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Wednesday, September 7, 2016 9:31 AM

Here’s your all-in-one guide to the Common Core State Standards, adopted by a majority of states with great fanfare — and considerable pushback in some places. 
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Source: Education Week, Sept. 6, 2016.

 
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 9:28 AM

Our public schools are struggling to handle millions of students with mental health problems. Here's why.
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Source: NPR.org, Sept. 7, 2016.

 
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 9:28 AM

Some buses in the Poconos don't look any different from your typical diesel school bus. But if you take a closer look, you'll see that these buses run on propane. The Pocono Mountain SD (Monroe Co.) purchased 25 of these environmentally friendly rides.
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Source: ABC Channel 16, August 25, 2016.

 
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 2:47 PM

The Senate Republican Caucus is sponsoring a telephone town hall event, "A Commonwealth in Crisis: Combatting Heroin and Opiod Abuse in PA," that will be held on several dates and regions in the upcoming months. You may participate in one of three ways: You may sign up online at www.acommonwealthcrisis.com by entering your cell or land line phone number; you may text the keyword "talkheroin" (be sure to enter as one word, with no space) to the number 828282; or you may listen to the live streaming at www.acommonwealthcrisis.com.

This series of regional Telephone Town Halls highlights the statewide public health crisis of Heroin and Opioid abuse in Pennsylvania and will connect listeners with local experts to provide education and assistance.

Telephone Town Hall Schedule:

A Commonwealth Crisis
#1 Northeast
September 21, 2016
6:30 p.m.

A Commonwealth Crisis
#2 Southwest
October 17, 2016
6:30 p.m.

A Commonwealth Crisis
#3 Southeast
January 10, 2017
6:30 p.m.*

A Commonwealth Crisis
#4 South Central
February 7, 2017
6:30 p.m*

A Commonwealth Crisis
#5 Northwest and Central
March 21, 2017
6:30 p.m.*

*Date and time are subject to change.

Register online at: www.acommonwealthcrisis.com

 

 

 
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 2:46 PM

The National Labor Relations Board recently ruled a virtual charter school in Pennsylvania should be classified as a private corporation, not a public institution. The decision only directly impacts that one school, but it could have farther-reaching legal implications.
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Source: WITF.org, Sept. 2, 2016.

 
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 2:45 PM

A recent court ruling overturning an exemption granted by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to a school district could prompt taxpayers in other parts of the state to file similar legal challenges, education experts said Thursday.

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Source: GantDaily.com, Sept. 3, 2016.

 
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 2:45 PM

District officials said the substitute shortage is fueled by a precipitous drop in the number of people graduating with teaching degrees — fresh recruits who typically substitute to break into the field.
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Source: Allentown Morning Call, Sept. 2, 2016.


 
Thursday, September 1, 2016 10:59 AM

Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Education unveiled new rules, explaining to states and districts how they can prove they're spreading resources fairly between poor and less-poor schools.
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Source: NPR.org, Aug. 31, 2016.

 
Thursday, September 1, 2016 10:59 AM

If you think it takes a lot of money to get a child ready for school, consider how much money it takes to get a school ready for a child. Pennsylvania spends almost $30 billion per year educating about 1.7 million children. 
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Source: Allentown Morning Call, Aug. 30, 2016.


 
Thursday, September 1, 2016 10:58 AM

After analyzing dozens of K-12 math textbooks — and determining that most of the major publishers were selling subpar common-core products — the curriculum review group EdReports.org has now moved on to English/language arts materials.
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Source: Education Week, Aug. 30, 2016.

 
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