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Wednesday, December 27, 2017 9:28 AM

In the past month and a half, Harrisburg’s nonpartisan Independent Fiscal Office has released four research briefs or special reports. Three of those four have been about property taxes, and they may soon factor into a major policy debate.
WHYY Keystone Crossroads, Dec. 21, 2017
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Wednesday, December 27, 2017 9:23 AM

Recently, France announced it is banning cell phones in school for all students age 15 and under, starting next fall.  Click here to read the full article.

 

 

 
Thursday, December 21, 2017 12:29 PM

Gavin Ovsak is one of those guys who never seems to slow down. On top of his classwork at Harvard medical school, he’s got a side hustle—writing an original software program to help doctors make better decisions. 

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Thursday, December 21, 2017 9:37 AM

Fights over federal funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program has states trying to figure out how long their programs can hold out without getting more money. Pennsylvania is no exception. The commonwealth's CHIP program will be lucky to last until March if federal lawmakers don't act soon.
WITF, Dec. 20, 2017
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Wednesday, December 20, 2017 9:18 AM

Jubilant Republicans pushed early today to the verge of the most sweeping rewrite of the nation's tax laws in more than three decades, a deeply unpopular bill they insist Americans will learn to love when they see their paychecks in the new year. 
Associated Press, Dec. 20, 2017
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Tuesday, December 19, 2017 10:08 AM

A new “big-data” base on U.S. school districts provides new evidence that Pennsylvania has many high-performing schools but many lower-income rural and urban districts that perform less well. 

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017 8:58 AM

It's inevitable. Each year, teachers dip into their own pockets to buy things like notebooks, tissues and pencils for their students. This inevitability is even enshrined in the tax code, which gives educators a $250 deduction for their trouble.
NPR. Dec. 19, 2017
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Tuesday, December 19, 2017 8:39 AM

The Locally Selected On-Track Assessment Guidance Document is the second of several communications that will offer guidance on the indicators included in the Future Ready PA Index. This document, in conjunction with the PIMS technical manual, is intended to provide administrators with the information necessary to select and report a local assessment if they choose to do so. LEAs in need of technical assistance with on-track or proficiency assessment should contact the Bureau of Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction at RA-EDFUTUREREADYPA@pa.gov or 717-525-5057. For PIMS application support, please call 1-800-661-2423. Thank you for your dedication to shaping the futures of Pennsylvania’s students. Click here for the memo regarding this document from Matt Stem, Deputy Secretary Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.

 
Monday, December 18, 2017 11:57 AM

Five groups that represent public school superintendents, school business officials and rural schools authored a letter opposing the tax overhaul, saying it "includes provisions that undermine the strength of our nation's public school systems and compromises the ability of these systems to adequately and effectively provide educational opportunities and services to the students they serve."
Washington Post, Dec. 16, 2017
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Friday, December 15, 2017 11:04 AM

Five years later, little about the nation's federal gun laws has changed. But the Newtown shooting forever altered the way American schools approach safety and assess risk, ushering in an era in which schools feel particularly vulnerable to the threat of shootings and students must know what to do in case one happens.
PennLive, Dec. 14, 2017
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