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Monday, September 19, 2016 10:18 AM

The Every Student Succeeds Act represents a whole new ball game when it comes to school improvement: States and districts will get to come up with interventions and turnaround strategies, as long as they have evidence to back up their approaches. That's a big departure from the law's predecessor, the No Child Left Behind Act.
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Source: Education Week, Sept. 16, 2016. 

 
Friday, September 16, 2016 12:57 PM

The often-tainted image of state government took another self-inflicted hit this week when a state attorney told the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that students have no constitutional right to a specific level of education quality.
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Source: Bucks County Courier Times, Sept. 15, 2016.

 
Friday, September 16, 2016 12:56 PM

One of the most contentious areas of school reform in recent years has been how best to educate students to be effective teachers. Traditional schools of education have come under attack — in some cases for good reason and in some cases not.
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Source: Washington Post, Sept. 15, 2016. 

 
Friday, September 16, 2016 12:55 PM

Already faced with worrisome hiring gaps, the country is on the precipice of a dramatically widening shortfall of teachers, a new analysis warns.
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Source: Education Week, Sept. 14, 2016.

 
Thursday, September 15, 2016 1:04 PM

Today, representatives from several education associations, including the Pennsylvania Princpipals Association, officially kicked off a new campaign focusing on public schools across Pennsylvania. The Success Starts Here campaign is a multi-year statewide effort to share the positive news about public education through advertising, web, social media, traditional media and word-of-mouth with the goal of raising understanding of the value of public education in Pennsylvania. Paul M. Healey, PA Principals Association executive director, spoke at the event.

Representatives from the following organizations were on hand at Central Dauphin East Middle School in Harrisburg, Pa., to announce the start of the campaign, preview a campaign video and use it as an opportunity to get the word out to school districts, Intermediate Units, career and tech centers, parents, taxpayers and community leaders:

  • Pennsylvania School Boards Association
  • Pennsylvania School Administrators Association
  • Pennsylvania Principals Association
  • Pennsylvania School Public Relations Association
  • Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units
  • Pennsylvania State Education Association

The news conference also was streamed live online on Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/PASchoolBoards.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016 9:58 AM

Schools across Pennsylvania are putting the safety and health of transgender students at risk by barring them from bathrooms, locker rooms, and other facilities matching their gender identity, according to a new report out Wednesday.
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Source: PennLive.com, Sept. 14, 2016.

 
Thursday, September 15, 2016 9:57 AM

First the good news. It has not exactly been a secret for some time now that the system Pennsylvania uses to fund public education has been a mess. It’s pretty simple. The state was shortchanging education by failing to adequately fund public schools, and the money it did pony up was being unfairly doled out.
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Source: Delaware County Daily Times, Sept. 14, 2016.

 
Thursday, September 15, 2016 9:43 AM

Twenty states now require that high school students be allowed to count a computer science course as a math or science credit toward graduation, according to a new report from the Education Commission of the States. That's up from 14 states with such requirements when the first "Computer Science in High School Graduation Requirements" report came out last year.
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Source: Education Week, Sept. 13, 2016. 


 
Thursday, September 15, 2016 9:42 AM

Due to legislative failure, the system for funding schools in Pennsylvania has become so "irrational" and "arbitrary" that the judiciary must intervene, attorneys argued before the state Supreme Court on Tuesday.
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Source: WHYY Newsworks, Sept. 14, 2016.

 
Thursday, September 15, 2016 9:41 AM

A new study concludes that a state effort to target funding to lagging school districts did not reduce disparities in student achievement and per-pupil spending.
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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 14, 2016.

 
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