Bill would require court approval to take conserved land, like farm CV wants for school

The Pennsylvania General Assembly has acted swiftly and decisively on a bill designed to bolster protections for certain types of conserved land… More

PA leaders seek the modest middle ground on education

The House approved a $32.7 billion spending plan Wednesday in a nearly unanimous vote. The proposal features modest increases aimed at satisfying education advocates of many stripes, while not raising taxes. The harmony is indicative, some say, of a session where the most divisive education issues of funding and policy have been sidestepped… More

White House proposes merging education, labor departments

The Trump administration proposed a major reorganization of the federal government on Thursday, calling for merging the education and labor departments, moving the federal food stamp program to the Department of Health and Human Services and renaming that agency… More

Making schools safer — Harsh consequences, or second chances?

The debate in many ways comes down to this: What's more important — cold steel or warm hugs? Harsh consequences or second chances? Do we achieve safety and security by making schools harder — or making them softer? NPR, June 22, 2018… More

McKeesport expected to add to ESA opposition

McKeesport Area School Board is expected to follow the lead of hundreds of school districts from across Pennsylvania at next week's meeting by voting for a resolution opposing Education Savings Accounts vouchers for use at non-public schools… More

Pittsburgh schools, state contest Propel’s plan to consolidate its schools

Officials of Propel Schools are deciding whether to file an appeal after the city school district and the state Department of Education denied the charter system’s bid to consolidate its operations under a new provision in the state charter school law… More

How big a slice of 2018-19 state budget pie is your school district going to get?

The proposed House-passed $32.7 billion state spending plan for 2018-19 that is moving through the General Assembly provides for over $6 billion for basic education and more than $1.1 billion for special education… More

House passes budget plan; bill now heads to Senate

The state House has taken a significant step toward finishing the commonwealth's $32.7 billion budget plan ahead of next week's deadline — passing the measure on to the Senate in a near-unanimous vote… More

PA budget plan includes more for schools, safety

Details of a $32.7 billion state budget package began emerging Tuesday, as top Republican lawmakers prepared an election-year plan they negotiated behind closed doors with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf… More

2018-19 proposed PA state budget makes $70 million investment in school safety

In a state that didn't experience a mass school shooting incident like the ones in Parkland, FL, or Santa Fe, NM, Pennsylvania lawmakers are counting their blessings and taking proactive steps to keep it that way… More