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Tuesday, July 31, 2018 9:04 AM

Pennsylvania ranked 30th in quality and 17th in safety in the study by the personal finance website WalletHub. 
Patch.com, July 30, 2018
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Tuesday, July 31, 2018 9:04 AM

A state commission is trying to figure out how to cut costs in Pennsylvania's two largest, heavily-indebted pension funds. Depending on what numbers you use, the State Employees' Retirement System and Public School Employees' Retirement System have between about $66 and $89 billion in unfunded liabilities.
WITF, July 30, 2018
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Tuesday, July 31, 2018 9:01 AM

As a Maryland native, Woodland Hills athletic director Ron Coursey comes from a state where public and private high schools already play in separate leagues and compete for separate championships.

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Monday, July 30, 2018 8:36 AM

As a Maryland native, Woodland Hills athletic director Ron Coursey comes from a state where public and private high schools already play in separate leagues and compete for separate championships.

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Source: Tribune Review, TribLive, July 27, 2018.

 
Monday, July 30, 2018 8:32 AM

 It may be the middle of summer, but one South Carolina school district is already planning to eliminate their student’s snow days.

Anderson School District 5 plans to be the first district in the state to do away with the practice of closing school to prevent children from traveling to class on dangerous roads in the winter.

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Source: CBS Local, Anderson, S.C.

 
Friday, July 27, 2018 9:09 AM

Excused absences, unexcused absences, suspensions — all contribute to chronic absenteeism, which is defined as missing 10 percent or more school days per year. While the causes vary, chronic absenteeism is now viewed as a warning sign that something within a school or student's life needs to be addressed to keep learning on track.

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Source: eSchool News, July 24, 2018.

 
Friday, July 27, 2018 8:37 AM

A federal appeals court has denied a request for a full court to rehear a challenge to a Pennsylvania school district's policy allowing transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their sexual identity, saying it violates their right to privacy.
Associated Press, July 26, 2018
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Friday, July 27, 2018 8:33 AM

Despite evidence showing otherwise, it remains conventional wisdom in many parts of the education world that private schools do a better job of educating students, with superior standardized test scores and outcomes. It is one of the claims that some supporters of school choice make in arguing that the public should pay for private school education. The only problem? It isn’t true, a new study confirms.
Washington Post, July 26, 2018
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Thursday, July 26, 2018 11:02 AM

While addressing a conference of special education directors, State Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera stated recently that Pennsylvania has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) for the 11th consecutive year for compliance and performance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018 11:01 AM

In March, the Office for Civil Rights updated the way it processes cases. The changes at the OCR prompted a lawsuit against the Department of Education. Filed by the National Federation of the Blind, the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates and the NAACP, the suit argues that these changes were illegal and contrary to the purpose of the office.
NPR, July 25, 2018
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