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Tuesday, February 28, 2017 9:10 AM

A federal judge has ruled in favor of a trio of Pennsylvania transgender students who sued their school district last year over a bathroom choice policy they say violates their civil rights.   

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Source: PennLive.com, Feb. 27, 2017.


 
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 9:06 AM

In a move likely not seen yet in Pennsylvania, Central Fulton Mddle/High School has teamed up with local medical officials to run a free and confidential drug testing program not involving law enforcement and aimed at students.
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Source: Chambersburg Public Opinion, Feb. 18, 2017.

 
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 8:33 AM

As the Trump administration aggressively ramps up deportations of undocumented immigrants, some K-12 leaders have pledged to protect the rights and privacy of students who don't have legal immigration status. Some vow schools are "sanctuaries" where educators won't cooperate with authorities to identify or take action against undocumented students and families. But the fast-moving, politically charged situation has also created confusion for educators about what they can and can't do.  
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Source: Education Week,  Feb. 27, 2017.

 
Monday, February 27, 2017 10:14 AM

A first look at the impact of Gov. Wolf’s proposed $80 billion budget for the coming fiscal year offers at peek at the effect last year’s adoption of the fair funding formula for education is having on local schools.
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Source: Pottstown Mercury, Feb. 26, 2017.


 
Monday, February 27, 2017 10:07 AM

School districts in Lycoming County are in line to receive increases in basic education and special education funding under Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget for 2017-18, but not enough to balance the rising costs of retirement, health care and general expenses that administrators cannot control, local school officials say.  

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Source: Williamsport Sun Gazette, Feb. 26, 2017.


 
Monday, February 27, 2017 9:41 AM

Last year, the state finally allotted computer science a place in schools, ruling that a high school computer science course could be counted as a credit toward graduation in science or math.

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Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Feb. 25, 2017.

 
Friday, February 24, 2017 11:08 AM

Lehigh Valley school districts will likely avoid policy shifts on accommodating transgender students until courts weigh in more forcefully, administrators and legal counselors say.

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Source: Allentown Morning Call, Feb. 23, 2017.

 
Friday, February 24, 2017 11:02 AM

Elissa Ridenour was stunned when a friend approached her in the school cafeteria Thursday and said President Donald Trump had rolled back federal protections for transgender students.

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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Feb. 24, 2017.

 
Friday, February 24, 2017 10:55 AM

About 1 out of every 10 public school students in the United States right now is learning to speak English. They're called ELLs, for "English Language Learners." There are nearly 5 million of them, and educating them — in English and all the other subjects and skills they'll need — is one of the biggest challenges in U.S. public education today.
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Source: NPR.org, Feb. 23, 2017.

 
Friday, February 24, 2017 10:25 AM

PA Principals Executive Director, Dr. Paul M. Healey is calling on all members to contact their legislators now to encourage them to VOTE NO on Senate Bill 229. This bills aims to change the Public School Code by eliminating the minimum number of days for sick leave, bereavement and to alter sabbatical leaves. Instead, they want to make it a part of negotiations but we do not negotiate under Act 93 only the teachers have this right. Click here for the letter and talking points. This letter has already been sent to all State Senators.

 
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