- Dozens to rally in support of the Excellent Education for All Act
- > Oct 26, 5:37 AM: Dozens of supporters will rally today in Harrisburg in support of The Excellent Education for All Act to highlight how the bill would create scholarships based on educational opportunity accounts for vulnerable students.
- ‘I Want To Go To Class’: Philadelphia Students, Parents On Edge As Possible SEPTA Strike Could Force Virtual Learning
- > Oct 25, 8:16 AM: The potential SEPTA strike could force Philadelphia schools to return to remote learning. One week from tonight, as kids are trick or treating, many parents may be frightened by the thought of a strike when the clock
- Opinion: Should schools bring back hybrid learning for kids in quarantine?
- > Oct 22, 7:58 AM: One of the sectors of society that has been most disrupted by COVID-19 is schools. The pandemic has been hard on administrators, teachers, staff, parents, and kids. It may take years to unpack and undo the damage caused by
- Philadelphia School District braces for a possible SEPTA strike by considering online learning
- > Oct 21, 8:26 AM: With a strike possible on Nov. 1, the Philadelphia School District is exploring contingency plans. Nearly 60,000 students rely on the transit authority to get to school, and classes may need to go virtual if a strike is
- Pennsylvania charter schools blast proposed rules; lawmaker says ‘adversarial’ tone of debate doesn’t help kids
Democratic Sen. Tim Kearney of Delaware County said the charter operators’ criticisms made it sound like “you guys feel like you are under siege.” The tone, Kearney said, was one of “a very adversarial relationship” >
Oct 21, 5:40 AM:
- Pa. Senate panel vets proposed charter school regulations
- Oct 21, 5:26 AM: The Senate Education Committee has begun vetting Gov. Tom Wolf’s plans for more accountability and transparency in Pennsylvania’s charter schools.
- Erie School District teachers' union authorizes leaders to call strike amid contract talks
- > Oct 21, 5:10 AM: Erie Education Association's vote does not mean walkout is imminent, but gives leadership power to call strike. Pay, health care among issues. Teachers cite pandemic's influence on stress, departures.
- Three Pa. bills to give parents more control over their kids’ education | Opinion
- Oct 20, 9:24 AM: National school board protests underscore how helpless parents feel about having a voice in our children’s education.
- Vulnerable Philly kids face a school nurse shortage that has some families ‘scared to death’
"It just leaves children at a disadvantage,” said Roxanne Carson, a parent at Richard Wright Elementary, which does not have a full-time nurse. “They’re not able to receive proper care.
Oct 20, 9:01 AM:
- School choice tour stops at Bishop McCort
- > Oct 20, 5:46 AM: The “Stronger Together School Choice Tour” made a stop in Johnstown on Tuesday to address students at Bishop McCort Catholic High School about the importance of educational options. “This matters because education unlocks
- Where did the kindergarteners go? Pittsburgh Public Schools enrollment drops in early grades
- > Oct 18, 8:56 AM: The total number of students attending Pittsburgh Public Schools appears to have dropped below 20,000 for the first time in modern history, though district officials stress that enrollment data isn’t finalized.
- Pennsylvania education officials claim that cyber schools impair performance and increase costs
- > Oct 12, 8:20 AM: According to PSBA, Pa. The school district plans to spend more than $ 23 billion on taxpayer dollars on mandatory payments to cybercharters and other real schools, and these costs are increasing significantly each year.
- Superintendents: Charter school funding law ‘seriously flawed’
- > Oct 11, 9:20 AM: Although they stressed they were not seeking to end cyber charter schools, three Central Pennsylvania district superintendents, advocated, with a sense of urgency, a reform in the system to eliminate inequities.
- Philly principals have a new four-year contract with raises and bonuses
- > Oct 11, 7:58 AM: If members of the Commonwealth Association of School Administrators, Teamsters Local 502 approve the deal with the Philadelphia School District, they will get salary increases of 11% over four years, and will pay less for
- CASD disputes requested payments from charter schools
- Oct 8, 5:42 AM: The Coatesville Area School District is fighting a requested transfer of funds – about $4.5 million in total – from CASD to a pair of charter schools.
- Pittsburgh Public Schools officials ponder staff reductions, consolidations to address budget deficit
- Oct 6, 9:19 AM: The state’s second-largest school district is on track to deplete its reserves by 2023 as it continues to lose enrollment and charter school costs grow.
- Ask Me About ... starting an all-boys school to prepare Black students for STEAM professions
- > Oct 4, 8:18 AM: The Life Male Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math Academy opened this fall with a mission to increase the presence of Black men in the science, technology, engineering and math pipeline. The school currently
- Opinion: Pennsylvania Parliamentarians can end the educational turmoil by passing through HB 1
- > Sep 30, 8:21 AM: In the suggestions, HB1 helps most parents. This will increase existing tax-deductible scholarship programs, reform the Pennsylvania charter school system, provide EOA to Pennsylvania students, and protect entrepreneurship
- Pa. House GOP splits, votes down vouchers for closed schools, mask requirements
- Sep 30, 8:19 AM: Another vote on the measure could be coming in the future, but Republican leadership hasn’t said when
- Pa. House bid to offer parents COVID escape hatch from public schools fails
- > Sep 29, 8:49 AM: The state House on Tuesday rejected an amendment that would have created a one-year window for parents to use public dollars to escape public schools if they are unhappy with the way COVID-19 mitigation measures are being
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