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reducing racial disparities in school discipline rates has sparked necessary changes in schools, and it should not be rescinded, a group of charter schools, superintendents, and education groups wrote in a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Attorney General Jeff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

Supreme Court Nominee: Background and Key Rulings

President Donald J. Trump on Monday night named Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge in Washington with a relatively light record of rulings on education, to succeed Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court… More

Trump Withdraws Obama-Era Guidance on Racial Diversity in K-12, Higher Ed

President Donald Trump's administration on Tuesday rescinded several guidance documents issued under President Barack Obama that emphasized permissible ways for schools and colleges to take race into account to promote student diversity… More

Lancaster County school districts raise taxes as much as 6.3 percent in 2018-19 budgets

Depending where you live in the county, as school boards continue to struggle with unfunded state mandates and construction costs, property tax rates are increasing between 0.5 percent and 6.3 percent… More