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Thursday, October 6, 2016 3:04 PM

Sexual assaults involving students are in the news often, usually the attention is on colleges. But now the attention has shifted to K-12 schools and the efforts to stop the problem.
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Source: CBS Channel 21, Oct. 5, 2016.

 
Thursday, October 6, 2016 3:02 PM

Finding comparable data to answer those questions can be a tough slog if you're a mayor, education activist, or involved parent. But a new, interactive website from the Dallas-based George W. Bush Institute attempts to make it easier for those with a vested interest in education — particularly mayors and school administrators who have to make decisions about how to spend limited resources — to find key data.

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Source: Education Week, Oct. 4, 2016.

 
Monday, October 3, 2016 2:18 PM

As president of the Daniel B. Matthews Historical Society, a group that works to preserve local black history, Terry Bradford has been having discussions recently with administrators about what can be done to recruit more minority teachers. 
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Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Oct. 2, 2016.

 
Monday, October 3, 2016 2:17 PM

Some education leaders are rushing to embrace the newly frank conversation about the racial impact of education reforms. Others are caught awkwardly in the middle. And some — especially conservative — reformers feel alienated.
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Source: NPR.org, Sept. 30, 2016.

 
Monday, October 3, 2016 2:16 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court opened its new term Oct. 3 still feeling the effects of the February death of Justice Antonin Scalia. With the nomination of Merrick B. Garland stuck in political limbo, the eight members of the court have adopted a cautious approach to their docket for the new term, many legal experts say.
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Source: Education Week, Sept. 30, 2016.

 
Friday, September 30, 2016 3:18 PM

Across Pennsylvania, students posted "modest gains" on standardized tests in 2016, Department of Education officials said Thursday.
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Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, Sept. 30, 2016.

 
Friday, September 30, 2016 3:17 PM

Standardized tests continue to pose challenges for students at Pennsylvania's cyber charter schools.

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Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, Sept. 30, 2016.

 
Friday, September 30, 2016 3:16 PM

The need for pre-kindergarten programs in relation to the criminal justice system was the focus of a roundtable discussion Thursday morning.
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Source: Delaware County Daily Times, Sept. 29, 2016.

 
Friday, September 30, 2016 8:57 AM

Dr. Joseph H. Clapper, Assistant Executive Director, Pennsylvania Principals Association, was recently elected to serve on the Executive Committee for the Campaign for Fair Education Funding. The PA Principals Association is a member of the Campaign. For more information on the Campaign for Fair Education Funding, visit: http://fairfundingpa.org/

 

 
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 12:22 PM

As announced in a March 11, 2016 Penn*Link, Governor Tom Wolf has signed Act 4 into law. The law includes important amendments to Section 111 of the School Code concerning background checks that are intended to conform portions of that law with recent changes to the Child Protective Services Law (CPSL). It also allows education administrators to accept criminal history reports obtained for employment purposes from the Department of Human Services (DHS). Such reports can be used for compliance with Section 111 of the PA School Code as long as they are not more than sixty (60) months old. Applicants are also required to complete the form required by Section 111(j)(1) of the School Code (the PDE 6004 form) indicating they have not been disqualified from employment.

Although portability of background checks was authorized in both the PA School Code and the CPSL, it was necessary to receive guidance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) before providing guidance to the field. According to this guidance it is permissible for a school to accept a copy from an applicant of a Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) report obtained for DHS purposes. DHS has provided all of its entities with written permission that they may accept copies of a CHRI report obtained for Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) purposes.

To view PDE’s guidance on background checks for employees and the details of the DHS criminal history reports, go to Background Check webpage.

For additional information, please contact PDE’s School Services Office at 717-783-3750 or via email at ra-pde-schoolservice@pa.gov.

 
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