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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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Thursday, July 26, 2018 10:59 AM

Nationwide, 2% of public school teachers are African-American males and 2% are Hispanic males, while students of color make up about half the nation’s public school enrollment from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
Chicago Tribune, July 25, 2018
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Wednesday, July 25, 2018 11:25 AM

The letter below was sent this morning from Secretary Sarah Galbally to school district superintendents regarding education funding.

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Recently, we have received questions regarding the Governor's policy on school funding. As has been demonstrated through his work with districts across the commonwealth, he does not support cutting funding to any districts. The Governor advocates for policies that achieve a fair and adequate funding for all districts as quickly as possible. That means investing in all school in Pennsylvania.

Click here to read the entire letter.

 

 
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 9:37 AM

The PIAA responded to Tuesday's meeting of more than 151 schools in State College by tweeting a link to a prepared statement on its website that said it would address issues of eligibility and competitive equity once they are forwarded to its Board of Directors "through the proper channels."

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018 9:34 AM

If the PIAA board of directors wanted, could it legally split public and private schools into separate playoffs?  PIAA executive director Bob Lombardi has consistently said no, citing a 1972 law that forced Pennsylvania’s high schools together into one state association. But the public school administrators who organized Tuesday’s PIAA Playoff Equity Summit say yes, and hope to soon have an independent interpretation to bolster their position, New Castle superintendent John Sarandrea said.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018 9:32 AM

Though it's an American tradition, not every school takes a long summer break. About 4 percent in the U.S. use a "balanced" calendar that operates year-round, sometimes to manage overcrowding but also to boost student achievement with more consistent education.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018 8:52 AM

The head of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency will also lead a group within the agency that will administer $60 million for school safety funded in a new state budget package. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday tapped commission chairman Charles Ramsey to head up the new School Safety and Security Committee.
Associated Press, July 23, 2018
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Tuesday, July 24, 2018 8:50 AM

Did you know that the state is underfunding the Reading School District by $118 million a year, according to Pennsylvania’s fair funding formula?  Allentown? $80.6 million. Bethlehem? $23 million. East Stroudsburg? $23 million.

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Monday, July 23, 2018 9:16 AM

It could be the start of a trend as more schools fearful of shootings consider adopting the technology, which has been gaining ground on city streets and in some businesses and government agencies. 
NBC Channel 10, July 23, 2018
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