National News: Hitting ESSA’s elusive targets on school accountability

Although many have emphasized the newfound flexibility states and school districts would enjoy under ESSA, advocates and observers of different stripes haven't set aside their concerns about how the law is playing out. Education Week, April 2, 2019 (Subscription may be required… More

Smart Talk: Preventing suicide after trauma

Experiencing trauma affects anyone differently. That's why communities across the country and throughout the state are working to bring awareness to suicide prevention. On today's Smart Talk to discuss suicide and suicide prevention are Govan Martin, chair and board of directors of Prevent Suicide PA, and Terri A. Erbacher, Ph.D., crisis intervention and suicide prevention specialist… More

Study shows Pennsylvania one of top states for sharing education report cards

A national study of school report cards shows Pennsylvania is one of the best in the nation when it comes to giving the public data regarding student success. Watchdog… More

Lawmakers look to fully fund IDEA

Federal funding for educating students with disabilities would gradually increase under a bill known as the IDEA Full Funding Act, which was introduced by lawmakers in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives late last month… More

School district says children aren’t getting needed mental health services

Dr. Adrienne Johnson was one of nine York County experts to speak to Democratic state representatives March 28 in a policy committee hearing focused on childhood mental health. They were there to make the case for more funding and resources as the school district grapples with what it calls “overwhelming mental health needs… More

States, districts tackle the tough work of making ESSA a reality

The Every Student Succeeds Act, which passed with bipartisan fanfare in 2015, has been the law of the land for more than three years… More

Philadelphia superintendent on leading through a financial crisis and raising expectations for students

Education Week spoke with William Hite earlier this month about his tenure, continuing challenges the district faces, bright spots, and advice for other urban district leaders confronting conditions like the ones he encountered when he first arrived in Philadelphia. Education Week, April 1, 2019 (Subscription may be required… More

How are schools prioritizing mental health?

The mass-shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, and schools around the nation last year ignited a debate on mental health and the need to prevent young people from slipping through the cracks. Local school district efforts are designed to do just that… More

New study pushes PA to embrace trauma-informed education

Research suggests that about half of the county’s children experience at least one traumatic event before the age of 17. These adverse childhood experiences — known as ACES — include experiencing or witnessing violence; living in poverty; or having a parent go to jail… More

Five ways one middle school is making itself more student-centered (video)

The hallways of Fred M. Lynn Middle School in Woodbridge, VA, were not always as lively and colorful as they are today. When Principal Hamish Brewer came to the school in 2017, many students and staff didn't particularly like coming to the school… More