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(April 23) A Guide to the Many Phases and Faces of Race to the Top

By Alyson Klein on April 23, 2014 10:01 AM   Race to the Top started out as a competition among states that agreed to embrace certain K-12 education redesign principles—but it didn’t stay that way. The program has gone through a dozen iterations … Continue reading »

(April 18) In PA schools, movement to keep school librarians on the books

Written by Mary Wilson, Capitol Bureau Chief | Apr 17, 2014 3:20 PM Things may be looking up for school libraries in the commonwealth. Researchers say school libraries across Pennsylvania are still lacking the proper resources, but staffing levels may be increasing in … Continue reading »

(April 17) Parents struggle with Common Core methods

By Miles Layton  Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014 2:30 am | Updated: 8:54 pm, Thu Apr 17, 2014. Some parents are struggling to help their frustrated children cope with Common Core homework problems. Like any good mother, Michelle Higbee of Perryopolis helps her … Continue reading »

(April 15) Pa. Cyber Charter teachers join union

April 14, 2014 11:30 PM By Karen Langley / Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau   HARRISBURG — Teachers at the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School have voted for representation by the Pennsylvania State Education Association, giving the state’s largest teachers union its only … Continue reading »

(April 9) Pa. state university system chancellor promises improvements

Susan Snyder Posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 12:32 PM The chancellor of Pennsylvania’s somewhat embattled higher education system used his formal installation speech on Wednesday morning to promise improved operations and more autonomy for the 14 universities, including a “fast-track approval process” … Continue reading »

(April 9) Education the topic of Democratic Gubernatorial Debate

Find below four news stories about the democratic Gubernatorial debate that took place in Pittsburgh on April 8. PA-Gov: Dems Discuss Education in Latest Debate Vincent J. Smith, PoliticsPA Dem gubernatorial candidates pledge boost in education funding Melissa Daniels, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Democrats … Continue reading »

(April 7) Technical schools expanding to meet new needs

By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer POSTED: April 07, 2014 In one of the newest and fastest-growing secondary schools in Chester County, teacher Katie Smith was demonstrating proper technique to 16-year-old Courtney Draper and 18-year-old Scott Persing – with a big assist … Continue reading »

(March 21) Universities want out of Pennsylvania’s Higher Ed System

March 21, 2014 By Ry Rivard Several Pennsylvania public colleges are looking for a way out of the state’s struggling 14-university system. Supporters say a bill proposed this month would strengthen the state’s higher education system by allowing its best institutions to leave, while … Continue reading »

(March 17) Pa. School Employees’ Retirement System names James Grossman as its chief investment officer

By Jan Murphy | jmurphy@pennlive.com on March 17, 2014 at 5:50 PM Following a yearlong national search, the Public School Employees’ Retirement System has found its next chief investment officer within its own offices. James Grossman Jr., 47, has been named to this $293,537-a-year … Continue reading »

(March 12) School District of Philadelphia: Assistant Superintendent named to ‘Leaders to Learn From’ list

Text of March 12 press release. PHILADELPHIA — Assistant Superintendent Dennis Creedon is among 16 senior-level administrators nationwide honored by Education Week this year as “Leaders to Learn From.” Creedon, who joined the School District of Philadelphia in 1987, was … Continue reading »