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Friday, April 28, 2017 8:43 AM

“Right now the bill is dead,” state Sen. Randy Vulakovich, R-Shaler, told those who gathered last week at Fox Chapel Area High School to discuss state education issues with elected officials. He was referring to Bill 76. 
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 28, 2017
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Friday, April 28, 2017 8:42 AM

Proposed federal education cuts would take $443 million from Pennsylvania education programs, services and research, the Pennsylvania Department of Education estimates.
Philadelphia Tribune-Review, April 27, 2017
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Friday, April 28, 2017 8:37 AM

Students in the nation’s only federally funded school voucher initiative performed worse on standardized tests within a year after entering D.C. private schools than peers who did not participate, according to a new federal analysis that comes as President Trump is seeking to pour billions of dollars into expanding the private school scholarships nationwide.
Washington Post, April 27, 2017 (Subscription may be required.)
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Thursday, April 27, 2017 1:48 PM

Paul M. Healey, Ph.D., PA Principals Association Executive Director, will be featured, along with executive directors from PASA, PSBA, PACTA and PAIU, on WITF's Smart Talk tonight at 7 p.m. They will be discussing the State of Education in Pennsylvania. Smart Talk is a daily, live, interactive program featuring conversations with newsmakers and experts in a variety of fields and exploring a wide range of issues and ideas, including the economy, politics, health care, education, culture and the environment. Smart Talk airs live every week day at 9 a.m. on WITF’s 89.5 and 93.3.

Listen to Smart Talk live online from 9-10 a.m. weekdays and at 7 p.m. (Repeat of 9 a.m. program).

 

 
Thursday, April 27, 2017 8:56 AM

The state’s spending $80 million a year; that doesn’t include what school districts spend administering and preparing for the test. According to the Education Department, Pennsylvania is in the middle of the pack among states when it comes to spending on these exams.
ABC Channel 27, April 26, 2017
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Thursday, April 27, 2017 8:55 AM

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that aims to reduce the federal government's role in K-12 education.
Associated Press, April 26, 2017
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 8:43 AM

New school vaccination rules that take effect in August will require Pennsylvania children to be fully vaccinated within the first five days of school.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 25, 2017
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 8:42 AM

More bills are emerging in the Pennsylvania Legislature to end or loosen a requirement that students pass the Keystone Exams to graduate high school. One bill unveiled Tuesday would allow school districts, not the state, to decide whether to use the Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement.
Associated Press, April 25, 2017
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 8:40 AM

The state House on Tuesday approved a plan to update the state’s 20-year-old law governing charter schools in Pennsylvania. The measure passed 108-84 and now goes to the Senate, which passed a similar, but not identical measure last year.
Sharon Herald, April 26, 2017
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Last night, PSBA released this statement expressing concern over the passage of HB 97.

 
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 3:59 PM

Representatives of several education leadership associations recently released the 2016-17 State of Education report highlighting the many successes and challenges facing public education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Paul M. Healey, Ph.D., PA Principals Association Executive Director, spoke at the news conference on April 24, 2017. Click here for the news conference (YouTube video). Click here for the PSBA press release.

Healey news conference

 
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