K-12 and the U.S. Supreme Court: Highlights of the 2017-18 term

After a major term for K-12 education the year before, the U.S. Supreme Court — with one blockbuster exception and a major retirement — had a more measured term in 2017-18. Education Week, July 3, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

Governor Wolf: PA education funding changes will ‘take time’

When Governor Tom Wolf announced last week he'd support sending all of the state's education money through its new funding formula, he emboldened advocates and riled opponents… More

PA labor unions say Supreme Court ruling won’t change their roles

Pennsylvania labor unions vowed to keep doing their job representing workers after Tuesday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that government workers can no longer be required to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining… More

Beyond the data: LNP to delve into teen suicide, bullying in three-day series starting Sunday

The 2017 Pennsylvania Youth Survey attempts to find out why by asking kids in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12, tough — and sometimes uncomfortable — questions about their mental health. Most of Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts participated… More

Cumberland Valley withdraws bid to build school on protected farmland

Cumberland Valley School District is ending its quest to acquire farm property protected by a conservation easement, in the wake of a new state law that requires prior court approval for such a move… More

Justice Kennedy retiring from high court, had deep imprint in education arena

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, a highly influential moderate-conservative at the center of the U.S. Supreme Court for three decades who wrote major opinions on race, religion, and other areas of public education, announced his retirement on Wednesday, just hours after the court closed out its 2017-18 term… More

One conclusion of PA school safety task force: Students want a voice in discussion

Gov. Tom Wolf's administration issued its findings Tuesday from six school safety task force field hearings set up in the wake of February's high school shooting in Florida, with better security, training and student services at the core of what the school community is seeking… More

Supreme Court deals unions a stinging defeat in ‘Janus’ case

The justices ruled 5-4 to prohibit “agency” or “fair share” fees in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 31. The justices also ruled that workers must affirmatively opt into the union before fees can be taken out of their paychecks. Education Week, June 27, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

PA teacher’s unions could feel brunt of Supreme Court decision

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-4 decision that public sector union employees can choose not to pay union dues or fees, a move that could damage union finances and limit their political clout. In Pennsylvania, and nationally, teachers unions could bear the brunt of the court's ruling… More

Better security, student services sought by schools

Governor Tom Wolf's administration issued its findings from six school safety task force field hearings set up in the wake of February's high school shooting in Florida, with better security, training and student services at the core of what the school community is seeking… More