students with summer program

Throughout the district this summer, 190 incoming kindergartners — or about 14 percent of all district kindergarten students — are participating in the program to prepare them for school in September… More

Philly & Pittsburgh: 5 charts, 2 families at center of school choice debate

In Philadelphia, school choice has exploded and citywide enrollment has been steady. In Pittsburgh, there's been more skepticism of school choice and enrollment keeps dropping… More

Keep school discipline directive, district leaders and charter schools tell DeVos

Federal guidance aimed at reducing racial disparities in school discipline rates has sparked necessary changes in schools, and it should not be rescinded, a group of charter schools, superintendents, and education groups wrote in a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions Tuesday… More