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Monday, December 19, 2016 10:28 AM

Pennsylvania's school districts have gotten an early lump of coal this holiday season from Harrisburg: word that teacher pension costs, which have taken ever larger bites out of budgets in recent years, will rise faster than expected in 2017-18.

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Source: Allentown Morning Call, Dec. 18, 2016. 

 
Monday, December 19, 2016 10:27 AM

Pennsylvania Education Secretary Pedro Rivera said Friday he is striving for a public school system that employs a more "holistic" approach to learning, with less emphasis on standardized tests as a measure of success.

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Source: Doylestown Intelligencer, Dec. 16, 2016.


 
Friday, December 16, 2016 9:12 AM

Most children eligible for public pre-kindergarten are shut out for lack of space, according to a report released Wednesday.

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Source: Meadville Tribune, Dec. 15, 2016.

 
Friday, December 16, 2016 9:12 AM

In a legal battle that could usurp the power of local officials to choose when, and by how much, to raise taxes, a state appellate court is expected to decide soon on a case pitting one of Pennsylvania's wealthiest school districts against some of its taxpayers.

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Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, Dec. 16, 2016.

 
Friday, December 16, 2016 9:11 AM

We had battled inequities, poverty, and adult political issues but had not tackled perhaps education's biggest problem — a universal issue that exists across our schools, regardless of neighborhood or region: stress.
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Source: Education Week, Dec. 15, 2016. 

 
Thursday, December 15, 2016 9:24 AM

Pennsylvania is on pace for a $600 million budget shortfall in coming months, but Gov. Tom Wolf hopes to avoid proposing a hike in sales or income taxes next year, administration officials said Wednesday.
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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Dec. 14, 2016.

 
Thursday, December 15, 2016 9:24 AM

Pennsylvania charter schools routinely screen students to eliminate all but a few special-needs students, avoid enrolling students who are new to our country and require instruction designed for students who utilize English as a second language, and students with a disciplinary history. Homeless students are grossly under-enrolled in these schools. Charters are not a real option for the families of many of these students. 

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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Dec. 14, 2016.

 
Thursday, December 15, 2016 9:21 AM

In 2004, the reauthorized Individuals with Disabilities Education Act first introduced into federal policy the concept of "response to intervention." Now, 12 years later, the educational framework has continued to expand its reach — while also experiencing some growing pains.

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Source: Education Week, Dec. 13, 2016.

 
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 11:34 AM

Pennsylvania's school districts have gotten an early lump of coal this holiday season from Harrisburg: word that teacher pension costs, which have taken ever larger bites out of budgets in recent years, will rise faster than expected in 2017-18. 
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Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, Dec. 13, 2016

 
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 11:34 AM

With just a handful of weeks left in this presidential administration, the U.S. Department of Education released a final rule Monday that could have a major impact on how districts spend their federal special education money.
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Source: Education Week, Dec. 12, 2016. 

 
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