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The U.S. Department of Education has withdrawn a proposal that could have fundamentally changed the flow of federal dollars to schools that serve low-income students.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

 
Thursday, January 19, 2017 9:08 AM

In what would be a mostly symbolic move, the Pittsburgh Public Schools could soon become the state’s first K-12 school system to declare itself a “sanctuary” campus.

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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jan. 19, 2017.

 
Thursday, January 19, 2017 9:07 AM

Creativity and music are intrinsically linked. Our current educational model completely misunderstands the power of music and the role it plays in enhancing the lives of children. There is irrefutable evidence that indicates the introduction of music into a child's early development can ignite multiple areas of his or her brain. That, in turn, can assist in a child's overall growth and development.

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Source: Allentown Morning Call, Jan. 19, 2017.


 
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 11:47 AM

In a sometimes contentious confirmation hearing, education secretary pick Betsy DeVos pledged that she would not seek to dismantle public schools amid questions by Democrats about her qualifications, political donations and long-time work advocating for charter schools and school choice.

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Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, Jan. 18, 2017.

 
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 11:46 AM

The Pennsylvania attorney general's office has announced a settlement with financial services company Moody's over misleading credit ratings.

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Source: WHYY Newsworks, Jan. 18, 2017.

 
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 11:45 AM

Pennsylvania needs major property tax reform. For far too long, state legislators have refused to take sufficient responsibility for state-level education funding.

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Source: Republican Herald, Jan. 18, 2017.

 
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 10:22 AM

It's what everyone in the Pennsylvania Capitol is asking: How will Gov. Tom Wolf balance his budget proposal without a major tax increase?
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Source: Associated Press, Jan. 16, 2017.

 
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 10:21 AM

Gov. Tom Wolf is about three weeks out from the unveiling of his third state budget proposal. But in recent weeks the backdrop for that plan -- including proposed prison closures, and the elimination of thousands of unfilled state jobs -- has been informed by some gloomy news about the current fiscal year.

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Source: PennLive.com, Jan. 17, 2017.

 
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 10:16 AM

The school property tax elimination bill gaining traction in Harrisburg would only allow 2% of Pennsylvania's school districts to totally cut their tax levies, according to a new analysis. The Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials released its analysis of HB/SB 76, known as the Property Tax Independence Act, on Monday.

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Source: Express-Times, Jan. 17, 2017.

 
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