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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. 

 
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 11:26 AM

As state education officials set agendas for K-12 under the Every Student Succeeds Act, a new guide and a research review are being released this week to help them figure out how best to elevate school leadership through the law.

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Source: Education Week, Dec. 13, 2016.

 
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 11:20 AM

In a special five-year outlook, Matthew Knittel, the director of the office, noted that the state could face a budget deficit of $500 million by the end of the current fiscal year next June. 

 

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Source: Beaver County Times, Dec. 12, 2016. 

 
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 11:04 AM

In 2014, the U.S. Department of Education labeled PA’s system “the most inequitable in the nation.” But if those students in Erie were born just two hours north in the Canadian province of Ontario, they’d have a completely different outlook.

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Source: WHYY Newsworks, Dec. 13, 2016.


 
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 10:59 AM

With President-elect Donald Trump waiting in the wings, the Republican majority in Congress will have the opportunity to tackle a host of education issues when its next session begins in 2017, from funding for disadvantaged and special education students and college access and affordability issues, to student-data privacy and career and technical education.

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Source: Education Week, Dec. 12, 2016.

 
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