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Thursday, January 26, 2017 9:08 AM

The board of the Pittsburgh Public Schools unanimously passed a resolution tonight declaring itself a “sanctuary” campus. Immigration agents would not be permitted on school grounds without permission from the district’s law department and the superintendent under the motion, which pledges a “safe and supportive school environment” for students regardless of immigration status.
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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jan. 25, 2017.

 
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 11:49 AM

Warrior Run High School students and staff members have been recognized by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association for the success of the district’s vocational program.

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Source: Sunbury Daily Item, Jan. 23, 2017.

 
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 11:29 AM

President Donald Trump said less about education on the campaign trail than almost any major-party nominee in recent history, except for a high-profile proposal on single issue: school vouchers. But his ascendance to the White House could upend K-12 education in ways that are felt from the U.S. Department of Education’s headquarters in Washington to urban schools that serve big numbers of immigrant students.

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Source: Education Week, Jan. 23, 2017.

 
Monday, January 23, 2017 10:58 AM

As they wrestle with budgets for the 2017-18 school year, business administrators have been told by the state group that represents their interests to prepare a separate spending plan — one that significantly limits property taxes.

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Source: Bucks County Courier Times, Jan. 23, 2017.


 
Monday, January 23, 2017 10:57 AM

Local school districts have received millions in back payments they were owed by the state for construction and renovation projects.  “We’re very happy, very thrilled,” said Carbondale Area acting Superintendent and Business Manager David Cerra, who said the district would be in financial straits without the funding.

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Source: Scranton Times-Tribune, Jan. 20, 2017.


 
Monday, January 23, 2017 10:42 AM

The Bethlehem Area School Board figured it could save about $1 million a year — enough to buy 13 buses, or put a dozen more teachers on the payroll — if it capped enrollment at Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School, the most popular of the three charters hosted by the district.

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Source: Allentown Morning Call, Jan. 21, 2017.


 
Friday, January 20, 2017 10:56 AM

A bill that would virtually eliminate school property taxes is "a wolf in sheep's clothing," Gettysburg Area School District Business Manager Brad Hunt told his board Tuesday.

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Source: Gettysburg Times, Jan. 19, 2017.

 
Friday, January 20, 2017 10:55 AM

Shortly after the gavel comes down on Monday to begin the next session of the state Legislature, I expect that Senate Bill 76, School Property Tax Elimination, will be brought forward. Last year, the bill failed by one vote, 25-26, with the lieutenant governor casting the deciding “no” vote.

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Source: Doylestown Intelligencer, Jan. 19, 2017.

 
Friday, January 20, 2017 10:52 AM

The U.S. Department of Education has withdrawn a proposal that could have fundamentally changed the flow of federal dollars to schools that serve low-income students.

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Source: NPR.org, Jan. 19, 2017.

 
Thursday, January 19, 2017 9:09 AM

The standardized tests that Pennsylvania students take every year aren't going away, but they will count less under a new accountability system the state is developing.

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Source: Allentown Morning Call, Jan. 18, 2017.

 
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