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Thursday, January 11, 2018 3:30 PM

WASHINGTON — Too often, low-income, black and Latino students end up in schools with crumbling walls, old textbooks and unqualified teachers, according to a report released Thursday by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018 8:52 AM

Some of Pennsylvania's rural communities are grappling with stagnant economies and declining industrial jobs, a steady drain of younger people and chronic addiction. Many of these issues seep into their schools adversely affecting the educational development of Pennsylvania's youth.
WITF Smart Talk, Jan. 10, 2018
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Thursday, January 11, 2018 8:51 AM

The recent spell of cold weather exposed the poor state of school buildings in many big-city districts where the failure of heating systems closed dozens of institutions after children were left shivering in frigid classrooms.
Associated Press, Jan. 10, 2018
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Thursday, January 11, 2018 8:50 AM

Many Pennsylvania charter schools are lackluster, and the law that governs them is among the nation’s worst. So says a report to be released Thursday by Public Citizens for Children and Youth, the Philadelphia-based child-advocacy organization.
Philadelphia Inquirer, Jan. 10, 2018
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018 9:25 AM

Gov. Wolf on Wednesday will declare Pennsylvania’s heroin and opioid addiction crisis a statewide emergency, making it the eighth state to take such a step amid a public health scourge that has devastated communities and led to a spike in overdose deaths.
Philadelphia Inquirer, Jan. 9, 2018
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018 9:23 AM

There are 13 neighborhood elementary or middle schools in Philadelphia where more than half of enrolled students come from outside the "catchment" area -- a form of school choice rarely discussed.
WHYY, Jan. 9, 2018
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018 9:17 AM

After new rules became state law in November, schools are required to provide a regular lunch to every student whether they can pay for it or not. The law is meant to prevent singling out students with unpaid lunch bills.
York Daily Record, Jan. 10, 2018
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Tuesday, January 9, 2018 1:58 PM

Most Americans say U.S. STEM education is middling, new poll finds.  Efforts to get more women and minorities into high-wage STEM jobs have yet to yield big results

 

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018 1:54 PM

This year, Avonworth High School students arrived at their first period, for the most part, after sunrise. The district recently shifted its first period start time from 7:15 to 8 a.m., and Superintendent Thomas Rolston said his students now pass what he calls "the eye test."

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Monday, January 8, 2018 12:26 PM

Just 54 percent of middle schoolers and 46 percent of high schoolers think their studies are relevant,

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