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Friday, November 18, 2016 9:05 AM

Just this week, a study looking at more than 20,000 students in a state-funded preschool program in Virginia found that kids made large improvements in their alphabet recognition skills. So the next big question to follow is, of course, Do these benefits last?
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Source: NPR.org, Nov. 17, 2016.

 
Thursday, November 17, 2016 1:27 PM

York County is seeing more students who don't speak English as a native language, but schools are finding fewer educators certified to teach them. It's one area of shortage the state is seeing as fewer people show interest in becoming educators. 

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Source: York Daily Record, Nov. 17, 2016.

 
Thursday, November 17, 2016 1:26 PM

When Donald Trump was running for president, he said repeatedly that the Common Core State Standards initiative has been a “total disaster” and he would get rid of it if he landed in the White House. Yet on Wednesday, Trump spokesman Jason Miller offered the names of two women who have been allies of Bush and who have been Core supporters: Michelle Rhee and Eva Moskowitz.

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Source: Washington Post, Nov. 16, 2016.

 
Thursday, November 17, 2016 12:26 PM

School voucher programs in the nation's capital and Vice President-elect Mike Pence's home state of Indiana could serve as a blueprint for a Trump administration plan to use public money to enable disadvantaged students to attend the public or private school of their choice.
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Source: Morning Call, Nov. 16, 2016.

 
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 2:37 PM

On Wednesday, November 2, 2016, Governor Wolf signed into law HB1734 (Act 118). Act 118 grants a one year extension for school entities to submit to the Secretary for approval their three-year professional education plan. It also grants a one-year extension to each professional educator's current professional education compliance period. The Pennsylvania Department of Education is working to update the Professional Education Record Management System (PERMS) and will post an FAQ on the Act 48 and PERMS website to address the practical implications of the law. Please visit the Act 48 and PERMS website for more information as we provide updates.

 

 
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 10:31 AM

Pennsylvania could be on the path to a ballooning, billion-dollar budget deficit, state officials said Tuesday, potentially reviving a recurring political showdown over new taxes or spending cuts.
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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Nov. 16, 2016.

 
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 10:29 AM

The coming administration in Washington, D.C., may redirect billions of dollars of federal funding to charter and private schools, and that has public education advocates concerned.
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Source: Public News Service, Nov. 15, 2016.

 
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 9:41 AM

Now that the 2016 elections have come to a close, it is time for the citizens of Pennsylvania to call on our legislators to complete the jobs they were elected to accomplish. We must hold our legislators to the standard they espouse.
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Source: Reading Eagle, Nov. 16, 2016.

 
Monday, November 14, 2016 2:07 PM

While the increased tilt of the Legislature may not bode well for Democrats, it may mean the state can take another substantial whack at fixing the public pension crisis.

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Source: The Sharon Herald, Nov. 14, 2016.

 
Monday, November 14, 2016 2:07 PM

Despite its less punitive nature and new aspects that will require schools to work individually with students to better understand the reasons for truancy, the new law still has some critics. 

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Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov. 13, 2016.

 
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