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(May 17) Erie School District Approves Plan to Offer Retirement Incentives and Mulls Tuition Hike For Students Who Attend Academy

By Ed Palattella Erie Times-News The Erie School District is pushing ahead with early retirement incentives and wants approval to increase tuition for students from outside the district who attend Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy. The School Board on Wednesday night … Continue reading »

(May 18) Shippensburg University’s Next President Is No Stranger to Pa.’s State System of Higher Education

By Jan Murphy The Patriot-News An executive vice president and university counsel for Eastern Kentucky University has been selected to become Shippensburg University’s next president. The State System of Higher Education’s governing board on Thursday voted to hire system alum … Continue reading »

(May 7) Delaware County Daily Times Calls for Citizens to Demand State Address School Funding Inequities

By Editorial Board Delaware County Times Brandt reported on two recent studies which analyzed school funding under the current application of the so-called fair funding formula. The results paint a startling picture of discrimination. Not only were poorer districts getting … Continue reading »

(Apr 28) PA Education Secretary Discusses Charter Schools At Education Conference

By Britney Milazzo Centre Daily Times STATE COLLEGE  – When it comes to charter school reform, state Education Secretary Pedro Rivera said he’s on board with helping create a plan that works for everyone. “Traditional schools and charter schools will … Continue reading »

(Apr 29) Panel Discusses Elimination of School Property Taxes

By Britney Milazzo Centre Daily Times UNIVERSITY PARK – Senate Bill 76 calls for the elimination of school property taxes in the commonwealth. While it vows to match dollar-for-dollar funding through an imposed increase in personal income and sales taxes … Continue reading »

(May 1) Federal Government Relaxes Nutrition Standards for School Lunches

By Mary Clare Jalonick Associated Press via ABC 27 News LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — Schools won’t have to cut the salt in meals just yet and they can serve kids fewer whole grains, under changes to federal nutrition standards announced Monday. … Continue reading »

(Apr 27) Pittsburgh Schools Unveil Five-Year Plan to Close Achievement Gap

by Molly Born Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Pittsburgh Public Schools on Thursday unveiled a wide-ranging five-year strategic plan that includes an emphasis on eliminating the racial achievement gap and improving teacher professional development. The plan “Expect Great Things” draws in part from … Continue reading »

(Apr 27) Charter Supporters Ask SRC for a Second Chance

By Kristen A. Graham Philly.com Students, parents, and teachers from a Port Richmond charter school that the Philadelphia School District has recommended for nonrenewal turned out in force Thursday to ask for a second chance. Citing poor academic performance, the … Continue reading »

(Apr 27) Labor Unions Back Erie Community College

By Jim Martin Erie Times-News Empower Erie’s plan for a community college picked up a new endorsement Thursday – several of them, actually, representing thousands of unionized workers. The Erie-Crawford Central Labor Council, Great Lakes Building Trades and AFSCME Local … Continue reading »

(Apr 18) Johnstown Forum (feat. Ron Cowell) Discusses Need for Adequate Education Funding

By Ronald Fisher The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat Education and business leaders from the Greater Johnstown area turned their focus Tuesday to how inadequate funding can lead to academic struggles, especially for students in poor regions. A collaboration between the Greater Johnstown School … Continue reading »