Governor, lawmakers aren’t panicking as state budget push nears

As the most intense part of this year's budget season is about to get underway, it's been remarkably quiet in the state Capitol, and policymakers say they're hopeful that bodes well for an improvement in what's been a strained process for several years… More

Schools go increasingly digital, but there’s still a need for paper

School districts often boast about their latest digital initiatives. Sleek devices and flashy technology in classrooms abound, depending on the school… More

Gamers are the new high school athletes: The rise of esports

Esports, a movement that features competitive video game play that grew out of the commercial gaming industry, is popular at the college and professional levels. Now, it is gaining a greater foothold in K-12. Education Week, May 25, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

Boyertown school district can let transgender students use bathroom of choice

A Berks County school district can allow transgender students to continue using bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their sexual identity, a federal appeals court panel ruled Thursday… More

Auditor general blasts Aspira and PA charter-school law

Pennsylvania’s auditor general on Wednesday blasted Aspira Inc. of Pennsylvania’s management of four Philadelphia charter schools and a cyber charter, likening the organization to a “fox guarding the henhouse” as he called for changes in the state law governing charter schools… More

Texas shooting renews debate about American school design

Just hours after the nation’s latest school shooting, the debate began anew: Are American schools built in a way that makes them easy targets? Are there too many windows, too many entrances and exits and too few security features? Allentown Morning Call, May 19, 2018… More

Secretary Betsy DeVos under fire for saying schools can report undocumented students

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos set off a furor over comments she made to members of Congress suggesting that schools should decide whether or not to report undocumented students and their families to federal immigration authorities… More

PA lawmakers want to reform school construction program, but funding remains a question

The PlanCon advisory committee released and adopted recommendations Tuesday that called for streamlining the reimbursement process and creating a carve-out for schools to make needed repairs… More

Superintendents call on state to help manage student mental health demands

As lawmakers strain to find answers to make schools more safe, a group of superintendents came to the Capitol to talk about the challenges facing public schools recognizing and responding to mental health issues of students… More

Boyertown transgender case to go before federal appeals court

A federal appeals court will hear arguments Thursday in a second attempt by four Boyertown School District students and their parents to temporarily suspend a policy that permits transgender students to use school restrooms and locker rooms of the gender with which they identify… More