Why one Philly elementary school is paying kids not to fight

Principal Stephanie Andrewlevich is attempting an unusual and, some would say, audacious experiment: If the 33 eighth-grade classmates make it to graduation with no physical altercations, each gets a $100 bill. Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb… More

Opinion: Looming election just may inspire our state elected officials to cooperate, even on the thorny issue of the budget

Could election-year politics help smooth out the sometimes rough partisan fights seen during budget time? Time will tell. LancasterOnline, Feb… More

Communication most important tool for student safety

Following the thwarted attempt of a school shooting in Uniontown School District last month, local superintendents have stressed that the most important tool to ensure student safety is communication. Uniontown Herald-Standard, Feb… More

Legislature will miss gerrymander fix deadline, what now?

The General Assembly won’t be able to pass legislation redrawing the state’s Congressional maps in time to meet a deadline set by the state Supreme Court, House Majority Leader Dave Reed acknowledged Thursday. The Daily Item, Feb… More

Loophole lets Pennsylvania charter schools claim tax dollars as rent payback

Like many charter schools, Executive Education Academy spends a good chunk of its budget on rent, some of which is later reimbursed by the state. That’s allowed, as long as the school doesn’t own its building, which Executive Academy doesn’t — technically. Allentown Morning Call, Feb… More

One year in, teachers hand DeVos an ‘F’ grade

One year after U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was sworn in, teachers’ groups delivered “report cards” to her place of employment, grading the secretary on her performance protecting students’ civil rights, ensuring educational equity and providing funding for students of color and low-income students. Chambersburg Public Opinion, Feb… More

Black Lives Matter Week of Action, born in Philly, goes national​

As they did last year, students in classrooms around Philadelphia are participating in lessons about the Black Lives Matter movement this week — second graders coloring pictures, high schoolers having frank conversations about social justice.​ The Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb… More

From our editorial board members: Reactions to Gov. Wolf’s address

Gov. Tom Wolf's address to a joint session of the General Assembly Tuesday drew mixed reactions from pundits statewide and from our own community members of the Westmoreland and Valley News Dispatch editorial boards.​ Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Feb… More

Governor’s budget proposal faces familiar GOP objections

Gov. Tom Wolf’s final budget proposal of his term Tuesday set the stage for familiar battles with the Republican-controlled Legislature over imposing an extraction tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas and increasing the minimum wage. Delaware County Times, Feb… More

Need a STEM teacher? This district trains its own

Nearly every school district across the United States has struggled finding enough science, technology, engineering, or math teachers. Could one solution be for districts to recruit content-area experts and both train and license them themselves? Education Week, Feb. 6, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More