education

Kevin McCorry, Keystone Crossroads

A telecom technician by trade, Schuylkill County homeowner Ron Boltz is not your typical suit-and-tie Harrisburg lobbyist. He's a self-taught policy wonk who walks the halls of the Capitol in jeans and polo shirt — burning endless vacation days in an effort to convince lawmakers to abandon nearly 200 years of history and reimagine the state's tax structure and school finance scheme. 

Three Top Penn State Officials Get Jail Time

Jun 5, 2017

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- Three former top Penn State officials have received jail time for failing to properly report Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse of children.  

Ellen Abbott, WRVO

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - New York state is in the midst of getting public input for its version of the Every Student Succeeds Act. That federal legislation, also known as ESSA, is what is following the No Child Left Behind law. The state is conducting 13 public hearings to get feedback on a proposal that lets states have more leeway as they develop education priorities. 

Report Seeks To Set Baseline For PA Education Debate

May 24, 2017
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(Harrisburg) -- A recent report from public education advocates seeks to set the baseline for discussion on how to address challenges facing Pennsylvania schools. The inaugural State of Education report from the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) used public data and surveys to identify issues. Not surprisingly, 86% of school administrators say budget pressures are one of the biggest challenges facing public schools. They also share concerns over building maintenance and teacher shortages. 

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School districts across the state are holding votes on their budgets Tuesday. 

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New York state’s education commissioner said Tuesday that new state-specific learning standards will offer several improvements over the controversial Common Core standards. 

Lindsey Lazarski, WHYY

KEYSTRONE CROSSROADS - When Delaware County's Chester Upland School District raised taxes last summer for the fourth year in a row, it was just the latest move in a long-running attempt to bring a chronically deficit-ridden district back to financial health. 

PA House Takes Another Crack At Charter Schools

Apr 21, 2017
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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The state legislature is returning to one of its toughest recurring issues--charter school reform. Among the provisions laid out in the latest omnibus proposal to get onto the House floor are a standardized application process for schools seeking charters, more consistent school performance rubrics, and an extension of the charter review period from five to ten years.

Bret Jaspers / WSKG News

 

After a week of criticism from the left and the right of the political spectrum, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget director is among those defending the state’s new free public college tuition program for some middle-class students. 

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A residency requirement for college students seeking free tuition at New York’s public colleges is drawing criticism. Gov. Andrew Cuomo defended the late addition to the plan, approved as part of the state budget earlier this month. 

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