Five common traits of the top school systems

States that rank high on Quality Counts' annual report card — including this year's top five — typically share common strengths when it comes to supporting their education systems. Education Week, Jan. 26, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

Are charter schools ruining the public education system?

Some education advocates argue charter schools, publicly funded independent schools run by private companies or organizations, have been detrimental to the public school system. Others believe charter schools are the best alternative to poor public school systems. PennLive, Jan… More

Proposed school choice bill stirs debate in Pennsylvania

According to the Pennsylvania State Education Association, Senate Bill 2 could siphon more than $500 million in state funding from public school districts. Watchdog.org, Jan… More

Changing course, Gov. Wolf asks courts to rule on PA education funding lawsuit

More than three years after a coalition of districts and advocates first sued the state, Wolf now says the courts should determine whether the commonwealth’s education funding system violates the state constitution. WHYY Keystone Crossroads, Jan… More

Teach students to use social media (the right way) and the possibilities are endless

CJ Marple wanted to teach his young students how quickly information can spread on the internet. So earlier this year, the third-grade science teacher wrote up a tweet with the help of his students, asking for other users to retweet the message, or even reply to the message with their location. NPR, Jan… More

Racial disparities in special ed.: How widespread is the problem?

Trump administration looks to roll back a rule requiring more aggressive monitoring. Education Week, Jan. 24, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

Illinois judge denies transgender student’s request for equal access to locker room

A Cook County judge Thursday denied a request by a transgender student for equal access to the girls' locker room at Palatine High School, ruling that state law only requires she be given access. PennLive.com, Jan… More

Tallying the young homeless on city’s streets

Homeless youth are often under-counted and underrepresented, so in a continuing effort to get a picture of what youth homelessness looks like in Philadelphia, Valley Youth House and the city’s Office of Homeless Services released volunteers on city streets in an effort to identify as many homeless teens as possible. Philadelphia Tribune, Jan… More

PA Republicans ask U.S. Supreme Court to halt redistricting order

State Republican leaders on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block a Pennsylvania Supreme Court order to redraw the congressional district maps in the commonwealth, arguing that the state justices intruded on their turf. Philadelphia Inquirer, Jan… More

Teacher recruitment and retention: It’s complicated

At a broad national level, statistics tell us there is no teacher shortage. In fact, the number of U.S. teachers has grown by 13 percent in four years, far outpacing the 2 percent rise in student enrollment during the same period. Education Week, Jan. 24, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More