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Wednesday, January 30, 2019 12:53 PM

Education advocates say a new Education Department proposal on school spending undermines a key rule that could help ensure equitable spending for low-income students.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019 12:49 PM

Not only does P.E. do little to improve physical fitness, but it can also lead to truancy and other disciplinary problems.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019 12:23 PM

The PA Principals Association participated in the PA Schools Work Press Conference today at the Capitol Rotunda. Education supporters gathered today to urge Governor Wolf to make a "bold investment" in education this budget. PA Schools Work called for an increase in basic, special and career and technical education ahead of the Governor's budget address.

Paul M. Healey, Ph.D., PA Principals Association Executive Director, opened the rally with his remarks.

Other speakers included Carlisle student, Samantha Martin with a basic education message; Blake Emmanuel, Phoenixville parent and school board director, with a special education message; Kari King, PA Partnerships for Children, with a career and technical education message; and closing remarks by Rich Askey, PSEA president. Rep. Joseph Cirisi, D-Montgomery County, also made a few remarks, stating that education is a top priority this legislative session.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019 10:03 AM

Recovery schools first appeared in the late 1970s and now about 40 exist nationwide, including in Minnesota, Texas and Massachusetts. More are likely to open as opioid overdoses continue to climb, said Finch, who is co-founder of the Association of Recovery Schools. “There has been a gap in adolescent treatment for many, many years,” he said. “The schools are one of the programs that fill in that gap.”
Kaiser Health News, Jan. 29, 2019
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Tuesday, January 29, 2019 12:17 PM

The American Academy of Pediatrics called Monday for a major new effort to discourage children and teenagers from using e-cigarettes. According to AAP data, last year 20 percent of high school students, and five percent of middle school students, used e-cigarettes; that is a 75 percent jump overall since 2017.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019 12:16 PM

If performance data says how well students achieved in the past, growth data can indicate a lot more: how performance has changed over time, which schools are making a difference in low-income neighborhoods and where student achievement might be headed in the future.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019 12:14 PM

Aly Carter graduated from high school 13 years ago, and what she remembers most distinctly about those years were her experiences on the playing fields. She ran cross-country and track, played soccer and threw herself into lacrosse, helping her school team make it to the state final in 2005.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019 11:26 AM

On May 22, 2008 the Pennsylvania State Board of Education (SBE) amended their bylaws to add one non-voting senior student member and one non-voting junior student member. Thus, since September 2009 two high school students have served on the State Board of Education. For the past year those students have been senior Donald Alex Fey from Phoenixville Area High School and Junior Ashley Svec from Norwin High School. These State Board of Education positions have provided public school students with an unprecedented opportunity in Pennsylvania to interact with the twenty-two adult Board members and have helped shape long-term education policy for the 1.8 million K-12 students in our state and the 680,000 students impacted by our state system of higher education.  

 The Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils (PASC) was first charged with the responsibility of recommending two students to hold these positions for the 2008-2009 school year. Now in January 2019, the selection of a new Junior Member for the 2019-2020 school year begins.

Current 10th grade students (Class of 2021) enrolled in public high schools in Pennsylvania are eligible to apply for this position. The introductory letter, commitment forms and application can be found at https://www.pasc.net/government-relations. Applications are due back on March 1st, 2019. Finalists will be invited for in-person interviews in Harrisburg in April. One student will be selected for a two-year term at that time.

The student selected will be expected to attend each meeting of the SBE. The commitment to attend each and every one of these meetings is extremely important. In addition, the student must commit to State Board “homework” between meetings which will include the reading of SBE reports and frequent communication with other students in the state on SBE issues. This communication can take the form of social media interaction, as well as through information and surveys shared through PASC by region representatives.

The student selected for this program will also be a voting member of the PASC Executive Board and will be asked to attend the PASC State Conference to represent students and the SBE. PASC will provide training and conference attendance for the students selected, as well as transportation to PASC events and board meetings at PASC expense. Outside of this support, the State Board of Education’s student leadership program is supported entirely through private grant funds made available by Highmark. PASC and the Board appreciate Highmark’s generosity in making this leadership opportunity available to high school juniors and seniors across the Commonwealth. Through its grant funds, the SBE will pay for travel to SBE meetings and will provide hotel accommodations for meetings held in Harrisburg or, at other designed locations within the state consistent with state travel policies. Minor students are required to have a parent or guardian accompany them during travel to and from Board meetings.

 
Monday, January 28, 2019 10:06 AM

A note home from his daughter’s Henrico County school last September surprised Kurt Wolfe.  Maybeury Elementary had conducted a lockdown drill that day, and the first-time school parent didn’t know about it.

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Monday, January 28, 2019 9:45 AM

Standing in front of 240 freshmen and 80 fellow seniors in her school's gymnasium, a slight 17-year-old with her hair in pigtail braids took a long, shuddering breath.

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