US Education Secretary Visits Philadelphia To Talk About Future of State Funding for SchoolsIn response, Pennsylvania's education secretary said Gov. Wolf has plans to address the funding disparity between rich and poor school districts.
Gov.-Elect Wolf Joins Volunteers for MLK Day Event in HarrisburgGovernor-elect Tom Wolf stopped by to help volunteers as part of a King Day of Service event at the Downey School, in Harrisburg.
All 'Cyber' Charters in Pennsylvania Getting Failing Grades, Study Finds"None of the cyber charter schools met what the (Pennsylvania education) department's threshold is for acceptable school performance," notes the organization's director of policy research.
Phila. Parents Sue Pa. Dept. of Education Over Uninvestigated Deficiency ClaimsSeven Philadelphia parents say the Pennsylvania Department of Education has violated its duty to look into allegations of "curriculum deficiencies" in Philadelphia schools.
Corbett Education Advisor Quits Amid Accusations of Doing LittleLast month, the <em>Pittsburgh Post-Gazette</em> published a story questioning whether the time Tomalis spent on the job and his “ambiguous role” justified his nearly $140,000 state salary.
Will Pa. Schools Get Reprieve From Snow Make-Up Days? Time Will Tell.Pennsylvania law requires elementary and secondary schools to hold 180 days of classes. Many districts are struggling to fit them in after being closed for so many snow days.
Pa. Gets $51M Federal Grant For Early Education ProgramsCarolyn Dumaresq, Pennsylvania's acting secretary of education, says some of the money will be used to create 50 "Local Early Childhood Education Innovation Zones" to serve the lowest performing elementary schools in the state.
Education Advocates Want Freeze on 'Cyber' Charter OperatorsThere are 15 online "cyber" charters in Pennsylvania now, and six operators have applied to the state education department to run new ones.
Group Eyes Lawsuit To Force Pa. To Release Funding For Phila. SchoolsThe Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia says it has precedent that shows it could work: the Chester-Upland budget crisis.
Pa. Legislator Blasts Corbett Administration Plan for Testing High School SeniorsState senator Andrew Dinniman, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, says the Education Department is overstressing the tests despite an earlier understanding with lawmakers.
Educators and Spending Watchdogs Critical of Pennsylvania 'Cyber' ChartersCritics cite a number of weaknesses with the state's existing cyber charter schools, and oppose any new ones.
Philadelphia's Neediest Schoolchildren Getting Free Backpacks, School SuppliesThanks to a giveaway, nearly a thousand needy students in the Philadelphia school district who didn't have a backpack or basic supplies now have them.