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Monday, August 22, 2016 12:34 PM

A newly formed legislative panel wants to ensure that what students learn while in school doesn't get lost once the bell rings. The bipartisan Legislative After School Caucus is made up of 31 House and Senate members, whose goal is boosting participation in the STEM fields-Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
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Source: WITF, Aug. 21, 2016.

 
Thursday, August 18, 2016 11:40 AM

Accountability now appears to be the issue that states, charter authorizers (such as local school boards), and even advocates are still grappling with.  The stakes — both in terms of student outcomes and public money spent — are exceedingly high. 
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Source: WITF Keystone Crossroads, Aug. 18, 2016.


 
Thursday, August 18, 2016 11:38 AM

The New York-based Moody's credit rating agency is upgrading the battered rating of a state program that helps school districts get more favorable loan terms by giving a guarantee to repay bondholders.  
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Source: WITF, Aug. 17, 2016.

 
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 9:17 AM

If you had to get a loan to pay your bills, would you say your family budget is balanced? Or even consider yourself in good financial shape? Sadly, that’s exactly what lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf did during this year’s state budget negotiations.
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Source: Montgomery News, Aug. 13, 2016.


 
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 9:13 AM

At a time when regional teacher shortages and high turnover rates are rife in school systems, a new report by the Economic Policy Institute may offer some explanation: The gap between U.S. teachers' pay and that of comparable workers is greater than ever before.
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Source: Education Week, Aug. 12, 2016.

 
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 1:45 PM

A new funding formula used to allocate state education dollars based on the need of a district is a step in the right direction, say several area school officials.
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Source: Herald Standard, Aug. 15, 2016.

 
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 1:44 PM

Karen Truesdale knows how to save lives. It’s something the Bellefonte Area SD certified school nurse has done before. But health education and keeping up with new medical advances are also part of the job.
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Source: Centre Daily Times, Aug. 15, 2016.

 
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 1:42 PM

Ayana Coles is black, one of just four teachers of color among Eagle Creek Elementary's 37 staff. Throughout last year she gathered co-workers in her classroom for after-school discussions about race. Her goal? Create a common understanding of race and power, with hopes that teachers acknowledge, then address, how that plays out in the school.
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Source: NPR.org, Aug. 12, 2016.

 
Monday, August 15, 2016 10:49 AM

In the back-and-forth drama of Pennsylvania's budget woes, nothing has been more ever-present than pension reform.

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Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, Aug. 14, 2016.

 
Monday, August 15, 2016 10:48 AM

Charter schools have always represented a flashpoint in the education space. But the demands from the NAACP and the Black Lives Matter-affiliated groups highlight a new wrinkle: After years benefiting from a reform-friendly K-12 agenda that allowed its schools to flourish through the elimination of caps and increased funding at the state and federal levels, the charter sector now finds itself in the crosshairs of a burgeoning and wide-scale debate over who truly holds communities of color in their best interest.
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Source: U.S. News, Aug. 12, 2016.


 
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