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Monday, February 27, 2017 9:41 AM

Last year, the state finally allotted computer science a place in schools, ruling that a high school computer science course could be counted as a credit toward graduation in science or math.

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Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Feb. 25, 2017.

 
Friday, February 24, 2017 11:08 AM

Lehigh Valley school districts will likely avoid policy shifts on accommodating transgender students until courts weigh in more forcefully, administrators and legal counselors say.

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Source: Allentown Morning Call, Feb. 23, 2017.

 
Friday, February 24, 2017 11:02 AM

Elissa Ridenour was stunned when a friend approached her in the school cafeteria Thursday and said President Donald Trump had rolled back federal protections for transgender students.

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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Feb. 24, 2017.

 
Friday, February 24, 2017 10:55 AM

About 1 out of every 10 public school students in the United States right now is learning to speak English. They're called ELLs, for "English Language Learners." There are nearly 5 million of them, and educating them — in English and all the other subjects and skills they'll need — is one of the biggest challenges in U.S. public education today.
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Source: NPR.org, Feb. 23, 2017.

 
Friday, February 24, 2017 10:25 AM

PA Principals Executive Director, Dr. Paul M. Healey is calling on all members to contact their legislators now to encourage them to VOTE NO on Senate Bill 229. This bills aims to change the Public School Code by eliminating the minimum number of days for sick leave, bereavement and to alter sabbatical leaves. Instead, they want to make it a part of negotiations but we do not negotiate under Act 93 only the teachers have this right. Click here for the letter and talking points. This letter has already been sent to all State Senators.

 
Thursday, February 23, 2017 9:48 AM

One of the big questions going into Pennsylvania's budget negotiations is whether — after years of failed attempts — the legislature in Harrisburg will address tens of billions of dollars in unfunded liabilities in its two biggest pension funds.
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Source: WHYY Newsworks, Feb. 23, 2017.

 
Thursday, February 23, 2017 9:42 AM

The Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System is falling short of its responsibilities, according to a report released Tuesday by The National Council on Teacher Quality and the Education Counsel.

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Source: WESA 90.5, Feb. 23, 2017.

 
Thursday, February 23, 2017 9:39 AM

The Trump administration is rescinding guidance issued by its predecessor on the rights of transgender students to use bathrooms based on the gender with which they identify.
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Source: NPR.org, Feb. 22, 2017.

 
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 1:28 PM

Three weeks of state budget hearings kicked off Tuesday with legislators scrutinizing Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposals to enact a new tax on natural gas drilling and raise the minimum wage.

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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Feb. 21, 2017.

 
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 1:27 PM

The Trump administration plans to roll back protections for transgender students, reversing federal guidance that required the nation’s public schools to allow children to use the bathrooms and locker rooms that matched their gender identities.

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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Feb. 22, 2017. 

 
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