Senate moves tax cut legislation to brink of final passage

Jubilant Republicans pushed early today to the verge of the most sweeping rewrite of the nation's tax laws in more than three decades, a deeply unpopular bill they insist Americans will learn to love when they see their paychecks in the new year. Associated Press, Dec… More

Teacher performance pay boosts student scores (and 5 other study takeaways)

The final results of a federal study on performance pay are in — and it looks like giving teachers bonuses led to slightly better math and reading results from students. Education Week, Dec. 19, 2017 (Subscription may be required… More

How much do teachers spend on classroom supplies?

It's inevitable. Each year, teachers dip into their own pockets to buy things like notebooks, tissues and pencils for their students. This inevitability is even enshrined in the tax code, which gives educators a $250 deduction for their trouble. NPR. Dec… More

Here’s where the GOP tax bill could hit school funding the hardest

The most significant change for schools in the Republican tax reform plan is likely how state and local taxes are handled because of its potential impact on school funding. But why? And where could it have the greatest impact? Buckle up. Education Week, Dec. 18, 2017 (Subscription may be required… More

Trump taps ex-Florida chief, lt. governor for top K-12 post under DeVos

President Donald Trump has tapped Frank Brogan, who served as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's lieutenant governor, as assistant secretary of elementary and secondary education, the top post at the Education Department overseeing K-12 policy. Education Week, Dec. 11, 2017 (Subscription may be required… More

Many educators skeptical of school choice, including conservatives, survey shows

School choice may be U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ favorite policy topic. But an Education Week nationally representative survey indicates that classroom teachers, principals, and district superintendents are highly skeptical of vouchers, charter schools, and tax-credit scholarships. Education Week, Dec. 12, 2017 (Subscription may be required… More

How does your school stack up in Pennsylvania’s 2017 report card?

The Pennsylvania Department of Education grades schools based on student achievement and progress for each school year. You can search by school or district to see the 2017 School Performance Profile scores. York Daily Record, Dec… More

Vote delayed on Pennsylvania school voucher bill

Pennsylvania Senate panel postponed a vote Tuesday on a school choice bill that would allow some parents to use state tax money to send children to a private school. It was the second time this year Senate Bill 2 failed to get out of the Education Committee. Allentown Morning Call, Dec… More

Will reversal of FCC’s ‘net neutrality’ policy help or hurt schools?

Backers of a new plan to upend “net neutrality” policies tout the proposal as a free market approach to internet oversight — one that will encourage an abundance of web content delivery, innovation, and investment, with no more government regulation than is necessary… More

When it comes to sexual harassment, schools are not immune

As women everywhere are reflecting on their own experiences with sexual harassment and assault, school administrators should be mindful of whether they are creating climates where employees feel safe and comfortable reporting problems, lawyers who specialize in sexual harassment cases said. Education Week, Nov. 27, 2017 (Subscription may be required… More