School boards in PA lining up against proposed school choice bill

School boards across Pennsylvania have signaled their opposition to a state Senate bill that would allow students in struggling districts to use state money for private school tuition and other pre-approved expenses, a move that critics say would hurt public schools… More

Times-Leader viewpoint: Latest school choice bill as flawed as others

The Pennsylvania School Boards Association reported Friday that school boards of 100 districts — 20 percent of Pennsylvania’s total — adopted resolutions opposing the implementation of “Education Savings Accounts” in the Commonwealth….Opposing the bill is the right thing to do, though not entirely for the reasons PSBA puts forth… More

Do police officers in schools really make them safer?

School-based policing is considered one of the fastest growing areas of law enforcement. After the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, many people — including President Trump — said there should be school resource officers inside every school… More

School walkouts: Central PA struggles with free speech vs. chaotic protest

School districts across central Pennsylvania are grappling with next week's national student walkout — should they let students leave class for an event that calls for measures to reduce school shootings, or should they insist that students stay in class? WITF, York Daily Record, March 8, 2018… More

PA auditor general to review school safety procedures

Pennsylvania’s auditor general is promising changes to school safety reviews. Eugene DePasquale says he’ll be taking a hands-on approach as he looks for ways to better protect students… More

School threat makers can face felony charges, permanent criminal record

Under state law, a terroristic threats charge could be filed if a person communicates, either directly or indirectly, a threat to commit any crime of violence, to cause evacuation of a building or to cause other public inconvenience or terror… More

U.S. House to debate bill to reduce violence in schools

The U.S. House of Representatives will debate bipartisan legislation next week aimed at preventing violence at schools following the shooting deaths of 17 people at a Florida high school on Feb. 14, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on Tuesday… More

Why the debate about school safety and increased security may exacerbate the school-to-prison pipeline

The question of how to secure schools overlaps with another hot-button issue: the school-to-prison pipeline… More

Nobody knows how many kids get caught with guns in school. Here’s why.

One day after a Florida teenager walked into his former high school and carried out one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history, at least seven other teens across the country walked into school with a gun. Such incidents fuel the widespread fear that students often bring guns to school… More

GOP lawmakers seek to stop PA education funding lawsuit at preliminary hearing

The lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania’s school-funding scheme continued its slow climb through the legal system Wednesday with oral arguments before the Commonwealth Court in Philadelphia… More