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.
Chester-Upland School District Reaches Agreement To Settle Lawsuits Against StateAll signs on Thursday were pointing to a potential settlement of a lawsuit filed several months ago by the Chester Upland School District against the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Amid Allegations Of Cheating, Philadelphia Ordered To Scramble Its Test ProctorsWith cheating scandals in the headlines, Philadelphia schoolteachers will not be allowed to administer a key standardized test to their own students.
Pa. Education Department To Chester-Upland: Fix Your Own Budget DisasterThe Pennsylvania Education Department has shot down a request from the Chester-Upland School District for an advance on state funding the district says it needs to meet payroll after the end of the month.