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Monday, December 5, 2016 11:00 AM

The new federal education law gives states more latitude in deciding how to gauge school performance. As Pennsylvania sets standards for performance and accountability, it should consider language that would rate schools partly on how well their curricula, especially career and technical education programs, match local employers’ needs.

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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Dec. 5, 2016.

 
Friday, December 2, 2016 10:34 AM

"Below estimate." Those words, which strike fear into the hearts of Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Legislature, appear 13 times in the Department of Revenue's latest collections report.
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Source: Pennlive.com, Dec. 1, 2016.

 
Friday, December 2, 2016 10:33 AM

Attorneys for three transgender students want a federal judge to force a Pennsylvania school district to let the students use the restrooms of their choosing until their lawsuit over the issue is heard by the court or settled.

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Source: Associated Press, Dec. 1, 2016.

 
Friday, December 2, 2016 9:40 AM

Legislators, local school district business managers and members of planning and construction commissions gathered at Coebourn Elementary School recently to discuss the antiquated ways the state reimburses school districts for building costs.

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Source: Delaware County Daily Times, Dec. 1, 2016.

 
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 10:42 AM

It's been nearly a decade since state lawmakers completely rewrote the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law, making fundamental changes to what had widely been considered among the nation's weakest legislation on access to government records.

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Source: Associated Press, Nov. 30, 2016.


 
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 10:41 AM

A controversial practice in the Selinsgrove Area SD (Snyder Co.) that permits transgender students to use the bathroom and lockers of their choice will be topic of community forum Wednesday evening.

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Source: PennLive.com, Nov. 29, 2016.

 
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 10:07 AM

Pedro Rivera called Centre County the “epicenter” for science education defined by STEM — science, technology, engineering and math. The state Department of Education secretary spoke to about 50 people Tuesday morning at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center during a meeting with the state STEM committee and stakeholders invested in enhancing science education.
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Source: Centre Daily Times, Nov. 29, 2016.

 
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 12:17 PM

The Obama administration's final accountability rules for the Every Student Succeeds Act, issued Monday, give states greater flexibility on school ratings, schools with high testing opt-out rates, and in other areas than an earlier draft version, released in May.

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Source: Education Week, Nov. 28, 2016.

 
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 12:15 PM

Brains, brains, brains. One thing we've learned at NPR Ed is that people are fascinated by brain research. And yet it can be hard to point to places where our education system is really making use of the latest neuroscience findings.
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Source: NPR.org, Nov. 29, 2016.

 
Monday, November 28, 2016 3:07 PM

How much do Pennsylvania governments and schools spend on outside lawyers to fight access to government records? That’s hard to say, because records they provide on legal billings are often heavily blacked out.

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Source: Williamsport Sun-Gazette, Nov. 28, 2016.

 
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