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Thursday, May 3, 2018 9:14 AM

Every year, hundreds of kids are kicked out of suburban Philadelphia school districts for residency fraud. Maybe even thousands. This little-discussed corner of the K-12 landscape contains so many of the issues that shape education in Pennsylvania today. (part 2 of "Kicked Out" series)
WHYY, May 2, 2018
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Thursday, May 3, 2018 9:12 AM

School board members were angry to learn Monday night that the district is projected to send an additional $501,302 to charter schools due to a lawsuit that changed the way its tuition rate is calculated. That means the district will pay out almost $30 million in charter school tuition next school year.
LehighValleyLive.com, May 1, 2018
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Wednesday, May 2, 2018 1:08 PM

The 2018-2019 Safe Schools Targeted Grant Request for Application opportunity will open on May 14, 2018.

TITLE 24 P.S. EDUCATION ARTICLE XIII-a. SAFE SCHOOLS. 24 P.S. §13-1302-A authorizes the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office for Safe Schools to make targeted grants to school entities to fund programs which address school violence.  These grants provide for School Resource and Police Officers, Safety Equipment, and Programs/Trainings.

Applications will be accepted from May 14, 2018 through July 31, 2018. School entities must submit their application through the department’s eGrant system, at www.grants.pa.gov.

  • School entities are defined under 24 P.S. § 222 (c) as a public school district, charter school, cyber charter school or area vocational-technical school;
  • Nonpublic schools are eligible to apply for school police officers; and
  • Police agencies and municipalities must submit their application through the mail since there is no access to the eGrant system.

Targeted grants shall be allocated through a competitive grant review process established by the office. School entities must satisfy the requirements of this section and section 1303-A of the PA School Code to be eligible for grants. The application for a targeted grant shall include:

a) The purpose for which the targeted grant shall be utilized;

b) Information indicating need for the targeted grant, including, but not limited to, school violence statistics;

c) An estimated budget;

d) Methods for measuring outcomes; and

e) Any other criteria as the office may require.

The office shall:

a) Give priority in grant funding under subsection (c) to a school entity designated as a persistently dangerous school as defined in 22 Pa. Code § 403.2 (relating to definitions).

b) Give priority in grant funding under subsection (c) to school entities with the greatest need to establish safety and order.

c) To the greatest extent possible, ensure that grant funding is geographically dispersed to school entities and municipalities throughout this Commonwealth; and

d) For school entities, municipalities, local law enforcement agencies, and nonpublic schools that apply for funding for the training and compensation of school resource officers and school police officers under subsection (c.1), give priority to school entities, municipalities, local law enforcement agencies and nonpublic schools that utilize school resource officers or school police officers who have completed additional training recommended by the Department of Education relating to interaction with all children and adolescents within a school setting. 

All information regarding the targeted grants can be found at:

http://www.education.pa.gov/K-12/Safe%20Schools/Pages/Safe-Schools-Targeted-Grants.aspx

Contact:  Russell Alves, eGrant Administrator

Office for Safe Schools, Pennsylvania Department of Education

(717) 783-6777

ralves@pa.gov

 

 
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 10:19 AM

Within the next two years, parents and advocates will get significantly more information about their schools and school districts, going far beyond demographics and test scores to include reporting on everything from absenteeism rates to new details about how schools spend their money.
WHYY Keystone Crossroads, April 30, 2018
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Wednesday, May 2, 2018 10:16 AM

In recent weeks, proponents of overhauling Pennsylvania's redistricting process with an independent citizens' commission have been frustrated as their bills have been repeatedly gutted by the Republican majority in a prominent state House committee. House GOP Leader Dave Reed, who told reporters Tuesday, this is an issue he wants to address before he departs the legislature at the end of this year.  
WITF, May 2, 2018
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Tuesday, May 1, 2018 10:14 AM

For the second time this month, a state House panel has stripped a bill that would have established an independent redistricting commission made up of citizens, and replaced it with language that gives the legislature even more power over the process.
WITF, May 1, 2018
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Tuesday, May 1, 2018 10:13 AM

Every year, hundreds of kids are kicked out of suburban Philadelphia school districts for residency fraud. Maybe even thousands. This little-discussed corner of the K-12 world contains so many of the issues that shape education in Pennsylvania today. (part 1 of 2 in "Kicked Out" series)
WHYY, May 1, 2018
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Tuesday, May 1, 2018 10:12 AM

A bipartisan package of eight bills that aims to address business and industry workforce shortages and alleviate the mis-perception attached to career and technical education won House approval on Monday.
PennLive, April 30, 2018
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Monday, April 30, 2018 9:28 AM

Proponents of school choice often argue that it’s the path to a better education system. While it’s a path that works for some children, it can end up leaving others even farther behind.
Forbes, April 29, 2018
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Monday, April 30, 2018 9:27 AM

The pressure put forth by Pennsylvania public schools may not have eliminated a voucher proposal that threatens school funding, but they have won a temporary reprieve.
Pottstown Mercury, April 27, 2018
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