New law: Career or technical students could earn high school diploma without Keystone exams

As state law stands, Pennsylvania is scheduled to begin requiring students in two years to pass standardized Keystone examinations in order to graduate high school. But with the signing of a new law Wednesday, students in career and technical education programs will be allowed to demonstrate their readiness for a diploma in other ways… More

What will Trump’s FCC mean for America’s schools?

A change in leadership at the Federal Communications Commission has led to rising uncertainty about the future of efforts to boost broadband access, preserve an open internet, and protect online privacy — all issues affecting the K-12 sector. Education Week, June 19, 2017 (Subscription may be required… More

Lawmakers considering borrowing money to balance budget

The Republican majority leaders of Pennsylvania's House and Senate say they're determined to put together a budget without raising taxes. That means making up this year's $1.5 billion shortfall, plus accounting for a roughly $3 billion structural deficit… More

Bill to increase transparency in school district hiring passes state Senate

Pennsylvania school boards would have to publicize any employment offers to superintendents and other administrators for two weeks before voting on contracts under a Fayette County legislator's bill that passed the state Senate on Monday… More

School board raises voices against charter school reform plan

The board of school directors recently joined Education Voters of Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, Pennsylvania School Boards Association, Education Law Center and other school districts around the state that have voiced opposition to provisions for charter school reform in House Bill 97… More

Time may be right for school choice expansion, former governor says

Former Gov. Tom Ridge said Monday there has never been a better opportunity nationally for advocates of student choice… More

Rumor of $100M cut in education budget rattles fair school funding campaign

Worried by rumors that the state legislature may cut the additional $100 million planned for K-12 education funding in the state budget, advocates called a press conference Monday to press their point that the money is needed to begin leveling the playing field for underfunded districts… More

Gov. Wolf outlines his budget priorities as legislators work toward agreement

On Monday, Gov. Tom Wolf released a statement on the budget process and outlined his priorities in the push towards a final budget agreement… More

PA lawmakers want to kiss Keystone Exams and seniority-based layoffs goodbye

School may be out for the summer but state lawmakers are busy at the Capitol working to change the rules governing standardized testing for high school students as well as evaluating and furloughing teachers. PennLive… More

Lawmakers revive bill to eliminate school property taxes

State Sen. David Argall, a Schuylkill County Republican who represents part of Berks County, is listed as the bill's author. The bill didn't get through the General Assembly in the last session… More