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Wednesday, January 3, 2018 8:45 AM

Teachers have long dipped into their own pockets to fund their classrooms. Across the country, the average educator spends $350 of her or his own money annually on supplies and other items — from apps to enhance their students’ experiences to food and clothes to meet their basic needs, according to Scholastic, the publishing, education, and media company. 
Philadelphia Inquirer, Jan. 1, 2018
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Tuesday, January 2, 2018 8:44 AM

Alarmed by the proliferation of false content online, state lawmakers around the country are pushing schools to put more emphasis on teaching students how to tell fact from fiction.
Carlisle Sentinel, Dec. 31, 2017
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Tuesday, January 2, 2018 8:43 AM

Changes to the federal tax code could encourage more Pennsylvania businesses to pump money into K-12 private schools instead of paying state taxes. That’s according to an analysis by the nonprofit Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), which says it discovered an expanded loophole in the new law.
WHYY, Jan. 1, 2018
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Tuesday, January 2, 2018 8:41 AM

If it seems like state lawmakers didn’t accomplish much in 2017, there’s a reason for that.They didn’t. After struggling four months past the June deadline to balance the budget, the Legislature ended the year having passed 82 bills signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf.
The Daily Item, Dec. 30, 2017
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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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