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Thursday, August 17, 2017 8:56 AM

Pittsburgh-area technical programs say they’re working to stay nimble and in touch with the employers who might give their graduates jobs. If that means axing a popular program on raising frogs because no one is finding much work from it, well, so be it. 
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Aug. 17, 2017
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Thursday, August 17, 2017 8:55 AM

It’s long past time for Pennsylvania to de-emphasize high-stakes standardized tests that, while not without some merit, fail to engage students on an individual level. There’s so much more to education than test-taking.
LancasterOnline, Aug. 16, 2017
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Thursday, August 17, 2017 8:50 AM

More school districts are changing their schedules ahead of Monday’s solar eclipse. This comes after increased warnings about looking at the eclipse without special sunglasses.
ABC Channel 27, Aug. 16, 2017
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017 8:51 AM

In the last year, there's been a big drop in support for charter schools, while other forms of school choice are getting a little less unpopular. That's the top line of a national poll released today., Aug. 15, 2017
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017 8:50 AM

As a new school year nears for more than 50 million U.S. students, many districts worry how they will get children to school. The country has a shortage of school-bus drivers which 22% of private bus contractors call "severe," according to a recent survey by School Bus Fleet Magazine.
KMBZ 89.1 FM, Aug, 15, 2017
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017 11:08 AM

How should educators confront bigotry, racism and white supremacy? The incidents in Charlottesville, Va., this past weekend pushed that question from history to current events.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017 9:05 AM

Expanding charter schools around the country is losing support among Americans, even as President Donald Trump and his administration continue to push for school choice, according to a survey released Tuesday.
The Associated Press, Aug. 15, 2017
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017 9:04 AM

Schools across the country are grappling with a persistent dilemma: how to reduce the number of days that children miss class.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Aug. 14, 2017
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017 9:03 AM

Starting this coming spring, the English language arts Pennsylvania System of School Assessment exam will be reduced from four sections to three sections and the math PSSA from three sections to two sections., Aug. 14, 2017
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Monday, August 14, 2017 2:10 PM

HARRISBURG (August 14, 2017) – The Pennsylvania Principals Association is pleased to release this statement after Gov. Tom Wolf joined with the Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera and other educators today to announce a significant reduction in standardized testing.

This reduction will shorten the amount of time students in grades 3-8 spend on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) tests by about 20 percent.

“The PA Principals Association praises Gov. Wolf and his administration for taking the time to make the right decision for the students in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Hopefully this is just the beginning of a shift away from the overwhelming allotment of time dedicated to high stakes testing of our students,” stated Dr. Joseph H. Clapper, PA Principals Association Assistant Executive Director.


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