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(May 29) In New Orleans, major school district closes traditional public schools for good

Lyndsey Layton PUBLISHED: MAY 28 NEW ORLEANS — The second-graders paraded to the Dumpster in the rear parking lot, where they chucked boxes of old worksheets, notebooks and other detritus into the trash, emptying their school for good. Benjamin Banneker Elementary closed Wednesday as … Continue reading »

(May 5) Pa. granted exceptions allowing 164 school districts to raise property taxes more than 2.1 percent

By Jeff Frantz | jfrantz@pennlive.com  on May 02, 2014 at 4:20 PM, updated May 05, 2014 at 12:25 PM The Department of Education has granted exceptions to 164 school districts allowing them to raise property taxes more than the 2.1 percent index for … Continue reading »

(April 23) Survey connects education, economic development & needed change in State support for public schools

Text of Press Release 4/22/2014, Scroll down for links to news articles written about the Poll. Public opinion describes disconnect between current policies and Pennsylvania’s needs. NEWS RELEASE HARRISBURG (April 22, 2014) — At a time when the state’s economy is … Continue reading »

(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 »