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Thursday, September 22, 2016 11:21 AM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has received $750,963 in federal grant funding that will go towards defraying Advanced Placement test fees for low-income students.
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Source: Beaver County Times, Sept. 21, 2016.

 
Thursday, September 22, 2016 11:20 AM

On average before they graduate high school, American kids sit in class without their regular teacher for what adds up to most of a school year.  But what happens if there aren't enough substitutes?  
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Source: WHYY Newsworks, Sept. 19, 2016.


 
Thursday, September 22, 2016 11:19 AM

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court sat in session in Philadelphia last week to hear a case that provides the opportunity for the court to act affirmatively on behalf of the several hundred thousand school children in Pennsylvania who have been denied an equitable education for their entire time in school.
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Source: Huffington Post, Sept. 19, 2016.

 
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 10:07 AM

Gov. Wolf, legislative leaders from both parties, and some Pennsylvania education advocates have championed Act 35, the public school funding formula that passed in June, as an important step forward in creating an equitable school-finance system.
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Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, Sept. 21, 2016.


 
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 9:45 AM

For years the United States has embarked on an effort to reform its public education system, a civic institution, that has been based on market principles and the belief that standardized testing is the best way to assess students, teachers, principals, schools, districts and states.
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Source: Washington Post, Sept. 19, 2016.

 
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 11:16 AM

Pennsylvania legislators about a decade ago passed a law to protect homeowners by limiting property tax hikes to the rate of inflation. Has the law, known as Act 1, worked? Not for some homeowners. Exceptions were built into the law so school districts could raise property taxes as much as they needed only to cover certain rising costs, like pensions.
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Source: Observer-Reporter, Sept. 19, 2016.

 
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 11:15 AM

About one in five children in the United States shows signs of a mental health disorder — anything from ADHD to eating disorders to suicide.
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Source: NPR.org, Sept. 20, 2016.

 
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 11:14 AM

Following the House of Representatives' lead, there's a new bill in the Senate to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. But what's in it? And will it get the same smooth ride next week (when there's a hearing scheduled for the bill) that the bipartisan House rewrite received this week? 
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Source: Education Week, Sept. 16, 2016. 

 
Monday, September 19, 2016 10:35 AM

Several public education advocacy groups are trying to shift the negative press around Pennsylvania's public school system.
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Source: WITF.org, Sept. 15, 2016.

 
Monday, September 19, 2016 10:34 AM

A national law firm that advocates for the LGBT community said a federal suit will be filed against Pine-Richland SD (Allegheny Co.) for putting into place this week a "sex-specific" protocol that requires transgender students to use bathrooms that match their biological gender or, as an alternative, to use a unisex bathroom.
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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 16, 2016.

 
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