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Friday, May 26, 2017 8:44 AM

Pennsylvania’s elected auditor general, Eugene DePasquale, said Thursday that the underfunded $47 billion Pennsylvania Public School Employees’ Retirement System spends too much on hiring investment-management firms — $416 million last year, down from $441 million the year before. He called for “drastic” fee cuts.
Philadelphia Inquirer, May 25, 2017
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Thursday, May 25, 2017 8:07 AM

Some local teachers believe that the weight of evaluations of schools, students and teachers should fall more on individual school districts, and less on state standardized tests.
Centre Daily Times, May 23, 2017
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Thursday, May 25, 2017 8:06 AM

The Pennsylvania school code requires that all state funding follow a student regardless of his or her choice of school. Funds are allocated directly to public school districts. Then, charter schools seek a tuition reimbursement from the district that sends the student.  Public schools are obligated to pay, but institutions have clashed on how much.
Pocono Record, May 23, 2017
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Thursday, May 25, 2017 8:05 AM

There were few fireworks today as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testified before the House appropriations subcommittee on the Trump administration's 2018 budget proposal. 
NPR.org, May 24, 2017
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017 9:15 AM

Senate Bill 393, School Safety Options, would allow school board members to craft a district policy that permits approved personnel to carry guns on school grounds and in school buildings. 
York Dispatch, May 23, 2017
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017 9:13 AM

A recent report from public education advocates seeks to set the baseline for discussion on how to address challenges facing Pennsylvania schools.
WITF, May 23, 2017
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017 8:43 AM

For teachers, the carefully controlled conditions of education research can seem ridiculous when the reality of the classroom involves regular interruptions, absences and general chaos. For full article - click here.

 
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 8:35 AM

The Trump administration is proposing “the most ambitious expansion” of school choice in American history, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced Monday while giving few details on how the program would work.
Associated Press, May 22, 2017
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Monday, May 22, 2017 11:04 AM

A joint letter in opposition of HB 1213 is being hand-delivered to legislators in Harrisburg today. On behalf of school leaders across the state, we request your opposition to House Bill 1213. House Bill 1213 will unfairly increase property taxes for homeowners while providing an unjustified windfall to commercial properties.

Please click here for the joint letter signed by:
Pennsylvania Principals Association

Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools
Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators
Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials
Pennsylvanian School Boards Association
Pennsylvania State Education Association

 

 
Monday, May 22, 2017 8:58 AM

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has been a passionate proponent of expanding school choice, including private school vouchers and charter schools, and she has the clear backing of President Trump. But does the research justify her enthusiasm?
NPR.org, May 21, 2017
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