Kindergarten coders: When is too early to put kids in front of screens?

Gov. Wolf has embraced the tech approach, hoping to fill an estimated 17,000 to 21,000 computer-related jobs in Pennsylvania. Advocates say early access to technology in schools can help break the cycle of poverty for disadvantaged students… More

Bipartisan career and technical education bill approved by key Senate committee

The Senate education committee agreed unanimously via voice vote Tuesday to favorably report a bill reauthorizing the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act to the full Senate… More

Guns at School: After 41 Deaths & 74 Injuries in 2018, What We’ve Learned From Tracking Six Months of School Shootings

In order to help contextualize the prevalence of gun violence in schools, The 74 built a map to track firearm incidents at K-12 schools and universities that result in injury or death… More

PA House exits, leaving for fall decisions on several key bills

The state House of Representatives acted more like it was the last day of school on Monday seemingly more focused on getting on with their summer than tackling some weighty government reform and criminal justice issues that were ripe for a vote… More

Editorial: Lend your feedback to the PA School Safety Task Force

We urge the public to take up the offer of state officials to add its two cents regarding what should be done to improve school safety… More

No election-year lull for state lawmakers on K-12 issues

After a convulsive start to 2018 marked by school shootings, teacher strikes, and fiscal uncertainty in many states, legislatures stepped into high gear, scrapping governors' budget proposals, scrambling to address school security, and — at breakneck speed — forking over generous pay raises to teachers. Education Week, June 25, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

In year of budget firsts, plan passes on time and Wolf signs it

For the first time in Governor Tom Wolf's tenure, he has signed a budget. And after three years of protracted negotiations, the election year plan is finished well ahead of its June 30th deadline… More

Senate OKs bill to delay high school graduation test again

Pennsylvania's Senate is backing legislation that will again delay the Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement for another school year and provide alternative ways for students to achieve proficiency… More

Pennsylvania governor OKs school safety hotline, grants bill

Gov. Tom Wolf signed school safety legislation that passed Friday as part of a response spurred by February's high school shooting in Florida that killed 17 people. Wolf signed the bill shortly after it passed the House and Senate overwhelmingly as part of a broader budget package… More

PA bill to encourage child-abuse reporting sent to governor

Legislation that would require Pennsylvania's schools to prominently display the phone number for reporting suspected child abuse is headed to Gov. Tom Wolf for his signature… More