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Tuesday, August 20, 2019 9:28 AM

CBS continues to examine the pros and cons of flip-flopping school start times for older and younger students. Research shows students may benefit. But as CBS21’s Michael Gorsegner found out making a major move isn’t always easy.
CBS Channel 12, August 19, 2019
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Tuesday, August 20, 2019 9:27 AM

An assistant director from Homeland Security was in Somerset County Monday for a school safety panel. Congressman John Joyce and Brian Harrell, assistant director for the Infrastructure Security Division of Homeland Security, hosted the panel at the Somerset County Technology Center. Harrell talked to members of the 11 school districts in the county on ways to up security measures for the upcoming school year at little to no cost.
WeAreCentralPA.com, August 19, 2019
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Tuesday, August 20, 2019 9:25 AM

Pennsylvania’s cyber charter schools — taxpayer-funded, privately managed schools that offer their curriculum online — enrolled close to 39,000 students in the 2018-19 academic year, according to a Capital-Star analysis of state Department of Education data. More likely than not, those students come from poorly funded districts where adults have low levels of education, recent research shows. 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star, August 20, 2019
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Monday, August 19, 2019 12:49 PM

While no news releases are being issued by an informal group of lawmakers studying ways to replace school property taxes with other taxes, individual members are giving clues to the group’s direction and progress.
Allentown Morning Call, August 16, 2019
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Monday, August 19, 2019 12:48 PM

Speaking in Allentown while flanked by public school officials, Wolf said he would take action to “level the playing field for all taxpayer-funded public schools, strengthen the accountability and transparency of charter and cyber charter schools and better serve all students.” The state must bring costs under control while ensuring proper standards are being met.
Reading Eagle, August 18, 2019
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Monday, August 19, 2019 12:47 PM

Among the many strategies they will pursue is include increasing data sharing across law enforcement agencies, holding more active shooter training sessions for commonwealth employees, focusing police deterrence in places where violence exits, providing more police training, expanding gun buyback programs, increasing school emotional and social behavioral supports, bolstering evidence-based juvenile justice programs, and expanding the “See Something/Send Something” program to receive text messages reporting suspicious potential mass shootings.
PennLive, August 16, 2019
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Friday, August 16, 2019 9:01 AM

Members of the Pennsylvania State Senate Education Committee heard contrasting comments this week from public education superintendents and leaders of statewide cyber charter schools about funding issues both face in educating students."
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Source: The Center Square, August 15, 2019.

 
Friday, August 16, 2019 8:59 AM

Pennsylvania's “age-old” struggle to eliminate school property taxes and shift that tax burden elsewhere is back on Harrisburg's radar. Whether lawmakers will actually be able to make massive changes to the state’s main source of education funding remains unclear.
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Source: LancasterOnline, August 15, 2019.

 
Thursday, August 15, 2019 9:15 AM

Below is a link to some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Compulsory School Age and Flexible Instructional Days from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).

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