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Wednesday, August 31, 2016 3:09 PM

Results of the annual Phi Delta Kappa International poll about K-12, released Monday, reported that 84% of Americans want officials to overhaul those struggling schools in some fashion, while just 14% say they prefer those schools to be shut down.
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Source: Education Week, Aug. 29, 2016.

 
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 1:30 PM

After publishing our first story on school pensions last week, some readers felt we had blamed teachers for rising pensions costs and property taxes.  In fact, we made a chart that showed teachers and administrative staff have consistently paid into the pension system. It’s the state that has been less predictable. 
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Source: Public Source, Aug. 27, 2016.

 
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 1:27 PM

Chronic absence — defined as missing more than 10 percent of the school year (or just two days a month) — is one of the most destructive forces in a child's education. Yet more than 6 million students in the U.S. miss three weeks or more of school each year.

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Source: NPR.org, Aug. 30, 2016.


 
Monday, August 29, 2016 1:59 PM

The PA Principals Association is one of six education associations that signed a letter regarding building additional capacity into the PlanCon borrowing, which was hand-delivered to the Governor on Friday, August 26, 2016. A copy was also emailed to the members of the PlanCon Advisory Committee. The following associations also signed the letter: PA Association of School Business Officials, PA Association of School Administrators, PA School Boards Association, PA Association of Career & Technical Administration and the PA Association of Rural and Small Schools.
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Click here for a summary of the PlanCon borrowing issue.

 
Monday, August 29, 2016 1:15 PM

A study released this summer by 50CAN, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and the National Association of Charter School Organizers — typically advocates for school choice and charter schools — called for chronically low-performing cyber charters to be closed.
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Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Aug. 27, 2016.

 
Monday, August 29, 2016 1:14 PM

Pennsylvania needs to take a crash course in school funding fairness. That's one conclusion drawn from the 2016 National Report Card (NRC), which gave the Keystone State a "D" for its inequitable funding system.
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Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, Aug. 25, 2016.

 
Monday, August 29, 2016 1:08 PM

New state legislation allows diabetic students to manage their own care during school, but not all public school officials are ready to jump into the program.

 

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Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Aug. 27, 2016.


 
Monday, August 22, 2016 12:35 PM

Data from the Pennsylvania Department of Education shows an increase in unsolved bomb threats in its public schools over the last three academic years, but a general decrease in terroristic threats.
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Source: Associated Press, Aug. 22, 2016.

 
Monday, August 22, 2016 12:34 PM

In 2015, approximately 6,000 people pursued teacher certification in Pennsylvania, down from 16,000 just three years earlier. The need for substitute teachers, however, hasn’t lessened at all, experts say.
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Source: Tribune-Democrat, Aug. 21, 2016.

 
Monday, August 22, 2016 12:34 PM

A newly formed legislative panel wants to ensure that what students learn while in school doesn't get lost once the bell rings. The bipartisan Legislative After School Caucus is made up of 31 House and Senate members, whose goal is boosting participation in the STEM fields-Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
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Source: WITF, Aug. 21, 2016.

 
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