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Friday, September 7, 2018 9:41 AM

While the landmark Janus v. AFSCME decision had many clear implications for how public employee unions are able to operate going forward, there’s still room for states to grapple with exactly how they comply with the U.S. Supreme Court.
Watchdog.org, Sept. 6, 2018
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Thursday, September 6, 2018 8:49 AM

A new paper in the journal Pediatrics summarizes the evidence for letting kids let loose. "Play is not frivolous," the paper insists, twice. "It is brain building." The authors — Michael Yogman, Andrew Garner, Jeffrey Hutchinson, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff — ask pediatricians to take an active role by writing a "prescription for play" for their young patients in the first two years of life.
NPR, Aug. 31, 2018
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Thursday, September 6, 2018 8:48 AM

A pilot program allowing school districts to send school work home with students during cancellations ended at the end of last school year. Now, state Representative Kristin Phillips-Hill wants (R-York County) wants to try and make the program optional statewide. Her proposal would give school districts across Pennsylvania up to five flexible-instruction days, where school work is sent to students to work from home.
Fox Channel 43, Sept. 5, 2018
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Wednesday, September 5, 2018 9:00 AM

State Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York County, is looking to give schools an option that allows them to give students school work to do at home for up to five days in a school year and still have those days count toward the minimum 180 instructional day requirement that state law requires.
Pennlive, Sept. 5, 2018
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Wednesday, September 5, 2018 8:59 AM

If a pair of powerful Pennsylvania state senators get their way, a burgeoning approach to managing student behavior could become a mandate. The central plank of their proposal is a requirement that all teachers, school board members and school employees “with direct contact with students” receive trauma-informed training.
WHYY, Sept. 4, 2018
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Tuesday, September 4, 2018 10:00 AM

As the race for Pennsylvania’s governor heats up over school funding, local district administrators hope to raise awareness to the need for more state money to cover unfunded mandates. Pennsylvania lags in the nation in just how much support it gives local school districts, placing most of the financial burden on local taxpayers.
Doylestown Intelligencer, Sept. 2, 2018
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Tuesday, September 4, 2018 9:59 AM

With many schools starting class around 7:30 a.m., that makes it difficult for teens to get the eight to 10 hours of sleep recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
PhillyVoice, Sept. 4, 2018
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Friday, August 31, 2018 8:50 AM

In a memo to other lawmakers, PA Rep. Brad Roae, R-Crawford, said his plan would bar districts from giving severance packages to superintendents. The legislation would also bar school districts from bringing back former administrators to serve as acting superintendents or consultants.
Tribune-Democrat, Aug. 30, 2018
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Friday, August 31, 2018 8:49 AM

School lunch is supposed to be a time for students to take a break from class, socialize with their friends, and eat a nourishing meal. The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act was established in 2010 with a goal to improve school lunch and breakfast programs.
Philadelphia Inquirer, Aug. 31, 2018
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Friday, August 31, 2018 8:48 AM

A common argument against co-ops — either in athletics or band — is that participation from the non-host school in the co-op would quickly dwindle. And there is anecdotal evidence to back that up.
Meadville Tribune, Aug. 31, 2018
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