Governor Wolf opposes voucher plan that would cut public school funding

Governor Tom Wolf today spoke out against Senate Bill 2, which would siphon scarce resources from public schools, according to the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, and direct those funds to private schools. Press Office, Gov… More

Parkland survivors and other youth activists: ‘You’re going to listen to us’ on gun violence

In an emotionally charged session at the Education Writers Association's national seminar, student activists from Parkland, FL.; Newtown, CT.; and Chicago urged the media to keep the national spotlight on gun violence and not let their tragedies fade away… More

Expansion of CHIP sought despite threats of funding cuts

The state Department of Human Services has launched a new campaign to raise public awareness about the Children's Health Insurance Program… More

Lawmakers return to Capitol optimistic about state budget

Republican lawmakers on Friday struck an optimistic tone about the upcoming state budget, saying that tax revenues have met projections, meaning the state government should be in better shape than prior years… More

Schools see steep drop in librarians, new analysis finds

The nation’s public school districts have lost 20% of their librarians and media specialists since 2000, from more than 54,000 to less than 44,000 in 2015, according to an Education Week Research Center analysis of federal data. Education Week, May 16, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

GOP nominee Scott Wagner calls education his ‘cornerstone,’ emphasizes fiscal accountability

During his run for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, State Senator Scott Wagner did a telephone town hall on education. Midway through, a caller named Ann from Pittsburgh asked him why more Pennsylvania students aren’t going to trade schools… More

DeVos says state bans on public money to religious schools should go to ‘ash heap of history’

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos railed against state constitutional prohibitions on public funds going to faith-based institutions in a speech Wednesday to the Alfred E. Smith Foundation in New York City, a trip that also included visits to two religious schools. Education Week, May 16, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

Opinion piece: Pa. will soon have to provide more equitable funding for schools

On May 6, a few weeks after the now infamous act of racial discrimination on a York County golf course, a group of community leaders ran a full-page ad in the York Sunday News in which they called on citizens of conscience to come to grips with the root causes of racism and socio-economic inequality… More

AP analysis shows how Bill Gates influences education policy

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates saw an opportunity with a new federal education law that has widespread repercussions for American classrooms… More

200 schools receive school breakfast grants

As part of his School Breakfast Initiative to help more children start their day with a healthy meal, Governor Tom Wolf announced $900,000 from the inaugural round of grants to help 200 schools make breakfast available to all students and expand options for the children… More