Trump Justice Dept ends transgender workplace protections​

Federal civil rights law does not protect transgender people from discrimination at work, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a memo released Thursday that rescinds guidance issued under the Obama administration.​ The Associated Press, Oct… More

Report: 80 percent of at-risk Lancaster County children miss out on high-quality pre-k programs​

Four-fifths of eligible Lancaster County children don’t attend high-quality, publicly funded pre-k programs, a new report says.​ Lancaster Online, Oct… More

American public pensions suffer from a gaping hole​

Schools in Pennsylvania ought to be celebrating. The state gave them a $125m budget increase for 2017-18—enough for plenty of extra books and equipment. But John Callahan of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association says all the increase and more will be eaten up by pension costs, which will rise by $164m this year… More

Lehigh Valley schools have started enrolling students from Puerto Rico

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, schools in the Lehigh Valley have started enrolling students from the hurricane-ravaged island. Allentown Morning Call, Oct… More

No budget deal? No problem. ‘I can do this indefinitely,’ Wolf says

It had been a chaotic few hours in the state Capitol when House Minority Leader Frank Dermody strode out to the hallway outside the governor’s office to vent his frustration. The Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct… More

Democrats build case against man who wants to be Betsy DeVos’ deputy​

South Carolina Democrats, educators and education activists raged against the nomination of Betsy DeVos for Education Department secretary. Now they’re prepping a second round of fury against the man picked to be her No. 2 — South Carolina’s Mick Zais.​ Centre Daily Times, Oct… More

Confederate license flag controversy pits student against Pittsburgh Public Schools​

A Brashear High School senior is fighting back after the Pittsburgh Public School district warned him he will lose his parking privileges if he drives his truck with confederate flag plates back on school property. ​ WTAE, Oct… More

Pottstown students walk the walk on International Walk to School Day

Students all over the world walked to school during International Walk to School Day Wednesday, and here in Pottstown, they were walking all over town. Pottstown Mercury, Oct… More

Residents, officials discuss school funding problems

A recent state Supreme Court decision on a school funding lawsuit is a step toward giving every public school student in Pennsylvania a better chance for a quality education, one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs in the case said. Bucks County Courier Times, Oct… More

School tax increase limits for 2017-18 released by state

School districts have an idea how high they will be allowed to raise property taxes for the 2018-19 school year after the Pennsylvania Department of Education released late last week Act 1 indices for approximately 500 districts. Delaware County Daily Times, Oct… More